Jesinta and Buddy Franklin are officially a family of four after welcoming their second child, a baby boy, on March 24.
The 34-year-old Sydney Swans star was first to share the exciting news, sharing a sweet black-and-white photo cradling their new son.
“Our Baby boy has arrived 💙,” he wrote.
The former Miss Universe Australia has now shared the name of the couple’s newest arrival, Rocky, who joins an elder sister, one-year-old Tullulah.
Taking to Instagram to share a short video, Franklin shared a short video of a bathtub filled with rose petals, writing: “Lulu out for a walk with my parents and Rocky is sleeping… time for a little self-care.”
The former marie claire Australia cover star first announced she was expecting her second child in October 2020, while speaking with Vida Glow founder Anna Lahey during one of the brand’s Instagram Glow Sessions.
“Nearly halfway through, it was a very big surprise for us,” Franklin told Lahey during the Instagram Live. “Tallulah will be getting a sibling at the end of March next year .”
Franklin explains she found out a week after Buddy—who plays for the Sydney Swans—went into the COVID-19 ‘hub’, where AFL players are confined to strict lockdowns, saying it “was a lot to deal with at once.”
Franklin has previously been very vocal about her and Buddy’s fertility struggles, revealing the couple tried to conceive for two years prior to welcoming their daughter, something she touched on during the Glow Sessions.
“It was very hard to conceive Tullulah, so for this to be such an unplanned surprise is a blessing,” Franklin told Lahey. “I had that moment that I really had wished for the first time, where you pee on a stick and it’s such a surprise and it’s very exciting. I got that moment that I feel I missed out on because of all the challenges.”
Franklin went on to say that speaking on her fertility struggles was especially important to her, something she hopes will help other women who might be dealing with the same issues—and something Lahey herself admitted to dealing with when trying to conceive her first child with husband Keiran.
“I knew so many other women had gone through it as well, and there was just not enough dialogue out there about it. I think the only time we really speak about fertility, as women, is when comes to having a baby,” Franklin said. “We really should be talking about it long before then.”
A huge congratulations to Jesinta and Buddy!