The baby on the way is the first for both reality TV stars, who started dating in January 2022
The pregnant star, 30, tells PEOPLE the couple first got an inkling they could be expecting "after a couple of weeks of traveling."
"We were on our way back home from the movies and I felt a fluttering in my lower stomach which I thought was weird, so we got a test and made it home, opened a bottle of wine — because obviously, it’s going to be negative this was just a precaution — and after dinner, we found out our entire world had changed," she shares. "We’re so excited to meet our spring baby!"
The news was surprising for Gibelli and Horstmann, 34, but getting reactions from their family and friends was a "priceless" experience for the pair.
"No one was expecting it, but their reactions have been spectacular and we’re so grateful for the love and support. We shared the news with Blake’s family in Colorado and then Giannina’s family in Florida," they explain.
"Needless to say, there was a lot of screaming, happy tears and jumping around. I think our friends' jaws are still on the ground," Gibelli laughs. "Our baby is so loved already."
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So far, Gibelli says that "pregnancy has been a dream!"
"Zero to no sickness, I’ve been able to travel and all I want to eat is fruit," the mom-to-be shares.
"I genuinely love being pregnant. It’s made me step into my femininity and I never thought I would enjoy it this much," she continues, as Horstmann teases, "And I love her new boobs!"
Initially, Gibelli says that she "struggled" with "my identity and how this would change me," but she found solace in "talking to women in my life and doing what makes me happy."
"It has kept me grounded and feeling empowered. The love for this baby is immense already and I know in my heart that this was meant to be for me," she says.
While most of their loved ones think the pair have a girl on the way, "we don't officially know yet."
"We have a hunch! And we started a list of baby names after the first couple of months we met," Gibelli shares. "I think we low-key manifested this, with that list."
The couple is looking forward to the next chapter and "seeing each other as parents."
"We'd already hear, 'You're going to be such a good mom and dad,' I think because we both give off nurturing vibes," Gibelli notes. "Yet, there’s obviously still that feeling of 'Am I going to do it right?' No one gives you a manual and there is so much we don’t know, but we’re excited to do this together as a team."
"We communicate about everything and trust and believe in each other," she says, laughing as she adds, "The only thing is Blake is going to feel left out when the baby and I are speaking in Spanish and he has no idea what we’re saying."
In May, Gibelli shared some sweet thoughts about Horstmann as the two celebrated a pair of friends getting engaged.
"I have a heart on for you (& my lovely besties engagement day, I didn’t think I could smile any bigger or love any harder before this day 🤍)," she wrote.
"I’m constantly amazed by how much I’m in awe of this human, I can honestly say he’s best thing that’s ever happened to me (aaaand I’m done with the sappy post thanks for coming)."
Months later, Gibelli opened up about the relationship, telling E! News, "I've never watched the Bachelor franchise or any of that so I didn't know who he was. He seemed familiar to me and he just flashed his big ol' smile at me and that's how I met him right on the beach."
Horstmann was first introduced to audiences as a contestant on Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette season. After ending the season as a runner-up to Kufrin's now-ex-fiancé Garrett Yrigoyen, he caused quite the stir on Bachelor in Paradise in 2019 due to his pre-show entanglements with Caelynn Miller-Keyes, Kristina Schulman and Hannah Godwin.
As for Gibelli, she gained recognition for appearing on Love Is Blind in 2020. She met and fell in love with contestant Damian Powers, to whom she got engaged. However, the couple later split.
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