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Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola Meets Deena Nicole Cortese's Baby

Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola Meets Deena Nicole Cortese's Baby CJ: 'I Can Eat Him Up'
Sammi Giancola and Deena Nicole Cortese attend the "Real Housewives Of New Jersey" Season 7 Premiere Party at Molos on July 10, 2016 in Weehawken, New Jersey. Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images

A Jersey hello! Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola introduced herself to her former Jersey Shore costar Deena Nicole Cortese ’s son for the first time.

“Ughh I got to meet baby CJ. I can eat him up,” the MTV alum, 31, captioned a sweet Instagram photo of herself holding the baby boy on Thursday, February 21. “He is too cute!” Giancola added lots of heart-eye emojis to her post.

Ughh 😍😍 I got to meet baby CJ 😍😍 I can eat him up 😍😍 he is too cute! @deenanicolemtv @cbuckner_ ♥️

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Cortese starred alongside her pal on Jersey Shore from 2010 to 2012. The former returned for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation , while Giancola did not.

The 32-year-old reality star welcomed her first child with her husband, Chris Buckner , in January. “Our Little Man has finally arrived,” she announced via Facebook at the time. “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!”

Cortese raved over her husband, whom she wed in October 2017, on Instagram after their son’s birth: “I never thought i could love Chris anymore than i did until i saw him hold CJ.”

The Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star opened up last month about becoming a mother. “Motherhood is def harder then [sic] I expected and I never understood ppl [sic] telling me while pregnant to get sleep now lol bc [sic] while pregnant I thought I wasn’t getting good sleep,” she wrote on Instagram. “But it’s all so worth it. He’s my little side kick. We got this.”

She added: “I’m def starting to learn how to function on no sleep. Lol CJ has been getting better at night but it’s still been a struggle.”

Giancola reunited with her Jersey Shore castmates, including Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi , Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Angelina Pivarnick , in November 2018 for Cortese’s baby shower. Pivarnick captioned a pic of the group at the time, “#sisters #lovethem #alltogetherfinally.”