It's the announcement everyone was waiting for: Mimi is going to be a mommy.

Confirming the worst-kept secret in Hollywood, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon this morning announced that they are expecting their first child together this spring.

As for why the cloak of secrecy surrounding the pregnancy—seemingly stronger than the usual run-of-the-mill privacy-seeking celebrity variety—they had a reason for that, too.

"Yes, we are pregnant, this is true," she said this morning on the Today show. "It's been a long journey, but it's been tough because I've been trying to hold onto a shred of privacy, and that is not easy."

Mariah went on to say that the news of her impending motherhood is "absolutely emotional, but for so many reasons."

One in particular is that the world's Bumpwatch: Mariah Edition began pretty much as soon as she swapped vows with Cannon two years ago.

Carey said that she and Nick laughed at that first round of rumors, but took the relentless scrutiny seriously enough to actually take a pregnancy test. It came back positive. So did the multiple tests they took after to confirm it.

Sadly, one month later, she suffered a miscarriage.

"It was really sad, so we had really to absorb this and take it in," she said.

Her hubby Nick joined her for part of the interview and credited his wife's strength during both that and this time, saying she put on a brave face in public, but often cried herself to sleep at night.

This time around, however, the only tears shed are out of happiness. But understandably, Mariah, who says she and Nick conceived naturally, is playing it close to the vest. Or at least as close as she can.

"It's still early," she said, when asked how far along she was. "We're expecting in the spring, let's say that. I don't want to give too much specific outlines."

The couple opted not to find out the sex of the baby yet, though Mariah admitted she would likely cave before the due date if for no other reason than to know which color scheme to go with in what will no doubt be an immaculately decorated nursery.

Anyone who saw her infamous Cribs can attest to that. Congrats, Mariah!

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