'Real Housewives' star Porsha Williams celebrates birth of healthy baby girl

Williams and fiance Dennis McKinley are overjoyed with daughter Pilar Jhena or 'PJ' for short.
Dennis McKinley and Porsha Williams
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Porsha Williams with fiance Dennis McKinleyBravo / Annette Brown/Bravo

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By Julia Curley

Porsha Williams, a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star since the show's fifth season, just got a whole new role in life. The 37-year-old model and actress welcomed her first child into the world on Friday, March 22.

Williams and her fiance, Dennis McKinley, celebrated their daughter’s arrival at 1:36 p.m., after McKinley suggested her forthcoming birth on Instagram.

“It’s going down!” McKinley, an Atlanta-based entrepreneur, wrote in his caption. The post captures Williams and McKinley perched on a hospital bed, with the mom-to-be looking beautiful and relaxed.

McKinley, also a first-time parent, included the hashtag “#BabyPJ” in his post, hinting at the one-day-old baby’s name, Pilar Jhena.

The couple confirmed baby PJ’s birth in a statement to People magazine. “What a time to be alive!” the couple said. “We couldn’t have imagined a more magical moment!”

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Williams, 37, has dreamed of becoming a mom for many years. Last September, the "Dish Nation" host opened up about suffering a miscarriage at the age of 31.

Six years later, when Williams became pregnant with Pilar Jhena, the expectant mom felt grateful for a second chance at motherhood, but worried about carrying her precious baby to term.

“When I found out I was pregnant, I was excited [but] I had mixed feelings. The other feeling that I had beside excitement was fear,” the reality star told People.

Now, with a healthy baby girl by her side, Williams feels blessed for this sweet new chapter.

McKinley, like Williams, was over the moon to find out he’d be a dad. Williams kept the baby news a secret until McKinley’s 42nd birthday, last July, as a happy birthday surprise. In September, the happy pair went public with a baby announcement and soon after, the sweethearts confirmed their engagement.

Since then, the parents-to-be have celebrated every tiny milestone in Williams’ pregnancy.

In October, the real housewife revealed her baby’s gender on Instagram with a jubilant video and confetti-filled photos.

“It's a GIRL!! - my heart is SO full!” Williams wrote in another post, memorializing the celebration.

And earlier this month, Williams and McKinley celebrated their baby girl with a winter wonderland-themed baby shower. Williams' family, friends and "Real Housewives" costars, including Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey joined the party.

"Oh you already know it was a turn up!" Williams wrote of the blowout. "Ain’t no party like a McKinley party," she wrote on Instagram.

Williams’ next season, both on "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and off-screen, will certainly be filled with new adventures.