Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed usually keep things private when it comes to their personal lives, but the arrival of their daughter Bodhi Soleil made the proud parents want to share the event with the world, after observing 30 days of silence.
Somerhalder, 38, and Reed, 29, welcomed their first child in July. They married in April 2015 after being engaged for just four months. During a recent interview on the Informed Pregnancy podcast, the Twilight actress revealed that when they decided it was time to start a family, Somerhalder gave her a little push by throwing away her birth control pills!
To our friends, family, and rest of the world. In my 38 years on this earth I've never experienced anything more powerful and beautiful than this. I can't think of anything more exciting than this next chapter and we wanted you to hear this from us first. This has been the most special time of our lives and we wanted to keep it between the three of us for as long as possible so we could enjoy this time with each other and our little one who is growing so fast…because that's what they do, they grow so fast. Thank you for your kind energy. Love, Ian
The Vampire Diaries actor explained, “We decided that we wanted to have children together, and it was just time. But unbeknownst to poor Nikki, she didn’t realize that I was going to go in her purse and take out her birth control. By the way, it was the beginning of the pack, so I had to pop all those suckers out.”
Not only did Somerhalder throw out the birth control, but he also took a six-minute video of Reed’s reaction. Apparently, she was “freaking out” while he flushed the pills down the toilet.
Once the couple got pregnant, they realized a lot of big decisions were coming their way, including whether to give birth at home or in a hospital. Originally, Reed wanted a birthing plan that featured a peaceful delivery at home with no lights and no talking.
However, indecision took hold of Reed after all the things the medical industry put in her head about regulations and what could go wrong. She says paranoia set in and she ended up not having a plan at all. Eventually, they decided to have their daughter in a hospital, and it only took an “intense” three hours after they arrived for Bodhi to be born.
Just a quick note to you my beautiful wife. You are briefly napping on the other side of the room after being an amazing mom all night so you'll read this when you wake… seeing these images reminds me of those amazing 9 months that you sacrificed your whole being to grow our little one. The kindness, the beauty and organic nature of these photos makes me so very proud. You brought such fun and such power into our lives being pregnant but you literally brought the word sexy into pregnancy, we all see it. Thank you for being my partner in this life and thank you for inspiring not just me but all others who read, hear or see what your soul gives us. Love, Your husband
Reed didn’t get her peaceful delivery at home, but she did get a quiet month of silence. She told Fit Pregnancy that the couple turned off their phones and didn’t allow visitors, and there was no expectation of communication. Reed says they wanted to be “fully present” in the first thirty days because you don’t get them back.
The actress didn’t want the time to be filled with questions every five minutes or requests for pictures; she just wanted alone time with her husband and daughter.