We all know and love Teresa Giudice's famiglia featuring her four daughters (Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 10). However, there was a moment when the Giudice family could have looked very differently.
Teresa revealed during the November 27 episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey that she and husband Joe Giudice once underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) prior to the birth of their youngest daughter, Audriana, in an effort to give birth to a son since they had all girls up to that point. "We tried to have a boy. We did the in vitro," Teresa opened up to the RHONJ crew at dinner during the girls' trip to Jamaica (clip above). "They put three embryos in me, and I didn't even get pregnant."
Teresa said that she and Joe then figured they would just let fate decide. "So we were like, let's just do it the natural way, and we did, and it was Audriana, another girl!" she gushed. "So we weren't meant to have a boy."
Audriana was born on September 14, 2009. We watched Teresa and Joe welcome Audriana, their fourth child, in Season 2 of RHONJ. "My husband knows that all he makes is girls, and he's happy making his girls," Teresa said in an interview during the episode (clip below). "Because when he gets old, he'll be so happy, that's who he's gonna have around him is his daughters."
Though it was not an easy delivery for Teresa, as we saw (and heard), Teresa recalled how tough it was to undergo IVF during the Jamaica trip this season of RHONJ. "But I give a lot of credit to people that go through in vitro," she shared. "It's a lot."
The topic of babies came up during the episode when Jackie Goldschneider shared that the essay she recently penned for Good Housekeeping was about her experience with gender disappointment when she found she was having twin boys. Melissa Gorga, who has been exploring the possibility of expanding her family this season of RHONJ, also mentioned that she was initially sad when she found out her youngest child, Joey Gorga, was going to be a boy before he became her "favorite human in the world." Jennifer Aydin said that "the only reason" she had a fifth child was so that daughter Gabby could have a sister, who turned out to be youngest child Olivia.
Teresa and her daughters have been dealing with Joe's absence over the past few years due to his prison sentence, time in ICE custody, and now stay in Italy as he awaits a final decision in his ongoing deportation case. They reunited with Joe for the first time since he was released from custody in Italy last month, which turned out to be an unforgettable moment for the whole family.
"We just were there to enjoy each other's time, lots of laughs, lots of tears, reacquainting with each other. It was pretty amazing. We had the best time ever. It was so good," Teresa said of the trip during an interview with Good Morning America in November. "My daughters are at an age now, Joe and I were just so amazed how mature and beautiful and smart they really are. They blow us away."
Teresa said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last month that her daughters are planning on seeing Joe again around Christmas, while she will not be able to visit her husband until the summer.
Teresa opens up more about her family, below.
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