‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Melissa Gilbert Reveals She’s a ‘Proud’ Grandmother With Sweet New Photo

by Emily Morgan
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Congratulations are in order for Melissa Gilbert as she gets to add the title of “grandmother” to her long list of accolades. On Tuesday, the “Little House on the Prairie” alum revealed that her son and wife welcomed a precious baby girl. 

Gilbert penned a heartfelt post about the event on her Instagram account, including a slew of precious photos of the newborn and her delighted family. 

“So so happy to tell you all that @timbusfield and I are Nana and Papa to this sweet angel. Ripley Lou Brinkman arrived last night at 6:18 pm central time. She weighs 7lbs 7oz and is 19.5 inches long.”

In the snaps, followers can see pics of Ripley, her proud mom, and Gilbert’s son, Dakota, beaming over his daughter.”Everyone is healthy and doing well. So proud of my son Dakota and his wife @martobes . She was a warrior through the whole process, and he was the perfect partner to her. Next up, traveling to Texas to meet our new granddaughter.”

Off-camera, the veteran actress is a loving mom to her two, now adult children: Dakota Brinkman and Michael Boxleitner. She’s also a stepmom to five other children.

Gilbert and her first husband, Bo Brinkman, welcomed their only son together, Dakota, on May 1, 1989. However, they parted ways in 1994 when they got divorced. Gilbert later welcomed another son with her second husband, Bruce Boxleitner. After they got married in 1995, the pair welcomed a son whom they named Michael.

Melissa Gilbert Adds ‘Grandmother’ To Long List Of Accomplishments

As a result of her marriage with Brinkman, the former child star also gained two stepchildren, Sam Boxleitner and Lee Boxleitner. According to IMDb, Gilbert’s eldest son, Dakota, has also had a successful entertainment career. He made his acting debut at the young age of 8-years-old when he briefly appeared in 1997’s Laws of Deception. He also has a role in 2007’s Safe Harbour and 2016’s Shay.

In his personal life, he’s also seen success. He married his longtime love, Marissa, in March of 2018. On May 3rd of this year, Marissa posted adorable throwback photos from their wedding to her Instagram, in addition to several stunning shots of her pregnancy pics. 

“Holding something a little bit different three years later. #babybrinkman,” she captioned the pics. In the comments section, a proud Melissa Gilbert was quick to gush over the pics, simply writing, Amazing!!!!” 

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