It’s a girl for Keshia Knight Pulliam!
The actress — best known for her eight-season run as youngest Huxtable child Rudy on The Cosby Show — has given birth to a daughter named Ella Grace, she announced Monday on Instagram.
“Ella Grace has arrived!!!” Pulliam captioned a photo of her daughter’s feet in a pair of fluffy socks. Further details are unavailable at this time.
Ella Grace has arrived!!! ?: @mrpulliam
A photo posted by Keshia Knight Pulliam (@keshiaknightpulliam) on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:53pm PST
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I can’t believe my belly is so BIG!! Thank you @lancegross for capturing such a magical time in my life & @tracynicoleatl for this perfect dress. This journey has been amazing!! Make sure to download #KandidlyKeshia to hear all of the candid updates. #MommyAndEllaGrace #MyFriendsAreAmazeballs
A photo posted by Keshia Knight Pulliam (@keshiaknightpulliam) on Nov 7, 2016 at 10:38am PST
Pulliam, 37, announced her pregnancy in July via Instagram. Days after the happy news went public, Pulliam’s husband of six months Ed Hartwell filed for divorce and demanded a paternity test from the actress.
Despite the growing tension surrounding the former couple’s split — which followed a whirlwind four-month romance preceding their nuptials — Pulliam was determined throughout her pregnancy to be positive and focus on the well-being of her daughter.
“Despite what’s been publicized, there’s always funny, there’s always love, there’s always laughter, no matter what,” she said on her Play.it podcast Kandidly Keshia shortly after news of the split broke.
Happy Founders Day Sorors!! I had to pull out my #DST sweater to celebrate!!! Oooo-oop ❤❤❤#ItStillFitsButJustCantButtonIt #HKMade #2HK99 #EllasOnlyChoiceIsDST #39WeeksPregnant ?: My AKA sister @monyettashaw
A photo posted by Keshia Knight Pulliam (@keshiaknightpulliam) on Jan 13, 2017 at 11:48am PST
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On Thanksgiving Day, Pulliam shared a photo of her daughter’s ultrasound, captioning it with a heartfelt message about what she was most thankful for during a difficult year.
“This has been this single most challenging year of my life,” she wrote. “However, I wake up this Thanksgiving more grateful & in awe of God’s power than ever. Thru it all this little face has kept me going & helped me tap into strength I didn’t even know I possess.
“I am so eternally grateful for my little Ella,” Pulliam added. “I would not trade any of what I have gone thru for her. She is my greatest accomplishment & joy. She has inspired my smile even thru the tears. I am so proud she has chosen me to be her mommy.”
Just when I thought I couldn’t get any bigger!!! Smh… #CountDownToElla #IKnowIHaveBeenPreggersForever #PleaseStopRemindingMe #EvictionNoticeHasBeenServed #PleaseVacateTheUterus #ReallyImJustExcitedToMeetYou ???
A photo posted by Keshia Knight Pulliam (@keshiaknightpulliam) on Dec 31, 2016 at 10:08am PST
The I don’t feel like adulting, 31 weeks preggers, no make-up, I don’t remember the last time I slept thru the night without waking up, my belly is growing bigger everyday, I’m grateful for no stretch marks on my belly… did I mention that I am hungry as hell face?!?! ???
A photo posted by Keshia Knight Pulliam (@keshiaknightpulliam) on Nov 21, 2016 at 10:14am PST
The new mom enjoyed a surprise baby shower in October to honor her little girl, thrown by participants of her non-profit organization, the Kamp Kizzy Foundation.
“My Kamp Kizzy babies completely surprised me with a beautiful shower to celebrate Ella Grace today!! I am so grateful & appreciative of all of their hard work,” she captioned a group Instagram photo.
“My heart is so full,” she continued. “Ella has so much love … she is going to grow up wondering why everyone doesn’t have 72 aunties & uncles, 60 cousins & more sisters than she can count.