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Angela Simmons Introduces Son Sutton Joseph: ‘I’ve Always Wanted to Be a Mom’

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Angela Simmons couldn’t wait to be a mom, but she would have loved an extra month before diaper duty started.

The Growing Up Hip Hop star — who is the daughter of Run D.M.C.’s Rev. Run — expected to give birth to her son Sutton Joseph in October, but he was actually born at 36 weeks and 4 days.

“We thought we had another month to get the nursery ready,” Simmons, 29, says in the current issue of PEOPLE of what she and fiancé Sutton Tennyson, 35, had been planning to get done before baby Sutton’s arrival on Sept. 22.

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My favorite part of me ❤️ Sutton Joseph Tennyson ❤️ 📸: @jessiemarrerophotography

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But now the nursery is complete — and PEOPLE has the exclusive images.

“Angela and Sutton were such a pleasure to work with,” says nursery designer Vanessa Antonelli. “It’s so refreshing when both parents show tremendous interest in the design process. They knew they wanted the Nurseryworks Vetro crib for the little one, and I created a room around it using custom art like the tape art focal wall by Eric Klein and the DJ’ing Cookie Monster by Art of Perego.”

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Chris Veith Photography

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Though the nursery is complete, Simmons admits her little boy isn’t sleeping much in the crib.

“He is a hungry boy,” she says. “He’s up every few hours wanting to eat. It doesn’t leave a lot of time to close my eyes. But it’s all worth it.”

Simmons also says she’s relying heavily on the support of her family — particularly her fiancé.

“He’s been so helpful, doing middle-of-the-night diaper changes and everything,” she says.

Those diaper changes have proven surprisingly difficult for Simmons given her son’s preference to be constantly dry and clean, but disdain for the process of being changed.

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Chris Veith Photography

“He hates being dirty but never wants to be naked,” says Simmons. “We try and get the new diaper on him as quickly as possible to calm him down.”

Simmons is still working on planning her wedding, but at least for now little Sutton is taking priority.

“I’ve always wanted to be a mom,” she says. “So I’m loving every minute of it.”

For more from Angela Simmons, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.