On Tuesday, Dec. 19, Kristen Bell’s daughter, Delta, celebrated birthday No. 3. But instead of sharing the usual cute kid pic to honor the occasion, Bell (in true Bell style) got candid.
“Three years ago today. 47lbs heavier. Getting through painful contractions with backrubs and breathing,” begins her caption. What comes next is a series of images that give fans a more intimate glimpse into Bell’s pregnancy and Delta’s birth. In the first image, we see Bell sitting belly out on an exercise ball. In the second, she’s in a hospital gown bent over in front of hubby Dax Shepard as Delta is getting ready to greet her parents.
“Occasionally swinging from the IV pole to try and feel sexy and open up my hips,” Bell’s caption continues — and yes, we see her swinging from a pole. “After 36 hours of labor, I met a girl I love more than all the molecules in all the world. Happy birthday, Delta. Love, mom.”
These never-before-seen-images have been a hit with fans and have already racked up a few thousand comments and counting.
Delta isn’t the only daughter in the Bell-Shepard brood; pair also has a 4-year-old named Lincoln. During an interview with Us Weekly, the Bad Moms actor confessed that the hardest thing about being a parent, for her, is sleep deprivation. She also explained the strong connection she felt with other moms while she was pregnant.
“When I got pregnant, I was like, ‘I’m so nervous. Oh my God.’ Then I was like, ‘Oh yeah, everybody’s mom did it, so I’m going to be fine,’” she told Us. “Moms almost need no discussion. You just need to know that someone else is a mom, and with eye contact, you go, ‘Oh yeah, I get it.’”
See all the sweet photos below.