Jenna Johnson, professional dancer and new mom of “Dancing With the Stars,” shared some behind-the-scenes photos of the birth of her son along with husband Val Chmerkovskiy. on Instagram on January 23, 2023.
“The many emotions of labor and delivery…excitement, fear, sheer exhaustion and so much love,” Johnson wrote in the post. “I’ve always valued my body and what it could help and create for me in my craft…but nothing can prepare you for what a wonderful vessel it is and what it goes through during labor.”
She added: “About 30 hours of this and we finally met our sweet Bubba. Forever grateful I had the best support system that got me through it.”
The post featured a series of photos, with many of Johnson in her hospital bed and Chmerkovskiy fooling around. One photo shows Johnson in a robe smiling next to her mother and the last shows her snuggling with her newborn baby for the first time.
Jenna Johnson isn’t ready to share her baby with the world yet
Johnson previously shared that she’s not ready to share everything about her baby with the world just yet, and that includes the baby’s name, although the professional dancer appeared to have hinted at one Instagram photo published on January 17, 2023.
The photo shows Johnson’s upper chest as she holds her baby. She’s clearly wearing a necklace with the letter “R,” leading many fans to believe her baby’s name begins with an R. Some of the top contenders in fans’ minds are the names “Roman” and “Riley.”
Johnson and Chmerkovskiy announced they were expecting their first child together in July 2022. Johnson first shared the news with People.
“We came home [from a trip to Cabo] and about two weeks later I was like, ‘Wait a minute, my boobs feel really big and really hurt. I haven’t gotten my period yet.” So I peed on a stick and it immediately became positive. The shock and disbelief was insane. I couldn’t believe it because it wasn’t an easy road for us to get pregnant.” Johnson told the outlet at the time.
Johnson & Chmerkovskiy welcomed their son on January 10
Johnson and Chmerkovskiy announced the birth of their child on January 11.
“Our world has changed forever” wrote the couple alongside a picture of her hands intertwined with her baby’s fingers. “10/11/23.”
On Jan. 1, 2023, Johnson shared a false alarm photo from the hospital bed.
“Our little fella is already keeping us busy!” Johnson wrote in a now-defunct Instagram story. “False alarm but so excited to meet him in the new year.”
The couple had been trying to conceive for two years, Johnson revealed this on Instagram on July 19, 2022.
“I want to keep this moment very positive because there is so much to celebrate and my heart is overflowing with gratitude BUT our journey to this point has not been easy,” she wrote alongside a video of her pregnancy journey to that point. “I remember people sharing these videos and feeling pain because I wish so much I could experience that joy. After two years of infertility and hundreds of negative test after negative test, it was heartbreaking at times to stay optimistic.”
Johnson and Chmerkovskiy tied the knot on April 13, 2019.
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