Lindsay Price is busy preparing for her next role: mother. The Lipstick Jungle actress is just weeks away from delivering her first baby, whose dad is celebrity chef Curtis Stone, Price's longtime love. Parents.com caught up with the mommy-to-be, who says she's ready to meet the little person who'll soon be running the show.
Parents.com: How would you describe your pregnancy?
Lindsay Price: Really good. At the beginning I didn't have much morning sickness, maybe a little here and there. Months seven and eight, I had to check in with myself, and now that I'm at the end of month eight I'm feeling it. I especially love the kicks and the moves. I'm really enjoying it a lot.
Did you exercise during your pregnancy?
I've stayed active by swimming, hiking, and doing yoga.
How would you describe yourself right now?
Like two cantaloupes. I don't know if there is a fruit to describe my body (laughs).
Have you put a set of musical headphones on your belly, or do you and Curtis talk to your belly?
Yeah, I talk to the baby. I definitely play music because I'm a big music person.
Have you had any fun food cravings?
In the early stages I could not get enough of guacamole. I thought about it all day long. I'm really lucky because Curtis is a healthy eater.
Did getting pregnant scare you?
The excitement and joy was there, but yes, I did get scared. I started thinking, "How does life change? Will I be selfless enough? I now have to live to support another human being. What if my body never goes back into shape?"
Did you read any books?
I tend to read everything. When I'm interested in a subject I really dive into the topic. While I've been pregnant I read What to Expect When You Are Expecting, The Baby Whisperer and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and Guide to Breastfeeding.
You just had a very public baby shower. So many celebs shy away from allowing the media inside. Why did you go a different route?
At first I thought this was a personal thing to do and it should not be public. Then I began thinking, this is something to celebrate and why not share that joy?
Your baby shower was attended by celebrity moms like Rebecca Romijn and Sarah Michelle Gellar. What advice did they float you?
Although Rebecca had twins she did say take your Omega 3, 6, and 9 and eat a lot of protein. One of my other friends told me not to buy too many newborn clothes and don't be afraid to ask for help. Sarah told me, "Your whole world changes. Not only do your priorities change, but they will never be the same."
What was the worst thing someone told you about having a baby?
Your life is over. You will never go out. Sleep now. Wear your high heels now.
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What was on your must-have list when you and Curtis went to register?
I got a car seat, a stroller, and all of the practical things like bottles. Curtis and I aren't finding out the sex of the baby, so we only bought a few practical things in terms of clothing.
How did you design the nursery?
We stayed neutral there, too, by choosing a bright green.
You really don't know the sex of the baby?
No. We want to be surprised.
What scares you about becoming a parent?
I don't have a fear of becoming a parent but I do have a fear of taking care of a newborn because they are so tiny and vulnerable. Although I haven't been around tiny babies a lot, I plan to give it all I've got. I am also fully confident that Curtis and I will be a great team.
What does the role of Mom mean to you?
I am beyond excited about it. Because I'm an actress I used to go from show to show. But something shifted in me when I started doing a documentary about my mother. She was an orphan of the Korean War. It made me think about her as a mother and me as a daughter. Then, boom, I got pregnant. This is happening for all of the right reasons. I will be the emotional, spiritual, and practical guide for this child's life. It is such an honor.
Sounds like you are ready!
I know the role will change as my child gets older. I will be the protector, the provider, the confident, the encourager, the friend, the advocate, and so many others that fall into this incredible journey.
Have you and Curtis learned how to change a diaper?
He's an expert because he has two nephews. He told me all of the challenges the job entails. I, on the other hand, have never changed a diaper. Isn't that terrifying? We have attended a few classes on swaddling and the changing of a diaper. I think once I'm in the trenches I will know what to do.
Take me back to the first time you heard the baby's heartbeat.
I could not believe how early on in my pregnancy I heard it. The heartbeat was loud, fast, and strong. I felt so much joy. Curtis and I were blown away.
On October 26, you're taking part in the 2nd Annual Autumn Party benefiting Children's Institute at The London West Hollywood. The organization helps children who have been affected by violence in their homes or communities. Because you are about to embark on the path of motherhood, did that prompt you to get involved?
Absolutely. With every blessing and privilege you also see a fair share of crisis and challenges. I can't even imagine what these people go through. These children are living in poverty, abuse, and addiction. I feel it is my responsibility to give them confidence and give them a chance. I want to reach out and spend some time helping them. It is imperative for me to pay it forward.
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