Alana De La Garza: How My Son Plays with His (Unborn) Baby Sister

02/18/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Alana de la Garza Pregnant Second Child Baby Girl
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Alana De La Garza‘s baby girl is already squeezing in plenty of playtime with her big brother.

One minor detail: She isn’t even born yet! Well, that doesn’t seem to faze the actress’s 2-year-old son Kieran Thomas in the least.

“About two weeks ago, it was 6 a.m., [Kieran] crawled in our bed to cuddle. A minute later I feel his little fingers poking my belly button. I gently move them and tell him to rest,” De La Garza, 36, tells Latina.

“Thirty seconds later, I feel him poking my belly again! I look over and say, ‘Honey, what are you doing?’ He looks up at me and whispers, ‘I’m playing with the baby!’ I melted.”

Still undecided on a name, the mom-to-be is hopeful she and her husband Michael Roberts will be inspired upon meeting their daughter. However, that plan, she jokes, hasn’t always worked out in the past.

“There’s a short list [of names], but we figure when we see her little face, we will know,” the Do No Harm star says. “Of course, Kieran didn’t have a name for the first three days!”

Currently, De La Garza is concentrating on her cravings, which include an obsession with cucumber salad. But her healthful habits have been known to come up against her strong sweet tooth — especially in the middle of the night.

“It was raining and cold outside, but I couldn’t think of anything else [except a strawberry toaster strudel]!” she recalls. “I got my glorious box and had to stop at devouring two.”

She continues: “However, my self control didn’t last … The box was empty within three days.”

Although not completely confident in her Spanish speaking skills, De La Garza would love for her children to learn the language, but admits it may be her son — who’s a big fan of Dora — doing the teaching.

“When he was just over a year old, he pointed to our Christmas tree and started repeating something over and over,” she says. “He was getting frustrated because I wasn’t understanding what he was saying. Ten minutes later I realized he was saying tree in Spanish!”

— Anya Leon

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Jood on

Kieran sounds like a real sweety pie.

Guest on

I am disappointed this show was cancelled after two episodes. I was intrigued with the story and anxious to see what direction they took the show.

Boke7 on

Kieran? And his mother is named De la Garza? OK, my next child’s name will be Chung Carlos Aristotle..

Anonymous on

His mother’s name is Alana!!

Boke7 on

Kieran? It’s not a made up, Holllywood name. It has a longstanding Irish tradition which I think people don’t understand. Can I name my next kid Chung and be surprised that it’s found odd?

mahn on

It took them nine months and 3 days to come up with Kieran? That’s like taking nine months and 3 days to come up with Aiden. Or going to your favorite restaurant and not knowing what you want, but end up getting the exact same thing you get every time.

Tracy on

I like the name Kieran. It’s a nice Irish name. If her kids look anything like her they will be gorgeous!

Anonymous on

Boke7- Read the post carefully. Alana’s husband’s last name is Roberts, so that’s likely her son’s last name, too (as opposed to De La Garza)! 🙂

Anyway, cute story!

family friend on

Alana is 1/2 Irish (I’m a friend of the family) and husband, Michael, has Irish heritage; therefore, the name “Kieran” is more than appropriate.