Mom-to-be Melissa Rycroft, 27, has a lot to be thankful for! The former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader has had a very easy – and craving-free – pregnancy: “I don’t even feel like I’m pregnant other than I’m carrying twenty extra pounds on my body.” Expecting her first child with husband Tye Strickland early next year, Melissa said she’s been “reading a few books and we’re slowly getting the room ready.” The Bachelor alum opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her easy pregnancy, those hilarious Halloween costumes, and her Thanksgiving and Christmas plans.
CBS: Congratulations on your pregnancy. How are you feeling?
MR: “I’m doing OK, just getting bigger. I’m doing well. I’ve been feeling really well and other than the belly getting bigger, you wouldn’t really know that I’m pregnant.”
CBS: Any strange cravings?
MR: “Absolutely none. I have no cravings. I have no aversions. I’ve gotten away from all that. It’s like I said, I don’t even feel like I’m pregnant other than I’m carrying twenty extra pounds on my body. I’ve heard that I got lucky that I don’t have to fight the urge for sweets that most people crave when they’re pregnant.”
CBS: You look amazing! What’s your secret? Are you working out? Watching your diet?
MR: “No secrets. I just got really lucky that my body’s really not craving anything so I’m not having having to fight cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, and midnight runs to the fast food stores down the street. I’ve basically been able to eat the way that I ate pre-pregnancy, and just stayed healthy and worked out as much as possible which is not a whole lot right now. I think if I had been having cravings it would have been a whole different situation.”
CBS: How have you been preparing for the baby? Reading books? Getting the baby room ready?
MR: “I’m reading a few books and we’re slowly getting the room ready. We’re not decorating it or putting any of the furniture in until January. No need to rush it too soon. We signed up for classes that we’re going to start taking and just started stocking up on clothes and all that fun stuff. We’re making baby steps.”
CBS: Are you excited that it’s a girl?
MR: “I would have been excited either way, honestly. It’s baby number one so everything’s such a shock and such a surprise. We didn’t have anything to balance out. It’s not like we had a boy and needed a girl, but now that we know it’s a girl we’re absolutely thrilled. We couldn’t imagine her not being a girl now.”
CBS: How’s Tye doing? Is he a nervous dad-to-be or does he feel ready?
MR: “He has his moments, just like we all do where we go, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to be a parent and she’s really coming now, and every day it’s sooner and sooner.’ But he’s so excited. He talks to my tummy every night. And she started kind of responding. She’ll be really calm and he’ll put his face up to my belly and talking to her and then she’ll start kicking in the direction of his face. There are ways that they can bond. He helps buy her stuff. He can’t wait to meet the little one because he’s already wrapped around her little finger.”
CBS: We loved your Halloween costumes. Are you and Tye fans of Jersey Shore?
MR: “It’s definitely a guilty pleasure of ours. When it came to Halloween costumes, I was looking around at all the maternity ones and they’re huge. They think that just because you’re pregnant you want to be put in a box or a big M&M costume. Plus it’s hot where we were going to be and those types of costumes are just not attractive. We decided to take the fun route and do Jersey Shore because we know their characters and they were fun characters to play for the night.”
CBS: What’s up next for you?
MR: “Next is mommyhood. I live in Dallas so within the next five weeks now, I’ll be grounded. I’ll be stuck in Dallas. I shouldn’t even say stuck in Dallas. It will be some nice time off from traveling and work for the next few months until she gets here. And then we will see how tolerant she will be of the work schedule because she’ll probably be accompanying me a lot. And I’m sure she’ll dictate how much I can go back to work and how soon I can.
It’s hard to to have a plan because I don’t live where I work so that is going to be one thing that we will have to get used to as a family, is the traveling. If I’m traveling that probably means she’s traveling, meaning Tye’s not going to want to be at home. Every time I come out to New York or L.A. to do some work, it’s going to be all three of us that will pack up and go. I’m not quite sure how that’s going to work yet. I’m going to be trying to find that balance between work and being a mom, just like everyone else. Mine’s kind of an extreme case because I work so far away from where I live. I’m anxious to see how it works out because we’re definitely going to try.
CBS: What are your holiday plans? Do you have any special traditions?
MR: “Not really traditions. We’re going to be home, we’ll be in Dallas this year. Because our parents live about 10 miles away from each other, we can make the rounds and see both sides for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Next year, we’ll be starting some new traditions because we’ll be the ones with the little bundle and people will probably be coming to us instead of us coming to them. This is a scary thought in and of itself because I don’t know how to cook and I’ll be responsible for the holiday meals.”
CBS: We wish you the best of luck as you had into your last couple of months.
MR: “It’s already kind of started, the uncomfortableness, but I’m ready. I’m ready for her to get here and I’ll be ready to have control of my body again.”