“The Big Bang Theory” actress Melissa Rauch is now a Jewish mom. After announcing her pregnancy back in July when she wrote a powerful essay in Glamour about her fertility struggles and a previous miscarriage, and how those challenges made it hard for her to be completely happy when she found out she was pregnant.
But now, it seems Rauch’s motherhood dreams have finally come true, as she just announced the birth of her daughter, Sadie, about which she posted on Instagram yesterday. (Also, Sadie is one of the most popular Jewish baby names of 2017!). In the post, she wrote:
I am beyond over the moon to share that our beautiful baby girl, Sadie Rauch, has arrived and our hearts are bursting at the seams with love for her. I will never take for granted the difficult road it took to get here. To those on that road: I’m sending you so much love today and always.
Sadie is the first child for the 37-year-old and her husband, Winston. In her Glamour essay, Rauch revealed how other friends’ pregnancy news sometimes felt “like a tiny stab in the heart,” adding:
When I thought about having to share the news about expecting this baby, all I could think about was another woman mourning over her loss as I did, worried she would never get pregnant again, and reading about my little bundle on the way. It felt a bit disingenuous to not also share the struggle it took for me to get here.
She went on to say how we all process grief differently:
Many times in my life I’ve been able to get through difficult situations by reminding myself of the classic adage: “Everything happens for a reason.” But as it turns out—for me, anyway—miscarriage was more of a “this straight-up f*cking sucks” situation. Some things just are. The simple acceptance of this reality actually proved to be the most helpful course of action for me. This was a below sea-level moment amongst the proverbial peaks and valleys of life. There was something very healing about simply acknowledging where I was, rather than trying to completely make sense of it or wrap my head around some cookie-cutter rationale. We all process grief differently. If you are dealing with prenatal loss, I hope you find something, anything, to bring you comfort (whether it’s planting a tree, having a small ceremony, or giving a big double middle finger to the universe). The unknown is a scary place, but it’s also where hope and possibility live. I’m trying as much as I can to embrace the reality of that uncertainty.
Looks like this set photo from TBBT is Rauch’s real life now: