06/11/2009 at 12:00 AM EDT
There's a baby boom in New Jersey. The Real Housewives of New Jersey
star Jacqueline Laurita
is the proud new mom of a baby boy.
Nicholas Francis Laurita was born Thursday morning, PEOPLE confirms exclusively. The baby weighed in at 8 lbs. and 8oz.
Nicholas is the third child for the Housewives
star, who has a 6-year-old son, CJ, with her husband Chris and a 17-year-old daughter, Ashley, from a previous marriage.
Laurita's costar Teresa Giudice
is also expecting a baby
– her fourth – due in September. – Jennifer Garcia