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Bill Clinton on 'baby watch' as he reveals Chelsea is nearing end of her pregnancy

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Bill Clinton

is preparing to become a first-time grandfather. The former president let it slip this week that his only child

Chelsea Clinton


nearing the end of her pregnancy


I hope by the first of October, I'll be a grandfather

," he told


. "I can't wait.

We're on watch now


Bill Clinton and wife Hillary are awaiting the arrival of their first grandchild

Chelsea, 34, and her investment banker husband

Marc Mezvinskyannounced in April they were expecting their first baby

together.Bill also revealed that the couple have

chosen not to find out the sex of the child

."I don't know. My daughter and son-in-law decided not to know.

They want to be surprised

," he said, when asked if the new arrival is a boy or girl.His wife

Hillary Clinton

similarly admitted the couple were on

"grandbaby watch"

while attending a woman's event last week.

chelsea clinton © Photo: Getty Images
Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvintsky

"Now I've been thinking a lot about family because you know I'm on 'grandbaby watch' and I think a lot about this new member of our family and what he or she can look forward to," the former secretary of state said."Whether you're the grandchild of a president or the grandchild of a janitor, whether you're born in a city or in a small rural village – no matter who you are, you have the right to inherit the American dream."Chelsea and Marc

started dating in 2005

, and tied the knot in a traditional and lavish ceremony in the state of New York in

August 2010

. After announcing her pregnancy, Chelsea, 34, said she hoped to "be as good a mum to my child, and hopefully children, as my mum was to me".

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