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Gabrielle Union Shares Photo Of The Moment She First Saw Her Baby Girl In Honor Of Mother’s Day

by Kim Wong-Shing
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Gabrielle Union shared an intimate photo of the first time she saw her daughter, Kaavia James, in the delivery room, alongside a heartfelt caption about Mother’s Day.

Gabrielle just celebrated her first Mother’s Day as a mom. She and husband Dwyane Wade welcomed Kaavia last November. The baby was born via surrogate after years of infertility struggles, miscarriages, and difficult IVF treatments.

For Mother’s Day, Gabrielle posted a photo of the moment she and Dwyane laid eyes upon Kaavia for the very first time.

“I’ve cried so many times today for so many reasons, mainly because I’d gotten accustomed to heartbreak and disappointment,” she wrote in the caption.

“I think a lot of us live in that space. I set up shop there.”

“This moment reminded me that miracles do happen,” she continued.

Gabrielle went on to send love to “all the mamas, stepmamas, grandmas, aunties real and play, daddies, friends, and anyone who has taken the time to nurture another living soul.”

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade welcomed their first baby together last year. Kaavia James Union Wade was born via surrogate on November 7.

Gabrielle just celebrated her first Mother’s Day as a mama. She marked the occasion with an emotional, vulnerable post about motherhood and miracles.

“I’ve cried so many times today for so many reasons, mainly because I’d gotten accustomed to heartbreak and disappointment. I think alot of us live in that space. I set up shop there. This moment reminded me that miracles do happen,” Gabrielle wrote alongside a photo of her and Dwyane welcoming Kaavia in the delivery room.

“You [can’t] age out of joy,” Gabrielle’s caption continued.

“You are worthy. You are worthy. You are worthy.”

“Sending so much love today to all the mamas, stepmamas, grandmas, aunties real and play, daddies, friends and anyone who has taken the time to nurture another living soul,” she wrote.

“I see you, I gotchu.”

She ended with a special note to those who are grieving on this Mother’s Day:

“And to those who have lost their mamas, grandmas, mother figures, sending extra love and light and hugs your way.”

People were incredibly touched by the actress’s heartfelt words. They’re a sweet reminder that, yes, miracles and joyfulness are as much a part of life as heartbreak.

And then there’s the photo itself, which, wow! It’s especially meaningful to see the moment that Gab and Dwayne finally welcomed their baby because of how open she has been about their struggles with infertility in the past.

She opened up about the topic in her memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine.

“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,” Gabrielle wrote at the time.

In December, shortly after Kaavia’s birth, Gabrielle and Dwyane discussed the subject in an emotional interview with Oprah.

They said it was difficult for Gabrielle to let go of the idea of carrying her own baby.

Gabrielle said she “could not let go of this idea of creating this life within me,” feeling that there was a “need to be pregnant for everybody, including myself.”

She experienced multiple miscarriages throughout their IVF treatments.

The endless IVF attempts were taking a toll on her body and mind, and eventually, the couple opted to use a surrogate. She still struggles with that decision.

“Did I miss — did I fail in some kind of way? Did I — am I defective in some kind of deep, you know, just — am I defective in some kind of way? Am I less than in some kind of way? Am I less worthy in some kind of way?” she recalled of her feelings.

But the couple wants to share their story, so that others know that there are many different pathways to parenthood. It may not be easy, but one is never alone in it.

They say the experience of being in that delivery room together was deeply bonding.

“Miracles do happen,” indeed!