Inspiration Of Motherhood:Vanessa Minnillo: “I’m Excited” to Become a Mom!

Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey are well-equipped for the arrival of their firstborn.

But given that their son’s birth is still months away, Minnillo is taking things day-by-day. “We’re still working on everything,” she told Us Weekly at Disney/ABC Television Group’s All-Star cocktail reception in Beverly Hills July 27. “I’m excited about my shower. . . It’s an exciting time.”

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Minnillo, 31, was already pregnant when she began filming the new season of ABC’s Wipeout. “It was easy to bring the baby to set, you know what I mean? He’s just there [in my belly]: I don’t have to bring a car seat, I didn’t have to feed him, I didn’t have to change his diaper,” she said. “Next season will be interesting having a baby and working.”

When Us caught up with Minnillo’s husband three days earlier at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, the Stars Earn Stripes competitor admitted he’s ready to embrace “the unexpected.”

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“The nursery’s ready, we got the stroller, we got the car seat. Now it’s just emotionally figuring out what we do, and I don’t think that ever ends,” the 38-year-old said. “I’ve assembled a couple strollers at this point, and I’m pretty confident. If my brother [Drew Lachey, 35] can handle putting in a car seat, I feel like I have a pretty good chance. If he can do it, anyone can do it!”

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A lot has changed for the couple in the past year, Lachey acknowledged. “You get married, you get pregnant, and it all kind of happened so fast,” he told Us. “But it’s very exciting!”

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