Kerri Walsh Reveals: It's a Boy!

05/01/2009 at 12:30 PM ET
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It’s a boy – almost! Olympian Kerri Walsh, who is expecting her first child this month with her pro volleyball player husband Casey Jennings, reveals that the couple will soon welcome a son named Joseph Michael Jennings.

“I am beyond excited,” the gold medal-winning beach volleyball star tells PEOPLE. “It’s more beautiful and more special than I ever thought possible.”

The athlete, who announced in December that she was expecting, says that this pregnancy is extra special to her. “We had been wanting to have kids for a long time and tried to get pregnant before Beijing but had a miscarriage,” she admits. “It was sad, but the way it happened I had to wait at least a year before trying again. Then we got pregnant literally first try, day one in Beijing after we finished. Beijing baby. It was an inspired conception!”

While Kerri, 30, and Casey, 33, had initially wanted to keep the baby’s gender a secret, they decided to find out Christmas morning with their families.

“I filled out this letter to Casey saying ‘Merry Christmas. We have a beautiful baby —- on the way’ and I had the doctor fill it out. So neither of us knew at that time. My mom got the letter framed and we opened it on Christmas and found out together. It was the last present we opened and the best. I was so overwhelmed, everyone freaked out.”

So will there be more future Olympians on the way for the dynamic duo?

“Absolutely,” says Kerri. “We want at least three kids. I want my boys and a girl, I want it all! But I want to keep working because I love my job so much. I just need to learn how to be a good juggler and we’ll get it all done.”

Source: PEOPLE

— Jennifer Garcia

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MZ on

I thought they had *just* said they were keeping the sex of the baby private from everyone? We read the Christmas day story a couple of days ago and then there was a discussion about why keep the gender private from others if the two of the knew. I wonder why they changed their minds about releasing all the details?

Karen on

Yeah, I wonder. I love how she wants her boys, then a girl. If only it worked that way!

eternalcanadian on

I’m confused, lol. I thought they were keeping the gender a secret, and now they’re telling everyone? When is the baby due anyway?

Joseph Michael Jennings is a nice name, JMJ works great as a monogram.

Bitsy on

Wow, I can’t believe I read this.

TMI. Is nothing sacred anymore? Next thing she’ll be telling us in graphic detail is the position that helped her conceived.

But seriously, I am way excited for any mom who is this excited!

Nolene on

“It was sad, but the way it happened I had to wait at least a year before trying again.”

I wonder what she means by this?? I’m ignorant as to why one would need to wait a year before trying to conceive after a miscarriage.

kirsty on

Nolene, I think because she wanted to play volleyball in the olympics

CelebBabyLover on

Nolene- Kirsty’s theory might be correct, but it could also be as simple as her doctor telling her to wait a year. Most doctors advise you to wait six months to a year before trying to concieve again after a miscarriage.

babyblues on

I want it all too!:)

Boys, and than a baby girl… I hope that dream comes true for them. It’s so cute she’s so excited – I totally get that!

JC on

Its obvious that they had to wait because she couldn’t be pregnant while trying to play volleyball. I don’t see how its TMI since all you need to do is simple math to figure out it must of been right after they won the gold medal. They probably got exicted and couldn’t wait any longer. I think the way they found out the sex was cute.