Brian Dowling shares sweet “reunion” between baby Blake and Aunty Aoife

Brian Dowling has been taking becoming a father in his stride.

He paid tribute to his sister, Aoife, who acted as a surrogate for himself and his husband, Arthur Gourounlian in a lengthy post. And now, Aoife has reunited with baby Blake.

In a sweet picture posted on his Instagram, Brian shared the moment that Aoife held her niece in her arms after the newborn returned home.

“Today was REUNION TIME in the Dowling Gourounlian household. We had a little visitor in the form of @effidy_dowling_,” he wrote.


“It was an emotional reunion as the tears flowed. Times like this are so special. I still find it hard to believe that Aoife, Arthur & I created this BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BABY.

“Blake LOVES her Aunty Aoife so much & was so content in her arms. How SENSATIONAL does Aoife look especially only 5 days after giving birth.”

Arthur was quick to comment: “And of course, we managed to squeeze in a TikTok would have been rude not right WE LOVE YOU auntie Effidy.”

Brian and Arthur announced the arrival of their daughter, Blake over the weekend with a beautiful Instagram post.


“Please be upstanding for the arrival of our BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER Blake Maria Rose Dowling Gourounlian. Yes, people, another BDG Blake was delivered safely on Thursday, September 1st at 14:52pm weighing 7lb 4ozs. We @gourounlian are ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY IN LOVE with her & can’t believe she’s here & is ours,” he wrote.

“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 @effidy_dowling_ 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.”

They will share their journey to parenthood in an upcoming RTÉ docuseries.

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