Nikii & Darius are college sweethearts from my alma mater who have always had the brightest smiles & attitude. When Nikii shared photos of their little guy, Xavier, I just knew our readers would love them. Superheros, mega-watt cuteness, and a sweet & honest interview with Nikii follow below...
As a first-time mommy, what is the biggest surprise about having a little one?
In general, I guess how much you can love this new little person. You think you know how much you’re going to love them, but once that little guy or girl gets here and you can’t stop staring at them, or watching them sleep, or just being amazed at how they learn to move- it’s a whole new level of love that you have never experienced or imagined.Specifically for Xavier-How awesome he sleeps! 7:30pm to 7 am...now he has started in the last few days to wake up at 6, but that’s still great!
Xavier is such a unique and strong name, how did you & Darius choose? Were there other names you were considering that made it tough to decide?
I’ve always loved the name Xavier; it’s less used and I like that. I hated being Nicole B growing up because there were 10 of us in one class! Darius and I love superheroes, as a pair our favorite superheroes are the X-men and the X-Men are led by Professor Xavier! So we have this joke that he’ll grow up to be a professor and then we can call him Professor Xavier. Of course he can be whatever he wants! We decided this name years before Xavier was conceived and it was pretty much the only one we agreed on 100%. His first and middle name is Xavier Alexander and we love how strong it sounds.
What is your number one piece of advice for finding balance between work & family?
Know that you can’t take care of anyone without taking care of yourself first. Don’t feel selfish or guilty for doing what you need to stay happy and to be an amazing mom. I had a hard time going to the gym and leaving Xavier after a full day of work away from him, but it was important to me to get back in shape. I rearranged my schedule and go to the gym in the morning before work. I’d rather sacrifice my sleep than my time with him. Find what it is you need to be happy and fit it in your schedule, it will all work out!
Your family photos are too cute! How do you get Xavier to be so smiley? What inspired the superhero theme?
Well Thank you! This little guy wakes up smiling! He keeps me from having a bad day, or even a bad hour. Again we love superheroes and my personal favorite is Superman, so I thought it would be awesome to get all three of us in superhero gear and have a blast being silly. Xavier is so strong for a little guy and at 7 months he inspires me to be strong in every possible way. He is my little superman!
Who is your favorite celebrity mom?
P!nk is one of my favorite moms. She is so strong, beautiful, creative, and looks amazing after gaining 55 lbs. in her pregnancy. She inspired me to find a way to make being a mom and getting in my gym sessions possible. I saw a clip of her recording a video or taking photos for her album and her little girl was sitting in a bumbo seat on set. I loved that her daughter was with her, it made her “normal” and easy to connect with.
Thank you so much, Nikii for sharing your gorgeous family with us!
Photos courtesy of Jason Angelini Photography.