Kandi and husband Todd Tucker's baby girl, which they named Blaze Tucker, was born at 6:54 p.m. and weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce. “I’m so thankful to add another healthy, beautiful, baby girl to the family!” Kandi wrote in a text message to fans announcing her daughter's birth, according to Us Weekly.
Kandi also commented on The Shade Room's announcement of her baby news on Instagram, "We’re so in love!"
After Kandi shared her dream of growing her family with fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta last season, it was revealed upon the announcement of the series' return for Season 12 that she was expecting her third child via surrogate. This season of RHOA has followed Kandi and Todd as they prepare to bring home baby.
Kandi kept pretty mum about the details of her little one prior to Season 12 of RHOA. However, Kandi's OBGYN, Dr. Jackie Walters, couldn't contain her excitement over the Atlanta Housewife's baby news, calling her surrogate "a model patient." "I am so excited that Kandi wants to keep expanding her family because she is my patient, whether it's with her or a surrogate," Dr. Jackie told The Daily Dish during an interview in September. "So, keep having babies. I love it. Have more babies."
The RHOA couple had been wanting to use the embryos from the time Kandi underwent IVF to have Ace. But after struggling with fertility issues and fibroids in the past (more on that in the above clip from The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 11 After Show), Kandi realized it would be too risky to carry the child herself. So, she and Todd decided to explore surrogacy.
It took some time for both Kandi and Todd to get used to the idea. "Todd and I are both nervous about it," Kandi told The Daily Dish in November 2018. "I think it's easier for Todd to handle or deal with because as a man he's used to somebody else carrying the baby. But for me it's a little bit harder for me to deal with the thought because I'm supposed to carry my own kids in my mind. But, hey, with science, it's made other options to be able to make it happen."
Luckily, Kandi had people like Andy Cohen, who welcomed son Benjamin via surrogate in February, help show her that surrogacy can be a beautiful thing. “I had made a comment. I said something like, ‘I guess I’m gonna have a baby mama.' And he said to me, ‘Don’t you ever say that because you are the mother," Kandi recalled of a past conversation with Andy during an emotional appearance on Busy Tonight in February. "'And to say she’s your baby’s mom is taking away from you.’ It made me feel better.”
Watch Kandi and Todd open up more about their journey, below.
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