March 14, 2013 09:00 PM

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It’s a girl for Jason and Molly Malaney Mesnick!

The Bachelor alums welcomed daughter Riley Anne Mesnick on Thursday, March 14, the proud parents tell PEOPLE exclusively.

Born in Seattle, Wash., “Daddy’s little girl” arrived in the afternoon, weighing in at 6 lbs., 8 oz. and measuring 18¾ inches long.

Riley “has a full head of hair — probably more than I’ll have in the next few years,” quips the new dad.

“What’s amazing to me is when Molly is holding Riley, her eyes do not come off her,” Mesnick, 36, tells PEOPLE. “I’m already seeing how much Molly loves the baby.”

Mesnick says a friend texted him Wednesday saying that if a woman’s feet are massaged — specifically the area between the ankle and the Achilles — it will put her into labor.

“I did it last night for about three minutes and Molly woke me up at about three this morning, after she’d been up for about an hour and a half, so maybe it does work?” Jason notes.

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This is the first child together for Jason and Molly, 28, who met on season 13 of The Bachelor and married the following year.

Riley joins big brother Tyler, 8, Jason’s son from his previous marriage.

“Ty has been asking for a sibling for so long,” Jason says. “He was here earlier holding her and kissing her and it was really, really cute. We’re so happy.”

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