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Manzo'd with Children's Lauren Manzo Scalia Is Pregnant!

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The Manzo family is getting bigger!

Manzo’d with Children star Lauren Manzo Scalia is expecting her first child with husband, Vito, she confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

“We are so excited to be expecting our first child, due in early 2017. What a crazy year it has been for us. Life is full of wonderful surprises!” the couple reveal in a joint statement.

“We had been trying to get pregnant for a while, and as soon as we stopped placing so much pressure on ourselves, it actually happened,” the Real Housewives of New Jersey alum tells PEOPLE.

Though the couple doesn’t yet know the sex of their first child, they fully intend to find out before the baby is born.

“We do plan to find out the sex, and I’m team ‘girl’ while Vito is team ‘boy!’ ” she admits.

Vito Scalia and Lauren Manzo
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In July, Scalia opened up to her husband about not yet being pregnant a year into their marriage. “I get nervous that we haven’t gotten pregnant yet,” she told Vito.

The couple were engaged for nearly two years before they tied the knot in July 2015.

Manzo’d with Children airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.