“The most challenging, beautiful experience of my life. On January 29th, Michael [Kopech] & I welcomed our beautiful baby boy, River, into the world,” the actress wrote on Instagram on February 4, 2021, alongside a photo of her son’s hand. “Words cannot describe this kind of love. We are enjoying this time home with him, being present, & giving him all the lovin in the world. Becoming parents is the most rewarding gift in the entire world.”
In an Instagram stories post, Vanessa revealed why she chose the name River. “Early on in my pregnancy, I was walking the river every day,” she explained. “Gave me so much peace, I knew that was the perfect name for his lil soul.”
E! News first reported the news on January 30. Days later, when teasing the new Riverdale episode, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also confirmed that The CW gave birth. “In real life, Vanessa is the new proud mama of a beautiful baby boy,” he wrote in an Instagram post from January 31.
The actress first took to Instagram to announce that she was expecting on July 24, 2020.
“Was debating keeping this part of my life hidden, but I knew people would see pictures eventually with my belly [and] I wanted you guys to hear it from me,” she captioned a series of photos and videos from her gender reveal party. “I do want to keep this chapter of my life private but did want to be the first to share the news. I am overjoyed to be welcoming my baby boy into the world this January.”
She continued, “It’s almost like everything I thought mattered in this life has completely changed … We’re here for such a greater purpose and life is so precious. I can’t believe how much growth [and] strength you’ve already given me as your mom. It’s like God knew I needed you, my angel. The universe works in mysterious ways but always times everything the way it was meant to be. [Little] one you were made with so much love [and] already exude a light so strong it warms my belly. Thank you God for this blessing. I’m just so happy [and] can’t wait to dedicate everyday to being the best mommy I can be.”
To celebrate the new mom, J-14 decided to break down everything we know about her baby boy. Scroll through our gallery for all the details, including her son’s birthday, bump pictures and more.
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