Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, are adding to their family.
The Facebook CEO, in a post to his wall, announced his one-year-old daughter, Max, would soon be a big sister to a baby girl.
The 32-year-old dad said he and Chan were especially excited because they were unsure they would be able to have more children after the difficulties the couple had getting — and staying — pregnant the first time. The couple suffered through three miscarriages before announcing Chan’s pregnancy with their first daughter in July of 2015.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, admire new daughter Max in this 2015 image.
— Facebook photo
“Priscilla and I are happy to share we’re expecting another baby girl!” Zuckerberg wrote. “After our difficult experience having Max, we weren’t sure what to expect or whether we’d be able to have another child. When Priscilla and I first found out she was pregnant again, our first hope was that the child would be healthy. My next hope was that it would be a girl. I cannot think of a greater gift than having a sister and I’m so happy Max and our new child will have each other.”
Zuckerberg was also excited to learn he would be the father to another daughter.
“I grew up with three sisters and they taught me to learn from smart, strong women. They weren’t just my sisters but some of my best friends. They’ve gone on to write books, excel at performance, music, sports, cooking and their careers. They showed me how to compete and still laugh together afterwards,” he wrote.
“Priscilla grew up with two sisters and they taught her the importance of family, caring for others and hard work. They supported each other as first generation college students and in their careers in medicine and business. They have so many inside jokes — the kind only siblings can understand. We are all better people because of the strong women in our lives — sisters, mothers and friends. We can’t wait to welcome our new little one and do our best to raise another strong woman.”
Zuckerberg will likely take two months of paternity leave after the birth of his second daughter, just like he did with Max.
Although Facebook does offer four months of paid leave, it is unusual for CEOs to take an extended leave. For instance, when Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gave birth to identical twin girls in 2015 she announced she would take “limited time away.”
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.