Earlier this year, Victoria’s Secret supermodel Grace Elizabeth welcomed her first child, a baby boy named Noah, with husband Nicholas Krause — and the public never even knew she was pregnant!
Grace Elizabeth announced her pregnancy and the birth of her son on Instagram today.
In her Instagram post, Grace explains why they kept her pregnancy so private: “I kept private about the pregnancy because I wasn’t ready to share him with the world just yet; my best kept secret. My husband and I really just wanted to live in those precious moments and give our unborn baby the love and attention he needed to grow without outside eyes or expectations. Just us. And it was absolutely beautiful.”
Grace Elizabeth was invited to shoot a Mother’s Day campaign for Victoria’s Secret that turned out to be very special for two reasons. The first reason is because this shoot made Grace realize that her baby was really coming soon.
She writes, “During the interview of the campaign I cried and that’s when it really hit me - he was on his way. After 9 months of carrying him around in my belly, I was finally going to hold him in my arms, look into his eyes, and hold his little hands. My life was about to change forever. I was going to be a mom; and there would be Mother’s Day cards, drawings on the fridge, crayon marks on the walls, dinosaur bandaids, and so many more treasures…”
I was finally going to hold him in my arms, look into his eyes, and hold his little hands.
The second reason it was special is because her baby really was coming soon — her contractions started during the shoot. The next day Grace and her husband went to the hospital and 18 hours later, baby Noah was born.
Grace ended her post with a description of those first few precious moments of holding her son in her arms: “I can’t explain what that moment feels like when you first see your child. The seconds it took for him to go from the doctors hands to my arms felt like ages. It was like the whole room fell silent and everything blurred expect my sons face and my breathing. In that moment my heart grew 6lb and 11oz. I pressed my cheek against his head and told him how proud I was of him, the journey was done and now that mommy had him in her arms he had nothing to worry about. I promised I would always be right by his side, to hold him when he felt weak, to guide him as he grew, to shower him with love and tenderness, to teach him to be kind, strong, and courageous, and most of all there would never come a day where he doubts how much I love him; for he will see, hear, and feel my unconditional and everlasting love every single day.” [sic]
I promised I would always be right by his side, to hold him when he felt weak, to guide him as he grew.
Grace Elizabeth also spoke with Vogue about motherhood and how the experience has changed her perspective on beauty to being more than just “a strong tight body.”
“The changes that my body and skin and health have gone through has changed the way I view beauty 100%,” said Grace. “I’ve had moments of despair when clothes didn’t fit, or at the sight of my stretch marks, or loose skin, or dark circles from sleep deprivation — but then I look into my son’s eyes and remember that these little things are proof of a strength and beauty like no other.”
“Beauty is strength and capability and it’s love, the love that I feel for my body before and after,” she added. “Beauty comes in all different sizes and shapes, and my marks and little imperfections are actually perfect, because it reminds me that for nine months, I grew a little person.”