Dreams really do come true on Bachelor in Paradise and now Carly Waddell and Evan Bass have welcomed their first child together, according to Us Weekly. The couple met, were married, and got their first sonogram on reality television. Now, on Thursday, Feb. 15, they revealed that they've bought a baby girl into the world and Bachelor Nation couldn't be happier.
"It was a perfect birth, no problems at all. We were supposed to induce her today but Carly’s water broke 15 minutes before our alarm went off so Bella is setting her own birthday!” Bass said in a statement to People on Thursday. “Carly is recovering well and the baby has had her eyes open for hours. I cried a lot during the birth! We are smitten and cannot stop kissing, cuddling and adoring her."
The couple named their daughter Isabella Evelyn Bass, calling her "Bella" for her nickname. According to Hollywood Life, Bass previously revealed that the name choice for the couple's daughter was based on a family connection. He explained, "I lost the battle to name our baby girl Evan but I won the war with the name: ‘Isabella Evelyn Bass.’ My sweet Grandma Bass was named Evelyn and she was the best and I hope that our daughter is fierce like her."
Shortly after sharing their amazing baby news with People, Waddell shared the above photo with her fans on Instagram. Bass already has three sons from his previous marriage: Ensley, Nathan, and Liam Bass.
During Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise this past summer, Waddell and Bass tied the knot on national television, with fellow cast members, friends and family present. When the couple made their vows official, they released the following statement to People:
We had a dream wedding on Saturday. It was truly the perfect day with friends and family in Mexico. There was no better way to celebrate the start of our forever journey together ... Evan’s children delivered heartfelt and hysterical speeches that had everyone laughing and crying simultaneously. The love from Bachelor Nation has been overwhelming and we are so grateful to all who helped make this day amazing.
On location, after the nuptials, in Mexico is where the couple found out they were pregnant with little Bella. According to Hollywood Life, Bass recalled:
We were in Mexico and it was actually a few days after our wedding, and it was a little Mexican town called Salulita. She was late ... We go into this drugstore and after she went and took the test and she comes out and was like, "I don’t know what that means. It’s in Spanish" ... I had to Google and I was like, "Oh, my God, you’re pregnant."
Bass then added that learning he and Waddell were expecting "was extra special to find out down the street from where we got married, engaged, everything."
People reported that Bella was born at 1:58 p.m. local time, she measured 18¾ inches long and weighed in at 6 lbs., 8 oz. When announcing the arrival of Bella on Waddell's Instagram account, the proud mom wrote:
We are so happy to announce the birth of sweet Isabella Evelyn Bass. She weighs 6 lbs. 8 ounces and has currently stolen her dad’s heart. The birth was amazing with no complications and I’m high over the moon with happiness, also high from pain meds.
According to Waddell's Instagram account, baby Bella was due on Feb. 16, so she has arrived pretty much right on schedule. Congrats to the happy family!
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