Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah Davis Jeter, are expecting their first child. The couple announced their pregnancy on Jeter’s website, The Players’ Tribune, back in February, by way of a blog post written by the mom-to-be.
Jeter’s number is set to be retired at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, May 14. He is set to become a father later this month. The gold-glover and his super model wife are excited to start this new chapter in their lives.
Here is what you need to know:
1. It’s a Girl
The gender announcement was made subtly, in one picture that said so much. Derek Jeter was seen holding a bunch of pink balloons, looking slightly terrified, knowing he’s going to have a girl. Of course, that’s a feeling that most new dads experience.
“[Derek and I] both have two nephews right now [whom] we absolutely adore and we spend a lot of time with, so I’m really excited to buy all the girly fun stuff because we’ve been buying boy things for years. And there’s not that much cute boy clothes, like you really have to look for them,” Hannah Jeter told People Magazine shortly after announcing her pregnancy.
She admits that she’s not super girly but she’s excited to be tickled pink. “I’m not really a girly girl, but I’m gonna get there. I want an Easy-Bake Oven, I want the dollhouse. Barbie car,” she told the magazine.
2. Hannah Jeter Has Had a Hard Time Deciding on a Name
It is unclear if the Jeters have agreed on a moniker for their little one, but Hannah hasn’t had the easiest time finding something that she really liked.
“I don’t wanna tell you, ’cause I don’t think that’ll be the name, personally. We have some brainstorming to do. We have some time,” Mrs. Jeter told People Magazine of the name that her husband had picked out. “I don’t like anything now, that I’m hearing. But that’s probably ’cause I’m just an emotional hot mess lately. So everything, I’m like, ‘Never, I could never name her that!’ So we’ll see,” she added in the February interview.
3. Baby Jeter Will Get a Part of Her Dad That Others Won’t
Although Hannah Jeter wants her kids to know about their dad and the incredible baseball career he had playing for the New York Yankees, she is excited for her daughter to get a special piece of Derek that no one else gets.
“We want our kids’ lives to be as “normal” as possible. They’re going to be born into such an extraordinary situation. They’re going to have to be some strong little people. We don’t want them to be defined by their dad’s name — for them, we want him to just be ‘Dad.’ That will be the piece of him they’ll have that the rest of the world doesn’t. It will be special, and it will be theirs,” Mrs. Jeter wrote in her blog.
4. Hannah Jeter Hopes Her Daughter Is ‘Honest’ & ‘Stubborn’
Hannah Jeter knows how she wants to raise her children and has hopes for the traits they inherit. She wrote about how supportive the couple will be as parents, but jokes that if playing baseball is a dream of theirs, it won’t be so simple.
“I hope they’ll be honest like their father. I hope they’ll be stubborn like me. I hope that they know what they want and won’t settle for less. And if they want to play baseball, well, we’re gonna have a little talk first,” Mrs. Jeter wrote.
“Derek and I will want our children to understand that the lives they’ve been given are so fortunate, in so many ways. We’ll want them to learn to help others, and to care for others, and to give back to the world,” she added.
5. Jeter Is Excited to Become a Dad
In a 2014 interview with People Magazine, Jeter mentioned that he was looking forward to becoming a dad and joked that being an uncle to his nephew. Jalen, was fun, but less serious.
“Kids nowadays are going to be the leaders of the future, and the leaders for not only Jalen, but my kids one day when I have them. I look forward to being a dad. When you’re an uncle, you can get rid of them when you want to get rid of them,” Jeter told the magazine.
That same year, Jeter talked about starting a family after his retirement. Check out what he had to say in the video below.