“Welcome, baby Iris Marion Biegel. [September 2, 2020.] Our hearts are so full,” Katie, 38, captioned an Instagram post of her holding her daughter.
Iris’ arrival comes one year after the Food Network star opened up about her battle with infertility. “When Ryan and I got married, our plan was to start a family right away,” she wrote via Instagram in April 2019. “I couldn’t wait to get pregnant! I naively thought it would be easy. I had to have surgery to correct a problem, got an infection, then I was so run down I got shingles.”
She continued, “My doctor advised us to try IVF. We just finished the intense process only to get zero healthy embryos. Not only is IVF physically exhausting, [but] the emotional toll is unparalleled. We were filled with hope and excitement only to be crushed.”
After getting married in September 2018, Katie learned she was pregnant with her and Ryan’s first child in February 2020. The Groundswell author was so excited that she could barely contain her joy. “Eating for two,” she captioned an Instagram post of her growing baby bump at the time. “Baby Biegel is on the way!”
At first, Katie and Ryan didn’t want to know their child’s sex until the baby was born, but because they needed some “good news,” they decided not to wait. “My husband @ryanbiegel and I are very excited to share that we are having a baby girl! It was so much fun to do our ‘reveal’ this morning with my @foodnetwork #TheKitchen family and all of you!” the TV food critic said in April 2020.
After fans learned baby Iris’ sex, they wished Katie the best on social media. “They say it takes a village to raise a child, but for some of us, it takes a village to have a child,” the doting mom said. We’re so happy for this family of three!