Every month we hope to share with you, a little peek inside the life of a celebrity parent or parent-to-be. We’ve asked them a bunch of questions and they’ve been kind enough to answer them (and then some!) Reading the answers, you clearly see that as parents we’re all very similar. When you take away their big screen personas, you’re left with mommies and daddies with hopes and dreams for their little ones. Their perspectives are fun and amazing to read but turns out not so different than ours. We hope you enjoy our “interview” with Christie Lynn Smith (who will be guest starring on BOSTON LEGAL TONIGHT!) and share in the excitement she clearly has for the upcoming birth of her daughter.
What is the most exciting thing for you about becoming a new mom?
I’m getting so excited about meeting my little girl who is coming in the next few weeks!! Her name is Abby Ryder. My due date is officially March 13th… but you never know! I can’t wait to see her little face and fingers and toes. I know everyone says how tired I will be the first few months, but I don’t think I will be because of all the nursing and getting up every two hours; it will be because I won’t be able to take my eyes off her! I think I’m going to just stare in awe at her all day long. We saw in an ultrasound, just yesterday, that she has my nose!
It is crazy now how much she is moving around. The other day I was eating cereal and my arm was resting on my tummy. (Yes, I have a little shelf now.) It actually comes in handy- I can rest the remote on it! Anyway, Abby slid her elbow or knee across my arm that was resting on my tummy and I jumped so high the milk from my spoon flew everywhere. I laughed so hard!! It’s so amazing, this miracle of a little being growing inside of me.
Is there a tradition in your family that you would like to hand down to your child? Or, is there a tradition you would like to start with your own family?
We can’t wait to take her to Hawaii when she’s about 8 months old. Her Daddy wants to teach her how to surf. I think we will have to wait till she can stand though. We love the warm water, beautiful palm trees and pineapples!!
I can’t wait for Christmas this year. We can make my Aunt Shirley’s Sugar cookies! (the kind with the sprinkles and frosting- Yummy!) That will definitely be a tradition for us.
Do you have a favorite memory from your own childhood?
I remember waking up and getting a tape recorder from Santa, but it had Santa’s voice on it!! That was the best ever! Santa left me my own personal message on my very own tape recorder! WOW!
How have you been feeling lately?
I have to say when my body started “changing,” you know, not fitting into any of my clothes, I felt a little like a weeble wooble and kinda fat so I started to wear only leggings and stretchy pants. The best thing I did was finally break down and buy those maternity jeans with the big black waist band, which I said I would never do. I love them and they made me feel human again!! I wear them all the time!!! A must for pregnant women — get those jeans!!!!
With the writers strike and being pregnant, I didn’t work as much as usual, but I am guest starring on BOSTON LEGAL . Funny thing, I did the show when I was 3 months pregnant and nobody knew. Then three and a half months later they wanted to add more scenes when I was almost 7 months preggie. So if you watch the show and think she looks a little heavier in this scene, you are right, I AM! They had to hide my belly with a long trench coat and a purse over the belly, kinda funny!
What is your favorite GRACO product?
We are so excited to use the GRACO Sweetpeace. I can’t wait! I know she will love it! It is such a great idea. And we are installing our GRACO SnugRide Car Seat this Friday. We got the new 2008 Truffle. It’s beautiful! I love that these have the little foot cozy. But the most important thing is that I trust GRACO’S safety records and that by far outweighs anything else.
Well, I gotta go- we are putting up Abby’s drapes in her room and painting a tree with little birds on it!! My husband (actor John Fortson) painted a beautiful sky on the ceiling with clouds. It’s really neat!
All the best to all the mommies-to-be and mommies out there!!
Pregnancy Photo- Hagit Baruch