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She’s got a new job on the sitcom Dads, but Vanessa Lachey is also busy planning not one but two birthday parties – for her son, Camden John, and husband, Nick.
“The same year I’m planning my son’s first birthday, I’m also planning my husband’s 40th birthday [in November], so it’s been quite an interesting process [with] different scales of things,” the actress, 32, told PEOPLE at the TCAs.
“I’m planning over here what kind of wine we’re gonna have and the liquor, and over here I’m like, streamers and beach balls!”
Sitting with her castmates, Tonito Castro and Brenda Song, from the Seth McFarlane sitcom (which premieres on Fox on Sept. 17), Lachey says that her life as a working mom is a dream come true.
“I had one of those Oprah aha moments. Literally when I started at MTV and someone said, ‘Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?'” she recalls.
“I remember vividly saying these three things: I see myself married to a great guy. Check – thank goodness! With at least two or three kids – one is good for now, as I’m learning I’ll take that slowly. And to have a multicam sitcom, because I think there’s something beautiful about being able to come into people’s homes and entertain them once a week.”
But in the Lachey home, it’s little Camden – who turns one on Thursday – who’s the entertainer.
“He loves to dance, he loves music,” Lachey says. “He loves the water – the pool, swimming, the beach – to the point that when we give him water and try to sign ‘Drink, drink,’ he literally puts his face in the cup and starts [acting] like he wants to go swimming.”
She adds, “But I won’t do a pool party for his first birthday ’cause I feel like we have the rest of his life to do pool parties. He’s 1, this one’s for Mom and Dad.”
– K.C. Blumm with reporting by Michele Stueven