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Trista and Ryan Sutter Expecting First Child

Trista and Ryan Sutter Expecting First Child
Ryan and Trista Sutter
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updated 02/20/2007 at 09:00 PM EST

originally published 02/20/2007 09:00PM

Trista and Ryan Sutter of The Bachelorette are expecting their first child, the couple tell PEOPLE exclusively.

"We are so happy after two years of trying," Trista says.

Ryan, 32, a Colorado fireman, got the news from Trista, 34, a purse designer, when he flew into Denver International Airport on Dec. 18 after participating in a mountain expedition in Argentina.

"He was completely windburned and his lips were dry," Trista recalls. "We had a three-hour drive back to our home from the airport and I couldn't wait to tell him, so I pulled him aside to a quiet part of the baggage claim area and told him there."

Adds Ryan, "I am happy to be able to finally be a dad."

The couple won't know the gender of their child until the summer; Trista is currently 14 weeks along.

"I've had horrendous morning sickness," she admits, "but everyone says that is a sign of a healthy pregnancy."

The couple met while taping The Bachelorette in 2002. They married in a televised 2003 special on ABC.

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