Bachelor Nation is about to get another member. On Tuesday, May 28, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham went into the hospital to prepare for the arrival of their first child together. The Bachelor couple has been steadfast in documenting their journey to parenthood over the last nine months and, as Luyendyk Jr. proved on Tuesday, there are no signs of stopping now as he continues to live-Instagram their birthing process.
Since Tuesday afternoon, Luyendyk Jr. has been happily and vigorously updating his Instagram followers on his and Burham’s birthing journey. It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours for the Bachelor Nation couple as they enter into their next great chapter together as parents. The pair have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child together, even starting an Instagram dedicated to Burnham’s progress and sharing any and all baby news with the world. Luyendyk Jr. has kept at the updating schtick, now moving from Instagram posts to the more immediate and thrilling medium of Instagram stories to share baby news.
Tuesday started out like a normal day for the couple. In some now-deleted Instagram stories, Luyendyk Jr. took his followers into the doctor’s room for Burnham’s 39-week checkup appointment. It seemed that things went well but the couple seemed very excited and antsy for their child to arrive.
It looks like their doctor’s appointment early on Tuesday was just the beginning of a long day in a hospital. After posting some sponsored content on his Instagram story in the afternoon, Luyendyk Jr. shared a video of the couple checking into the hospital. The caption simply read, “It’s happening!”, echoing his Instagram post from earlier which had the same caption but showed the couple settled at the hospital with Burnham in her hospital gown.
The early part of the couple’s Tuesday night was spent fooling around and passing the time as they waited for Burnham’s contractions to kick in. This involved the pair hijacking a wheelchair and scootin’ around the hallways (Luyendyk Jr. sat in the chair while Burnham pushed which is… interesting). Odd as the video was, it was also nice to see the couple having some final precious moments together before their child arrived.
There was also time for Luyendyk Jr. to snap a very cute photo of Burnham in her hospital dressing gown and having a little refreshment as they waited for the real fun to begin.
Late on Tuesday night, Luyendyk Jr. once again posted from inside their hospital room to give the world an update. He posted a video of one of the couple’s nurses checking on Burnham, noting that her contractions were beginning to get closer together: “Contractions every 2 min… She’s doing great!”
Luyendyk Jr. updated the world early on Wednesday morning with a note on Burnham’s progress.
“A little update… It’s 5 am and @laurenburnham just received an epidural. She is doing great and everything is going smoothly! We are going to try and catch a little sleep and hopefully we will meet our baby soon!” he shared with his followers.
As of Wednesday morning, there is still no confirmation that Burnham has given birth. Chances are good that will all change later in the day. We can’t wait!