Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum: I’m the ‘Happiest That I’ve Ever Felt’

07/10/2015 at 10:30 PM ET

The work-home division is a difficult conundrum for many new moms, but former Bachelorette Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum has found “the most perfect balance” between the two.

The new mom — who lives in Miami with husband J.P. Rosenbaum and their 9-month-old son Fordham Rhys  — spoke to PEOPLE while the couple celebrated their feature in Ocean Drive Magazine Tuesday night at The Shore Club Residences in South Beach.

Ashley, a pediatric dentist, was originally planning to set up her own practice once she was a mother, but soon after her baby boy was born, “I decided I wanted to spend more time with my son.”

Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Ocean Drive magazine
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Now the first-time mom works part-time and spends the rest of her days with her family. And between living in a new city, her job and her tight-knit trio, Ashley couldn’t be happier.

“In this moment in my life, I feel the most fulfilled and the happiest that I’ve ever felt,” she tells PEOPLE. “Career, family, where we are, just day to day, I feel very happy.”

While they continue to live their happily ever after, J.P. never expected to find his wife when he signed up for the show four years ago.

“I was going away for two weeks on a vacation, have a story to tell, and that was the end of it,” the construction manager says of his initial thoughts about his Bachelorette stint.

Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Ocean Drive magazine
Courtesy Rosenbaum Family

While Ashley took the process a bit more seriously — and did feel “pressure” during the filming — she also admits, “I never said I’m definitely going to get engaged, I’m definitely going to get married. It was more like, let’s see what tomorrow brings.”

The process clearly worked: Unlike currently torn Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, Ashley’s heart was stolen from the start. “I knew it was going to be J.P from very, very early on,” she says.

Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Ocean Drive magazine
Courtesy Rosenbaum Family

Despite their successful marriage, the couple don’t have any secrets to making their love last.

“Ask anyone who is married: ‘Why did your husband work and not the guy before?’ ” Ashley says. “Is it timing? Is it the person? Is it a little of everything? I don’t know, it just worked out.”

The proud parents are hoping to multiply their love — sooner rather than later! — by adding another baby to the mix. But the first-time father jokes that there’s a catch to giving Fordham a sibling.

“We definitely want another one, but there’s no way the second one could be as good of a baby as Ford is … We are incredibly spoiled!” he says.

Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Ocean Drive magazine
Courtesy Rosenbaum Family

Although Ashley initially wanted “back-to-back” babies, the couple are open to following in J.P. and his brother’s footsteps — the two are 22 months apart and “best friends.”

“It’s not far off, so we’ll see,” she shares of a second pregnancy.

One thing is for sure: Should Ford ever decide to find love on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, his mom and dad give him full approval. “Of course he can [go on the show]!” says Ashley.

Ashley Hebert JP Rosenbaum Ocean Drive magazine
Courtesy Rosenbaum Family

— Becky Randel

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Ava on

I love reading about this precious family. Ashley was by far my favorite Bachelorette. I’m so happy for them living happily ever after!

Elle on

That is one cute baby!!!!! Congrats

Robin on

That is seriously one of the cutest babies I have ever seen! Adorable, they look really happy together!

Chuey on

Hideous kid. Cute smile.

DaisyMoon on

The baby is adorable and I’m happy for them, but I’ll admit it annoys me when she says she knew it was JP early on…
So why did she pine over Bentley so long and why-oh-why was she intimate with Ben Flahnik in the fantasy suite (Courtney R. revealed this in her book).

KL on

Ooh Fordham is so cute!

Cb on

Chuey, shut up.

cerise on

I don’t watch The Bachelorette but I am happy to see a couple enjoying their marriage, blessed with a beautiful baby, living in a gorgeous city and fulfilled in their careers.

Michelle on

Oh my goodness, I smiled when I saw the pic of their little boy. He looks just like J.P…so adorable. I’m so happy for this couple. I watched them on the bachelorette and you could just tell that their connection was so strong and that he truly was so smitten with her. It’s great to see them both so happy. Best of luck to them both.

Pam on

So happy for the family! Congrats.

Anonymous on

DaisyMoon- Remember, that show is heavily edited. Just because it was made to SEEM like Ashley was pining away for Bentley like crazy (likely to make the show “juicier” and get more ratings) doesn’t mean she actually was. And honestly, I would believe a word Courtney says (especially anything about Ben. Can you say “bitter ex”?!)!

All of that being said, I love Ashley and JP. They actually seem down-to-earth, “normal”, and not fame-hungry- three things you rarely see amongst the people on those shows!

margaret2013 on

Thank you for the update on this lovely family. they are soooooo grounded and in love Big hugs from Australia

Rose on

He is a cutie pie!

MP on

Literally far and away my most favorite season of the Bachelorette everrrrrr! The first time I think someone chose who I wanted them to lol. They are so adorable and I seriously love any and all updates on these two. They just make me smile and you can really see the love and happiness between them. And Ford? Oh my gosh dont get me started. He gives me the most serious baby fever I’ve ever had in my entire life. His giant blue eyes are to die for, so cute and chunky! BABY ROLLS! ♥♥♥ Thinking about this actually makes me want to go back and binge watch her season :)♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Anonymous on

Love these pictures. Adorable.