Former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft Strickland and her husband Tye Strickland welcomed a their first child, Ava Grace Strickland, on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.
Rycroft, 27, and insurance agent Strickland got married in Mexico in December 2009. Their baby girl was born in Dallas weighing 6 lbs., 13 oz.
“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,” Rycroft, 27, said in a statement.
Rycroft, who was engaged to The Bachelor Jason Mesnick, was publicly dumped in favor of Bachelor runner-up Molly Malaney in Spring of 2009. Rycroft says that turn of events ended up being a blessing.
“Everything is wonderful and life is exactly as it should be,” she said.