With a sixth child on the way, James Van Der Beek is acing the dad game. He and his wife Kimberly are beyond excited at the new addition.
You may have crushed on him when he played Dawson Leery in Dawson's Creek or when he was wowing the world with his moves on Dancing With The Stars, but James Van Der Beek only has eyes for one thing — his family. And it's about to go from seven to eight as the actor and his wife are expecting their sixth child. Boy, are they thrilled!
James and his wife Kimberly got married in 2010, tying the knot in a small ceremony at the Kabbalah Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, reported the Daily Mail. After that, their family quickly expanded with the birth of their five children, son Joshua, 7 and daughters Annabel Leah, 5, Emilia, 3, Olivia, 9, and Gwendolyn, 1. And now, they can't wait to have their new addition to the family home soon.
And it's not surprising considering how much the 42-year-old actor loves being a dad. In a promotional video for Dancing With The Stars, he gushed about his kids. "They’re a bunch of fun-loving kids. We dance all the time in the house. We just put some music on and all of them dance.” And we're sure he can't wait to include baby number six in their little intimate dance routine. But this new baby is more special than you might realize.
According to People, as he was finishing up the 28th season of DWTS, the actor announced just before his performance with his partner Emma Slater, "Today we are going to the doctor’s office to get an ultrasound. We have reason to believe we are pregnant again. We are so excited there’s a new little Van Der Beek in there. Hearing the heartbeat was, it’s something you never take for granted. We’ve had 5 kids. We’ve had 3 miscarriages in-between those." During his interview, he said, "To share this kind of joyous news with Emma is a real treat. Miscarriage is something people really don’t talk about and we want to recognize that it happens to people. We wanted to destigmatize that as much as we really could."
The Rules of Attraction star posted a sweet message along with an adorable picture of the family on Instagram. He said, "Thrilled beyond belief to announce that another little bundle of joy has picked us to be their family. We chose to have our first ultrasound on camera with our #DWTS crew capturing the result - something I NEVER thought we’d ever do... but @vanderkimberly and I have been through three of those first appointments to discover either no heartbeat, or no baby, and she wanted to share this moment."
Continuing, he spoke about how his wife had gone through multiple miscarriages and the difficulties of dealing with it. "Miscarriage (a word that needs a replacement - nobody failed to “carry”, these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret. But there needs to be zero shame around it, or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve."
"We decided to put ourselves out there - not knowing what we’d find - in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most. Happily, for us - this time- we walked out with tears of joy."
The actor had previously opened up about the trauma of miscarriages to the Daily Mail. "It will tear you open like nothing else," he wrote. "It's painful and it's heartbreaking on levels deeper than you may have ever experienced. So don't judge your grief, or try to rationalize your way around it. Let it flow in the waves in which it comes, and allow it it's rightful space." He also wrote, "Many couples become closer than ever before. Many parents realize a deeper desire for a child than ever before. And many, many, many couples go on to have happy, healthy, beautiful babies afterward (and often very quickly afterward - you've been warned."
But being a dad is an experience that Van Der Beek says makes him a better man. The father-of-five said in a candid Instagram post, “For me, being a father means having that quiet little voice inside of you that says ‘Be a better man,’ get louder and more consistent … to the point where you can’t really remember where that voice ends and where you begin. It means being tired beyond what is probably healthy, and patient beyond what you previously thought possible. And even though you know you’re far from perfect … being a father also comes with an unshakable awareness that all your actions have consequences — context that reaches far beyond your own self-interest.”
Van Der Beek continued, “It’s scary to feel that interconnected with the rest of the world — especially with your heart now walking around outside your body — because it demands more personal responsibility … but it will make you a better man. Of at least that I’m sure.”
Well, now he'll have one more reason to be a better man as he awaits the birth of his next child. We wish them all the best for a happy and safe delivery.