The Bachelor’s Melissa Rycroft Strickland Gives Birth to Baby Girl

Former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft Strickland and her husband Tye Strickland welcomed a their first child, Ava Grace Strickland, on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.


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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.

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