"I wanted to show you guys that it's not all rainbows and butterflies!" Graham wrote on an Instagram snap.
Model Ashley Graham brought the ultimate celebrity guest onto her Pretty Big Deal podcast recently—her own newborn baby boy! Graham and husband Justin Ervin welcomed their bundle of joy on January 18th and gave fans a first look at his adorableness during the videotaped episode.
The new parents revealed the baby boy's name is Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin, explaining that his first and middle names all have deeper meanings for them, linked to their shared spirituality and honoring their families.
Graham also gave fans details of her unmedicated, six-hour-long home birth, saying that it's left her feeling like something of a superhero. "Now… that I gave birth and I did it naturally and I felt everything, I feel like there's nothing I can't do. There's nothing that could come my way where I'd say, 'Oh, that's too hard, I can't handle that,'" Graham explained.
As blissfully happy as the new mom and dad obviously are, the model also made it a point to share the not so glamorous side of parenthood as well. Graham talked about the physical changes she's coped with throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period, even flashing her own disposable underwear (otherwise known as adult diapers—the same product that was banned from an Oscars ad).
"No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new moms go through. I wanted to show you guys that it's not all rainbows and butterflies!" she wrote on an Instagram snap.
The beautiful photos of the new family are wonderful, but so is Ashley's realness. Life as a new mom isn't all blissful snuggles, that's just one part of it.
Graham has made a name for herself as a champion of body positivity, so it's no surprise she's keeping it real postpartum, too. We love the visible peri bottles in her Instagram pic.
Congrats and thanks to Ashley for showing that postpartum recovery takes time and is worth talking about.