Erin and Ben Napier’s family grew one by one!
The HGTV star welcomed their second daughter, Mother Napier, on May 28, people can confirm. The couple (who were a college sweetheart before getting married in 2008) are also parents to their 3-year-old daughter Helen.
“While we are excited to have another daughter to love. We’re even more excited to see the bond she and Helen will have. They love each other so much!” they both told PEOPLE.
Mae, named after Erin’s beloved Aunt Mae. Arrived at 8:23 AM on Friday, gained 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and 19.5 inches.
Erin also shared the news on her Instagram, writing “Mom”; with a heart emoji and tagging Ben @scotsman.co along with three photos from baby Mae’s first few days.
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Ben and Erin announced the news of their pregnancy in April. By telling people at the time they knew in September while filming simultaneously. hometown in Laurel, Mississippi and their new show home city occupation200 miles away in Wetumpka, Alabama.
“The last six months of 2020 are really tough, all blurry,” Ben joked about filming, traveling and preparing for a new baby during the ongoing pandemic.
“We were like, ‘Oh, this is going to be difficult. But we can do it,’” Erin added at that moment. “We can’t remember anything. But I’m glad people filmed it all.”
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The couple was unsure if they would be able to start a family due to the years and complicated health issues Erin had faced. They used to share with PEOPLE.
For more than a decade, starting when she was 19, the designer suffered from severe abdominal pain that left her bedridden for days. She had seen countless medical professionals before an emergency survey in 2014 finally revealed the cause: She had a perforated appendix.
Her appendix burst and treated repeatedly for years. Her organs were wrapped in scar tissue and tied together. But even after the tissue was removed by the doctor She was told that the damage would make it impossible to have children.
“I am very sorry. And ignorance was the biggest obstacle for me to overcome. I like to have evidence And we have no evidence that I will be able to have children,” she told People in 2018.
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The Napiers were surprised to find out what they were expecting three years later on Mother’s Day 2017 and welcomed Helen the following January. “There’s nothing you can say. [motherhood] fair,” Erin said as his destiny changed. She said in April that she had a second child. “I feel less nervous now. All is well.”
In an Instagram post on April 11, Erin explained that she wanted to give a sibling to her daughter because “They know and remember and keep the family’s story alive.”
“We need that for Helen. Someone to stand by her when we can’t someday … We are so grateful,” Mom wrote. I’m thinking of parents who are waiting for their children. For many, it can be a long and difficult journey. And I pray for the strength for you if you are there. God answers in His Word. Your own time, not ours, as hard as you can. Sending lots of love to you guys today.”