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Melissa Rycroft: Why Two Kids Is an ‘Emotionally’ Hard Adjustment

10/13/2014 at 01:30 PM ET

Melissa Rycroft Smirnoff Ice Ladies with Game
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Melissa Rycroft‘s days on the dance floor are finally paying off.

Now mom to 3½-year-old daughter Ava Grace and 5-month-old son Beckett Thomas, the former Dancing with the Stars champ is constantly on her feet.

“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,” Rycroft, 31, told PEOPLE before she headed off to host the Smirnoff Ice “Ladies with Game” Tailgate Party on Oct. 2.

“On one hand, I’m used to the fact that it takes me 30 minutes to get out of the house. I’ve got that down, and I know that if I want to just up and get my nails done, I can’t.”

While the working mom first learned that parenting lesson after she welcomed Ava in 2011, juggling two children has its new set of challenges.

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Melissa Rycroft Welcomes Son Beckett Thomas

04/21/2014 at 10:50 AM ET

Melissa Rycroft Pregnant Family Photo Natasha Hance/NHance Photography

What did the Easter bunny bring? A baby boy!

Melissa Rycroft welcomed her second child with husband Tye Strickland on Sunday, April 20, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Born in the afternoon, weighing 7 lbs., 7 oz., and measuring 19.2 inches, Beckett Thomas Strickland joins big sister Ava Grace, 3.

“This little guy has been teasing us about his arrival for the last month so it is only fitting that he surprise us with his arrival on Easter Sunday,” Rycroft says in a statement.

“He’s perfect and beautiful. Ava can’t wait for us to bring him home to be able to show us all of the big sister duties she’s been practicing.”

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Melissa Rycroft Thanks Juan Pablo Galavis for Being Controversial

03/12/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

The Bachelor finale has many fans fuming — but past contestant Melissa Rycroft isn’t one of them.

“I have to thank Juan Pablo [Galavis] for being controversial, because I think he took the heat off of our season,” Rycroft, who was infamously chosen by Jason Mesnick before being dumped for runner-up Molly Malaney (whom he later married) on the 2009 Final Rose episode, jokes to PEOPLE.

Rycroft, 31, has certainly found her happy ending off-screen. The former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader is expecting her second childa boy! — with husband Tye Strickland next month, and she started an online business that allows fellow mothers-to-be to sell and buy maternity and baby clothing.

Belly Bumps & Beyond, launched in February, already boasts more than 200 items in its inventory. For $1, users can put their gently used outfits on the market. (Think eBay for moms.) The idea, Rycroft says, is to offer expectant parents affordable and chic outfits for themselves and their children.

Melissa Rycroft Pregnant Family Photo Natasha Hance/NHance Photography

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Melissa Rycroft: I’m Having a Boy!

11/16/2013 at 02:30 PM ET

Break out the blue confetti!

Reality star Melissa Rycroft and her husband Tye Strickland are expecting a baby boy in April, she tells PEOPLE.

“I’m so excited,” Rycroft, 30, says. “I feel very lucky that I get to experience the bond between mother and daughter and between mother and son. I hope he’s a little mama’s boy.”

She adds, “I can’t wait to see if he’s going to be into sports like his dad or more artsy.”

Having already experienced pregnancy with now 2½-year-old daughter Ava Grace, the Bachelor alum had an inkling of the baby’s sex early on.

“With Ava, my pregnancy was smooth sailing,” she says. “With this one, from day one I was really sick. We thought it would be a boy because it was so different!”

Melissa Rycroft Expecting a Son
Courtesy Rycroft-Stricklands

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Melissa Rycroft Snaps a Selfie of Her Baby Belly

10/28/2013 at 01:15 PM ET

Melissa Rycroft Pregnant Baby Belly
Courtesy Melissa Rycroft

Bump, there it is!

Mom-to-be Melissa Rycroft showed off her budding baby belly in a selfie she snapped and shared on Twitter on Monday.

“Good morning little baby bump. Well … still kinda looks like I ate a little too much, but still such a sweet sight!” the Dancing with the Stars champ Tweeted.

It’s been a photo-filled pregnancy since the reality star, 30, announced she was expecting her second child with husband Tye Strickland.

After confirming her baby bliss with a peek at her positive pregnancy test, Rycroft — who is due in the spring — shared a sweet family photo on her Facebook, showcasing 2½-year-old daughter Ava Grace‘s excitement.

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Melissa Rycroft Expecting Second Child

10/22/2013 at 10:25 AM ET

The results are in: Melissa Rycroft is pregnant!

The Bachelor alum, 30, and her husband Tye Strickland are expecting their second child in April, she announced Tuesday on Twitter.

“Clearly excited to share our big news!!! A new little Strickland will debut this fall!” Rycroft wrote, only to quickly correct herself with a new Tweet. “Oops … clearly not due this FALL! I meant SPRING. (Pregnancy brain at work!).”

The couple — who wed in 2009 — are already parents to 2½-year-old daughter Ava Grace.

“Sooo … It’s official, the Strickland Family is growing by one next Spring! Ava is so excited to be promoted to Big Sister! We are so excited for our new little addition!” Rycroft wrote on Facebook.

Melissa Rycroft Pregnant Second Child
Courtesy Melissa Rycroft

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