‘Summer House’ Star Welcomes Her 2nd Baby – ‘Our Miracle Rainbow Baby Boy Is Here!’
Ashley McAtee Wirkus, who starred in Summer House Season 1 shared the joyful news that she gave birth to her second baby.
“Our Miracle Rainbow Baby Boy is here!” she shared on Instagram along with photos. “Cole Davis McAtee made us a family of four on Wednesday night at 11:24 pm and we are head over heels in love with our little guy. Thankful is an understatement.” Baby Cole joins big brother Dean, making it a family of four.
Ashley Wirkus shared she was pregnant in October
The former Summer House star shared in Oct that she was expecting a baby. “Our journey to another baby was not what we expected,” she wrote on Instagram.
“The losses that I have experienced have been the darkest times in my life. If I am being honest there were countless nights where I would cry in bed thinking I would never have another baby. I know so many of you can relate. I hate that infertility, and losses are a reality for many of us women- something we still don’t talk a lot about. Opening up about my journey has led me to meet so many women who have similar stories and it makes me realize how strong and incredible we are as women.”
She learned she was having another baby boy
Wirkus visited a fertility specialist after trying for many months to get pregnant. “We were set to do an IUI in July and prior to starting the medication I took a pregnancy test and found out I was pregnant!” she announced in the post.
She continued to provide updates along the way, including the sweet gender reveal cake. Wirkus and her husband laughed and smiled when the cake revealed they were going to have another boy. She also shared a timelapse video of her growing baby bump. “8 weeks to 39 weeks with baby boy #2! Can’t wait to meet you so soon,” she captioned the video.
Ashley’s journey to the second baby was paved with heartbreak
She shared the news of her pregnancy with caution after revealing in 2020 that she had experienced two miscarriages since Dean’s birth.
“Miscarriage – a word so taboo people whisper when and if they ever talk about it. Something you never think will happen to you. I thought that once it does, it is normal and will somehow never happen again. Until it DOES 6 months later,” she shared on Instagram.
“I recently suffered back-to-back losses. My first at 10 weeks pregnant and my 2nd at 14 weeks pregnant with my baby girl. Losing a baby is a horror no one should experience and I can tell you that I have never felt pain like this. I am shattered, devastated, confused, angry, and so many more emotions I fail at putting them into words.”
“With both pregnancies the minute I saw a positive pregnancy test I became attached,” Wirkus admitted. “With my most recent I anxiously waited 4 weeks to see the heartbeat and felt such a relief. I waited another month and saw her again with a strong heartbeat. I confidently went into the next steps of planning and executing a gender reveal. When I saw the pink balloons I was so beyond in love. I haven’t been able to look at the pictures but I do hope I can look at them one day. I visualized our life and made space in my heart and home for my little babe.” She added, “I pictured Dean as a big brother and spoke to him daily about the baby in my belly.”
Cole Davis McAtee was born on March 9 and weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.