Actress Shay Mitchell who is still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother shared a piece of heartfelt news with her fans. Shay shared that she and her longtime partner Matte Babel are expecting their second baby together. The couple is already parents to a 2-year-old daughter Atlas Noa.
Shay Mitchell took to her social media to announce the news while explaining how hard it is to celebrate news while mourning the loss of her grandmother, "Saying goodbye to a loved one while simultaneously experiencing the joy of welcoming another into this world is the great cycle of life. It is also my most challenging season to date. I can't help but think this was the universe's plan all along, knowing I would need otherworldly joy to cushion the blow of losing one of the most important people in my life. Yet, this is proof that love, life and loss can profoundly exist all at the same time. Gram, I miss you every day. Little one, we are so excited to meet you. I breathe a sigh of peace knowing you two are already connected in such a cosmic way." Shay Mitchell along with the heartfelt caption shared topless photos of her showcasing her baby bump.
Previously Shay Mitchell had shared that she and her partner Matte Babel were interested in expanding their little family and it would happen when they feel that the time is right for them. It was shared by the actress that before Atlas Noa was born, the couple suffered a miscarriage as she took to her social media to share a picture of a sonogram with a broken heart emoji in 2019 and wrote, “We all have to deal with various struggles and challenges in life. And sometimes it’s easier to only showcase the good times on social media, which is what leads many people to criticize it for its lack of authenticity. Having so many people follow me on Instagram and read my posts is both incredibly humbling and hugely uplifting. The support and affection that so many of you show me lifts me up during even my darkest days, one of which happened last year after I miscarried and lost the child of my hopes and dreams.”
Shay later shared in 2019 that she suffered from severe depression at the beginning of her pregnancy. She said at that time, “As long as I can remember, I’ve heard about postpartum depression. However, to be depressed at the beginning came as a shock. The isolation and anxiety I experienced was crippling. I thought I was going out of my mind and questioned why nobody ever talked to me about this phase. I’ve been fortunate since sharing the news of my pregnancy to have some amazing conversations with other pregnant women and moms and know that all these feelings are ‘normal,’ so now we just need to normalize them by discussing more openly.”
The Pretty Little Liars alum said that she isolated after she decided not to announce her pregnancy publicly. She further said at that time, “With the first pregnancy, I was elated and told everyone at eight weeks. However, I wanted to be sure that this second pregnancy would be viable before shouting it from the rooftops, so I hid it for nearly six months and became very anti-social. Usually, I’m incredibly active and outgoing, but instead, I mainly stayed home to avoid stares and questions. I was extremely lonely. Pregnancy can be a hard time, especially if you’re having to hide it. After I came out publicly, I felt an enormous wave of relief and was finally able to start enjoying the pregnancy.”
Shay Mitchell’s grandmother passed away on 31st January 2021 and the actress took to her social media to share a heartbreaking tribute for her grandmother. She wrote, "I think anyone who knows me knows the relationship I have and have always had with my, 'Gram’. Although inevitable, it would nevertheless be one of the hardest things I would ever have to go through the day she’d pass. My heart is broken. Although I feel so grateful to have been able to spend such incredible moments with her and my family over 34 years, plus having Atlas also be able to have her own special relationship with her, it’s hard to say that this will ever get easier because right now the pain I feel is excruciating knowing that she is gone. If you’re so lucky to still have your grandparents around, do me a favour and call them just to say 'hi', because you never know when it will be the last time. I love you, Gram. And I know you’re looking down on me with a drink in hand. “
Shay Mitchell has also been vocal about the mommy shamming troll online and told People, "I don't pay attention to the mom-shaming, I don't have time for it. You're doing the best job that you can do, and that should be your main focus. I give all of my time and energy to Atlas and things that are important in my life. Focusing on the negative comments that people say on social media is definitely not one of my priorities. I just have to do what feels right for me, as I think any parents should, and focus on that.”
Wishing the couple a very hearty congratulations!