Something’s cooking for Gail Simmons: a new baby!
“We are thrilled that a sibling is on the way for our daughter Dahlia Rae, who is almost 4,” Simmons tells PEOPLE of her exciting news.
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Simmons — author of Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater and a new cookbook, Bringing it Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating — wed Abrams in 2008.
The couple welcomed Dahlia in December 2013, after not knowing whether they would be expecting a son or daughter for their first child.
“We’d like it to be a surprise,” Simmons, 41, told PEOPLE of the baby’s sex ahead of her birth. “We have some of the nursery done, but we’re going to wait until [we find out] who this little nugget is.”
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If the baby on the way is anything like their big sister, their taste buds will develop preferences pretty early in life. As Simmons explained to PEOPLE in 2015, “[Dahlia’s] favorite things these days are mushrooms and olives.”
” ‘Mama, olive?’ ” the star mimicked her daughter, adding that she also has an affinity for peaches. “She opens the fridge and stands there and tries to reach for the olive jar.”
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- Reporting by ANA CALDERONE