Melissa Rycroft Struggles Having Date Night With A Baby

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Melissa Rycroft snuggles on husband Tye Strickland.

Former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft is finding it difficult to have nights out alone with hubby Tye Strickland while their 5-month-old daughter Ava is at home.

“It’s weird that we’re having a date night out and we don’t have our daughter with us,” first-time mom Rycroft told Us Weekly at Thursday’s HTC EVO 3D launch party in West Hollywood. “We know she’s in really good hands; it’s just weird to be here.”

Even though she finds it difficult to leave the baby at home, Rycroft says if anything the baby has strengthened her 2-year marriage to Strickland.

“I am a firm believer that if your marriage can survive a newborn, you can survive pretty much anything!” Rycroft told Us. “It’s trying, it’s tough, it’s hard [to have a child]. You are operating on very little sleep with very little patience, but at the end of the day, it’s [about] teamwork. You’ve got to do it together.”

And Ava is already achieving baby milestones.

“She is talking all the time [and] sleeping through the night. These are big milestones for us,” says Rycroft. “[And] she is a breath away from getting a tooth!”

Strickland adds, “She’s at the point now where she really recognizes us so when we walk in the room and she hears our voice she’ll turn and smile. It’s the best feeling in the world!”

[Photo via PR Photos.]