Danielle Fishel brings a whole new meaning to boy meets world.
The actress and her husband Jensen Karp had a second child, a son named Keaton Joseph Karp. The “Boy Meets World” alum confirmed the news on Sunday.
The couple are also parents of a son, Adler Lawrence.
“On 8/29/2021 we welcomed Keaton Joseph Karp to the world,” the 40-year-old wrote on Instagram. “He was born on the birthday of his deceased grandfather (like whom I prayed for!) And his middle name is a tribute to his great-grandfather who is still there to meet him at almost 98 years.”
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“Adler is a super big brother (hero) and Jensen Karp and I are delighted to have him at home, healthy and safe, with us,” Fishel said in his post. “Plus, Adler thinks my postpartum care tools are a lot more fun than me.”
The “Girl Meets World” actress first announced the news of her pregnancy in May on her 40th birthday.
“Forty! I’ve never been so excited or hopeful for the next decade of my life,” Fishel captioned a photo of her growing baby bump.
“I had a beautiful childhood, an adolescence that I still dream of, my 20 years were crazy (and especially miserable) and my 30 years brought me ups and downs, but finally I stabilized myself towards a place of security, ”she shared.
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“The security of who I am, what I believe in and who I want to spend precious time with,” Fishel continued. “I couldn’t be more grateful to enter my forties with my amazing husband and son, eagerly awaiting the arrival of little boy # 2. My birthday wish is for you to tell someone what point you love it and go through it today with more patience than usual. “
In 2019, Fishel wrote an essay for “Good Morning America” that covered her emotional labor during childbirth.
That year, Fishel gave birth to a baby boy Adler, but not without problems. Adler was born with fluid in his lungs and spent several weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
In the essay, Fishel noted that the concept of “mom’s guilt” was something she didn’t expect to feel.
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“I had heard about ‘mum’s guilt.’ It was on the same level as other types of guilt I heard about growing up, like ‘Catholic guilt’ or ‘Jewish guilt.’ J Heard it was the awful feeling of never doing what you are supposed to do, or not doing enough what you should be doing, or not doing what you should be doing well enough, ”wrote frankly Fishel.
“As a childless woman looking at all the mothers I knew, I could only see how amazing they were. Their children were happy, loved, fed and clothed. Some of them returned to work and others were not. These decisions were not made selfishly, but based on privilege and what was best for their children and families. “
Fishel’s original birth plan called for a natural, drug-free birth – due to the health risks that introducing drugs would pose to both mother and child. In an Instagram post, Fishel lamented that her plan failed when she went into labor.
“We feel helpless [sic] and helpless and unnecessary and we wanted so much to stick to our birth plan, “unsurprisingly none of these involved leaving our beautiful baby boy in the hospital for the first few weeks of his life,” Fishel wrote.
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In her essay, Fishel noted that due to a decrease in her body’s amniotic fluid, childbirth was induced with Pitocin.
“Guilty thoughts went into my head,” Fishel continued. “Why did my water break so early?” Was it because I was up to work more than 12 hours a day at almost 36 weeks? Was this all the spicy food I wanted? Did I do something that could hurt my baby? “
Upon returning to work, Fishel said she felt greater guilt in terms of Adler’s potential abandonment.
“Does he remember me?” Does he think I abandoned him? Am I hurting my son by wishing for a career outside the home? Am I selfish? Fishel wondered.
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Fishel ultimately concluded with support for hard-working mothers.
“When you see a mother feeding her baby formula, or breast milk from a bottle, or directly from her breast, or through a feeding tube (I did all of this in the 15 weeks of her life). Adler), or you see a mom dragging a screaming toddler through Target, or you see a mom calling home after work, or you get a text from a stay-at-home mom who’s ready to tear up hair, know there is a story there, “she wrote.
Fox News’ Andy Sahadeo contributed to this report.