Yankees player Derek Jeter and his wife, model Hannah Jeter, have had their first child, a baby girl named Bella Raine.
Hannah gave birth on August 17, according to an announcement in The Players’ Tribune.
Congratulations Derek and @hannahbjeter on the birth of your baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, born Thursday, Aug. 17.
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) August 18, 2017
The couple announced they were expecting back in February and said at the time that they already had a name picked out: “Now, pregnant with our first child, Derek and I are looking to the future,” Hannah wrote. “He already has a name in mind — he’s set on it. (We’ll see.) He’ll say when he calls me during the day: ‘So, how are you and so-and-so doing?’ ‘That’s not the name yet, sweetie.’ Whatever her name is, I know she’ll run circles around him.”
Hannah added, “Derek and I will want our children to understand that the lives they’ve been given are so fortunate, in so many ways. We’ll want them to learn to help others, and to care for others, and to give back to the world. We’ll let them know that they are strong and smart and that they can do anything they put their minds to. I hope they’ll be honest like their father. I hope they’ll be stubborn like me. I hope that they know what they want and won’t settle for less. And if they want to play baseball, well, we’re gonna have a little talk first.”
The couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary in July and had dated for three years prior to marrying.
Derek recently retired from baseball and told Brian Williams ahead of his last game, in September 2014, that he wanted a family.
“I look forward to having a family. I just don’t think personally I would have been able to juggle family and my career at the same time… I have the utmost respect for these guys that are able to do it — you know, missing their kids’ birthdays and not being able to see them play tee ball or summer ball and missing a lot of time.”
It looks like all of Hannah and Derek’s dreams have come true. Congrats to the new parents!