Sharing Our Little Gift

Click through the slideshow for some of my favorite shots of Shai.


When you’re a celebrity, privacy is a luxury that eventually runs out. As I’ve mentioned before, parenthood has brought out the “mama bear” instinct in Maks and I. From minute one we knew it was our job to protect this little person and we’ve taken that job seriously every moment since. So this past month and a half we’ve tried to keep Shai for ourselves, like our little secret that only we get to enjoy – but babies aren’t secrets and keeping him hidden away forever isn’t realistic or healthy. Now, after taking as much time as we could to enjoy these precious first moments of his life, we’re finally ready to share Shai with the world.

Thank you all for the support, excitement and patience you’ve shown my new little family. I’ve received so much love from so many sources that can’t wait to share this huge piece of my heart with you all.



People have asked how we came up with our baby’s name.

First of all, naming a baby – who will one day be an adult out in the world – is hard. It took months and months to find a name that both Maks and I loved and kind of embodied what he means to us. We knew that we wanted a shorter name that wasn’t super-complicated because “Chmerkovskiy” is kind of a mouthful and he’ll always have to spell it out for people. We finally settled on Shai, pronounced “shy” and means “gift” in Hebrew. Honestly, it’s a perfect fit because from the very beginning, we felt like this little life we made was the most precious gift God could grant us.

Shai’s middle name, Aleksander, was all Maks. Maks didn’t grow up with a middle name, but I definitely wanted Shai to have one. So we gave him his middle name after Maks’ dad Aleksandr (spelled a little differently to honor Shai’s heritage but also make it unique to him). It was a really special moment for Maks to have his dad be a part of something we created.

Side note, in Russian culture, they have this really cute way of adding “–chka” to the end of names as a term of endearment. Like, when I joined the Chmerkovskiy family, they gave me the name “Peta-chka.” So, within the family, we’ve taken to calling him “Shai-chka.”

So, there you have it: our little gift. Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy, welcome to the world.

Photo Credit: Stefania Orru

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  1. Omgg Congrats!!! He’s so precious and beautiful ! Also congrats on the blog I’m loving it! Way to reach for the stars and not give up on any of your goals an dreams

    Posted by: Jeta on February 19, 2017 at 11:54 pm
  2. Oh my You two wonderful people have the most perfect boy. He looks like a beautiful boy. So adorable. Congratulations to both of you. I wish you both only the best. I have watched you both on DWTS for years and now you have shared with us something very special. Thankyou so much.

    Posted by: Daphne Holman on February 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm
  3. Congratulations on your new baby boy!! What a precious gift from God, like you said. Wishing you both many blessings as you begin this new ‘venture.
    I know he will be a dancer like the two of you!
    By the way I owe it to you both and DWTS to inspire me to take up ballroom dancing. I started a
    6 years ago and absolutely love it!!

    Posted by: Joy Rogers on February 18, 2017 at 8:26 pm
  4. Peta and Maks, Shai is so adorable!!!! So happy for you both!! May God bless him always!!!

    Posted by: Priscilla Kaufman on February 18, 2017 at 8:10 pm
  5. Such a beautiful family. may god bless him and watch over you all

    Posted by: Mary on February 18, 2017 at 7:52 pm
  6. He is beautiful Peta – just like his parents! Congratulations & all the best wishes! <3

    Posted by: Mary Maxson on February 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm
  7. Thanks for allowing us to share in the birth of your gift and miracle. He is definitely a cutie pie and with parents like you he can expect a wonderful and fulfilling life. May the Lord bless the three of you with laughter, happiness and an abundance of blessings!!!

    Posted by: Haydee Fuentes on February 18, 2017 at 4:21 pm
  8. he’s just beautiful and has you beautiful mouth peta

    Posted by: shirlee michael on February 18, 2017 at 1:18 pm
  9. Precious soul. He brings so much love to this world. Of course God wouldn’t have sent him here if there weren’t the most perfect parents for him. I am so amazed by you two. You are almost unbelievable. I bask in the glow of your open hearts.

    Posted by: Ruth Barker on February 18, 2017 at 10:40 am
  10. What a beautiful family. Congratulations and enjoy every moment.

    Posted by: Jhoop on February 18, 2017 at 10:05 am