Reese Witherspoon’s first-born child Ava Phillippe turned 22 on Thursday.
And the 45-year-old Oscar-winning actress celebrated her daughter’s birthday with an adorable throwback photo of Ava that she shared on her Instagram page.
‘This person is turning 22 today…@avaphillippe,’ Reese wrote in the caption of her nostalgic post, adding a shocked smiley face emoji.
Happy Birthday! Reese Witherspoon’s first-born child Ava Phillippe turned 22 on Thursday. The actress celebrated her daughter’s birthday with an adorable throwback photo
In the black and white image, Ava was seen as a child as she sat at a table in front of a slice of birthday cake.
She wore a fuzzy sweater buttoned over a white shirt that had a Peter Pan collar. The towheaded child sported a feathered party hat decorated with stars and the wording ‘Party Princess.’
Ava, whose face was dotted with pieces of cake, held a toy fairy in her hand as she beamed at the camera.
Proud mom: The Morning Show star also paid tribute to her daughter on her Instagram Story. Witherspoon posted a slideshow of photos that began with a cute Polaroid snap in which she was seen tenderly embracing a young Ava at a party
The Morning Show star also paid tribute to her daughter on her Instagram Story. Witherspoon posted a slideshow of photos that began with a cute Polaroid snap in which she was seen tenderly embracing a young Ava at a party.
Reese, who gave birth to Ava at the age of 23, appeared to be in her late 20s when the photo was taken. The blonde beauty wore brown sunglasses on her head as she hugged Ava, who was clad in a red shirt with a white headband.
The mother/daughter duo smiled widely as they posed for the snap. The Big Little Lies actress continued her slideshow with a film strip in which Ava was seen as toddler with short blonde hair.
Adorable: The Big Little Lies actress continued her slideshow with a film strip in which Ava was seen as toddler with short blonde hair
In the last photo, Reese’s gorgeous daughter was all grown up. The stunning model looked like a mirror image of her mother as she posed in a green crop top in front of a sparkling gold foil fringe curtain.
Ava wore her long locks down in loose waves and accessorized with gold hoop earrings and several gold necklaces.
The fresh-faced beauty flashed a flawless smile as she stretched out her arms for the fun shot.
Beautiful: In the last photo, Reese’s gorgeous daughter was all grown up and looked like the mirror image of her mother
The Legally Blonde star’s slideshow was set to the song Good Day Sunshine by The Beatles. She included writing on each photo that formed the sentence: ‘Hard to imagine this tiny human…turns 22 today! Happy Birthday Ava!’
She later posted the same photo on her Instagram page with the caption: ‘Happy Birthday to my sweet little girl…excuse me… I mean my adult daughter!!! Words can’t describe how proud I am of you.
‘You have grown into an extraordinary person who cares so much about the world around her. I am so lucky to have you light up my life. I love you, Ava!! @avaphillippe #thisis22.’
Phillippe also shared the image on her own Instagram page with the caption, ‘@jadensanders_ needs to stop hyping me up !!’
Celebrating: She later posted the same photo of adult Ava on her Instagram page with a touching caption
At the end of last month, Reese made an appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast in which she discussed some of the struggles that she faced when she became a first-time mother.
Witherspoon gave birth to Ava in 1999, three months after she married ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.
‘I did not have a lot of support with my first baby and I learned really early, like this is not going to work,’ she told hosts Kristen Bell and Monica Padman.
Motherhood struggles: Reese revealed she ‘didn’t have a lot of support with my first baby’ during an appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast; the actress is seen with Ava in July
Witherspoon explained that she had ‘tried to muscle through her initial five months of motherhood with Ava just not sleeping and I became delirious.’
Sounding grateful and humbled, the Louisiana native went on to share how she was among a very small percentage of mothers with the flexibility to take time off from work during those first few months of motherhood.
‘I was lucky enough to have money saved and I didn’t have to work but it’s just not a one-person job. I would even say it’s not a two-person job,’ she added.
Witherspoon was 23-years-old when she gave birth to Ava and got married to ex-husband Ryan Phillippe; the former couple are seen on the set of Legally Blonde in October 2000
Leading up to her admission of feeling a lack of support with Ava, Witherspoon posed the questions: ‘Why do we not place more value on the raising of children? and, ‘Why is there not a quantifiable amount of money for caregivers, children, and the elderly?’
After venting about her frustrations on the subject, Bell interjected and suggested that there should be laws passed to make a difference when it comes to things like child care.
‘To grow a great human is nearly impossible. And we put no value on that,’ the Walk The Line actress shot back before sharing that she believes there would be real change ‘if women had more leadership positions.’
‘We need more support for people who have to leave their jobs to take care of their children.’
Struggles of parenting: The Walk The Line actress called parenting ‘a two-person job’ on Armchair Expert; the proud mother is pictured two days ago with her daughter Ava and son Deacon, 17, both of which she shares with her ex-husband
While burst into laughter, Witherspoon joked about how she couldn’t even remember her phone number during the first 12 weeks of motherhood.
‘The reality is it doesn’t stop at just the mom getting her 12 weeks off,’ Bell said while also laughing, adding, ‘There are two people to make a baby for a reason, because babies are difficult; they’re very, very loud.’
Witherspoon and Phillippe were married in June 1999, which was three months before they welcomed Ava to the world. On October 23, 2003, Reese gave birth to their son Deacon.
The two announced their separation in October 2006, and finalized their divorce the following year.
Witherspoon also has an eight-year-old son, Tennessee, with second husband Jim Toth, whom she married in March 2011.
Mommy again: Witherspoon also has an eight-year-old son, Tennessee, with second husband Jim Toth, whom she married in March 2011
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