We’re sending love and gentle congratulations to Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, as they welcome their fourth child, a girl named Esti Maxine Stephens, born after the loss of their son, Jack, in 2020.
Chrissy made the announcement on Instagram with a precious photo of the baby with her older siblings, Luna and Miles. She wrote, “She’s here! Esti Maxine Stephens – the house is bustling and our family could not be happier 💕 Daddy sheds nightly tears of joy seeing Luna and Miles so full of love, and I am learning you still need diapers with a c section!? We are in bliss. Thank you for all the love and well wishes – we feel it all! X”
John Legend shared the same photo on his Instagram account, sharing the baby’s name and a special message about his wife and children, “On Friday, we welcomed Esti Maxine Stephens to our family, and our house is overflowing with love and joy. I’m in awe of Chrissy’s strength and resilience and I’m so thrilled to see how Luna and Miles embrace their baby sister. I’m so, so grateful, but that doesn’t seem like a big enough word…”
John Legend initially confirmed the birth of their fourth child at a private concert Friday, January 13, 2023. According to PEOPLE, Legend said the baby was born during the morning of January 13th. “What a blessed day,” he said.
The singer added that while he “didn’t get a lot of sleep,” he “feels energized” after spending “a lot of time” at the hospital.
Chrissy Teigen has shared openly and vulnerably about her loss and pregnancy after loss.
On the eve of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in 2020, they shared the devastating loss of their son, Jack, who was stillborn.
A year later, she shared an emotional message to Jack on his first birthday.
While she was criticized by many for sharing these photos, those in the loss community embraced them and were so grateful for the awareness she shared about pregnancy and infant loss and the importance of these photos. Just four weeks after her loss in 2020, Chrissy shared a heartbreaking, raw, and beautiful essay about the birth and loss of her son. She wrote about taking and sharing the photos:
I had asked my mom and John to take pictures, no matter how uncomfortable it was. I explained to a very hesitant John that I needed them, and that I did NOT want to have to ever ask. That he just had to do it. He hated it. I could tell. It didn’t make sense to him at the time. But I knew I needed to know of this moment forever, the same way I needed to remember us kissing at the end of the aisle, the same way I needed to remember our tears of joy after Luna and Miles. And I absolutely knew I needed to share this story.
I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos. How little I care that it’s something you wouldn’t have done. I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like. These photos are only for the people who need them. The thoughts of others do not matter to me.
In August of 2022, Chrissy Teigen shared on Instagram that she was pregnant again, with a message pregnant after loss parents can so relate to.
“the last few years have been a blur of emotions to say the least, but joy has filled our home and hearts again. 1 billion shots later (in the leg lately, as u can see!) we have another on the way. Every appointment I’ve said to myself, ‘ok if it’s healthy today I’ll announce’ but then I breathe a sigh of relief to hear a heartbeat and decide I’m just too nervous still. I don’t think I’ll ever walk out of an appointment with more excitement than nerves but so far, everything is perfect and beautiful and I’m feeling hopeful and amazing. Ok phew it’s been very hard keeping this in for so long!”
She has continued to share vulnerable about her pregnancy after loss experience, sharing on Twitter in September, “I finally feel the baby so I don’t need to text my doc for a daily drive by ultrasound anymore ”.
I finally feel the baby so I don’t need to text my doc for a daily drive by ultrasound anymore
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 20, 2022
And in December, she shared an incredibly relatable on Instagram–feeling like she’s been pregnant forever.
Pregnancy after loss can certainly feel that way–both in how excruciatingly anxious that time is (the longest 40 weeks ever), how slowly it feels like it moves, and also that you feel like you’ve been pregnant forever between the loss pregnancies and finally bringing home a living baby.
We look forward to hearing more about this precious baby and seeing more of Luna and Miles with their baby sister. Their sibling love of Jack was just precious to witness.
Welcome to the world, Esti! Congratulations, Chrissy and John, and thank you for sharing yourselves, your family, and your Jack with the world.
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*A version of this article, “Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Welcome their Rainbow Baby,” was originally published on January 14, 2023, and updated on January 20, 2023.