So You Think You Can Dance Choreographers ‘So Scared’ to Bring Baby Home

10/04/2012 at 01:00 PM ET
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Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo have choreographed for Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera, but now the couple has embarked on a new collaboration: parenting.

“The first week we were so scared,” Tabitha tells PEOPLE of bringing home baby boy London Riley in mid-August. “You have this little person in front of you and you question everything you do.”

The American Idol and America’s Next Best Dance Crew choreographers are learning to trust their instincts as new parents despite their shaky start; Napoleon admits he once ran to the computer at every sneeze or cough.

“I was a wreck. I was on Google every day,” Napoleon, 43, says. “I would get worried and then I would find out I was the only dad on the dang message boards and I would be embarrassed.”

Now feeling more confident, the proud parents have returned to work choreographing for the recent So You Think You Can Dance finale and have television show and music video shoots scheduled in the coming weeks.

“Every rehearsal, when we leave him, I tear up a bit in the car,” admits Tabitha, 39, who “bawled” the first time she held her baby boy. “But it is new. I’ll get better.”

And the couple is finding ways to bring 7-week-old London to work with them as well.

“We have little noise-canceling headphones that we put on him and they look really cool,” Napoleon says. “He doesn’t hear any of the noises and sleeps right through while we are choreographing.”

Not that the newborn doesn’t already share his parent’s love of music. “He’s been around it since he was in the womb. For some reason when we put on Aerosmith he loved it,” says Tabitha, who credits her time on set with former Idol judge Steven Tyler for London’s preference.

“When we put it on he would quiet down. I was, like, ‘Nice!'”

Tabitha’s active lifestyle has gotten her back in shape quickly after giving birth, with her husband saying she looks “amazing” — but the new mom believes certain post-pregnancy assets are clouding his judgment.

“My husband is very excited about me right now,” she says. “Me and my breastfeeding boobs.”

— Patrick Gomez

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Pam on

Aww I love them! They are so cute! Congrats NappyTabs! You guys are my favorite choreographers on SYTYCD! ❤

Sandra on

I just love these two. They are such talented choreographers. Congratulations and all the best to the lovely couple.

BB on

I love them and congratulations on the little one! I hope SYTYCD is back on again next season!

HH on

and WELCOME to London!

We just had our first baby too and I can remember coming home from the hospital and being like…oh dear, what did we get ourselves into… I do say each day it gets better and better. Take lots of photos and video!

Missy on

Congratulations! THEY GROW FAST!

Anonymous on

So cute!! Those rides home from the hospital with your new baby are the worst! I don’t think any of us breathe!

Ashley on

NappyTabs – What an amazing couple. They have such great chemistry, these two are like sole mates. SOO excited to hear they have little boy, London, in the mix now too. He is going to grow up with two of the most coolest, happiest parents. Cannot wait to see him!

Anna on

Seriously? You’re obviously NOT a parent. If you’re *not* a freaked out and terrified bundle of happy nerves, I’d be concerned. Parenthood is the scariest thing you’ll ever do for the first time. No matter how old you are. Sheesh.

Congrats NappyTabs!!

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