Sean and Catherine Lowe of 'The Bachelor' are totally ready for parenthood -- even if they don't know their baby's gender
By: Gibson Johns
Sean and Catherine Lowe met while filming Sean's season of "The Bachelor" back in 2012 and have been the sweethearts of Bachelor Nation ever since.
Sean had previously placed third on Emily Maynard's season of "The Bachelorette," but quickly found love as the Bachelor with Catherine, who he married in January of 2014. Two years later, the down to earth, fun-loving couple is in the midst of their first pregnancy, expecting their first child together -- whose gender they're not going to know until Catherine gives birth -- in July.
Since appearing on "The Bachelor," the couple has also taken part in a handful of other reality shows, including "Celebrity Wife Swap" and "Marriage Boot Camp," most of which they "end up regretting," especially when they compare those experiences to the magical journey they shared on "The Bachelor."
AOL chatted with Sean and Catherine Lowe exclusively at their Dreft-sponsored "Loads of Love" baby shower at the Gansevoort Park hotel in Manhattan this week to discuss their baby prep, reality TV regrets, their one-year #Amazinghood partnership with Dreft and why they think "The Bachelor" totally deserves an Emmy.
See photos from Sean and Catherine Lowe's Dreft "Loads of Love" baby shower:
Check out our full conversation with Sean and Catherine Lowe below:
First of all, congratulations on the pregnancy! What's been the most surprising thing about the past six months or so?
Catherine Lowe: I don't know about any surprises -- I don't even think we've allowed ourselves to be surprised. There have just been a lot of exciting things that have happened, and it's been a bit overwhelming to see how much we have to know by the time it comes out. But we're so calm and together on this that we don't need to think that much about it. People have been doing this for forever. [Laughs]
So, in a sense, the biggest surprise has been how easy it's been.
Catherine: Yes, it is definitely a surprise that it's been an easy pregnancy! I didn't even have morning sickness. I actually, like, forget I'm pregnant! I guess that's a surprise.
You chose to not find out the gender before the baby comes. How has that affected your baby prep?
Sean Lowe: Not really. We're not the type of people where, if we knew it was a girl that we would have a whole pink room, you now? We've ordered the furniture, and I think we've got a cool sleek room that will fit a boy or a girl.
Catherine: Lots of neutrals!
You're teaming up with Dreft for a year-long partnership, highlighting your "Journey of #Amazinghood" and all of the most memorable moments from your baby's first year, which fans can find on Dreft's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.. Can you tell me a little more about the partnership?
Catherine: We're actually here in New York right now to kick off our one-year partnership with Dreft with this "Loads of Love" baby shower. Right now we're really just getting the essentials that we need for the baby, and we've already started washing clothes with Dreft. It's been the number one detergent for babies for a long time, so we're really happy to be partnering with a brand that is so respected.
Are there any big moments in particular that you're looking forward to during your first years as parents?
Sean: You know how you always see that classic picture of babies with spaghetti sauce all over their faces? It's weird, but I'm looking forward to those moments where you put the baby in his chair, and it's messing around with its arms, and it doesn't quite know how to put the spaghetti in his mouth. That's going to be fun! And that's where Dreft comes in handy, because there will be spaghetti sauce everywhere! That, or we could just have the dogs lick it off [Laughs].
You've done a couple of reality shows since appearing on "The Bachelor" -- "Wife Swap," "Marriage Boot Camp" -- what did you learn about your relationship from those experiences?
Catherine: I think these shows have always brought us closer, just because we're so alike in the way that we conduct ourselves and take in experiences in general. We're both opportunists and love doing new things, but for some reason we always end up regretting doing these shows! [Laughs]
Sean: Also, what we've learned is that "The Bachelor" is so well-produced! Not only that, but also the producers care about you. Obviously they have a show to create, but they do take time to create this family-like atmosphere. We've tried a couple of other shows where it's not like that at all. Which leads me to my next point: "The Bachelor" is getting totally jipped -- someone get them an Emmy already! They deserve an Emmy.
I'm totally onboard with that.
Sean: Seriously! Everything from lighting to sound -- it's all great.
Catherine: And they own the "love" space! They're the only ones that have proven that it can actually work.
The proof is right here! Do you have another favorite "Bachelor" couple?
Catherine: We like a lot of them!
Sean: Yeah, we've hung out with a bunch of couples.
Catherine: I'm definitely closest with Kaitlyn and Shawn.
Sean: I've spent time with all of the recent Bachelors -- Chris Soules and Ben Higgins -- and we've spent time with Jason and Molly [Mesnick], of course, and Trista and Ryan.
Catherine: Once you're inducted into this "Success Couple" situation, you're in it for good. We can talk about whatever we want to talk about with each other, and you just feel really close to one another.
Sean: It's also, you know, the couples that work out tend to be on the normal side, so they're easier to get along with! You don't always want to walk red carpets and stuff, you know? Hanging out and watching TV is cool, too!
Bachelor Nation is one of the most invested fan bases there is. Have you had any fun fan experiences?
Sean: I can tell you [Catherine's]: We went to the Emmys, and afterwards we went to the Governor's Ball. Kaley Cuoco saw her, and she was the one freaking out because she saw Catherine!
Catherine: I was like, "What is happening?!" We've gotten a lot of people like Emmy Possum, Abigail Breslin ... there are a lot of celebrity fans. Also, the fans that are just watching it have been so supportive. I've gotten so many gifts -- like, crazy expensive gifts -- from people that just show up at our doorstep!
Finally, JoJo Fletcher's season of "The Bachelorette" premieres later this month -- did you have a chance to give her any advice before she started filming?
C: We haven't talked! She's also [living] in Dallas, and I invited her to a party, but she didn't even know she was going to be the Bachelorette, so she just fell off the face of the Earth [when filming started]. I'm sure once she gets back she'll get right back into that "Bachelor" family essence that everyone else sort of becomes a part of, though!
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