The Bach­e­lor’s Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lau­ren Burn­ham

Arie & Lau­ren Are Hav­ing a Baby! The Bach­e­lor’s Arie Luyendyk and fi­ancée Lau­ren Burn­ham share their ex­cit­ing news ex­clu­sively with Us

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(in Ari­zona on Nov. 12) share their big news ex­clu­sively with Us!

This was the one plan they hadn’t made yet. For­mer Bach­e­lor Arie Luyendyk Jr. and fi­ancée Lau­ren Burn­ham were knee-deep in prepa­ra­tions for their up­com­ing wed­ding when Lau­ren (who turns 27 on Nov. 19) started to feel off. “I kind of had a feel­ing that I might be preg­nant. So my friend in­sisted on bring­ing a preg­nancy test over,” says Lau­ren, who took it later that night — but made the for­mer race car driver, 37, read the re­sults! “Arie came out with the test in his hand and tears in his eyes. He was like, ‘You’re preg­nant!’” Still in dis­be­lief, the pair drove to the store and bought six more tests. “Lau­ren took all of them and they were all pos­i­tive,” says Arie. “We weren’t try­ing, but we are so ex­cited. It’s go­ing to be a whole new chap­ter in our lives.” As they ea­gerly await their baby’s June ar­rival, the par­ents-to-be sat down with to share their ex­cite­ment.

Con­grat­u­la­tions! You guys must be so ex­cited!

We’re def­i­nitely sur­prised, but re­ally, re­ally happy.

It’s pretty cool. The due date is June 4.

Lau­ren, how are you feel­ing?

Oc­to­ber was mis­er­able. I had re­ally bad morn­ing sick­ness and barely left the house. But over the last week I’ve started feel­ing a lot bet­ter, so it’s nice to have my en­ergy back.

Has Arie been tak­ing care of you?

He does ev­ery­thing!

I take care of our dogs and make sure we all have plenty of food. It’s been re­ally cool ’cause we’d been trav­el­ing so much and this kind of came at a time when we didn’t re­ally have any com­mit­ments.

Have you had any crav­ings?

The first cou­ple of weeks I wanted beef jerky all day, ev­ery day, which is not me at all. I don’t re­ally eat beef jerky ever, or any kind of red meat.

That was the first clue I had that she was preg­nant! It was, like, 11:30 in the morn­ing and she was like, “I just want meat­balls so bad.” She was crav­ing meat the en­tire week be­fore we found out.

After the test came back pos­i­tive, who was the first per­son you told?

I told my sis­ter first, the day after we found out.

Yeah, and then we told my

par­ents and then her par­ents shortly after that. My mom and dad teared up. They’ve wanted grand­kids for­ever.

His mom has been push­ing them on me ever since I met her, ac­tu­ally!

Do you know the sex yet?

We do, but we plan to an­nounce it at our wed­ding be­cause we’ll have ev­ery­one in one place. We have to be care­ful not to slip be­fore that!

Speak­ing of your wed­ding, has any­thing changed now that you’ve learned you’re ex­pect­ing?

The first thing we thought of was, “Oh my gosh. Our wed­ding!” Ob­vi­ously we’re not mar­ried yet, but this is the way it hap­pened — and this is prob­a­bly the way it was meant to hap­pen.

I think [our guests] are go­ing to

be re­ally ex­cited for us know­ing that we’re hav­ing a baby — maybe it’ll be a lit­tle bit more ex­cit­ing to them.

Did you have your wed­ding dress picked out al­ready? Have you had to redo fit­tings?

Well, ac­tu­ally, I’m try­ing on my wed­ding dress for the first time to­day, so I’m go­ing to talk to my de­signer [Hay­ley Paige] about that.

Are you show­ing yet?

I don’t feel like I’ve changed too much, but I def­i­nitely feel fluffier than I nor­mally feel. I wear leg­gings a lot now.

Have you been keep­ing up with any work­outs at all?

When I wasn’t feel­ing that great, I was try­ing to go on a lot of walks. But now I do cy­cling a few times a week; and I just got a new trainer who’s help­ing me.

What do you guys think you’ll be like as par­ents?

I’ll be such a softie. Lau­ren is a lit­tle bit more the dis­ci­plinar­ian.

We’re kind of bas­ing it off of how we par­ent our dogs for the most part!

What are you ner­vous about?

Oh my gosh, a mil­lion things.

That we’re gonna give them a bad name and they’ll get made fun of for the rest of their lives.

We’ve gotta give the baby a non­nerdy name.

Do you have one picked out yet?

We’re work­ing on it. We want it to flow, which is hard with my last name, to be hon­est.

What about the nurs­ery? Have you started on that yet?

I think we’re go­ing to kind of con­tinue the style we have through­out our house and kind of...

We can’t give away too much!

I’m not go­ing to talk col­ors! Just a mix of tex­tures and woods and furs.

You’ve said you want more kids one day. Do you have a time­line?

I was ex­cited at first to have a bunch of kids back-to-back, but I just had prob­a­bly the most mis­er­able month of my life. So I think we’re go­ing to see how the first one goes and then de­cide after that.

What are you most look­ing for­ward to once the baby ar­rives?

At this point I just want to make sure we have a healthy baby.

I’m just ex­cited to see Arie [as a fa­ther] be­cause I know he’s go­ing to be re­ally good with the baby.

You’re sweet babe, thank you.

“I’ll be 11 weeks to­mor­row,” she told Us on Nov. 12. “We’re just tak­ing it all in,” Arie (at home with Lau­ren in Ari­zona) says of the happynews.

“It’s been so hard keep­ing this a se­cret,”says Arie.

He pre­sented Lau­ren with a 3.65-carat Neil Lane sparkler on the March 6 After the Fi­nal Rose spe­cial. “I had to fol­low my heart,” Arie told Us after call­ing off his en­gage­mentto Becca.

“Jan­uary can’t come soon enough,” Arie wrote on In­sta­gram,shar­ing the save-the-date card.

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