DeAnna Pappas, who starred on "The Bachelorette" in 2008, is preparing for motherhood. She is expecting her first child with husband Stephen Stagliano. She has gone through a nausea-filled first trimester, and now "feeling great" looking forward to the arrival of the baby.
"We are so very excited!" the mom-to-be gushes to PEOPLE. "We had been trying for almost a year; we wanted this so badly." The ABC reality TV star dishes on further, "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!"
"We are so thrilled to finally have the news out! Baby on the way!!!!" she tweeted along with a picture that showed off her baby bump. Her husband chimed in, "Oh yeah!!! Gonna be a daddy...Yeah. my wife @DeAnnaPappas is even more beautiful pregnant!"
Congratulations came from his fans and extended family on both "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette". Ali Fedotowsky wrote, "Just saw your announcement. Amazing!" Pappas even asked for parenting tips from single dad Jason Mesnick in response to his congratulatory message, "Thanks buddy! Let the parenting advice begin!!"
Pappas was infamously rejected by Brad Womack, who decided not to pick any woman in the rose ceremony of "The Bachelor" in 2007. She then continued her journey to look for love in "The Bachelorette". She was engaged to pro snowboarder Jesse Csincsak at the end of the show, but their relationship didn't last song.
Pappas, 31, was later set up with Michael Stagliano, the former contestant of "The Bachelorette" in 2009, by his twin brother Stephen. The couple eventually married in 2011.