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PHOTOS: RHOC Alum Gretchen Rossi Talks “Difficult” Recovery After Giving Birth, Shares First Pics of Baby Girl Skyler

PHOTOS: RHOC Alum Gretchen Rossi Introduces Baby Girl Skyler to the World in Sweet Instagram Post

PHOTOS: RHOC Alum Gretchen Rossi Talks "Difficult" Recovery After Giving Birth, Shares First Pics of Baby Girl Skyler

Gretchen Rossi, a former housewife of Real Housewives of Orange County, and fiancé Slade Smiley are sharing the first photos of their newborn baby, Skyler Gray Smiley, on Instagram.

Skyler Gray was born on July 10th, but only now is Gretchen, 40, revealing what she looks like on Instagram. 

“And then there were 3,” the former reality star wrote on July 17, alongside a heart, prayer, and baby emoji. The photo first shows Slade sweetly kissing the fully-glammed new mommy as she holds their baby girl.

In the post, Gretchen reveals that she underwent a C-section and explains why she waited to post photos of the baby. “We took some time off social media to just bond and be with our little angel,” she wrote.  “Thank you to all of you who have been patient and understanding as I took my time to recover and bond with her.”

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And then there were 3 ❤️🙏🏻👼🏻 ————————————————————————-Thank you to the good Lord above for the most precious gift we have ever been given! Our perfect little miracle! 🙏🏻 ————————————————————————-Introducing our precious baby girl SKYLAR GRAY SMILEY!! @skylargray777 ————————————————————————-We took some time off social media to just bond and be with our little angel! My recovery has been really tough (headed back to the doctors now to check if I popped a stitch 🥴) This has been the most difficult thing I have ever done yet the most amazing, rewarding, incredible experience of my life! I cry every five seconds it seems, either from pain, hormones, or just puré bliss looking into her sweet little eyes! Breastfeeding 24/7 as well, but she has latched on well…. thank God! ————————————————————————-Of course we have a million more pictures to post and I’m sorry in advance! (Proud new parents 😜) I will also start posting on my stories all the fun we have had this past week getting to bond and know her. She is one week old today and these pics were about 2 hours after she was born last Wed July 10th at 10:57am by c-section 😘❤️ She was 7lbs 1oz and 20 inches long! ————————————————————————-Thank you to all of you who have been patient and understanding as I took my time to recover and bond with her. Love you all so much for your support and love for the 3 of us! #newborn #IVF #firstpics #SkylarGray—————————————————————————Beautiful photos taken by the wonderful @pattyothonphotography Adorable matching Outfits by @poshpushers

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Gretchen also opened up about her tough road to recovery.

“My recovery has been really tough (headed back to the doctors now to check if I popped a stitch ) This has been the most difficult thing I have ever done yet the most amazing, rewarding, incredible experience of my life!” she wrote. “I cry every five seconds it seems, either from pain, hormones, or just puré bliss looking into her sweet little eyes! Breastfeeding 24/7 as well, but she has latched on well…. thank God!”

The road to motherhood has been a long one for the former Bravo star, who first opened up about having to endure IVF last year on an episode of The Doctors. Gretchen had two rounds of IVF before discovering she was finally pregnant. 

The couple has been together for a total of 10 years and got engaged at the very end of season 8 of RHOC. The two ex-reality stars have yet to say if they intend to have more children, but we’ll be anxious to watch them begin their parenting journey over the upcoming months. 

This is Gretchen and Slade’s first child together — Slade already has two boys, Gavin and Grayson, from previous relationships.

Photo Credit: Sara Jaye Weiss/StartraksPhoto.com