Brian Dowling and Arthur Gourounlian celebrated their first Christmas as parents with their daughter Blake.
The Big Brother star and her husband, a judge on Dancing With The Stars, welcomed their first child into the world in September.
Mr Dowling, 44, took to social media to wish his followers a Merry Christmas and share his joy at celebrating Blake’s first Christmas.
The family is joined by Brian’s sister, Aoife, who acts as the couple’s surrogate, and Arthur’s mother, Maria.
Mr Dowling said the couple felt “very fortunate this year to be able to share the joy with both sides of the family”.
In an Instagram post, he said: “Christmas 2022, we have this. Think about it, at this time last year, when we all took our annual Christmas Eve photo shoot, Blake was growing in Aoife’s belly. It’s been less than a week since the embryo transfer.
“As Arthur and I posed, we hoped and HOPE that this year our joy would be posing alongside us. Prove you never know what’s going on behind anyone’s smile. As you’ve all seen over the past three months, our daughter Blake doesn’t mind taking pictures.
“Actually, she loves looking at herself, especially in the mirror. All she does is laugh. Blake woke up this morning just after 9am. May she wake up after 9 a.m. for many, many Christmas mornings to come for the rest of our lives. Christmas is all about family.
Mr. Dowling said Christmas is also a difficult time for those mourning loved ones; His mother Rosie died suddenly in 2018.
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“This time of year can also be a sad and emotional time for many people. Whether it’s due to a loss or a difficult family situation, all people can do is do their best,” he said.
“Don’t let the pressures of Christmas or social media weigh you down. At Christmas I especially mourn the loss of my mother, like most of us who have lost loved ones, cherish them in all the joy that Christmas brings. So from The Dowling Gourounlian family Merry Christmas.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/brian-dowling-and-arthur-gourounlian-celebrate-first-christmas-with-daughter-blake-42243809.html Brian Dowling and Arthur Gourounlian celebrate their first Christmas with daughter Blake