After the death of the Marlins pitcher in a tragic boating accident last September, it was discovered that he was expecting a baby girl—to be named Penelope—with girlfriend Maria Arias. Although the death of Fernandez brought Arias pain and sadness, she was finally able to find bliss in her newborn daughter, and she’s sharing her happiness with the world.
On February 24th, Penelope Jo Fernandez, daughter of Jose Fernandez and Maria Arias was born. “He loved her from the moment she was conceived,” Arias exclusively told PEOPLE of Fernandez, who also picked her name, Penelope, after a Spanish song. “Everyone knew how excited he was to be a dad, he made sure of it.”
It's been nine months since Fernandez's death and Arias is now finding joy in their baby girl. She is also sharing the happiness with her followers and the fans of the late Marlins pitcher. Here is a look at the adorable pictures of Penelope!
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Mother & Daughter
"You have days that you look at her and you feel happiness and gratitude. And then there are other days where you feel afraid and you feel lonely and you feel the weight of his absence again." said Arias. "He makes such an impact in your life, that his absence just feels so heavy."
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Welcome to the World
This was the photo Arias posted to introduce the world to her newborn Penelope Jo Fernandez.
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In celebration of Easter, Arias posted this cute picture of her daughter in a white dress complemented with a flower crown and bunny ears
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Arias wished Jessie Garcia, a close friend of Fernandez, a 'Happy Birthday' by sharing this photo of him with the baby.
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Penelope celebrated Memorial Day with stylish pink sunglasses, star-patterned dress, and striped diapers. Oh, and an adorable smile!
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"Shower time is the best time," Arias captioned this cute photo of Penelope after a bath.
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Even while Arias is at work, she's sharing happy moments with her daughter. "Physically at work, mentally with you," she captioned a video of Penelope.
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"Penelope will be a reflection of what he means to us," Fernandez's mother told PEOPLE.