Tyrese Gibson and wife Samantha welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Soraya Lee Gibson, on Monday, Oct. 1, the actor confirmed on Instagram. The baby girl joins 11-year-old big sister Shayla, Gibson’s daughter from a previous marriage. Gibson, 39, wrote alongside a snapshot of Soraya’s footprints, “Father God we love you for delivering on your promise princess Soraya Lee Gibson is here … 8 pounds 6 oz our lives just changed forever … #PrincessGibson #ShaylasLittleSister.”
“My wife is the real champion here I have never seen this level of strength and will power … She was in labor for 30 hours … 8 pounds 6 oz later … We know our daughter came here to change things,” he captioned a photo of himself sleeping alongside his newborn’s bassinet.“We wanna say thank you and we appreciate your prayers and love … We are both overjoyed with our new angel Soraya Lee Gibson and exhausted!”
Samantha, a social worker
learned she was pregnant with their daughter in late January, not long after they began trying to conceive.Minutes after her positive first test — and before she could even plan out a surprise for her husband — Gibson arrived home, and they celebrated together.“It was me screaming and just being overly excited and just fired up about the news,” he said.
The couple shared photos from their stunning maternity shoot
which was captured at the Gibsons’ Georgia estate and also featured Shayla — exclusively with PEOPLE in July.The session put Samantha’s baby bump front and center, including in several shots where she stripped down to almost nothing. At one point in the shoot, she posed in a bathtub, which was inspired by a similar photograph she and Tyrese had seen elsewhere.
“To go almost completely bare in a lot of photos was an extremely
extremely challenging experience,” she told PEOPLE. “But on the bright side, I was really happy because pregnancy is a process.
The trick was raising in Tyrese Gibson mind.
Your body is changing, and to be able to accept that change publicly and really just put it out there like that confidently — I tried to trick myself into thinking I was doing something for women all over the world.”