Actress Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman have made a point of completely avoiding sharing photos of their 11-month-old son on social media. That all changed with one Instagram post on Wednesday.
The Hollywood actress was giving a speech at the United Nations on the importance of paid parental leave on Wednesday, a day that also happened to be International Women’s Day. Hathaway gave a moving speech discussing her personal experience as a new mother and how her entire life changed when she gave birth to her son:
“In late March, last year, 2016, I became a parent for the first time. I remember the indescribable—and as I understand it universal—experience of holding my week-old son and feeling my priorities change on a cellular level. I remember I experienced a shift in consciousness that gave me the ability to maintain my love of career and cherish something else, someone else, much, much more.”
But the famous actress quickly realized that while motherhood is a wonderful thing, it certainly isn’t easy:
“American women are currently entitled to 12 weeks’ unpaid leave. American men are entitled to nothing. That information landed differently for me when, one week after my son’s birth I could barely walk, when I was getting to know a human who was completely dependent on my husband and I for everything, when I was dependent on my husband for most things, when we were relearning everything we thought we knew about our family and relationship. It landed differently.”
Explaining how she views paid parental leave as crucial for not just mothers but fathers as well, Hathaway attempted to convince UN member nations to enact their own policies on parental leave that allow for both parents to take time off to spend with their newborn children.
While the speech was memorable, what Hathaway posted on Instagram after the speech really stole the show.
After 11 months of keeping his life private, Hathaway shared the first picture of her son on social media, and what he was doing could not be cuter. Hathaway’s son is seen leaning over a bench and watching his mother address the United Nations on an iPad. The pajama clad toddler’s eyes are glued to the screen as his mother addresses the international body.
Before Wednesday, the closest Hathaway had come to posting about her son was a picture of a Beyoncé-inspired onesie gifted to her by Ellen DeGeneres:
While it’s unclear whether Wednesday’s posting marks a permanent departure from Hathaway’s unofficial social media embargo on family pictures, her fans certainly appreciated the gesture. The post garnered over 460 comments praising the adorable toddler.