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Pregnant Kerri Walsh Reveals the Sex of Her Baby

05/01/2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Pregnant Kerri Walsh Reveals the Sex of Her Baby
Kerri Walsh and husband Casey Jennings
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It's a boy – almost!

Olympian Kerri Walsh, who is expecting her first child this spring with her AVP pro volleyball player husband Casey Jennings, reveals that the couple will soon welcome a son named Joseph Michael Jennings.

"I am beyond excited," the gold medal-winning beach volleyball star tells PEOPLE. "It's more beautiful and more special than I ever thought possible."

The athlete, who announced in December that she was expecting, says that this pregnancy is extra special to her. "We had been wanting to have kids for a long time and tried to get pregnant before Beijing but had a miscarriage," she admits. "It was sad, but the way it happened I had to wait at least a year before trying again. Then we got pregnant literally first try, day one in Beijing after we finished. Beijing baby. It was an inspired conception!"

While Walsh, 30, and Jennings, 33, had initially wanted to keep the baby's gender a secret, they decided to find out Christmas morning with their families.

"I filled out this letter to Casey saying 'Merry Christmas. We have a beautiful baby ---- on the way' and I had the doctor fill it out. So neither of us knew at that time. My mom got the letter framed and we opened it on Christmas and found out together. It was the last present we opened and the best. I was so overwhelmed, everyone freaked out."

So will there be more future Olympians on the way for the dynamic duo?

"Absolutely," says Walsh. "We want at least three kids. I want my boys and a girl, I want it all! But I want to keep working because I love my job so much. I just need to learn how to be a good juggler and we'll get it all done."

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