Erin and Ben Napier Welcome Toddler No. 2! ‘We’re Infected to Bear One other Daughter to Treasure’

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Erin and Ben Napier’s family merely grew by one!

The HGTV stars welcomed their 2nd cramped one, daughter Mae Napier, on Could presumably merely 28, PEOPLE can verify. The pair (who were college sweethearts sooner than they got married in 2008) are additionally folks to a couple of-yr-outmoded daughter Helen.

“While we’re excited to possess yet another daughter to esteem, we’re more excited to peek the bond she and Helen can possess. They’re already so in esteem with every different!” the couple tells PEOPLE

Mae, who’s called after Erin’s loved Aunt Mae, arrived at 8: 23 AM on Friday, coming in at 7 lbs. 1 oz., and 19.5 inches.  

Erin additionally shared the news on her Instagram, writing merely “Mae” with a coronary heart emoji and a attach for Ben,, alongside three photos from cramped one Mae’s first few days.

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Ben and Erin launched their pregnancy news in April, telling PEOPLE on the time that they found out in September while concurrently filming House City in Laurel, Mississippi, and their original describe, House City Takeover, about 200 miles away in Wetumpka, Alabama.

“The final six months of 2020 unquestionably, you already know, it used to be rough. Or now not it’s all a blur,” Ben joked of filming, touring and making ready for a brand original cramped one true by intention of the ongoing pandemic.

“We were esteem, ‘Ooh, here’s going to be tough, however we are able to discontinuance it,’ ” added Erin on the time. “We don’t undergo in mind something else, however I’m pleased somebody used to be filming all of it.”

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The couple wasn’t distinct in the occasion that they’d have the option to delivery a family attributable to an improved, years-prolonged properly being fight Erin had faced, they beforehand shared with PEOPLE.

For a decade, starting up when she used to be 19, the clothier suffered from bouts of extreme stomach peril that would fade her bedridden for days. She seen countless specialists sooner than an emergency exploratory surgical treatment in 2014 indirectly revealed the region off: she had a perforated appendix.

Her appendix had been bursting and therapeutic continuously for years causing her organs to alter into wrapped in scar tissue and high-tail together. Nonetheless even after doctors eliminated the tissue, she used to be urged the damage finished would fetch it now not going she would have the option to possess young of us.

“I used to be very unhappy. And now not tantalizing is constantly the ideal hurdle for me to beat. I earn to possess proof. And we had no proof that I’d have the option to possess young of us,” she urged PEOPLE in 2018.

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The Napiers were taken aback to search out out that they were waiting for three years later — on Mom’s Day 2017 — and welcomed Helen the following January. “There’s nothing you can express that does [motherhood] justice,” Erin said on the time of her change in fortune. She said in April that with her 2nd cramped one, “I’m much less nervous now. All is properly.”

In an April 11 Instagram put up, Erin explained that she wished to give her daughter a sibling because “they know and undergo in mind and preserve the stories of a family alive.”

“We wished that for Helen. Somebody to face with her after we cannot at some point. … We are so thankful,” the mom wrote. “Even in our celebrating, I’m thinking of the would-be folks waiting for his or her get infants. For hundreds of it would possibly per chance well even be the form of prolonged and difficult rush and I pray for power for you if that is where you are. God solutions in His get time, now not ours, awfully now not easy as which will also be. Sending loads earn to y’all on the new time.”

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