Io Day Fiancé: The Other Way stars Tiffany Franco and Ronald Smith are celebrating something very exciting- and no, it’s not a successful visa application! The long-distance couple welcomed their first child together, daughter Carley Rose.
Although Tiffany gave birth to the little girl on July 3rd, the couple waited a week to confirm the news on their social media accounts. Speaking to People, the reality stars opened up about their newest addition. They confirmed little Carley came in weighing 8lb, 3 oz.
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“Carley’s arrival into this world was a mother’s biggest sacrifice, the giving-birth part,” Tiffany explained. The 27-year old also has an older son, 9-year old Daniel, from a previous relationship. “But she was worth every contraction, every cry, all of it!” The star posed for a series of photos with the publication alongside her son and new daughter as well as her 4-year old sister.
Going into more detail of their new family-of-four, Tiffany explains she and her partner struggled to agree on the perfect name for their daughter. “We struggled every day trying to find a name we were in love with,” she explained. “From early on until three months before her arrival, her name was almost Camila! But then I would talk to my belly and it didn’t feel right.”
Of settling on the name Carley, she said, “It just came to me out of nowhere, but it felt so right.”
Fans of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way know that Tiffany and Ronald have spent the majority of their relationship long-distance. The couple met while Tiffany, originally from Maryland, was on a trip to South Africa. Ronald proposed to her before the end of the trip, though he failed to inform her of his criminal history and problem with gambling.
After coming clean about his gambling addiction, Ronald entered a treatment center and the couple continued to do long distance while engaged. However, Tiffany has still been adamant that her long-term plan is to move to South Africa permanently.
Due to his criminal past, Ronald has also struggled to get tourist visas for the U.S. As such, the new father wasn’t able to be with his partner when she went into labour. Rather, Tiffany revealed he only watched over Facetime.
“My mom, who held my hand through it all, and Ronald, who was on a video call with me from the moment I went into labor until childbirth,” Tiffany told the publication. “And Ronald’s mom Ria, who was able to be on a video call as well, to see the birth of her first grandchild.
Regardless of the difficult circumstances, the new mom-of-two went on to say the delivery went perfectly. “I feel so much love and joy inside. Everything was perfect,” she explained.