"I like to believe that she was saying good job mom," Hilary Duff wrote of the sweet moment she shared with her daughter
In a black-and-white throwback video shot by L.A.-based birth and family photographer Rebecca Coursey (who’s also a doula!) that the Younger star shared to Instagram on Monday, Duff gazes down at her newborn daughter, whom she is cuddling while seated in a birthing tub right after Banks’ arrival.
“I’ve been wondering for a long time if I would ever share this video as it is extremely personal … it was so absolutely lovely and rewarding (and shocking) that after giving birth to my baby girl we hugged … for the first time,” wrote the actress and singer, 31.
“In my mind I like to believe that she was saying good job mom. Go team go. We did it. Together,” Duff added.
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Duff went on to praise her boyfriend, 31, and son Luca Cruz, 7, writing, “Matt provided such a safe calm strength, my mommy and sissy were there to cheer me on, and of course my birth angels to make sure all was well and big brother (downstairs deep in legos).”
“I cannot believe this day was only 5 months ago!! It seems like B has been here with us all along,” she added. “The time is already going so fast … she tried avocado yesterday! Anyway … feeling blessed for this full hectic life and all the people in it. Happy 5 months Banks.”
“They hand her to me and I’m looking at her … and she reaches up both of her arms and curls into me … reaches up her arms right at my neck, as if to give me a hug,” she recalled. “I couldn’t believe how strong she was but it was so clearly a hug. … It made me feel like she was like, ‘Good team, Mom, we did it.’ ”
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Despite its challenges, Duff admitted of home birth that she “would totally do it again” and had a wonderful, supportive team by her side that included Koma, Luca, the family dogs and Duff’s mom and sister Haylie Duff.