Monday, September 30, 2019

Daniella Monet and Fiancé Andrew Gardner Welcome Baby Boy, Gio James Gardner

A huge congratulations to Nickelodeon star Daniella Monet and her fiancé Andrew Gardner, who have just welcomed their first child together!

Photo: Daniella Monet/Instagram. Inset: Gregg Deguire/Getty

The Victorious and Paradise Run alum, 30, shared the news on her Instagram feed on Sunday, September 29.

To announce the news, Monet simply shared a close-up photo of her newborn son — whose name she revealed as Gio James Gardner, tagging his own Instagram account — snoozing while resting against his mama, wearing an all-gray knit outfit and beanie.

“And just like that, you are our everything,” Monet captioned the post.

The new mom did not share any other details, including a date of birth.

The couple, who got engaged in December 2017, first announced Monet’s pregnancy in April, telling PEOPLE that it only took them one try to conceive, as she had been tracking her ovulation.

They were so excited about the news that Monet joked Gardner would have started putting their baby’s room together immediately after they received the sex-reveal envelope from the doctor.

“He thinks he’s going to start working on the nursery tomorrow. I had to hide the envelope from him!” she told PEOPLE at the time, explaining that they wanted to wait until mid-May to open it.

Last week, Monet told PEOPLE that she was “planning a natural, unmedicated birth” and had “looked forward to giving birth this way for as long as I can remember” — though “I understand that plans can change, but I’m doing my best to manifest a beautiful experience regardless.”

Showing off her son’s nursery in photos to PEOPLE, Monet said that while the room was ready for its new resident, she and Gardner were equally ready to meet their first child together.

“I’m looking forward to seeing his face and touching his little toes and hands,” she says. “Andrew and I both feel like the moment we see him will feel emotionally overwhelming. It’s still so surreal that we created a little being who we get to create so many memories with.”

The actor also explained the meaningful decision of their child’s moniker, saying they knew it was meant to be. “We fell in love with the name Gio right off the bat,” Monet said.

“Andrew’s nickname was G as a kid, his grandpa goes by Gee and Giovanni happens to be my brother’s middle name,” she added. “He’s a Gio, we just knew it.”

Actors, including Monet's former Victorious co-stars Victoria Justice and Elizabeth Gillies, as well as Kaley Cuoco and YouTube star Colleen Ballinger were among those to congratulate Monet in the comments.

"Single most perfect baby I've ever seen," Gillies wrote.


Monet is known for playing Trina Vega on the Nickelodeon series Victorious. She also served as the host of the network's hit game show Paradise Run, and starred in the live-action adaptations of Nickelodeon's hit animated series Fairly OddParents. She most recently appeared in the network's show Cousins for Life.

Congratulations again, Daniella & Andrew! :)

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