Alanis Morissette has a new love in her life — a baby boy. The singer recently took to Instagram to announce the arrival of her third child with husband Mario “Souleye” Treadway.
“He’s here. ✨🙌🏻🙏🏻❤️ Winter Mercy Morissette-Treadway,” she captioned a black-and-white photo of the precious newborn, who made his debut on August 8.
Souleye also shared the same photo. In his caption, he expressed his admiration for Alanis. “@alanis You will forever be my heroine. thank you for your warrior strength and ability to so deeply love,” he wrote. Winter joins 8-year-old Ever Imre and 3-year-old Onyx Solace. All three of the children were born at home.
Alanis first shared the news of her third pregnancy in March. The 45-year-old shared a black-and-white photo to Instagram of her recording music. The side shot showed her wearing a black turtleneck with a very visible baby bump as she sang into a microphone. Her caption said, “so much NEWness… ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻.”
Alanis Morissette and her husband are celebrating the birth of their third child. Alanis and Souleye welcomed son Winter Mercy Morissette-Treadway on August 8. It’s the third child and third home birth for the couple.
Alanis and Souleye each shared the same black-and-white photo of the newborn boy. In Souleye’s post, he praised Alanis for her strength. “You will forever be my heroine. thank you for your warrior strength and ability to so deeply love,” he captioned the picture.
Alanis and Souleye are already parents to 8-year-old son Ever Imre and 3-year-old daughter Onyx Solace. Alanis recently revealed in Self that her road to having three children wasn’t an easy one: “I always wanted to have three kids, and then I’ve had some challenges and some miscarriages so I just didn’t think it was possible.”
Like so many women, Alanis didn’t feel comfortable opening up about those experiences at first. “I […] felt so much grief and fear,” she explained. “I chased and prayed for pregnancy and learned so much about my body and biochemistry and immunity and gynecology through the process. It was a torturous learning and loss-filled and persevering process.”
Alanis’ extensive process of learning about her body and tackling her fertility struggles from various angles blessedly worked out for her, but it was very much because of her dedication to the process.
“When I […] chased my health in a different way, from multiple angles — [including, among other things] extensive consistent blood work monitoring to trauma recovery work to multiple doctor and midwife appointments to many tests and surgeries and investigations, things shifted,” she explained.
Alanis, who first announced her pregnancy in March, has also been open about how she was affected by postpartum depression following her first two pregnancies. “For me I would just wake up and feel like I was covered in tar and it wasn’t the first time I’d experienced depression so I just thought ‘Oh, well, this feels familiar, I’m depressed, I think,'” she recalls.
As Alanis explained to People, the reality of postpartum depression can be jarring. She felt that almost immediately after giving birth to Onyx. “It’s very isolating. I’m used to being the Rock of Gibraltar, providing, protecting and maneuvering,” she explained.
“It had me question everything. I’ve known myself to be a really incredible decision-maker and a leader that people can rely on. [Now] I can barely decide what to eat for dinner,” she revealed. It’s a sentiment that so many women can relate to, but haven’t articulated.
Alanis also found it difficult to manage her PPD while not letting it impact her children or her marriage too much. “My main priority is that I want to make sure both of my children are loved and bonded with and provided for,” she explained. “Poor Souleye sometimes gets the dregs of my exhaustion at the end of the night. Even holding hands at this point is a deeply intimate experience.”
Where she waited months the first two times to really address her postpartum depression, she’s planned ahead this time. “I have said to my friends, ‘I want you to not necessarily go by the words I’m saying’ and as best as I can, I’ll try to be honest, but I can’t personally rely on the degree of honesty if I reference the last two experiences. I snowed a lot of them as I was snowing myself,” she explained to Self.
With Winter’s arrival begins an exciting time for Alanis. She’s working on new music, which she has been recording throughout her pregnancy. She’s also working on new music for the Jagged Little Pill musical that debuts at the end of the year.
The musical, which opens December 5, explores the different modern dilemmas facing the Healy family. Both the album’s music and new original music frame the story, proving that despite what critics may think, the 24-year-old album still feels very relevant today.
“This process, and what this process has yielded artistically and collaboratively, has been nothing short of a revelation, a balm and an arrival for me,” Alanis said of working on the project in a press release. “It is a culmination of so much of what my life’s work has been oriented toward. To work with Diablo Cody, whose heart is as open as her mind is bright and brave, has taken this record – which has meant so much to me – to a whole other level of depth, meaning and natural activism.”
This busy time for Alanis will hopefully be a very joyous one. She’s got the family she’s always dreamed of, a wonderful support system to help her tackle bumps in the road, and a body of work we’ll all be celebrating for years to come.