Maria Taylor, the 36-year-old NBC Sports journalist, is celebrating the arrival of her first child, a baby boy named Roman Ryan Taylor Hemphill, with her husband Jon Hemphill. Roman was born on December 24 at 7:26 p.m., weighing 8 lbs. and 13 oz., and measuring 21 inches long.
Taylor, expressing her journey to motherhood, shares via People, “My journey to motherhood has not been a straight line. It has been long and difficult, and there were several times I thought I would never become a mom. But when my son was placed on my chest, our hearts were overwhelmed with love and gratitude. I immediately knew I had given birth to my soulmate.”
The sportscaster, known for her work with ESPN and the SEC Network, initially announced her pregnancy in July through an Instagram post featuring a photoshoot with her husband. In the post, she shared the challenges she faced over the past three years, including surgeries, multiple egg retrievals, and failed IVF cycles.
Despite setbacks and moments of doubt, Taylor remained resilient in her pursuit of motherhood. She credits her husband’s unwavering support and the encouragement from friends and family for keeping her faith alive.
Throughout her pregnancy, Taylor shared various moments on Instagram, documenting the journey with photos and videos. She expressed excitement about becoming a mother and celebrated significant milestones, such as attending events and tracking the baby’s growth.
In the final days leading up to Roman’s birth, Taylor shared a festive post featuring her family in matching white ensembles, extending holiday greetings. The new mom is overjoyed by the arrival of her son and looks forward to embracing the role of motherhood.
Congratulations to Maria Taylor on the addition of her precious bundle of joy, Roman Ryan Taylor Hemphill.