She gave birth to her second child - a baby son named Beckett - on Easter Sunday.
And proud mother Melissa Rycroft has now shared an adorable first photograph of her bundle of joy.
'The start of a new, lifelong relationship,' she wrote alongside a snapshot of Beckett's big sister Ava holding the tot who was wrapped up in a pretty blanket decorated with footprints.
Melissa's husband Tye Strickland was also in the shot helping his daughter out with her big sister duties.
'He’s perfect and beautiful,' the former Dancing With The Stars contestant said in a statement on Sunday. Beckett was born at seven pounds, seven ounces.
'This little guy has been teasing us about his arrival for the last month so it is only fitting that he surprise us with his arrival on Easter Sunday,' Rycroft added.
'Ava can’t wait for us to bring him home to be able to show us all of the big sister duties she’s been practising.'
In November, Rycroft was thrilled to find out she was expecting a baby boy, revealing the sex by biting into blue cupcakes.
'I feel very lucky that I get to experience the bond between mother and daughter and between mother and son. I hope he’s a little mama’s boy,' she told People.com,
'I can’t wait to see if he’s going to be into sports like his dad or more artsy,' explained the reality star who appeared on the 13th season of the ABC dating show.
Her unborn child didn't make life easy for his mom though.
'With Ava, my pregnancy was smooth sailing,' said the Dallas, Texas, native. 'With this one, from day one I was really sick. We thought it would be a boy because it was so different!'
'Everyone thought I was hungover for 10 weeks,' she confessed. 'But finally the sickness subsidedand I got my energy back.'
Before the birth, Melissa spent some time trying to get her daughter used to the idea of the new addition.
'She knows there’s a baby in my tummy and she has a doll to take care of,' Rycroft told People. 'But I don’t think there’s any way you can prepare. She’s not going to get our attention all the time and she’ll have to share her toys, as un-fun as that sounds.'
Rycroft continued: 'Her whole life is going to change. It’s not just going to be her anymore - but on the other hand, there’s going to be just that much more love in our family to go around.'
Melissa became a household name herself on season 13 of The Bachelor, in which she competed against Molly Malaney for the affections of Jason Mesnick.
Jason proposed to Melissa but dumped her several weeks later when he realised he really loved Molly - who is now his wife.
Undaunted, Rycroft went on to enjoy two successful spins on Dancing With The Stars, winning third place in 2009 and then the championship on the All-Stars version last November.
Melissa and insurance salesman Tye met at a friends party before she went on the Bachelor, and after a breaking up when she went on the show, they were wed in December 2009 and two years later Ava Grace was born.