July 28th, 2010
02:03 PM ET
Getting publicly dumped by Jason Mesnick on “The Bachelor” last year just might have been the best thing to happen to Melissa Rycroft Strickland.
Not only did she go on to marry her true love after Mesnick took back his marriage proposal, but now she’s also expecting a baby.
“It was a shock. We weren’t even trying,” the 27-year-old, who wed insurance agent Tye Strickland in December, told Us Weekly of her pregnancy. "He wanted the kids right away, and I was laughing at him going, 'No, not ready!'"
Now that the couple is expecting a bundle of joy in February, they couldn’t be more thrilled. "He's actually cried more than I have," Rycroft Strickland said of her 29-year-old husband. "Tye is caring, he's funny. He's going to be a great dad."
Rycroft Strickland has already started eating for two - craving everything from sushi to submarine sandwiches - but she isn’t worried about losing the fit figure she famously showed off while competing on “Dancing With the Stars” last year. "Knowing me, I'm going to swell and gain 90 pounds," she said. "But it's not about me anymore!"
Indeed, now it’s all about baby. "It's the most wonderful surprise in the world," Rycroft Strickland said, who will co-host ABC’s “Bachelor Pad” in August. "It's such a blessing."
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