HOME TOWN’s Erin Napier Shares Details About Her Daughters’ Sibling Rivalry
By Movieguide® Contributor
A new baby means lots of adjustment – and not just for the parents. Erin and Ben Napier have revealed that oldest daughter Helen is still getting used to her little sister.
“She’s now finding out that Mae [nine months] is starting to show a personality,” Erin shared with Us Weekly. “She can clap her hands, she can crawl and everybody cheers and is so excited. I think she’s starting to feel a little, like, ‘Well what about me?’”
She added that Helen, 4, is “just now getting into a little bit of … jealousy,” noting that she is still “so sweet” with Mae.
“Helen is never, ever ugly toward her baby,” Erin continued. “This morning, they were having a ball playing together. It was the first time where Helen was really playing with her. Like, they were friends and not just like, ‘Don’t take my toy.’”
She and Ben said that they don’t have any plans for a third child but, as Movieguide® previously reported, they were unsure if they would ever be able to have children:
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.
The couple has been very adamant that family comes first, choosing to work a traditional work schedule in order to prioritize time with their girls, despite hosting one of the most popular programs on HGTV.
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