Ashley Graham says she’s making the most of family time while quarantining in her hometown
Ashley Graham recently welcomed her first child, a baby boy named Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin.
The new mum has been quarantining with her husband Justin in her hometown of Lincoln in Nebraska and enjoying the extra space away from New York.
She told Oprah magazine in an interview, “About a month ago, my husband, my baby, and my mom all drove from New York to Nebraska. It was 20 hours! Obviously we stopped to feed Isaac and to pee, but that was it.”
The model added, “We had a lamb roast in the car with us, so we made lamb roast sandwiches in the car…we didn’t even stop to eat! We didn’t know what was gonna happen in New York, we just wanted to be in a place where we had space and outside accessibility…and being in New York in a two-bedroom apartment, we were like, ‘We don’t know how we’re gonna do this!’ So thank God for my mom, that she had this house here.”
Graham has been sharing her new lockdown life with her followers, posting plenty of cute snaps with three-month-old Isaac. In one post she wrote, “I’m using this time to appreciate the family time I get to enjoy with Justin and Isaac. But we have acknowledge that it’s a big adjustment to stay inside all day, so remember to also check in and take care of your mental health.”
Before lockdown, the model took to Instagram to share an adorable black and white snap of her clutching at her newborn’s hand alongside the caption: “At 6:00PM on 01/18/2020, we welcomed 7lbs 5oz of love into our world. Meeting our son has made our hearts incredibly full and we can’t wait to introduce him to you on @prettybigdealpod tomorrow…”
The ever-candid Ashley is keen to use her platform to share the realities of pregnancy and birth with her followers and took to Instagram to share an incredibly powerful image of her mid-birth.
She wrote: “This is the face of my greatest strength. The greatest pain I’ve ever known and the greatest accomplishment that I’ve ever achieved. On this International Women’s Day understand that despite whatever pain or trial we have all experienced as women, we are also strong, powerful and capable of accomplishing greatness. Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s all celebrate our, and each other’s strengths today.”
What a woman.
Ashley is also keen to show women the real effects of pregnancy on a woman’s body and is using her platform to powerfully share that.
Taking to Instagram, Ashley shared an incredible snap of her stretchmarks and we are seriously here for it because it’s so damn refreshing to see a celebrity sharing a filter-free picture in all its glory. You look absolutely incredible, Ashley!
Ashley’s baby daddy recently explained the sentimental meaning behind the moniker, saying: “My sister Kia and I would have discussions about, ‘Oh, one day, when we have kids … I brainstormed my own name for my future son, and I knew it was gonna be Isaac.”
Ashley added that the middle name, Menelik, which means “son of the wise”, was decided upon after taking a trip to Ethiopia last Christmas and learning that the country’s first emperor was named Menelik I.
“So everything in his name is pointing to legacy,” Ervin said.
The couple announced their pregnancy last August, with Ashley taking to Instagram to write: “Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life. It has been the best journey with my favorite person in the world! Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY! Happy anniversary, @mrjustinervin ❤️ Life is about to get even better. ?,” she captioned the video.
Her filmmaker husband also shared the news with an adorable snap of the couple holding up a photo from their baby scan. “To my forever love and my daily inspiration. Happy anniversary @ashleygraham These 9 years have played out like a lifetime. I guess it’s because my life really started once you came into it. Now that we’ve made a life together, let’s make a life together. I love you and I love us. All of us…”
This is the first child for Ashley, 31, and Justin who married nine years ago after meeting in a church in New York.
The Sports Illustrated model and body positive pioneer hinted at motherhood and the experience of bringing up a mixed raced child in an interview with Allure back in June. “I want to know as much as I can as a white woman who is going to be raising black children,” she stated. “We’re going to have to have that conversation of ‘Mommy’s white, Daddy’s black,’ and I want to be prepared.”
Ashley has regularly opened up about the difficulties her and Justin have faced as an interracial couple. Most shockingly, the runway model revealed her husband was “spat on” due to his race when they went on holiday to Italy in 2018.