Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds welcome child

BLAKE Lively and Ryan Reynolds have welcomed their first child.

The 27-year-old actress - who married the 'Green Lantern' star in September 2012 - reportedly gave birth to a baby just before the new year, the New York Post's Page Six column reports.  

The baby - which was born near the couple's home in Bedford, New York - arrived earlier than expected but is said to be healthy and doing well.  

A source added to Us Weekly: "The baby came early but everyone is happy and healthy. The Bedford house is all prepared. They're going to stay up there for the baby's first days."  

Previously, an insider revealed that the couple wanted the gender of their baby to be a "surprise".  

The source shared: "Blake and Ryan aren't finding out what they're having. They want to be surprised!"  

The 'Gossip Girl' star and her 38-year-old beau are believed to also be keen on their little one having a "normal childhood" away from Hollywood.  

An insider said recently: "They both have talked a lot about raising the baby out of LA and giving their kids a normal childhood. Playing outside, having a puppy, catching lightning bugs ... they want their kids to experience all of that."  

And Ryan ensured his wife was comfortable throughout the whole pregnancy with constant back rubs.  

The insider added: "Ryan is being such a sweet hubby, he's giving her foot and back rubs constantly! He jokes that she doesn't even have to ask anymore, he just automatically does it."

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