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With a new baby and a new husband, 2011 has certainly been a memorable year for Kim Zolciak. But the Real Housewives of Atlanta star -- who tied the knot with NFL player Kroy Biermann in November -- says there is one moment, in particular, that she'll always remember.
Zolciak, 33, tells iVillage that when she first stepped outside to walk down the aisle on her wedding day (which you can watch on her upcoming Bravo special, Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding), she locked eyes with her man, 26. "I will never forget when I looked at him and how I felt," she says. "It was incredible."
To finish off her eventful year, Zolciak is hosting a New Year's Eve party with Ciroc to celebrate their Safe Rides program. (They're handing out pre-paid cards for partygoers to use for safe transportion home.) When iVillage caught up with the the mom of three, she explained why having a baby is easier now that she's older, how her daughters Brielle, 14, and Ariana, 9, are adjusting to their new brother Kroy Jr. (or KJ for short), and revealed why she decided to take a chance on a younger man.
Congrats on the new baby! How's it different this time around?
I definitely think being 10 years older, I have a lot more patience. I was a single mom with a 4-year-old and a newborn the last time. So I just had to get through the day. And now I'm in a position where I have Kroy, and I do have help when I leave town. I have a nanny who I trust. And it's great. I feel like with my girls, because I was working two jobs, I missed some of their milestones because I was trying to just make money and pay the bills.
So this time you're able to savor the moments more?
I am now. I only had a week off when I gave birth to KJ. I had a week off from Bravo and then I went right back to work. And then I had to move, and I did all these things. The last seven months have been insane. And now for the next couple months I’m able to relax and unwind and just enjoy my family.
Are there any differences in having a boy?
Having a boy is no different. For me, it's just amazing how much you can love each one of your children. With Brielle I thought I could never love another child as much as I love her. And then Ariana came along and of course I loved her, and you love them in all in different ways. And now KJ.
How are the girls adjusting to having a baby brother?
Ariana, my 10-year-old, is my little helper. She knows what KJ eats and she knows everything about him. If he’s fussy, she's like, "He's gotta burp." I mean, she's on point. And Brielle, being 14, she's in and out of the house. She has a bit of a social life. But she's like, "Mom, he's just so cute." She's really adjusted well, and she adores him. But she was really nervous. Unfortunately when I was pregnant with Ariana, I was going through a divorce. So in her mind, she lost her dad and then she had a new sister all in two months. She attributed having a new sister to life falling apart. And that was one of her fears.
What first drew you to Kroy?
I was in such a good place when I met him. I had been single for a while, and I was just focusing on my career -- and I think timing is everything. And then after I met him, he just sent me a text that said, "It was really great to meet you. I'll be in touch." Some guys, when you meet them, they try to play it cool for a couple days. But Kroy just sent me that text. And, honestly, people always say you just know when you meet The One. And almost immediately I just knew. Pretty much from the beginning we were inseparable.
Did you have any reservations about dating a younger guy?
I had never dated somebody younger in my life. It did cross my mind. I was warned by everybody: "Don't date him, he's an NFL player, don't date him." He was 24 when I met him, but he's really mature. There aren't a lot of guys at 24 who would step into a commitment with someone who has children. That's a sacrifice. And I just think Kroy is definitely wise beyond his age.
What's one moment from your wedding day that you'll always remember?
We got married at our house, and the second I walked out those doors -- I will never forget when I looked at him and how I felt. It was incredible. I’ll never ever forget it. And Kroy's vows were from the heart, they were incredible. There wasn't a dry eye here. There were football players, Bravo execs and everybody had tears in their eyes. It was truly, truly beautiful.
Are you surprised with how much your life has changed over the past year?
My life has definitely changed. I never thought in a million years that I would just meet somebody and my life would just change so much, so fast. I can't tell you how many times I just walk around every day and thank God. I’m just so blessed.
Are you excited for the New Year's Eve party you're hosting in New York?
I am excited, but I haven't left my son very much. I did leave him in October for a really quick trip to New York to find my wedding gown, actually. And I left him this weekend, and it's so hard. But I'm excited. I'm excited to be a part of this (Ciroc) program -- and of course, who doesn't want to be in New York City on New Year's?
Ali Gray is iVillage's Senior Associate Entertainment Editor. Follow her on Twitter: @thealigray