Ashley Darby has never been shy about her desire to start a family with husband Michael Darby since the two tied the knot in 2014. But her road to motherhood hasn't been easy — namely because Michael hasn't always seemed the most enthusiastic about trying for a baby when the couple talked about their family plans on The Real Housewives of Potomac.
So RHOP fans may be wondering how Michael reacted when Ashley told him she was pregnant, which she officially confirmed to The Daily Dish on Tuesday, February 6. “I’m not the most emotional person, but I shed some tears,” Ashley said of the moment when her pregnancy test turned out to be positive during a recent interview with PEOPLE. “And then Michael started crying. And Michael, who is a very stoic person, when he cries, I start balling. It was like a share of waterworks between the two of us!”
Finding out that you're pregnant would be a joyous occasion for any couple, but it was especially emotional for Ashley and Michael, who lost their baby after a miscarriage, they revealed during the RHOP Season 3 reunion. “It was such a traumatic experience,” Ashley told PEOPLE of the loss. “At the time, I didn’t fully understand the magnitude of how it would affect us as a couple and as individuals because we kind of thought it would be a given that we would just be able to have children. But it was challenging.”
As a dad to a 27-year-old and a 24-year-old from his first marriage, Michael was hit especially hard by the miscarriage, as fans could see during last season's RHOP reunion. “It was very impactful for him because he understands the feelings of being a dad,” Ashley said during the interview with PEOPLE. “It was so new to me, but he could help me through that.”
Ashley admitted that that difficult time "did take a toll" on their relationship, but she said, "It really did bond us on another level, thankfully."
The RHOP mom-to-be couldn't contain her excitement when she shared the happy news of her pregnancy with The Daily Dish. "I've always wondered what this would feel like — carrying a being inside of my body — but actually being pregnant is more incredible than I could have imagined,” she said in a statement. “Through all of our past heartbreak, this is the most incredible gift we could ever receive."
Baby Darby is expected to arrive in July 2019. Ashley told PEOPLE that she and Michael are keeping the gender of their baby a surprise for now, and they have been "going back and forth with names."
Ashley gave The Daily Dish a first look at her baby bump in the above exclusive video. She also shared a peek at the first sonogram of their child in a video on Instagram, which you can check out, below. "Very excited to share this special news with you my loves," Ashley gushed in the post. "Michael and I are thrilled to welcome a bundle of joy into our lives. The most incredible gift imaginable! Love and light to you."
Watch Ashley open up more about her journey to becoming a mom backstage at the RHOP Season 3 reunion, below.