Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi and her fiancé (and serial Housewife dater) Slade Smiley traveled a long and difficult road to finally become parents. The couple struggled for years to get pregnant. Slade had to have his vasectomy reversed, and Gretchen undertook multiple rounds of IVF treatment.
Finally, on July 10, Gretchen and Slade welcomed their daughter. A rep for Gretchen told US Weekly, “Skylar Gray is here. They are doing well. They went in about 9 a.m. for a C-section at a hospital in Orange Country.”
The baby’s name has a special meaning for the couple. Gretchen told Access Hollywood that her daughter’s name pays tribute to Grayson Smiley, Slade’s son. The young man has been fighting a battle with brain cancer for years. Gretchen also explained how Skylar saved herself when she was an embryo.
“What a lot of people don’t know about our embryo, and now our Skylar Gray, is that she actually self-corrected herself in the embryonic state,” Gretchen stated. “She went from two cells to five cells, and normally when it goes from two to five cells it’s not a genetically sound embryo … but she literally pushed that cell aside and went back to four and self-corrected herself.”
But it seems like baby Skylar is advanced in a lot of ways. In an interview with US Weekly, Gretchen shared that her 3-month-old baby is already talking. Gretchen revealed, “In just the last couple days, we can’t believe how much she’s talking. She says, ‘Hi.’ She says, ‘Yeah.’ The other day, I went to get her and she went right on her legs and stood up … and I’m like, ‘Wait what, you’re not supposed to be doing this at this age?’” But is she ordering Daddy around like Mommy does? Maybe that will be next.
While Gretchen acknowledged that all parents think that their children are beautiful geniuses, she said that Skylar’s doctor agrees that she is amazing.
“I took her to the pediatrician, and they’re like, ‘This is not normal,’” Gretchen stated. I think that many RHOC fans had the same reaction to Gretchen and Slade’s relationship.
But back to baby Skylar “She does all these crazy things all the time with her legs and her hands, and we literally thought a couple times, what if she becomes a gymnast? She really is just so alert and loving life and laughing and giggling,” Gretchen said. “We are so excited and in love with her.”
The new parents haven’t ruled out trying to expand their family. They told US Weekly that they are “100 percent open” to giving Skylar a sibling. “But right now, we are so loving on Sky and we are just having the time of our lives and we are still figuring out our new normal, so I think that’s a question [for] a year from now,” the former RHOC star said.
Gretchen has been honest sharing her difficulties as a first-time mother. She took to Instagram to detail her trouble with breast-feeding.
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In September, Page Six reported that Gretchen revealed on an episode of The Doctors that she was dealing with postpartum depression. “At the very beginning, all you’re doing is breastfeeding. You feel like a milk machine, and, like, she’s not really responding much,” the reality star explained. ‘She just cries because she wants milk … so now, it’s so special, and we literally just sit there every night and we thank the Lord for this wonderful blessing.”
TELL US: DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SKYLAR IS ALREADY TALKING? OR IS GRETCHEN JUST SUPER EXCITED ABOUT BEING A MOM?
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