"By Any Means Necessary"

Gabrielle Union really wants her daughter Kaavia “Shady Baby” Wade to crawl. The celebrity mom proved that she was willing to go to almost any length to see her daughter take the next step in her developmental process.


In a clip recorded by Gabrielle’s husband, Dwyane Wade, the actress was filmed while swinging her hair in front of her face. Kaavie was positioned on her belly in the footage and watched as Gabrielle’s hair moved back and forth.

“Are you trying to entice our daughter to crawl by using your hair,” Dwyane said from behind the camera’s lens. “By any means necessary,” Gabrielle affirmed through a chuckle.

The tactic appeared to work as Kaavia “Shady Baby” Wade reached for her mom’s long braids in the video clip. “She gave him that ‘mind your business’ look,” one fan said in response to the way that Shady Baby looked at her father in the clip. “She like, ‘Please. I ain’t moving,'” another fan said. Kaavia definitely appeared interested in playing with her mom’s hair. Crawling, however, was out of the question in the clip.

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are not trying to rush through the parenting journey so they do not mind waiting for Kaavia to crawl as she sees fit. Gabrielle delved into her fertility struggles and eventual celebration of life in the form of Kaavia’ birth during a recent interview with Shondaland.

“We knew we wanted our journey — once she was here safely — to not be shrouded in mystery,” Gabrielle said of her and Dwyane’s decision to give their daughter her own Instagram page. “I shared so much of my pain with so many people on my book tour, I wanted to share the joy as well,” Union added.

“She’s very expressive,” the celebrity mom said of her daughter. “Very quickly, we realized she doesn’t like the camera. Anytime you bring up the phone or a camera, she looks at you like you’re crazy. Like, she’s one of those people who would fight you at LAX. We just started writing funny captions because she wasn’t going to be this cutesy, funny, smiley baby – she’s in a phase now, we’re able to capture it.”

Kaavia “Shady Baby” Wade is Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s only child together. Dwyane has four kids in all. Stay tuned for more celebrity kids news!

Photo: Gabrielle Union/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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