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Gina Glocksen Expecting First Child

12/16/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Gina Glocksen Expecting First Child Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

It will be a very special Christmas for Gina Glocksen!

The former American Idol contestant and her husband Joe Ruzicka are expecting their first child, they tell PEOPLE exclusively.

“It’s so exciting!” says the singer, who’s on tour with Ballroom With a Twist until mid-May 2014.

In addition to having a baby on the way, Glocksen’s mother, Nancy Glowacki, is successfully recuperating from double bypass surgery.

“My mom is so happy. I told her before she went in so she had good news to fall asleep to,” says Glocksen, 29, adding that her mom is now “doing awesome,” especially with a new grandchild on the way.

“We are not going to find out the baby’s sex. We feel it’s life’s ultimate surprise! I’ve always had a vision of the doctor in scrubs walking into the waiting room telling our family, ‘It’s a ________!’”

The couple will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on New Year’s Eve.

“Our due date is July 2 — my birthday is July 4. It’s going to be the best birthday gift for me,” Glocksen tells PEOPLE.

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lala on

Congrats to her. But even after seeing her picture, I still have to say “who?”

Tina on

I’m sorry, Who?

Lauren Kaminski on

She was one of my favorites & should’ve made it longer on the show!

ginger on

just because someone is on tv does not make him or her a celebrity parent.

BB on

Congrats Gina…so excited for you and your family! Enjoy every minute of it!

Brittany on

I admire her willpower not to find out the baby’s gender! I found out with my son and although my husband wanted this one to be a surprise (I’m 38 weeks pregnant with #2) I couldn’t do it. I’m too curious!!

Paula on

Awww, congratulations to Gina & Joe! They’re going to make amazing parents!

Anonymous on

Congrats to them!

Anonymous on

Wait, Stephanie Tanner was on American Idol?

Anonymous on

She never won American Idol. She was a finalist how long ago? What makes her so special that we need to follow her life happenings? Do you report on every single American Idol finalist’s life? Geez!! Next!

Janet on

Gina is an amazing talent and an amazing young woman. Saw her show last evening, and she was wonderful. Looking forward to hearing more news.

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