Rob Delaney, the star of “Catastrophe” and Marblehead native, welcomed a new baby with wife, Leah, in August, just seven months after their son Henry’s death.
“We likely would’ve had a fourth anyway. But I mean, there’s mixed feelings. It’s sort of like they touch each other a little bit, but they almost exist in separate lanes,” Delaney said in an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine. “Having another child in no way, shape or form eases the grief of Henry dying.”
When Delaney and his wife realized they were pregnant, Henry was the first person they told. While their newest addition, a baby boy, brings a huge smile to Delaney’s face, he says he’s still struggling to overcome paranoia about his children’s health. Henry died after a battle with brain cancer.
“[I’m] terrified of anyone vomiting,” Delaney told The Times. “It’s like PTSD. If anyone vomits, I think, ‘Oh, that must be a brain tumour,’ and I have to calm down.”
The day after Christmas, Delaney took to Twitter to share some thought about his family’s first holiday without Henry.
“Our first Christmas without Henry came & went,” Delaney tweeted. “The day itself was okay, maybe because there were so many horrible, painful days leading up to it; we must have hit our quota or something. We talked about him a lot & included his memory throughout the day.”
Though Henry never had a chance to meet his younger brother, Delaney pointed out that they share the same loving devotion from their parents.
“But also having Henry dying doesn’t make our new son any less magical,” Delaney told The Times. “I want to gobble him up and he deserves our full attention and love, and he grew in the same womb as Henry.”
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