Deena Cortese From Jersey Shore Is Expecting Her First Child

She also revealed the baby's name and the due date

Updated 07/02/18

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Congratulations are in order for Deena Cortese, who is expecting her first child with her husband, Christopher Buckner.

The Jersey Shore star announced the upcoming addition to their family on Monday with an Instagram post, revealing both the due date and the baby's name. "Chris and I Decided to wait until we were ready to spill the beans! 💙Now that we are safely into our second trimester.. us and our little monkey are ready to tell the world Our little family is growing !" Cortese wrote in the caption. "We have a sweet little boy on the way! We Are truly blessed and our hearts are filled with so much joy and happiness💙 December can’t come soon enough!

Daddy and Mommy can’t wait to meet you Christopher John❤️ you are going to be the most spoiled little boy ever!!!!"

In the accompanying photo, Cortese and Buckner smile at each other while holding a white onesie that reads, "Coming soon baby Buckner December 2018." To the left is a sign painted with red, white, and blue fireworks that reads, "We're excited to say a little firecracker is on the way! Baby Buckner December 2018."

Shortly after the announcement, Cortese was congratulated by her Jersey Shore castmates on social media. "YASSSSSS my meatball is having a meatball,” commented Nicole Polizzi, aka Snooki, while Mike Sorrentino, aka The Situation, wrote, "Congratulations," according to Page Six.

Cortese's co-stars were also in attendance at her and Buckner's wedding, which took place back in October 2017, six years after they first started dating and a year after he surprised her with a proposal during their fifth anniversary vacation. As Brides previously reported, Snooki, The Situation, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, DJ Pauly DelVecchio, and Vinny Guadagnino all showed up to the nuptials, which ended in a fireworks display—making this birth announcement all the more appropriate.

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