They’ve had babies on the brain for years! Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are expecting their first child together, as revealed by the Gossip Girl alum on Monday, Oct. 6. The A-listers have anticipated expanding their family for quite some time, and here, Us Weekly rounds up the (many!) times they’ve talked about starting a family and settling down in past interviews.
1. 30 Kids and Counting
“I’ve always wanted a big family,” Lively, 27, told Allure in its October 2012 issue. “Oh, I’d love 30 [kids] if I could.”
2. He Wants the Same
“We’d love to have a big family,” Reynolds, 37, told Details in its August 2013 issue. “We both come from big families — my parents did four, Blake’s did five. A lot of people say it’s crazy, but we’ll only know when we’re there, you know? We’ll walk through that fire pretty happily, I think.”
3. Boys Boys Boys
“I’m terrified that I’m genetically predisposed to only having boys,” Reynolds told Details in the same interview. “That’s frightening. By the time I was 10 years old, and I’m not exaggerating, I knew how to patch drywall. There’s nothing my brothers and I didn’t put a hole in. We turned our home into a Wiffle house. That’s something I’m not looking forward to.”
4. Baby Litter
“I gotta get started,” Lively told Marie Claire in its September 2014 issue, referring to having kids. “If I could spit out a litter of kids, I would.”
5. Start With One!
“My youngest daughter is newly married and wants a big family,” the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star’s dad, Ernie Lively, said in a statement released by the University of Utah in October 2013, after a life-changing heart procedure. “She says she wants 30 kids. I said, ‘Why don’t you start with one?'”
6. Looking Up to Other A-Listers
The sunny actress told Allure in 2012 that she looks up to another A-list couple. “As somebody who knows Ben [Affleck] and Jennifer [Garner], they cannot be more sacred with their family and their home life,” Lively said.
7. Awesome Aunt Blake
Lively opened up to Grazia UK in November 2012 about being an aunt. Her favorite Christmas present, in fact, came from her nieces and nephews. “[My sister] videoed their whole day, brushing their hair, dropping them off, picking them up,” Lively recalled of the priceless gift. “I can’t be there every day so that was very emotional.”
She mused: “The most important gift is something that lasts, and that’s why you go through the holidays with your nieces and nephews and you see all of these amazing toys that they get. And then, they’re just on the floor five minutes later. You notice that adults don’t get those same toys…Things that last are always the most powerful, [such as] memories, whether it’s a photo album, something that was a meaningful moment, something that you make.”
“I don’t drink. I’ve never tried a drug,” the actress told Allure, adding that she wasn’t a fan of the club scene either. “The music is so loud, you can’t have a conversation with somebody,” she told the mag. “If I were an amazing dancer, yeah, I’d go, but I’m definitely not. My friend calls me a speed walker because my elbows are everywhere… It’s not like I decided on these strict lifestyle choices and I’m enforcing them. It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for.”
9. Let It Go
“I think you have to let go of this idea that you can be precious about everything,” Reynolds told Details about starting a family. “And let it be the abstract mess that it is.”
10. Ryan Reynolds, Patriarch
“He’s going to be a great father and leader and patriarch — he’s so meant to be all of those things,” Lively told Vogue in its August 2014 issue about her husband. “The fact that he lived so much before we got together, he’s the exact realized person that he should be. And so I get to share my life with the person he’s become, and we get to grow from there.”
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