02:12 PM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 03/01/2012 03:00PM
Who knew Jionni LaValle would be the man of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's dreams.
When Snooki started out on Jersey Shore, she said her "ultimate dream is to move to Jersey, find a nice, juiced hot tan guy and live my life" – and as the show's seasons have gone on, she has been able to do just that.
But it wasn't until August 2010 that she met LaValle, the guy who stood out from the others, and the one who has stuck around the longest.
"I'm like, 'I want to marry you!' " Polizzi, 24, giddily told PEOPLE a year ago about her man. "I know he's the one."
And now the two are engaged and expecting – certainly connecting the two for life.
Originally posted 03/07/2012 03:15PM
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."
Originally posted 03/07/2012 09:10AM
Gym, tan, baby!
"We can officially confirm that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is pregnant and engaged to her boyfriend Jionni LaValle," her spokesperson tells PEOPLE. "Nicole is thrilled to finally be able to share her happy news with her fans."
But what does the formerly hard-partying reality star's big news mean for her future on Jersey Shore?
"No decision has been made yet on a sixth season of Jersey Shore," an MTV spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 03/06/2012 02:00PM
Newly engaged Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is still in the early stages of her pregnancy, but she already has a list of names in mind for her baby.
For a girl, the Jersey Shore star told PEOPLE in 2011 that she loves the names Gia and Isabella. In November, she told GQ she also likes the name Giana.
If her bundle of joy is a boy, Polizzi told PEOPLE that she would consider the names Tony and Frankie, but told the men's magazine that she'd also think about honoring her new fiancé, Jionni LaValle, by naming the child Jionni Jr.
Originally posted 03/05/2012 08:45AM
Not only is Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi expecting her first child with Jionni LaValle, but PEOPLE has learned that the happy couple is also engaged!
The Jersey Shore star, 24, and her now husband-to-be will welcome a baby later this year, a source confirms.
"I know he's the one so I know the ring's gonna come soon," Polizzi told PEOPLE on Jan. 12 – though at the time, she had no idea a proposal was coming.
"Well, not soon-soon. He knows it should be big, cuz if it's small I'm saying no. Like, 'Get another ring!' "
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