The Jersey Shore star is expecting her first child with fiancé Jionni LaValle
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Not only is Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi expecting her first child with Jionni LaValle, but PEOPLE has learned that the happy couple is also engaged!

The Jersey Shore star, 24, and her now husband-to-be will welcome a baby later this year, a source confirms.

“I know he’s the one so I know the ring’s gonna come soon,” Polizzi told PEOPLE on Jan. 12 – though at the time, she had no idea a proposal was coming.

“Well, not soon-soon. He knows it should be big, cuz if it’s small I’m saying no. Like, ‘Get another ring!’ ”

A few weeks later, she also talked about her hopes for a family with her beau of a year and a half.

“I definitely do want kids, but I’m not pregnant,” Snooki said on Good Morning America on Feb. 2. She also denied being with child on her Live! with Kelly appearance, demurring: “Everyone thought I was pregnant. I’m like cool, I gained weight again.”

To make it a three-peat, she also denied the news to Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live.

Polizzi’s rep and MTV have not commented. The couple were photographed in Jersey City over the weekend, where LaValle moved boxes into Polizzi’s home where she’s filming a Jersey Shore spinoff.

And it seems that Snooki will have support from her best buddy Jenni “JWoww” Farley as her pregnancy progresses. For their spinoff, the girls “moved into their new digs with animal print furniture in tow,” a rep for MTV tells PEOPLE. “Things are going great thus far.”

Surely a new routine is necessary for the formerly hard-partying, GTL-loving star. May we suggest BDL: bottles, diapers, lack of sleep.