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All the Photos of Tara Lipinski's Newborn Daughter Georgie and Her Sweet Nursery (Exclusive)

After documenting her fertility struggles, the Olympic champion welcomed her daughter by surrogate this fall

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

"It just feels unbelievable," Tara Lipinski says of holding her baby girl Georgie, whom she and husband Todd Kapostasy welcomed by surrogate this fall after five years of fertility struggles.

"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.

Mom Mode

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

"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.' "

Mini Me

<p>JENNY QUICKSALL PHOTOGRAPHY</p> Tara Lipinski's baby Georgie

JENNY QUICKSALL PHOTOGRAPHY

Tara Lipinski's baby Georgie

Could this ice skating inspired outfit (check those booties!) be any cuter?

Eye to Eye

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

"It's the best tired I've ever been," Lipinski says of the newborn phase.

Big Yawns

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski's baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski's baby Georgie

Georgie is tired, too!

Party of Three

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski, husband Todd Kapostasy and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski, husband Todd Kapostasy and baby Georgie

"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."

Paw Patrol

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Family dog Sully keeps a watchful eye on the new addition.

Pretty in Pink

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

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.

Proud Parents

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski, husband Todd Kapostasy and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski, husband Todd Kapostasy and baby Georgie

"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

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

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."

Looking Up

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Mom and daughter share a sweet moment of connection.

Quiet Corner

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski, husband Todd Kapostasy and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski, husband Todd Kapostasy and baby Georgie

The family shows off Georgie's nursey, which includes a cozy white rocker and whimsical wallpaper.

Flower Child

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

"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

<p>Jenny Quicksall Photography</p> Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

Jenny Quicksall Photography

Tara Lipinski and baby Georgie

"It has been magic since we came home," says Lipinski of life with Georgie.

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