See Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade's Expression When They Saw Their Daughter for the First Time

Being Mary Jane star said Kaavia's birth "reminded me that miracles do happen"
By Lena Grossman May 12, 2019 8:52 PMTags
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Nothing lasts quite like a first impression, and this was one Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are never going to forget.

Union and Wade welcomed their first child together, Kaavia James Union Wade, into their lives on Nov. 7 via surrogate. 

"We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl!" they shared on Nov. 8 on Instagram.

Now, as Union celebrates her first Mother's Day with a daughter of her own, she's providing another glimpse at the first moment she and the former Miami Heat player laid eyes on their baby girl in the delivery room.

The Being Mary Jane star posted a picture of herself and Wade sitting in the hospital room getting to see Kaavia as the doctor holds her up moments after the surrogate gave birth. In the picture, Wade snaps a photo on his phone and Union's hands are up at her mouth in gleeful disbelief.

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She wrote about her motherhood journey and all the ups and downs in her caption.

Union began, "I've cried so many times today for so many reasons, mainly because I'd gotten accustomed to heartbreak and disappointment. I think alot of us live in that space. I set up shop there."

She continued, "This moment reminded me that miracles do happen. You cant age out of joy. You are worthy. You are worthy. You are worthy. Sending so much love today to all the mamas, stepmamas, grandmas, aunties real and play, daddies, friends and anyone who has taken the time to nurture another living soul.  I see you, I gotchu. And to those who have lost their mamas, grandmas, mother figures, sending extra love and light and hugs your way."

The Nebraska native uploaded another video of herself and Kaavia on Instagram and she talked about she's "still in shock" about having this baby in her life.

"I really cant believe @kaaviajames is actually here," she wrote. "I cant believe I haven't snuck off to cry super ugly fat tears today like I have in the past. I'm just grateful and happy. My sunshine."

Kaavia James is most definitely here and her fabulous Instagram pictures and profile as a whole are enough proof. She's also already graced her first magazine cover at just 6-months-old.

Union has been open about her past miscarriages and fertility struggles, and even said in a recent Women's Health cover story that she felt using a surrogate meant "surrendering to failure."

She told the magazine, "There's nothing more that I wanted than to cook my own baby."

Union and Wade have often dubbed Kaavia their "miracle baby" and are open about what it took to get to having her.

 "Every family is unique. How each family is created and comes together is special," she wrote on Instagram while describing her daughter's "birth journey."

"Kaavia James Union Wade's journey into our arms was long and at times brutal. There were heartbreaks that nearly broke us and streams of tears that turned into raging rivers."

Take a look at the gallery below to see how other first-time moms are celebrating the special holiday.

Diane Kruger

In November 2018, the actress gave birth to a baby girl, her first child in general, and first child with boyfriend Norman Reedus. She shared this photo of her and their daughter on Mother's Day 2019.

Kehlani

The "Gangsta" singer and her partner Javie Young-White welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Adeya Nomi, in late March after the singer had a home birth. She posted this photo of their little girl on Mother's Day, writing, "Every second of everyday is spent falling in love in a new way. Every second of love feels different than the last. I remember praying for you. I remember asking for you out loud. I remember our identical cry we shared the first minute we met. Mommy has done many things in life but you are by far my first BEST thing."

Cardi B

Cardi B and husband Offset welcomed their first child together on July 10, 2018. Their daughter Kulture Kiari was the talk of the town when she entered the hip-hop superstar's life and she hasn't stopped grabbing her mom's attention since. Cardi shared a cute video of her family on Mother's Day 2019.

Tamron Hall

On April 25, the former Today host announced the arrival of her first child, a boy named Moses on social media. On Mother's Day, she posted a photo of her with her son and mom, writing, "This picture was taken as my amazing mother helped dress my "Sonshine" for a special ceremony. Today I am a mom leaning on my friends who are Mothers. I also lean on the Aunties, Cousins, and incredible women who are not moms but give every ounce of love you can imagine to Moses."

Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex and her husband, the Duke of Sussex, welcomed their first child together on May 6 announcing the news on their official Instagram account. They named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Amy Schumer

The Trainwreck star gave birth to her first child, a baby boy named Gene Attell Fischer, with husband Chris Fischer, on Sunday, May 5 and in perfect Amy Schumer fashion she shared the news on Instagram after telling fans she made sure to stop at the steps of the Met Gala before heading to the hospital to have her son. "10:55 pm last night. Our royal baby was born," she captioned her first photo with her main men.

Molly Yeh

The Food Network star and her husband Nick Hagen welcomed their first child, a baby girl, on March 30, 2019. Her name is Bernadette Rosemary and we have a feeling she'll be a cooking TV star in no time.

Porsha Williams

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her fiancé Dennis McKinely  became parents on March 22. Their daughter Pilar Jhena is already a TV star with her baby special airing in April and her own Instagram page.

Leanne Ford

The Restored by the Fords star and her husband Erik became a family of three thanks to the arrival of their daughter Ever Allen on March 18. According to People, she was born at 6:45 p.m. and weighed 8 lbs, 4 oz.

Janet Montgomery

The New Amsterdam star and boyfriend Joe Fox announced the arrival of their baby girl in early March. Juno Fox was born on March 1 in New York City.

Greta Gerwig

In March, E! News confirmed that the Oscar nominee and her longtime beau Noah Baumback became parents after welcoming their first child together. The pregnancy was kept under wraps and we have yet to hear whether they had a boy or girl.

Claire Holt

The Originals actress welcomed son James Holt Joblon in March, a year after suffering a miscarriage. She wrote on Instagram, "I'm so lucky to celebrate this special day with my beautiful family. Thank you to my best friend @ajoblon for making me a mama. You and James are the best things to ever happen to me. To the two gorgeous ladies in the background, my mother and mother-in-law, thank you for guiding me and inspiring me. I love you both so much. An extra big thank you to my boy Jamesy - you make every day the best day. I know today is especially hard for those who have lost their mothers, and for the women who are trying for a baby but haven't been blessed with one yet. I'm thinking of you all and sending my love."

Mamie Gummer

In February 2019, Mamie Gummer and her fiancé Mehar Sethi became parents after welcoming a baby boy into the world. This little guy is also Meryl Streep's (Gummer's mom) first grandchild!

Kaitlin Doubleday

Empire actress Kaitlin Doubleday became a mom to baby boy Franklin in February and on Feb. 19 her sister broke the news to the world writing, "BABY FRANKLIN HAS ARRIVED!!! That's my nephew!" 

Bekah Martinez

The Bachelor star, Bekah Martinez, and her boyfriend Grayston Leonard announced the arrival of their first child, a baby girl name Ruth, in February. On Mother's Day, she shared a photo of her with her daughter, mother and grandmother, writing, "Daughter, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother."

Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten became a mom in the early morning hours on Jan. 26, welcoming daughter Violet Skye. On Mother's Day, she shared a photo of the two, writing, "My sweet Violet Skye, thank you for making me a mom. You are my favorite thing in the entire world. I can't believe that i get to spend my first Mother's Day on a tour bus with you snuggled up. And to all the moms out there, hope to be moms, those missing their moms, step moms, chosen mamas, i see you. You gorgeous, glorious, strong loving, tired (just me?) babes, i hope you soak up the rest you all deserve today."

Melanie Lynskey

The actress and her Parenthood alum fiancé Jason Ritter  welcomed their first child, a little girl, in early 2019. Details on her name and her birth date are still under wraps.

Deena Cortese

The Jersey Shore star officially became a mama on Jan. 5, 2019 after giving birth to a healthy baby boy. Her son Christopher John, who she calls CJ, is the first child for both her and her husband Christopher Buckner.

Colleen Ballinger

The YouTube star described her son on Twitter saying "he's perfect" on Dec. 11, 2018 after giving birth the night before. Her baby boy is the first child for both Colleen Ballinger, who is best known as her video persona Miranda Sings, and her fiancé Erik Stocklin.

Kat Von D

The tattoo artist and makeup mogul became a mom in late 2018, announcing her son's arrival on Dec. 2, 2018. "Meet our beautiful baby boy, Leafar Von D Reyes. Thank you to all our beloved friends+family, fans+followers for your patience in us announcing his long awaited arrival!" she wrote on Instagram at the time.

Kate Upton

The model and her Houston Astros pitcher hubby Justin Verlander hit a home run when they became parents to daughter Genevieve on Nov. 7, 2018. On Mother's Day, she shared a photo of her and their little girl, writing, "Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing moms out there! Especially my mom and sister who have taught (and are teaching) that we can achieve anything that we put our hearts and minds to... I hope to teach my daughter the same! Vivi thank you for making me a mom. You have taught me there is no deeper love! I am so blessed to be surrounded by all of these amazing strong women #happymothersday #girlmom."

Gabrielle Union

On Nov. 7, 2018, Gabrielle Union's life changed forever when she and husband Dwayne Wade welcomed their first child together, daughter Kaavia James, via surrogate. On her first Mother's Day as a mom, the actress posted this photo of her and the NBA star in a hospital delivery room, laying their eyes on their little girl for the first time.

Kenya Moore

Another Real Housewives of Atlanta star will be celebrating her first Mother's Day this year after becoming a mom to daughter Brooklyn on Nov. 4, 2018.

Yvonne Stahovski

The Handmaid's Tale star became a mom in October 2018 following the arrival of her son, which she announced on Oct. 15 with a precious snap.

Kaavia may be Union and Wade's first child together, but she's also the step-mom of his three kids: Zion, Zaire and Xavier.

Congrats on this very special Mother's Day!