By Selene Raj
Commissioner Joshua Simmons and his fiancée Cheyenne Howe, have welcomed their newborn baby girl into the world, just in time for Father’s Day.
Caleigh Blake Simmons made her entrance on Monday, June 15, at 6:50 p.m. She weighed seven pounds and 14 ounces and measured 20.4 inches long.
The couple shared that she is a beautiful and healthy baby girl who loves to stay up all night and sleep all day.
She was delivered at Broward Health Coral Springs after Howe went through 25 hours of labor. In a social media announcement, Simmons said that he was in awe of her strength.
“It was such a joy to witness one of life’s greatest miracles,” he said, “My family is excited to welcome another child to our family.”
The couple wanted to thank their delivering doctors along with all of the nurses who took care of the family and helped bring Caleigh into the world.
“It’s a nice blessing to bring something so beautiful into a world of chaos,” said Howe. “It is also a blessing that we had the support of our friends and family during this wild time.”
Howe, the new mom and Cleveland Clinic medical technician, and Simmons, commissioner, and high school history teacher, were engaged on their Italian vacation last summer. At the time, Simmons gushed about his bride-to-be.
“She’s my best friend, and I can’t imagine my life without her,” he said.
Now, they are celebrating the birth of their daughter — and while her first name is Caleigh, Simmons already has a nickname lined up for her.
“I called her Cookie from the moment we found out Cheyenne was pregnant because I knew she would be sweet as sugar once she came into the world,” he said.
In the months leading up to her birth, and during the COVID-19 pandemic related shutdown, they spent most of the time converting the office into the baby’s new room, and on Wednesday, June 17, the couple was able to welcome her home.
The pandemic, coupled with weeks of civil unrest due to racism and police brutality, made for a tumultuous time in the city and country. Still, Simmons is confident he and Howe will help create a welcoming world for their daughter.
“Regardless of what’s going on, bringing a baby into the world is and will always be a blessing,” Simmons said.
Caleigh is a beloved addition to their family– she is the couple’s first child, and Simmons’ second daughter– Carter Alexandria Simmons was born 17 months ago, and he feels eager to raise them both with love.
Simmons said he is happy to steer Caleigh and Carter in the right and moral direction.
“I want them to know and feel love,” he said. “I want them to see positivity in the world and know that negativity is nothing but a small obstacle.”
Simmons, who has been an advocate for racial equality throughout his career, also wants to ensure that the world his daughters grow up in is one that celebrates them as they are.
“I also want my daughters to love the color of their skin and that no matter what to be proud to be Black,” he said, “I want them to be confident and feel that they have the same opportunities to succeed as anyone else in our country. My daughters are a part of our collective future, and I am excited to see them explore.”
The couple plan to get married on September 4, 2020.
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- Selene Raj is a writer and a Florida International University graduate. Born in Trinidad and raised in America, she completed her Master’s in Mass Communications in 2020 and has been living in Coral Springs since 2004. She is passionate about the communities she lives and works in and loves reporting and sharing stories that are as complex and meaningful as the people who live in them.
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