Hilarie Burton just announced via Instagram that she and Jeffrey Dean Morgan welcomed their second child, a daughter named George Virginia Morgan, on Feb. 16. But within her happy announcement, Burton shared with the world that the journey to having their "miracle baby" wasn't an easy one — the couple suffered five heartbreaking years of pregnancy loss before welcoming George.
In the bittersweet post featuring several photos of their rainbow baby with her mom, dad, and 8-year-old brother, Augustus, Burton reached out with a message to those couples trying to conceive, as well as anyone who has suffered loss, before sharing details of George's birth.
"There's something I really want to say to all the women out there who are trying," she wrote. "It took a long time for Jeffrey and I to have this baby. The first time I got pregnant, it took a year and a half. I surprised him on Christmas with baby Seahawk booties. We cried. We celebrated. We picked out names. And we lost that baby. More losses followed, and as so many couples know, it was heartbreaking. It still is heartbreaking."
Burton shared that during those years she and Morgan were trying to have a child, she felt bitter and would "weep out of jealousy" over other celebrities who were flaunting healthy pregnancies and births while she was struggling. Burton explained that, now that George has arrived and is healthy, she doesn't want her baby to cause another woman to "weep at her kitchen table" the way she previously has.
"If anything, my wish is that she would restore hope for others," Burton wrote, explaining that she definitely isn't taking her daughter for granted, and now that she's here safely, she can't help but feel wonder every time she looks at her. "Fertility is a fickle thing. And for the other couples out there who have had dark days, we want to introduce our miracle baby to you and send you our love and support in finding yours."