Two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan announced on Wednesday that she gave birth to a baby girl after sharing that she has always wanted to be a mother.
In an Instagram post, Kwan revealed Kalista Belle Kwan to the world and included a time-lapse montage of the last nine months leading up to the birth of her daughter.
“I’m overjoyed and tears of happiness are streaming down my face as I share the news of the arrival of Kalista Belle Kwan!,” she wrote. “I’ve always wanted to be a mom and, to me, she’s a perfect miracle. I had a hard time picturing what she might look like yet it seems like she’s been in my life forever.”
The figure skater said she has wanted to share the happy news for months, but shared that it “has been a challenging journey to motherhood” and “a very long labor.”
“I feel so grateful to have had the support of so many during this time, including my fertility doctor, doctors and nurses who looked after me, friends that shared their stories, and of course, my family & my ❤️ who I could not live without,” Kwan continued.
She ended her post by commending the hard-working mothers around the world.
“I wish anyone trying to conceive in any which way (ivf, iui, surrogacy, adoption and naturally) all the success and love,” Kwan said. “You’re not alone on this path and I’m pulling for you.”