Erin & Ben Napier on Expecting Second Daughter: ‘We Didn’t Know If It Was Possible’
By Movieguide® Staff
HOME TOWN’s Erin and Ben Napier recently announced that their second daughter is due in May.
“We’re very, very blessed,” Erin told PEOPLE. “I think it’s really wonderful to have a sibling if it’s possible. And we didn’t know if it was possible.”
However, the future of Ben and Erin’s family was not always certain.
In 2017, Erin became pregnant with their first daughter Helen. However, in 2014 doctors discovered that Erin had a perforated appendix and had to get surgery. Although the surgery successfully repaired the issue, doctors warned Erin about her ability to carry a baby to full term.
“I was really, really scared. They said I could likely get pregnant but told me it could be difficult to carry a baby full-term,” Erin explained. “I was terrified to even try, because what if I can’t, and then I’m just devastated? What if we try, and something awful happens and it’s this tragic loss for us?”
The potential complications led Erin and Ben to think about the pregnancy as a process. They were hesitant to celebrate when Erin became pregnant with Helen.
“When it happened with Helen, I felt incredibly relieved with that first step: ‘Well, I am pregnant. It doesn’t mean that I will have a baby.’ You have to accept that part of it when you have some strange health issues,” Erin said. “It’s an incredibly sensitive process—that’s why we kept it a secret forever. Literally, tomorrow wasn’t promised, and it felt best not to make a fuss. It’s such a tender subject.”
Despite Helen coming three weeks early, the baby was healthy and made Ben and Erin excited for their second daughter.
“I’m less nervous now,” Erin said. “I know what to expect and they say no two babies are the same, but boy, I hope they are.”
“Helen was a dream,” Ben added.
“My grandmother passed away in May. At the funeral, my dad and his only brother stood over her casket, and it just made me think about how important a sibling bond is and how we wanted that for Helen,” Erin continued. “We want her to have somebody to share her life with.”