Essence Atkins is expecting

    Actress Essence Atkins is expecting her first child with hubby Jaime Mendez.

    The “Smart Guy,” “Half & Half” and “Are We There Yet?” star is expecting an extra special present on Christmas Day.

    “Our gratitude is overwhelming to have found each other and adding a baby to our happy home is truly a dream come true. We are both elated and humbled by this amazing gift,” Essence told People magazine.

    The 39-year-old actress met her husband on, and the two married in 2008.

    Essence, who has been a regular on TV since the early ’80s when she had a recurring role on “The Cosby Show,” has grown up on the small screen.

    The actress’ loyal fans have been busy congratulating her via Twitter, for which Essence sent out a note of gratitude.

    “Thanks for the all the lovely messages tweethearts! XO,” she tweeted.


    —Tracy L. Scott



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