Melissa Rycroft Welcomes Son Cayson Jack – See His First Photo

05/18/2016 at 08:15 PM ET

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The newest Bachelor baby has arrived!

Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland welcomed their third child on the evening of Wednesday, May 18, PEOPLE confirms.

Son Cayson Jack Strickland weighed in at 8 lbs., 12 oz. and joins older siblings Ava Grace, 5, and Beckett Thomas, 2.

“Welcome to the world, little one,” the new mom of three tweeted, along with a black-and-white photo of her and her newborn baby boy.

Former Dancing with the Stars champ and Bachelor winner Rycroft announced the impending arrival of the couple’s third child on Instagram in November, in a photo featuring their kids holding handprint-emblazoned signs reading “Big Brother” and “And then there were five.”

“This is definitely the last one … probably…” Rycroft captioned the sweet family photo. Soon after, they announced they were expecting a boy.

Late last month, Rycroft shared a hilarious Instagram post, making it clear she was ready for little Cayson to come out already. The dancer and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, 33, added just a simple hashtag caption to the snap: “#truth”.

🙌🏻 #truth

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As a new mom of three, Rycroft will definitely have her hands full. Five months after Beckett was born, she told PEOPLE, “I used to have all of this free time even with my one child, I have one more and I don’t sit down anymore, so it’s crazy.”

Don't you dare judge…

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#9months #butwerepregnantfor10 #lookatthatbelly

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How much longer you think?!?

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RELATED VIDEO: Melissa Rycroft reveals what her crazy life at home is like with three children

Luckily, though, husband Tye — whom Rycroft married in 2009 — is a rock star when it comes to co-parenting.

“I got lucky in the daddy department. Very, very lucky,” she said. “He’s a big help and if it’s one of those nights that I’ve done my duty, he’ll wake up with [Beckett] at six in the morning and take morning duty and let me get an hour or two extra sleep.”

E! News was the first to report the birth.

— Jen Juneau with reporting by Aili Nahas

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Carolyn on

Is ANYTHING private anymore? Why is she showing us her belly? Cayson? Ugh.

Canuckeroo on

I’m not sure why baby bellies are obscene to some people. It’s a belly with a human in it. Why is that weird? I get a little curious about the reasons for people’s deep-seated issues on these types of things. But I digress. Congrats on your new baby!

Lola on

@Carolyn,aren’t you a ray of sunshine. You know, if you don’t have anything nice to say…

Summer on

I hate when women say pregnancy is 10 months. 40 weeks is not 10 months unless all months were 28 days. The first 2 weeks don’t even count.

Joanne on

Ha! I find her adorable! She appears to be very real.

Marla on

Probably my favorite Bachelor contestant ever. Congrats to them!

Sarah on

She looks great. But Cayson is a gross name. It’ll date like avocado appliances.

guest on

Don’t judge. ha ha. Love that one. Cute family.

mic on

congrats!! cayson welcome tothe merry month of may! anyway, the name is better than story. today is my birthday too. it really is

Susie on

Congratulations to the happy couple! It’s crazy that first year, but after that, it definitely gets easier until they are teenagers.🙂. They have gorgeous children, and I wish them nothing but the best. So glad things have turned out so well for them

Eve on

A pregnant woman looks beautiful and to me, there is nothing sexier than a mother breastfeeding her baby.

Sonia on

I’m really glad that she found happiness after the humiliation that this dummy of Mesnick made her endure on national tv. No one deserves this, so I’m happy for her that she has a good man and a good father for her kids.

Carolyn on

Never said baby bellies are obscene. I asked why nothing is private anymore. My son would be wondering about her sanity if his wife posted pictures of her half-naked self for the world to see. It screams “look at me!”

Olay on

Lovely family. Congrats.

sandy on

Love the name! In fact, love all her kids names. Congrats!

Sophia on

Adorable family, so happy for Melissa.

Suazo on

Sorry, but I don’t like seeing her belly either. I just don’t want to see a 35 year old, five times pregnant belly. (She had miscarriages.) That’s just a lot of mileage, and it’s not cut, and really she should know better. Melissa acts goofy because she knows her belly just looks very unattractive somehow. Can’t put my finger on it, as she is fit, but her belly is just not a ‘pretty’ one like some I’ve seen. Say, like Bachelor Sean’s wife Catherine. Now that’s a pretty belly. I guess part of it it Melissa’s belly button. Just ugh, it shall we say, has-a-life-of-its-own. Anywho, I hope she gives being a babymachine a break already. It’s a uterus, Melissa! It ain’t a clown car!

Shanna on

I just love that Cayson is finally the baby that is showing Melissa’s African American ancestry. That is a beautiful black baby if I ever saw one. Even if his skin is light, as we can’t tell, his black features are a stand out. The name Cayson is also beautiful for a black child. I think this is her most beautiful baby yet.

KT on

OMG, he is too cute! Look how he’s holding his hands and looking at his mommy!

mary on

so now we just make up names? Cayson? really?

Heather on

Congratulations on the new baby, what a fun time! And bless all the stupid people.

Christie on

Well, maybe she is trying to get thru the alphabet. Ava, Beckett, Cayson, I bet her next child will have a D name,

Zan on

Lovely family, so happy for them.

tygaizfree on

Breastfeeding? She’s not breastfeeding. Melissa had breast reduction surgery many, many years ago. Now she is unable to breastfeed; she tried to with Ava. Then again, from what Melissa has said Ava was maybe the most difficult baby who has ever lived, lol. She shouldn’t of had the breast reduction done because now she is flat as an ironing board. Like, she actually needs implants now.

Hazelle on

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Melissa Rycroft is not 33 years old; she is 36 and a half years old. She gave her age as 33 to Daily Mail three years ago. Considering when she has her birthday, she is 36 and a half. She looks like a very attractive, fit 36-40 ish year old woman. Why is everyone so freaked out by natural maturation? I think wrinkles can be beautiful and facelifts only make people look “done, not young.” Seems that actors are always lying about age and height, so annoying. Why is it cool and acceptable for men to age ala George Clooney, Sean Connery, but women are ashamed of their age? So get it right, Melissa is 36.

Hazelle on

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2325236/Dancing-With-The-Stars-champ-Melissa-Rycroft-reveals-flawless-figure-bikini-frolics-beach-husband-Tye-Strickland.html

Melissa Rycroft is not 33 years old; she is 36 and a half years old. She gave her age as 33 to Daily Mail three years ago. Considering when she has her birthday, she is 36 and a half. She looks like a very attractive, fit 36-40 ish year old woman. Why is everyone so freaked out by natural maturation? I think wrinkles can be beautiful and facelifts only make people look “done, not young.” Seems that actors are always lying about age and height, so annoying. Why is it cool and acceptable for men to age ala George Clooney, Sean Connery, but women are ashamed of their age?

KL on

Aw yay!!! Baby is sooo fricken cute, look at those cheeks ,, so precious!!! Love the baby bump pictures, she looks amazing!!! And for people for who have problems looking at baby bumps which are so beautiful!! : QUIT BEING A PRUDE AND GET OVER IT.

Roxanne on

Melissa has what’s called a “butt crack bellybutton.” But if you’d been pregnant as many times as she has your bellybutton would look like the end of an exhaled balloon too. Comparing her to Bachelor Catherine is irrelevant because Catherine is still a young whippersnapper. Older mothers are far more interesting. If she is almost 40, just having a baby is a true feat in itself. Older mothers are much wiser, and have so much more to give. They do tend to have less energy maybe. I think Melissa is keeping herself very fit. But maybe a little too fit? I can’t help but notice that she still has abs at the end of her pregnancy! I would be afraid to exercise that hard while pregnant, even if the Dr gave the OK. It looks like she is into extreme sports and that definitely can and does sometimes cause premature birth. It did not for her, but but it unfortunately does for some other women. Older mothers have to be especially careful for hypertension, etc.

Cayson Jack is sure a cutie! I have always thought that black babies are just the cutest, no racist intentions here. Just is!

Misty M. on

Love how the kids names go in ABC order, Ava, Beckett and Cayson! Whether done intentionally or by accident, I love it! I have two cousins named Cayson but both are spelled differently Cason Jase (without the Y) and Kacson Duane (told ya they were spelled differently lol).