Spelling and McDermott with son Liam
03/19/2008 at 03:00 PM EDT
and Dean McDermott are expecting a girl, the actress tells PEOPLE.
"We were shocked when the doctor said the ultrasound showed a girl!" says Spelling. "Since Dean has [a son] Jack and now Liam, I always kid him that he's shooting only boys."
But the couple are thrilled to have a female sibling for Liam, 1, and Jack, 9, McDermott's son from a previous marriage.
"I've always wanted a little girl since I'm such a girly girl, and Dean always wanted a little girl as well," says Spelling, 34, who had an emotional reaction as soon as she got the news. "I immediately started crying. I couldn't believe it. I have my beautiful little boy and now I'll have my little girl! It's amazing."
The actress, who has been open about her difficult relationship with her own mother Candy, hopes to correct the mistakes of the past. "Because my mother and I have always had a complicated relationship, I always wanted a girl to prove that the past doesn't have to repeat itself," she says. "I can't wait to be a great mom and friend to her."
Still, she admits to having some jitters about her new role. "I'm a little nervous to have a girl," she says. "But mostly, I'm just excited for the same reasons – to prove to myself that I can be an amazing mom to a little girl."
And what about dad? "Dean says he will be totally overprotective!" says Spelling with a laugh. "He says 'especially if she looks like her beautiful mamma!' Aaahh ... Love my man!"
Spelling’s first book sTori Telling
is currently available in bookstores.
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