Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are so extra together and I love it. They love each other, they love animals, they’re joined at the hip and they’ll tell you about it. They’re also expecting their first child together sometime this late summer. I was looking forward to them a) giving the child a really wacky name that hopefully wasn’t too stigmatizing (I’m not that cruel) and b) oversharing and gushing about the baby on their social media. Only Nikki and Ian are pledging to turn their phones off and put all their efforts into the baby that first month he or she is born. (They don’t know the gender supposedly.) Nikki discussed their plans in an interview on the September issue of Fit Pregnancy and Baby, which she covers. She also said that she and Ian aren’t going to accept any visitors the first month and it will just be the two of them and the baby.
Being pregnant makes her feel freer about her body
“As an actress, I’m surrounded by chatter about my body. How do I look on the red carpet? Whose dress am I wearing? I’ve always rebelled against that, but being pregnant has given me this new and powerful appreciation for my body. Why do I suddenly have this layer of fat? Oh, it’s because my body needs to create breast milk. Why am I hungry and thirsty? Because my body is creating amniotic fluid. I want to write my pregnant body love letters, it’s so f*cking cool!
She’s still exercising but in a sustainable way
“I still do workouts. I take a 30-minute walk every day. Five days a week, I do 30 minutes of cardio, usually either jogging—which is now kind of a combination of jogging and scooting—or the elliptical. I carry 2-pound weights and do hills. I do yoga. I lift weights. I do workout videos when I can’t do outdoorsy things. And I just got water weights, so I can work out in the pool. I’ve always been an active person. It’s what makes me feel good. As long as the baby’s fine, I’ll keep it up.”
Ian cooks for her
“I normally love to cook, but since I’ve been pregnant I’ve lost interest. So all day I’m like, ‘Hey, what are we eating?’ Luckily, Ian’s a closet chef, and he’s also the sweetest man. When I told him I felt bad about always asking for food, he said, ‘Being able to do this for you is my favorite thing in the world.’ ”
They’re doing 30 days of no-phones and no visitors after the baby
“We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves. After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate. Otherwise, every five minutes it would be, ‘How are you feeling? Can we have a picture?’ You don’t get those first 30 days back, and we want to be fully present.”
[From Fit Pregnancy]
Fit Pregnancy has a video with Nikki and it’s actually really cute. She said that she has to pee every 20 minutes now that she’s pregnant, which no one warned her about, and that she is sneezing a lot because her septum ring is pushing on a pressure point in her nose. I don’t understand why she doesn’t just take it out.
As for the 30 day silence vow, that sounds like one of those proclamations you make with good intentions but then realize is unrealistic. At least I do that. “I’m going to cut way down on sugar” is one of my favorites and then I eat two servings of Jelly Bellies as a mid morning snack. I wish I was joking. Also it sounds like a recipe for cabin fever. It’s hard enough dealing with a new baby, but they won’t have any outlet to share all the selfies and sleeping pics they’re sure to take. They also presumably won’t have help from a nanny or housekeeper. (I know they have a housekeeper as Ian referenced one on Instagram.) As for the no visitors policy, do they not have ANY family? I had both sets of grandparents there in the waiting room at the birth center and half came from overseas. New babies bring out all the relatives.
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