After years of fertility challenges, Gabrielle Union is finally living the life she’s dreamed of – holding her own child in her hands. While taking care of a newborn is hard work, Union is thrilled about the whole experience, as her recent social media post shows: “So perhaps I haven’t showered or brushed my teeth or slept, but I’m in heave. I stink but I’m happy.” The accompanying image was of the actress cuddling with her daughter.

In what was one of the best kept secrets of the year, Union (46) took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the birth of the couple’s “miracle baby” born via surrogacy on Wednesday night.

“A LOVELY DAY. We are sleepless and delirious, but so excited to share that our little miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days (sic). Welcome to the party sweet girl!” she wrote in a tweet.

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The post was accompanied by lyrics to a Bill Withers song, Lovely Day.

The joyful news, that has been celebrated the world over, follows Union’s recent revelation that she’s been diagnosed with adenomyosis, a form of endometriosis, that occurs when the tissue that usually lines the inside off the uterus lives outside the uterus.

The condition is rare, but data suggests that black women are three times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition.

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The actress has been brutally open about her fertility struggles, revealing in her book We’re Going to Need More Wine, that she has experienced “eight or nine miscarriages”.