Maksim Chmerkovskiy posted a hospital photo of his pregnant fiancée Peta Murgatroyd—and then he went silent. But now, the engaged Dancing with the Stars pro dancers have welcomed their first child, a son, two days after the baby’s due date.
Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy was born on January 4 at 5:34 a.m. in New York City. Maksim Chmerkovskiy posted the news on Twitter, and in a statement to People, the happy couple said: “This is, without a doubt, the best thing that has ever happened to us!”
On Tuesday afternoon, Maksim’s brother, Val Chmerkovskiy posted a video to Instagram, announcing that he would be skipping that evening’s scheduled Dancing With the Stars: Live! show in Richmond, Virginia, because the new addition to the Chmerkovskiy family was imminent. The reigning DWTS mirrorball champ captioned the post with: “Amazing news. I’m about to be an uncle. Family means the most to me so I’m with them now.”
“I love you guys,” Val Chmerkovskiy said in the video. “As all of you know, I’m expecting to be an uncle very soon. My sister-in-law Peta Murgatroyd is literally delivering the baby as soon as I’m done with this video hopefully.”
Val Chmerkovskiy’s video made it sound as though Baby Chmerkovskiy’s arrival was imminent, and some fans even wondered if the baby boy would be delivered via a scheduled C-section.
On the baby’s January 2 due date, Maksim Chmerkovskiy posted a video of what appeared to be the couple’s pre-dawn drive to a New York City hospital. A short while later Maksim posted a photo of a still-pregnant Peta touching up her mascara while resting on a hospital bed. Maksim captioned the pic with: “But first… a little makeup.”
But 48 hours later there was still no official word from Maksim or his fiancee regarding Baby Chmerkovskiy and fans began to speculate that the initial hospital trip was a false alarm. Now that the newborn ahs arrived, Chmerkovskiy has not given any details regarding the delivery, but his brother posted that the child gives the close-knit clan “a new purpose.”
Maksim and Peta’s Dancing With the Stars co-stars have been supportive throughout the pregnancy, but even the couple’s closest pals were silent in the hours following the first hospital photo that Maksim posted.
On Christmas Eve, DWTS pro Sharna Burgess posted a poignant pic with her pregnant pal with the hashtags #itsalmost time and #babychmerkovskiy, but other than that, the couple’s pro dancing friends have not been talking about the arrival of Baby Chmerkovskiy.
Now that Baby Chmerkovskiy has finally arrived, Maksim and Peta are ready. The couple recently received gifts for their newborn at a lavish baby shower in Brooklyn, New York, and they completed an adorable safari-themed nursery with celebrity designer Vanessa Antonelli. Maksim even assembled the baby’s custom crib, which the couple ordered from Romania, on his own, according to E! News.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy has long said he has been ready to be a father, but at age 36 and with millions of dollars to his name, he is in an even better position to take some time off to be a stay-at-home dad.
“I’m ready! But I’ve been ready [to be a dad] since I was like 21,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy told Us Weekly last year. “But now I know that I’m ready, I’m like, ‘Thank God it didn’t happen before…I think she’s going to be an amazing mom. We’re going to look back on this process and say we had one of the easiest pregnancies.”
While the pregnancy has been “easy,” fans are hoping that the delivery of Baby Chmerkovskiy was relatively easy, too.
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