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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.

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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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