Looking Back on Jeff Lewis and Ex Gage Edward's Cutest Moments with 2-Year-Old Daughter Monroe
Welcome to the World
"At 4:22pm today, I grew up. Welcome Monroe Christine Lewis," Lew, 48, wrote on Facebook.
"We are very excited, but I'm also a little terrified," he said at the time. "I'm trying to decide if I'm more terrified or excited, but I think it's normal."
Lewis showed off his nurturing side and how much he loves spending time with Monroe in an adorable Instagram in January 2017.
"Sunday morning power walk," he captioned an image, that showed the newborn strapped close to her dad's chest in a baby carrier. The Bravo star hashtagged the post, "#babyweight."
While her parents are in a legal battle with the surrogate who carried her, Monroe is not having a difficult time adjusting to her parents' separation.
"They've always kept any of the trouble that was going on between them away from her, making it a point not to argue in front of her or around her," a source told PEOPLE. "She's totally unaware of any tension. They're great parents."
Deck the Halls
The couple, who are now living apart with Lewis staying in the family home and Edward in a hotel, looked blissfully happy while celebrating Monroe's second Christmas in 2017, as they posed for a selfie with their daughter in front of a snow-flecked tree.
Maintaining a sense of normalcy for Monroe since their separation is part of the reason Edward is living elsewhere, according to the insider: "They both want to keep Monroe in the home that she's used to, around the friends that she's used to, and with the routine that she's used to. That's why she's staying with Jeff."
To kick off 2018, the pair's only child blew bubbles and ran around outside in a cute pink dress and white tights.
While it's not clear how the couple will handle custody of Monroe, Lewis said, "I'm now a single dad 'cause the baby is with me."
According to Lewis, the two had been living in separate rooms in the same house for the better part of a year up until Wednesday, when Edward moved out of their home and into a hotel.
Before the longtime couple's rift, Lewis was a fan of sharing adorable family photos of himself with his now-estranged partner, 33, and their daughter at cute lunch outings.
It's been a hard year for the couple, with the two facing challenges including the death of Lewis' grandmother and a massive feud between Lewis and Flipping Out costar Jenni Pulos, which may lead to the end of their Bravo series after 11 seasons.
Their breakup news also comes nearly eight months after the couple's surrogate, who carried their daughter, filed a lawsuit against them.
In a darling snap shared by Lewis, the little girl lit up as Lewis tickled her belly.
The reality starcould be seen swimming with his daughter in September.
The 2-year-old has clearly inherited her dads' eye for design, arranging her dollhouse to perfection.
In the image shared by Lewis on Instagram, she wore a pair of cozy pink pajamas.
In December, Lewis posted a sweet snap of himself and Monroe warming up by the fireplace after spending the holidays as a family.
The proud dad and his daughter posed from behind under three stockings, as they warmed their feet with the fire roaring nearby. Lewis kept it casual in a checkered button-down, jeans and socks.
Lewis, who often posts pictures of his baby girl, showed off her glamorous side in an adorable post last Christmas.
Monroe beamed, showing off her smile in a tweed dress and cute accessories. The little girl's blonde hair was pulled back into a ponytail as she enjoyed the festivities.