Gretchen Rossi Shares First Photos of Baby Girl Skylar Gray
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"Thank you to the good Lord above for the most precious gift we have ever been given!" the 45-year-old "Real Housewives of Orange County" alum writes.

Welcome to the world, Skylar Gray Smiley!

"Real Housewives of Orange County" alums Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley's newborn daughter made her social media debut Wednesday evening, exactly one week after Gretchen gave birth.

"And then there was 3," the new mom captioned a series of Instagram photos, taken by Patty Othon. "Thank you to the good Lord above for the most precious gift we have ever been given! Our perfect little miracle!"

The series begins with a black-and-white photo of a perfectly made-up Gretchen in a hospital bed, holding her "precious baby girl." Slade's arm is wrapped around his fiancΓ©e as he kisses her forehead. The next two photos show a wide-eyed Skylar, wrapped in a pink blanket, sporting a monogrammed beanie and gold bow. Other shots include the family of three, dad and baby alone, and even a closeup of Skylar's tiny fingers tightly grasping Slade's.

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And then there were 3 β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ» β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-Thank you to the good Lord above for the most precious gift we have ever been given! Our perfect little miracle! πŸ™πŸ» β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-Introducing our precious baby girl SKYLAR GRAY SMILEY!! @skylargray777 β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-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 πŸ₯΄) 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 purΓ© bliss looking into her sweet little eyes! Breastfeeding 24/7 as well, but she has latched on well.... thank God! β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-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! β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-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 #SkylarGrayβ€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”Beautiful photos taken by the wonderful @pattyothonphotography Adorable matching Outfits by @poshpushers

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In her caption, the 41-year-old reality star also explained why she waited a week to share her daughter with the world.

"We took some time off social media to just bond and be with our little angel!" Gretchen wrote, adding that her "recovery has been really tough" and that she was "headed back to the doctors now to check if I popped a stitch."

Gretchen revealed last week she made the difficult decision to give birth via C-section due to her "cervix of steel."

"This has been the most difficult thing I have ever done yet the most amazing, rewarding, incredible experience of my life!" she said of welcoming Skylar. "I cry every five seconds it seems, either from pain, hormones, or just pure 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," Rossi continued. "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!"

The new mom went on to thank "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!"

Gretchen and Slade announced they were expecting their first child in December of last year following a four-year fertility struggle. She was able to conceive through IVF.

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