Real Housewives of Orange County alums Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley have a baby girl on the way. It’s the couple’s first child together and they could not be more excited, especially after their tough journey to conceive.
Gretchen and Slade had a lavish baby shower for their soon-to-be baby girl Skylar Gray at the Seven 7 Seven in Laguna Beach, CA. There were actually a lot of past and present Bravolebrities present at the party. The event was beautifully decorated thanks to Ice Age Glacial Water, Chandon Champagne, Distillery 291, Glamour Flower Boutique, The Balloon Box, and Invitation Design Studio.
Gretchen Rossi has been open about the years-long struggle she and fiancé Slade Smiley have had with infertility, including undergoing rounds of IVF treatments. Happily, the former Real Housewives of Orange County star announced she and Slade were expecting a baby last December. Since then, Gretchen has posted many baby bump shots on Instagram, including some from a gender reveal party in February. At the party, Gretchen and Slade announced they are expecting a baby girl, who is due in July.
One would imagine that this is a very exciting and busy time for Gretchen and Slade as having a baby changes every aspect of your life. One of the most enjoyable things to do while expecting for many couples is picking out a baby name. And Gretchen and Slade have chosen to honor his son Grayson Smiley in the naming of their new baby.
Gretchen Rossi has always been one of my favorite Housewives. The former Real Housewives of Orange County star had all the elements to make a good Housewife-beauty, side hustles, relationship drama and she was always able to place herself in the middle cast dust-ups. Most importantly-Gretchen’s very existence had the ability to make Tamra Judge’s head spin around in anger like she was a cast member in The Exorcist!
Orange County fans know that Gretchen and forever fiancé Slade Smiley struggled for years with infertility. Last year, they happily announced that they were expecting their first child. Gretchen has shared her pregnancy journey on social media, including lots of baby bump shots and pics from her gender reveal party in which she announced she was expecting a baby girl. Despite this, some social media followers are accusing Gretchen of trying to cover up her pregnancy.
The last season of the Real Housewives of Orange County was not one of the best. Although I would say it was an improvement from the previous year, the season was still a bit of a snoozer. Not much happened, other than Gina Kirschenheiter age shaming the other women and Shannon Beador testing QVC frozen meals in her kitchen. Even Tamra Judge was on mostly good behavior. Except for injuring herself in a drunken, nude hot tub escapade!
And one of the consistent creators of OC drama spent last season minding her manners. The Vicki Gunvalson we have come to know and love (or loathe!) was drama avoidant and almost demure the entire season. OK, she might have twerked in a see-through black lace outfit in public and got intoxicated a few times, but for the Queen of Coto de Caza, she was almost nun-like. And reportedly, Bravo is not happy about it.
Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi and her fiancé Slade Smiley announced in December that they were expecting their first child together. The desire to have a family is something the couple has been open about for years. Gretchen has been honest about her fertility struggles with her fans, including undergoing multiple rounds of failed IVF treatments. And the physical and mental toll that has taken on her.
Gretchen has even revealed how Slade giving her fertility injections brought the two closer together as a couple. And now they have revealed the gender of their baby.
It’s hard to imagine The Real Housewives of Orange County without Vicki Gunvalson. The OG of the OC has been a focal point of the show for 13 seasons. Vicki’s been a part of epic feuds with costars including Tamra Judge and Kelly Dodd. Her
totally not fabricated personal storylines have been memorable as well. From allegedly being in on a cancer scam to the painful death of her mother, Vicki has given us a lot. Would the OC franchise even survive without Vicki at the forefront?
Things were not looking good for Vicki’s chances of returning following the Season 13 reunion. Vicki accused Kelly of using cocaine, and
cougar Kelly was NOT having it. It seemed as if Kelly would not return to the series if Vicki was still on board. Kelly has been an explosive lightning rod for Orange County. Losing her could be detrimental. On the other hand, Vicki has always given the show SO MUCH too. Filming the for the next season has been underway for a bit now, but is Vicki shooting with the other ladies?
As another year approaches, it is time to reflect upon the past, and dream about the future. As a reality television
fanatic fan, my thoughts turn to which Housewives need to grace our television screens once again. Are you listening, Bravo?
Each Real Housewives franchise has seasons that are amazing and others that are
boring less exciting. Often, the key is having the right number of newbies and franchise favorites. But what really makes sparks fly is when a Housewife returns to a show, resuming prior relationships and interacting with newer castmates. Here is my dream team of who needs to be, and deserves to be, a Housewife again.
Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi just shared some big news! She and her longtime fiance Slade Smiley are expecting their first child together. They have been very public about their struggles to conceive and their journey with IVF. Now, they are just as open about their good news.