Nick Lachey: Why I’ll Have a ‘Different Kind of Love’ for My Daughter

12/18/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

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Nick Lachey is tossing aside the balls and making room for the dolls!

As the singer-songwriter prepares to welcome a new baby girl with wife, actress Vanessa Lachey, 34, he is making sure to squeeze in as much boy-on-boy time as possible with the couple’s 2-year-old son, Camden John.

“I love to wrestle with my son — that’s our thing,” Lachey tells PEOPLE. “We wrestle and tickle and just roughhouse.”

While Lachey, 41, isn’t exactly sure of what to expect once his daughter makes her big debut — Vanessa is due right after the holidays — there is one thing he is having a hard time wrapping his head around.

“I can’t imagine loving a child more than I love my son, so I guess it’s just gonna be a different kind of love,” says The Sing-Off host.

 “I think that there’s something special about that bond between father and daughter, which I’m excited to experience first-hand.”

Luckily, for the Lacheys, Vanessa’s pregnancy has been very smooth — and an experience that she truly enjoys.

“We both look forward to meeting our daughter,” says Lachey, as he and Vanessa anticipate the arrival of their new bundle of love. “[It’s] just at that point now where you’re ready to meet this little life you’ve watched grow for the last eight months.”

And Camden’s thoughts about being a big brother?

“I don’t know if he completely grasps the concept of a little sister, but he’ll kiss her belly and say goodnight to [his] little sister,” says Lachey.

The family plans to celebrate this holiday season comfortably at home, but an expected gift could make their season even merrier.

“We’re expecting a little girl pretty much at any time now,” says Lachey. “We’re celebrating, but we’re celebrating with one eye on the contraction clock, if you will.”

He adds, “We’re ready to hit the hospital if we have to, but it adds a special dynamic to this holiday season knowing we’re getting the best gift of all in a daughter, at some point.”

— Nicole Sands

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mer on

He sounds like an amazingly devoted dad!

Meg on

I like the part where it says his wife, actress Vanessa Lachey…one tiny role in Dads and now she is called an actress. I bet she never gets another role.

june on

Seems like he over talks his family life. He needs to prove something. We all love our families. Talk about your work, which is lame. Is he trying to out do jessica? Seems like it to all of us nick.

KellyGreen on

Can’t wait to see pics when she arrives! Their son is adorable. Congrats!!!!

k on

Why would you even consider you would love more child more than the other… you can see why he was married to Jessica he is a real dunderhead!

sarah-w on

A daughter will forever care for you if you pull it off.

Esse on

Wow, he’s already planning on loving his daughter differently than his son. My father did the same thing, “loved” me differently than my brothers; he now wonders why we have no relationship. You should love and treat your children the same because they will notice if you don’t

MM on

He didn’t say he will love his son less nor did he say he will love love daughter more!!

Mandy on

I don’t understand why everyone is downing him for talking about his family. Family is more important than a career for a lot of people. I know I talk about my daughter more than anything else. Seems like some people just like to hate on others. And please stop putting Jessica in the same comment with him. They have both moved on.

Care Bear on

I’ve always liked the two of them and wish them the best! His comment is a bit strange but he only has the one at the moment so he obviously doesn’t know what to expect. I have two boys and a girl and while they are different and I love their unique qualities, I love them all in exactly the same way. He’ll see. 🙂

mer on

Omg, people, how do you do that, that you can alawys find something negative in anything! He talks so sweetly about his family and you are overanalyzing it. If you don’t like these people, why doo you come here and need to comment. Seriously. A bit of positivity?

valeskas on

He is a caring person and it shows, good luck on the new baby. Their son is so adorable and handsome, the baby girl will be beautiful.

Karen on

I’m so happy for them! They are a loving family and nothing but happiness and great things. Hope they have her on Christmas or a New Years Eve @ midnight! Wouldn’t that be something special?

Anonymous on

Dee- The baby blues are normal, and so is not immeditley bonding with your child. Neither is automatically a sign of a bad mother!

Anonymous on

Don’t worry or over think it Nick – when the new baby gets here you will be amazed at how your heart and love will expand to take her in. It will not be exactly the same as your son but it will be just as great and wonderful! God bless you and your family!

GG on

Love these two, they look like a very down to earth family.

guest on

So happy for them! Congrats.