Jen Psaki prepares for baby, WH return
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Jen Psaki is not only preparing for her transition back to the White House next week, but also for the joys and challenges of having a baby just months into her new role leading communications for President Obama.

“Many people, I think, thought I was a little crazy, that I took this job at the White House when I was expecting my first child,” Psaki tells ITK with a smile.

The State Department spokeswoman, who’s due in July, indicates she had her doubts about returning to the West Wing while pregnant, but Obama and chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughLive coverage: Justice IG testifies before House on report criticizing FBI Ex-Obama chief of staff: Obama's Russia response was 'watered down' Former Obama officials launch advocacy group aimed at Trump's foreign policy MORE helped convince her.

“They were incredibly open and engaging and really accommodating, and it made me feel like, I can do this,” Psaki says.

Obama said last month he was “thrilled” Psaki, 36, agreed to return to the White House.

Psaki, who has traveled the world with Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBiden: ‘Totally legitimate’ to question age if he runs in 2020 Kerry decries ‘broken’ Washington Christine Blasey Ford has a credibility problem MORE the past two years, returns to the White House next week to serve as Obama’s communications director, replacing Jennifer Palmieri, who heads to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller's team asking Manafort about Roger Stone: report O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate GOP pollster says polls didn't pick up on movement in week before 2016 election MORE’s likely campaign.

Psaki is a familiar face in the White House, having served for years in the press office and as deputy communications director in Obama’s first term.

She isn’t sure if she’s told Obama that she and husband Gregory Mecher are having a girl, but, since she starts next week, she suggests he’s bound to find out soon enough.

“I think we’re just doing what any mom-to-be does, which is just try to talk to as many smart people who have been through it before and get advice on what you need and what you don’t need, and how to plan and plan the best you can,” Psaki says, adding that they aren’t quite to the point of setting up a nursery for the baby.

“Women, across the board, have been so supportive and big cheerleaders and said, ‘Oh you can absolutely do it,’ ” Psaki says, noting that other senior White House officials are expecting babies around the same time.

A veteran staffer, Psaki served as Obama’s traveling spokeswoman for his first presidential campaign and later press secretary for his reelection bid in 2012. Starting next week, Psaki will lead communications for the final two years of his presidency.

“Seeing a group of your friends and peers grow through stages in life while you’re all a part of this historic piece ... that’s something I think we’ve all thought about, too,” Psaki said.

On impending motherhood, Psaki says she’s enjoying the moment while preparing as best she can.

“I’m sure there are many things you don’t know.”