On the Oct. 9 episode of “Dancing with the Stars,” celebrity contestant Vanessa Lachey revealed some emotional and personal news. As part of the “Most Memorable Year” episode, Lachey let viewers know that 2017 was an especially difficult one for her, as she underwent emergency surgery when her son, Phoenix Robert, was born 10 weeks early last December.
The mom of three explained that she was on bedrest in the hospital when her water broke. She was only 29 weeks along at the time. She called husband, Nick Lachey, and told him to get to the hospital as soon as possible, because she was being rushed into emergency surgery.
Through tears, Lachey recalls how she felt at the moment before she was about to undergo surgery: “I was on the operating bed, and I looked up, and I didn’t know a single face. And I remember thinking, ‘I hope the baby’s OK, and don’t worry about me. Just make him OK.'”
She goes on to explain that she will be dancing a Rumba to Nick’s song “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” a song that she says helped get the couple get through the tough times after their son was born premature.
“2017, the year that our family was complete, is my most memorable year,” she says in the video, before it cuts to her emotional performance.
Watch the whole moving clip below:
Lachey and her professional dancing partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, received a 24 out of 30 score for their impassioned performance.
Today, the whole Lachey family, which also includes Camden John, 5, and Brooklyn Elizabeth, 2, is happy and healthy. Lachey took to Instagram this Mother’s Day to express the joy that motherhood has brought her:
I remember my first Mother's Day with each of my babies! This one is extra special (for so many reasons)! Phoenix literally completes me… and US! It's amazing how much more Love you find in your heart for your family as it grows. Let me be the first to tell you Mama's who want more kids… it keeps getting BETTER! âºï¸ I Love You Camden John. I Love You Brooklyn Elisabeth. I Love You Phoenix Robert. And I'm so grateful for you @nicklachey (and of course I Love You, too!) Happy Mother's Day to all the Mama's out there! Your unconditional Love is magic!
“I remember my first Mother’s Day with each of my babies! This one is extra special (for so many reasons)! Phoenix literally completes me… and US! It’s amazing how much more Love you find in your heart for your family as it grows. Let me be the first to tell you Mama’s who want more kids… it keeps getting BETTER! âºï¸” she wrote in her post.
We’re so happy for this beautiful family!