One of the OG Vampire Diaries Stars is Having a Baby! — and Really Soon, Too

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It’s a banner year for one of your all-time favorites from The Vampire Diaries. Not only did he (that’s a hint right there) have to say goodbye to the beloved series that skyrocketed him to stardom — which you might say is sad, but we prefer to say necessary bittersweet — he’s about to open up another life-changing chapter: fatherhood. And that star is… Ian Somerhalder!

That’s right, while everyone was rejoicing earlier this week over the news that Paul Wesley reunited with longtime girlfriend Phoebe Tonkin, whom he met on the set of TVD, the man who brought Damon Salvatore to life (well… after-life) on the small screen for eight seasons had even bigger news, waiting to be shared. Fortunately, the wait is over!

“To our friends, family, and rest of the world,” the blue-eyed heartthrob began in a caption for a photo of himself kissing wife Nikki Reed‘s baby bump on Instagram. “In my 38 years on this earth I’ve never experienced anything more powerful and beautiful than this. I can’t think of anything more exciting than this next chapter and we wanted you to hear this from us first. This has been the most special time of our lives and we wanted to keep it between the three of us for as long as possible so we could enjoy this time with each other and our little one who is growing so fast…because that’s what they do, they grow so fast. Thank you for your kind energy.

“Hi Little One,” the 28-year-old Twilight alum began in her own Insta caption. “I know you, but only because I feel you. How is it possible to love someone so much already? All I know for sure is it’s the strongest feeling I’ve ever felt. We’ve been sharing this body for quite some time, and we’ve already experienced so much together. We can’t wait to meet you…
Your parents”

The vampiric couple’s relationship was quite a whirlwind. After the two got together in July 2014, they got engaged in January 2015 and were married on April 26, 2015. Alas, though, their love hasn’t wavered… and now a new Somerhalder is coming into the world! And, by the looks of Nikki’s bump, we can expect the new addition really soon, too. We wish them all the best on this exciting, new journey.
Who will be the godparents? After all, Nikki Reed’s godmother to one of her co-star’s kids: