Christy Carlson Romano is pregnant!
The actress is best known for her early-2000s Disney Channel work, including her turn as type-A older sibling Ren Stevens on Even Stevens, and for voicing the titular character in the animated series Kim Possible. In 2004, she starred on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Romano, 32, married writer-producer Brendan Rooney in a romantic winter-wonderland wedding set against the backdrop of the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada, on New Year’s Eve 2013. The couple are expecting their first child, a daughter, on Christmas Day.
Romano can next been seen in Christmas with the Andersons and Christmas All Over Again — the latter of which she also directed, and was cowritten by Rooney. Christmas All Over Again will be out on DVD on Dec. 13.
‘Tis the season to be grateful!
It truly is that time of year where we should pause for a moment and take stock of the blessings we have in the people we have around us.
Now, I am sure I am not alone when I say that I cannot believe how fast my pregnancy has gone. I am already in my last trimester and trying to prep my bags for the hospital! I will say, having a “priority whiteboard” stationed in a central place (okay, it’s on our dresser in front of our bed) really helps you remember your TO-DOs. We even have a daily countdown in the corner.
There is a mixture of feelings here (with or without the board). If I didn’t have it, I would feel as though my pregnancy brain was always forgetting something. But having it up also crystallizes the efforts needed to do a range of things from basic to fundamental.
I have learned to ask for help during this time, which isn’t easy for someone who likes to try to “keep it together” by themselves. But I have heard from many parents that you have one plan from labor on — and the universe has another.
When you are a first-time mom, it’s best to just take everything suggested into account and try to access what tidbits sounded useful if you have no other immediate explanation. So, yes, even your second aunt’s strange sitz-bath recipe CAN become useful down the road!
DISCLAIMER: Reader, I will be barraging you with the awesome products we’ve been amassing via friends and family! I am diligently writing thank-you notes, and couldn’t be more grateful for living in an age where standards are so high for the development of babies. Have any of you asked yourselves, “How did I even survive?” after reading some of these updates on crib precautions or product requirements? ‘Cause I have!
Regardless of our generation’s survivalist abilities, I think it’s always useful for moms to share their favorite products currently reviewed and available on the market. So let’s start with my nursery reveal!
I am so excited to share pics from our whimsical nursery. Following a current trend, our palette is blush pink, grey and shades of white. I fell in love with this wallpaper from Jane Churchill called Thousand Acre Wood, which is a vintage-looking “penciled” map from Winnie the Pooh. The rest of the room is a lighthearted pink from Ralph Lauren called Trianon.
We had to be careful of what we hung on the walls, as our nursery is petite. I opted for unique pieces from Mrs. Mighetto and Etsy vendor TheGoldenArk. If you haven’t already checked out Etsy, I highly suggest you do. You really get a high-end product directly from the artisan, so it’s a win-win in my book. I also got our pink Moroccan pouf, our adorable felt bunny head and our cloud nightlight (which is reinforced) from the site.
Honestly, my second rec for any extras is IKEA. I bought the faux sheepskins and the spice-rack bookshelves from there. Pinterest gave me the idea to paint the front bar to coordinate with the nursery better. It was a low-key craft and it looks lovely, in my opinion!
Lastly, our bedding set is from Lulla Smith, and it came in a classic blush shade without being too overpowering for the rest of the room. (Please keep in mind all bows, bears and blankets will be removed to safely parent my child — just taking advantage of having this room be clean for now.) We made sure we have an eco-friendly dual mattress from Colgate so we can flip it when she gets older.
- Christy Carlson Romano’s Blog: The Mirror & Me – Body Image In Your Second Trimester
- Christy Carlson Romano’s Blog: Keeping My Cool During Summer Shoots and Stitches (While Pregnant!)
Other picks that are more on the tech side, which my husband loved picking out and I loved receiving (A.K.A. they will save my life from worrying), are our GreenAir diffuser, Cloud b Sleep Sheep, Withings security monitor, Dyson air purifier, Owlet Care sock system, FeverFrida and Snoo.
Registering was also a breeze! But keep in mind you don’t have to use just one store. In fact, I had a blast working with GuguGuru on a holiday-themed nursery, as well as buybuyBABY, who helped answer my questions with an in-store consultation. Come to find out, in-store consultations are actually important for questions like, “Is my stroller base compatible with my infant seat?” buybuyBABY also helped me find the perfect glider for my space (we needed something smaller in diameter, but still comfortable).
The Bump is also great for linking all of your registries in one place so when your baby shower comes (or the holidays roll around), people know what you need.
After all that said and unwrapped, I believe you WILL be able to use the last few weeks of your pregnancy to enlist the help of family and loved ones to complete those last-minute tasks. Moms, please remind them that this is what family is for, right?!
That’s all for now. I’m having a Braxton Hick’s contraction at the moment and should probably drink some water!