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

by Alyson Shepard Comments

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.”

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/