Nikki DeLoach might now be known as Lacey, the mom to teenage Jenna on the hit MTV show Awkward, but in real life she's about to become a mom for the first time!
The actress and singer married attorney Ryan Goodell in 2009. They're expecting their first child together... and he's due at any moment! She seems so cool, calm and collected for such a huge life change, something she says comes from some "very frank conversations" she's had with her sister. However, she's had to make some adjustments to her personality to get ready for the new addition.
"For me, the hardest part is that you have no control over anything," she said. "You lose complete control over your body. The whole process is extraordinarily humbling."
"It's amazing what your body goes through and your mind goes through," she continued, adding that pregnancy made her put aside her tomboy ways and let her husband "be the protector."
And it sounds like he's quite a good one.
"He built a bookshelf. He even did some electric wiring," she said of how her husband has stepped up to help. "He's an attorney, so he's not a natural handyman. He's gotten into it."
She's in charge of the nursery and it sounds totally adorable. "I decided to go with gray, white and yellow, a little pop of red," DeLoach said of the colors adding that she added some red to honor her favorite college football team, the Georgia Bulldogs. The funny thing? "His mother came into town and said 'these are the exact colors that Ryan's nursery was [when he was a baby].'" Cute!
As for the name, DeLoach revealed that they "found" the name William Hudson last year before she got pregnant.
"From my experience, you don't find a name, a name finds you," she said. "I don't know how to explain it other than I heard the name and knew I would have a boy, I knew it would be this year and I knew his name would be Hudson. I know this sounds weird, but I could just feel him out there. However, I had always wanted my child to have family names and Hudson wasn't... at least that is what I thought. When I researched the meaning of Hudson, I found out it meant 'son of Hugh.' Both my Papa and Uncle [his son] are Hugh's. It was meant to be. Then, I added 'William' which is my Dad's first name. And, of course, he will have my husband's last name. He shares names with all the most important men in my life: my husband, dad, uncle and papa."
DeLoach grew up in a very small town, but she's excited at the possibilities that come with raising a child in Los Angeles. That's not to say she wasn't a bit worried about the challenges that inevitably come with living with a child in such a large city, though.
"I've thought about this so often: Do I leave? Get the heck out of Dodge?" she said of her initial worries. "You can't live in a bubble... my husband works here and we're going to make the best of it. There are so many different cultures and different types of food and so much to learn."
Plus, it will allow the education advocate to help bring change to the school system in Los Angeles.
"It doesn't really help a school system if you take your good intentions and go somewhere else," she said, adding that she's already researched Los Angeles County schools. "Why not going into that school system and make it better? What can we do to make this better for everyone?"
And if little William Hudson decides to go into show business like his mom?
"It would really be hard for me to say to him 'you can't'," she said, referring to her childhood in the spotlight on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club. "That'll be his choice."
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