American movie star, Gabrielle Union has finally become a mum!
This bundle of joy comes after years of fruitless search for a baby by the 46-year-old actress, who is married to Basketball star, Dwayne Wade, 36.
On Thursday the couple announced the good news on Instagram sharing photos of the baby. Their baby girl was born via surrogate.
“We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days,” Union captioned a picture of the parents cuddling their newborn.
She continued: “Welcome to the party sweet girl,” including lyrics from Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” to signify her daughter’s birthday.
The couple have not revealed her name yet.
Union has spoken about her heartbreaking struggle with infertility in an interview.
“I have had eight or nine miscarriages. For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant , I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle,” she revealed.
But even after enduring three years of failed IVF cycles and being constantly bloated from the hormones, Union writes in a book that she and Wade “remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we’ve both dreamed of.”
The pair tied the knot in August 2014 and at first, the star didn’t see children as part of her future.
But, after realizing how much joy she felt raising three boys with Wade, 35 his nephew Dahveon Morris, 16, and sons from a previous marriage Zaire, 15, and Zion, 10 (Wade’s third son Xavier, 3, conceived with another woman while Wade and Union were broken up, lives with his mother), Union first discovered that having a baby was something she wanted.
“I never wanted kids,” she tells PEOPLE. “Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them.”
Dealing with infertility while being in the public eye hasn’t been easy for Union, who constantly is reminded of her struggle each time she’s asked by both family and strangers alike when she’s having kids.
“For so many women, and not just women in the spotlight, people feel very entitled to know, ‘Do you want kids?’” she says. “A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say ‘no’ because that’s a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on. People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause.”
“Once a month I look like I’m in my second trimester because I’m bloated,” she says. “It leads to the questions and it leads to the rumors and anytime I go into a doctor’s office I feel like I’m a member of SEAL Team Six undercover because I don’t want people to speculate.”