Patrick Kennedy and wife Amy welcomed their fourth child, Nell Kennedy, on Sunday
Nell Kennedy was born Sunday morning. The parents said in a statement to PEOPLE that their three other children – Harper, Owen and Nora – were “over the moon” to meet their new little sister.
“Nell is happy and healthy, and weighed 6 lbs. at birth,” the Kennedys, who currently live in New Jersey, said in a statement.
An exclusive photo of the Kennedy clan’s new addition shows proud father Patrick in a hospital bed with Amy, who is holding little Nell.
Patrick is the youngest son the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and first wife Joan. Patrick is the nephew of President John F. Kennedy.
The former Congressman from Rhode Island, 48, and his wife said that they are “eager to welcome Nell home in the coming days.”
The Kennedys added: “As always, we are grateful for the outpouring of support and well-wishes we have received.”
Patrick recently opened up about the alcoholism and mental illness that he says plagued his famous family for decades in his memoir A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction.
In his memoir, the 48-year-old spoke of his father’s grief following the assassinations of his uncles John and Robert, his mother’s alcoholism and the “code of silence” that bound him to secrecy, a fate, he says, he does not want for his children.
“I will make sure I talk about it with my kids,” Patrick said in a recent interview with PEOPLE. “I want them to get what I didn’t get – and that is early intervention.
“Hopefully by the time my kids are grown up a little more, we’ll be able to turn this ship of the Titanic away from continuing to hit the iceberg.”