Gary Ablett Jr's wife Jordan shares sweet photo nursing newborn daughter Grace in hospital

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    Former AFL star Gary Ablett Jr. and his wife Jordan welcomed their second child, daughter Grace Honour, on Wednesday.

    And on Sunday, Jordan shared an adorable photo to Instagram Stories of herself nursing little Grace while watching an episode of Friends in her hospital ward. 

    Gary and Jordan are also proud parents to son Levi, two, who has been diagnosed with a degenerative illness. 

    Precious: Gary Ablett Jr's wife Jordan shared this adorable photo to her Instagram Stories on Sunday of herself nursing newborn daughter Grace, while watching an episode of Friends in her hospital ward. 'Newborn snuggles and Friends. Dream!' she captioned the sweet photo

    Precious: Gary Ablett Jr’s wife Jordan shared this adorable photo to her Instagram Stories on Sunday of herself nursing newborn daughter Grace, while watching an episode of Friends in her hospital ward. ‘Newborn snuggles and Friends. Dream!’ she captioned the sweet photo

    ‘Newborn snuggles and Friends. Dream!’ Jordan captioned the photo of herself laying in a hospital bed and nursing Grace, while watching an episode of 1990s sitcom Friends.  

    Just days prior, both Jordan and husband Gary announced the news of Grace’s birth on their respective Instagram pages.   

    ‘We are overjoyed to share with you all that our precious boy, Levi, has become a big brother to his very own little sister, Grace,’ retired footballer Gary, 37, began.

    ‘Grace Honour Ablett. 10.11.21. Thank you God for sending this little angel – our beautiful daughter – into our family.’

    Congratulations! Just days prior, Jordan and husband Gary (both pictured) announced the news of Grace's birth on their respective Instagram pages

    Congratulations! Just days prior, Jordan and husband Gary (both pictured) announced the news of Grace’s birth on their respective Instagram pages 

    New addition: 'Grace Honour Ablett. 10.11.21. Thank you God for sending this little angel - our beautiful daughter - into our family,' retired footballer Gary, 37, wrote alongside the above photo shared to his Instagram page on Thursday

    New addition: ‘Grace Honour Ablett. 10.11.21. Thank you God for sending this little angel – our beautiful daughter – into our family,’ retired footballer Gary, 37, wrote alongside the above photo shared to his Instagram page on Thursday 

    He also included a photo of himself cradling his newborn daughter as she lay in her crib, while staring lovingly at her. 

    Meanwhile, Jordan shared the same photo and caption on her Instagram page. 

    In an interview with the podcast The Significant Others back in March, Jordan spoke about the family’s heartbreak after Levi was diagnosed with a degenerative illness.  

    She said it took a long time for Levi to be diagnosed with the unspecified disease, and detailed the devastation she and Gary felt after learning the condition was ‘life threatening’. 

    Growing family: It's the second child for Gary and Jordan, who are also parents to two-year-old son, Levi (pictured)

    Growing family: It’s the second child for Gary and Jordan, who are also parents to two-year-old son, Levi (pictured) 

    Devastating: In an interview with the podcast The Significant Others back in March, Jordan spoke about the family's heartbreak after Levi was diagnosed with a degenerative illness

    Devastating: In an interview with the podcast The Significant Others back in March, Jordan spoke about the family’s heartbreak after Levi was diagnosed with a degenerative illness

    ‘I just remember sitting with Gaz in that meeting and when they said it I just remember absolutely breaking down,’ she said.

    ‘There is a very short life expectancy, which is why I constantly say to people when they ask about Levi that we are literally just taking it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds,’ she continued.

    After seeing a series of paediatricians, Jordan said it was the Geelong Football Club’s team doctor who finally put them in contact with the right person. 

    Shock: Jordan said it took a long time for Levi to be diagnosed with the unspecified disease, and detailed the devastation she and Gary felt after learning the condition was 'life threatening'

    Shock: Jordan said it took a long time for Levi to be diagnosed with the unspecified disease, and detailed the devastation she and Gary felt after learning the condition was ‘life threatening’

    She said this new paediatrician ‘got the ball rolling’, and after months of concerns, the couple, who married in 2016, finally had some answers. 

    Jordan said she and Gary first became concerned after noticing Levi wasn’t reaching the same milestones as other children his age.

    They decided to go public with the little boy’s condition because they didn’t want to have to lie when people asked about their son. 

    Understandably emotional: 'I just remember sitting with Gaz in that meeting and when they said it I just remember absolutely breaking down,' she said

    Understandably emotional: ‘I just remember sitting with Gaz in that meeting and when they said it I just remember absolutely breaking down,’ she said

    ‘People would just say things like, “Levi must be running around now.” Comments like that are so fine to receive, but when you are on the receiving end and you know everything that is going on it’s awkward,’ she confessed. 

    ‘We don’t want to lie and be like, “Yeah, he’s running around,” because he wasn’t running around.’  

    Jordan said Levi’s condition has only made the family more aware of how precious every moment they have together is.  

    Honest remarks: 'There is a very short life expectancy, which is why I constantly say to people when they ask about Levi that we are literally just taking it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds,' Jordan said

    Honest remarks: ‘There is a very short life expectancy, which is why I constantly say to people when they ask about Levi that we are literally just taking it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds,’ Jordan said

    Gary is the eldest son of Aussie Rules legend Gary Ablett Sr., who was so skilled he was nicknamed ‘God’.

    Gary Jr. is an all-time great, having played for AFL teams Geelong and the Gold Coast Suns from 2002 to 2020.

    The midfielder won two premierships with Geelong and took out the 2009 and 2013 Brownlow Medals as the best player in the game.

    He was forced into retirement after a bad run with injury with 357 matches under his belt.

    In the family: Gary is the eldest son of Aussie Rules legend Gary Ablett Sr. - who was so skilled he was nicknamed 'God'. Gary Jr. was an all-time great for AFL teams Geelong and the Gold Coast from 2002 to 2020. Pictured during the AFL grand final in Brisbane in October 2020

    In the family: Gary is the eldest son of Aussie Rules legend Gary Ablett Sr. – who was so skilled he was nicknamed ‘God’. Gary Jr. was an all-time great for AFL teams Geelong and the Gold Coast from 2002 to 2020. Pictured during the AFL grand final in Brisbane in October 2020 

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