Zara McDermott has shared the sweet moment she and boyfriend Sam Thompson received the painting they had commissioned for Sam's sister Louise and her fiancé Ryan Libbey ahead of the birth of their first baby.
Taking to her Instagram stories, Zara shared a video posted by the artist of the painting.
In the video, Zara and Sam can be seen thanking London based artist O.D.Gavrila for her work on the painting of Louise and Sam.
The work shows a pregnant Louise and Ryan cuddling Louise's bump while surrounded by their two dogs.
Both the couple exclaim “Oh my god,” before Zara adds, “that’s amazing,” and Sam adds, “that couldn’t be more Louise and Ryan, you’ve got their features and everything.”
Sharing the video on her own Instagram story, Zara wrote: "Thank you for your beautiful work for our family," and then added, "I just can't stop staring at it."
Zara also added, "A painting is such a lovely gift idea for someone. Expensive, meaningless gifts are no more. I will always get my family & friends something meaningful and beautiful from now on."
Sharing a video on her own page of the creation process, artist O.D.Gavrila wrote: "As you know, last year before Christmas I had a secret commission that was also my largest ever done.
"When Zara McDermott contacted me to ask if I can paint her boyfriend’s sister @louise.thompson and her partner @ryan.libbey , I was so excited! Then she sent me their photo and I fell in love with it and immediately knew how I wanted to paint them."
She continued: "I have put a lot of love and work into it and I can sincerely say it is my best artwork so far.
"When I took the painting to their house there were tears on both sides. For Zara and Sam, because they loved it so much, and my tears of happiness.
"I hope you enjoy watching this short video with the progress and I will also post the painting soon."
In December, Louise announced the arrival of her son five weeks after she gave birth to a son named Leo-Hunter.
Louise released a lengthy caption on Thursday 23 December, as she revealed that she welcomed her baby boy five weeks ago but she has been in hospital since his arrival with "serious complications".
The Made in Chelsea star bravely said that she is "in a bit of a strange place mentally and physically" and "might be for a while" after "dancing with death twice".
Thankfully, Louise is now home from hospital for Christmas and is excited to bond with her baby boy.
Sharing a pic of her baby son on Instagram, Louise, 31, wrote: "Hello everyone,
"This post isn’t an easy one for me to write. I have so many things that I want to say but at the same time I’m struggling to find the words to explain what has happened to me and my family so for now I will keep it quite simple.
"The reason I have been absent for weeks is because I have been very unwell.
"5 weeks ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy Leo-Hunter Libbey weighing in at 7lbs. Unfortunately it wasn’t the easiest start for either of us. One ended up in NICU and the other ended up in ICU.
"Whilst Leo made a fairly quick recovery. I have been recovering in hospital for a month with various serious complications.
"In all honesty I never imagined that so many bad things could happen to me, but to dance with death twice brings a whole new view of the world – a stark reminder of how short and sacred life really is."
Louise continued to write: "We need to start living, we need to start loving, we need to start enjoying every minute detail in life (certainly easier said than done when you’re stuck in mental and/or physical purgatory or dealing with serious illness, depression or the fear of the unknown), but if you DO have the capacity, then try and cling onto any nuggets of good… and please please please be grateful for good health. The hard truth is that you don't know how lucky you are to have it until it's too late.
"The reality is that I am in a bit of a strange place mentally and physically and I might be for a while, but that’s just part of the me now and part of my recovery. It's not going to be easy or linear but thankfully I am being offered some very valuable psychological help and the good news is that I’m starting to experience some good hours as well as bad ones. (Sometimes living hour by hour is your only option).
"I want to finish with some happy news…
"I have been given the green light and been discharged from hospital which means that i'm able to recover from the comfort of my own home for Christmas. For the first time in a month I actually see a future where I get to live peacefully on this earth with my son.
"I can’t wait to start our new journey together as a family of 3 and to start bonding little baby Leo."
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