It’ll Be a Boy for Emily Maynard

05/12/2015 at 05:15 PM ET

Emily Maynard will soon be raising a southern gentleman.

The former Bachelorette is expecting a son with husband Tyler Johnson in July, she announced during an interview with WCCB Charlotte News.

“It’s a boy,” Maynard, who teased the sex of her second child with a photo of her gender reveal cake in March, says.

And although she named her first child, 9-year-old Ricki, after her daughter’s late father, Ricky Hendrick, Maynard admits the newlyweds are still working on a suitable moniker for their son.

Emily Maynard pregnant expecting son
Courtesy Emily Maynard

“I told Tyler that [if] he gets to pick the last name for everybody, then I should pick the first name and if he wanted to pick the first name, then it can take my last name and be a Maynard!” the mom-to-be, 28, jokes. “He did not like that. We’re still compromising.”

Parenting alongside her partner is a first for Maynard, whose fiancé was killed in a 2004 plane crash days before she found out she was pregnant with their baby girl.

“The most different thing for me will be having Tyler here to help. I raised Ricki by myself and it’s just been the two of us for so long,” she explains. “I’m just really excited to be present. When Ricki was born, it was a really hard time in my life, and I was so young that I really don’t think I enjoyed it or soaked it in as much as I wish I could have –all those sweet baby moments.”

She continues, “I’m just really looking forward to getting up with him and feeding him. Ask me after he’s been here for a month if I’m still excited, but right now, that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

And, despite losing his workout gear to a sudden bout of Maynard’s morning sickness, the dad-to-be has been the perfect support system.

“I’ve been really sick, since like the day we found out, I feel like,” she says. “Tyler has seen me throw up in his gym bag — pretty much everywhere. So if he still finds me attractive after all of that, I think we’re good!”

Excited to be expanding her family, Maynard — who hints at having more children in the future — is ecstatic to experience motherhood all over again.

When asked how she hopes her son will remember her when he’s older, she answers, “That I had a kind heart. And that I loved the Lord and my family.”

— Anya Leon

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Heather on

Awe, congratulations!! I am so happy for her and her family!!

Trish on

I actually am happy for her. She and her little girl deserve much happiness. It’s nice to see that her husband took on the husband/father role with grace.
Congrats and best wishes!!!

Kelly on

Does anyone know if her daughter will take the same last name as the rest of the family? Obviously she doesn’t need too but I wonder if she will so she doesn’t feel left out

Spencer on

What a beautiful family. Best wishes!

Kim on

Ricki is almost bigger than Emily.

smithy on

I am happy for Emily and that she found someone and is having a second child. She really dodged a bullet with that little elf Jef Holm.

Sara K on

I’m glad she got her happy ending. She seems like such a sweet lady, and as a single mother of two girls, myself, I hope I one day find the same.