Jersey Shore

Jionni LaValle Thanks Fans, Calls Baby 'ShortnTan'

03/07/2012 at 03:15 PM EST

Jionni LaValle Engaged to Snooki, Having a Baby
Jionni LaValle and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi
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Just a few days after PEOPLE confirmed that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is engaged and pregnant, her fiancé, Jionni LaValle, took to Twitter to share excitement for their big news.

"Thank You everyone!! Sorry about that wait but glad everyone's happy!!" he wrote on Wednesday afternoon, referencing the weeks of speculation about their bundle of joy.

"Nicole and I are real excited!! Our baby is going to be #ShortnTan."

LaValle, who began dating the Jersey Shore star a year and a half ago, also acknowledged the backlash he and his fiancée are facing.

"All u jealous, disrespectful haters out there, u see what u wana see on TV!" LaValle tweeted. "My fiancé and I n JR are going to be so happy! #youllgeturs"

One person who's definitely not in that category? Snooki's cast mate Pauly D, who tweeted his enthusiastic congratulations early Wednesday: "Congrats To My Girl @snooki So Happy For Her And Jionni!!" he wrote. " I Better Be The Godfather :) #UncleDJPaulyD"

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