May 13, 2016 01:15 PM

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Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward are starting a family!

After years of trying to bring a child into their lives, the couple reveals exclusively to PEOPLE they are expecting a baby girl via surrogate this fall.

“We are very excited, but I’m also a little terrified,” says Lewis. “I’m trying to decide if I’m more terrified or excited, but I think it’s normal.”

After several adoption attempts didn’t work out, the Flipping Out stars were “heartbroken and disappointed.” Ready to give up, the pair then decided to try surrogacy.

“This has been a three or four year process for us,” says Lewis. “There were so many obstacles along the way, but there’s a happy ending. I can’t tell you how grateful and appreciative we are.”

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Now as they anxiously wait for their baby girl to arrive in October, Lewis and Gage are gearing up to be parents in very different ways.

“I haven’t read a single thing,” admits Lewis. “I will probably just wing it, but Gage is already on book three. That’s kind of how we are. I’m a last-minute kind of guy, so in that final hour, I will probably be speed-reading and just kind of pulling out the highlights, where Gage will already be the expert.”

With more than 20 years of home design skills under his belt, the Bravo star has plenty of ideas when it comes to decorating his daughter’s room.

“We’re going to end up redoing this little girl’s room like a hundred times,” he says. “But right now, I want just a really soft, soothing, calm room, especially with all the drama and activity around here, I just want this room to be like a sanctuary for her.”

Watch all the baby news unfold on season 9 of Flipping Out when the show returns this summer.

— Emily Strohm

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