Nick and Vanessa Lachey Open Up About Adjusting Their Milestone Expectations for Son Phoenix
The couple recently celebrated the 1st birthday of their son Phoenix Robert, who was born 10 weeks prematurely in December 2016, and opened up to PEOPLE about adjusting their expectations when it comes to the youngest member of their family.
“I mean that loosely and with love — to not compare him because every kid is going to be different, especially a preemie,” she adds.
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“He’s smaller, but he’s healthy. He’s so happy,” Vanessa says. “Brooklyn and Camden were standing and walking a little bit at this point and he’s not even near that.”
“And I’m okay with that because every kid has their own time and their own moment,” she explains, “and instead of us dwelling on what he’s not doing, we’re just living and relishing in what he is doing.”
Phoenix is now a happy and healthy 1-year-old whom Vanessa says is starting to speak a few words and waves just like his dad.
“He’s the happiest, most joyful kid ever,” adds Nick, 44. “He’s crawling everywhere, he’s so curious and into everything now.”