Hello world, meet Milan Pique Mebarak.
Shakira and boyfriend, FC Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique, share the first photo of their baby boy Milan Pique through their UNICEF website.
— Shakira (@shakira) February 4, 2013
Gerard is seen holding his two-week bundle of joy. The couple thanked fans with this special message on their UNICEF page:
“We hope that, in his name, other less privileged children in the world can have their basic needs covered through gifts and donations.”
“Thank you for sharing this unforgettable moment with us.”
Shakira, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is leveraging social media to raise funds for disadvantaged babies around the world. The Colombian singer and her fiance have a virtual baby shower, in honor of baby Milan Pique, through UNICEF where visitors can purchase “Inspired Gifts” varying in price.
Last week, the proud father posted a photo of baby Milan wearing white sneakers that have his name stitched into the shoes in blue and red colors on Twitter. The caption read: “Milan’s feet.”
The couple welcomed Milan Pique on January 22 at 9:36 p.m., in Barcelona, Spain. Milan Pique weighed six pounds six ounces.
Shakira wrote on her website that the name name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.
According to the Daily Mail, Shakira’s mother, Nidia Ripoll Torrado, said that her 35-year-old daughter was overcome with emotion upon giving birth to her son.
“It’s very emotional,” said Torrado. “I burst into tears.”
Torrado said Milan is a “beautiful child who doesn’t cry much.”
Shakira has been overjoyed by her new born baby and her new love.
As Shakira left the hospital after recovering from her planned cesarean, she told Hello Daily News reporters, “This man is the best thing that could have happened in my life. And now the baby!”