These days, pregnancy announcement photos are practically a rite of passage for celebrities. This year alone has brought a handful, each one harder to top. Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder have now joined those ranks, following in the footsteps of—most recently—Lauren Conrad and, of course, Beyoncé. The Hollywood power couple didn’t just post a thumb-stopping photo to Instagram, though; they also shared a note to their soon-to-be first child and, yes, it is just as adorable as it sounds.
In the caption of a beautifully shot photo of Reed clutching her pregnant stomach in a blue gown that could have been lifted from the wardrobe of Jackie, as Somerhalder kisses that very spot, the parents-to-be wrote a love letter to their baby. “Hi Little One I know you, but only because I feel you,” reads the letter posted to Reed’s Instagram. “How is it possible to love someone so much already? All I know for sure is it’s the strongest feeling I’ve ever felt. We’ve been sharing this body for quite some time, and we’ve already experienced so much together. We can’t wait to meet you…Love your parents.”
As if that wasn’t sweet enough, future dad Somerhalder also posted a tribute to his baby on his own Instagram. Sharing the same photo, he described his feelings about bringing another being into the world with his wife, now of two years. “To our friends, family, and the rest of the world,” he wrote. “In my 38 years on this earth I've never experienced anything more powerful and beautiful than this. I can’t think of anything more exciting than this next chapter and we wanted you to hear this from us first. This has been the most special time of our lives and we wanted to keep it between the three of us for as long as possible so we could enjoy this time with each other and our little one who is growing so fast…because that’s what they do, they grow so fast. Thank you for your kind energy. Love, Ian.” Cue the awws.