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Sofia Richie Grainge Has Welcomed Her First Baby With Husband Elliot

The model and daughter of musician Lionel Richie is officially a mother! See how she shared the big news and the traditional meaning behind her daughter's name here.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Updated May 24, 2024
Sofia Richie and Elliot Grainge at the Ralph Lauren Spring 2024 Ready To Wear Fashion Show at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on September 8, 2023 in Brooklyn, New York
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Sofia Richie Grainge is a proud girl mom!

The model and daughter of musician Lionel Richie shared the news of her new arrival with husband Elliot Grainge on May 24. “Eloise Samantha Grainge. 5•20•24 best day of my life,” she captioned a black-and-white photo of her newborn’s feet.

Shying away from out-of-the-box celebrity names, Sofia celebrates the classics with her daughter’s traditional moniker. Typically, a girl’s name of German origin, Eloise, means “famous warrior.” The mischievous literary character who lived at New York’s fabled Plaza Hotel and has seen a recent resurgence in popularity—to spot no. 212 among girls in the US—due to its appearance in the Netflix show Bridgerton.

Richie first shared the news that she was expecting in an exclusive interview with Vogue. “I found out very, very early,” Richie Grainge told the outlet. “I was about four weeks pregnant. I was on a trip to Milan for fashion week, and I was going to the Prada show. I was doing a really quick 24-hour turnaround, and I felt terrible but didn’t think much of it. I thought it was jet lag.”

Erring on the side of caution since she was a few days late and feeling subpar, Richie Grainge took a pregnancy test once she arrived home in Los Angeles. Richie Grainge, said her husband Elliot Grainge, was used to her taking tests regularly, as the couple had been trying since April. However, what she expected to be a run-of-the-mill negative looked a little different.

She promptly told Elliot to get in his car and go to CVS to pick up three more of the best pregnancy tests he could find. “He was so excited,” Richie Grainge recalls. “We spoke the whole way on the phone. And when he came home, he’s such a sweet guy he always wants to protect my emotions and expectations, so he kind of sat me down and said, ‘If these are negative, don’t be upset. Our moment will come.’ When we turned over all three tests at the same time they were all positive. He was so excited, and we both cried. It was crazy and overwhelming and so hard not to scream it from the rooftops. But knowing I was so early, I was so protective – even with my friends.”

After waiting for 8 weeks—Richie Grainge noted she wanted to “protect our mental health and space as a couple”—the two shared the news with their families. “We went to Elliot’s parents, who live about five minutes away from us, and I think I had a box – I want to say it was a Hermès box or some sort of box – and I told everyone that I had bought them a gift from Milan Fashion Week,” Richie Grainge remembers. “Everyone was like ‘Ooooh Hermes!’ But then they opened it and it had all three of the pregnancy tests [in it]. That’s how we told all of our parents. Watching their reaction go from like, ‘I’m about to get an expensive present’ to like ‘I’m about to get a grandchild’ was really sweet.”

Richie Grainge plans to welcome a “Gemini baby” in the summer of this year. As for boy or girl, the fashion designer admitted she always “loved the YouTubes and the TikToks of gender reveals even before she talked about getting pregnant herself.” For her big reveal, Richie Grainge had her OB text her assistant Becca her baby’s gender for a confetti popper reveal. The surprise went a little awry, though. “We bought two party poppers: one blue, one pink. She left out the one with the correct color inside, and Elliot and I popped it together. We both really thought it was a boy, so it was a true shock. My dream in life is to have a daughter [though], and Elliot is really excited for a girl too. I think it’s so typical for boys to want boys, but he has a lot of sisters. It was really sweet. He’s very sensitive.”

Our congratulations to Richie Grainge! We look forward to following along on her pregnancy journey.

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