She kept her fans guessing about the sex of her first child after only revealing last week that they were named Monaco.
But Jeannie Mai Jenkins cleared up some of the mystery in a preview clip for Wednesday’s episode of The Real in which she announced that baby Monaco was a girl.
The 43-year-old stylist and talk show host had her costars cheering as she shared the news via video chat.
Baby news: Jeannie Mai Jenkins, 43, revealed in a preview of Wednesday’s episode of The Real that her first child Monaco is a girl
‘It sounds so dumb, but I really wanted you to have a girl,’ admitted her co-host Adrienne Bailon.
Jeannie added that they’d discussed fashion choices for girls and what it was like to raise girls earlier in her pregnancy.
‘Everyone thought it was a boy. Everyone!’ she added, before noting that all the superstitions expecting mothers have about what might signal a boy or girl are false.
Adrienne also noted that some of her cohosts thought that Monaco might signal that Jeannie had welcomed a boy due to it’s ‘O’ ending, but the new mother clarified that she picked the name before she even knew the baby’s sex.
Fooled them: ‘Everyone thought it was a boy. Everyone!’ Jeannie added, before noting that all the superstitions expecting mothers have about what might signal a boy or girl are false
Dream come true: ‘That’s the part that I’m still just so overwhelmed with,’ Mai said after she was asked how it felt to be the mom of a girl. ‘I can’t explain to you how many visions jumped into my head this moment I put that little girl into my hands’
Making changes: She also saw being a parent as an opportunity to raise her child differently than she was raised
‘That’s the part that I’m still just so overwhelmed with,’ Mai said after she was asked how it felt to be the mom of a girl. ‘I can’t explain to you how many visions jumped into my head this moment I put that little girl into my hands. I thought about my relationship with Mama Mai. That already, I can’t wait to have that bond with Monaco.’
She also saw being a parent as an opportunity to raise her child differently than she was raised.
‘I also thought about all the things that I didn’t learn as a little girl, that I can’t wait to teach my daughter now,’ she continued. ‘There’s just so many reasons why raising a little girl is such an honor to me. I would have been happy with anything, but to have Monaco, I can’t tell you, I feel chosen. It’s emotional, and I can’t wait to raise a really strong, loving, empathetic, humorous, fashionable, fly, little girl.’
Jeannie Mai shared the name of her first child on Thursday.
Oh la la: Jeannie Mai shared the name of her first child on Thursday. The beauty said during her show The Real that she and husband Jeezy have given their little one the moniker of Monaco
The beauty said on The Real that she and husband Jeezy have given their little one the moniker of Monaco. Monaco is a sovereign city-state and microstate on the French Riviera.
But the talk show host did not reveal the gender of the child at the time, as she said she wanted to share that at a later date.
In a new video shared with People, Mai revealed that the nursery for the baby is neither pink nor blue but rather a neutral color.
On Thursday’s episode, Adrienne Bailon said, ‘Today is an extra exciting day because, guess what … we have a Baby J update.’ Guest co-host Kathy Hilton smiled.
Bailon then opened an envelope and read: ‘Three years ago, Jeezy and Jeannie were talking on a bridge in France, talking about what it meant to do life together.
Boy or girl? The talk show host did not reveal the gender of the child at the time, as she said she wanted to share that at a later date
The name at last! She has the child’s name Monaco in cursive in the nursery
At ease: Here she was seen in a pink dress as she relaxes in an off white chair
‘Here they decided to grow and raise a family together. Hence, they named their child after the city that changed their lives forever: Monaco Mai Jenkins.’
In the clip on her Hello Hunnay YouTube channel Mai said that Monaco holds a special place for the lovebirds as it is the place where they discussed their life goals.
‘I thought Baby J’s name should be a J name because obviously Jeannie and Jeezy, makes sense, but that wasn’t the name that came to us,’ Mai Jenkins shared.
‘What really came to us was how baby J came to fruition for us when we were dating.’
The star shows off the child’s nursery in the video and at one point she reveals a sign on the wall that says Monaco.
The baby is here: Mai, 43, took to Instagram to make the special announcement over a week ago
So Real: On Thursday’s episode of The Real, Adrienne Bailon said, ‘Today is an extra exciting day because, guess what … we have a Baby J update.’ Seen with Jeezy in 2020
‘That’s really the theme of the nursery: what Monaco is about. Family, moments, traveling, discussions, important key points in my life and Jeezy’s life that brought Monaco here,’ she also said.
They welcomed the child on January 11.
‘I asked God for a life of love and happiness,’ Mai said in a post alongside a baby crib from the maternity ward. ‘He sent me my family. Baby Jenkins is here.’
Mai and Jeezy, 44, wed last March in Georgia and she revealed they were expecting last September on The Real.
She opened up at the time about her changing stance on parenthood.
She showed fans a lot: The TV star has chronicled her stages of her pregnancy on social media and on her show
‘You know, I was like, I know exactly what I want, I know exactly what kind of woman I want to be, and I always said, ‘I’d never be a mom,” she said. ‘And there’s so many reasons now that are coming to fruition as to why I would have said that then, but I do know that you never say never, and that love can really change you.’
She said that her husband made her realize that she’s ‘never really truly felt safe.
‘And of course, it has to do with things that happened when I was younger, but when you know what feeling unsafe is like, that becomes your world. And falling in love with Jeezy, meeting someone who also didn’t feel safe in their life, we began to really create a place where our happiness spelled out what safe looked like around us.
She continued: ‘So, as soon as you feel safe, in a healthy relationship, all of a sudden you start having visions and dreams and for both of us at the same time, it would be becoming parents, having kids.’
Mai said that she and Jeezy — who has three children from prior relationships, Jadarius, Shyheim and Amra — had tried to have a child after they wed last March.
Fun party: Mai last month celebrated a baby shower with friends and loved ones at her home
Not saying: And in a new video shared with People, Mai shared that the nursery for the baby is neither pink nor blue but rather neutral. Mai was snapped in November at the Baby2Baby 10-Year Gala in Los Angeles
She said that following a pregnancy loss, the couple thought about in vitro fertilization, but later conceived the child naturally.
Mai opened up about the turn of events to Women’s Health last September, saying, ‘It was the most beautiful sign that anything’s possible, that you’re not in control and God has a plan.’
She said that ‘being a mom is hands down the hardest role in the entire world,’ and that ‘now that we’re bringing another Jenkins into the picture, [she has] no idea what to expect.’
So happy: She began dating Jeezy in 2018. Seen on their wedding day in 2021
Mai last month held a Winter Wonderland-themed ‘shower of love’ at the home she shares with her spouse.
‘How am I falling in love again…but this time with someone I’ve never met?’ she said in a clip on Instagram. ‘Baby J isn’t even here yet- yet bringing together our friends and family in a way only God can do. Thank you, thank you to all our friends who threw this shower of love.’
Among those in attendance included Adrienne Bailon Houghton, Elaine Welteroth, Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson.
Mai was previously wed to actor Freddy Harteis from 2007 to 2017; She began dating Jeezy in 2018.