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He finally has a name! Former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky officially welcomed her second child with husband, Kevin Manno on May 24. She shared a photo of herself holding the new addition on Instagram and was absolutely glowing, but it took her a little longer to share the name they decided to give the "little angel." And apparently, that's because they didn't have one yet!
"Welcome Riley Doran Manno to the world!" she wrote on her blog. "It’s crazy because the last two months of my pregnancy, we kept going back and forth between Henry and Miles. But after our little guy was born he just didn’t look like a Henry or Miles to us. After Kevin sat with him for a bit while I was recovering, he looked up at me and said 'I think he’s a Riley.'" Ali admitted that she was shocked to hear that, because she loved the name Riley and suggested it a few months ago, but Kevin wasn't into it! "So many people told me that you know once you see the baby. That really proved true for us," she explained.
The name announcement came one day after she revealed that she gave birth, writing, "Our sweet boy has arrived!" she wrote. "Born May 24, [at] 12:57 a.m., at 21.5 inches, and weighing 8 pounds, [and] 11 ounces. We are so grateful and bursting with love! 📷: @ashleyburnsphotography."
Ali and Kevin were completely overjoyed, and fans expressed their well wishes for the couple in the comments section. "Congratulations on your family of four!! Much love to you all!!" one person said. Another wrote, "I've been checking! Congratulations!! That's a big boy!"
Ali is already a proud mama to her 22-month-old daughter, Molly. The reality star blogged about her second pregnancy since her announcement last November — but kept baby No. 2's gender a secret until February 2018!
"Oh my gosh you guys, I'm so excited to finally share this news with all of you," she wrote on her blog, All Things Ali Luvs. "We've been wanting to share for such a long time now but we kept putting it off because we just kept forgetting to plan a cute gender reveal photo for Instagram! Ha! That seems like such a silly reason to wait, but you guys know I’m obsessed with photography and I really wanted a cute photo to commemorate the occasion."
She admitted that while she and her hubby didn't have a preference for the baby's sex — they're both happy to be welcoming a son. "Kevin and I would’ve been totally thrilled with either a girl or a boy, but I have to say, we were pretty overwhelmed with emotion and joy when we found out we were having a little boy," she explained. "We don't plan on having any more children and we knew that if this baby wasn't a boy, we would never raise a son (well a human son. We have our poochie son Owen). Which, really, would’ve been totally fine! But we were pretty dang happy when we learned that we would get to experience the joy of a little baby boy!"
So sweet — she also shared an adorable video of the moment her family discovered Molly would have a little brother. "We actually filmed the moment we found out the gender of our baby back when I was only 11 weeks pregnant," she revealed. "I did the test you can get at 10 weeks pregnant that looks at the chromosomes of your baby and tells you the gender. And you'd think that we would open the envelope as soon as we picked it up from the doctors office, but we were so anxious and nervous to find out, that we didn’t even open it until 24 hours later."
She confessed to (totally understandably!) being anxious about finding out what she and Kevin were having. "Kevin and I are both pretty anxious people and couldn't wait to find out the gender via ultrasound, which is one of the main reasons we did this test in the first place," she added. "I just knew that whatever it said was final. And I know this sounds crazy, but I was almost a little sad to find out the results. Just because either way, Molly would never know what it's like to have a sister or never know what it's like to have a brother. I guess never say never though right? But unless there is an 'uh-oh' down the road, we are only having two."
Ali actually asked fans for help several months ago when it came to naming Riley. She explained that she wanted it to be two syllables and for it to be the name her son goes by in life. "I would want to name him something like Nolan and only call him Nolan," she explained. "Make sense? The reason that's important to me is because my full name is actually Alexandra, but nobody has ever called me that. Even my parents have called me Ali since I was a baby. And I just find that extremely confusing when I'm filling out paperwork and setting up appointments. I know that sounds silly, but it's honestly just been a pain in my butt at times during my life and I just don't want my kid to have to deal with that pain in the butt throughout his life." We think Riley is a perfect choice!