Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, stars of Bachelor in Paradise, have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Dawson Demitri Haibon.
“Baby Dawson is here and healthy!” the new father updated fans on Instagram Monday afternoon. “Ashley is recovering and doing well! It really couldn’t have gone much smoother 🙏 He’s so sweet & beautiful and has been sleeping all day. Unlike his Mom and Dad who are on no sleep right now but it’s totally worth it!”
Ashley Iaconetti, 33, gave birth on Monday, Jan. 31, after previously telling People that she was “petrified of delivery.” It was three days before the intended due date week beginning on Feb. 3. Jared, 33, assured fans that everything went smoothly and that the new parents are looking forward to getting some rest.
“Thank you everyone,” he continued in a video. “We’re very excited for you guys to see Dawson.”
Earlier this month, The Bachelor couple shared the story of how they chose their son’s name, revealing that they had the baby’s name picked out for a while.
Speaking with Life & Style, Jared and Ashley appeared in an Amazon Live video to showcase their favorite baby products, announcing that their baby would be named Dawson Demitri.
Ashley Iaconetti stated that the name had “no contenders,” and that she had it picked out for 13 years. All that was left was for Jared to agree.
“Dawson is named after Jack Dawson from ‘Titanic.’ It’s Ashley’s favorite movie of all time,” he told Life & Style. “She told me when we were first together that she loved the name Dawson. It’s always been Dawson.”
According to People, Jared knew that she wanted to name her first son Dawson before they even started dating. The two Bachelor Nation alumni were “just friends” for three years before they became a couple.
“Naming a kid after a Leo[nardo DiCaprio] character is very natural for us,” Ashley added.
The middle name of Demtri, however, was the only part that wasn’t planned. The couple revealed that they considered Rhodes, in honor of Jared’s home state, Rhode Island, but ended up going in a different direction.
“‘We both love the name, Demitri and Dawson and Demitri sounds way better than Dawson Rhodes,” Ashley Iaconetti said.
The couple was previously in different states before Ashley went into labor, since she wanted to be in Virginia where her father works as an anesthesiologist. Jared, meanwhile, had to stay in Rhode Island where The Bachelor couple just opened up their new coffee and cocktail lounge, Audrey’s.
The place held its grand opening this past December, complicating the timeline of the baby’s due date.
“Jared and I were the crazy people who bought a house and opened a business the month I’m eight months pregnant,” Ashley Iocanetti explained on Instagram. “It’s been an undertaking to say the least.”
“It was definitely not a tough decision,” she said of their plan to be apart the final month of her pregnancy, especially since she would have family in Virginia to help take care of her.
“However, we didn’t think we would be in the situation that we are now with Jared being at Audrey’s 24/7 and him having to stay back,” she continued, “Because when I got pregnant, it was before we even signed the lease for the coffee shop.”
Only an hour away, Jared was able to fly in without issue, and the new trio is reportedly happy and healthy!