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Exclusive: Melissa Rycroft Tells Us She Doesn’t Want Parenting Tips From Her 'Bachelor' Ex, Jason Mesnick

Tue, September 28, 2010 1:12pm EDT by Add first Comment

After getting dumped by Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor last year, Melissa Rycroft rekindled a romance with her old flame, Tye Strickland. Now they’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child and Melissa tells that she’ll never ask her ex-fiance for parenting advice.

After a rough year, Melissa Rycroft is finally in a great place in her life. In early 2009, Jason Mesnick called off their engagement, after proposing to her on the final episode of The Bachelor, because he was in love with the runner-up Molly Malaney, whom he married earlier this year. Apparently everything does happen for a reason, because shortly after finding herself back on the market, Melissa reunited with her ex-boyfriend Tye Strickland. She and the Dallas businessman married in December 2009 and now they’re super-stoked to have a baby on the way. While plenty of people have been offering up tons of baby advice, there is one person, the first-time parents will never turn to for answers. When caught up with the couple at the Juno Jr. Launch event at FAO Schwarz in NYC on Sept. 25, we asked if Jason, who has a 5-year-old son, Ty, would be a wealth of parenting advice. “Oh, absolutely not,” Melissa, 27, told “We have enough people in our lives that are parents that we rely on.”

They certainly don’t need any help from Jason, because their family and friends are already lining up to babysit when their bundle of joy arrives in February. “We are lucky enough to have all the family in the world around us, so date nights are still going to be possible,” says Melissa, who lives in Dallas when not filming Bachelor Pad in LA.

Fitting in some alone time is the key to keeping their romance alive. “We’ve already talked about how our relationship will always come first, because without a strong foundation between the two of us, our family unit would be very broken,” Melissa says. “It’s teamwork. We help each other out. And it’s going to be that much more important whenever the baby comes along,” agrees Tye.

They even work out together! “We try to meet at the gym at lunch everyday,” says Melissa. The former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader puts in about 20 minutes on the exercise bike regularly these days. “The workouts are not nearly as long or as strenuous as they used to be, but I figure as long as I stay active somehow, I will do well.”

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The couple has also agreed not to find out the sex of their unborn baby just yet – after a mishap left them completely confused. “We went one time and they told us it was a boy. We went another time and they told us it was a girl. So we’ve decided to let our little one cook as long as possible before going and finding out again, so that hopefully we have 100 percent confirmation,” reveals Melissa, who has been craving a lot of cereal lately. “All she eats is frosted Mini-Wheats,” Tye tells He also admits to being surprised that Melissa isn’t exactly eating for two. “We’re Southern, we eat a lot. So I was thinking, this is going to be awesome, we’re going to eat all the time. But she has a real aversion to food, she doesn’t eat all that much.” While she can’t get enough fruit these days, Melissa isn’t very into the veggies. “I just cannot squeeze a piece of broccoli in my mouth,” she laughs. Can you relate HollyMoms? Were there any foods that you couldn’t stomach when your were expecting?

–Amy L. Harper, reporting by Lindsey DiMattina