‘This Is Us’ Star Chris Sullivan Just Welcomed His First Child & Gave Him a Cuddly First Name

It’s a good thing Chris Sullivan obtained some on-screen parenting experience during season four of This Is Us, because he’s officially a dad IRL.

On Tuesday, the 40-year-old actor welcomed his first child—a baby boy named Bear Maxwell—with his wife, Rachel. Sullivan (who plays Kate’s husband, Toby, on This Is Us) announced the exciting news on his personal Instagram account by sharing a photo of the newborn’s tiny feet.

He wrote, “8lbs of beautiful baby boy. Witnessing @therealrachelsullivan bring our first son into this world, after 20 hours of labor, was one of the great honors of my life. It was primal and intentional, and I have never been more in love with this powerful woman. She and baby are resting and recovering well. Everyone is healthy and exhausted.”

In an interview with People magazine, Sullivan discussed the sweet way he shared the experience with his family. This included creating a virtual name announcement, since no one was able to visit the newborn due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“[Bear] and Rachel are both very healthy and recovering well and are resting,” he told the outlet. “As far as the name announcement goes, we designed a puzzle to send to our family members as a fun way to announce his name and to keep us all connected during quarantine—kind of a group activity to reach across the land. It’s both information and something to do. And the reveal of our first son’s name.”

We’re totally stealing this idea.

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