Congratulations are in order for DeAnna Pappas Stagliano and Stephen Stagliano.
The former Bachelorette, 31, and her husband are expecting their first child, PEOPLE reports. “We are so very excited!” DeAnna shares. “We had been trying for almost a year; we wanted this so badly.”
After a first trimester filled with nausea, DeAnna says she is “feeling great” now.
“I kind of wanted it to be a surprise, but Stephen wants to be prepared,” she says of the baby’s gender.
She adds: “The baby is due Feb. 8 and Stephen’s birthday is Feb. 4. I told him all he’s getting for his birthday this year is a baby!”
First rejected by Bachelor‘s Brad Womack, DeAnna went on to become the Bachelorette and accepted a marriage proposal from Jesse Csincsak, before later calling it off.
She found love again within the Bachelor community — her husband’s twin, Michael, is a former contestant who set them up.
In October 2011, the couple were wed in her home state of Georgia.