Tarek and Heather Rae El Moussa are expecting their first child together!
The couple were in the midst of in vitro fertilization treatments and even set a date for an embryo to be implanted next fall when they received a pleasant surprise a few weeks ago, they exclusively tell PEOPLE. .
“It was a huge shock. We weren’t expecting it. We had just gone through IVF. We had embryos on ice. We had a plan,” says Heather, 34. But after the disbelief has subsided, selling sunset The star was excited. “I think when you least expect it and there’s no stress in your life, the world has brought us what it should have been. I’m so excited it happened.”
Having a child of their own wasn’t always in the game plan for the pair, who came together in 2019 and tied the knot for the last time. Tarek already shares the kids of Taylor, 11, and Brayden, 6, with Christina Hall, and Heather felt called “a bonus mom.”
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“When we first started dating three years ago, we weren’t planning on having kids together. I really love being a bonus mom to Taylor and Brayden. They’re such incredible kids and I love them so much.” love,” she says. “But as your love grows and you fall deeper in love with someone and you build this life together, I began to picture myself as a kid with Tarek. I thought Started that I wanted to make something up with the man I’m in love with.”
Says Tarek, 40, “I’m just obsessed with my kids. They’re my everything, so having another one is just the icing on the cake. I’m so excited.”
Heather says, “He’s such a good dad. That was another reason I wanted to make something with him. Seeing him with Taylor and Brayden, he’s so obsessed with them. And he’s such a lovely, wonderful father. I Can’t wait to see him with our baby.”
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The couple, who are in the middle of shooting their new HGTV doc-series The Flipping El MoussaGot the good news a few weeks ago and is due out early next year.
The day she finds out that Tarek is sitting in a Zoom meeting and says, “I just felt this weird, and I was like, he needs to take a pregnancy test right away.” Heather said okay and Tarek “went back to work and completely forgot about it.”
Heather took two tests. “Both turned out to be ‘undetermined,'” she recalls. “I said, ‘Oh, I must have done it wrong.'” Tarek left for the job, and then things changed at home.
He took another test. “I was organizing my clothes. I was just doing other things, and maybe 20 minutes later I was like, ‘Oh, the pregnancy test.’ I went and looked and she said full-on pregnant.” He nodded, startling his assistant, who jumped with joy as Heather shared the news.
“I did two more tests. Immediately, [they said] pregnant,” she says.
She surprised Tarek later that day when he returned from work, hiding the tests in a gift box with confetti and a baby. “I was like, I have to tell her in a cute way. I just can’t text her,” she jokes.
“I’m opening this box and these are the sticks. I’m staring at them and thinking, are these COVID tests? And then I said, ‘Oh, s—! Are you pregnant?’ He said yes, and that’s how we found out.”
“I swear it was 30 seconds trying to put it together,” she recalls with a laugh. When he confirmed, “I started to tear up because it was a moment of excitement and relief. He was overjoyed. We hugged and hugged and kissed each other.”
The couple has already taken tests to find out the sex of the baby, but will be surprised by the results at a revealing party in a matter of weeks.
Heather says, “Tarek thinks it’s a girl. I don’t know yet. I just want a happy, healthy baby.” “We already have Tay and Bree, so I’d be happy with either of these. But I secretly want a little mini Heather.”
He also shared the good news with some of his people selling sunset Co-stars: Mary Fitzgerald, Chrishel Stause and Emma Hernan. They are “very happy,” she says.
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And unexpected times couldn’t be better.
“My sister is pregnant with her third child,” Heather says. “It was my parents’ dream to have us pregnant at the same time. I never thought it would happen and the fact that it happened on its own is what makes it so special to our family.”
Expanding their family means another big change for the pair: finding a new home. Real estate pros underwent massive renovations on their property in Newport Beach, Calif., but will now be looking for something even more kid-friendly.
“We’re looking for a new home and if we can’t find it when the baby arrives, we have room for the child in our current home,” says Tarek. “But we definitely need to find a bigger house with a yard and some more space.”