“First, I took like 12 tests to confirm it. Then I took all the socks out of his drawer and filled it with diapers and a bib that said, ‘I love Daddy,'” the mom-to-be says in Fit Pregnancy‘s December/January issue.
“I also put all the tests in there and a sign that said, ‘I’ll meet you in nine months.’ Then I put his socks downstairs in a basket.”
But while she was hoping to surprise the singer when he arrived home, Danielle — who is expecting a daughter — quickly realized his hunger pains were priority.
“When he got home, I was like, ‘Kevin, can you go put your socks upstairs?’ And he said, ‘Can I just eat first?'” she recalls. “I was like, ‘Really?’ I was pretty pissed about it. And then he saw what was in the drawer.”
Adds Kevin, “I was in shock. I was just like, ‘Oh my God, it’s happening! My life’s about to change completely!'”
Despite all the changes that accompany a pregnancy, Danielle — who has been open about her struggles with anxiety — is learning to cope through exercise and the help of her doctor.
“Honestly, working out has really helped. It makes me feel good,” she explains. “I am still taking antianxiety medication, but at a really low dose. They say if your body is stressed out, that’s not good for the baby, so I figured this was the best thing for me.”
Along with preparing for the February arrival of their baby girl, the Married to Jonas stars are also building their dream home — including a nursery complete with a bird carved crib, all inspired by Snow White — and debating which strollers would best suit their daughter.
As Kevin, 26, dreams of spoiling the couple’s first child, Danielle is hoping to keep their little girl grounded. “I want things to be special to her. I want her to feel like she’s earned things,” she explains.
He will admit to plans for their future backyard to include “a tree house and a whole wonderland play area,” but the doting dad-to-be has his reasons. “It’s not what I had growing up. I grew up on food stamps,” he shares.
“One of the sweetest moments of our marriage was when my mom and dad took Danielle and me to the apartment I was raised in in Dallas. It was not great.”
He continues, “Dani started to cry and said, ‘I’m so blessed.’ That’s the kind of girl she is and I hope to instill the same values in our children. We’ve worked really hard and we’ve been blessed, but I want our daughter to know about giving back too.”
“She’ll be the first girl on my side! It’s been really cool — even my brothers have wanted to see all the ultrasound pictures,” he says.
“So many celebrities hide that they’re pregnant for a long time and keep everything so quiet. Why? It’s such a joyful time, we’re telling the world and we want to be able to rejoice!”
— Anya Leon