Hayden Panettiere has given birth. The young actress and her fiancé, world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, are now new parents to a baby girl. Kaya Klitschko came out of her mother’s womb on Dec. 9 and weighed a healthy 7 pounds and 14 oz.

News broke back in May that the former Heroes actress was a mom-to-be, and in August, she was clearly seen sporting a baby bump during a vacation in Miami. Later that month, Panettiere confirmed to the world that the pregnancy rumors were true after completing the ALS ice bucket challenge. Before having a bucket of ice cold water dumped over her, she nominated Kacey Musgraves, her husband, and unborn child.


During a May 2013 interview with Glamour, she stated that she felt that she was born to be a mother and that being a mom was the:

“most beautiful, exciting thing, and there’s nothing that I feel like I can’t accomplish while having children in my life.”

Hayden Panettiere giving birth marks first-time parenthood for the actress and her athlete fiancé. The two began dating back in 2011. Their relationship was noted for their size difference. Standing at a petite 5’0”, the Nashville actress is a full foot and a half shorter than Klitschko, who towers at 6’6”.

The two originally had plans to tie the knot but put their holy matrimony on hold in the wake of the national-wide demonstrations going on in Ukraine as the people rally against the country’s pro-Russian-leaning government. Wladimir’s elder brother and former heavyweight boxing champion Vladimir Klitschko, was the opposition leader, and Panettiere joined with her future brother-in-law to show their solidarity for the Ukrainian people.

With Hayden Panettiere giving birth, it looks like she will have even more on her plate to juggle on top of her successful acting career. With baby Kaya having who she has for parents, it will be interesting to see whether she develops the suave and grace of her mother or the athletic prowess of her father.

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