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November 07, 2016 04:00 PM

Jeff Lewis can check one thing off his “Parenting To-Do” list: making sure his daughter is still breathing after her first week and a half on Earth.

“Day 12 and she’s still alive!” the Flipping Out host, 46, captioned a photo of himself holding his new baby girl Monroe Christine.

“#milestone #wegotthis #butwearetired,” he hashtagged the photo.

Lewis and his partner Gage Edward welcomed Monroe via surrogate on Oct. 25. She is the first child for both.

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The post is the first the new dad, who has been with his Flipping Out costar Edward for over seven years, has made on Instagram since his daughter’s birth.

“At 4:22pm today, I grew up. Welcome Monroe Christine Lewis,” Lewis wrote next to a photo he shared the day Monroe was born, showing him kissing his baby girl’s forehead.

Lewis had been making regular hilarious posts leading up to his daughter’s arrival, proving that he’s going to be quite the funny dad.

“I wish we could say that she’s prettier in person,” he captioned a shot of a grotesque-looking “crying” baby doll posted shortly before Monroe’s birth.

While humor is obviously a specialty for the home designer, in all seriousness, his little girl’s arrival was a long time coming and he couldn’t be more thankful.

“This has been a three or four year process for us,” he told PEOPLE in May after announcing the couple were expecting. “There were so many obstacles along the way, but there’s a happy ending. I can’t tell you how grateful and appreciative we are.”

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