Sharing the first photos of their baby boy with Woman’s Day, the couple said they welcomed their son on February 26 and he has since “stolen [their] hearts”.
“I’ve been deep in the baby bubble, savouring every moment,” Zoe wrote on Instagram. “No social media, hardly any visitors, just giving myself space to get to know this new love. It’s a love I couldn’t comprehend, challenging me in ways I didn’t expect, there have been many many tears – tears of joy and pure overwhelm.
“Thank you everyone for all the love and support through this time. I promise I will be out of my little cocoon soon.. @benji6marshall you have been my rock through every moment since pregnancy and you stepped it up another level through the birth (literally holding me through every contraction) and now as the most wonderful father. I am so grateful to have you in our lives. You give me so much confidence and calm in this new phase.”
Posting on his own Instagram account, Benji said he was “completely” in love.
“I am so proud of you @zoebmarshall for your courage and strength throughout the pregnancy and the birth and Fox is sooo lucky to have an amazing and caring woman as his mother. Watching you give birth was by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do but seeing your strength and determination blew my mind. You amaze me. Pulling Fox into the world is the best thing I have done in my life and I feel I have the greatest honour in being his father,” he wrote.
In September last year, in a separate interview with Woman’s Day, the couple announced they were expecting and, after four years of marriage, were more than ready to start a family together.
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“I’ve always believed that I was put on this earth to have a family. I have been waiting for a long time – I have wanted to be a dad forever,” the NRL star told the magazine at the time.
However, the years before falling pregnant were plagued by Zoe’s health struggles, with the 33-year-old being open and transparent about her battle with stage four endometriosis, the toll it’s taken on her body and the potential for her to fall pregnant.
“We always knew we wanted a baby, so living with that uncertainty was tough. It was always in the back of my mind,” she said.