Casey Wilson's due date is fast approaching!
The Marry Me actress is expecting her firstborn son with husband David Caspe, whom she met on the set of the ABC sitcom Happy Endings. A radiant Wilson cradles her growing baby bump on the cover of Fit Pregnancy's April/May issue, which also happens to the be the parenting magazine's last print issue ever.
Wilson, 34, admits she "had a very rocky first and early-second trimester."
"I felt tired and sick and in a fog, like an extreme hangover, until about week 16. I thought, 'Surely, this is the worst part of parenting.' Then I remembered when I was 15, and my mom said I couldn't go out—I pulled two giant brass sconces out of the wall with my bare hands. There are rougher waters ahead, I fear," Wilson jokes. Thankfully, now that she's in her final trimester, Wilson is "feeling so much better."
Wilson was shooting the first season of her NBC sitcom when she first learned she was expecting. "It's difficult because you can't just stay home. But in some ways, it was good to learn to set limits. I'm someone who always says, 'Oh, sure, I'll do that! I'll work an 80-hour week! Not a problem.' This was the first time my body simply said, 'No, you can't do that.'" During a particularly long day on set, she had to tell the director she needed to go home. "It was uncomfortable," the actress recalls. "But there was a freedom in creating boundaries, especially when I knew that it wasn't just Casey who was saying no."
The actress has been buying baby clothes and readying her son's nursery, and she's been preparing for parenthood in other ways, too. "When I first got pregnant, I joined a couple of those mom chat rooms, and it was seriously like a Saturday Night Live sketch," says Wilson, who was a cast member on SNL from 2008 to 2009. "I was laughing so hard! Of course, I was appreciative that women share information, but there would be fights over, like, what kind of lotion one woman is using on her stomach."
"A friend and I would read these exchanges to each other. She'd be like, 'BabyMama5 is really upset with PregnantLeslie,' and I'd go, 'Oh lord, not those two again!' Now I mainly reach out to my girlfriends, since many them have had babies. I'm also a fan of Expecting Better by Emily Oster and The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary."
Wilson says that while Caspe would "like seven kids," they "definitely want two."
"We both come from two-kid families, and I can't imagine going through life without a sibling, especially later in life," says Wilson, who married the comedy writer in May 2014. "My mom passed away about eight years ago, and I'm not sure how I would have dealt with that without my brother," she explains. "Going through pregnancy having lost my mom is a whole different journey. It's bittersweet, because it's simply not the experience of knowing your mom is going to come out for two months and help take care of the baby. I thought I wanted a girl, but I almost felt relieved when I found out I was having a boy."
"Having lost my mom, and having had such a close mother-daughter relationship, I felt like somehow I wasn't ready for a girl," Wilson admits. "I feel like the universe is letting me try this out with a boy first."
As they await their son's arrival, Wilson says she is already making predictions about which parent her son will take after. "We've done a couple of sonograms and he seems to always have his hands over his eyes," she shares. "My husband said, 'Thank God he doesn't appear to want the spotlight like his mom!'"
The actress adds, "He seems very shy, which we're both kind of relieved about!"
Fit Pregnancy's April/May 2015 issue is on newsstands now!