Bill Rancic and wife Giuliana Rancic's ups and downs have been chronicled on their reality show Giuliana and Bill. From their struggles to have a baby to Giuliana's breast cancer battle, they have weathered a lion's share of storms. But now, as they prepare to welcome their first child together via surrogate, things are finally looking up again.
"We had a crazy year and we've tested our vows," Rancic told Parade.com about their plans to have a vow renewal this summer. "Our outlook on life is different so we want to tweak our vows a little and have more fun with it. It's going to be a celebration of life and as I told her, it's the year of the Rancics."
A big part of 2012 will be their increasingly sympatico careers. They are hosting a summer reality show for NBC entitled Ready For Love, they opened a new restaurant, and he has partnered with Rogaine, becoming their spokesman and "growth coach."
"I had suffered from some hair loss and we pulled up old pictures versus some from the past two years and it was a night and day difference," he says. "One in four men suffer from hair loss and I wanted to let guys know they don't have to go through it since nine out of ten men who use Rogaine get their hair back." And what did his wife think of his new venture?
"She's the one who really noticed the difference," Rancic says. "Women get men to do things they wouldn't normally do. Eye cream and stuff like that. Getting married has been better for me. I don't know if most guys can say that but it's definitely enhanced my life."
Read on for more about baby names, their high-tech way of staying in touch, and why Giuliana will be the bad cop:
On keeping their busy marriage strong.
"Although we travel a lot we try to limit it and we're starting to do more projects together. We're doing more work things together to limit our time apart. When we're apart, we're on the phone a lot and use FaceTime. Recently, both of our flights had Wi-Fi and we were FaceTiming each other from our seats on our separate planes. I was talking very quietly and the person next to me was watching a movie."
On knowing you're ready to settle down.
"Every guy has a different timetable. For me, it was very appropriate to get my career on track before I brought anyone else in my life. So I wasn't ready until I accomplished certain things in my career. Everyone has that time in their lives when they wake up and they know. That's what happened to me and I was very lucky to find the love of my life and my soul mate. When you know, you know."
His best business advice.
"My dad always used to tell me, 'It's not how much money you make. It's how much money you save.' I think there is a lot of truth to that. I was always taught to live below my means and save my money. To plan for that rainy day since you never know when it is going to come. You have to examine the lifestyle you are living and whether or not it allows you to save. It's reverse engineering your life and thinking, 'In 25 years, where do I want to be?' Then you work backwards and figure out what you have to do to get there."
On who will be the disciplinarian.
"I hate to say it but she's going to be the tough one, believe it or not. I'm the softie. When we're around my nephews, I'm a pushover. She lays down the law. She's tough. Her parents were very strict. She was never allowed to sleepover at people's homes. They ran a really tight operation in her house so I think she will surprisingly be the disciplinarian."
On baby names.
"We're still playing with names. You won't see any juniors. I think you have to earn that title. If one day we have a son and he chooses to name his son after me, then I've earned it! I did a good job as a father and I made him proud. I don't think it's something you force on someone. It's got to be earned. I would never do that. Although Giuliana would like to see a Giuliana Jr., I don't think that's going to happen."
On what he's looking forward to as a father.
"The little things. Falling asleep with the baby on my chest and looking at this perfect miracle. Not to get religious but if you don't believe in a big man above, look at a baby. It's so perfect."
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