Paris Hilton and husband Carter Reum welcome a baby boy

Paris Hilton starts 2023 with a new title – mother!

The businesswoman and media personality, 41, and husband Carter Reum recently welcomed their first baby together, a son, via surrogate, PEOPLE can confirm.

“Becoming a mom has always been my dream, and I’m so glad that Carter and I found each other,” the new mom tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We are so excited to start our family together and our hearts are exploding with love for our little boy.”

Sharing the exciting news on Instagram on Tuesday, Hilton posted a close-up of the baby clutching her thumb. “You are already loved beyond words 💙,” she wrote.

Hilton has previously been open about her desire to become a parent with Reum, 41.

During an interview with PEOPLE in December, the Love Rush fragrance founder discussed the couple’s plan to have a baby after the pair tied the knot late last year, sharing that she and Reum began the in vitro fertilization process (IVF) at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We started going and doing it like a few months after because the world had shut down,” she told PEOPLE. “We knew we wanted to start a family, and I thought, ‘This is perfect timing. Normally I’m on a plane 250 days a year, and let’s just get all the eggs in stock and ready,’ and we have tons of those who are just waiting.”

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Hilton and Reum got engaged in February 2021 after more than a year of dating and tied the knot in a three-day wedding ceremony that November. A longtime friend of the Hilton family, Reum—a Chicago native—is an author, entrepreneur, and founded the venture capital firm M13.

“I’ve had the unique opportunity to get to know the real Paris on a daily basis, just the two of us, over the last 15 months and I couldn’t be more excited and lucky to have her as my future wife and partner, Reum said in February 2021. “She shines with her kindness, work ethic, authenticity and her voice in making the world a better place, and she will do the same as a future mother and wife.”

In an April episode of Nikki and Brie Bella’s Bella’s PodcastHilton discussed the excitement she and Reum share about expanding their family.

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“I love being married. I just feel like I finally found my perfect match and I just feel so safe,” Hilton said of Reum. “I finally got my home and I just can’t wait to start a family and have kids.”

Explaining that she and Reum have “talked about kids since the beginning — since the first few months of dating,” Hilton said the couple “would love to have twins.”

“I think it would be amazing,” the “Stars Are Blind” singer added, before noting that they would have “three or four” children in total.

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