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Peta and Maks Chmerkovskiy Introduce Their Newest Bundle of Joy!

Peta Murgatroyd, a New Zealand-born professional dancer, and Maks Chmerkovskiy, a Ukrainian-born professional dancer, are both well-known for their appearances on Dancing with the Stars. They won the shows with different partners multiple times, ultimately getting married in 2017 and welcoming their first child, Shai Aleksander, together in the same year. Now, they have announced that Peta has given birth to their second child!

What is the name of Peta and Maks Chmerkovskiy’s second child together?

The beloved ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pros welcomed their second child together recently on June 18, and yesterday they announced what they had named the baby boy. They have decided to call their new son Rio John Chmerkovskiy. Reportedly he was born at 2:06 p.m. in Los Angeles, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20 inches long. The name Rio means “river” in Spanish, and the newborns middle name a clear tribute to Mak’s late father, who was also named John. Other than that, the couple have mentioned that they chose the name because they “wanted something that flowed.”

The birth of Rio is a joyous occasion for the Chmerkovskiy family. Maks and Peta have been open about their fertility struggles in the past, so the arrival of their second child is a special blessing. Before the birth, Maks gushed on social media about how excited and happy he was while Peta was in labor. In a statement to People magazine, the couple said that they were “overjoyed” to welcome Rio into the world. “He is such a gift,” they said. “We can’t wait to watch him grow and learn.”

“We loved Rio, which we came upon at the last minute. It’s a perfect complement to our long surname! We also wanted something easy to say with Shai.”

Peta and Maks Chmerkovskiy

How did they announce Rio Chmerkovskiy’s birth?

Peta and Maks announced Rio’s birth via Instagram through their respective accounts. Maks posted a photo of himself holding Rio, with the caption: “Happy Father’s Day to me! #MadeInPeta.” Before this, Peta a photo of baby Rio laying down, with the caption: “Born ~ 6.18.2023. 8.6 oz and thriving! We are overjoyed to share our baby boy with all of you.” They also credited their first son, Shai, calling him the best older brother. The announcement of Rio’s birth was met with many congratulatory comments from fans and fellow dancers.