AFL legend Gary Ablett and wife Jordan have shared a happy update after six months as a family of five.
Jordan gave birth to their third child in July last year, a second boy becoming younger brother to eldest Levi and two-year-old daughter Grace.
A busy end to 2023 followed and only now have they revealed their son’s name: Ezra, shortened to Ez as the go-to nickname.
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“We’re in a really good place,” Jordan told News Corp.
“When I think of this year I just think of three children and they’re very young, a lot of family time.”
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The couple this week celebrated Levi’s fifth birthday after also recently marking their eighth wedding anniversary.
“Eight years, three children, a billion coffees, many adventures and lots of love later!” Jordan said.
Gary replied: “My best friend!”
Gary Ablett pictured with newborn son Ezra in July last year. Credit: Instagram
The couple continues to share snapshots from Levi’s journey navigating a rare degenerative disease that has affected his ability to talk.
They marked his birthday with a day out at the beach, sharing images of Levi smiling happily in his father’s arms and on the water.
“Our biggest boy turned FIVE today!” Jordan wrote.
“Happy Birthday Levi! We love you and are so proud of you. xo,” Jordan wrote.
Levi in Gary’s arms at the beach on his birthday. Credit: InstagramThe five-year-old battles a rare degenerative disease. Credit: Instagram
Late last year Jordan opened up on her mixed emotions seeing their friends’ children planning to start primary school where Levi will not.
“Although I’m really happy for them … my heart feels heavy,” she said.
“I feel like I’ve been constantly jumping between two very different perspectives.
“Some thoughts have been quite negative with a ‘why us’ attitude, whereas others have been positive and hopeful.
“I’d like to think that the latter ones are the most dominant but it does take some serious effort.”
Jordan said she felt sad that her “little man” wouldn’t have a “first day at school moment nor any of all the other school days that follow” but that it was “okay”.
“One of the lessons that I’ve learnt over the past couple of years is that I need to let go of the things that were never promised to me but only presumed by me,” she wrote.
“Letting go of what I thought would be and embracing what’s meant to be.
“Nothing in this world is guaranteed!
“If something good happens in our lives (even the smallest and most ‘normal’ thing) it’s a blessing not a promise fulfilled.
“This is definitely not a lesson I’ve mastered and to be honest, it feels like I’m forever reminding myself of it.”