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For as long as Johnathon Schaech can remember, he’s dreamed of being a father. So when the That Thing You Do! star recently learned he and fiancée Julie Solomon were expecting a baby in September, he was over the moon.
“I’ve wanted to be a dad more than anything in the world,” he tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I feel very blessed! I’m beside myself.”
Just this week, Schaech, 43, and Solomon, 28, a Nashville native and music and book publicist, found out they’re expecting a son.
“It is life-changing,” says the actor, who co-stars in the upcoming Showtime series Ray Donovan and the new season of The Client List. “Good things come to those who wait. I feel so lucky.”
Schaech admits he’s had his share of disappointments along the way. Divorced twice — from Christina Applegate and Jana Kramer — the actor is more than ready to start a family.
“God blesses the broken road,” the Phantom actor says. “Looking back, I’m grateful to have gone through what I have, almost as if it’s prepared for me for this. I’m so grateful to have Julie in my life. I feel ready and [dreams] are coming true.”
The couple is looking to their families for guidance.
“My parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary,” says Schaech. “I want to raise my son the way my dad raised me. We are both looking forward to [instilling] the ideals, morals and traditions that both of our parents have and honoring the purpose this child brings us. Oh my God, I feel so blessed!”
– Elizabeth Leonard