DeAnna Pappas Stagliano Introduces Son Austin: Having a Boy Is a ‘Whole Different Ballgame’

04/06/2016 at 10:30 AM ET

She gave birth to her second child a month ago, and DeAnna Pappas Stagliano is still getting used to the, ahem, challenges of life with her first son, Austin Michael.

“The game of changing a boy’s diaper is very different,” the former Bachelorette star tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Girls is one fast swoop, boys — there are all these nooks and crannies. I get pooped on every day. It’s a whole different ballgame.”

Anatomy lessons aside, Pappas Stagliano, 34, and her business manager husband, 32, are coping just fine with their newly minted family of four.

“When we brought [2-year-old daughter] Addison home, Stephen and I were terrified,” says Pappas Stagliano. “This time, we have the same stressors and we’re still tired, but I feel like I have things way more under control. It’s a nice feeling.”

DeAnna Pappas Stagliano son Austin photo
Leigh Castelli Photography

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As for Addison, she’s “obsessed” with her baby brother, says Pappas Stagliano, who poses with her family in Austin’s rustic chic nursery, which includes his Windsor crib from the new furniture brand évolur, in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.

“She took one look at the baby in the hospital and started kissing him on the head,” the mom of two shares. “We were sobbing, we were so happy. And ever since then, she just wants to hold him and kiss him. She’s doing really well.”

And so is Dad! “I can’t compliment Stephen enough,” says Pappas Stagliano of her husband of four years. “It all came back to him so naturally. And he’s very helpful.”

Adds Pappas Stagliano: “We parent really well together. I’ve always said to him, ‘I don’t want to play good cop, bad cop. I don’t ever want to be played against one another, no matter what happens. And it’s been a pretty flawless transition!”

For more from DeAnna Pappas Stagliano, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Aili Nahas

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jessie on

I never got pooped on by my son. lol. Not sure what that’s all about. But congratulations and enjoy it!

jessie on

Enjoy your family, that is. Not getting pooped on. 😦

Paula on

Love her son’s name Austin Michael, it’s a cute name.

Mrs. B on

I never got pooped on by my son either, but he sure did pee on me many times!

Avie on

A boy has nooks and crannies? And a girl doesn’t. I think she may have a gender reversal issue. Boys are the easiest of easy for everything about raising a child. I’d take ten boys over one girl any day.

Tammy on

Congratulations on their new boy, they are a cute family.

Anonymous on

They look like a lovely family! So happy for them.

Nadia on

Avie I agree with you.Working in health care trust me she has no ideas.

Vanna on

So happy for her. Her kids are adorable.

Anonymous on

Yeah a boy does have nooks and crannies. Your boys never had an explosive poop never get in the pee area of a boy (not sure I can say the word on here)? what she is saying is, take a wipe on a girl, front to back. And with a boy, you can’t do that. I have to agree.

Do you have boys and girls? Everyone I know says boy are harder to potty train and I agree. All the girls in my life were potty trained way earlier than boys.

Angela Sonhouse on

You have a beautiful family. Congratulations!! Children are a blessing from God. So regardless if it’s a boy or a girl you gonna get peed and pooped on at some point in their lives. So, let’s just be thankful for what we have.

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