Say hello to Tye Strickland. We don't know a lot about this insurance agent from Texas, except that he's one lucky guy! Tye is dating...

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Melissa Rycroft Strickland is now a mom. She and husband Tye Strickland welcomed daughter Ava Grace on Wednesday afternoon in Dallas on Wednesday!

Ava Grace Strickland is the first child for the pair, who married in December 2009 in Mexico. Mother and child are resting comfortably and happy.

"Our lives have changed so much in the last two years and today we've been blessed with the best change ever, our beautiful baby girl," she said.

Melissa and Tye Strickland

The Stricklands have welcomed their newest family member.

The onetime Bachelor contestant – who was famously dumped by Jason Mesnick after becoming engaged in an After the Final Rose stunner – said earlier this year that the surprise turn of events had been an enormous blessing in her life.

"Everything is wonderful and life is exactly as it should be," she said.

Melissa Rycroft also made the Dancing With the Stars finals. Congratulations to the Texas beauty and her husband on this joyous moment in their lives.

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Melissa Rycroft was probably seeing red for a time after Jason Mesnick rejected her on The Bachelor in favor of Molly Malaney. But now she's thinking pink!

She and husband Tye Strickland are expecting a girl!

The pregnant reality star broke her silence on the little one's gender, revealing to The Talk that her first child, due in February, will be of the female variety.

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So much to celebrate for recently-married Tye and Melissa.

Presented with pink and blue-themed presents by co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert and Leah Remini as they guessed the sex of the baby, Melissa Rycroft said, "Of the gifts in my lap, I think I'm going to take home ... the pink!"

Congratulations again!

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While the supposed baby news of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom has not actually been addressed by the couple, there's no doubt about this one:

Melissa Rycroft is pregnant!

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"It was a shock. We weren't even trying," the former Bachelor winner, who married insurance agent Tye Strickland in December, tells Us Weekly.

"It's the most wonderful surprise in the world. It's such a blessing."

Blessed she may be, but the co-host of ABC's Bachelor Pad says starting a family was the last thing on her mind. Someone forgot to tell Tye that.

Tye and Melissa Rycroft Strickland are starting a family!

"He wanted to have kids right away, and I was laughing at him going, 'No, not ready!'" Melissa Rycroft said. "He's actually cried more than I have."

Rycroft says that her solid relationship with her man has helped her stay calm: "Tye is caring, he's funny. He's going to be a great dad."

Interestingly, she says she's hoping for a boy, while Tye wants a girl. Either way, "We're going to find out as soon as we can," she says.

Melissa, who received the final rose from Jason Mesnick during the 2009 season of The Bachelor, only to have him break up with her for Molly Malaney (who he later married), is "eating everything in sight" and may "gain 90 pounds."

She'd still look great. Congratulations, Melissa and Tye!

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A year ago, Melissa Rycroft couldn't have been farther off the celebrity gossip radar.

Now, months after being dumped on national TV by Jason Mesnick, the former reality TV star has come full circle: she's happily married and gracing the cover of In Touch Weekly.

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Inside the issue, the beautiful new bride gushes about her dream wedding, which took place opposite Tye Strickland in Isla Mujeres, Mexico on December 12.

"I was fine until 'Here Comes the Bride' started," Rycroft said "I think everything hit me at once. My dad started to walk down the aisle, and I just stopped him. I grabbed his arm, and I was like, 'Hold on,' and I started crying. And I saw Tye, and bless his heart, he had these big tears in his eyes, too. It was very emotional."

Strickland didn't keep it together much better.

"When I saw her, I just lost my breath — like I was in a football game and had the wind knocked out of me," he said. "I've never felt that way in my whole life, and I just couldn't help it. She was the most gorgeous bride I've ever seen in my life, and it was amazing. It was absolutely perfect."

After everything Melissa went through, we couldn't be more pleased to hear her add:

"My heart was pounding and we were both looking at each other and squeezing each other's hands. We were both so happy."

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It's official: Melissa Rycroft has beaten Jason Mesnick to the altar.

The former Bachelor winner-turned-reject got married to Tye Strickland earlier today in Mexico.

"Tye is my best friend in the world, and now he's my partner forever.  We have had such a journey within our relationship, that to finally look at him and see my husband, gives me the calmest, most content feeling in the world," Rycroft told In Touch Weekly.

"I love him so much and am so excited for our forever to begin!"

Together 4 Eva

During the ceremony, Rycroft wore an Alfred Angelo gown; her former Dancing With the Stars partner Tony Dovolani was in attendance, as was Bachelorette Jillian Harris.

The former will show up on television against next month, as she and Ed Swiderski advise new Bachelor Jake Pavelka during the show's January 4 premiere.

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With the naked eye, it appears as though Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian dressed as Batman and Catwoman for Halloween.

But anyone familiar with them can safely assume they'd never don such lame costumes.

Because those comic book characters have been done so many times (and because Odom scarcely made an effort to be the Caped Crusader), it's clear that Lamar and Khloe arrived at a party as something else entirely, something entirely opposite from what they actually are:

A couple that doesn't want attention.

You've gotta hand it to Kardodom for the effort. The pair almost seems to be shunning the spotlight with such a weak effort, but we know better.

Below, contrast Odom and Kardashian with another dressed-up couple: Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland.

Lame Costumes

Which couple looked cuter?

 

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Former star of The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars Melissa Rycroft has set a wedding date with her fiance, insurance-agent Tye Strickland!

They will tie the knot December 12 of this year.

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Their wedding plans, aside from the big date?

"We aren't doing much. I think small, we plan small," says Rycroft, who got engaged to Tye Strickland than six months after being dumped in January by The Bachelor star Jason Mesnick, who proposed to her on the season finale of the show.

"Whether it turns out the way we have it in our minds, I don't know!"

Melissa Rycroft flaunts her bling as Tye Strickland wonders how the frick that thing cost him so much money. The payoff? He gets to see Melissa Rycroft ... well, you know.

Bachelor co-stars Jillian Harris (who's still engaged to shady Ed Swiderski) and Naomi Crespo have scored invites to the beautiful winter wedding.

Rycroft's former Dancing With the Stars partner Tony Dovolani, with whom she made the finals, is reportedly attending the beauty's nuptials, too.

Jason Mesnick? Probably not gonna be on hand.

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Jason Mesnick who? On the eve of Monday's The Bachelorette finale, last season's most memorable Bachelor castoff, Melissa Rycroft, splashed around with her new fiance Tye Strickland at the Azure pool in The Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas Saturday.

Needless to say, the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader seems quite happy in the arms of her future husband. You are one lucky man, Tye Strickland ...

Such a Cute Couple

Are Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland not the hottest couple?

It's still hard to believe that less than five months after her humiliation on national TV (although her emails to Jason Mesnick indicate an earlier breakup), Melissa's become a star in her own right and is engaged to an entirely different hunk.

We're just happy she's found love. Melissa Rycroft deserves it. Even if he does spell Ty wrong. Clearly they are so happy together. We hear wedding bells ...

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Earlier this week, Molly Malaney said she could marry Jason Mesnick "tomorrow."

Ironically, however, the couple that ended up together at the conclusion of this year's The Bachelor is not yet engaged.

Conversely, the woman that Jason passed over for Molly, Melissa Rycroft, is set to tie the knot with her insurance agent of a boyfriend, Tye Strickland.

"Tye is my true love," Rycroft said to People, comparing this relationship to her brief engagement to Mesnick. "No disrespect [to Jason] at all, but that situation doesn't compare to where I am now – engaged and happy. It's a different feeling."

Happily Engaged

While the couple admits it has set a wedding date, it also wants to keep the details of the nuptials private.

But that won't stop Strickland from gushing about his fiancee, or admitting that their circumstances are unusual.

"The last six months have not been normal," he said."But we wouldn't change it because what we had to go through has allowed us to be where we are today. It's been a blessing in disguise, and I don't think either of us has ill feelings towards anyone."

It looks like everyone involved in controversial season of The Bachelor have moved on. Have viewers? You tell us!

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Considering how her engagement to Jason Mesnick went, it's no wonder that Melissa Rycroft is hesitant to plan too far into the future with Tye Strickland.

But the former Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars contestant told People last night that her fiance is moving ahead with wedding plans on his own, much to her contentment.

"Tye is planning more than I am," Rycroft said."At this point, I'm probably the worst bride in the history of brides... I don't know if we'll get married ever by the way that I plan it!"

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Might Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski actually beat Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland down the aisle? Anything is possible! [Photos: Fame Pictures]