Boy Meets World star Danielle Fishel is officially a mama! The actress gave birth to her first child prematurely a few days ago, and as of now, the little one remains in the hospital.
The little boy, who has been named Adler Lawrence Karp, was born on June 24th, although his elated parents waited to share their good news until July 1st. This is the first child for both Fishel and her husband Jensen Karp, whom she married last year. They announced Danielle’s pregnancy mere months after tying the knot in an adorable post via Instagram.
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One week ago today, on 6/24 at 4:52am, Adler Lawrence Karp made his entrance into the world, 4 weeks early. My water broke on 6/20, one day before my work week directing at Raven's Home ended and my maternity leave began. I was hospitalized that night and put on magnesium sulfate because Adler was only 35 weeks old. Unfortunately, after doing an ultrasound, our amazing OB discovered fluid in his lungs that was not there during our last appointment only 10 days earlier - and thus we entered a nightmare we'll never forget. We still don't have Adler home with us because the deeply good doctors and nurses in the NICU are working diligently to find out why the fluid is there and determine the best way to get it out. This has been the most trying week and a half of mine and @jensenkarp's lives but we have gotten through it with the support of our incredible family and friends who have shown up for us in unexpected ways. Jensen and I have also become closer than we ever thought possible and the love between us has grown exponentially as we have leaned on each other during both our highest highs and our lowest lows. We feel helpess and powerless and useless and we wanted so badly to follow our "birth plan," unsurprisingly none of which involved leaving our beautiful baby boy at the hospital for the first weeks of his life. We have also struggled with making this announcement - we are THRILLED Adler is here and we want to shout it from the rooftops but we know posting about his birth and it's complications opens us up to prying eyes - aka paparazzi staked outside our house, following our every move they way they did several times during my pregnancy. We are much too fragile for that right now and I pray wholeheartedly that we can have some space as we navigate these next few weeks. I can't wait to share more details about him with you (he hates having a poopy diaper for even 1 minute, he loves bath time, he has the cutest sneezes I've ever heard) and sing the praises of his NICU care team but I prefer to do that when Adler is in this crib in his nursery at home on a still unknown future date. P.S. the fox will be removed from his crib before he's ever in it. 👶❤️
According to reports, their baby boy was born four weeks ahead of schedule at only thirty-five weeks old. Although the delivery was ultimately successful, it wasn’t without complications and stress. Days before Adler’s birth, Danielle’s doctors discovered the baby had fluid in his lungs. As a result of the complications, Adler is still in the hospital.
“We still don’t have Adler home with us because the deeply good doctors and nurses in the NICU are working diligently to find out why the fluid is there and determine the best way to get it out,” the new mom wrote on Instagram, alongside several photos, including a shot of the parents holding their newborn in the hospital.
The actress lamented how everything in her birth plan ended up going sideways once she realized she’d have to deliver her son early. “We feel helpless and powerless and useless and we wanted so badly to follow our ‘birth plan,’” she wrote. “Unsurprisingly none of which involved leaving our beautiful baby boy at the hospital for the first weeks of his life.”
Danielle explained that the reason she and her husband waited almost a week to share the news of their son’s birth was because the infant had to remain hospitalized. In her online post, she said she and her husband didn’t know the best way to announce the difficult news while still respecting their privacy. Danielle went on to ask her followers for prayers and well wishes, and also for them to understand respect her privacy during this tough time.
Luckily, Danielle’s comments were flooded with support and positivity from her followers. Many of her followers also shared their own stories of delivering babies only to have them stay in the NICU for an unspecific amount of time.
We can’t imagine how stressful things must be for Danielle and Jensen. Our thoughts are with them in this difficult time!