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But six months into trying to get pregnant, Vanessa was ready to call it quits — at least temporarily — to allow nature to take its course.
“Honestly, by mid-December, I resigned myself to the notion that it was not going to be easy for us,” she writes on her new website. “So, I decided that I had to just ‘let go.'”
Spending time settling into their new Los Angeles home while the couple wrapped up projects — Vanessa was busy filming Wipeout — the pair first planned a family trip to the Bahamas for a chance to unwind.
“Before we could relax and soak in the sun, I had to film [an] appearance and would meet everyone in the Bahamas the next day,” Vanessa explains.
After work, the actress headed out to celebrate a friend’s birthday — where telltale signs of pending parenthood suddenly began to pop up.
“I wanted absolutely everything on the menu! I also remember NOT wanting my martini,” she recalls. “After dinner something in my gut said, ‘Let’s go back to the hotel … and pick up a pregnancy test on the way!'”
Proving a mother knows best, it was positive — only to be confirmed by a big batch of follow-up tests.
“I was in absolute shock! I had taken a pregnancy test multiple times every month over the past six months, but this one (and the nine others I took that night) was positive,” Vanessa writes. “It was such a beautiful moment. The only thing missing was my husband, of course.”
But with Nick waiting for his wife in the Bahamas, the mom-to-be managed to contain her excitement, keeping mum until she could spill the beans in person.
“I wanted to look into his eyes when I said, ‘I’m pregnant,'” she shares. “I wanted to feel his hug when he grabbed me with excitement. I wanted to take in the surroundings so that I would always remember the exact moment I told him he was going to be a father.”
Following “the longest night I can remember,” Vanessa began the trek to the Bahamas — a journey that “seemed like an absolute eternity!” — to join Nick. Once she arrived, the expectant star quickly settled in and headed with her husband for a seaside stroll.
“All I kept thinking about was this little life inside of me that WE made. He was growing and we were going to become a family,” she says. “At that moment everything in me felt so right. I was bursting with emotion and wanting to tell Nick the good news.”
Vanessa was finally ready to break the news to the unknowing dad-to-be — a moment she will remember forever. “I took a deep breath, grabbed his hands, looked him in the eyes and told him, ‘I’M PREGNANT!'” she writes.
“He looked at me and asked if I was serious. I said yes, we hugged and then he said, ‘I think I have to sit down!’ That was Jan. 6, 2012.”
Now the proud parents of son Camden John, 4 months, the tight knit trio revisited the same spot where Nick and Vanessa shared the sweet moment exactly one year later, a special anniversary caught on tape.
“We will always have that memory together and now Cam will have one, too,” the new mom shares. “I took this video that I will embarrass him with in the future, and I’m happy to share a piece of it with you.”
– Anya Leon