Irish television presenter Amanda Byram has announced the birth of her first child with her husband, Julian after a secret battle with her fertility
The 48-year-old revealed the news to her 72,000 Instagram followers of the birth of her son, with a beautiful image of her linking fingers with her newborn’s.
She said in her post: “I’m so overjoyed, full of love and bursting with happiness to be able to share with you that @julianokines and I have welcomed our incredible son, Phoenix Blaze Byram Okines into the big wide, wonderful world. What a privilege that he entrusted us to nurture and guide his little soul through the endless possibilities of life and we are eternally grateful to him for choosing us to be his parents.”
She explained that the couple had been on a fertility journey for a long time and knew the heartbreak and hopelessness.
She said: “Our fertility journey has been long and we know only too well the heartbreak of the hope that turned to hopelessness, the elation that turned to devastation, and the strain putting this often-secretive journey before your job, your friends, and your life.
“I know many brave parents-in-waiting who, like us, have struggled for a long time, so today we share this magical news in the hope it can inspire and offer a light at the end of the tunnel. You are powerful warriors, I know your pain, and I see you. We send you all the strength you need to tackle your journeys.
“Now that he is finally here, we realise we have never been more ready or felt more mentally, physically, and emotionally equipped to be his mummy and daddy.”
Amanda, who is best known for presenting Irish Dancing with the Stars, praised her husband of five years, Julian Kines, for being her ‘rock’ and giving her the encouragement to keep going despite the heartache.
She said: “It’s thanks to you, your energy, and your enthusiasm, that we are all here together today. We are so lucky to have you, and Phoenix is lucky to call you his Daddy, I know you are already his hero. We love you infinitely.”
Congratulations to the happy couple, what a lovely Christmas present for them to celebrate