Breanna Stewart and Marta Xargay Casademont decided 40 weeks ago to have a baby.
Amazingly, they kept it secret until now.
On Aug. 9, Stewart and Xargay welcomed their daughter Ruby Mae Stewart Xargay into the world. She was born via surrogate.
Bleacher Report and TOGETHXR were there to capture the process. Stewart and Xargay, who publicly announced their engagement in May before getting married in July, say they want to show the world there are multiple ways to start a family.
The white picket fence doesn’t always apply.
“I hope this continues to show people there’s no perfect way to find love, have a family, or create a family,” Xargay, a pro basketball player who most recently played on the Spanish women’s national team, said in the feature.
Stewart, one of the best female basketball players in the world, captured her second gold medal on Aug. 8 when the U.S. defeated Japan in the Olympics women’s basketball final. She was a force, adding 14 points to go along with with 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.
And yes, that means Ruby was born one day after the gold medal game. That’s not something most mothers can say.
“As a women’s basketball player it’s like, ‘OK, how do you do (start a family)?,” Stewart said. “How do you plan that perfectly so the baby comes during the summer, and now, after the Olympics for 2021? Because we’re cutting it a little close.”
Stewart and Xargay made the decision to prepare for a baby in June 2019, on the same night Stewart tore her achilles. Faced with an unprecedented amount of in-season downtime, Stewart decided to freeze her eggs.
“It was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life, because you’re setting yourself up for the future,” Stewart said.
Now, Stewart and Xargay are ready for parenthood — and that includes telling Ruby how she came into this world.
“We’re just going to continue to be honest be genuine be authentic,” Stewart said. “The same way that we are in our lives with the rest of the world. That’s how we’re going to be with Ruby. She deserves to know the entire process.”
Ruby’s moms are already showing her that dreams can become realities.
“Why can’t I be the best player and have a baby?,” Stewart said. “Why can’t we do both?”