Melissa Rycroft: I’m Having a Boy!

11/16/2013 at 02:30 PM ET

Break out the blue confetti!

Reality star Melissa Rycroft and her husband Tye Strickland are expecting a baby boy in April, she tells PEOPLE.

“I’m so excited,” Rycroft, 30, says. “I feel very lucky that I get to experience the bond between mother and daughter and between mother and son. I hope he’s a little mama’s boy.”

She adds, “I can’t wait to see if he’s going to be into sports like his dad or more artsy.”

Having already experienced pregnancy with now 2½-year-old daughter Ava Grace, the Bachelor alum had an inkling of the baby’s sex early on.

“With Ava, my pregnancy was smooth sailing,” she says. “With this one, from day one I was really sick. We thought it would be a boy because it was so different!”

Melissa Rycroft Expecting a Son
Courtesy Rycroft-Stricklands

And sick she was! Rycroft was nauseous for weeks, even throwing up minutes before a live Good Morning America segment.

“Everyone thought I was hungover for 10 weeks,” she jokes. “But finally the sickness subsided and I got my energy back.”

And Mom and Dad are putting plenty of energy into preparing big sister Ava for the new arrival — including letting her take the first bite of the cupcakes that revealed the baby’s sex.

“She knows there’s a baby in my tummy and she has a doll to take care of,” says Rycroft. “But I don’t think there’s any way you can prepare. She’s not going to get our attention all the time and she’ll have to share her toys, as un-fun as that sounds.”

Rycroft continues, “Her whole life is going to change. It’s not just going to be her anymore — but on the other hand, there’s going to be just that much more love in our family to go around!”

As for names for baby boy Strickland?

“We’ll probably stick to a classic style,” the mom-to-be says. “We definitely want something short and sweet that goes with Ava. Tye just wants to make sure it sounds good over a loudspeaker for when he’s on the football field!”

— Aili Nahas

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Rhonda on

Congratulations Melissa! I’m glad that you’re feeling better and hope that you continue to feel great throughout the pregnancy.

danielle on

Might I suggest Ace Strickland?! 🙂 Congratulations!

Jodie on

First I would like to Congratulate you and your family again on the excitement of having a baby boy!!! I have just the name for you and it would go perfectly with Ava, here it is……….Aiden Tye??? Let me know what you think? I’ve always loved that name & Dylan!!!

sat on

How about Gabe?

Me on

I am so glad to see her happy! Glad she got to marry a real guy that seems to enjoy life just as much as she does. Congrats!

Proud2BHis on

I really like this family. I wish their reality show was still on. They appear to be really down to earth & always seen so happy. Congratulations Melissa, Tye & Ava! I hope you have a happy healthy little boy & a smooth pregnancy!

Edie on

They did fine with Ava Grace. I feel confident they’ll give their son a dignified, desirable name. This is so refreshing in a time when celebrities are giving their children ridiculous names!

Julesy on

Congratulations to the family! Their daughter is a cutie!

Tee Tee on

I love how they let their daughter “reveal” the new baby’s gender! So sweet!

Amanda on

That’s great. I hope they give him a nice name.

guest on

Boy did Jason Mesnick ever miss out! She’s awesome. And her family is adorable 🙂

ava on

So glad she’s feeling better and is happy in life. She did way better marrying a real man vs. that loser Jason!

Summer on

I was the exact same way…smooth sailing with my daughter, sick as a dog with my son. Wonder why that is? Congrats to this couple, they are such a lovely family!

Cecilia on

He looks like a total idiot in this picture.

jmquinnn on

I think Eli would be a nice name. It’s three letters like Ava’s and Tye’s. It’s found in mELIssa. And it’s MY son’s name!

stacey on

What an ADORABLE picture!!!

ava on

@jmquinnn I love the name Eli!

Carol on

I like Zac Strickland…love this family..Congratulations!!!

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Karen on

Congratulations Melissa, Tye & Ava! I too love this family & am so happy for them. I loved their reality show and thought they were so funny, endearing & down to earth. I love that they are adding to their family!

Stephanie on

@guest Jason Mesnick and Molly are married with a daughter now. I think things turned out the way they were supposed to.