*Songwriter and producer Sam Watters says his wife, “American Idol” season one finalist Tamyra Gray, struggled with extreme exhaustion at the beginning of her pregnancy, but soldiered on through it and is now doing great.

“She’s doing yoga all the time and she eats real healthy. …We’re really excited,” the former Color Me Badd member told People of the bun in the oven, due July 14. “We don’t know what the sex is yet. We’re waiting to be surprised. I would love a girl, but I think it’s a boy. We’ll see if I’m right.”

Watters — who has an 11-year old son from his previous marriage — jokes that he needs help dealing with his own pregnancy weight and hormones.

“Tamyra is this really skinny girl with the type of body that won’t let her put on weight. It makes me sick — I’m working hard,” Watters laughs. “I have to fight not to get heavy because I’ve been eating a lot. It’s like nervous energy or something. I put on 10 lbs. and was like, ‘You’re the one that’s pregnant. What am I doing?’”

Still fans of “American Idol,” the couple who reside in Marin, Calif., hopes Crystal Bowersox will take home the title this season.

“She looks like she knows who she is and I believe it when she’s singing,” says Watters who is working with Gray on her new album, due at the beginning of 2011.

“The pregnancy was a surprise so we stopped right in the middle of the album,” he admits. “But by no means is Tamyra like, ‘I want to settle down.’ This baby is going to be on the road. I’m looking forward to it.”