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Bachelor Stars Ashley Iaconetti & Jared Haibon Reveal Their Baby's Sex

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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Updated February 23, 2024
Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon with their son Dawson
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Bachelor in Paradise alums Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are having a boy!

The couple shared the big news on Amazon Live on February 23. After fielding predictions from viewers—with an overwhelming response for ‘girl’—they played a video from their reveal on a recent trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

As both Jared and Ashley bit into their cupcakes, blue frosting inside revealed they’d be welcoming another boy! “Oh no, oh boy, it’s a boy,” Haibon initially reacted. “I mean I’m very excited first of all. Yay, we are having a boy. Two boys, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” he added.

Already the parents to 2-year-old Dawson, the reality TV stars delved further into their experience with gender dissapointment. “Everybody kept telling Jared, ‘You need the girl, because she’s gonna be all cozy cute with you,’” Ashley noted. “And obviously, we won’t get that, which is totally fine, and then I feel bad for you, because you’re never gonna have your girl. Because we’re done,” Jared added.

Ashley confirmed that the couple were indeed “done” but noted that her gender disappointment was "so much worse with Dawson. We found out, and I was upset for a day or two.” The soon-to-be mom of two added that while she had a moment of thinking on how she’d never have a daughter, she "didn’t even care what the combo was now, I just want them to be close.”

Ahead of Ashley and Jared announcing they were expecting another child, The Bump caught up with the beloved Bachelor couple to learn more about baby number two. From how Iaconetti shared the news to her pregnancy symptoms, picking out baby names, and shopping for favorite products, get the inside scoop below.

The Bump: In Fall 2023, you talked about not knowing when was “the right time” to expand your family. How did you decide that now was the time?

Ashley Iaconetti: We are both two and a half years apart from our siblings and we knew we really wanted that for Dawson. We just think it’s a really nice age gap for the parents and for the kid. And we just got really, really lucky that it was our second month of trying that I got pregnant.

Jared Haibon: I think the age gap is totally ideal, but honestly, in terms of the right time, there is no right time. I don’t think you ever feel like you’re ready. It’s a scary endeavor. We didn’t know if there was a right time, we were more like, “If we want another kid, let’s do it” and then kind of figure it out after

TB: Can you tell us a little bit more about when you found out and how you shared the news with Jared?

AI: So I actually had a chemical pregnancy in October. So that was actually the time that I did the cutesy stuff. I put the pregnancy test in a box, I gave it to Dawson, and he took it to Jared when he got home from work. Jared had an awesome reaction, it’s all on video, but that one didn’t stick. I thought I was pregnant for three days before, it was no more, and I was sad, of course, but we were so lucky to get pregnant the first time we tried I was hopeful for next month. When I found out the next month, it was much more casual. I came home one night from dinner, and I was like, ‘I don’t feel right, I’m taking a pregnancy test.’ I was just on the couch with him afterward, and I was casually like, ‘Oh yeah, by the way, I’m pregnant.’

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TB: How does Dawson feel about becoming a big brother?

AI: He knows, he just doesn’t quite understand yet. He will get it very soon, but right now, he’s a little young, as he will be turning two on January 31. He likes babies, he shows interest in babies. Sometimes, he can even correctly tell us where the baby is—which is in my stomach, not Dad’s—and, you know, we’ll get to it soon.

TB: How does Dawson feel about becoming a big brother?

AI: He knows, he just doesn’t quite understand yet. He will get it very soon, but right now, he’s a little young, as he will be turning two on January 31. He likes babies, he shows interest in babies. Sometimes, he can even correctly tell us where the baby is—which is in my stomach, not Dad’s—and, you know, we’ll get to it soon.

TB: You were open about struggling with hyperemesis during your first pregnancy. How are your first-trimester symptoms this time around?

AI: Having hyperemesis during my first pregnancy was the most torturous experience ever. The likelihood that I would have it again was high, and I was preparing for it to happen. But thankfully, I don’t! I’m not great. I don’t feel good. But, I can get ready and get out of bed.

JH: That’s half the battle right there!

AI: We’re very grateful that, you know, I’m sick, but I’m not debilitated.

TB: Do you know the sex of baby number two? Any names in contention?

AI: We do know, but we haven’t shared it with anyone yet! I thought we had a name, but we apparently…

JH: We’ve gone back and forth on girl and boy names. Uh, just like in general, just to know. We’ve shot some down. I said I liked Ethan for a boy. She’s not a huge fan of that.

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AI: I think it’s fine, I like it, but do I like it for my kid’s name? I’m not sure yet.

JH: She wanted Arina for her girl, which I shot down.

AI: I know you’ve never wanted Arena. I know that was never gonna happen.

TB: So how did you guys find a middle ground with Dawson?

AI: Dawson, it was just like, that’s Dawson.

JH: She had Dawson picked out for a very long time. And I knew that early on. She was like, ‘Listen, I love the name Dawson for our firstborn because Jack Dawson, she loved the type of name, the reference [Titanic], she loved the name Dawson. I said, well, I love the name Dawson for a boy. So I’m totally down for that. And then, once we found out Dawson was a boy, it was just there.

AI: Yeah, so the second one is definitely going to be more difficult, more of a compromise.

TB: What are you most excited about when it comes to baby number two?

JH: I can’t imagine ever loving anything more than I love Dawson, but once the kid’s here, I think that will change, and I think we’re not the only parents to ever have that feeling. I think I’m most excited seeing the dynamic between Dawson and his sibling. Seeing them play together. That’s what I’m most certainly excited about. And then also, once they’re older, having that dynamic between, you know, two kids and a parent. Sharing things together, whether it be, I don’t know, Experiences, movies, or trips.

AI: Dinner conversations are what I’m looking forward to with two kids.

TB: What are some of your favorite baby products as parents the second time around?

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AI: We love our Baby Brezza —use it all the time. The SNOO, which made the first five months of our life bearable, they’re not very easy, but, we slept. We weren’t debilitated. We alternated throughout the night, every two-three hours and it made it manageable. We also love our Cradlewise, which baby will graduate to directly after the SNOO.

JH: I also love the UPPAbaby stroller. I like the fact that you can take out the car seat. It’s super user-friendly, and it’s just day and night when you compare it to other car seats. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth it, we loved using it with Dawson and will use it going forward.

To view the full livestream and all of the couple’s favorite products, visit Amazon.com.

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