Child on the best way! Jessica Batten and her husband, Dr. Benjamin McGrath, expect their first baby collectively.
“New 12 months, Similar Me, New Mother! 🤰✨ Sending one of the best needs and blessings your approach in 2023 🙏✨ We’re excited and humbled to share we’ll welcome our child into the world and into our rising household in early June,” the Love Is Blind alum, 38, wrote by way of Instagram on Thursday, January 5, alongside a number of pictures of McGrath, 36, posing along with his arms on her abdomen.
A number of of Batten’s fellow Netflix personalities shared their pleasure within the feedback part.
“Omggggg yayyyy congrats!!,” wrote Giannina Gibelli. Kenny Barnes additionally chimed in with a message of help, writing, “No approach! Congratulations!!! ❤️”
The expectant father, for his half, commented: “Ahhh!! 😂 love you! You’re the cutest little 🤰.”
Batten launched followers to McGrath in July 2020. “He truly contacted me on Instagram, and on the time, Instagram was such a tricky place for me to go, so I had handed it off to a great girlfriend of mine,” she recalled to Refinery 29 throughout summer season 2021.
She added: “She was on there type of swiping left, swiping proper on completely different guys who had been coming into the DMs. We ended up assembly up one night time, and the subsequent day we went on a motorcycle trip, and the remainder is historical past. This was again in March of final yr, so it’s been a couple of yr and a half. And it’s been actually wonderful.”
In September 2021, the foot-and-ankle surgeon popped the query to the previous actuality star after multiple yr of courting, the wellness influencer revealed by way of her Instagram on the time. One yr later, the twosome revealed that they’d secretly tied the knot in August 2022.
“Mr. & Mrs.,” Batten captioned an Instagram submit of pictures from the nuptials.
She later defined that though the pair had initially deliberate for a grand marriage ceremony ceremony, COVID-19 postponements modified their plans.
“Amidst COVID and with household well being and logistics with journey, we discovered ourselves between a rock and a tough place in making an attempt to plan the marriage in 2022,” the couple advised Brides journal in September 2022. “We tried to make all of it work. We thought-about pushing out our date or shifting the situation to Chicago. In the end, we determined that we wanted extra time to tug off the large celebration that we thought was worthy for our household and associates.”
Batten met her beau someday earlier than Los Angeles went into lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. Previous to discovering love with the physician, the previous Netflix character appeared on the primary season of the pod-based courting collection, which was filmed in late 2018 earlier than airing in February 2020. She and Mark Cuevas obtained engaged earlier than he finally walked out of their televised nuptials in the course of the finale.
Whereas that is Batten’s first baby, she has spoken earlier than about “studying to be a mother or father,” by means of being round McGrath’s two youngsters from a earlier relationship — Poppy and Ethan.
“It’s been superior and three for the worth of 1 for me,” the California resident advised Folks in October 2021. “I didn’t know this might be in my future, however I couldn’t think about my life with out them. They’re so tremendous particular to me.”
She continued: “It’s lots of sacrifice, but it surely’s so rewarding. After being on my own for therefore lengthy, or simply me and [my dog] Payton, now having them, it’s only a complete completely different perspective.”
The “Unsettled” podcast host added that being a step-parent made her “extra excited in regards to the little issues now.”
“We went on the practice one time to a Padres recreation, and for me, that’s not tremendous thrilling, however seeing them experiencing it for the primary time, it’s only a complete new stage of pleasure for me as a result of I get to see them having that pleasure,” Batten shared.