Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley were surrounded by love — and sweet treats! — at a sex-reveal party over the weekend, learning they are expecting a girl

By Jen Juneau
February 25, 2019 04:10 PM

Gretchen Rossi is pregnant with a mini-me!

The Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 41, and her fiancé Slade Smiley are expecting a baby girl, Rossi announced on her Instagram Story early Monday morning.

The mom-to-be shared dozens of photos and videos from the event, taken both by herself as well as many pals who attended the sex reveal in Laguna Hills, California, to support Rossi and Smiley.

Guests were greeted by extravagant decorations including tons of floral arrangements and pink and blue balloons, enjoying a variety of on-theme desserts and plenty of champagne.

A heart-shaped floral wreath on the couple’s gate came complete with a sign reading, “HE or SHE, come in and see!”

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Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi's sex-reveal party
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Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi's sex-reveal party
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Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi's sex-reveal party
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Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi's sex-reveal party
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After mingling with guests and enjoying some refreshments, Rossi (wearing a pink-and-blue dress) and Smiley, sporting a pink shirt under a gray jacket, stood in front of a sign reading “[Twinkle, Twinkle] Little Star, How We Wonder What You Are” for the big reveal.

“Five, four, three, two, one!” party guests chanted in unison, leading the parents-to-be to pull on their cannons to reveal clouds of pink smoke and confetti.

Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi's sex-reveal party
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Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi's sex-reveal party
Gretchen Rossi/Instagram

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Rossi jumped up and down with excitement before she and her fiancé shared a huge hug and kiss, writing over one post-reveal clip, “Thank you Lord for this amazing miracle!”

“We wanted a little girl so much! We couldn’t be happier! Best day of my life!” she wrote on top of a subsequent Instagram video.

Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi's sex-reveal party
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Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi's sex-reveal party
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Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi's sex-reveal party
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Slade Smiley and Gretchen Rossi's sex-reveal party
Gretchen Rossi/Instagram

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While the engaged couple is over the moon to welcome a baby into the world this July, it has been a long road to parenthood for the former Bravo personality and Smiley, who are celebrating 10 years together this month.

The pair first decided to pursue in vitro fertilization (IVF) about four years ago, years after Smiley’s vasectomy — a time that was riddled with “depression” at one point for Rossi after all her embryos “had arrested and basically died,” she told PEOPLE following her pregnancy announcement.

Around the time of Smiley’s 50th birthday, Rossi underwent an embryo transfer, and in November 2018, the two learned the happy news that they’re expecting.

“There’s been a roller coaster of emotions through this and I don’t want to pretend, especially for all the couples out there going through this, [that] it’s [an] easy journey — it really is not. Yes, we have definitely grown through this, thank goodness,” Rossi added. “Now we have realized how much closer we’ve come through this process.”
“There’s been a roller coaster of emotions through this and I don’t want to pretend, especially for all the couples out there going through this, [that] it’s [an] easy journey — it really is not. Yes, we have definitely grown through this, thank goodness,” Rossi added. “Now we have realized how much closer we’ve come through this process.”
“There’s been a roller coaster of emotions through this and I don’t want to pretend, especially for all the couples out there going through this, [that] it’s [an] easy journey — it really is not. Yes, we have definitely grown through this, thank goodness,” Rossi added. “Now we have realized how much closer we’ve come through this process.”
“There’s been a roller coaster of emotions through this and I don’t want to pretend, especially for all the couples out there going through this, [that] it’s [an] easy journey — it really is not. Yes, we have definitely grown through this, thank goodness,” Rossi added. “Now we have realized how much closer we’ve come through this process.”
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