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Like the Regular Guy He Is, Mark Zuckerberg Announces Baby on Facebook

The CEO of the world's largest baby-photo newsfeed is expecting one of his own.


Mark Zuckerberg might be a guy with a $10 million Liberty Hill pied-à-terre and a desire to maintain a healthy buffer around his property in Palo Alto, but this morning he did what millions of millennial Facebook users have done before him. He announced the impending arrival of a baby girl in a Facebook post, accompanied by the requisite baby bump photo of his smiling wife, Priscilla Chan, posing alongside Zuckerberg and their dog, Beast. The Zucks, they’re just like us! (Well, almost: the couple opted for a polished, royal family-style portrait rather than the classic mirror selfie.) A due date for the Zuckerbaby, as SFist swiftly dubbed her, has not been announced.

Zuckerberg struck a personal note, and included a few words about the couple's struggles with three miscarriages. "You feel so hopeful when you learn you're going to have a child. You start imagining who they'll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they're gone," writes Zuckerberg. "It's a lonely experience."

He continues:

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, and Beast.

Most people don't discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you -- as if you're defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.

In today's open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn't distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.

When we started talking to our friends, we realized how frequently this happened -- that many people we knew had similar issues and that nearly all had healthy children after all.

We hope that sharing our experience will give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well.

Zuckerberg went on to joke that on the ultrasound, the baby gave them the thumbs-up "Like"—which was promptly followed by a "Like" from the Internet's BFF, Sheryl Sandberg and, as of this counting, 591,592 more people.


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