Celebrity Parents Baby Boy on the Way for 'Jersey Shore' 's Deena Cortese "We are truly blessed and our hearts are filled with so much joy and happiness," Deena Cortese wrote alongside her Instagram pregnancy announcement Monday By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 2, 2018 12:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Deena Cortese is pregnant! The Jersey Shore star, 31, and husband Christopher Buckner are expecting their first child, a baby boy, in December, Cortese announced on Instagram Monday. “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 !” she wrote alongside a photo gallery featuring the couple holding up a onesie that reads, “Coming Soon Baby Buckner December 2018.” In front of the parents-to-be is a sign decorated for the Fourth of July holiday, reading “We’re Excited to Say a Little Firecracker is on the Way!” in red, white and blue text. The remainder of the gallery includes photos of the duo (and their pup!) showing off their baby’s ultrasound, holding blue balloons and more. Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter. Magic Toast Photography Magic Toast Photography Magic Toast Photography Magic Toast Photography Magic Toast Photography Jersey Shore‘s Deena Cortese Reveals Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola Is “Happy” About Skipping Reboot “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!” she added. Cortese also shared their son’s name, writing, “Daddy and Mommy can’t wait to meet you Christopher John❤ you are going to be the most spoiled little boy ever!!!!” Magic Toast Photography Magic Toast Photography Magic Toast Photography Magic Toast Photography Magic Toast Photography RELATED VIDEO: Jersey Shore Star Deena Cortese Is Married The pair, who got engaged in Mexico in 2016, tied the knot this past October at Laurita Winery in New Egypt, New Jersey. The evening ceremony took place outside among the vineyards, and was attended by her MTV castmates Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. DelVecchio, Farley, Giancola, Guadagnino and Polizzi all surprised Cortese in September by kicking off her bachelorette-party weekend with dinner at Martorano’s in Atlantic City.