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They’ve been waiting years for this time to come, and Giuliana and Bill Rancic can finally say they are parents. The couple’s son, named Edward Duke Rancic, was born via gestational surrogate on Wednesday, August 29.
Edward was born at 10:12 p.m., and weighs 7 pounds and 4 ounces.
"Bill and I are blessed beyond words to welcome Edward into our lives," Giuliana told E!. "Thank you so much to everyone who supported us along the way. We are so in love with the little guy already!"
Judging from her admission last month about how big she was as a baby, Giuliana (and the surrogate!) must be relieved at Edward’s more typical size.
"I will tell you something I don't think I have ever told anyone. I was 13 pounds [at birth]," Giuliana admitted. "Yes, I was so big in Naples, Italy, people would line up outside our apartment. I was this giant baby down the street. My mom said I was like a circus act. Oh my God, the freak show down the street – everyone would want to come and see the baby with the giant head … Chances are, we are going to have a giant baby."
Giuliana and Bill gained public notoriety through their reality show, Giuliana & Bill, which they are still starring in. The couple married in 2007 and have been trying to become parents since 2009. They tried the natural way at first, but when it became apparent that was not going to work for them, the couple decided to try in-vitro fertilization in 2010. Initially, the in-vitro worked, but later in 2010, Giuliana suffered a miscarriage.
Just before trying her third round of in-vitro, Giuliana got a mammogram at the doctor’s suggestion. The mammogram revealed breast cancer, so their attempts for a baby were stopped in order to refocus on fighting cancer.
Guiliana was very optimistic throughout her fight with cancer, being sure she would overcome it and continue on her quest to be a mother. Speaking of her future baby, Guiliana told Today, “This baby will have saved my life," referring to the fact that, had she successfully become pregnant before learning of her cancer diagnosis, the pregnancy likely would have very negatively affected her fight with cancer.
Her optimism helped her through a double mastectomy in December of 2011 and, just as she predicted, Guiliana and Bill went right back to the baby business. The couple joyously announced on April of this year that they were expecting their first child via gestational surrogate.
Throughout all of the their ups and down, Giuliana and Bill were open to sharing their lives publically, in hopes that their challenges and successes would help others going through similar situations.
"We are so thrilled that our prayers have been answered," Giuliana said at the time of announcing their surrogacy plans. Bill added, "We are absolutely ecstatic to be sharing this with everyone who has been following our journey."
The couple has waited a long time to get to this point and deserve the happiness they are certainly reveling in. Congratulations to the Rancic family!