'Bachelor's' Jason Mesnick: 'I Got What I Wanted' (EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW)
The former reality star is thankful the ABC dating show introduced him to wife Molly Mesnick.
Jason Mesnick and Molly Mesnick are one of the few couples from ABC's The Bachelor franchise to find their happily ever after.
Now after tying the knot in 2010, the pair are preparing to welcome their first child together this spring. But though his brood is growing, Jason — father to son Ty, 7, from a previous marriage — is more than ready for the road ahead.
"I remember blending families as a kid [when] my parents got divorced [and] my stepdad came in. It’s not as easy as people think. It’s a challenging thing," Mesnick told Celebuzz at Warner Bros. TV's 25th Celebration event held at The Bachelor mansion in Agoura Hills, Calif.
"But, the good part about it... is that Molly and I already went through blending her with my son Ty. And, right now, it’s making sure Ty’s ready more than anybody else. I think I’ve already kind of lived through that stuff. I know what it’s like to have a baby. I know what it’s like to have a spouse. [Now], I’m making sure everyone else is ready."
But even as preparation fall into place, it's still too soon to say what their new addition will be named. "We don’t know what we’re having, so we have to have multiple names for each sex," Jason explained, adding that the baby's middle name might be inspired by a grandparent.
"I remember going through the first time, picking a name is real hard. It’s like you’re coming from a male’s point a view, a female’s point of view and your own personal histories," he continued. "'I like that name, but that a girl’s name; that guy’s name was a weirdo in high school, so I’m not going to pick that name.' [But] I think we’re getting close. We got a couple boy names, a couple girl names that we like, but maybe we need some help trying to figure it out."
One thing's for sure: The little one will have plenty of children's products from the couple's new brand, Play. "It’s all about healthy kids, healthy families and we make really cool products for tough [kids]," Jason said. "When you buy our products, we go and give back to kids’ health. We help build playgrounds and we give back sports equipment... to schools who don’t have that kind of stuff."Melissa Rycroft for his now wife.
"I got what I wanted. It’s not the perfect way to get there, but I met my wife on the show and that’s good," Jason said. "And everybody else who was a part of that experience, I think we’re all in a good place now."
And Mesnick is focused on guiding his family through the next few months. "My goal throughout the whole thing is, more than the ups and downs of every day, is that [Molly is] healthy and the baby’s healthy. Being healthy as a pregnant women may be like going for walks, which is not easy to do because you don’t feel so good. And, making sure she’s taking in the right nutrients for your baby because all you want is a healthy baby. So, that’s what I challenge ourselves with every day, being as healthy as we can be."
The current season of The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8PM on ABC.