Essence Atkins Expecting First Child

08/09/2011 at 04:00 PM ET

There’s a baby on the way for Essence Atkins.

The Are We There Yet? star, 39, and husband Jaime Mendez expect their first child on Christmas Day, they confirm to PEOPLE.

“Our gratitude is overwhelming to have found each other and adding a baby to our happy home is truly a dream come true,” the couple tells PEOPLE.

“We are both elated and humbled by this amazing gift.”

Atkins and Mendez, a sales/marketing executive and entrepreneur, met via and were married in Pasadena, Calif. in September 2009.

— Sarah Michaud

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Dani on

For a second, I thought that was Rick Fox! 🙂

Alexis on

Aw, congratulations to them both! I love Essence.


Congrats…she will be so cute can’t wait to see Essence’s bump. Congrats Essence & Jaime…wishing you a healty pregnancy…I’m predicting a girl.

Adrienne on

I wouldn’t have recognized her by name only but I do recognize her face. What a beautiful baby they will have! Congrats.

Indira on

Dani, i thought so too!

Lis on

Crazy that they met on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And she looks darn good for 39!!

Congrats to them!

SLB on

Def thought that was Rick Fox as well…I was like what the…only reason why i clicked on the story!


How lovely! This blog is sooooooooooo much better than BCK and those bitter women who post!

Indira on


i see you are new here….

K on

Indira… I thought the same thing.

AllisonJ on

Congrats to them!

I am around Essence’s age and am currently dating on She gives me hope I might actually find a decent man on there!

Her husband really DOES look like Rick Fox!

KSUwildcat on

Jaime Mendez was a star football player for Kansas State and was on the Copper Bowl team that started Bill Snyder’s amazing run of bowl games and the greatest turn around in college football history.

Keli on

Holy crap is that a typo? No way shes 39! She looks amazing!!! Congrats I loved watching her a few years back on smart guy, 🙂

Amber on really? she gets a rick fox lookalike and all i get are felons and men with bad credit. i’ve got to update my profile…

jessie on

congrats to them, i loved her on the show half and half

Toya L. on

LMAO@Amber & Indira
Congratulations to them.

KM on

It gives me a little thrill that she met her husband on, where I met my boyfriend. It makes me feel good to know that sometimes celebrities are just people!

AmandaK on

They look perfect together, I’m sure their child will be beautiful!

Shannon on

She seems so sweet. Congrats to the gorgeous couple!

Jillian on

Indiria, haha! I love your post!

Jillian on

I mean indira! Sorry!

scarlet on

I love Amber’s post. I agree I need to update my profile too. Congrats to Essence and her husband

librababe on

He is CUTE!!! Congrats 🙂

Capri on

LMAO @ Amber!

Congrats to them…I have make myself a profile after their success story!

Roslyn on

Great job Essence! congratulations on your marriage, baby and scoring such a good looking guy…….YOU GO GIRLLLLL!

Rose on

Great for her……she actually starred as a new mom in portions of a “New Baby” video by that new moms get from the OB office…so nice that she will put that acting to good use!!!

pat on

congratulations….Essence! God Bless you &your husband.

SJ on

Dude looks like Rick Fox.