NHL All-Star Erik Karlsson and his wife, entrepreneur Melinda Karlsson welcomed their own rainbow baby girl to the world.
The news comes from the NHLer himself who posted a photo of himself decked out with a medical face mask and hair net with Melinda and the newest member of his family at a San Jose hospital. As of this writing, the couple has not shared the name of their daughter.
"It hasn’t been easy but after the rain finally our little rainbow arrived. Love you both more than I could ever imagine," writes Karlsson in a post on Instagram.
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To my beautiful wife for doing everything in her power to bring our beautiful little baby girl in to this world, never have I met a more determined or stronger person than you. It hasn’t been easy but after the rain finally our little rainbow arrived. Love you both more than I could ever imagine.
This comes just over a year after the couple's son Axel was stillborn in March 2018, which took a toll on the family. Aside from the obvious emotional strain the circumstances brought the couple, it was reported that the girlfriend of one of Karlsson's Ottawa Senators teammates was harassing Melinda online through a series of burner accounts. The statements were so consistent that Melinda filed a peace bond against Monika Caryk, the then financeé of NHL forward Mike Hoffman. Throughout the situation, however, both Hoffman and Caryk denied any part in the situation. With that said, according to The Ottawa Citizen, Caryk was never charged or delivered any protection order. Still, this was enough for the Senators to trade Hoffman before Karlsson requested a trade as well.
Now, however, it appears both Erik and Melinda are ready to move on with their new lives in San Jose, California, where the defenseman signed a contract for eight years.
"Rainbow baby" is a name used for the child born after a couple lost their baby in the womb. The phrase is supposed to conjure up images of a rainbow after a storm. The storm, obviously, being the tragedy, while the rainbow the new life. The phrase has gained popularity on social media as parents who lost a child before birth raise awareness and help others dealing with the same issue cope.
Erik and Melinda Karlsson's rainbow baby will surely be a source of inspiration for the NHL All-Star, whose first game is on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Because of the circumstances, the new dad missed the team's first game.
We here at BabyGaga want to congratulate the new mother and father on their bundle of joy.