Nikki Reed is ready to take some much needed time away from the public after she gives birth later this year.
The 29-year-old actress and singer is pregnant with her first child with husband, actor Ian Somerhalder. In a new interview, Reed tells Fit Pregnancy and Baby that they are both excited to get some private time with their baby once she gives birth.
“We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves. After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence,” Reed says. “Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate. You don’t get those first 30 days back, and we want to be fully present.”
Reed also shares the story of how she learned she was pregnant. “I’m an early bird and took the pregnancy test before dawn,” she says. “I didn’t have my glasses or contacts and I can’t see without them. I was squinting, thinking, ‘Are there any more lines?’ I yelled to Ian, ‘Get up!’ He ran into the bathroom, read the test, and we were so excited. We watched the sun come up together, just thinking, ‘Wow, we’re going to have a baby.’ ”
As for the whether the baby is a boy or a girl, Reed says she’ll be happy either way. “A close friend had a son and I remember thinking, ‘I hope I have a son one day,’ ” she says. “Then another friend had a girl and I thought, ‘How fun would it be to have a miniature version of yourself ?’ You can’t lose, no matter what. It’s the greatest and only true surprise of your life.”
Reed and Somerhalder started dating in 2014, and got married in April 2015. As much as they’re looking forward to having their first child together, she says her husband actually enjoys her being pregnant.
“Ian jokes that he wants to keep me pregnant forever,” Reed says. “Pregnant, I’m a better version of myself. I’m really chill and relaxed, which I think is the greatest blessing.”