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Made In Chelsea’s Maeva D’Ascanio shows off her bump and looks back on the year as she turns 30 

Made In Chelsea star Maeva D’Ascanio looked back on an eventful year of getting ‘engaged to the man of my dreams and expecting a beautiful little baby’ as she turned 30 on Saturday.

The French reality TV personality showed off her bump in an orange strappy mini-dress as she posed in front of silver 30 balloons while reflecting on the final year of her twenties being ‘the best one’.

Maeva posted a gallery of images, including treasured memories of her engagement to co-star James Taylor, 27, in April and a picture of one of the couple’s baby scans as they await the arrival of their first child this November.

'A very lucky girl': Maeva D'Ascanio looked back on an eventful year of getting 'engaged to the man of my dreams and expecting a beautiful little baby' as she turned 30 on Saturday

‘A very lucky girl’: Maeva D’Ascanio looked back on an eventful year of getting ‘engaged to the man of my dreams and expecting a beautiful little baby’ as she turned 30 on Saturday

She wrote on Instagram: ’30!!!! My last year of my twenties was the best one, I’m a very lucky girl. 

‘Being engaged to the man of my dreams and expecting a beautiful little baby, the year ahead is going to be magical.’

James also paid tribute to his ‘spicy señorita’ fiancée on her milestone birthday with an Instagram picture of the couple kissing, accompanied by a sweet caption. 

He wrote: ‘Happy 30th birthday to a spicy señorita that made my life a whole lot more challenging, along with a huge amount of love. Looking forward to raising a family with you @maevadascanio.’

Happy times: The Made In Chelsea star posted a gallery of images, including treasured memories of her engagement to co-star James Taylor, 27, in April

Happy times: The Made In Chelsea star posted a gallery of images, including treasured memories of her engagement to co-star James Taylor, 27, in April

A dream come true: The French reality TV personality shared a picture of one of the couple's baby scans as they await the arrival of their first child this November

A dream come true: The French reality TV personality shared a picture of one of the couple’s baby scans as they await the arrival of their first child this November

Maeva and James are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their baby in November after announcing the fiery French beauty was pregnant in May. 

She told Hello! magazine at the time: ‘All my dreams are coming true at the same time. I still don’t believe it! It’s all amazing – I just want to enjoy it all as much as I can.’  

James said: ‘We are more excited every day. My dad told me that when he had his first child he never thought he could love something so much. 

‘And I’m starting to get an inkling of that feeling as this baby growing in Maeva’s tummy is pretty special.’

'Looking forward to raising a family with you': James also paid tribute to his 'spicy señorita' fiancée on her milestone birthday with an Instagram picture of the couple kissing

‘Looking forward to raising a family with you’: James also paid tribute to his ‘spicy señorita’ fiancée on her milestone birthday with an Instagram picture of the couple kissing

The couple, who have been together for three years, got engaged in April while visiting the Trevi Fountain in Rome. 

Maeva recalled throwing a coin into the Italian landmark as befits tradition, and making a wish that James would propose.

She told the publication: ‘I did my wish which was, “I really hope James is going to propose to me soon”. And then I opened my eyes and he was there on one knee. I was thinking, “Wow, this is it! Is this real?” It was everything I had ever wanted.’ 

James proposed with a 2.5-carat pear-shaped diamond engagement ring which he designed – and had already asked Maeva’s father for permission to marry her last year. 

Mum and dad: Maeva and James (pictured last week) are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their baby in November after announcing the fiery French beauty was pregnant in May

Mum and dad: Maeva and James (pictured last week) are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their baby in November after announcing the fiery French beauty was pregnant in May

The engagement may have come as a surprise to some Made In Chelsea viewers after James admitted to kissing another girl behind Maeva’s back on the show earlier this year, in what he described as a ‘drunken night’ at a London club.

James’ romantic gesture also came weeks after he rejected Maeva when she got down on one knee in scenes filmed for the E4 series.

The reality star confessed to drunkenly kissing another woman behind Maeva’s back, saying he ‘hated’ himself for betraying her.

James said: ‘I disrespected our relationship that night, I disrespected you, I threw everything away for a drunken night and I hate myself for it.’

Next step: The couple, who have been together for three years, got engaged in April while visiting the Trevi Fountain in Rome

Next step: The couple, who have been together for three years, got engaged in April while visiting the Trevi Fountain in Rome

Co-star romance: The engagement may have come as a surprise to some MIC viewers after James admitted to kissing another girl behind Maeva's back on the show earlier this year

Co-star romance: The engagement may have come as a surprise to some MIC viewers after James admitted to kissing another girl behind Maeva’s back on the show earlier this year

Hysterically crying at the revelation, Maeva sobbed: ‘You were the man, you were the dad of my kids, I wanted to be with you for the rest of my life.’

James told Maeva ‘I’ve got a f***ing ring’ before the dramatic scene ended with viewers believing the couple had gone their separate ways.

A source subsequently told MailOnline that Maeva forgave James for the infidelity, and they decided to put the past behind them.

James said: ‘It feels like I have everything I have ever wanted – it’s that secure feeling that this is my woman, forever.’

Maeva added: ‘I feel protected – being engaged to the man of my dreams is amazing. It’s a different love, it’s stronger, it’s deeper. I feel safe.’

Maeva previously said of her pregnancy: 'All my dreams are coming true at the same time. I still don't believe it! It's all amazing - I just want to enjoy it all as much as I can'

Maeva previously said of her pregnancy: ‘All my dreams are coming true at the same time. I still don’t believe it! It’s all amazing – I just want to enjoy it all as much as I can’

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