'She's a perfect miracle': Michelle Kwan announces birth of her first child

    Michelle Kwan has welcomed her first child.

    (CNN)Former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan has said she is "overjoyed" after welcoming her first child.

    The retired sports star announced the birth of her daughter, Kalista Belle Kwan, in a post on her Instagram page Wednesday night.
    "I'm overjoyed and tears of happiness are streaming down my face as I share the news of the arrival of Kalista Belle Kwan," she told her 252,000 followers.
      "I've always wanted to be a mom and, to me, she's a perfect miracle. I had a hard time picturing what she might look like yet it seems like she's been in my life forever," Kwan wrote.
        She added that it had "been a challenging journey to motherhood (not to mention a very long labor!!!) and I'm glad I never gave up."
        Kwan went on to state that she felt "grateful to have had the support of so many during this time," including medical staff, friends and family.
        The 41-year-old former champion also shared her journey into motherhood with a time-lapse video that captured the growth of her bump through her pregnancy.