Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder have revealed how they plan to parent when they welcome their first child later this year.
“We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves,” Nikki told Fit Pregnancy and Baby.
“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.”
The actors announced their pregnancy via Instagram in May and have stayed similarly private about the experience.
“We waited months to tell even friends and family that we were expecting,” Nikki admits. “It started out with us not knowing how long we’d keep it private. Then it started to feel like we had this really cool thing, a secret with just each other. The downside was that I had moments of wishing I could do things other pregnant mamas were doing. But the upside was that we started the journey without having to open up about it to anyone else, and that made it special.”
When it comes to the actual birth, the 29-year-old is still deciding what she wants to do.
“I used to want a home birth, unmedicated and with a midwife. But now I know people who’ve had great experiences at birthing centres and hospitals,” she says in the interview.
“My doctor says, ‘Midwives always think nothing will go wrong. Doctors always think something will. Let’s find a place in the middle. So Ian and I are looking at all options.”