Giada De Laurentiis and husband tentatively agree on Jade — but it may change!

02/27/2008 at 12:52 AM ET

Now approaching the final month of her pregnancy, Food Network chef Giada De Laurentiis is feeling tired and wants to put her feet up.

I feelawesome in the morning, but around four or five o’clock my energycrumbles. No one evertells you the gross things. [laughs] There is nothing sexy aboutbeing pregnant. All you want to do is veg out. You get really, really tired — so tired that you can’t control it. Andyou feel major discomfort. There are very few positions that arecomfortable!

To ease her discomfort, the 37-year-old has been relying on warm, relaxing baths, followed by jasmine-scented homeopathic oil, which soothes her dry skin.

Your skin tends to get dry when you’re pregnant. [The oil] justmakes you feel good in your own skin.

And it’s a skin Giada never expected to be in. The pregnancy took Giada and husband Todd Thompson by surprise, and Giada reveals that her sense of freedom will be hardest to let go of.

My husband and I are very spontaneous. Wejust take off and do things like go helicopter snowboarding. [I never thought I would have a baby.] Todd’s been fantastic. He’s very nervous, butexcited.

Despite the nervousness, the anticipation is slowly and surely building for both.

[I can’t wait to meet] this being that’s inside ofme. Seeing what she looks like, passing on all the traditions. We’ll see [if she wants to cook]. I don’t want her tofeel like it’s expected of her.

Gearing up to greet their daughter, due April 3rd, Giada and Todd have one more big decision to make — her name. Giada is looking for something simple, but also with some cultural flair from her Italian heritage.

I don’t want to give her anall-American name, but a combination like ‘Valentina Thompson’ would bestrange. [We’ve tentatively agreed on ‘Jade,’ which is the Englishtranslation of ‘Giada.’ But we’re waiting until we meet her.] My parents named me ‘Giada’only after they saw my [green] eyes.

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Andria on

I actually kind of like Valentina Thompson, haha. It’s cute that Jade is a form of Giada, though. I think they are such a cute little family!

Shelli on

Oh, this is waterworks day for me! I feel especially attached to certain celebs, especially the Food Network ones.

Giada is such a role model. Her and Todd are wonderful people and Jade will be a lucky little girl.

I’m crying because I had a feeling her due date would be the 3rd. My first baby has a 4/3 bday. He’s almost as tall as me and Giada really influenced his love of pasta…and parmesan! I have a feeling Miss Jade will love to cook with her mom and ride bikes with her daddy. Todd and Giada are the cutest couple of FoodTV.

Many, many blessings to them!

Carlie on

I like the name Jade.

I know what she’s on about freedom though. Before I had children I used to go off and do what I pleased. But when you have children everything changes – all for the better of course. It’s just you have to plan your time in advance and can’t just get up and say ‘right i’m off to do this – see you later.’

Dierna on

So Giada means Jade??? Fascinating. I’ve often wondered what that name meant. Im sure Giada and Todd will think of a unique name.

angie on

Aw! What a great artcile on Giada! I’m SOOO happy for her and Todd! Jade is a really pretty name! BTW, Giada’s “Everyday Italian” show on Food Network, ended in January. She’s working on a new show for FN this June. It’ll be more “modern” and not based solely Italian food. Can’t wait! 🙂 on

I bet they’ll stick with the name Jade…and in my opinion it’s a keeper, especially with the history there!

I’m excited to meet this little girl. And going by how open Giada and Todd have been about the whole pregnancy, I have a feeling we won’t have to wait too long after she’s born! Yippeee!!!

Renee' Skates on

The baby will be gorgeous! I’m so happy for Giada, and Todd. Congratulations! Giada is so beautiful, and talented. I love her show. I think she is the most gorgeous woman I have ever seen. She is beautiful on the inside and the outside. Her daughter will be a very lucky girl. Cheers!

Sher on

Of course I am partial to Jade~

My little one (7 yrs) is Jade Elizabeth.

People compliment her on her name all the time. And you won’t find tons of other Jade’s as you do the other popular names.


I think Valentina is perfect! I have a co-worker with the same name.

Joni on

I love the name Giada, I actually named my third baby girl that. She is named after Giada from the food network. My older girls love to watch Giada on tv. My other two daughters are named Alexis and Noelia, which is a spanish name.

kimberley on

my goddaughter is jade samantha-jordan and there are 2 jades in her school “big jade” and “little jade” (my jade is the little

marcia on

I think Gentry is a good name

kathleen on

I think Sophia would be a beautiful Italian name for Giadas daughter. just a thought! (:

Nelly on

Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson was born on Saturday March 29 in Los Angeles, she weighed in at 5lbs, 13oz.

According to PEOPLE.COM