Snooki and Jionni. (Denise Truscello/WireImage)Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi just announced she's pregnant with her first child, and already her baby has its own "Jersey Shore" nickname. The reality star's fiance and babydaddy, Jionni LaValle, took to his Twitter on Wednesday to thank fans for their well-wishes — and revealed his to-be son or daughter's new moniker: ShortnTan. The name is in obvious reference to the parents, who are both super-bronzed and vertically-challenged — Snooki stands at 4'9", while her beau is reportedly just a few inches taller. "Thank You everyone!!" the exclamation-happy LaValle, 24, tweeted. "Sorry about that wait but glad everyone's happy!! Nicole and I are real excited!! Our baby is going to be #ShortnTan." The Daddy-to-be also addressed his and Snooki's "jealous haters" on the social media site. "My fiancé and I n JR are going to be so happy!"
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Polizzi's confirmation ends weeks of speculation about whether or not the MTV star had a little meatball in the oven. In an interview with Us Weekly, the 24-year-old gushes about becoming a mommy for the first time — and how her party girl days are behind her. "I have different priorities now," she tells the magazine. "I don't care what anybody else thinks. As long as I know I'm ready and he's ready." LaValle, her beau of over a year, echoes the sentiments that they will be loving parents, adding, "We are not going to screw this up."
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Her "Jersey Shore" castmates are just as excited to meet "ShortnTan." Deena Cortese, Polizzi's closest pal on the show, tweeted on Wednesday: "Can't believe we're gonna have a little baby meatball running around soon.. Your gonna be a great mommy." When it comes to choosing the baby's godparents, it will be a tough decision picking between her "Shore" mates, but Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio has thrown his name out there. After congratulating her on and LaValle on Twitter, he added, "I Better Be The Godfather."
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