‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ Star Deena Cortese & Husband Chris Buckner Welcome First Child

“I birthed a baby meatball!”

The Jersey Shore Family Vacation family just got a little bigger!

Deena Cortese and her husband Chris Buckner welcomed a son on Saturday, a week or so after her original due date. The ‘Jersey Shore’ meatball proudly announced the baby’s birth on her Instagram account, mentioning that the birth of their son— who is named Chris Jr. but will go by CJ— made her love her husband even more.

“Our Little Man has finally arrived,” Deena captioned a baby photo posted to Instagram. “Christopher John Buckner (CJ) born January 5th at 4:41 pm at a whopping 20.5 inches..6 Lb 8.5 ounces… Ugh mommy and daddy love you so much CJ .. you’re our everything. I never thought I could love Chris anymore than i did until i saw him hold CJ.”

Chris praised Deena for bringing CJ into the world.

“I always knew my wife was one of the strongest woman I know but these past 2 days proved it,” he wrote on his own Instagram account. “I couldn’t be a more proud husband, and now a father to our perfect baby boy CJ.”

This is the first child for the couple, who were married in October 2017. They announced Deena’s pregnancy in July.

Deena’s ‘Jersey Shore’ co-stars were happy to welcome CJ into their crew.

“He is so perfect,” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi wrote in the comment section of Deena’s birth announcement post. “Welcome to the mommy club mawma! So happy for you both and love you x100000. So excited to have another perfect nephew!”

‘He’s beyond perfect,” Jenni “Jwoww” Farley wrote. “I love him already.”

“I’m not crying you are,” Mike Sorrentino joked.

Baby CJ is the seventh child born to the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast members. Nicole has two kids (and is currently pregnant with her third.) Jenni currently has two children with her (now estranged) husband Roger MathewsRonnie Ortiz-Magro has one child with his on-and-off-again girlfriend Jen Harley, and DJ Pauly D has a five-year-old daughter named Amabella, who is the product of a one-night stand he had with a Vegas cocktail waitress.

It is not yet known if ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ fans will get to see CJ’s birth on the upcoming third season of the MTV show.

(Photos: Angela Weiss/Getty Images; Instagram)


  1. Sooooooooo……..only Vinny and Mike left? I think Mike will want a kid as soon as he comes out of jail, I don’t see Vinny having one anytime soon but hey, Pauly D’s kid was a total surprise so who knows! (I also think he is single right now so only a one night stand might give him a kid too, LOL)

    And ofc congrats Deena, he is a cutie!

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