"Baby Gal Morgan" has officially made her social media debut.
Hilarie Burton shared the first photos of her newborn daughter with longtime partner Jeffrey Dean Morgan via Instagram Tuesday. The actress revealed not only their little girl's name and birth date, but also the heartbreak she and Morgan endured before having their second child together. While they've had plenty of tears of joy lately, that certainly wasn't always the case.
Burton started on lighthearted note, sharing that Morgan had asked her to write a post because of his "track record of 'spilling the beans.'" With all the fan conventions in Europe he has lined up, the "Walking Dead" star was afraid of "tripping up." They opted instead to have Burton introduce their daughter, George Virginia Morgan, who was born on Feb. 16.
It turns out that George was a long time coming -- five years, in fact. Although Burton got pregnant a year and a half after they started trying for their second, they lost the baby and "more losses followed," the actress wrote.
"As so many couples know, it was heartbreaking. It still is heartbreaking," Burton added.
When she got pregnant with George, Burton said they were cautious and she avoided celebrating "for fear of jinxing it." Finally, however, their much-awaited "miracle baby" was born, delivered by Morgan himself. The couple is understandably thrilled, and Burton hopes their story will bring hope to others who are struggling.
As some of you know, @jeffreydeanmorgan is off in Europe getting ready to do some big conventions. And he's self aware enough to know his track record for "spilling the beans" isn't so great (bless his heart!). So before he starts tripping up in an attempt to maintain our privacy, he asked that I go ahead and post something about our little girl's birth. But before I do that, there's something I really want to say to all the women out there who are trying..... It took a long time for Jeffrey and I to have this baby. The first time I got pregnant, it took a year and a half. I surprised him on Christmas with baby Seahawk booties. We cried. We celebrated. We picked out names. And we lost that baby. More losses followed, and as so many couples know, it was heartbreaking. It still is heartbreaking. And every morning of the five years it took us, I'd open my computer at the kitchen table and see the news and I'd grow bitter over the endless parade of celebrities showing off their bumps and babies. I'd weep out of jealousy for how easy it was for them. Didn't they know something could go wrong? Didn't they know that there were other women out there struggling? It pained me to see the corporate sponsored baby showers and magazine covers capitalizing on this human miracle that wasn't happening for us. So when this pregnancy started, we were cautious. I didn't want to celebrate for fear of jinxing it. I didn't want a baby shower. I checked her heartbeat every day, up until the day she was born. And now that she is here, I just stare at her in wonder all day. I see her in her daddy's arms and I don't take any of it for granted. She screams bloody murder and I smile because she is so wildly alive. So now that folks know she's here, I don't want her birth to cause any other woman to weep at her kitchen table. If anything, my wish is that she would restore hope for others. Fertility is a fickle thing. And for the other couples out there who have had dark days, we want to introduce our miracle baby to you and send you our love and support in finding yours. Please meet George Virginia Morgan. She was born February 16th. Her daddy delivered her. We love her very much.
A post shared by Hilarie Burton (@hilarieburton) on Mar 6, 2018 at 10:13am PST
Although George was born in mid-February, Morgan waited till March 1 to confirm her arrival. He kept it short and sweet, writing in part that "Baby Gal Morgan is spectacular." After Burton's March 6 post, he wrote that he "couldn't be more proud. Or lucky."
I just couldn't be more proud. Or lucky. Xxxjd https://t.co/HRQfOzthlS
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) March 6, 2018
We're all the happier for the couple knowing what they've been through to get here.