Ryan Serhant and wife Emilia Bechrakis announced on Sunday that they welcomed their first child, a daughter, on Feb. 26
The Million Dollar Listing New York star announced via Instagram on Sunday that he and his wife of nearly three years welcomed their daughter on Feb. 26. In the emotional post, Serhant detailed the years-long journey it took for them to get pregnant.
“To my daughter,” the reality star, 34, wrote alongside a sweet shot of the couple cradling their newborn in the hospital. “Your momma and I have waited almost 3 years to meet you.”
“We had no idea how difficult getting pregnant with you was going to be,” Serhant wrote. “We tried everything. We were so nervous you might never come. When we finally decided to try IVF, we were so scared it wouldn’t work. And then you stuck. And then we heard your little heartbeat for the first time. Your mom and I were so excited every time we would go to the hospital to see you, but even more terrified we would lose you.”
Continuing, Serhant added, “Because the fact that we were pregnant — as beautiful as it was — was almost too good to be true. And because of that fear, we loved you as hard as we could from the moment we knew you existed. We thought if we put that love for you out there, you would hear it, and you would make it. I watched you grow slowly with your momma every day, waiting for the moment I would finally meet you.”
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As he wrapped up his heartfelt note to his daughter, Serhant added, “I feel like I’ve spent my whole life working towards this moment, when everything would make sense.”
“One day when you read this, I hope you can look back and be proud. And please go and give your Mom a BIG kiss because she’s a true warrior, a fighter with the biggest heart, and the Queen of my world. Seriously — one day we will tell you about all the shots, the pain, the sickness, and what birth was like for your Mom on Tuesday the 26th — it was insane! We love you now and forever, our new, beautiful, little puff,” he wrote, concluding the heartfelt post.
Sharing her own hospital snapshot, Bechrakis wrote that she still “can’t find the perfect words to describe how madly in love I am.”
“I have waited to exhale for months. It took a long, painful journey to meet you. From the first time we heard your heart I instantly wanted to cocoon you and protect you from the world. I talked to you every single day for 41 long weeks, begging you to ‘stick’. (Until the last two weeks I begged you to stop kicking my ribs so hard with those big feet and come out!),” Bechrakis wrote. “I told you every day how much I love you. I rubbed my belly and cherished every single movement, as any sign that you were listening. Every night, I prayed with all my soul that you were healthy and thanked God for the miracle that you are.”
“Now that you’re finally here, and I get to stare into your eyes, to smell your skin, to hold you, my heart is bursting,” she continued. “I can’t find the perfect words to describe how madly in love I am. I am forever grateful…my babylino, that you chose me to be your Mommy.
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In September, Page Six was the first to report the happy news that Serhant and Bechrakis were expecting their first child.
The couple, who married in July 2016 on the island of Corfu in Greece, have been undergoing fertility treatments throughout the most recent season.
The luxury realtor seemed to hint at the news on his Instagram account in late August while vacationing with his wife in Greece.
“I haven’t been posting as much this trip because it’s an important one and we’re enjoying it as much as we can,” he wrote, alluding to the vacation on the Greek island being their babymoon.
Bechrakis notably hid her stomach while lounging on a flamingo float, in a photo posted to her Instagram account.
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The pair have been open about their wish to start a family. “I’ve been looking forward to being a mom but I just always expected that it was going to be easy,” Bechrakis, a lawyer, said in the season 7 trailer.
In episode 5, they dived into the realities of IVF. “Surprise! Emilia and I are trying to have a baby,” Serhant said. “We’ve been trying for a while and it hasn’t been as easy as we thought it was going to be.”
He continued, “I’m 33. She’s 32. We’ve been to doctors. We’ve been checked out and we’re both fine. So we’re now at the point where if we want to start a family, the next steps are to do IVF.”
The teaser for the season 7 finale gave the biggest hint, however. At the end, Bechrakis can be seen smiling and handing Serhant a small cardboard box. He opens it, looks inside, and says simply, “Oh, man.”