For so many, Christmas is a magical time of the year. But this festive season is set to be extra special for Real Housewives of Cheshire star Nermina Pieters-Mekic and her footballer husband Erik.
Since welcoming their eight-month-old daughter Alaya-Rose, the couple, who have been married for four years, have been in a blissful baby bubble, enjoying their new chapter as a family of three.
So when OK! catches up with the new parents for an exclusive chat, it’s no wonder they’re counting down the minutes until Christmas Day arrives, which is set to be their most memorable yet.
With their excitement palpable, 28-year-old Nermina reveals: “We have never been more prepared for Christmas as this year.”
“The house was decorated weeks ago and most of the Christmas gifts are all ordered and prepared.”
Erik, 33, adds: “Having Alaya-Rose has made it so much more special and we just want to make it unforgettable for her and for us as family.”
Revealing how they’ll be spending the holidays, Erik continued that it’s set to be a big family affair, including with both of their parents who can’t wait to dote on their granddaughter.
He said: “We are very excited for Christmas as it’s the first Christmas for us as a family and we are also really looking forward to welcoming our parents.”
“We haven’t seen them much this year so having Christmas all together will be very special.”
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And to get themselves even more excited for the holidays, Nermina and Erik have been embracing the magic of this time of the year, having recently enjoyed a day out to Manchester’s Winter Wonderland.
Nermina explained: “It was the first Christmassy family event for the three of us.”
She continued: “Alaya-Rose was mesmerised by all of it and we are already looking forward to when she’s a little bit bigger so that she can enjoy it even more.”
Further opening up about how life has changed for the better since Alaya-Rose came into the world, Erik explained: “Becoming a parent has been the most beautiful and life changing experience for the both of us.”
Nermina agreed, adding: “Alaya-Rose is 8 months old now and we have loved everything so far. Every stage has something beautiful and we are looking forward to making more memories together as a family.”
She concluded: "She is our world and she makes our house feel like a home."
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