Former U.S. Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson East announced on Tuesday (July 20th) the birth of her second child with her husband and NFL player Andrew East.
Shawn Johnson East and Andrew took to the couple’s Teddy & Bear toy shop Instagram story to announce the exciting news. “We’re so excited to announce a new friend is here!”
The couple also says that in honor of their new friend, the toy shop is offing a special edition, gift with purchase – a Teddy & Bear onesie. The onesie will notably be put in online carts with any purchase and it’s complementary in celebration of the baby. “Mom and baby are doing well and we can’t wait to meet our new friend!” the Instagram story also says.
Shawn Johnson East announced she and Andrew were expecting their little one earlier this year. She shared the special news on Instagram with the caption, “Here we go again!”
The couple also posted on YouTube the video showing Andrew’s reaction to Shawn being pregnant. “I freakin’ knew you were!” Shawn Johnson East then says, “If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, if you’re trying to adopt, if you’re in the process of expanding your family, or recently suffering from a loss, we are praying for you.”
Andrew and Shawn East’s daughter, Drew Hazel East, was born in October 2019.
Shawn Johnson East Talks Raising a Toddler During the COVID-19 Pandemic
During a recent interview with Mother.ly, Shawn discusses what it’s like to parent a toddler during the COVID-19 pandemic and also being pregnant.
“Just absolute chaos,” Shawn states while describes parenting during COVID. “I think for any mom going through a year of the pandemic was hard, rightfully so, but’s uncharted territory.”
Shawn then says trying to work from home while also trying to be a mom at the same time as well as being pregnant during the pandemic, it adds a lot of fear. “It’s just one of those things where you just have to take it one day at a time and try to educate yourself as much as possible. Just hope for the best.”
In regards to how the couple’s daughter handled the pandemic, Shawn adds, “She killed it. She had an awesome year. She’s the greatest little baby ever. I think we’re definitely ready to live a little bit more normal of a toddler life.”
Shawn Talks Unsolicited Parenting Advice
While also chatting with Mother.ly, Shawn Johnson East shares her thoughts on unsolicited parenting advice. I feel like I had so many opinions thrown at me when I was pregnant with my daughter,” she explains. “‘You can’t do this’ or ‘you have to do that.’ For everything, literally everything.”
Shawn describes the advice as being intimidating and made her feel like as a parent, she was failing if she wouldn’t go with the advice. “I feel like, truly, if your intention is to love your child as best as you can, you can’t go wrong.”