Ryan Reynolds shares first picture of third child with Blake Lively and hints at baby's sex

Sarah Young
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Ryan Reynolds has shared the first photograph of his newborn.

On Wednesday, the Deadpool actor confirmed the arrival of his third child with Blake Lively to his 14.7m followers on Twitter.

Reynolds posted a photo showing the couple in British Columbia, Canada, with the baby strapped to his chest in a sling.

While the baby is facing the camera, the parents chose to conceal its face using a drawing of a smiley face.

Despite the post confirming the safe arrival of their third child, Reynolds wasn’t actually posting about the baby – rather, about climate change.

“I love B.C.,” the Canadian-born actor wrote, urging people to vote.

“I want my daughters to experience the same natural playground I grew up in.

“On Oct. 21, the candidate you vote for will SHAPE CLIMATE POLICY. I’m proud of the climate progress made the last 4 years. Click http://Elections.ca for voting info. #Capilano.”

The use of the term “daughters” by Reynolds suggests that the couple’s third child may be a girl.

Reynolds and Lively already have two daughters together, Inez, three, and James, four.

Lively first let the world know the couple was expecting another child in May, when she showed off her bump at the LA premiere of her husband’s film, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.

Reynolds has previously spoken about how much he loves being a father to girls, calling it a “dream come true”.

“If I could have nine daughters, I would be thrilled. Really, like I genuinely would be,” Reynolds previously told Entertainment Weekly.

He added at the time that part of the reason he didn’t want boys was because he grew up with three brothers, which caused some chaos in the house growing up.

“My brothers and I, there’s four of us, we would destroy the house,” he recalled.

“I was eight and I could patch and drywall at eight. We could actually repair an entire hole in the wall in our house within 15 minutes.

“That’s part of the reason I don’t want boys, because I don’t want a wiffle house. I just want the house to be normal.”