By now Dancing with the Starsfans know that last season's champion Peta Murgatroyd will not be on the new season of ABC's popular dance competition show. Peta has a very good reason for not competing. Peta,30, and Maks Chmerkovskiy, 36,are expecting their first baby. While talking toAJ Calloway on Extra, Maks revealed that he will be a proud papa on January 2. Peta is five and a half months pregnant, and the baby is expected right after New Year's Day. The baby could come a few days earlier or a few days later, but that's the scheduled date, according to Peta's doctors.

Peta and Maks' journey

Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovskiy dated off and on since 2012.Maks surprised Peta when he got down on one knee and proposed to her onstage during a performance in Miami, Florida on December 5, 2015.On June 29, 2016, Murgatroyd and Chmerkovskiy confirmed they are expecting their first child early next year.

Peta was competing on Dancing With The Stars in Season 22 when she found out she was pregnant. She ended up winning the championship with hearing impaired model Nyle DiMarco. No one knew it then, but Peta admitted later that she was very sick during the initial stage of her pregnancyeven while she was competing. Murgatroyd and Chmerkovskiy plan to marry in July 2017. That would be close to seven months after the baby is born. Maks says the baby will make a wonderful addition to the wedding party.

Boy or girl for the pros?

The dancing professionals do not yet know if their baby is a boy or a girl. Maks admitted that he does have a preference. He said everyone will be in big trouble seeing his mini-me running around.

So secretly Maks prefers someone a lot like Peta. Because Peta was sickduring her first trimester, Maks might get what he is hoping for. An old wives' tale predicts that a woman will have a girl if she has morning sickness when she first gets pregnant.

Maks is back on 'DWTS'

Maks retired from Dancing with the Stars after he won the championship with Meryl Davis in Season 18.

However, he has returned for Season 23. So the engaged pros haven't been on DWTS together in quite a while. Maks did return as a guest judge several times since he left. Season 23 premieres Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m. in a two-hour special on ABC. You will see Maksdance with Amber Rose, but a very pregnant Peta will be absent from the ballroom floor.

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