May 1, 2012 -- After a long, much-chronicled pregnancy, Jessica Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson welcomed a baby girl this morning.
The singer announced the arrival of Maxwell Drew Johnson on her website, saying the baby weighed in at 9 lbs. 13 ounces.
"We are so grateful for all the love, support and prayers we have received," she said in a statement. "This has been the greatest experience of our lives!!"
The singer and reality TV star was outspoken about her pregnancy in the weeks leading up to her delivery.
Close to her due date, the "Fashion Star" mentor tweeted about a dream she had. "I just woke up from a dream that I wore a leopard caftan in the hospital," she wrote. "Fabulous!! Now I need to find one!"
She dispelled multiple rumors that she had already given birth: "To everyone who keeps congratulating me on the birth of my baby girl...I'm still pregnant!!" Simpson tweeted at the end of April. "Don't believe what you read ladies and gents."
In March, she gushed to Ryan Seacrest about her sex life, saying "I'm kind of unstoppable at the moment! Like the big 'O' is like the biggest 'O' ever." She frequently shared the details of her uncomfortable pregnancy, telling Jay Leno in March, "I just started calling myself 'Swamp A**. Like, I have swamp a** right now. I had major swamp a** because I was wearing these Spanx to hold in my gut… It's like the bayou up in that [region]."
Simpson told Jimmy Kimmel that because her belly was weighing so heavily on her "hoo-ha," when her water breaks, she feared it would be "like a fire hydrant."
Simpson stuck with her signature flashy style through her pregnancy, wearing six inch heels and a snake-skin dress to her baby shower.
Simpson, 31, and Johnson, 32, eventually plan to wed. "I want him to be my husband so bad," Simpson told Leno in March. "I do still want to wear the pretty gown, so I have to wait."