Jade Roper Tolbert gave birth unexpectedly in her closet, and that had to be scary
Jade Roper Tolbert is opening up about the shocking way she welcomed her baby boy into the world. On Tuesday, just hours after PEOPLE exclusively revealed that Jade, 31 years old, and her husband Tanner Tolbert, 32, are now parents of two—Jade shared on Instagram that she “accidentally” gave birth to her son in her closet at home.
“I accidentally gave birth at home last night, in our master closet,” Jade wrote alongside a photo, which shows her cuddling the newborn, surrounded by paramedics and members of her family.
Jade explained that her water broke and about 75 minutes later, she found herself giving birth “while clutching a bench in our closet.”
She admitted she wanted to share “the happy, cute Instagrammable pics first,” but sharing the more raw moment “felt right.”
“So incredibly grateful for the support system we had and for this beautiful boy I get to old in my arms,” she wrote. Tanner sweetly responded to the post, writing, “You. Are. Amazing.”
The former reality stars, who fell in love on the second season of Bachelor in Paradise, welcomed their son on July 29th. He was born at 7 lbs, 9 oz. and 20 inches long.
“We are over the moon for our little guy. He came into this world fast at 7 pounds., 9 ounces and 20 inches long,” Tanner told PEOPLE. “Mom and baby boy are doing great. Emmy just met her little brother—she greeted him with a kiss on the head, so I guess that means she will allow us to bring him home! We are officially a family of four!”
Jade and Tanner are also parents to daughter Emerson “Emmy” Avery, who turns 2 on August 17th. Much like their son’s arrival, the road to his conception wasn’t as easy as the couple had been expecting.
They revealed to PEOPLE that they tried for 10 months before conceiving their son, with the help of the Ava bracelet, which Jade, who is a paid sponsor, wore at night to track her fertile days. (The bracelet works by tracking five physiological signs in the body, including temperature, pulse rate and breathing rate to detect where a woman is in her cycle with 89% accuracy.)
Jade first announced her second baby on the way on Instagram in late January, sharing a pair of family photos taken on the beach in which she held up a strip of ultrasound photos.
Tanner previously admitted that regardless of whether the spouses ended up having a boy or second girl, he hoped they’d welcome a son someday. “I want to at least have one [boy],” he told PEOPLE. “We joke and I tell her that she’s going to have to keep on trying until we get that boy.”
We’re happy Tanner got the boy he’s always wanted.