The journey hasn’t been easy, but “The Real Housewives of Potomac” star Ashley Darby and husband Michael Darby have welcomed their first child together.

Ashley, 31, shared a photo of her and her husband in the hospital with their newborn son on July 7.

She wrote:

I never thought this day would come. When I learned I was pregnant, I started thinking about when I’d feel the first kicks. Then, when I was feeling the flutters, I wanted to know when I’d finally start to show. After watching the bump grow, my mind went to birthing day (WILL THIS REALLY HAPPEN?!) And when the day finally came that this sweet child came into our world, it felt like the sunniest day after a sky filled grey. The most sensational day of our shared life. Mickey and I are savoring every moment with our wonderful son.

As People reports, Dean Michael Darby weighed in at eight pounds, one ounce.

Ashley said:

“Michael and I are overwhelmed with joy and love. Dean is absolutely perfect. We couldn’t be happier.”

However, the road leading up to the birth of their son hasn’t always been so sweet.

After dating for about two years, Michael and Ashley married in May 2014.

Then between the second and third seasons of RHOP, the couple split for six months over arguments about their former Arlington, Virginia restaurant, Oz.

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Dearest friends, Michael and I greatly appreciate the support of Oz that we have received over the last 4 years. After much consideration and discussion, we have decided to close the restaurant as we grow our family & pursue other business ventures. With the rapid changes happening in our lives, we cannot give Oz the proper time and commitment it deserves. We will always be grateful for the incredible team who puts so much commitment into making Oz a neighborhood hangout, and the great patrons who spent time laughing and eating with us. There really is no business like hospitality. We will be serving our final extended brunch on Sunday, 6/30. Provided Baby D does not decide to make his arrival before then (or on that day), Michael and I would appreciate you joining us. Thank you for a great 4 years! ❤️ #rhop #ashleydarby #ozarlington

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Once they reunited, they spent a season of RHOP debating on whether or not they wanted to have children before conceiving. Unfortunately, their first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.

Ashley opened up about the “traumatic” experience during the RHOP Season 3 reunion.

As People reports, she said:

“At the time, I didn’t fully understand the magnitude of how it would affect us as a couple and as individuals because we kind of thought it would be a given that we would just be able to have children.”

Although Ashley and Michael weren’t “actively or consciously trying” to get pregnant with Dean, the couple says the experience has brought them closer together than ever. Ashley admitted that Michael became her primary support system throughout her pregnancy.

She explained:

“It was very impactful for him because he understands the feelings of being a dad.”

According to People, Michael also has two adult kids from a prior marriage.

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