Lara Spencer on her public pregnancy, advice from viewers and the nesting instinct
Will motherhood change your priorities as a reporter?
Yes and no. I’m still me, and I still want to have fun and do stories on quirky people all over the country. But I think you’ll see new facets to my stories.
What about exercise?
I normally jog, but now I do a lot of power walking. And for the first two trimesters, I worked out with Diane Sawyer’s trainer, Jim Karas. We did stretching, resistance work and light lifting with big rubber bands.
Has your schedule left you time to nest?
I’ve been completely crazed! We moved into our house four months ago, and I’ve redone everything down to backup sets of bedsheets.
How’s your husband taking all this?
He’s been great. I say, “Look, I haven’t been moody. I haven’t gained a whole bunch of weight. But I need to decorate, OK?” I’ve washed all the baby clothes twice; and in the baby’s room, every drawer is labeled. I have labels for onesies, for little undershirts, for one to three months, three to six, six to nine …
Um, what kind of labels are we talking about exactly?
David has this little labeling machine that makes embossed strips …
No. Not the embossed strips.
Yep. I love ’em. If I could label my husband with those strips, I would.
What’s been the most helpful in terms of viewers’ advice?
There’ve been loads of sweet words of wisdom from moms of all ages. The main message has been to trust my instincts. All these women e-mailed me saying, “Don’t worry. When you see that little face, you’ll know what to do.”
Your son is going to have about a million godparents.
That’s true. And I welcome it.
P.S. David Hufford Haffenreffer III was born Jan. 22 weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce.