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After documenting her fertility struggles, the Olympic champion welcomed her daughter by surrogate this fall
"To know what we've been through to get to this point, it was definitely emotional and just surreal. It just goes back to pinching yourself after five years — this is actually our life," the figure skater adds.
In this week's PEOPLE, the Olympic gold medalist and her husband open up about their new arrival, their decision to be so open with their journey and their bond with their surrogate.
Here, see all of the sweet photos from PEOPLE's exclusive shoot, and read more with Lipinski in the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
"I dreamt about this for so long," Lipinski shares of motherhood. "A crying baby, sleepless nights. Even when I'm like, 'Okay, take an hour nap,' I'm almost too excited. I'm like, 'She's there. Just watch her a little longer.' "
Could this ice skating inspired outfit (check those booties!) be any cuter?
Eye to Eye
"It's the best tired I've ever been," Lipinski says of the newborn phase.
Georgie is tired, too!
Party of Three
"Todd and I both, we spend most of our days just staring at her," Lipinski says. "It's like, how did this happen to us? It finally happened to us."
Family dog Sully keeps a watchful eye on the new addition.
Pretty in Pink
Georgie "came out all pink and screaming, which made Mommy very happy
because I just was so excited to hear that scream," Lipinski remembers of the baby's birth day.
"When I see her as a mom, it's just so awesome and amazing," says Kapostasy.
Adds Lipinski, "We laugh about who's going to be the strict one ... I feel like I'm going to be the easygoing one."
About the Journey
Looking back on her long and difficult road to motherhood, Lipinski says, "I am proud that I got through it. It wasn't always pretty and I had to do it my own way. And sometimes I thought I was really failing at it all."
She continues, "I would look back and tell myself, just be kind to yourself. The feelings you're feeling are okay, and whatever happens, you'll be okay."
Mom and daughter share a sweet moment of connection.
The family shows off Georgie's nursey, which includes a cozy white rocker and whimsical wallpaper.
"I will be so happy the day I can maybe take Georgie with me on a broadcast," Lipinski says of returning to working life as a figure skating commentator.
Lots to Love
"It has been magic since we came home," says Lipinski of life with Georgie.
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