Former Bachelor Contestant Melissa Rycroft Strickland Welcomes Baby Girl
Posted on Thu Feb 17, 2011 08:57 AM PDT

heavenly082609_200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft Strickland has just given birth to a baby girl, Ava Grace Strickland, born in Dallas and weighing 6 lbs., 13 oz.

Rycroft and her husband, insurance agent Tye Strickland, welcomed a daughter on Wednesday afternoon, her rep tells PEOPLE.

The pair wed in December 2009 in Mexico. Melissa tells PEOPLE of the new bundle of joy: "Our lives have changed so much in the last two years and today we've been blessed with the best change ever, our beautiful baby girl."