Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kandi Burruss: Meet My Baby Boy!

03/09/2016 at 10:00 AM ET

For Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker, their new baby boy was worth the wait!

The couple welcomed their son Ace Wells on Jan. 6, but their road to becoming parents for the second time wasn’t easy.

“We really worked hard for him,” Burruss, 39, who struggled to get pregnant before turning to IVF treatment, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “It was a long process and lots of needles.”

Kandi Burruss son Ace family photo
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But after bringing Ace home from the hospital, Burruss and Tucker — who are already parents to Riley, 13, and Kaela, 19, their respective daughters from previous relationships — say their newborn son had them feeling like first-time parents.

“It’s like starting all over,” says Burruss. “We were like, ‘Which bottles do we use? What diapers do we buy?’ Simple stuff that you would think I already know and I don’t. It’s silly.”

While the pair may have had a few questions about taking care of their new addition, the reality stars knew exactly what they wanted for his nursery décor.

“We wanted a safari theme because we met in Africa, but we didn’t want it to be over the top,” says Burruss.

“It’s safari chic,” adds Tucker. “Safari clean.”

Now that the family of five is settling into their new routine, the couple couldn’t be happier at home in Atlanta.

“I always wanted a boy so we were super excited because we have two girls and they give us much attitude,” Burruss jokes. “We were looking forward to having a boy.”

For more on Burruss and Tucker’s baby joy, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Emily Strohm

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Tina on

He looks just like Todd’s mom, how adorable

Anonymous on

So happy for Kandi and Todd! What a cutie pie!

Keshia on

Finally! Such a cutie! She’d only been showing the back and side of the baby; she never showed his face until now. Congratulations on healthy baby ; I can’t imagine the process it took to get him here, but God!

Toni on

Very happy for the Tucker family, I know Ace brings them such joy.
What a handsome boy!!

Boobymama on

Oh he is such a Buddha, what a yummy baby.

Lisa on

Cute baby…He Looks just like Todd’s mother.

nelle on

Aww, beautiful baby boy, Congrats!

Roxnsox on

My daughter has the same giraffe in her room :). What a cutie! I’m happy for Kandi. She seems really down to earth. Not a huge fan of Todd, but different strokes I guess lol. Congrats to her and her family!

Sara on

I love Kandi. She’s so sweet and down to earth. She has even responded to me on Instagram before. She looks beautiful and looks so happy and proud with her baby boy. Love it.

Jacky Quantrill on

Beautiful baby, he’s well worth the wait, you have a wonderful family except for your mother ‘ mama Joyce ‘ she’s such a bitter cold old lady who goes on that everyone is after your money, the only person it seems is after your money is her I feel sorry for you that you have to put up with her bitterness