November 11, 2010 02:30 PM

Michael Doven

John Travolta and Kelly Preston have begun the final countdown to the birth of their new baby, a boy they’ve already named Benjamin.

“I can’t wait to meet Benjamin,” Travolta told Extra in an interview airing Thursday.

But he says that might happen sooner than he planned.

Confirming Preston’s due date is Nov. 26, Travolta revealed his wife, 48, has had some dicey moments lately — but even though he’s in Australia to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Qantas Airways, he’s ready to rush home.

“When I left, she was having what they call Braxton Hicks, the fake labor, and we were both a little worried,” Travolta, 56, says. “But then the doctor said to drink more water, more liquids and that stops that.”

“I think she just had a little talk with Ben and said, ‘Look, let’s wait till Dad comes home and deliver then,'” Travolta adds. “But I’m ready to go at any minute. If she started having labor now we would leave and take 22 hours to get home, but I’ll get there.”

The actor also revealed the family, including daughter Ella Bleu, 10, will spend the holidays on the east coast, and plan to head “up to Maine for Christmas.”

— Sara Hammel

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