GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Ellen Bacca has welcomed her little ray of sunshine!
Piper Sunny was born to Ellen and her husband Mark on the afternoon of Sept. 8 at 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 20 inches long.
“We are in LOVE,” Ellen texted co-workers. “We will be with her rain or shine.”
Mother and baby came out of delivery doing well. Piper went home for the first time to a nursery decorated with a rainbow and sky theme.
Piper made her first visit to the Storm Team 8 Tracking Center on Sept. 15 at only one week old. Snoozing the whole time, she was cuddled by Ellen’s fellow meteorologists Matt Kirkwood, Sara Flynn and Blake Harms, as well as anchor Emily Linnert. Ellen and Mark said Piper has been a delight, sleeping and eating without trouble.
“We keep being like, ‘You’re so cute!'” Ellen said.
“We’re loving the newborn stage. It’s so fun,” Mark added.
They speculated her eyes would settle into blue after the initial gray babies often have.
Ellen announced her pregnancy in April. West Michigan voted to guess the baby’s sex, and got it right: More than 63% correctly voted that it was a girl.
Though Piper made her appearance a week after her Sept. 1 due date, Ellen’s pregnancy was free of any serious problems. She stayed on the job as her due date neared, even helping cover a tornado in West Michigan on Aug. 24.