Months after letting everyone know that she was “preggers,” Shay Mitchell, 32, is now a mom! The Pretty Little Liars star and her boyfriend Matte Babel, 39, welcomed their first child together confirmed via a post to her Instagram on Sunday, Oct. 20. “Never letting go…” Shay sweetly captioned the image of her holding the baby’s hand. Though her daughter’s face isn’t shown and we’re still waiting on a name, the baby can be seen wearing a cute pink-and-white striped sleeper.
Shay has been actively documenting her “overdue” pregnancy on social media, even twerking to try and induce labor! ‘I’m officially overdue and trying everything…. dancing, extra spicy Prince Street pizza, turmeric ice cream (although Matte seems to be having more of it than I do),” she captioned a hilarious video on Oct. 10. “Been pregnant for way too long,” she then mouthed.
“Guess who’s preggers?” Shay titled a June 28 YouTube video that announced her pregnancy. “There is something in the oven and it’s not my pizza!!!” she wrote in the video’s description, noting that at the time, she was six months pregnant. “WOW… It’s kind of surreal processing the fact that another human is growing inside of you. It’s exciting, nerve-racking, difficult and emotional all at the same time. Everyone waits for the right time to make the announcement and for me it wasn’t until I couldn’t hide it anymore and was tired of wearing oversized sweatshirts.”
“We’re beyond excited and looking forward to starting a family,” she added. The video also featured a shot of Matte, who was only her rumored boyfriend. In the ensuing weeks after this announcement, not only did they confirm their relationship, but they also shared their journey into parenthood through Shay’s YouTube series, Almost Ready. The happy pregnancy announcement also came after Shay revealed she sadly experienced a miscarriage last year on January 1 — eventually leading her to keep this most recent pregnancy a secret for six months.
Shay and Mitchell took to YouTube to reveal the sex of their baby, and they did so with help from the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. In the video, two people – one dressed as the pink Power Ranger, the other dressed as the blue Ranger – battled it out while the expecting parents watched in amazement (and confusion.) At one point, both Rangers fell into the pool – and the pink Ranger emerged victoriously! After a few attempts to sit on Matte’s lap, which left the Entertainment Tonight Canada correspondent confused, he and Shay realized that they were having a girl!
Though, Shay’s pregnancy wasn’t all fun and games. In one episode of Almost Ready, Matte expressed reservations on Shay using an epidermal while giving birth. “Am I partial to no epidural? Yes. I’m a hypochondriac. I’m afraid of drugs. My mom didn’t use an epidural. I meet women all the time who didn’t choose to get epidurals,” he said, per PopSugar, which caused Shay to ask him if he would “get a root canal without any drugs?” Hey, at this point, everyone should be popping champagne and celebrating, because Shay and Matte are parents!