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Huge congratulations are in order for Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev who have welcomed their first child together.

The Strictly couple welcomed a beautiful baby girl two weeks after her due date.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rachel shared a series of photos of her stunning family to announce the news this morning.

She revealed that their daughter is called Maven Aria. 

The mum explained the meaning behind her daughter’s name, “Miss Maven (one who understands) Aria (lioness) Riley Kovaleva arrived on Sunday morning weighing in at 7lbs 4.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The new mum continued, “After keeping us waiting she came so quickly that we didn’t have a chance to get to the hospital and was born in our bathroom with our amazing doula and wonderful St Mary’s midwives rushing over to be with us in to be nick of time!”

The Countdown host gushed, “She’s absolutely perfect and Pasha and I are in newborn bliss. Couldn’t be more in love.”

Rachel and Pasha, who met on Strictly Come Dancing, revealed they were expecting their first child together in May. The new parents got married in Las Vegas earlier this year.

We are delighted for them and are utterly obsessed with their little girl’s name.

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The joy of Countdown's letters board is that things are left totally up to chance – and every once in a while, we're treated to an epic combo of vowels and consonants.

Like earlier this week, when the show's co-presenter Rachel Riley saw a pretty unfortunate word arise in front of her on the board. After pulling out a 'C', an 'L' and an 'I', Rachel managed to hide her smile as she pulled out the fourth letter, which was – you've guessed it – a 'T':

Oops.

And the silliness didn't stop there, because a few letters later, Rachel was left with this:

The English presenter took to social media after the show, though she seemed surprised with all the attention the unfortunate letter combination had garnered:

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