Cleveland Cavaliers star J.R. Smith has shared a joyful update on his baby girl, Dakota, who was born five months before her due date.
Tiny Dakota weighed just one pound when Smith and his wife, Jewel Harris, welcomed Dakota in January. But the preemie has since made tremendous progress, and her proud papa posted on social media to share the good news.
“Our baby has made it to 6lbs today!!! #mykotabear #kotastrong #daddysgirl,” he wrote on Instagram.
Smith and Harris, who have been married since last August, shared news of Dakota’s early birth in a video posted to Uninterrupted on Jan. 7.
“Hi, everybody,” Jewel said. “We decided to share with the world what’s been going on with our family the past five days. We know a lot of you guys congratulated us on the expectancy of our little baby girl, but we had her five months early. She’s five days old today and her name is Dakota and she weighs one pound.
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“We know we’re not the only family going through this, who has been through this, and who will ever go through it. That’s why we decided to share what we’re going through with you guys. Please keep us in your prayers and we’ll do the same for everyone else.”
Harris has been posting updates on Dakota on her blog, mykotabear.com.