Kenya Moore may have closed one chapter when she announced her departure from The Real Housewives of Atlanta in October, but she has recently begun another after giving birth to daughter Brooklyn Doris Daly, her first child with husband Marc Daly, on November 4.
Still, after sharing the past several years of her life with RHOA fans, Kenya told PEOPLE during a recent interview that she was sad they couldn't see her begin her new life as a mom. “It broke my heart, but with all the stress I went through with this baby, I don’t know how I could have done it,” Kenya shared. “Even now, breastfeeding every three hours, changing diapers, being up at all hours — I just don’t think I could have been present.”
Kenya added that her high-risk pregnancy, which included multiple health scares and an emergency three-hour C-section to deliver her daughter weeks prematurely, was a "really scary" time in which she needed to focus on her baby. “I really think that things happen for a reason," she told PEOPLE. "Even though I was disappointed to not come back to RHOA, I feel like it’s the best thing that could have happened for my baby.”
Kenya shared a similar sentiment in a statement to The Daily Dish when she announced that she would not be returning for Season 11 of RHOA. “I have decided to take this season off to focus on my high risk pregnancy in a healthy and drama free environment," she said. "I thank Bravo for this amazing platform that has allowed me to grow, flourish and appreciate the value of what is truly important in life."
The new mom has already shared sweet photos of her fellow Georgia Peaches Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey meeting her little one. Kenya told PEOPLE that Porsha Williams, Shereé Whitfield, and Shamea Morton have all also reached out to send her their love. “Everyone has pretty much gotten in touch to congratulate me and our family,” Kenya shared.
Kenya also showed gratitude for all of the support she continues to receive from her "really amazing, loyal fans." “All the hell I’ve been through and all of the disappointments — all of the frogs I’ve kissed — I finally just have everything I’ve dreamed of," Kenya gushed.
For now, Kenya is focused on being there for all of her daughter’s major milestones. She recently celebrated Brooklyn turning 6 weeks old with a heartwarming post on Instagram on Sunday, December 16. "May God bless you and may all your heart’s desires come true. I never gave up, kept praying and believing in God’s plan for my life," she captioned an adorable photo of herself with her baby girl. "Stay prayerful. He has your back."
Relive the moment Kenya made her incredible pregnancy announcement at the RHOA Season 10 reunion, below.