Former Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert has become a grandmother for the second time - this time to a baby granddaughter named Rosemar
Former Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert has become a grandmother for the second time – this time to a baby granddaughter named Rosemary.
The 58-year-old actress introduced the newest addition to her Instagram followers on Tuesday, while sharing a sweet snap of herself meeting the baby girl for the first time – months after she gave up her life in Hollywood to live in a ramshackle cottage in the mountains.
Melissa who recently recovered from COVID-19, added that it was ‘absolute heaven’ to meet her new granddaughter.
‘Everyone say hi to the newest addition to our family who I finally got to meet today,’ she captioned a picture, which showed her cradling the newborn.
The baby slept in her arms while Melissa starred down at her in the touching photo. A second pic featured the former child star smiling at the camera while her granddaughter laid on her shoulder.
Melissa Gilbert has become a grandmother again. She introduced the newest addition to her family while sharing a sweet snap of herself meeting the baby for the first time to Instagram
Growing family: The former Little House on the Prairie star, 58, shared the exciting baby news with her followers on Tuesday, calling it ‘absolute heaven’ to meet her new granddaughter
The announcement comes months after she gave up her life in Hollywood to live in a ramshackle cottage in the mountains. She and husband Timothy Busfield are seen at the house
She continued, ‘The silver lining of having COVID a couple weeks ago is that I’m super immune right now! Meet Rosemary Coates Busfield AKA Romy. Absolute heaven. #Nana #proudnana #nanapint #granddaughter #iminlove.’
Melissa revealed that she caught COVID-19 on June 1, explaining at the time that she was feeling ‘pretty oogie.’
It also comes two weeks after the former child star – who was best known for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the show – recovered from COVID-19. She is pictured in 2020
‘Welp, the lady COVID finally got me. Symptoms started yesterday. Tested negative all day. Positive this morning,’ she shared.
‘I feel pretty oogie. Starting #paxlovid today. I’m triple vaxxed so I should be OK ultimately.’
The next day, she posted an update, revealing that she had ‘aches, chills, a wicked sore throat, stuffy nose, and tightness in her chest,’ as well as a high fever.
‘Ugh, this still sucks,’ she wrote, alongside some photos that showed her dog cuddling in bed with her.
‘Fever peaked yesterday at 102. His morning pre-Advil it was 100. Still have aches, chills, wicked sore throat, stuffy nose, and tightness in my chest.
‘Zero appetite but forcing myself to get some calories in. Sleeping off and on all day and night. Drinking tons of fluid. Water and miso soup and ginger ale seem to be the favorites.’
On June 3, Melissa said she had ‘come out of her COVID fog’ and was feeling much better.
‘The fever seems to be gone, chest feels better, but nose is still stuffy,’ she wrote, adding that she still felt ‘weak and tired.’
Melissa and her husband, Timothy Busfield, 65, got married back in 2013. They don’t share any kids together, but she has two sons from previous relationships and he has two sons and a daughter from a past marriage.
Melissa revealed that she caught COVID-19 on June 1, explaining at the time that she was feeling ‘pretty oogie’
The next day, she posted an update alongside a photo of herself cuddling with her dog, revealing that she had ‘aches, chills, a wicked sore throat, a stuffed nose, and a high fever’
On June 3, Melissa said she was feeling much better. ‘The fever seems to be gone, chest feels better,’ she captioned a video of her trying out an Instagram filter
Based on the baby’s last name, it appears that Rosemary is the child of one of Tim’s kids, but it’s unclear which one of them welcomed the little girl.
This is not her first grandchild, as Tim has previously posted photos of granddaughters named Ruby and Ripley, and a grandson named Eli.
Melissa – who was skyrocketed into stardom after she starred in the 1974 Western show as Laura Ingalls Wilder when she was just a child – recently purchased a $98,000 14-acre property in upstate New York so that she can enjoy a much more relaxed lifestyle and escape the pressures of being in the public eye.
She previously explained to Yahoo Life that the decision to make the move came to her after she looked back at old photos and didn’t even recognize herself.
She underwent multiple plastic surgery procedures throughout her career, and she said it left her thinking, ‘Who is that person? That’s not me. That’s like a shell over what the real me is.’
She admitted that she was also having a ‘hard time’ living her life from a place where the ‘external mattered more than the internal.’
‘I really wanted to reverse that. I wanted to become more spiritual, more grounded, more at peace, more connected to my community, to my family, to my friends,’ she explained.
The couple purchased the fixer-upper – which was filled with rotting deer heads, porn, and holy water when they moved in – in 2018, and spent about a year renovating it.
Melissa and her husband, Timothy (pictured in 2020), 65, got married in 2013. She has two sons from previous relationships and he has two sons and a daughter from a past marriage
The couple recently purchased a $98,000 14-acre property (pictured) in upstate New York so that Melissa can enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle and escape the pressures of the spotlight
The couple purchased the fixer-upper in 2018, and spent about a year renovating it. They officially moved in in 2019. Melissa is seen at her new home
Melissa (pictured with her son) spends her days raising chickens and growing her own food at her new home, and she said starring in Little House made her to want to live near nature
She now spends her days raising chickens and growing her own food at her new home, and it turns out, starring in Little House as a kid is what inspired her to want to live so close to nature.
‘I actually feel like Little House on the Prairie was sort of the bait that opened my eyes to what could be,’ she told the outlet.
‘I would be on the set, especially when we were outdoors with the chickens and then the frogs and the pond and horses and cows, and everybody had their dogs with them.
‘I was outside in Simi Valley on the ranch and it was always dusty, always dirty, but [I was] just gleeful and happy.’
The couple officially moved into the home in late 2019, and she previously recalled to Good Morning America how they spent the height of the COVID-19 pandemic locked down in their new house, saying it was an experience she never wants to forget.
‘I would tell myself to remember 2020 as vividly as possible because it really was an extraordinary life-changing time for the entire world, and I was a part of that,’ she said.
‘I think remembering that will enable me to be more compassionate, more tolerant, more understanding, and not just about COVID but about everything that happened in the summer of 2020 and to remain aware of my own privilege and my own part in all of it.’