Kelly Kruger Expecting First Child with Husband Darin Brooks 'After About a Year of Trying'

Kelly Kruger is going to be a mom!

Soap stars Kruger and her husband Darin Brooks, who wed in March 2016, are expecting their first child together, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.

“After about a year of trying to have a baby, we couldn’t be more excited to be bringing our love into this world!” says Kruger, 34, who stars as Mackenzie Browning on The Young and the Restless.

“It still doesn’t feel real aside from the morning sickness, fatigue, crazy changes to my body and the fact that I sobbed on the airplane watching Instant Family — it usually takes a lot to make me cry,” Kruger admits. “I get so emotional when I think about the fact that I’m growing a little human in my body that’s half me and half Darin. I cry every time I think about it!”

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Brooks, who is well-known as Wyatt Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful, is also elated to enter the world of parenthood and has been astonished at his wife throughout her pregnancy journey thus far.

“Kelly’s been truly amazing through this whole process! She’s been filming and working through it all, which is incredible! And just the strength and energy she has had to be the bearer of this new little life form is inspiring!” he says.

Adds the dad-to-be, 34, “Pregnancy can have its challenges, for sure, but it’s definitely worth it! It has brought us closer together and we just can’t wait to meet the little me or Kelly!”

To celebrate their love and their little one on the way, who is due in September, the couple recently enjoyed a trip to Hawaii, where they documented Kruger’s growing baby bump with a beachfront photo shoot.

“Pregnancy has been an incredible journey so far and I couldn’t be luckier to have a husband like Darin to experience this with. He’s always been a caregiver and nurturer but since being pregnant, he’s just stepped up in a way I never expected,” says Kruger, who appears in Hallmark Channel’s upcoming film From Friend to Fiancé, premiering May 27.

She quips to PEOPLE, “Makes me want to be pregnant all the time!”

Though the couple doesn’t yet know the sex of their baby (they plan to find out), they are already over the moon about meeting their bundle of joy this fall.

Says Kruger, “We can’t wait to meet this little one and are enjoying every step of this process. Pregnancy isn’t easy, but we are so grateful to be experiencing it.”

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