Brian Dowling and Arthur Gourounlian reveal baby Blake’s godparents


Brian Dowling and Arthur Gourounlian are the doting parents of newborn baby Blake, but soon they won’t be the only ones soon, as the couple have chosen their daughter’s godparents.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Brian wrote: “When it came to choosing Godparents for Blake [Arthur] & I were looking for 2 people who had integrity, class, and good values & treated people with kindness & respect.”

Joking: “Sadly we don’t anyone like that so we reluctantly had to ask [Pippa O’Connor & Simon Jones].


Continuing: “We are ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED that Pippa & Simon said yes & they are on this CRAZY JOURNEY with us. Now bring on the Christening.”

While Arthur said: “When Blake came to visit her Godmother [Pippa O’Connor] Meanwhile Godfather [Simon Jones] is in London and we can’t wait for him to visit us soon.”

The couple welcomed a baby girl, on Thursday, the 1st of September, sharing the news a few days later.

Posting sweet photos from the delivery room, Brian shared a sweet tribute to their daughter and revealed the stunning name they have chosen.

Writing: “Please be upstanding for the arrival of our BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER Blake Maria Rose Dowling Gourounlian. Yes people another BDG”


Continuing on he said: “Blake was delivered safely on Thursday September 1st at 14:52pm weighting 7lb 4ozs. We are ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY IN LOVE with her & can’t believe she’s here & is ours”

Brian also took the opportunity to thank those who made their journey to parenthood possible, particularly their egg donor and their surrogate, Aoife, who is Brian’s sister.

Writing: “None of this would have been possible without our donor, a woman we have never met or even seen a picture of but has given us the GIFT OF LIFE.”

“Now, where do we even start with you [Aoife] you are a SAINT to us & we will FOREVER be GRATEFUL to you for the REST OF OUR LIVES. Baby Blake can’t wait for her Aunty Aoife to spoil her.”


Arthur also shared a sweet message in the comment section. Writing: “MY HEART IS FULL OF JOY Blake welcome, we have been waiting for you our entire lives. And [Aoife] you have given us THE WORLD we will forever owe YOU. Merci”

Brian and Arthur will share their surrogacy journey with a brand new RTÉ documentary.

Documenting their journey to parenthood, the RTE special, called ‘A Very Modern Irish Family’ will show the highs and lows of welcoming a child into the world through surrogacy.

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