E! News confirmed the reports with an insider telling the publication that “everyone is healthy,” and less than a month later, on Tuesday, January 12, the actress shared the first photo with her newborn.
“Thank you 2020 for getting one thing right,” Emma captioned an Instagram post. “Our bright light Rhodes Robert Hedlund.”
As fans know, news of Emma’s birth comes days after a source told Us Weekly on December 9, 2020, “Emma is due to have her baby in the next couple of days … The last month of pregnancy has been very uncomfortable for Emma, but Garrett has been great at taking care of her and making sure the nursery is ready.”
The actress first confirmed her pregnancy via Instagram on August 30, two months after Us Weekly first confirmed that the Unfabulous alum and her longtime boyfriend were gearing up to become parents. “Me … and my two favorite guys,” she captioned her post.
In June 2020, a source close to the pair told Us Weekly that the couple was “surprised, shocked and happy at the same time” over the baby news. Another insider revealed to the outlet in July 2020 that the couple knew the baby’s gender but that “they hadn’t picked out any names yet.”
Ever since the former Nickelodeon star confirmed that she was expecting, Emma showed off her growing bump and shared her pregnancy cravings!
“Sprinkles cupcakes have been my obsession,” she admitted during an interview with Glamour from October 2020. “I love cupcakes in general, but for some reason Sprinkles during my pregnancy, during the pandemic. I can’t [get] enough of them. Salt & Straw ice cream too.”
Her food admission came days after an October 19, 2020 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live where the actress had her belly on full display while chatting about her pregnancy and how she got into a major “Instagram war” with her mom, Kelly Cunningham, after she confirmed the baby news on Instagram, hours after news first broke!
“It was a disaster,” Emma said after her mom revealed the big news with an Instagram comment, replying to a fan. “And I found it all out on a plane. So, I couldn’t get to her. Like, I couldn’t call her or attack her. I could just iMessage with her and DM her and ask her to please stop.”
She added, “I blocked her at one point. It was my only weapon.”
Discussing the entire incident further, Emma told SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show on October 21, 2020 that at first her mom was “horrified” that she was making headlines but now she loves this newfound fame. Because of that, Emma had to “grovel” with her mother after blocking her on the social media site.
“I blocked her just to prove a point,” Emma shared. “And then I had to grovel to her because then I was like, ‘OK mom, like, I’ll unblock you.’ And she hadn’t even accepted my friend request. So, then I had to wait for that, which was her, like, glorious moment. She was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll accept you later.’ I was like, ‘This is not OK.'”
Throughout her entire pregnancy, Emma posted pics of her bun in the oven all over Instagram, J-14 rounded up all the best snaps of Emma’s baby bump and pregnancy style! Scroll through our gallery to relive the actress’ best baby bump pics.
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