The Bachelor Alum Lesley Murphy Welcomes Daughter Nora Blanche: 'Filled with Pure Wonder and Awe'
Lesley Murphy first announced she and fiancé Alex Kavanagh were expecting in September 2020
"Baby girl Kavanagh is here! She is healthy and beautiful, and we are filled with pure wonder and awe to be in her presence 😍," the former Bachelor star, 33, wrote. "Thank you so much for the love and prayers!!! Mom and Dad are doing amazing, just in need of some rest :) Can't wait to update you soon 🙏❤️"
In a Valentine's Day post on Sunday, Murphy revealed further details about her new addition, including her name, Nora Blanche Kavanagh, born 5 lbs., 15 oz. "I find her so perfect that sometimes words fail me and I'm left in tears instead... like right now," the new mom wrote. "Pure love is being home with this little ball of joy on a snowy Valentine's Day as a family of 3!"
On Thursday night, Murphy shared a pair of photos from her hospital bed — as well as footage of Kavanagh trying to prep their icy driveway to head to the hospital for the birth. "It's all happening on the iciest day of the year when our driveway decided to freeze over 😆," she wrote. "Cue @drone.pilot pouring hot water everywhere. Of course it would happen this way! Here we go!"
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The travel blogger, who starred on season 17 of the popular ABC reality series, first announced she was pregnant in September 2020. Sharing a black-and-white video of herself dancing with Kavanagh in their kitchen to the fitting tune "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes, Murphy joked in the caption, "Started from the kitchen now we're here👩❤️👨👼🏼."
"Baby Kavanagh taking flight in 2021! Finally someone to occupy the middle seat :)," she continued. "@drone.pilot and I couldn't be more excited to grow our little family!!!" Wrote Kavanagh in a comment, "You're going to be the most incredible mother my love @lesleyannemurphy and I can't wait to be a father ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️."
In October, Murphy revealed she and her fiancé were going to be parents to a daughter. Murphy shared the news by posting an adorable video on Instagram, in which she surprised Kavanagh by decorating their home with pink balloons, streamers and confetti.
In the clip, Kavanagh is seen mouthing "oh my God" as he walks into their home while "My Girl" by The Temptations is playing in the background. After the couple embraces, they pop a pink bedazzled bottle of champagne that spews out pink confetti. Kavanagh then sweetly kneels down to kiss Murphy's stomach and the pair share a sweet slow dance together.
"Excited to announce...We're having a BABY GIRL!!!!💝 This is how I surprised Alex that the future is female🎉🎉🎉 " Murphy wrote, adding the hashtags, "its a girl," "baby girl," "girldad" and "thefutureisfemale."
Murphy and Kavanagh confirmed their engagement to PEOPLE in February 2020. The proposal news came just over a year after she introduced Kavanagh on Instagram, nine months following her split from Dean Unglert.
"It was such a special night on the beach during sunset. We met a couple of years ago through a drone, and being the exceptional drone pilot he is, I loved that he incorporated a drone in the most unique way during the proposal," Murphy said in a statement at the time. "I can't wait to marry this man! 2020 is our year!"
In July, Murphy opened up in a lengthy Instagram post about being part of the group of brides who've had to postpone wedding plans as the pandemic continues to play out. Sharing a snapshot of herself in a wedding dress "from [her] one and only try-on session right before quarantine hit," she encouraged other brides-to-be to "take back the control."
"Allow the ease to return. Choose joy. Let go of perfection," The Road Les Traveled blogger advised. "And always remember this: There are *no* rules. I'm wearing my wedding band and haven't even planned a wedding! Who cares! Do what makes *you* and your partner happy. Our day in that white dress will come."