“He’s here!! He is perfect, healthy and just beautiful! Our sweet Porter Lane arrived at 6:11pm tonight. 8lb 2oz and 21 1/2 inches,” she wrote Wednesday night in a Facebook post shared by radio station WQBE.
She continued, “Our hearts are overflowing. Thank you so much for ALL the love and prayers! XOXO.”
Oh, and she’s still wearing the giraffe head, if you were wondering. No word on if she took it off during labor.
The story began Sunday night when Dietrich, a mom of three and a photographer, launched a Facebook live stream from her bedroom in South Carolina. The video, which has racked up 30 million views, almost 300,000 reactions, and nearly a half-million shares, featured the 39 weeks pregnant mom pacing the room wearing a tank top, sweatpants — and an oversize giraffe head. Viewers remarked that they “can’t stop” watching Dietrich and that her tribute to April the giraffe is “awesome” and “hilarious.”
The video is a nod to April the Giraffe, a 15-year-old at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y., who is already a mother to three calves. In the beginning of March, the park began live-streaming the giraffe ending her 15-month pregnancy and preparing for birth in her enclosure. Since then April has become quite the Internet star — 15 million people have followed the giraffe’s journey, the park has launched a merchandise line for April fans, and one man in Seattle built an “active delivery” app called Giraffe Watch, which sends users an email when April shows signs of progress.
“April is a bit of a cougar because her baby daddy, Oliver, is only 5 years old and this is his first time being a father and having a baby,” according to the park’s YouTube page. When April’s calf is born, he or she will weigh 150 pounds and stand 6 feet tall and will be able to walk after 10 minutes and run after half an hour.
Dietrich did not return Yahoo Beauty’s request for an interview, but she admits to being “obsessed” with April in the comments section of the video. Dietrich wrote, “All our friends have been making fun of me and my obsession with April so we just thought, ‘Hey, we should order a giraffe mask.’” She added: “Clearly we live an exciting life over here in the Dietrich household.”
While Dietrich was first to complete her pregnancy journey, it seems that the arrival of April’s fourth calf is imminent. Stay tuned.