Last year, “Wizards of Waverly Place” star David Henrie welcomed his first child, Pia, with wife Maria Cahill Henrie. Now, a little over a year later, Pia is learning to speak.
“At least during the quarantine, she’ll learn ‘Poppa’!” Henrie captioned the clip.
Pia is sitting in a director’s chair while mom holds her steady. Henrie faces away from her toward the camera.
“Dada,” Pia says. Henrie doesn’t respond. “Poppa,” she says instead.
Henrie then rushes over to reward her use of the correct term with cuddles and kisses.
After more affection from daddy, Pia started saying “Dada, poppa, dada,” over and over. The touching moment was watched more than 1.8 million times. Users couldn’t resist weighing in on the cuteness.
“She’s adorable and seeing the amazing daddy you are is incredible,” one user wrote.
“I love that you’re teaching her Poppa instead of Dada (tho she says it lol),” a user commented.
“Oh man! That’s so cute! Can’t wait for my own little one coming this October!” one person said.
Henrie announced the birth of his daughter on March 19, 2019. At the same time, he revealed he and his wife, a former Miss Delaware, experienced three miscarriages.
Today is a particularly special day for Maria and I... and it’s special because in order to get to where we are today, with the joy of our newborn in our arms, my wife and I went through trials. I felt compelled to share this because I had no clue just how difficult trying to start a family could be. See, Pia Philomena Francesca Henrie has brothers and sisters... Maria and I suffered three miscarriages before finally being able to carry Pia to full term. While it was insanely difficult recovering from miscarriage after miscarriage, we knew if we were ever going to be able to hold a baby of our own in our arms that we must not let the tragedy affect our marriage, but rather grow closer together! We stayed faithful to that conviction and had a little help from @franciscus. The reason Pia’s middle name is Francesca is because I personally asked pope Francis to pray for Maria and I to have a baby. He took our hands, held them together, said a special blessing, then looked up and told me not to worry that a baby would be coming - that was pretty much exactly nine months ago. For all those who are struggling #pray #hope and #dontworry !! Always.
A post shared by David Henrie (@davidhenrie) on Mar 19, 2019 at 6:26pm PDT
“I had no clue just how difficult trying to start a family could be. See, Pia Philomena Francesca Henrie has brothers and sisters,” he wrote on Instagram. “While it was insanely difficult recovering from miscarriage after miscarriage, we knew if we were ever going to be able to hold a baby of our own in our arms that we must not let the tragedy affect our marriage, but rather grow closer together!”
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