Renee Oteri: I’m Having a Baby Boy!

08/27/2014 at 03:15 PM ET

Break out the blue confetti: Renee Oteri is expecting a second son!

The former Bachelor contestant and her new husband, Bracy Maynard, revealed the sex of their baby on the way during a gender reveal party on Saturday.

“We knew we wanted to do something special for our friends and family,” Oteri tells PEOPLE exclusively. “It felt like New Year’s and the Fourth of July combined … but a thousand times more exciting!”

Oteri, 32, and Maynard used a party popper for the big reveal, with guests cheering as blue pieces of paper rained down on the couple.

“Everyone, including ourselves, had such an adrenaline rush,” she says. “This definitely beats balloons or a color-filled cake.”

Renee Oteri Pregnant Expecting Son
Naomi Chokr

But the parents-to-be weren’t the only ones ecstatic to see the colored confetti fly out: Oteri’s son, Ben, had his bets on a baby boy.

“Ben was really hoping for a brother and he got it!” Oteri shares. “He can’t wait to teach this new little guy how to play baseball and show him all his creations on Minecraft.”

Renee Oteri Pregnant Expecting Son
Naomi Chokr

As for Maynard, the mom-to-be adds he’s “thrilled about a boy” and “loves being a stepdad” to her son.

“[He’s] always throwing the ball, cheering him on at baseball games,” she explains. “He’s excited about doing it again and having two little competitors. He’s excited to see Ben work on all the things they have practiced together with his new little brother!”

Renee Oteri Pregnant Expecting Son
Naomi Chokr

With discovering the sex comes designing the nursery — and Oteri already has big plans for her baby’s “beachy” sleep space. “The nursery is going to be gray and sea foam,” she shares. “The decor will definitely include chevron patterns and vintage surfboards on the wall.”

The outdoors theme suits the active family well, as Oteri — who is feeling kicks and jokes her baby is an “active little ninja” — admits she’s been hiking and paddle boarding every day of her pregnancy.

“I’m a pretty firm believer that if you stay active and happy during pregnancy, you’ll feel that way too. Mind over matter,” she explains. “My belly is finally starting to pop, which Bracy is thrilled about! He can’t stop rubbing it.”

Renee Oteri pregnant expecting son
Naomi Chokr

— Anya Leon with reporting by Aili Nahas


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Bengiegirl on

Great article and gorgeous pictures!!!

Meredith on

Obnoxious. Still desperate to hang on to her 15 minutes.

Kelly on

I had such a fun time with Renee and her family and friends for this event. It’s not surprising to me how many people love her from being on the show and are happy to still want to know how she is after leaving the show. She’s amazing and a great friend. All of us are wishing her the best with her pregnancy and marriage to life-long friend, Bracy.

Anna on

2 boys! So sweet! Congrats to them!

Judy on

They look so happy!!!

Sara K on

She looks like Kate Middleton here.

Maddie on

Yay! So happy for her!

like it is on

She is stunning and I am happy for her and her family. God Bless!!!!

Tanya on

Congratulations to them!

Anonymous on

I am so happy for Renee she was the only one that seemed genuine about finding love on the bachelor im so glad she found her happily ever after. Congrats on the baby boy!

Anonymous on

Who are these people???

Anonymous on

Whatever, her 15 minutes in the spotlight is OVER!

megan on

“Everyone, including ourselves, had such an adrenaline rush,”

No, they didn’t. It was just you two who felt that way. Everyone else is sick of the endless cycles of baby shower, baby gender reveal, baby name reveal and whatever else parties

Bellaluna on

Totally out of left field here but does anybody else thought she kinda looked like Duchess Kate of Cambridge in that header photo?

Anonymous on

Great pictures, happy for them!

Dorothy on

She is so LUCKY she did not get picked by the bastard! Now she has a chance at a happy life. Good luck to them and their family!