“We celebrate adoption in our family every single day,” Courtney said. “The real hero in this story are Magnolia’s birth parents. They chose her life, and they sent her on this incredible journey. If you could hear the joy in their voice of how proud they are of this little girl. Together with them and our community and our family, we all love this baby girl so much.”

Russell Earl added, “She brings so much joy and happiness to everybody.

Magnolia follows in the footsteps of the 2019 Gerber Baby, who was the first baby with Down Syndrome and the first of Hmong descent. The very first Gerber Baby was Ann Turner Cook, now 93-years-old. Cook remains a treasured presence for the company and has even met some of the recent winners in person.