“She talks about him all the time,” the Today show cohost told PEOPLE at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation (JBJSF) in New York City on Thursday night. “She talks about ‘baby brother.’ She’s really cute. I think she’s just starting to get it.”
Continues Guthrie, 44, “She understands that the baby’s in my belly. The other night she said, ‘Baby brother in Mommy’s belly,’ and then she pointed to my belly and said, ‘Open it.’ I was like, ‘Wait a couple of months, and trust me, you don’t want to be there.’ “
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Guthrie says the family has been prepping their daughter for baby No. 2 for a while now.
“We told her almost right away, as soon as we knew we told her [it was a boy], but at that point she wasn’t even 2, so I think it’s all pretty abstract for a little kid,” Guthrie says. “But now she just went to preschool, so she’s figuring out that there are little boys, little girls.”
She adds, “So I think she understands it, but can you really understand it until a new baby comes home and starts getting into your way?”
And Vale’s little brother will be sure to get in her way soon.
“We’re so excited, we just feel so thrilled,” Guthrie says. “It won’t be long now. I look like I’m gonna give birth tomorrow, but I have two more months.”
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As for a name, she and her husband Michael Feldman have a few in mind, but won’t be staking any claims until the little guy arrives.
“We’ve definitely thought about names,” she says. “But we are big believers that, A. Never float names to your friends and family because it can never end well, and B. We want to look at him and see if he fits our favorite name — and if not, we’ll go back to the drawing board.”
Until they meet their little guy, Guthrie says, “It’s all a huge secret.”
— Blake Bakkila with reporting by Maggie Parker