Unless you’ve been living under a rock far away from a Backstreet Boys fan, you know that Nick Carter and wife Lauren Kitt-Carter welcomed a daughter last week. Saoirse Reign Carter was born October 2nd, weighing in at just over seven pounds, in Las Vegas, where the couple lives with 3-year-old big brother, Odin.
What you may not know about is the journey that the Carter family has been on to get to a family of four. In 2015, when Nick and Lauren announced that they were expecting a little boy on Dancing With The Stars, we wrote an open letter wishing them well, about what wonderful parents we thought they would be, and how much we admired their honesty about a previous miscarriage.
Four years later, we are more inspired by their strength and honesty about their journey to becoming parents than ever before.
Last September, the Carters revealed that Lauren had suffered another miscarriage, this time further along — a little girl. While Nick expressed his grief about the loss in real time, being very open about the details and the reality of it, his wife took time away from social media, not addressing it until International Womens’ Day, what would have been her due date, in March.
“I’ve moved on from my losses, days like today remind me just how fortunate I am to have a healthy child and how BADASS women are, how much we endure with a smile on our face. If you are struggling to start a family or have had a loss this post is for you, you’re not alone and there is always hope,” Lauren wrote, sharing an ultrasound photo and her pledge to donate to Every Mom Counts, an organization that works to give every woman access to safe pregnancy and childbirth options.
In May, Nick and Lauren revealed that they were indeed expecting again via an instagram post while on tour with the Backstreet Boys in Europe. There is always hope.
Fast forward to October and, well, you know how this story ends — with a beautiful new beginning.
But it was this video of the hours leading up to Saoirse’s arrival to her birth that has not only tugged all of our heartstrings, but has really inspired the hope that Lauren referred to in her Instagram post many months ago, in so many of us.
“For 2 years I watched you endure some of the hardest things a husband could ever witness. Going through the ups and downs of pregnancy all in the hopes that just maybe, with a little help from up above, we would get to this point,” Nick wrote in a poignant post to Lauren, reflecting on their daughter’s birth and after seeing it all play out — wow, we. FELT. THAT.
So here we are, to the point of this post…
“When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.”
The amount of ups and downs that this family has endured in the past few years is something that no one should have to go through. That amount of ups and downs on top of hoping, wishing and waiting for God and the universe to send you a happy, healthy baby is beyond tough.
But here they are. Nick. Lauren. Odin. Saoirse. A family that has been so wanted, HOPED for, and will undoubtedly share so much love between them for an endless amount of time. If that’s not inspiring, if that’s not the product of always looking forward and keeping the faith that’s what meant for you will find it’s way to you, we don’t know what is.
To Nick and Lauren,
Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Thank you for being so honest about not only the struggles and the fears, but the triumph and excitement as well. Thank you for sharing the beautiful moments as parents as well as the tough moments. Thank you for sharing your strength in the hardest of times and your encouragement to continue in the face of adversity. Thank you for the reminder to be patient with the universe, to count the blessings that we are given, and always give back to those less fortunate.
We have watched you grow together and watched you grow your family. We could not be more thrilled for the two of you to welcome Saoirse into the world because there are no two people more deserving of a light — a rainbow. Your immense love for her is already so apparent and she is beyond lucky to have a set of wonderful parents that have not only waited for her for so long, but who will protect her, teach her, and love her like every child deserves. She will, no doubt, move mountains.
You all have inspired a renewed hope in all of us… that anything is possible, that love is real and that we’re all going to be okay – it’s just in how you look at things. Your family has truly epitomized looking for the stars in the dark and the rainbows in the rain. Good things happen to good people and we are so happy to see it.
Wishing you all the best, Carter family — you deserve it.