For the past few summers, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi relished going to the Jersey Shore while film crews captured her every salacious move.
But last summer, when the 4'9" reality star was entering her third trimester (she welcomed son Lorenzo Dominic with fiancé Jionni LaValle on Aug. 26), everything felt different.
"It was definitely a little lonely," Polizzi, 24, reveals. "Everyone was still going out and staying up late and I just wanted to go to bed at 8 o'clock. I didn't want to do everything that everyone else was doing."
As she says in this week's cover story, Polizzi became "a new person" after discovering she was pregnant with her son. "Everything changed," she reflects. "The partying is long gone."
It's the end of the first-pumping era.
Almost three years after the world was introduced to Guidos and grenades, MTV will air the premiere of Jersey Shore's final season on Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. ET, the network announced in a statement on Thursday.
On Sept. 6, the network will air a special called Gym, Tan, Look Back, airing at 6 p.m. ET, where the cast will reflect on prior seasons and a sneak peak will be shown of what's to come in the final one.
After giving birth to her 6 lb.-5 oz. baby boy, Lorenzo Dominic LaValle, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was photographed leaving the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., on Tuesday – while cameras rolled.
At home the reality star is jumping right into her mommy duties.
"Night shift for Lorenzo!" she Tweeted early Wednesday. "I love this job!!!!!"
Barely a day old, Lorenzo Dominic LaValle is already the talk of New Jersey – and everywhere else, it seems.
"Thank you all for your love and support!! Lorenzo loves you guys already!" the baby boy's mom, Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi wrote on Twitter late Sunday after messages of congratulations came pouring in throughout the day.
Among the well-wishers was Kendra Wilkinson, who Tweeted: "Yayyyy CONGRATS @snooki. Sooo happy for you. Can't wait to see pics of Lorenzo!!!" To which Snooki, 24, replied: "Thanks girl I LOVE him!!"
The world has just met its youngest guido.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi gave birth to a baby boy shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J.
"The world just got another Guido!!! Lorenzo Dominic LaValle has entered the world weighing 6 lbs, 5 oz. Nicole, Jionni & Enzo are doing great!" reports MTV.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is about to become a mom.
The Jersey Shore star, 24, is in labor, her reps confirm to PEOPLE.
"Yes, Nicole has gone into labor," reps said late Saturday night. "While we understand she has fans everywhere – hospitals now included – we ask that her privacy be respected moving forward. We'll all get to meet her Italian Stallion newborn soon enough."
The baby boy, whom Polizzi has said she plans to name Lorenzo, will be the first child for the reality star and her fiancé Jionni LaValle.
– Lesley Messer
Call it fist-pumping for the future.
Having said he'd be available to deejay in the delivery room when his Jersey Shore castmate Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has her baby boy in early September, Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio is already sounding like a proud uncle.
"Snooki is going to make a great mother," DelVecchio, 32, told PEOPLE at Sunday's 2012 Teen Choice Awards. "She's a really nice girl, a sweet girl, and now that the partying is done because she's having this baby, I think she's going to be a great mother."
And when he's not spinning turntables or focusing on his Jersey Shore spinoff The Pauly D Project, the well-tanned man with the architecturally-impressive hair very much wants to play a major role in Snooki's newly reconstituted life.
Snooki might not be the only Jersey Shore star tying the knot soon.
Her costar Jenni "JWOWW" Farley and her long-term boyfriend Roger Mathews are also considering marriage, Farley tells PEOPLE.
"[Roger's] dad is dying for us to get married," she says. "He wants grandchildren. He texts me almost every day for that."
Snooki is really taking this baby thing seriously. She's quit drinking, she's cut back on partying and she's even quit tanning. Plus, she's getting practice with a stroller
Well, a stroller full of beer and party supplies.
Sporting hot pink shades, an oversized brown shirt that read "Boss," and – of course – her growing baby bump, Snooki looked more or less like her usual self when photographers caught her strolling through Seaside Heights, N.J., Monday.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi may be pregnant and sober, but she still couldn't stay upright while going for a stroll in platform sandals on the Jersey shore.
The Snooki & Jwoww star has taken spills before – but that's back when she and her Jersey Shore costars were partying! Now, they are back in Seaside Heights, filming Season 6, but none of her costars were around at the time.
"She's fine. She slipped. I don't know if it was the shoe that was the issue or something on the sidewalk like a bump or something that she tripped over," a source tells PEOPLE. "Sad thing was that the paparazzi all kept snapping their photos and no one went to help her. That's kind of sleazy. If you see any pregnant woman fall you should help them."
Maybe just flats from now on? Not anytime soon, adds the source: "She's feeling good and she loves her footwear. Jessica Simpson wore heels almost to the end."
– Evan Lambert and Lesley Messer