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Baby Matters

A City on {Baby} Watch

November 1st, 2014

With Carole-Anne Devaney & Jennifer Crosby

 

Having a baby is a special time shared by you and the ones you love. Now imagine getting ready to have a baby while the eyes of the entire city were on you. Two local news favourites, Carole-Anne Devaney and Jennifer Crosby of Global Edmonton, are doing just that. And here’s what they had to say about it:

  1. If you could summarize your pregnancy in one word, what would it be?

Jennifer: Blessed

Carole-Anne: Sugar-filled!

  1. Who were the first people you told (aside from your partner) about the baby, and what was their reaction?

Jennifer: My hairstylist actually was one of the first to find out . He figured it out pretty quickly! We had so much fun telling people in person, we initially revealed our news to our loved ones as we saw them. My dad happened to be coming through town for work so we showed him our first ultrasound photos a little earlier than we might have.  Keeping it quiet is so hard!  

Carole-Anne: My best friend Laurel Gregory (who is a reporter at Global). I told her in the work washroom the morning I found out… and we both cried!

  1. What has been the most surprising thing that you’ve experienced during pregnancy?

Carole-Anne: How much time I spend in the bathroom. I think I’ve visited every single public washroom in Edmonton!

  1. What has been on your pregnancy-craving grocery list?

Jennifer: In the beginning, I couldn’t get enough hamburgers and through the summer, I craved  lots and lots of fresh fruit.  Lucky for us our local farmer’s markets were in full swing throughout my pregnancy

Carole-Anne: Lots of fruit!! I don’t eat a lot of fruit normally but I’ve been craving it constantly. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, apples, pineapple! And lots of pie…

  1. How has it been sharing your pregnancy with your viewership?

Jennifer: Our viewers have been so supportive and kind, and I’m thankful for that.  We’re able to develop a connection with them, especially with a four-hour show like the Morning News and through our online forums.  The whole Morning News team has been very supportive too. It’s been a lot of fun.

Carole-Anne: I decided not to make an official announcement. I just wanted to let viewers figure it out on their own. Some could tell the minute I was showing… others, I think, still don’t know!

  1. Because you’re in the public eye, have you received a lot of unsolicited advice? What has been the best, and what has been the most bizarre?

Carole-Anne: The only advice I keep getting is to ignore other mothers’ advice!

  1. Do you have a concrete birth plan, or are you approaching it in an “as it happens” way?

Jennifer: We’ll be taking it as it comes. We’ve heard from others that there is so much about the experience that you can’t control.   I feel like I’ve had great prenatal care, our friends and families have been wonderful resources and it helps a lot that both of my sisters have young children.  They’ve been incredible and willing to answer all of my questions at all hours of the day.   Being a first-time mom there is so much to learn, it’s been great to have so much help.

Carole-Anne: Yes. I am doing a water birth with a midwife at the Lucina Centre. But even that can change at the last minute. We wanted a natural birth, but we are aware that things don’t always go according to plan.

  1. Who will be present for the delivery?

Jennifer: I’m so confident my husband David will be an amazing coach.  It will be the two of us  and our OB and other hospital staff of course.

Carole-Anne: My husband only. I think it’s such a private and emotional moment; one I prefer to share just with him. If my parents lived here, I definitely think they would be a part of the process in some way or another, but since they live in Ottawa, they probably won’t make it here on time… (although they will try!!)

  1. What must-have items will you be taking to the hospital (assuming you’re delivering in a hospital).

Jennifer: I’m so grateful to my colleagues at Global for throwing me a lovely baby shower.  One of the gifts was a kit with everything you need for heading to the hospital and getting home again with baby.  A couple of moms put it together with all the essentials, like hair ties, lip chap and a cozy towel for me and diapers, wipes and an outfit for the baby.  We’ll bring all of that in the beautiful weekender bag my husband got me as an early surprise gift, plus some music and phone chargers of course.

Carole Anne: I haven’t given it much thought yet but probably some really, really, really loose sweatpants, hair clips and hair elastics, and some snacks. Oh and a bottle of Chardonnay, just kidding!

  1. What are you most excited about when it comes to having your baby?

Jennifer: I’m really looking forward to becoming a parent alongside my husband.  He’s been the greatest source of support and encouragement during this process.  He’s so excited to become a dad and he’ll do an amazing job.

Carole-Anne: I can’t wait to hold her in my arms! I can feel her move and I can hear her heartbeat. She’s so close to me, yet I can’t touch her! It will be the best feeling to finally get to hug her and kiss her.

Thank-you to Jennifer and Carole-Anne for sharing with us. Wishing you all the best in the coming months with your new little ones!

***Update: Jennifer and Carole-Anne both gave birth to little girls and are doing well!

 

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