Her meatball is growing, y’all! Jersey Shore star Deena Cortese took to Instagram on July 2 to reveal that she’s pregnant with a baby boy and now, fans are fortunate enough to watch the little guy get bigger before their very eyes. That’s right, the reality star is all about showing off her pregnancy journey.

The 31-year-old took to Instagram on Aug. 15 to proudly show off her baby bump progression. “14, 16, and 20 weeks and 3 days. I can’t believe we’re already halfway there,” the mama-to-be began. “Although the first trimester was rough and we hit a little bump at the beginning of our second, this experience is amazing and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Deena continued. 

“In a little more than four months, it’ll all be well worth it. Feeling him move every day is an emotion I can’t even describe. He’s already my best friend. Baby’s the size of a banana. Mommy is craving oranges, peaches, ice pops, and feeling great. Daddy is being amazing and handling mommy’s mood swings like a champ,” she concluded her sweet post. 

Fans were quick to offer the MTV alum kind words. “Beautiful mommy and beautiful baby bump,” one user commented. “I’m so happy for you and your family! you are going to be such a good mother,” added another. Even Deena’s longtime Jersey Shore co-star, Vinny Guadagnino, chimed in: “Me after Chipotle.” How funny, Vin!

Deena’s little meatball is due in December 2018 and will be named after his father, Christopher John. We can’t wait to meet little CJ! We have no doubt he’ll be a precious member to the Jersey Shore baby club. 

For more on Deena’s pregnancy, be sure to catch Season 2 of Jersey Shore Family Vacation later this month. From what we’ve seen, fans are going to discover a whole new side of Deena now that she’s not drinking…  and eating for two!