The HGTV stars, Erin and Ben Napier from the show Home Town welcomed their second baby daughter on May 28. For those who don’t know them, they are a couple that met in college before getting married back in 2008. They also have 3-year-old Helen together!
The HGTV stars welcomed their second baby girl to the family on May 28, PEOPLE can confirm. The pair (who were college sweethearts before they got married in 2008) are also parents to 3-year-old daughter Helen.
“While we are excited to have another daughter to love, we are more excited to see the bond she and Helen will have. They’re already so in love with each other!” the couple said
Mae, who was named after Erin’s beloved Aunt Mae and arrived at 8:23 AM on Friday weighing 7 lbs. 1 oz., came in with 19 inches of height. The new mom also shared the news on her Instagram page; she simply wrote “Mae” with a heart emoji for Ben (@scotsman) alongside three photos from baby Mae’s first few days.
The excitement of the new pregnancy was captured when Ben and Erin announced their big news on April 10th.
For many years, they have been two of HGTV’s most beloved stars. Now with a third person in their family coming soon, there is sure to be plenty more happiness for them to share with viewers!
“The last six months of 2020 really, you know, it was rough. It’s all a blur,” Ben joked of filming, traveling and preparing for a new baby during the ongoing pandemic.
“We were like, ‘Ooh, this is going to be tough, but we can do it,’ ” added Erin at the time. “We don’t remember anything, but I’m glad somebody was filming all of it.”
It had been years since Erin and her husband’s last child, but when they started to try for a fourth one it, unfortunately, didn’t work. After going through many tests the couple found out that there was nothing physically wrong with either of them- in fact, their reproductive systems were working better than ever! But rather than being happy about finally knowing what this meant (they’d be able to have another baby!), both members of the family cried because now they understood how much pain Erin must’ve gone through all these years.
The designer suffered from bouts of severe stomach pain for a decade. She saw countless specialists before an emergency exploratory surgery finally revealed the cause: she had a perforated appendix that forced her to be bedridden days at a time.
After her appendix burst, it healed repeatedly for years and wrapped around her organs like a cocoon. It’s no surprise doctors told the 27-year old woman that removing this tissue would make pregnancy unlikely but they did so anyway because of all she had been through.
“I was very sad. And not knowing is always the biggest hurdle for me to overcome. I like to have proof. And we had no proof that I would be able to have kids,” she told PEOPLE in 2018.
“We wanted that for Helen. Someone to stand with her when we can’t someday. … We are so thankful,” the mom wrote. “Even in our celebrating, I’m thinking of the would-be parents waiting for their own babies. For many it can be such a long and difficult journey and I pray for strength for you if that’s where you are. God answers in His own time, not ours, awfully hard as that can be. Sending so much love to y’all today.”
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