In the Baby Zone with Nick Lachey
As Nick Lachey preps for battle on NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes, where celebrities participate in military-inspired missions, he is also preparing for the arrival of his first baby. The former member of boy band 98 Degrees gives BabyZone the scoop on life with pregnant wife Vanessa Minnillo as they get ready to rock the cradle.
What’s your golden rule of pregnancy?
My only golden rule of pregnancy is that my pregnant wife is always right.
Describe the best moment of pregnancy so far.
Oh man … it’s so hard. To be honest, when we found out it was a boy, that was a big moment for me as a dad. But it’s so hard to pick just one moment. The first time we saw him in a sonogram—that was awesome. When we found out he was healthy and everything looks good … every step of the way it feels like it’s a new peak and it culminates in meeting him in person.
And the worst?
I’m lucky to be able to say this, but it’s been a very smooth ride so far. We haven’t had any issues, thankfully, and I think I have been a fairly attentive husband, so we’re doing good. I haven’t blown it yet [laughs]… Could happen at any moment [laughs].
Best advice you ever got?
Sleep. Get all your sleep in now. I’ll be honest—one of the best things we did was take a babymoon, as they’re calling it. Get away one last time during her second trimester, while she’s feeling good. Remember your relationship because pretty soon it becomes a lot about the baby. So, it’s good to take a moment and remember your relationship and what got you there, if you will. It’s been so much fun.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
I can tell you my wife can’t live without that pillow that’s shaped like a big U, and you curl up on one side of it. Every now and then, I’ll roll over to get her and I get that pillow. I just figure I’ll hug the pillow. She’s got one side of it and I’ve got the other [laughs].
Finish this sentence: You know you’re in the Baby Zone when…
… all the gifts started arriving to the house and you have to assemble everything. It’s like, ‘Wow! This is really happening.’ And then you start to see your wife’s body start to change in ways you never thought you would see it change and it becomes clear that this is all happening right now. In the beginning you think, we have eight or nine months—we’ll get everything done, no problem. And now, with a month and a half out, we’re like, ‘we haven’t done this … we haven’t done that…’ It’s gone a lot quicker than I thought it would.
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