Congrats are in order! America Ferrera and husband Ryan Piers Williams closed out 2017 on a super-sweet note by announcing on New Year’s Eve that they are expecting their first child together.
Ferrera broke the happy news on Instagram, posing for a photo with Williams in glittery 2018 glasses and holding up a onesie that read “Más besos (por favor),” Spanish for, “More kisses (please).” She captioned the precious snapshot, “We’re welcoming one more face to kiss in 2018! Wishing you #MasBesos in the New Year! #babybesos #HappyNewYear.”
An obviously excited father-to-be, Williams shared the photo along with a close-up of the pint-size onesie, saying, “Making room for new and beautiful things to come in 2018! #happynewyear.”
It’s been a banner year for the couple, and 2018 is shaping up to be even better.
In June, Ferrera and Williams celebrated 12 years together with a trip to Iceland. According to People, the pair met when they were both students at the University of Southern California and he cast her in a student film.
They were engaged by 2010, and a wedding followed in 2011. “We kind of connected from the get-go on that professional level and that was something that really drew us to each other — a shared passion for what we do and our work,” Ferrera told People in 2010.
Ferrera has also credited the couple’s many years spent together with their synchronicity, telling the Independent, “Being married is definitely an emotional stabilizer. We’ve been together a long time so, in a way, we kind of grew up together.”
With such a solid foundation to fall back on, Ferrera and Williams are primed and ready for parenthood. In the meantime, Ferrera appears to be squeezing in practice with her BFF Amber Tamblyn’s baby, Marlow Alice.
In a cute photo shared on Instagram in August of 2017, Ferrera planted a big kiss on the cute tot’s head. Alluding to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which Ferrera and Tamblyn costarred in, Ferrera captioned the pic, “#thefutureisSisterhood.”
Having a network of strong women like Tamblyn in her corner is central for Ferrera when it comes to striking the ideal balance between work and motherhood.
“I think most of us grow up watching women taking the reins in their households and being the matriarch,” she shared of her childhood experience. “It’s just about going out into the world and translating that into the roles that women are meant to fulfill in the world. I think it becomes less of a struggle when you have the role models and support system that says it’s OK for you be ambitious.”
In that respect, it looks like Ferrera is off to a pretty great start.