Tarek and Christina El Moussa Welcome Son Brayden James

After two years of trying for a second child, the couple welcomed son Brayden James in August

The Flip or Flop franchise is expanding!

HGTV’s home remodeling stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa welcomed their second child, son Brayden James, at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, a rep for the couple confirms to PEOPLE. Delivered by emergency c-section, their son weighed in at 8 lbs., 9 oz.

“He is absolutely perfect! He’s such a sweet baby, he hardly cries and he is so cuddly,” Christina, 32, tells PEOPLE.

“I know people say babies at two weeks don’t really smile, but I swear he does. He will look me in the eyes and do a sideways grin. It melts my heart.”

Tarek Christina El Moussa son Brayden James photo

Also parents to daughter Taylor Reese, who turns 5 this month, the reality stars’ journey to becoming parents for the second time hasn’t been easy.

In September 2013, Tarek was diagnosed with thyroid cancer just before the couple went through two failed attempts at IVF — including one resulting in a miscarriage at eight weeks.

“After trying for over two years to get pregnant, we are ecstatic to finally be a family of four,” says Christina. “Taylor loves being a big sister. Her favorite part is reading him stories at night.”


Tarek Christina El Moussa son Brayden James photo

And as far as Brayden’s future, proud papa Tarek, 34, has big plans.

“He is already planning his Major League Baseball and/or home flipping career,” jokes Christina.

— Emily Strohm

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