The Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels shocked fans earlier this week with her baby news! The fitness guru welcomed 2-year-old daughter Lukensia home from Haiti mere days after partner Heidi Rhoades delivered son Phoenix on May 3rd. On YouTube’s Everyday Health channel, the new mom goes into into detail on Daily Dose and shares the “saga’ of becoming a mother-of-two.
On becoming a mom-of-two: “I have a newborn son and a newly adopted 2-year-old daughter! I regret not being able to share the pregnancy process and birth of my son with you guys. It was a really hard thing to keep private. But it was not my pregnancy, it was my partner’s pregnancy and she felt very strongly about not being pregnant in the public eye. But now, I don’t know how to explain the materialization of a newborn [laughs]!”
On starting the adoption process: “About three and a half years ago I began dating my partner Heidi. We had a very easy going, comfortable and no-pressure relationship. And a year or so into our relationship, I decided I want to adopt. I was 36 and Heidi was 29 at the time and she was very supportive of me. I began the adoption process, and it was very hard going. It was a tough thing. It took a year just to get the home-study done and all the paperwork in. And then you wait for a referral. I was originally adopting from Africa and Heidi was originally just supporting me as the person I was dating, and Africa went nowhere! I did not get a referral.”
On switching gears: “So at this point, a year and a half has gone by. My paperwork is starting to expire, I’m having to get finger-printed again, and all this stuff. And now Heidi and I have been dating for about 2 and a half years. Heidi says to me, ‘I’m going to be 31, why don’t I just try to get pregnant?’ So I said, ‘OK, whatever happens first is the way this is meant to be.’ ”
On getting closer to motherhood: “So Heidi starts trying to get pregnant, and it’s a process like everything else. Simultaneously, I had found out that Haiti was now open to international adoption again. So I switched all my paperwork over to Haiti and I get a phone call one day. Heidi is now trying to get pregnant for five months now. They say, ‘We have a referral for you,’ which means they’ve matched you with a child. I was like, ‘This is unbelievable, this is great!’ I come home and tell Heidi, and in less than 24 hours she says, ‘By the way, I’m pregnant.’ ”
On going ahead with two children: “So we had some decisions to make. I am a believer in letting the universe flow in the way that it’s meant to. I just thought it wouldn’t happen like this if it wasn’t meant to happen like this. Within 24 hours we have two kids – I just thought it’s meant to be this way.”
On how it all came together: “And then, 10 months later my son is born and that exact same week that he was born, my daughter got her visa and was ready to come home! So I’m going to be sharing all kinds of stories with you [on upcoming episodes of Daily Dose]. I am not an expert in this area, so as these segments progress we’ll have parenting experts on the show. But what I have found is the best parenting advice comes from other moms.