updated 06/10/2009 AT 1:05 PM ET
•originally published 06/10/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
The Girls Next Door E! reality star told E! News’s Marc Malkin, “Hank and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first child together. We are touched by the outpouring of support by our family, friends and fans.”
In February, Wilkinson, 23, told PEOPLE: “We always talk about [having kids]. He wants kids so [badly], and I do, too.”
Wilkinson even went so far as to tell PEOPLE that she and Baskett, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, were already working on names.
“My first initial is K and my middle name is Leigh, so we were thinking of Kaleigh,” she said. “And he’s Hank Baskett III, so of course I’m going to have a Hank Baskett IV!”
Wednesday, on her own blog, Wilkinson writes: “[S]o the rumors are true … i am pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hank and i were beyond excited when we found out the news and i[’]ve been dying to tell all of you but we were waiting for the perfect time to do it.”
She apologizes for not breaking the news herself, but happily anticipates “that soon hank and i are going to have a little athlete running around the house. seriously, the first thing this kid is going to see when it[’]s born is a football hahahahaha.” She adds, “i[’]m the luckiest girl in the world!!!!”
Engaged since November, Wilkinson and Baskett, 26, plan to wed June 27 at the Holmby Hills, Calif., mansion of her former boyfriend, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.