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With the birth of Melissa Rycroft’s daughter, Ava Grace, the last piece of the Bachelor alum’s “happily ever after” fairy tale fell into place. “People always say you’ll never know true love until you have a child. It’s a hard thing to understand, but it is on a totally different level,” says Melissa, who (along with hubby Tye Strickland) welcomed baby Ava on Feb. 16. Only OK! has the exclusive first pics of sweet little Ava in this week’s issue — on sale everywhere Thursday!

“I look at this little girl and realize there’s nothing I love more in the world,” Melissa tells OK! exclusively. “There are no feelings that compare to my feelings for her.”

OK! EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: INSIDE MELISSA RYCROFT’S NURSERY!

FOR HER INTERVIEW AND THE EXCLUSIVE PICS OF MELISSA AND TYE’S LITTLE AVA, PICK UP THIS WEEK’S ISSUE OF OK!

PLUS:

OK! Style Week: In its annual Oscars Special, OK! provides a rundown of the Academy Awards’ best-dressed stars (such as Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Mila Kunis and Jennifer Hudson), E! News host Giuliana Rancic lists her go-to red carpet beauty products, OK! reveals the celebs’ top spots for a little big-day pampering and celebrity journalist Daphne Barak shares behind-the-scenes details from the Oscars afterparties.

OK! EXCLUSIVE: MELISSA RYCROFT WELCOMES BABY GIRL AVA!

Jennifer Aniston: Jen’s longtime stylist Chris McMillan just gave her a much shorter haircut. Find out why Jen decided to make the change and what else might be changing in her life, along with commentary from an intuitive life strategist the star has occasionally consulted.

Robert Pattinson: In this interview, the Twilight star discusses sudden fame, onscreen chemistry, what it’s like to work with Oscar winners and the biggest heartbreak of his life.

OK! NEWS: ROBERT PATTINSON IN VANITY FAIR — CALLS KRISTEN STEWART RELATIONSHIP “TRAUMATIC”; ADMIRES CHARLIE SHEEN

Rihanna and Ryan: According to friends of the star, Ryan Phillippe has been “hooking up” with singer Rihanna, despite his current involvement with actress Amanda Seyfried. Find out what happened at Rihanna’s 23rd birthday party and how Amanda feels about the rumors.

Khloe Kardashian Odom: The reality star has a four-part plan for getting bikini ready this year, including a new trainer, a healthy meal delivery service and an exciting vacation in Mexico to prepare for.

Plus: Photos of Taylor Swift at a sporting event with her new beau, Glee’s Chord Overstreet; Pics of Catherine Zeta-Jones as she was awarded the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace; Experts debate whether it was offensive for Beyoncé to wear what appeared to be blackface makeup for her tribute to Nigerian icon Fela Kuti in a L’Officiel Paris photo shoot; OK!’s guide to touring Tokyo like a rock star, featuring Justin Bieber’s hotel, restaurants frequented by Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani’s favorite shopping district — Harajuku; E! News host Giuliana Rancic on the standout sparkling-gown trend on the Oscars red carpet; Celebrity nutritionist Keri Glassman weighs in on E! host Louise Roe’s Oscars day diet; And photos from the hottest Oscars parties (including the one hosted by OK!).

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