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Gretchen Rossi Welcomes Daughter, Skylar Gray, After Infertility

Congrats to Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi who welcomed her first child, daughter Skylar Gray Smiley, after infertility struggles.

The former Bravolebrity shared the news after the birth via C-Section on July 10.

The Real Housewives of Orange County alum updated fans on how the delivery of her daughter via C-section went in a post on Instagram on Thursday, July 11.

“God is Great!! Skylar Gray Smiley arrived safely into this world today! Most amazing [and] emotional day of my life!” Rossi shared in one of her portraits from her maternity shoot taken at 38 weeks pregnant. “I am doing good as well of course I have some pain from the c-section, but it was all so worth it!”

She promised more details but thanked her fans and followers for their prayers and love.

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Tomorrow is the Day!!! 🥴🙌🏻🙏🏻 So I am going to share a story with you all…. I had a really really tough day yesterday because of having to make a super hard decision after my doctors appt. but after a lot of contemplation, crying, struggling, (and based on the medical pros and cons) the Doctor, Slade and I have decided a c-section is going to be the safest thing for me and baby tomorrow. ————————————————————————-Doctor said I am only dilated 1cm and I guess I have a “cervix of steel” 😜 so it’s not really cooperating at this point and just my pelvic exam yesterday was so beyond painful that I almost passed out, then started to hyperventilate because of that, which then lead to a panic attack! Needless to say I was a hot mess! 🙈🥴—————————————Statistics show that if you aren’t dilated past 3cm then being induced is a lot harder on your body and one has a lower success of a vaginal birth, and a lot of times leads to a c-section anyways. So I either labor for potentially days and go through this balloon like procedure to try and open my cervix (which may or may not work) and possibly put myself and the baby in a lot of duress during that process (because I can’t have an epidural for that part yet) and then end up potentially in a c-section anyways, or I just do the scheduled c-section, which will be a lot less stress on myself and the baby. ——————————————————When you have this vision of how you want your labor and delivery to go and it doesn’t turn out they way you imagined, there is this sadness and internal struggle with “why isn’t my body cooperating” or am I making the right decision etc. So after crying it out, and being sad about not having a “vaginal birth” yesterday, I asked God to give me a sign that this is the best decision, and he did! 🙌🏻 He literally had so many of my friends reach out to me yesterday and put me at ease about a potential c-section (and they didn’t even know what had happened at the appt.) ———————————————————— So I am scheduled for the c-section tomorrow and am going to embrace it with as much confidence as I can, and know that having her in my arms safely is all that matters! 🙏🏻🙌🏻❤️ (Finish reading in comments below 👇

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Rossi famously shared that she lost over 14 embryos during the process to child to carry a baby to term.

“After the first round of IVF, when we lost 14 embryos, I looked at Slade and said, ‘I just need to take a pause,'” Rossi said during the episode of The Doctors. “This is beyond anything I had ever expected to experience. It literally took a good year and a half for us to even get to a point where I was willing to talk about it again.”

When she finally was successful, she had been very open and transparent with each step of the way in the media and social media with her followers and fans.

Earlier, she shared formal very glam maternity portraits that she exclusively shared with PEOPLE magazine.

Congrats!

Dad is Slade Smiley a security advisor who was featured prominently on the Bravo TV housewives series for several years.

This is his third child. He has an 18-year old son named Grayson from a previous relationship who has been battling brain cancer since 2006, when he was just 5 years old and a 27-year old son named Gavin.

The couple’s daughter’s middle name, Gray, honors Grayson.

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Tomorrow I am #39 weeks! Yeah made it to full term (according to my app @whattoexpect) ✨ I am both anxious and excited about meeting her this week! (They are inducing me because I guess at my age (old AF 😜) your placenta starts to die off after week 39 🥴 and could lead to potential problems, so I am trusting my Doctor with her advice, and I have done a ton of research on it, so I feel like it is the best decision for the safety of me and baby 👍🏻 ✨ The house is almost ready, still need to do some finishing touches to the nursery, like hang the wallpaper and changing out some drawer pulls etc. but I promise I will let you guys see it when it’s done 🙌🏻 ✨ Thank goodness for Slade as he has been a huge help these past few weeks getting everything done around the house! (Including attaching everything to the walls after our scare of some earthquakes rolling through) I have been majorly nesting! Getting rid of tons of stuff, cleaning every nook and cranny like a crazy woman 😜 and putting each room back together with our new rugs on the floor (from my favorite place @orianrugs) so she can crawl around and not be just on our hardwood floors. It’s been a lot of work these past couple months getting the house ready, building cribs and bassinets, washing her clothes and building out her closet (with the help of @thecontainerstore) Getting all the diapers, bottles, and products I think we will need for her arrival! ✨ Washing our car right now as we speak, groomed the dogs, and washed all their beds and blankets throughout the house! Needless to say no wonder I had major cankles yesterday 🙈I have been doing a lot to get ready! ✨ I have a doctors appt. today to see if I am dilated at all 🙏🏻 and fetal diagnostics again tomorrow (with blood work) to prep for the big arrival on Wednesday! Cannot believe the day is almost here when I get to meet our sweet baby girl I have prayed for my whole life! 🙏🏻❤️ Not gunna lie I’m super nervous about delivery, but I know once she is in my arms it will all be worth it! Thank you all for your prayers this week! 🙏🏻 ✨ Swipe left 👈🏻 Dress from @ladyjetset hat from the Bahamas, sunnies from @forever21 #GretchenChristine Purse

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Inside Gretchen Rossi’s Elaborate Baby Shower

“It took me 41 years to have this baby,” Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi told PEOPLE magazine when they asked if she would be overprotective of her first child ever. “I’m probably going to be crazy protective.”

Since it was a long time coming, that might explain the over-the-top and very elaborate Laguna Beach baby shower she and her partner Slade Smiley had back in May to celebrate the baby girl who is due to arrive this July 11 and who the couple have decided to name Skylar

[She had an elaborate Gender Reveal party too]

The event which took place at a lux venue overlooking the beach, was attended by several current and former Bravolebrities including Real Housewives of Dallas star D’Andra SimmonsVanderpump Rules star Scheana ShayPhaedra Parks (Real Housewives of Atlanta), Patti Stanger (The Millionaire Matchmaker) and Rossi’s former RHOC costars Lizzie Rovsek and Peggy Tanous.

Guests enjoyed a whiskey bar from Distillery 291, cigars from Master Roller Cigars , with Kiss FM’s DJ Chunk on the 1’s and 2s and a Sub Zero Ice Cream booth provided custom frozen desserts — including Skylar’s Shower Cake (cake-batter ice cream with cookie dough and rainbow sprinkles), Rossi’s “Rocking” Road (chocolate ice cream with marshmallows and almond slices), Slade’s “Sleepy” Salted Caramel (salted-caramel ice cream with pretzels) and Family Fruity Fusion (raspberry and marshmallow ice cream with mixed berries).

Rossi and Smiley even had a romantic, smoke-filled slow dance to “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle.

Rossi wore a white empire-waist plunging neckline lace gown by Project Runway designer Michael Costello with flowing sleeves, paired with diamond teardrop earrings, flats and a necklace that spelled her daughter’s name.

From PEOPLE about the food:

There was plenty. Guests nibbled on meat, cheeses and fruit on an epic charcuterie spread by Samira Weddings and Events, and enjoyed other appetizers off a 16-foot-long grazing table of tasty bites by Lucky Board LA. A huge ice tower held shrimp, clams, oysters and other seafood.

There was a huge variety of desserts, too — the centerpiece of which was a six-tier wedding-style cake in shades of pale pink and white, with a gold-detailed crown on top.

Cupcakes were topped with intricate designs, like baby carriages and white flowing dresses. Sugar cookies came in a variety of shapes, such as baby onesies (hanging on hangers) and sleeping babies. Towers of chocolate strawberries and macarons from Regal Delights offered other edible treats.

Photos: Getty, Hamid Moslehi Photography, Ruben Magos Jr., Signature Look Photography

More photos from the event shared by vendors and attendees:

And some stunning maternity photos she’s shared on her Instagram this pregnancy:

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Twirling myself into the weekend like 🤣😎 (swipe left 👈🏻) Happy Saturday Dolls! I’m so excited the sun is out in So Cal and to get some things finished up around the house for Baby! I am in the home stretch now! I’m rocking my baby bump at 9 months preggo! (almost at 38 weeks! ) 🙌🏻 My body has definitely changed, and I have gained 30 pounds during this pregnancy, but I am owning my curves (and bigger breasts) and having fun just embracing it, cause who knows if I will ever have the opportunity to do this again 🤷🏼‍♀️————————————————————————-I am also excited to be rocking one of the bikinis from my new #GretchenChristine Collab with @amandalouisebeach and guess what……it still fits me comfortably at 9 months preggo!(same size I had before) It’s because the fabric is so stretchy and soft! 🙌🏻 I customized mine to have the light topaz stones on it! Remember what is so cool about this collection is that you can customize the color of your bikini and stone color you want! Click the link in my bio then “swimwear collection” to shop all the different looks! 👙 ————————————————————————My gorgeous flowy coverup is from my friends over @ladyjetset and was so perfect for the pool, oh and it can also be used as a dress! ————————————————————————-Cute heart shape sunnies are from @amazonfashion and were like $9 🙌🏻❤️ #spraytan by @naturalbronzing ————————————————————————-Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Love you all! 😘

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Bravo TV #RHOOC Alum Meghan Edmonds Welcomes Twin Boys!

Congrats to BravoTV‘s Real Housewives of Orange County alum Meghan King Edmonds who welcomed twin boys on Tuesday.

Edmonds’ husband Jim shared that the boys arrived early Wednesday morning in an Instagram story showing his arm that was inked with two tiny footprints. “1 little foot each. They made it. Everyone is safe and healthy. Pictures will come soon,” he captioned the story.

After the delivery, mom shared photos of the boys’ adorable legs and feet in their tiny diapers.

“Announcing our perfect, beautiful, and healthy twin baby boys!” she captioned the photo. “They arrived at 10:48pm and 11:32pm on June 5 weighing 6lbs 15oz (20”) and 6lbs 0oz (19.25”). Everyone is doing well. Stay tuned for names and birth story 💙💙 Photo by @heathermohrphotography”

Sooo cute! Congrats!

RHOOC’s Meghan King Edmonds Does Her Own Beyonce Shoot

Because Beyonc’s 2017 exotic pregnancy shoot photos can never be parodied enough, BravoTV’s Real Housewives Of Orange County expecting star Meghan King Edmonds did it too, recently.

Why not? Edmonds too is expecting twins similar to Bey when she was shot on a car before a floral Frame.

Edmonds posted two photos of a shoot that looked exactly like the Queen B’s from February 2017 and some behind the scenes footage.

She did acknowledge the inspiration in the captions:

“If I Can’t be Queen Bey I’ll settle for King Edmonds #twinscomingsoon #imitationisflattery #thisIsNotMyMaternityShoot,” she wrote, adding, “Incredible photos and shoot organized by @heathermohrphotography #stlouismaternityphotographer fresh flowers by @awildflowershop makeup by @mwmakeupdesigns and hair (all those clip-in extensions!) by @salonmarosie (all your Stl needs!).”

Edmonds who is carrying twin boys and is mom to one year old daughter, announced this past January that she plans to retire from the Housewives series.

“After three seasons of the rollercoaster that is The Real Housewives of Orange County I’ve decided to hang up my OC Housewife hat,” she wrote in a blog post. “Filming is grueling.”

 

Bump Watch: RHOC’s Meghan King Edmonds on her Third Trimester

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We watched Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds realize her dream of becoming pregnant play out on the Bravo TV reality TV show.

Meghan recently shared with E! News an update about how she is prepping to welcome her first child into the blended family she has with husband Jim Edmonds.

“We just can’t believe we’ve created this little baby together and can’t wait to meet her. Jimmy is constantly doting on me, but he’s usually very attentive,” Meghan shared with E! News exclusively. “He has a close relationship with my parents and siblings and is happy my parents live so close. He’s looking forward to having them at our house as much as possible! It’s not a typical in-law relationship!”

She is keeping her social media followers updated on her baby prep plans as well and recently showed off her nursery building plans.

“It’s more sophisticated than I anticipated with lots of statement pieces including an original painting I had commissioned, children’s Versailles chairs from Restoration Hardware, a round crib in the center of the room and big, billowy puddled drapes,” the #Hashtag Hats founder said of the nursery decor. “Jim has great decorating ideas but he tends to under decorate. He thinks I over decorate, but he loves whatever I do. He’s thrilled with the nursery!”

She also showed off on Instagram a bump progression photo in a formal dress she wore while attending a family members wedding.

“It was hard to see all the new chub without a bump at first. Now that my bump has caught up I’m loving my womanly body,” she captioned the photo. “I’m fascinated by my body and how it nourishes our baby. I feel sexy!”

 

Nice!

 

Former Real Housewives of Orange County castmember Lydia McLaughlin is expecting

One of the most positive and genuine persons on the Bravo TV show Real Housewives of Orange County cast, Lydia McLaughlin, only stayed one season. And now, the full time managing editor of Beverly Hills Lifestyle  magazine and her husband Doug are expecting their third child.
““Baby number 3! Praying for a GIRL,” the religious media heiress captioned her pregnancy announcement she posted on her Instagram account.
McLaughlin who struggled to fit in between all the catty ferocious fighting, backstabbing and name calling that is common on Housewives series shows apparently couldn’t take all the drama under the prying eyes of the cameras and spotlight and is back to work on her magazine and jewelry business, Lydia M. Jewelry, while waiting for baby.
Congratulations!

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