Broadway couple Patti Murin and Colin Donnell welcomed their first baby girl, Cecily Philips Donnell, earlier this week — and her name might sound familiar.
“Meet Cecily Philips Donnell, born on July 14th. She’s strong as heck and ready to change the world, and we have never loved anything more in our lives,” Murin wrote an Instagram Friday (July 17) along with a picture of the family of three in the hospital. “‘Life is not the things that we do, it’s who we’re doing them with.’”
Murin quoted a lyric from “Cecily Smith” by Will Connolly, a bonus track from the 2014 original Off-Broadway production Fly By Night: A New Musical, which she starred in. The new mother did not explicitly explain whether they named their daughter after the song.
“We are absolutely head over heels in love with Cecily, and parenthood is already the most insane and beautiful thing in existence,” the couple told People.
Murin, who famously portrayed Princess Anna in the stage adaptation of Frozen, claimed she battled coronavirus symptoms during her pregnancy from an Instagram post dated in April.
“Even Disney princesses can get sick. I started feeling very tired and achy with a fever and a cough that makes it feel like my head is splitting open from the inside out, and after talking to my incredible OBGYN, my GP, and a very kind doctor at Mt. Sinai over video conference, they are pretty certain it’s COVID-19,” she wrote at the time. “I AM FINE, I SWEAR, AND SO IS THE BABY!”
The Chicago Med alum teased that her husband, Donnell, who also acted on the NBC medical drama series, knew how to take care of her because of his on-screen experience. But she voiced no concern for her unborn daughter at the time.
“This virus can’t cross the placenta, so my uterus is literally the safest place for little peanut right now,” she said as part of the lengthy caption. “I’m eating and drinking all the water in the world, and she’s kicking me almost hourly now, so I know she’s growing stronger by the day.”
Check out their first family photo below.
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Meet Cecily Philips Donnell, born on July 14th. She’s strong as heck and ready to change the world, and we have never loved anything more in our lives. “Life is not the things that we do, it’s who we’re doing them with.”
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