Brooke and hubby Dave Ray are “so excited” about the baby’s May arrival. “By the time the baby’s born, we’ll have been married eight years,” Brooke tells People.com. “I met Dave when I was 19 years old — we’ve been together a really long time and we’ve always wanted to be parents.”
Brooke, best known for her lovely vocals and piano playing, was a finalist in season seven of American Idol. She announced her pregnancy on her blog Brookie Babble with a video post.
“My baby’s been a gem to me already,” gushes Brooke. “I really haven’t slowed down since finding out the news in September. But I kept it a secret until about two weeks ago. There are a few really hard secrets I’ve kept in my life — one was American Idol and the other was being pregnant. I’m a confidentiality pro!”
Brooke (and Dave) thought pregnancy would be tougher. “I thought I would be miserable and having every symptom in the book,” admits Brooke. “Dave was excited for the day we’d have kids but dreaded the day I’d get pregnant because he wasn’t sure he could handle me! But I’ve been on the road doing the shows and minus some pretty good exhaustion and heartburn, I’ve actually done really well.”
Brooke thinks she’s having a girl, but she’s not 100 percent sure… yet. “So I’ve been buying little outfits and I can barely contain my excitement,” she says, “but honestly — and I genuinely mean this — if my little girl decided to change her mind and become a boy, I’d be stoked either way! I’ll just be happy to have a healthy baby.”
Did you learn the sex of your baby before he/she was born?