Earlier this week, there were rumblings that Porsha Williams would be making an announcement. And it seems those rumors were true. Today, People published an exclusive with Williams detailing the news that she is expecting a child.
“When I found out I was pregnant, I was excited [but] I had mixed feelings. The other feeling that I had beside excitement was fear.” Williams had had a miscarriage six years ago and was worried that she might not be able to carry this child to term.
Williams, 37, said, “I’ve had a miscarriage before in my past, which I’ve also been open about because I suffer with fibroids and had to have a myomectomy. So just the fear of, ‘Is the baby going to be okay? Will I make it full term?’ All those questions that you ask if you’ve had a miscarriage before.”
But Williams said as the baby grew and progressed, she started to embrace the concept of becoming a mother.
“Going into the first appointment and being able to see baby and hear baby and know that baby is fine, then I can really wrap my mind around actually becoming a mommy.” On the day of the interview, Williams said she had another appointment where she would see the baby via ultrasound.
This will be the first child for both Williams and her boyfriend Dennis McKinley. Williams, who has known McKinley for years before the two began dating, talked about the blessing he’s been in her life.
“The thought of me getting that blessing after praying for it for so long and getting that blessing with someone who is just as excited as me — it’s Dennis’ first child, just like me — and it’s something we’ve both always wanted … It’s like a dream come true. I believe he’s probably shed more tears during the process than me. It’s just the sweetest moment of my life right now.”
Williams shared the news with McKinley on his birthday this past July. She said keeping the surprise from him was “really hard to do” after she found out herself. She says their journey toward parenthood has strengthened their bond as a couple.
“The pregnancy came from the left, but it definitely has brought us closer together because you realize when it sets in that you are actually bringing a life to this world, that you have become family overnight. So now a lot of the things that we had talked about are a reality, and we work really hard at wanting to be a good couple and build a strong foundation for our new family that we’re going to have. ”
Williams said that while they don’t know the sex of their baby, they have talked about names.
“One of the names that we got rid of that he liked was Napoleon. [I was like], ‘I don’t know about that one for a boy!’ One of the names that he has absolutely settled on — I’m not settled on it yet — is PJ. PJ stands for Porsha Jr. He wants to name our daughter Porsha Jr. I’m not really sure because I think she’s going to be mad, like, ‘Really, Mom?’ And then I’m going to have to try to explain it and he’s probably going to deny that it was all his idea.”
Congratulations to Porsha and Dennis!
Check out pictures of the couple over this past year and perhaps some clues along the way, on the following pages.