For Jenna Wolfe, keeping her four-month pregnancy under wraps as news anchor for the weekend edition of the Today
show has been a challenge. First, there's morning sickness. "Last week, I didn't get out to the plaza on time because I got sick right before I came outside," she says with a laugh. Dressing for the camera has also been increasingly difficult—especially for the superfit Wolfe, who moonlights as a personal trainer when she's not on-set. "You either want to be full-on pregnant or not," she says, gesturing down to the flowy top covering her expanding waistline: "The in-between place is a scary place for television. I'm so ready to just let the bump hang out."
But in announcing her pregnancy, she is acknowledging more than just her changing figure. Wolfe, 39, and her partner, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk 40, are also revealing themselves to the public as a couple. Overjoyed to be expectant moms, they joked playfully and occasionally cried happy tears as they talked exclusively with PEOPLE. "This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to us," says Wolfe. "But I don't want to bring my daughter into a world where I'm not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is." Together almost three years, they're already out to their friends and family. "The beauty is that we live in a time where there's no need for secrecy," says Gosk. "It's a very comfortable, open time. And this is a spectacular moment for us."
When they first met through work three years ago, the two bonded over their shared love of adventure: Wolfe is an extreme-sports fanatic; Gosk frequently reports from war-torn countries. After a stretch of seriously long-distance dating ("I'd fly to New York from Libya," recalls Gosk), they fell deeply in love. "We had this moment of God, wouldn't it be great to share our life experiences and raise a child?' Suddenly it just made so much sense," Gosk recalls, tearing up. "For a long time I had feared I would never have a child. Now I can think of nothing greater than having my daughter get Jenna's spirit and energy."
With Gosk still based in London until she moved in with Wolfe in New York City last fall, the pair began working on a plan of action to become parents. "We were constantly on the road, juggling a thousand balls at once," Wolfe says. "It's a miracle we got it all together." They decided Wolfe would carry the child. "I'm excited to be a mom, but I didn't have the same level of excitement about being pregnant," Gosk says of their decision. (Jokes Wolfe: "She just wanted to see what I'll look like fat!") Then they decided on an anonymous sperm donor for artificial insemination. "We want the child to be raised with two parents and never the question of 'Is there a third?'" Wolfe explains. "Though I admit, we like to joke that it's [coanchor] Lester Holt."
Last week the pair found out they're expecting a girl and went into shopping and decorating overdrive. Gosk brought home African dresses from assignment in Ghana; Wolfe's first purchase was a pink camouflage "Baby Boot Camp" onesie. "Both of us grew up tomboys playing sports. So you just know we are going to end up with the girliest girl," Gosk says. "It will be all ballerinas and Barbies all the time." Adds Wolfe: "But she'll want to go to the gym, so it's fine."
With their baby due in late August, "we'd like to get married, but with everything we're doing we haven't set a date," Gosk says. Besides, they're far more excited about the baby than a wedding. "In a way, we can't wait to start," says Wolfe. "Stephanie keeps saying, 'Hurry up! What's taking so long?' And I'm like, 'She's cooking!'"