Jessica Capshaw has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Not only does she have a loving husband and three beautiful children, the Grey’s Anatomy star revealed, via Instagram, that she is expecting her fourth child!
Capshaw, who plays the character Dr. Arizona Robins on Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama, made the exciting announcement on Sunday. She posted a photo of her and her family on Instagram and captioned it by explaining that her family of five would soon be a family of six.
“The holidays have certainly arrived… All of our lives are being added to by the lights, music and the cheer!! This year our family has reason to further broaden our smile…baby number four is on the way!! I am a lucky, lucky girl…”
In the photo, Jessica can be seen posing with husband Christopher Gavigan and her children, son Luke, 7, and daughters Eve, 4, and Poppy, 3. The actress didn’t reveal how far along she is in her fourth pregnancy, and from the way her children are positioned in the picture, you can’t guess by the size of her stomach.
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However, Jessica was photographed at the 2015 Baby2Baby holiday party on Sunday, December 6 and appeared to have a slight baby bump. According to the organization’s Facebook page, Baby2Baby is a non-profit organization that “provides low-income children ages 0-12 with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.” Jessica is listed on their website as one of their “angels.”
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Jessica’s pregnancy has some Grey’s Anatomy fans wondering how they will tie it in with her character on the show. If you will remember, Arizona suffered a miscarriage in Season 11 and divorced her wife Callie (Sarah Ramirez). According to TV Guide, the show has had to work with pregnant cast members before, adapting the storyline to their pregnancies. Sarah Drew, who plays Dr. April Kepner, became pregnant while filming the show and inspired the heartbreaking storyline of April and her husband Dr. Jackson Avery losing their son.
During a 2011 interview with Good Housekeeping, Jessica Capshaw dished on how she balances motherhood and her work.
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“I love what I do and I think it shows. As my kids get older, they can see me as a mom who loves working,” Capshaw, 39, said, adding that it isn’t always easy, and the hardest part is “the time you spend away. Missing whatever is important at the time and not being able to control it.”
Last year, Capshaw spoke to People Magazine about her youngest daughter Poppy James, joking that she was experiencing that “third child syndrome.”
“[She] is experiencing a reckoning of being two that my other two did not have,” Capshaw said. “So I feel very grateful that she’s my third so I have the wisdom and experience to know it’s all fine and will pass.”
Jessica explained that she had experienced the joys that come with motherhood, both good and bad, with her other two children, and rarely anything Poppy did fazed her.
“When she wants to scream in my face, the way she did a couple times today, it’s all fine,” she said. “The third child gets to be the squeaky wheel.”
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