See dad’s emotional reaction to holding a newborn for the first time
August 4, 2022
Tom and Rachael Sullivan weren’t sure parenthood would ever be a reality for them.
But on July 25, the couple behind the “secret Instagram account” welcomed a healthy baby girl, affectionately nicknamed Baby Torta for the number of tortilla chips the new mom ate during her pregnancy.
“We waited nine months for the surprise of our lives,” they captioned a joint Instagram post celebrating their baby’s arrival.
In the video, the Sullivans recount their long journey to fatherhood.
“My husband and I decided to do a surprise gender reveal for our first baby,” reads the text overlay on the first part of the video that shows Tom cradling the baby from behind.
The next slides say, “Food played a key role in our fertility journey… So we celebrate each weekly milestone by creating recipes based on our baby-sized foods,” while showing short snippets of the recipes created weekly based on baby size
“This is week 41… our best recipe yet,” the final clip reads, focusing on an emotional Tom introducing his baby.
The Raleigh-based couple were immediately showered with congratulatory wishes.
“OMG I’m crying this is the sweetest thing,” one commenter wrote.
Another chimed in: “She is the most perfect creation the two of you have ever cooked up.”
Tom told TODAY Parents that holding his daughter for the first time was a “pinch me” moment.
“I don’t have the words. I was speechless,” she told TODAY through tears. “I feel like I’m so lucky to have Rachel in my life, and the life that I have, and how amazing it is, and now we can expand on that. I don’t think I’m allowed to be like that.” lucky.”
Rachael shared that she was “overwhelmed with emotion.”
“Seeing him as a father of a girl after all this and how much love he has for this little human… it broke me in the best possible way,” she said.
When Rachael, 29, was diagnosed with PCOS, Tom, 35, took it upon himself to set up an Instagram account cataloging every meal he ate. The capture? He didn’t tell his wife about it.
“I wanted a place to keep my recipes and Instagram seemed to make sense because I could put a picture and write everything in the comments,” she said. “And I didn’t tell her because she knew that would mean she wanted to take pictures of each food and make it pretty.”
One day, while browsing social media, Rachael was recommended Tom’s secret food account.
“It was in the ‘people you may know’ section,” Rachael told TODAY Food last year. “It was like ‘Tom Sullivan @MealsSheEats,’ and I was like, ‘Who is this ‘her’?'”
In December 2021, the couple announced that they were expecting.
“It was a great moment for us to get pregnant. We knew we wanted to accept it all along,” Tom told TODAY Parents, adding that the couple announced it long before other couples.
Each week, the couple celebrated another milestone using the same method that had gotten them this far on their journey: recipes.
“It just so happened that one of Rachael’s apps had said, ‘Oh, your baby is the size of a fig,’ and that’s one of our favorite foods,” Tom explained. “We said, ‘Well, let’s do something with a fig and be excited about our babies that size.'”
The couple told TODAY that they plan to reveal their daughter’s name to their growing social community later this week.