It’s a girl! Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder’s baby has arrived

Actors Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder welcomed a little girl into the world on Tuesday, July 25, marking the start of their “month of silence” alone with their new addition. 

People broke the news on Thursday (US time) that the famous couple, who married in April 2015 after announcing their engagement only a few months earlier, have named their daughter Bodhi Soleil.

Excited parents

While we don’t know any other details yet about the highly anticipated bub, we do know her parents have been eagerly awaiting her arrival and had chosen to keep the sex a surprise.

“How is it possible to love someone so much already?” The new mum asked recently in an Instagram post, along with other messages of love for their unborn baby, in a lovely pregnancy announcement back in May.

A month of silence

We also know that the 28-year-old Twilight star and her Vampire Diaries hubby will be out of action for at least a month now, after Nikki revealed in a recent interview with Fit Pregnancy and Baby magazine that the couple would be off the radar for the first stage of their baby’s life.

“We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves,” she said. “Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate … You don’t get those first 30 days back, and we want to be fully present.”

So don’t expect to see any photos of the precious little bub until around the end of August or perhaps later. Bummer! But good on them for setting clear boundaries and sticking to them. Introducing your new little person to all your loved ones in those first few days and weeks can be overwhelming.

Cat dad duties

Ian Somerhalder also told People magazine recently that looking after cats has really helped him prepare for fatherhood – fur babies are still babies after all!

“I’ve learned to smile through cleaning endless amounts of poop and pee,” he said.

“To get up in the middle of the night to bottle feed eight kittens that would die without you, it gives you a sense of what it’s like to care for something that depends on you for its survival,” the 38-year-old added.

“It’s a very special thing. It’s a great beginner’s course.”

What’s in a name

Bodhi is a Sanskrit name meaning ‘awakened’ or ‘enlightenment’ and can be both a male and female name. It’s quite popular today with celebrities such as Megan Fox and Teresa Palmer who both called their sons Bodhi (also the name of Patrick Swayze’s cool character in 90s movie Point Break!). Soleil on the other hand is French and means ‘sun.’ Beautiful!

Welcome little Bodhi and congratulations Ian and Nikki! We think you’re going to be fabulous parents.

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