Paola and Russ Mayfield gained major fame after landing roles on the long-running TLC reality shows 90 Day Fiance and 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? They wed in October of 2013, and the ups and downs of their relationship have been picked apart by fans of the show ever since. In the past, Russ has been accused by viewers of being overprotective and petty, and Pao has been labeled unsupportive and selfish. Both have since argued that the way they are portrayed on the show isn’t always accurate, or the whole story.
Russ recently wrote on Instagram, “There’s much more to me than what you see on TV. I’m honestly not the jealous type..I accept and am proud of my wife for the beautiful woman she is and she’s all mine, but like most relationships, we find ourselves with differing opinions at times and love costs and takes effort for it to work.”
Pao has echoed her husband’s sentiments, and recently stated on Instagram, “He accepts me, he loves me and respects me the way I am. We fight and we make up.”
The news that Pao and Russ are expecting a baby together has helped fans to see the couple in an entirely new light. The joy the two feel about the news of their impending arrival is contagious, and the details they have shared about their journey to get to where they are today are both heartfelt and endearing. Read on for 20 facts about Paola Mayfield, her man and her baby-to-be.
20 Her Pregnancy Announcement Was Adorable
Pao and her hubs announced the news they were expecting on social media with an adorable pic that featured Russ reading a book entitled Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies and Pao smiling at the camera. In the shot, the two are seated on their bed surrounded by snacks, baby clothing and diapers.
The caption of the photo read, "We are thrilled to announce that we have a little one on the way! So much to prepare for and the cravings have started for both of us." Fans were overjoyed to hear the news, and have been so supportive of the couple ever since.
19 She Shares Regular Bump Updates
Since announcing her pregnancy this past July, Paola has been posting regular bump updates on social media to keep her fans informed on the progress of her pregnancy. She looks simply stunning in every pic she shares.
In a recent post on Instagram, Paola thanked her fans for being so supportive of her pregnancy journey thus far. She wrote, "We are so thankful and happy for each one of your beautiful messages! We weren't expecting so much love and so much support. Thank you all so much."
The post continued, "You guys know all that Russ and I went through the past months. I was angry and devastated after all you can never completely recover from something like that, but today we have a reason to smile and to be happy, a reason to move forward and to be the best we can."
18 She's Having A Boy!
Pao and Russ chose to wait until their gender reveal party to discover whether their baby was a boy or a girl. On August 7th, three days before the party, Russ shared a pic of an envelope marked "Gender reveal. Do not open until date" on his Instagram stories. He wrote, "You have no idea how hard it is to hold back from opening this up."
Russ also encouraged fans to guess whether he and his lady love were having a boy or a girl. The guesses in favor of a little princess were higher than those for a tiny gentleman, but fans had to wait a little bit longer to find out if their predictions were correct.
On Friday, August 10th, Pao took to Instagram again to share the wonderful news that they were having a boy. She wrote, "We are having a BOY!!! I didn't care if it was a boy or a girl, I just wanted a healthy baby and to be able to have it in my arms as soon as possible."
17 She Has Confessed She Was Hoping For A Girl
Pao had her fans convinced she was expecting a girl after she shared a pic of herself rocking an all pink outfit on Instagram. The caption of the photo read, "I think I'm going to be wearing a lot of pink from now on!"
She also shared a shot of herself and her man rocking matching t-shirts. His was blue and read "team boy", while hers was pink and read "team pink."
After announcing the gender of their baby, Pao wrote on Instagram, "Of course I'm always rooting for a girl, but a boy is a blessing as well and I know my husband is really excited! This is an amazing experience. Now I can finally say I'm pregnant!!! I'm having a little boy!"
16 She And Russ Revealed Their Baby's Gender With Confetti
Pao and Russ had a little fun at their reveal party. They fooled their guest by first cutting a cake that had no identifying color on the inside. After the laughter over their cheeky prank died down, they grabbed confetti guns and sent shimmering blue sparkles flying into the air.
The night of the gender reveal, Russ posted a shot of the couple embracing amid the flying blue confetti to Instagram along with the caption, "I am so proud and ecstatic that we will be having a baby BOY! I know and am confident that God has prepared me as I welcome in our baby into our world! I only want to continue striving to be the leader I was called to be and be the proud, strong and loving father our baby boy deserves."
15 Paola and Russ Called Their Parents Via Video Chat At Their Gender Reveal
People magazine has reported that after the confetti settled and the couple had posed for a few sweet shots, they called their parents via video chat while still at the party to share the wonderful news that a bouncing baby boy was on the way.
Both sets of parents were thrilled to receive the wonderful news that they had a grandson on the way and told Pao and Russ that they couldn't wait to shower him with love when he arrives.
The pair kept the expecting grandparents on the line as Pao's friend and party-thrower Kelly Pereira gave a heart-warming speech about her love for Russ, Pao and their rainbow baby-to-be.
14 She Previously Had A Miscarriage
Speaking about her miscarriage in an emotional interview on 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? Pao shared, "A couple of weeks before traveling to Colombia, I found out [I was] pregnant. And two days after had to go to the emergency room and I had [a] miscarriage. The happiness I felt when I found out I was pregnant was the happiness I was looking for my whole life."
Not long after announcing the news of her second Pregnancy, Pao shared on her Instagram stories that she was feeling extremely sick and feared the worst. She wrote, "I felt like I was dying yesterday, I've never felt this way before. I got really scared."
The star continued, "I'm glad I got to hear my baby's heartbeat. I know it sounds over anxious, but it does help me knowing that everything is fine with my little one." She was appreciative of all of the support she received from her followers and wrote, "Thank you guys for your kind messages."
13 She Is RH-Negative
According to MonsterandCritics.com, "Mayfield has type O-negative blood, which normally isn't a big deal. When it comes to getting pregnant, though, the missing RH-factor in her blood can pose a problem and put her at risk for a miscarriage."
The site continues, "During pregnancy, a parent's RH-negative status can be an issue and lead to complications if their baby is RH-positive. If their blood mixes during pregnancy, the woman's body will start producing antibodies which can lead to complications and even miscarriage."
Paola revealed on 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? that her doctors have informed her that she can definitely have children. However, she is at a higher risk of having a miscarriage than most women and will need to be monitored closely while pregnant.
12 The Loss Of Her First Pregnancy Was Hard On Her Relationship
Pao and Russ have both been open about the fact that the loss of their first baby-to-be was hard on their relationship. On the show, Pao confessed to her friend Kelly that she didn't feel like Russ understood how hard the loss had been on her.
Despite their rough patch, the couple seems to be more solid than ever before and happy to be welcoming a new addition to their family. In fact, Russ told US Weekly that Pao's current pregnancy has actually helped to strengthen their bond.
He told the mag that he has been buying Pao chocolate covered strawberries and citrus to help satisfy her cravings. He admitted, “It’s bringing more patience with me in our relationship."
11 She Announced Her Current Pregnancy In July
As previously mentioned, the famous couple took to social media in July to announce the news of their impending arrival. Speaking about discovering that they had a baby on the way, Russ told Us Weekly, "We were very reserved at the beginning, and when we first found out, we were weary of getting our hopes up, because we didn’t want a repeat to happen."
“[We’re] just trying to protect ourselves. Like, you don’t want to get your hopes up because anything could happen, but it’s like, it’s hard not to feel excited. But every morning I try to just check on the baby’s heart rate and I try to find it, and I’m like, ‘OK, everything is fine,’” Paola added. “You always feel like something can happen. Even if you don’t want to think about it, but it’s like, you’re more concerned.”
Pao has shared details about the day she discovered she had a baby on board. She noted, “I was late … so I was going to a training for Zumba actually and I was like, ‘OK, I’m gonna do it.’ I don’t know. That was crazy to do it before I was leaving, and I just look at my husband and I’m like, ‘I’m pregnant,’ But in shock. I didn’t have any emotions. I was just like … shocked. And he looked at me like … ‘Uh … yeah.’ We both were really shocked.”
10 Her BFF Juan And Her Hubby Don't Get Along
It is no secret that Pao's BFF Juan and her hubby do not get along. In fact, they pretty much hate each other's guts. Her relationship with Juan has caused more than one fight with Russ over the years.
Pao took to Instagram a while back to address the haters who wonder why she stays friends with Juan after how badly he has treated her man. She wrote, "It is easy to say it, but you wouldn't call it a friendship if you didn't care about someone after 16 years of friendship without trying to make it work."
She continued, "I don't have many friends, maybe because I don't trust people that easy and I am okay with that, but giving up part of my life and past isn't easy for me. I love my husband, but I also love my friends. My life didn't end when I got married. It was the beginning of a new chapter."
9 Juan Is Happy About Her Pregnancy
Pao dished to US Weekly that she was worried about revealing the news of her impending arrival to Juan, but that his reaction to the news completely "surprised" her. She shared, "I told him, 'Look, this is gonna happen, so I don't want you to find out through someone else.'"
How did Juan respond? According to Pao, "He was like, 'I'm about to cry. Even though I know I'm not a big fan of Russ, this is amazing because I love you and I know what you've been through, so I'm really happy for you.'"
She is thankful that her friend is being mature about the situation and is celebrating with her instead of being sour about the fact that her baby daddy is a man he doesn't really approve of.
8 Juan May Not Be Allowed To See The Baby
Pao hopes that the baby will help to heal the rift that currently exists between her husband and her best friend. She told US Weekly, "I want to believe [it will], but he has to accept it no matter what. There's nothing he can do about it, and I don't want the negativity around us because we're going to be parents."
She also dished that if Juan wants to be welcome around her new baby, he needs to show respect to the man she loves. She stated, "He's definitely going to need to be more respectful if he's gonna wanna hang around. More civil, cordial. That's all I've asked from him."
7 She And Her Man Are Solid Despite Past Obstacles
Since announcing the news of their impending arrival, Pao and Russ appear to be in a very good place. They are supporting each other and publicly defending one another.
Russ stated in a July 7th Instagram post, "I am tired of comments from the marriage 'experts' stating I deserve better, my wife doesn't respect me, or she only loves me for my money."
He added, "The mere glimpse of our lives shown doesn't always show our best moments, but impressions and impressions from our cultural differences and how we are coming together as an even stronger couple...I am proud of where I come from and where I am going and that's with the love of my life."
6 Russ Admitted On A Recently Aired Reunion Show That He Wasn't Ready To Have A Baby
Russ may have admitted on a previously aired 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? reunion show that he wasn't sure if he was ready to be a father, but since Pao has become pregnant again, he has changed his tune.
He is obviously thrilled with the news that he's going to be a dad, and is so excited that his first baby is going to be a son.
Pao and Russ have definitely struggled in the past, but, as previously mentioned, their current bond seems to be stronger than it's ever been before. Fans can't wait to see how they will be as parents to their adorable baby-to-be.
5 She's A Proud Colombian
Pao moved from her native Colombia to the United States to be with Russ, but she hasn't forgotten her Latin American roots. On a recently aired episode of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?, she and her man traveled to Colombia together after discovering Pao's Grandmother was sick and not doing well.
Pao's family confronted her and told her that not only did they feel she had forgotten them since moving away, but that they blamed Russ for her disappearance. Caught off guard, Pao agreed that she needed to do a better job of staying in touch and vowed to call and visit more often.
4 She And Her Husband Live In Miami
When Pao and Russ decided to get married, she relocated to Oklahoma so the two could start their lives together. It wasn't long before she revealed to him that she didn't like living in his home state and wanted to move.
The two relocated to Miami, Florida so that Pao could have a wider array of modeling opportunities. She is much happier now that she lives in a climate more like the one she grew up in. She has made friends and started her career in their new city.
Russ has had his reservations about Pao's modeling, and doesn't always love how much skin she chooses to show, but has tried to be supportive of his wife's dreams and aspirations.
3 Pao Gets Homesick Sometimes
Understandably, Pao gets homesick sometimes. Marriage is always difficult, but combining two very different cultural backgrounds can be extra challenging. Sometimes, she longs to be back home with her family and friends.
Despite the challenges Pao and Russ have faced since tying the knot, they have proven that two people who care about each other and are willing to work through difficult times together can create a beautiful life together. They have learned and grown together and the adversity they have gotten through together has actually strengthened their relationship.
After announcing the news that they were expecting, Russ wrote on Instagram, "I cannot express the amount of joy I have in my heart for our...baby. I believe this new chapter will bring more hopes and dreams than we will ever imagine. So much happiness is on the way!"
2 She Is Most Likely Due In January Or February
Paola hasn't dropped any hints about her due date yet, but it's pretty common for couples to wait until they are safely out of the first trimester before making their impending arrival public knowledge, especially if a past pregnancy ended in miscarriage.
If this is true for Pao and Russ, and they announced the happy news that they had a baby on the way in July, this would make Pao's due date sometime in January or possibly even February.
Eager fans will have to wait a little longer to find out for sure when they can expect to see Pao's feed flooded with sweet newborn pics. Until then, they will have to be satisfied with the adorable bump shots she shares on a regular basis.
1 She Can't Wait To Be A Mom!
Paola can't wait to welcome her impending arrival to the world, and is overjoyed that she is expecting again. Russ is just as thrilled as she is.
In one of their latest interviews with US Weekly, the adorable couple shared, "This is the most amazing feeling ever! We can't believe we are going to be parents. We are already so in love with our baby."
They continued, "We are ready for this new adventure and we know it will bring us closer together. God has blessed us again, and this time, we are going as strong as our baby's heartbeat!"
Resources: USWeekly.com, InTouchWeekly.com, TLC.com, Newsweek.com, People.com, MonstersandCritics.com