A few years ago, Emily Maynard was on back-to-back ABC reality-dating shows.
But these days, the Charlotte resident/former paparazzi magnet doing something much more domestic back-to-back: having babies.
Maynard, 30, announced Tuesday morning that she and husband Tyler Johnson are expecting their second child together, via a post on her blog for People magazine’s website; their son Jennings was born last July. They also have a 10-year-old daughter, Ricki (her father is NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick, who was killed in a plane crash a few days before Maynard learned she was pregnant).
“When this baby gets here,” Maynard writes in the blog entry, “Jennings will be about 15 months old and even though I’m sure he’ll have no clue what’s going on, I feel a little guilty just because he didn’t get to be the baby for very long!”
She adds: “I truly couldn’t be more excited. I said about two weeks after Jennings was born that I couldn’t wait to have another, I just had no clue it would happen so quickly! Some of my closest friends have had a really hard time getting pregnant and my heart breaks for them, so I’m just so grateful for this blessing God has given our family.”
The announcement coincides with Tuesday’s release of her new book, “I Said Yes,” which chronicles her relationship with Hendrick, her (failed) relationships on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” her relationship with Johnson, and her relationship with God.
Maynard spoke at length with the Observer last month about why she wrote the book, and about adventures in motherhood.
“Most of the time I feel like I don’t know if I’m comin’ or goin’,” she said in an interview at her church, Forest Hill on Park Road. “I’m grounding her from her electronics, and then trying to get him to take a nap. It’s complete chaos at our house, all the time. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s been so much fun.”
She also said having Jennings has been a much different experience, so far, than having Ricki.
“This time, having Jennings ... I just feel so grateful and excited,” she told the Observer. “Not that I wasn’t grateful for Ricki, ’cause I absolutely was. But her birth and everything was just such a different experience for me. Being alone and going through that grief ... this time, it’s so different. I don’t think (my husband) really understood that until reading the book.”