*Essence Atkins is in a good place right now in her life.

The actress recently celebrated her 2nd wedding anniversary to her husband Jamie Mendez and, as we reported earlier, is now expecting her first child at the age of 39.

In the meantime, she’s staying busy with new season, “Are We There Yet” and trying to find ways to hide that growing belly.

In an interview with Essence.com, she talks about how pregnancy has transformed her life and how finding love online is possible.

“I didn’t have any morning sickness, everything has been extremely well. The only thing I changed was that I stopped working out,” she said. “All of our friends are like, ‘You guys are just getting started while our [kids] are off to college,’ but it’s like I lived my life, I’ve taken trips to Paris for just 30 hours and came back, I’ve popped bottles, I’ve done it all, now I’m just ready and looking forward to being a mom.”

And being a mom is just half of it. Being a wife is exciting for Atkins. After meeting her mate online, her life has changed and her perspective on love is definitely different.

“I put myself in the frame of mind where I wasn’t going to waste any more time. I met my husband at 36; a lot of people have questioned it like, ‘she’s so desperate.’ I didn’t want to waste any more time. After 35, I felt like I’d been in these relationships, some were great, some weren’t so great, but they weren’t right partnerships. So I did this inventory, I’m not going to just settle for anyone, and at this point I don’t have anymore time to waste if I wanted to have children.”

Two years after walking down the aisle, Atkins is happier than ever.

Read/learn more at essence.com.