Brian Dowling’s surrogate sister’s ‘tears flow’ as she reunites with baby she birthed

Brian Dowling has shared the emotional moment his sister Aoife was reunited with his baby daughter Blake, after selflessly acting as his surrogate.

The Big Brother winner, 44, took to social media to announce the news he had welcomed a child with his husband, Dancing with the Stars judge Arthur Gourounlian on Saturday.

Now, he has shared the special moment his sister reunited with the sweet tot days after giving birth. Brian gushed: "Today was REUNION TIME in the Dowling Gourounlian household."

Brain continued: "We had a little visitor in the form of @effidy_dowling_ {heart emoji] It was an emotional reunion as the tears flowed. Times like this are so special.

"I still find it hard to believe that Aoife, Arthur & I created this BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BABY.

"Blake LOVES her Aunty Aoife so much & was so content in her arms. How SENSATIONAL does Aoife look especially only 5 days after giving birth."

Arthur jokingly commented: "And of course, we managed to squeeze in a TikTok would have been rude not right. WE LOVE YOU auntie Effidy."

This comes days after the star penned a heartfelt tribute to his sister who volunteered to be his surrogate, using an egg donor.

He wrote: "Now, where do we even start with you @effidy_dowling_ you are a SAINT to us & we will FOREVER be GRATEFUL to you for the REST OF OUR LIVES. Baby Blake can’t wait for her Aunty Aoife to spoil her."

Arthur also commented on the post thanking Aoife for her incredible gift to the pair of them. He wrote: "MY HEART IS FULL OF JOY [heart emoji] Blake welcome, we have been waiting for you our entire lives. And @effidy_dowling_ you have given us THE WORLD we will forever owe YOU. Merci."

Brian also wrote: "Blake was delivered safely on Thursday September 1st at 14:52pm weighting 7lb 4ozs. We @gourounlian are ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY IN LOVE with her & can’t believe she’s here & is ours.

"None of this would have been possible without our donor, a woman we have never met or even seen a picture of but has given us the GIFT OF LIFE."

Since confirming the news on Saturday, Brian has since posted to his Instagram story reflecting on the new – where the new dad doted on his "perfect" daughter, as well as giving an update on Aoife.


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