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‘Little People, Big World’ Star Audrey Roloff Shares Sweet Photo Of Her Children Meeting

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

Siblings are often great to have. Little People, Big World stars Jeremy and Audrey Roloff just welcomed their second child, and based on the photos, their daughter Ember Jean Roloff is going to be an incredible big sister.

Audrey and Jeremy were together for five years before getting married. They were set up by friends, and both of them admitted that it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. “I thought he was cute when he walked through the door, but I wasn’t, like, seeing the future in that moment,” Audrey said in a TLC special, according to Good Housekeeping. “Contrary to what many believe, it wasn’t love at first sight, necessarily,” Jeremy added.

But that may be why the two of them have such a big fan base.

They keep it real. Aside from being parents, the two of them also started their own business together. It’s called Beating 50 Percent, and their goal is for couples to have serious, long-lasting marriages.

The two married in September 2014 and had their first child, daughter Ember Jean, in September 2017. They chose to announce the news in an online video, aptly called “We’re Having a Baby!” Posted in February 2017, just seven months before Ember Jean was born, it was watched more than 280,000 times.

The two weren’t shy about sharing Ember’s biggest moments online. When she turned 1, the two had a big birthday party for her on Roloff Farms. She wore a gorgeous flower crown, and every photo looked like it was taken straight out of a magazine. Simply put, the Roloffs proved that they know how to throw a party.

The couple had a lot to celebrate. Not only was their firstborn turning 1, but it was reportedly a tough delivery for Audrey. Birth is certainly a beautiful experience, but it can also be scary and very painful for the mother, which is why mothers should also be celebrated during these milestone events.

She had no issues sharing her birth story online. She was more than 1o days late. “Although I was encouraged by some physical signs of labor and having lots of Braxton Hicks, I was also starting to feel a little anxious… I reallllly did not want to be induced, I wanted to go into labor naturally,” she said. “They offered to induce me at 5 days over and I immediately refused. My midwife – who probably thinks I’m way more granola than I actually am –  made it very clear to me that they would not let me go more than 12 days overdue because of the apparent health risks.”

When she finally went into labor, she was hoping it would be stress-free — which is tough. “Our birth plan was essentially to have a low-intervention, unmedicated birth at the hospital with the help of our doula Echo, essential oils, prayer, and a jammin’ Spotify playlist,” she said. She wanted an unmedicated birth and chose to to use a labor tub.

“Every time a contraction came I reminded myself to relax – I know that sounds crazy – but I knew that the more relaxed my body could be [the] quicker and more easily my body could progress,” she said. “I had other mom friends and my midwife encourage me to try and relax as much as possible because when you tense up, that’s what slows things down. Let me tell you…. in the moment the LAST thing you want to do is relax.”

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Our little Ember is two weeks old today!💗 She's likes cuddling on our chests, swaying, and when her daddy sings to her. While I am overflowing with love for my daughter and husband, I won't sugar coat it... these past two weeks have been HARD. The first 24 hours with Ember were bliss, but after that it was as if I went back into labor again... I was well prepared for the pain and suffering that comes with childbirth, but I was not prepared for the pain and suffering that comes afterwards. I got all the things... the common "TMI" postpartum hurts, along with severe engorgement, too much milk, not enough milk, blisters, bruises, clogged ducts, and mastitis. I can't believe I'm saying this, but the pain that I've experienced while breast feeding has been comparable to unmedicated labor contractions. Inevitably, all of this has left me feeling like I am failing my baby, frustrated, discouraged, and heart ached. But even though the tearful sleepless nights persist, so will I. I will continue to pour myself out in sacrificial love for this baby girl who makes every hurt worth enduring. And not by my strength or striving, but in Christ alone. I've been humming the these lyrics while I nurse and pump through the nights, "Lord, I come, I confess, Bowing here I find my rest, Without You I fall apart, You're the One that guides my heart, Lord I need you oh I need you, Every hour I need you, My one defense, my righteousness, Oh God, how I need you..." Motherhood is already refining me so much and I am blessed. #journeyofjerandauj #emberroloff pc: @juliagreenphotography

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Her blog post was honest. “I was well prepared for the pain and suffering that comes with childbirth, but I was not prepared for the pain and suffering that comes afterwards,” she wrote. As it turns out, her experience with Ember Jean was somewhat similar to her experience with her brand-new son. Audrey isn’t afraid to point out that the postpartum stage isn’t very enjoyable.

Bode James Roloff was born on January 8, 2020, at 7:36 p.m., happy and healthy. Jeremy was over the moon, stating, “What an incredible journey giving birth is. Audrey is incredible. We’ll share the story in a little bit … I’ll let her do that. It is just a serious miracle. Pretty stoked.”

But once again, Audrey brought up postpartum life. Women can suffer a lot after giving birth, which is why it’s so important for celebrity moms with a platform to talk about it. “Postpartum has been hard on my body, but cuddling with these precious little loves makes my heart so full. What an honor it is to be their mama,” she said on Instagram.

Despite both births being hard on her body in different ways, Audrey says that the meetup moment was one of her favorites. It’s incredible to see your family expand before your eyes. “She is just the sweetest big sister already,” she said, regarding Ember. “We took some videos that I’m sure we’ll share in our stories soon. Jer and I can’t stop smiling and laughing at the things she says about him and to him.”

It took Audrey a year to write up her birth story about Ember, so not too much is known about Bode thus far. But that’s a good thing. Even though she’s in the public eye, she should be spending this time offline, taking care of herself and her new son. Since she’s had no issue with sharing Ember’s photos, surely her feed will include more magical moments between the two of them soon.

Audrey and Jeremy have always admitted that a large family was what they both envisioned. “We don’t put a timeline or a number on it, but Lord willing, we definitely want to have more kids and we’ll take them one at a time,” they said to Us Weekly. So that means that Bode might very well be a middle child someday.

Another reason why people gravitate toward the couple? They knew their lives and their relationship would change after having kids. However, they both know that it’s still very important to be romantic and go on dates, even though it’s more challenging. “For us, dating intentionally requires some scheduling, some planning, some carving out some time,” Audrey said to Us.

Many congratulations to the Roloff family for baby No. 2. It’ll be great to see Ember Jean and Bode James grow up together. Whether or not reality television is in their life is still hard to pinpoint just now, but at least they’ll always have top billing on Audrey’s Instagram.