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Bachelor Alum Shanae Ankney Is Expecting First Baby With Nate Ebner

"I think Shanae is a wonderful human with a beautiful soul, and I can’t wait to watch her be an amazing mother to our child," Ebner said. Learn whether they’ll welcome a girl or boy here.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Published October 23, 2023

Shanae Ankney is finally getting her fairytale.

As someone who has always looked forward to starting a family, the Bachelor alum and her boyfriend Nate Ebner were thrilled when the learned they were expecting. “I knew I was pregnant before I even took the test. I just had a gut feeling," Ankney told People. “We waited and waited for the double lines to show up, and boom! The double lines appeared.”

Sixteen weeks into her pregnancy, Ankney and revealed that they found out the news in Late July. “Nate and I were looking at each other, just smiling and in awe,” Ankney said. The NFL free agent who formely played for the New York Giants and New England patriots added that he was super exc ited to become a dad. "I know that, if I can be a fraction of the father he was to me, our child will be a lucky one,” he noted.

The professional athlete won’t be going it alone though and was quick to point out grateful he was to be heading into this chapter of parenting with Ankney. "There’s no one else I’d rather go on this journey with than Shanae. I think together we will make great parents,” Ebner said. “I think Shanae is a wonderful human with a beautiful soul, and I can’t wait to watch her be an amazing mother to our child.”

“She will be the absolute best, as she has so much love to give,” he said. “I know it will be difficult, but I think I have a lot to offer, and I’m excited about the experience, the challenge and the learning along the way.”

The happy couple, also shared that they already knew the gender of their first child and had done a intimate reveal for just the two of them. “Instead of opening the results from the doctor, we took the results to a bakery to have cupcakes made with either pink or blue colors to find out the gender once we bit into them,” Ankney said. “Nate and I did a little reveal together with just the two of us. I wanted something more intimate due to it being our first pregnancy.”

So what color was the cupcake? Pink—it’s a girl! While Ebner, “never really thought the baby would be anything other than a boy,” he said he plans to be, “the best girl dad out there.”

“I can’t wait to have a one-of-a-kind relationship with this little girl, and I hope to be a great example for her of how a man should act, what strength looks like, and how you treat the people you love in your life,” he said.

Our congratulations to Ebner and Ankney on their exciting journey to parenthood!

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