Kenya Moore Shares First Photo Of Baby Brooklyn And Reveals Scary Birth Story
We called it y’all! Kenya Moore’s baby girl Brooklyn Doris just made her debut on PEOPLE.com. The beauty queen turned reality star shared the first shot of her baby in the magazine’s December 24th edition, telling readers the details on her darling daughter:
“I finally have everything I’ve dreamed of,” she gushes to PEOPLE, posing with her adorable baby girl for the first time in an exclusive spread for this week’s issue.
“She’s so perfect in so many ways,” adds Moore, who says Brooklyn “makes 101 faces” that always make her laugh. “This little angel … so beautiful. I feel so blessed. It’s all been so worth it.”
“It’s weird,” she says. “You can be surrounded by people but if you don’t have what you’ve longed for your whole life — and in my case, that’s a family — you just feel lonely.”
Besides sharing the photos of her beautiful baby girl, Kenya also opened up about her difficult journey to motherhood, revealing how, at her first ultrasound, doctors couldn’t see the baby’s skeleton and worried Moore had a false pregnancy. Another visit had physicians concerned Moore was having an ectopic tubal pregnancy and would need to be terminated.
“There were so many scares along the way,” Moore says, explaining she was seeing an OBGYN and perinatologist (a specialist for high-risk pregnancy) weekly. “We held our breath every time we went to the doctor.”
The scares continued for Moore into October, when she tested positive for preeclampsia after noticing swelling in her feet and making a visit to her OBGYN where she made the frightening discovery she’d gained nearly 20 lbs.
“In one week, I had gained 17 lbs.” she recalls. “I was like, ‘Wait a minute, is this scale right?’ ‘Cause I remembered specifically what my weight was, and at that point, I was at 203 lbs. already. And then when they weighed me, I was 220 lbs. And I was thinking, ‘Something is not right here. Is the scale broken?’ ”
“I called them to give them my blood pressure readings and my reading was through the roof and climbing,” Moore explains. “They told me, ‘Your condition is worsening so get your bags and go straight to the hospital, you’re delivering today.’ “
Frightened, and with Daly still on a plane to Atlanta, Moore recalls bursting into tears. “It was all happening so fast,” she says. “I started crying because I got so scared. I couldn’t get a hold of Marc, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I just remember feeling overwhelmed with emotion. It was really tough.”
Kenya delivered Brooklyn Doris (named after the borough where she and hubby Marc Daly met and her grandmother) six weeks early on November 4th, PEOPLE details the emergency c-section revealing how fibroids forced doctors to cut Moore twice — horizontally and vertically, potentially putting her in danger of losing her own life.
“They couldn’t get the baby out,” she says. “There were all these complications and they knew if they cut into a fibroid, I could potentially bleed out and die. So they ended up cutting me vertically too, to just get the baby out and make sure I survived the surgery. They were so scared they were going to lose me.”
At one point, Moore’s epidural ran out and doctors gave her anesthesia to put her out. She jokes, “When it was all over, my doctor said, ‘This was one for the books.’ ”
“They laid her down on my chest, and those screaming cries stopped immediately,” Moore recalls. “She was just so perfect, so tiny. And just like that, all my dreams had come true.”
It definitely sounds like a harrowing experience, but Moore says she couldn’t be happier at the outcome.
“We’re so in love,” Moore gushes. “Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. But she’s such a tough baby; so determined. And every step of the way, she kept surviving and getting stronger. She’s my miracle baby. There’s no other way to describe it, she’s my miracle baby.”
It sounds like Brooklyn is a real fighter just like her mom. We’re so glad that things worked out for Kenya and Marc and Brooklyn. And now that the first photos are out of the way we hope Kenya will decide to flood us with photos of her precious princess!