Jillian Harris Expecting First Child: ‘I Can’t Remember a Time Where My Heart Has Been SO Full’

03/04/2016 at 04:15 PM ET

Another Bachelor baby is on the way!

Former Bachelorette Jillian Harris and her boyfriend of four years, Justin Pasutto, revealed Friday they are expecting their first child in August.

“I can’t remember a time where my heart has been SO full,” Harris, 36, captioned an adorable shot of her and Pasutto (and their dog, Nacho!) cuddling in bed, pointing to her growing belly as she lifts up her tank top.

“A total dream come true!! We are over the moon, stoked, blessed, [ecstatic]!!!! Little babe, we CANNOT wait to meet you!!!!!!”

Jillian Harris, Justin Pasutto
Courtesy Jillian Harris

The Love It or List It host took to her blog to spill all the details about the happy news.

“I have dreamed for years of being a mama … thought about how I would tell people … how I would feel … what kind of mom I would be … and here we are … Justin and I couldn’t be MORE STOKED to grow our little family!!” she writes.

“I was 32 when we met, and Justin was a fresh ripe 24 (BTW I SWEAR he told me he was 27, which I rounded up to 28… so in my mind we were basically the same age HAHA),” she continues.

“Our age difference was never really an issue for us, our love was always strong and very real and that’s all that mattered. But truth be told, I could have gotten knocked up with his baby on that second date and I probably would have been over the moon… haha… ok MAYBE too soon, but I WAS smitten.”

The reality star, who writes she “waited patiently for Justin to ‘catch up’ in age” until he was ready for fatherhood, says she and her beau decided together 36 “would be primetime” — and ‘lo and behold, the timing worked out perfectly!

“In late 2015, right before my 36 birthday, we ‘practiced for baby’… and got lucky, we found out 12 days BEFORE my 36th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!” she writes.

Harris adds, “We are going to keep the gender a surprise, so we don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl.”

Jillian Harris, Justin Pasutto
Courtesy Justin Pasutto

Meanwhile, Pasutto took to Instagram to share the news with his own sweet announcement, complete with a picture of Harris and their dog, staring up adoringly at her belly.

“So everyone has been waiting and waiting and waiting and frankly I’m tired of everyone telling me to lock it up… I mean if you know Jill she will [lose] the ring,” he wrote. “So I came up with the best invention ever for the love of my life. A little baby miracle in her tummy. Words can’t express how lucky and blessed we feel to introduce a new life into ours and that our wish has finally come true. @nachocilantro on the other hand, it’s quite sure what that means for him but he’s excited too.”

The couple also hilariously shared the announcement from their pup Nacho’s account (yes, he has his own Instagram profile): “K what!!?? I just thought Mom needed to go the gym… There’s a baby in there!!!?? How did you guys keep this a secret from me!!!?? I promise I will be a good big brother but how does this affect our sleeping arrangements??? #mindblown.”

Harris, who came in third place on Jason Mesnick‘s season of The Bachelor in 2009, went on to become the Bachelorette for season 5. She got engaged to contestant Ed Swiderski, but later broke it off.

“I’ve become more patient, and more understanding [since then],” Harris told PEOPLE ahead of The Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love. “I think that’s opened my heart to love more.”

“When I met Justin, there were so many things I’d learned and so many things I’d gotten out of my system,” she added. “It’s so hard when you’re going through a tough time, you just want to punch people when they say things are going to work out. But they really do!”

— Aurelie Corinthios

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heather on

If the Bachelor didn’t exist, People Magazine would go out of business.

Must be exhausting updating all that social media and blog, and the dog’s account. So thirsty.

KeepingItClassy on

Congratulations on the pregnancy, but saying she’ll lose the ring is the lamest excuse not to propose to her, even if intended for it to be funny. Kind of insulting to her, really.

Cindy on

Happy News Jillian!! So awesome for you! Chris has his little bundle and now you are going to have one too! Super happy for you both! Babies are a beautiful thing. Congrats.

Jo55 on

Great news!! I love Love It or List It Vancouver and Jillian is incredibly talented, warm, self-effacing and funny. She’ll make a great mom. Congrats to Uncle Todd Talbot too!

guestie on

“So I came up with the best invention, a little baby in her tummy”…. Tedious! They express themselves like 18yr olds. He’s a doofus!

Mary on

Why would you ever put in your blog that you slept with him on or before the second date?

J on

She’s the host of Love It Or List It Too, not Love It Or List It… Congrats to her.

k. on

Not sure I’d be happy if I was good enough to knock up but not good enough to give a ring to..

Kathy on

I’m watching her show on the TV right now. Congrats to her and the new family!

Aly on

To ‘guest’: Her show is called Love It or List It Vancouver in its country of origin and Love It or List It Too in the United States. It makes sense that they would just call it Love It or List It.

Julie on

To ALY, no your idea doesn’t “make sense.” There is a totally different woman who is the host of “Love It Or List It.” Her name is Hilary Farr, and this is her 8th year.

Anonymous on

Know your worth ladies. If he doesn’t want to propose he’s not a mature enough partner. Stop settling!

Volly on

Yay she looks gorgeous in the little white dress.

megan on

She must’ve had plastic surgery, because she looked way different on her old season. And that guy will leave her before she hits 40; the fact that his first reaction is basically “I don’t wanna marry her”, when Jillian has been desperate for a husband for years, is a red flag it won’t work

Tara on

Her boyfriend of losing the ring is not so funny!

candice on

I just found it strange that in an interview she mentioned that they didn’t have time for a wedding, being so busy and all, but they did have time to start a baby because it was more important to start a family. WTF? The fact that she said he is also stubborn and will do things his own way, not marry her because everyone else is bugging him to is also very immature of him. Obviously Jillian is smitten, but he has a lot of growing up to do, even at his age of 28 (?) now. I think she has a lot going for her, but she’s kind of flaky on her choice of man. I won’t say husband, because of course that’s not what he is.

Cathy on

Congrats to them!!! For a beautiful healthy baby!!! Xo

NBA2K16 on

Awesome page, Stick to the great work. Appreciate it!.