Kenya Moore has finally shared the first photo of her baby girl.
“I finally have everything I’ve dreamed of,” she gushed to PEOPLE on December 12.
“She’s so perfect in so many ways,” Kenya said of baby Brooklyn.
According to Kenya, her daughter “makes 101 faces” that always make her laugh and is a complete angel.
“[She’s] so beautiful. I feel so blessed. It’s all been so worth it,” she explained.
As Real Housewives of Atlanta fans may know, Kenya turned to in-vitro fertilization to conceive her first child and later shared her happy news on the show with her now-ex-co-stars. Weeks later, Kenya and Marc celebrated their baby shower with an over-the-top party in Atlanta.
Throughout Kenya’s pregnancy, the former reality star faced a number of ups and downs, starting with the moment her doctors were unable to find her child’s skeleton early on in her pregnancy, leading many to suspect she wasn’t actually pregnant.
During another visit, doctors worried Kenya was having an ectopic tubal pregnancy that would need to be terminated.
“There were so many scares along the way,” Kenya revealed. “We held our breath every time we went to the doctor.”
In October, doctors diagnosed Kenya with preeclampsia, a condition in which moms-to-be experience extreme fluid retention and high blood pressure, which could lead to serious or even fatal complications.
Although Kenya once joked about her swollen feet, she later learned her condition was no laughing matter after a doctor informed her that she had gained 17 pounds in just one week.
“‘Wait a minute, is this scale right?’ ‘Cause I remembered specifically what my weight was, and at that point, I was at 203 lbs. already. And then when they weighed me, I was 220 lbs. And I was thinking, ‘Something is not right here. Is the scale broken?’” she asked.
After more tests were done, doctors found additional signs of preeclampsia and continued to monitor her condition until ultimately deciding to deliver her daughter six weeks early.
“I called them to give them my blood pressure readings and my reading was through the roof and climbing,” Kenya recalled. “They told me, ‘Your condition is worsening so get your bags and go straight to the hospital, you’re delivering today.’”
Unfortunately, Marc was on a plane en route to Atlanta at that very moment.
“It was all happening so fast,” she said. “I started crying because I got so scared. I couldn’t get a hold of Marc, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I just remember feeling overwhelmed with emotion. It was really tough.”
Although Marc did arrive to the hospital in time for the birth of their first child, the delivery didn’t come without drama and prior to the child’s birth, Kenya was given anti-seizure medication for herself and steroids for her child to make sure the baby’s lungs were developing properly. Then, her emergency cesarean section lasted three long hours as she was cut both horizontally and vertically because fibroids were in the way.
“They couldn’t get the baby out,” Kenya explained. “There were all these complications and they knew if they cut into a fibroid, I could potentially bleed out and die. So they ended up cutting me vertically too, to just get the baby out and make sure I survived the surgery. They were so scared they were going to lose me.”
Also, during the surgery, Kenya’s epidural ran out and doctors were forced to administer anesthesia to knock her back out.
“When it was all over, my doctor said, ‘This was one for the books,’” Kenya revealed.
Despite the drama, Kenya felt completely calm at the moment her daughter Brooklyn was first put into her arms.
“They laid her down on my chest, and those screaming cries stopped immediately,” Kenya recalled. “She was just so perfect, so tiny. And just like that, all my dreams had come true.”
“We’re so in love,” Kenya continued. “Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. But she’s such a tough baby; so determined. And every step of the way, she kept surviving and getting stronger. She’s my miracle baby. There’s no other way to describe it, she’s my miracle baby.”
Brooklyn Doris is named after Brooklyn, New York, where Kenya and Marc met and fell in love, and after Kenya’s grandmother.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Bravo TV.