“Jersey Shore” star Deena Nicole honored her late father in a special way before the birth of her son.

The 31-year-old and her husband Christopher Bucker are set to welcome their first child in December, reports People.

On Tuesday Deena posted to Instagram a sneak peek at a custom onesie for her unborn baby alongside a tribute to her father.

She wrote in her post:

[Ugh] I can’t wait for our little man to wear this [especially] since I recently got a text from @alxmrchenergy saying my dad prepared CJ and gives his soul to me because he’s gotten it ready …

Deena added:

I’ve always believed a [baby’s] soul meets passed loved ones before being born and she confirmed it … and CJ knew and will always know my dad  ( I know some people might not believe in that sort of thing … but I truly do … so please keep the negative and non believer comments away from this post ).

According to a wedding website that bears the couple’s names, the reality star mourned her father John Cortese in 2016 after he died following a battle with leukemia.

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Comfy fall days with my little man ?

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Deena married Buckner October 2017. According to a wedding post:

Before Deena’s dad passed away he told her he could not wait for her to marry Chris and to have grandkids, he wanted her to have a happy life.

Two years ago, Deena announced her dad’s death on Instagram, writing she lost her “biggest supporter and best friend.”

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Last night I lost the first man I ever loved my biggest supporter and best friend .. My dad was one of the toughest people I know and had such a big sense of pride and fought until the very very end and I couldn't be more proud of him.. Everyone that knows my dad knows what an amazing person he was.. I think I'm gonna miss his facial expressions and laugh the most .. If he liked you ..you knew he was going to bust your balls but it was all out of love ? everywhere my dad went he left prints on people's hearts .. Whether it was in the hospital while he was sick .. Or on vacation. We'd leave him for a couple minutes and we come back and he's surrounded by people making everyone laugh.. I can't tell you how many times I'd go out and people would tell me how awesome my dad was. I was so lucky to have someone in my life that loved to be involved with every little thing I did.. He coached my softball teams for years and even if we lost he still let us get icecream at Tooties ? we went to baseball games .. Concerts .. Family vacations and when I was little and was a bit of a tom boy we would watch WCW wrestling every Monday and it was one of my favorite things ever. Even during my rougher days in my early 20s when I gave both my parents a good run for their money he never gave up on me and still stood by my side .. Some days not very happy with me but we got through it and made things better. During Jersey Shore he was literally my BIGGEST fan..he told me Dee be you make us laugh..do what you gotta do its all about camera time! Lol he got it. He tried to be so involved with as much as he could with that.. Helping me with my websites..making tshirts and anything and everything he could do he did. My heart hurts knowing he won't walk me down the aisle or see my kids grow up Although I do know he will be with me spiritually, But I'm very happy he got to meet the man I will one day marry and his amazing family .. And he helped me with my new home that I will one day raise my children in. I love you so much dad .. I know your at peace now and with grandma and having drinks with Mals dad and all the rest of the friends you've lost on this journey.. I love you daddy

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She continued in her post:

My dad was one of the toughest people I know and had such a big sense of pride and fought until the very very end and I couldn’t be more proud of him.

My heart hurts knowing he won’t walk me down the aisle or see my kids grow up.

Although I do know he will be with me spiritually, But I’m very happy he got to meet the man I will one day marry and his amazing family .. And he helped me with my new home that I will one day raise my children in. I love you so much dad.

Many thought it was a sweet gesture for the mom-to-be to welcome her baby boy into the world by honoring her dad.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated for clarity after publication.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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