Lauren Conrad Introduces Son Liam James

Meet Liam James Tell.

The Hills alum Lauren Conrad covers the latest issue of PEOPLE with her newborn son. The former reality star, 31, opens up about welcoming her firstborn with husband, lawyer William Tell, on July 5.

On her birth story: “Before the delivery, I felt like I was getting ready for a blind date. We considered doing the 4D ultrasound but then decided to wait. I just remember thinking he was so cute — and I was surprised by how tiny he was. I was convinced I was having a giant baby, to the point where I didn’t even buy newborn clothes — in my head he was 9 lbs.,” she says of baby Liam, who was born weighing 6 lbs., 14 oz.

On finding out the gender prior to delivery: “I don’t really love surprises. I like to have all the information. And I was sharing my body with someone — so I wanted to know as much as possible about him. I always hoped I would have a boy. Boys are so fun. I was a tomboy, and I always play best with boys. When we found out, I was so excited.”

On who Liam looks like: “[He is] sort of a combo of both of us. He definitely looks like William. But he’s still so tiny it’s hard to tell!”

On if she always wanted children: “In my early 20s I was open to having them or not having them. But after meeting William, I changed my mind. I knew I wanted to have a family with him. But I didn’t want to do it right away. I’m crazy about Liam, but I never really got baby fever, We wanted to enjoy being married and to really be in the right space. We took our time, so it was something to look forward to.”

On the newborn phase: “I feel so spoiled. Liam is such a good baby. I’m sleeping three to four hours at a time. This morning I was up at 4 a.m. and I wasn’t even tired, so I cleaned the kitchen and did some cooking. William was like, ‘You’re crazy!’ His last nighttime feeding is right around when the sun comes up, so I sit and feed him and watch the sun rise. He’s funny to watch — he makes really funny little expressions. I’m already stressing out because I want him to stay this tiny and I know he won’t. So I’m just trying to enjoy how itty-bitty he is.I was looking at him the other day, and I was like, ‘I understand now why people keep having babies!’ We’ll probably have two. I think it’s best not to be outnumbered.”

On how she’ll raise Liam: “I want to be strong and teach him to respect women. The mother-son relationship is so important. And I’m just excited to play again! I can’t wait to break out the finger paints. And I’m such a Disney nerd, so I get to watch those movies with someone who is seeing them for the first time.”

On motherhood at this stage of her life: “I worked hard to get here. It took a lot. And it makes me appreciate my life now and value the peacefulness. I’m really lucky. And I know that.”

For more from Lauren, go to PEOPLE

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