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How ‘Home Town’ Stars Erin and Ben Napier Are Preparing for Baby Helen

At age 6, Erin Napier was confident she’d never have kids. “My dad is a doctor in physical therapy and he had all these medical books,” the artist, one half of the husband-wife duo on HGTV’s hit Home Town (season 2 returns January 8) reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “I found pictures of childbirth and it seriously traumatized me! I was terrified.”

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Until this past Mother’s Day — nearly nine years after she wed college sweetheart Ben — when she discovered she and the craftsman, 34, were expecting. “I was relieved!” she recalls. “When you’re 32, you wonder, ‘If I’m not brave enough now, am I going to be brave enough when I’m 33? 34?’ You never feel ready. But the Laurel, Mississippi-based pair are excited. With just months to go until daughter Helen’s arrival, they share their joy with Us.

‘Home Town’ Stars Erin and Ben Napier
‘Home Town’ Stars Erin and Ben Napier Brooke Davis of Black Horn Productions

(Photo by Brooke Davis of Black Horn Productions)

Us Weekly: Tell Us about the moment you learned that you were expecting!

Erin Napier: I went to bed at, like, 8 o’clock and I thought that was weird because I’m a night owl. When I woke up in the morning, I just kind of had a feeling.

Us: Had you been trying? 

EN: It was just an accident. Not planned!

Us: Did you guys talk about having kids? 

Ben Napier: We got married and then a few months later started a stationary company and it sort of overwhelmed us.

EN: It was our baby!

BN: It wasn’t that we didn’t want to have kids, we just had so much other stuff going on. It just wasn’t time.

Us: And now it is! Have you started preparing the nursery? 

BN: I’m building a crib for her using quarter sawn white oak. I want it to be really beautiful so one day, Helen can give it to her little girl. That’s the dream. But other than that —

EN: We’re real low-key about this pregnancy.

BN: Real low-key! We’re renovating five houses right now and we just finished our own.

EN: It was a rough 16 weeks without a master bathroom while pregnant!

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Us: How are you handling pregnancy and renovating houses?

EN: It’s a bunch of guys around me all day long, and every minute I have one of them asking, “Are you OK? Do you want to sit down?”

Us: Has Ben spoiled you, too? 

EN: He doesn’t let me do anything! He’s so generous. He’s always been that way, it’s just gone into overdrive since we found out about the baby.

Us: What are you most looking forward to with parenthood? 

EN: I’m excited to know what kind of girl she’ll be.

BN: I’m excited to see Helen grown up in this town where everybody watches out for everybody and takes care of each other. It’s special.

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