Model Hilary Rhoda, 33, and former NHL player Sean Avery, 40, are first-time parents!
On Tuesday, Rhoda broke the news that she gave birth to a baby boy in New York. Along with posting a pic of their son taken by Sean, she wrote on Instagram, “Our boy came into this world fast & furiously! 💙 Nash Hollis Avery was born at 12:04 am, July 28, 2020.”
Hilary also posted before-and-after shots on Instagram.
In another Instagram Story, Hilary joked, “Sometimes adults need to be swaddled, too.”
“After delivery, @iamseanavery bundled me right up in these blankets,” Hilary added.
Rhoda announced she was expecting in January. At the time, she admitted that the road to motherhood hadn’t been easy. She shared in her Instagram Stories, “We’re having a baby! The last year has been quite a journey* getting to this point, lots of ups & downs… but for those trying to conceive, all I can say is just keep going.”
She added, “Trying to conceive is a mindf— and might have almost ended our marriage once or twice.”
As for her decision to be open about her struggles, she told People magazine, “I was sensitive to the people out there who are trying to conceive or have experienced loss from miscarriages like I did, so I wanted to share that it wasn’t easy for us either.”
Avery, a former NHL player, also opened up about starting a family on his “No F— Given” podcast, revealing Hilary suffered miscarriages when they first started trying for a baby.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a father. I’m going to be a father,” Avery began. He went on, “Going into the process, we’ve got two healthy partners and right out the gate, the first month that we were eligible to procreate, Hilary got pregnant.”
They started planning for the future, and then Rhoda had a miscarriage. Once they started seeing fertility doctors, they felt pressured and it took the joy out of it, he said.
“For six months, we were trying and it wasn’t working, and it was tough. A few times we were fighting, and we don’t fight.” Sean had to leave town for five weeks, and when he got back, she got pregnant.
“It was no longer a job. I haven’t seen my wife in five weeks. So we’re going to make love, and what do you know? I stood up and said, ‘You’re pregnant.’ We went through a difficult six months. I come back, and we have real true passion and love and harmony.”
He insisted, “The moment we took the noise, science, and methods out of it — that’s how you make a baby in tough times.”
Hilary and Sean tied the knot in 2015 at the Parrish Art Museum.