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Kevin Jonas is one doting, do-it-all dad-to-be. In the past year, he and his band of bros, the multi-platinum pop group the Jonas Brothers, have performed for arenas of screaming fans, starred in music videos and worked on a new album, their first in four years. He’s building a dream home and waiting on his wife, Danielle, who’s due in February. For these parents-to-be, who welcomed the world into their zany lives on E!’s hit show Married to Jonas, managing worldwide stardom is nothing compared to settling on a stroller.
“The question is, will my opinion factor in at all?” jokes Kevin, looking at his 26-year-old wife with affection. Laughing, Danielle tries to explain what she wants for the daughter they’re expecting. “He forgets I’m not as strong as him! I like the Bugaboo Bee.” Kevin, 25, has other ideas. “The Orbit stroller and car seat is safe. I don’t trust other drivers.”
They’re not the first couple to disagree about strollers. But Kevin hits upon an answer. “We’ll have more than one stroller, babe,” he says, proud to be able to offer this solution. Although they’ve been married for four years, Danielle, a former hairstylist from New Jersey, is still sometimes surprised by her good fortune. “I wasn’t thinking like that. OK,” she says. And as easy as that, it’s settled. When they sit down to chat, still somehow effervescent after a full day shooting for Fit Pregnancy, it’s clear that teamwork is the secret of their success—whether they’re dealing with Danielle’s health scares or building a house in a race against her due date.
Fit Pregnancy: How was the shoot?
Kevin Jonas: You should have seen Dani owning it today! I love to watch her doing things like this: seeing something she wants and then doing it and feeling good about it.
Danielle Jonas: Honestly, I don’t think photo shoots are ever going to feel natural to me, but today was a lot of fun. Kevin is my comfort. If he wasn’t here, I wouldn’t have felt like that.
FP: Danielle, how are you feeling at five months in?
DJ: I feel good now, but the beginning was really tough. I wasn’t puking, but I got really dehydrated and was on an IV for about two weeks. I couldn’t be with Kevin on tour, which was so hard.
KJ: I wanted to be there for her. Whenever I had a day off, I’d fly home and we’d just lay in bed together.
DJ: I guess I hadn’t been eating right and drinking enough, because one day I just passed out.
KJ: She was on the phone with me when it happened. The phone went dead and I was like, She went down! I got in my car and drove right there.
DJ: You got there faster than the ambulance! Once I got to the hospital, they put me on an IV and I immediately felt a lot better. After that, I talked to a nutritionist.
FP: What changes did you make?
DJ: She told me to eat five times a day and to stay hydrated! Now I carry Smartwater and snacks wherever I go.
FP: You’ve been really open about your anxiety issues, Danielle. How are you handling that during your pregnancy?
DJ: Honestly, working out has really helped. It makes me feel good.
KJ: Just last night, you were having a hard time and got on the treadmill. When you got off, you were like, “That was what I needed.”
DJ: Walking does something good for me. I am still taking antianxiety medication, but at a really low dose.
KJ: We talked to multiple doctors about the appropriate kind to take.
DJ: They say if your body is stressed out, that’s not good for the baby, so I figured this was the best thing for me.
FP: Good for you for taking care of yourself. You look great, are you wearing maternity clothes yet?
DJ: I just recently started, and I’m having such a hard time finding stuff that fits! But I like J Brand jeans, 7 For All Mankind and Jessica Simpson.
KJ: Her body is incredible! I think pregnancy is the most beautiful, sexy time in a woman’s life.
DJ: Not every guy thinks that …
FP: The good ones do! Have you started shopping for the nursery yet?
DJ: I’ve always been obsessed with Snow White. I loved the bluebirds that were always with her, so when I found out I was having a girl, I wanted a crib with bluebirds on it.
KJ: A close family friend of ours, Kate McIntyre, is a decorator, and she’s designing a crib with carved birds.
DJ: And the room is going to be purple instead of pink. I’ve had the swatch of fabric for the wall color since we got married. We were finishing our house and I was like, “This has to be saved for a baby’s room.” And we got a girl!
KJ: I’m working hard to get our new house built in time for the baby. I’m general-contracting the project myself. We started five weeks ago with an existing property on the site, and we’ve already demo’d, excavated, gotten all the permits and, as of today, the frame is up and they’ve sided the entire house!
DJ: Kevin is so persistent, he will not stop until something’s done.
KJ: I set my sight on a goal and do everything I can to accomplish it, and once it’s done, I move on to something else. I always need a project.