Essense Atkins of the family sitcom Are We There Yet and her husband Jamie Mendez are expecting their first child. The child is due Christmas Day, the perfect gift. The 39-year old actress told sources, “Our gratitude is overwhelming to have found each other and adding a baby to our happy home is truly a dream come true. We are both elated and humbled by this amazing gift.” Atkins has played in a number of sitcoms and movies over her long career, including: The Cosby Show, Deliver Us From Eva and Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne. Congrats Essence and Jamie…I expect the baby to be named FreddyO.