Disney Star Welcomes First Child, Reveals They Suffered 3 Miscarriages

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March 20, 2019Mar 20, 2019

Congratulations to David Henrie and his wife Maria Cahill Henrie. Their prayers have been answered.

The Wizards of Waverly Place alum, 29, and the former Miss Delaware revealed that they welcomed their first child, reported PEOPLE. Their family grew to three with the addition of a baby girl, named Pia Philomena Francesca Henrie.

The baby girl was born on March 19 in Los Angeles. She weighed 7 lbs. and 6 ounces.

They chose their baby's name Pia because it means loving in Latin.

“It’s been six decades since there’s been a Henrie girl, so we are overjoyed to welcome little Pia Henrie into the world,” said Henrie.

The actor also joked, “I can’t wait to sit her down on a couch and tell her a 9 season story of How I Met Your Mother,” in a reference to his role as Ted Mosby's son on the show.

Henrie also revealed that the couple had three miscarriages before they were able to carry Pia to term. He shared the emotional post along with a picture of him and Maria with their daughter.

"Today is a particularly special day for Maria and I... and it’s special because in order to get to where we are today, with the joy of our newborn in our arms, my wife and I went through trials," said Henrie.

He continued, "I felt compelled to share this because I had no clue just how difficult trying to start a family could be. See, Pia Philomena Francesca Henrie has brothers and sisters... Maria and I suffered three miscarriages before finally being able to carry Pia to full term."

The couple said they persevered through the process of recovering from miscarriage to miscarriage because they knew that they wanted to have a child. They believed God would eventually bless them.

"While it was insanely difficult recovering from miscarriage after miscarriage, we knew if we were ever going to be able to hold a baby of our own in our arms that we must not let the tragedy affect our marriage, but rather grow closer together! We stayed faithful to that conviction and had a little help from @franciscus."

The couple con civet Pia after they asked Pope Francis to pray for them to have a baby. They gave her the middle name Francesca in honor of the pope.

"The reason Pia’s middle name is Francesca is because I personally asked pope Francis to pray for Maria and I to have a baby. He took our hands, held them together, said a special blessing, then looked up and told me not to worry that a baby would be coming - that was pretty much exactly nine months ago. For all those who are struggling #pray #hope and #dontworry !! Always."

Congratulations to the couple! May God bless their family!

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