"They tried to prepare us, but you defy all expectation," Jeremy Jordan addressed his newborn daughter in the caption of her first photos on social media

By Jen Juneau
April 22, 2019 03:40 PM

Congratulations are in order for Jeremy Jordan and Ashley Spencer!

The spouses of six years welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Clara Eloise Jordan, on Easter Sunday, the new dad announced on Instagram Monday alongside a photo slideshow of his newborn baby girl and her mama.

“Clara Eloise. They tried to prepare us, but you defy all expectation. You are utter perfection,” the Supergirl actor, 34, captioned his post. “And to my incredible wife Ashley, I will never forget your bravery and strength. Yesterday, I fell in love with you all over again.”

“Thank you as well to the incredible staff at @nyphospital and @weillcornell … And to Molly and Ron Spencer as well as @brauhala for keeping us going through the all nighter,” Jordan continued.

He ended the sweet post with his daughter’s full name and birth date: “Clara Eloise Jordan. 4-21-19 ❤️”

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Credit: Jeremy Jordan/Instagram; Inset: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic
Ashley Spencer and daughter Clara
| Credit: Jeremy Jordan/Instagram

The proud new papa prefaced his announcement post by sharing a photograph of himself showing off a tiny footprint on his forearm.

“The ink is temporary. The footprint is permanent,” he teased.

Jordan and Spencer — an actress, singer and dancer known primarily for her work on Broadway and in touring musical productions — married in 2012 at the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist in Canton, Ohio, according to their wedding photographer Genevieve Nisly.

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Spencer, who rose to fame after her second-place finish on the 2007 reality competition series Grease: You’re the One That I Want!, met her now-husband after reaching out to him about a career-related connection.

“I saw Jeremy singing [in an online video] while I was auditioning for Rock of Ages, and I was like, ‘Wow, he can really sing.’ It’s a huge turn-on!” she told broadway.com during her run in the show, ahead of their 2012 nuptials. “So we started messaging each other on Facebook about Rock of Ages, and he was really helpful.”

The secret to their successful relationship, added Spencer, 34, is that the duo are “very supportive of each other” throughout the “ups and downs in this business.”

“He and I have been together for three years, and I certainly haven’t been working consistently for three years, and he’s had months where he hasn’t been working,” she said at the time. “But we’re huge support systems for each other and we find a really nice balance. When we come home, we shut work off and try to get out and do things together. He’s an amazing man, and he’s my best friend.”