updated 03/07/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/07/2012 AT 3:15 PM ET
“Thank You everyone!! Sorry about that wait but glad everyone’s happy!!” he wrote on Wednesday afternoon, referencing the weeks of speculation about their bundle of joy.
“Nicole and I are real excited!! Our baby is going to be #ShortnTan.”
LaValle, who began dating the Jersey Shore star a year and a half ago, also acknowledged the backlash he and his fiancée are facing.