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Hilaria Baldwin thanks 'very special angels' who brought newborn daughter 'into the world'

Amy Haneline, USA TODAY
·5 min read

Hilaria Baldwin is publicly sharing thanks to the "very special angels who helped bring Lucía," a new baby girl she recently welcomed into her family with Alec Baldwin, "into the world."

The 37-year-old author introduced the newest addition to the Baldwin family to Instagram Monday, but the photo had fans doing a double-take, as the couple also welcomed son Eduardo in September.

On Thursday, Hilaria opened up about the significance of Lucía's arrival while their family experienced "tremendous grief" after the "loss of their sister at 4 months in the end of 2019."

"The Baldwinitos craved so much to have a little sister," Hilaria wrote. "There isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t ache for our daughter. When I found out our baby had died, I told our children that their sister was going to come, just not at that time. Nothing will ever replace her, but two wonderful souls have come into our lives, and we are humbled to know them."

Hilaria applauded the "brave" children she shares with her actor husband: Carmen, 7, Rafael, 5, Leonardo, 4, Romeo, 2, and Eduardo, 6 months. Alec also has a 25-year-old daughter, Ireland, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

"Our children were… braver than us...and they held out hope," Hilaria wrote. "To experience and accept life’s ups and downs is challenging, but a reality that all of us have no choice but to receive and process. I have learned that often our children are wiser than we are and their wisdom has guided us."

The yoga instructor said they are "overwhelmed by how fortunate we are to have" their "rainbow baby" Edu, a term used to describe a baby born after a miscarriage or loss of an infant. Hilaria also revealed Lucía's full name, although she didn't go into detail about how the newborn joined their family.

"We are living each day, bonding, and grateful for all of the very special angels who helped bring Lucía into the world," she concluded her Instagram post. "María Lucía Victoria and Eduardo Pau Lucas: our babies who bring light into our lives—almost like twins, we love you so much."

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Hilaria first hinted at the news Monday when she shared a photo of herself surrounded by six children, including a newborn on her lap.

In that post, the mom of six didn't share any further details about the baby, captioning the post with "7" and a heart emoji. In her Instagram story, she shared the same photo and asked her followers "How many babies do you see?"

Reps for the couple did not respond to USA TODAY's requests for comment.

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Alec shared the same photo of Hilaria and the six children Monday with the caption, "Mi vida," which means "My life" in Spanish — which led the "SNL" actor to fire back at one probing commenter.

"Who's the mother? She wasn't pregnant. She gave birth six months ago," wrote the commenter. "If it was a surrogate just say that. If the baby was adopted just say that. If the baby was a product of an affair and you've decided to raise it with your wife just say that."

"You should shut the (expletive) up and mind your own business," Alec responded.

Another poster came to the family's defense, writing, "wish I knew why are people so mean."

"Because basically, they're not very smart," Alec Baldwin wrote. "Americans are people who know less about how to live a peaceful, healthy life than most of the civilized world."

On Tuesday, Hilaria shared another Instagram photo of their newborn daughter : "We are so in love with our daughter, Lucia. Just like your brothers and sisters, you are a dream come true."

Alec shared the same photo with the caption, "Blessed..."

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Hilaria has been open about her journey to motherhood.

In the past two years, she shared the couple's struggle with miscarriages before they welcomed Eduardo last year.

She has more recently made headlines around her cultural identity after social media users accused her of pretending to be Spanish even though she was born in Boston.

In December, videos emerged showing Baldwin speaking with different accents, and tweets claimed she used to go by the name Hillary.

She addressed the controversy on social media and later apologized for not being clearer.

She reiterated she was raised with both American and Spanish cultures and feels "a true sense of belonging to both," and added that "the way I’ve spoken about myself and my deep connection to two cultures could have been better explained."

"I should have been more clear and I'm sorry," she continued, captioning a photo of herself with husband Alec Baldwin and their children. "I'm proud of the way I was raised, and we’re raising our children to share the same love and respect for both. Being vulnerable and pushing ourselves to learn and grow is what we've built our community on, and I hope to get back to the supportive and kind environment we’ve built together."

Alec Baldwin defended his wife then, too. "We live in a world now where we're hidden behind the anonymity of social media," he said, noting that people feel they can say anything.

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Contributing: Charles Trepany, David Oliver, Erin Jensen, Rasha Ali, Cydney Henderson

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hilaria Baldwin thanks 'very special angels' for new baby