Congratulations to Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi who just gave birth to her first child, a baby boy named Elijah Javad Gharachedaghi. The 38-year-old star of Bravo’s reality series, Shahs of Sunset gave birth to her son Monday night in Los Angeles.
Elijah arrived at 8:50 PM, weighing in at 6.5 pounds and measuring 19.5 inches. The reality TV personality shared the news along with a picture that was taken moments after Elijah’s birth.
Take a look at GG Gharachedaghi as she holds her baby for the first time.
“Everyone is doing great and Golnesa is beyond excited to be a mom and start this new adventure,” a rep for Gharachedaghi explained to Page Six.
What a precious moment with this new mom and her baby. Gharachedaghi’s sister, Leila Gharache supported her sister through the delivery.
Gharachedaghi announced her pregnancy in October after completing IVF treatment.
Gharachedaghi successfully completed IVF with donor sperm and announced her pregnancy in October.
“This is what I wanted my entire life,” she told People at the time. “When little girls were talking about their perfect husband and their perfect weddings, I was talking about the 10 kids I was going to have.”
“I can’t wait to give this child a life of unconditional love without judgment, the same way my mom has shown me my whole life,” she said of motherhood. “I just wish she could teach me how to cook! I still haven’t figured that out yet…”
Her journey to motherhood was not easy, however.
Gharachedaghi was happy to reach the milestone but getting there wasn’t easy. She nearly lost her life after her first successful IVF transfer last spring led to an ectopic pregnancy that required emergency surgery and the removal of both Fallopian tubes. The experience left Gharachedaghi feeling angry, depressed, and lost.
“For weeks, [I was] playing the, ‘Who am I supposed to be mad at?’ game,” she said. “I wanted to blame someone and I couldn’t. I kept blaming myself because no one had an answer. I checked back into therapy, to try to figure out how to work through this all.”
She tried again, with a successful IVF implantation in August.
She was due in May but explained on Watch What Happens Live that doctors would be inducing labor early so that she could get back on her arthritis medication.
You’ll never believe who inspired her to name her child Elijah.
The pregnancy announcement was followed by an extravagant baby shower in March at which, she revealed her baby’s gender and name. Her pregnancy and motherhood journey is currently being documented for Shahs of Sunset.
She explained to People after the reveal why she chose the name, Elijah.
“Honestly, since I was little, I have been in love with Elijah Wood,” she said. “I remember first seeing him in [1992’s] ‘Radio Flyer.’ He was just, the guy for me. My best friend and I even had a bet where I said if I had a boy, I’d name him Elijah. So when I found out I was pregnant with a boy, I was like, ‘Well, that’s settled!’”
Gharachedaghi also joked that the name was also a nod to the sperm donor used for the IVF treatment, who is Jewish.
“It’s a Hebrew name, so it kind of honors my ‘Donor Daddy,’ as I call him,” Gharachedaghi said. “It was just perfect; it all worked out perfectly.”
Expect to see much more of Gharachedaghi’s motherhood journey on Shahs of Sunset. We’re so excited for this mom. She’d been through a lot to get to this happy point and we’re glad all of that work finally paid off.
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