Amar’e Stoudemire and wife Alexis Welch may have just gotten married but the couple just announced their expecting their fourth child together. “We’re blessed that we were able to extend our family,” the New York Knicks forward, 30, tells PEOPLE Mag.
We’re both huge on having a nice size family. It was something we’ve been talking about for a while. It happened naturally and at the right time so it all worked out.”
“It was just perfect timing,” adds Alexis, 29, who says she’s had some morning sickness but overall, “can’t complain!”
The couple exchanged vows in a lavished ceremony last month, on special date 12-12-12, in front of a small group of friends and family. Their three children, Ar’e, 7, Amar’e Jr., 6, and Assata, 4, were also in attendance.
“They’re very, very excited,” says Alexis. “They just keep guessing if it’s a boy or a girl.” And it won’t be long before the sex is revealed, “I can’t wait to know what it is,” says Amar’e.
“As soon as Amar’e walks into the door those kids are all over him,” says Alexis with a laugh. “He’s like a big kid. He’s a great dad.”
And as for mom, who mans the house while Amar’e is on the road, “she does it all,” says Amar’e. “She does such a phenomenal job with the kids. I’m just here to be the big teddy bear.”
After marrying in December, the couple will hold another wedding celebration this summer. “We’re planning a big, extravagant Cinderella wedding for Alexis!” says Amar’e.
“It was beautiful to have a private ceremony with close family and friends,” says the star of their December nuptials. “I planned it; I wanted to have something that was more spiritual where we could really understand what being married means. It was a great way to end 2012.”
Back in June the NBA player proposed while on a romantic vacation in Paris. The little baby girl or boy is expected sometime in late Spring.
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