Watch Gabrielle Union's Daughter Kaavia Show off Strong Legs While Playing in Cot

Aby Rivas
Jul 06, 2019
03:37 P.M.
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Gabrielle Union’s 7-months-old daughter, Kaavia James, is ready to take over the world as she exercises in her crib days after she started to crawl, and fans couldn’t be more delighted to witness the girl’s development.


Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s miracle baby is growing up fast. She’s already standing up, crawling around and trying to talk, and her parents couldn’t be prouder.


In a recent Instagram clip shared by Gabby, a giggling Kaavia is seen having a lot of fun while standing in her cot and doing a series of baby squats. She wore a turquoise onesie with tiny leopards on it, and her two bottom teeth were visible as she laughed.

“Her laugh though... Happy Saturday @kaaviajames,” Union captioned the heart-melting clip.



Fans and celeb friends were quick to fill the comment section gushing about Kaava’s cuteness, like actress Taraji P. Henson, who wrote: “This lil butterball of joy makes my day!!!!!!” and Yara Shahidi who volunteered to look after Kaavia saying, “I WILL BABYSIT DURING HIATUS.”

“She laughing and standing. Soon she’ll be walking and talking LETS GO KAAV,” one fan pointed out.


And another added,

“I’m sorry, but I think it should be some type of rule that babies just can’t steal a persons face! Like this is D.Wade’s face! Just a lil more fluffier and adorable!!”

Many fans and even Gabby agree with the last statement.



The 46-year-old “Being Mary Jane” star told People magazine that although Kaavia resembles her father a lot, she got mommy’s character.

“She looks just like Dad, but I’d like to think the attitude is from me,” Union said. “She will stare into your soul and tell you about yourself through her eyes.”

“Now I’m in the right mindset and mental space, and I’m open to being the best mom I can be.”


Kaavia’s serious and sometimes judgemental-like expressions led her parents to nickname her “shady baby,” a moniker that most fans use to refer to the girl now.

However, Kaavia has many sides to her personality. She’s also sweet and can get frustrated easily, like most babies.



For example, a few weeks ago, Dwyane Wade managed to capture Kaavia’s struggles as she started to crawl. Even in between tears, the adorable girl managed to push forward while the recently retired NBA star gave her words of encouragement.

“There you go. Come on,” Wade tells her. “Come on. I know. There you go,” he added, as Kaavia pushed herself on the verge of tears. “You trying. Yeah, that’s OK. You got it, big girl.”


Funnily enough, the theme song of “Rocky” then starts playing as Wade offers his hand and Kaavia reaches her goal.

Union, who shared the adorable video, added in her caption:

“Growth isn’t always easy. There might be tears. There might be tumbles. Keep going. Hold on. We are rooting for you. We gotchu.  In other news, I've fallen in love with @dwyanewade again and again and moments like this. @kaaviajames.”



Becoming a mom in her late forties has been a blessing for Union, who struggled with fertility for years and welcomed Kaavia via surrogate.

“There’s nothing more than I wanted than to cook my own baby,” Gabrielle admitted in an interview with Woman’s Health magazine. For her, surrogacy felt like a surrender to failure, but once she managed to get through that emotion, Union focused on getting ready to welcome her first child.


Being a stepmother of Wade’s two kids, Zaire and Zion, Gabby wasn’t that lost when it came to dealing with kids, and although many people believe that having a baby at 46 it’s a lot, Gabby says Kaavia came to her life at the right time.

“Any earlier and the FOMO [fear of missing out] would have greatly influenced how I parented,” she said. “I’ve seen it. I’ve done it. I’ve done it well. I’ve gotten all the T-shirts. Now I’m in the right mindset and mental space, and I’m open to being the best mom I can be.”

Union is more than ready to raise a strong woman, and as an actress, wife, entrepreneur, and dedicated mom, she has a lot of knowledge to pass onto her shady baby.