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Giuliana Rancic: “We Put Our Marriage First and Our Child Second”

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Bill Rancic and Giuliana Rancic

Marriage over motherhood? Yes, says Giuliana Rancic, who welcomed baby boy Edward Duke via surrogate last summer with husband Bill Rancic.

Speaking to Us Weekly on Feb. 26 at a Toast to Red Carpet Style event hosted by Crystal Light Liquid and the E! News host, Rancic shared the secret to their happy marriage: She and her husband make their relationship a priority, even when there’s a “cutest baby ever” in their life.

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“We’re husband and wife, but we’re also best friends, and it’s funny because a lot of people, when they have kids, they put the baby first, and the marriage second,” says the 37-year-old breast-cancer survivor. “That works for some people. For us, I find, we put our marriage first and our child second, because the best thing we can do for him is have a strong marriage.”

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“So we’re even stronger than we ever were before and even imagined we could be,” continues Rancic, who recently reported from the Oscar red carpet for E!. “Like Oscar morning, Duke wakes up, like, twice during the night because he’s so hungry and wants to eat every 4 hours. So Bill, like, no question was like ‘I got it. Tonight you get a good night’s sleep.’ And when Bill has shoots the next day or meetings the next day, I do it…. It’s kind of amazing…. I always say to Bill, ‘You were my first baby,’ because he was! He was my first love and my first baby and Duke is my second baby.”

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The couple, who have plans for a second child (“We’d love to do it, so hopefully it’s sooner rather than later,” she says), also makes sure to schedule in time for date nights. “We do it all the time. I had Oscars and then Fashion Police, and now I’m done. Awards season is over. So last night Bill surprised me. He had Chicago deep dish pizza flown in from Giordano’s!,” the reality star tells Us. “He knows after awards season, I go to town! We had that and some frozen yogurt for dessert and…walked around Santa Monica. It was sweet!”

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