Union and her husband, NBA star Dwyane Wade — who can be seen taking a picture of his daughter in Union’s Mother’s Day post — welcomed their first child together via surrogate in November.
Kaavia is the first child for Union while Wade, 36, is dad to sons Xavier Zechariah, 5, Zion Malachi Airamis, 11, and Zaire Blessing Dwyane, 17. He also raises nephew Dahveon Morris, 17.
Union opened up about her struggles with infertility in her 2017 memoir
“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle or coming out of an IVF cycle,” she wrote in her book.
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Earlier this year, the
“There’s nothing more that I wanted than to cook my own baby … the idea of it felt like surrendering to failure,” Union said in the candid interview, going on to explain that she was worried how she’d be “embraced as a mom” by others after welcoming her first child. Although it was difficult, she embraced the idea of surrogacy and made sure to pick Kaavia’s gestational carrier carefully, specifically wanting someone who was a “reader.”
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And when it comes to raising Kaavia, now 6 months old, Union told
“I want to instill in her morals, values. And then I want to give her space to fill in those gaps, fall on her ass and make mistakes. Get an F because she didn’t study. Pick the wrong dude,” she said. “Pick the wrong friends and figure it out. I don’t want to be super judge-y.”