Fourth Child on the Way for Amar’e Stoudemire

01/03/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Fourth Child on the Way for Amar'e Stoudemire
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It was certainly a big year for Amar’e Stoudemire and wife Alexis, but 2013 may just prove to be their slam dunk.

The couple, who were engaged in Paris in June and tied the knot on Dec. 12 (12-12-12) on their N.Y.C. apartment roof deck, reveal that they’re expecting their fourth child together late this spring.

“We’re blessed that we were able to extend our family,” the New York Knicks forward, 30, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“We’re both huge on having a nice size family. It was something we’ve been talking about for a while. It happened naturally and at the right time so it all worked out.”

“It was just perfect timing,” adds Alexis, 29, who says she’s had some morning sickness but overall, “can’t complain!”

The duo, who already have three children together — Ar’e, 7, Amar’e Jr., 6, and Assata, 4 — say everyone is thrilled for the impending arrival.

“They’re very, very excited,” says Alexis. “They just keep guessing if it’s a boy or a girl.” And it won’t be long before the sex is revealed, “I can’t wait to know what it is,” says Amar’e.

“As soon as Amar’e walks into the door those kids are all over him,” says Alexis with a laugh. “He’s like a big kid. He’s a great dad.”

And as for mom, who mans the house while Amar’e is on the road, “she does it all,” says Amar’e. “She does such a phenomenal job with the kids. I’m just here to be the big teddy bear.”

After marrying in December, the couple will hold another wedding celebration this summer. “We’re planning a big, extravagant Cinderella wedding for Alexis!” says Amar’e.

“It was beautiful to have a private ceremony with close family and friends,” says the star of their December nuptials. “I planned it; I wanted to have something that was more spiritual where we could really understand what being married means. It was a great way to end 2012.”

And, says Alexis, “We included the children in our ceremony as well. That was very important to us. It’s something they’ll always remember.”

Amar’e will be honoring his brother Hazel, who passed away last year in a car accident, this weekend by inviting 30 kids from his Florida hometown to the upcoming Orlando Magic vs Knicks game. “I just want them to get away for a little bit and enjoy.”

Looking forward to the new year and a new baby, “Hopefully we’ll bring home a championship and we’ll celebrate with a wedding after that!” adds Amar’e.

– Jennifer Garcia

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happygolucky on

They make a lovely couple.

Congratulations

sw on

Yes they do. He is big on giving back. I think that is wonderful!

LadyL on

Congrats to their beautiful family….so happy they got back together & got married! Not a Knicks fan AT ALL…but wish them health & happiness in the new year!!

Jester on

Talk about a beautiful looking family. Congrats to them.

lol on

Beautiful couple! God Bless!

Denise S. on

How nice that after 3 kids, they finally decided to get married.

Sun on

Congratulations to the Family!

Michelle on

Denise S shut up! Yes they got married after having three children together and now they are going to have a fourth child together. Quit judging others!

Tajma on

Congratulations to the lovely couple. Beautiful family.

DaisyMoon on

Why on earth would you pick a name for your child that begins with A$$?

You’re just begging for the poor girl to be made fun of…

Lotus on

@Daisy, notice how you are the only one who picked up on the spelling of his child’s name? Hopefully Assata (which is a beautiful name, btw) won’t run across any nasty children who share your personality traits. ;-)

beth on

Congrats to the Happy couple! What a beautiful family!

Sharia on

Assata Shakur is a revolutionary currently in Cuba, they may have named their daughter after her…

sherquetta on

congratulations to the happy couple

DaisyMoon on

@Lotus…No, it’s just because I’m more perceptive than anyone else here…

Angela on

Congratulations to them on their wedding and new baby! He has a beautiful family!

Phefe Lee on

Congrats to you and your lovely family. We miss you in Phoenix with the Suns, But you have found a home in NYC with the Knicks. God speed your wins and a happy life.

LB on

I would laugh if they named this one Bob.

Landy on

Awwww I love a happy ending I completely believe them as a couple now

Pippi777 on

Agree, beautiful family!

DaisyMoon – The beginning sound isn’t the same as the word you mentioned. The name is actually pronounced uh-sot-uh. It’s an African name not seen much in America. Her name fits in quite well with her father and brothers’ African names.

Anonymous on

Lotus- Exactly! Also, look at the other children’s names. Clearly they’re honoring Amar’e’s heritage! :)

That being said, am I the only one who’s a bit saddened by Alexis’s need to have an extravagant “Cinderella” wedding? Marriage is about love and commitment, not about having a big party and being the center of attention!

Anyway, congrats to them!

dsfg on

Pippi777, I’m pretty sure Assata has a brother and a sister, not two brothers. Did you see the picture???

Pippi777 on

dsfg – Thanks for the correction. That’s what I had meant. :)

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