General Hospital star Christie Lynn Smith partnered with Lakeshore and Jumpstart, an organization dedicated to helping children develop early language and literary skills, to promote and kick off their annual Read for the Record® campaign. At the Lakeshore Learning Store in Los Angeles, Christie Lynn read this year’s official campaign book Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad.
The actress opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the importance of childhood literacy, her “amazing” 4 1/2-year-old daughter Abby, and her excitement about expecting a son — even amidst the heartburn.
CBS: Tell us about participating in Read for the Record Celebration at the Lakeshore Learning Store in Los Angeles.
CLS: “Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a great cause where they celebrate literacy and promote early childhood education. I think it’s so important to introduce children to reading at an early age to develop a love for books which will help them through their entire lives.
The event was fun and I think all the kids enjoyed the book I read, Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis. We all made bug squad headbands after the readings and I think Abby really enjoyed seeing her mommy read.”
CBS: Tell us about your 4 1/2 year-old daughter Abby. What is she into? What does she do to make you laugh?
CLS: “Abby is an amazing child. She is loving, kind, funny, smart, playful, strong and has a little sassy edge to her. She loves crafts, reading, playing outside, looking for bugs, swimming, singing and or course doing whatever we are doing. She makes me laugh everyday. Just the stuff she says or does lately makes me crack up! It’s crazy how much personality our little girl has.”
CBS: Does Abby love storybook time? What are some of her favorite books?
CLS: “Abby adores books and loves being read to. Recently, Abby was introduced to the library and got her very own library card. She thinks its pretty cool. She really loves all books! Some of her favorites are The Knot Fairy by Bobby Hinman, If You Give A Cat A Cupcake by Laura Numeroff. Well, actually she loves the whole series: If You Give a Mouse, If You Give a Pig, etc. And While We Were Out by Ho Baek Lee and all the Fancy Nancy books. But she truly loves any book.”
CBS: Is Abby excited about Halloween? Does she have her costume picked out? What are your plans this Halloween?
CLS: “Abby loves to dress up, so yes, she is excited about Halloween. She wants to be Dorothy from Wizard of Oz this year. It’s super cute, she has the little basket for Toto as well. We are going to go trick-0r-treating with one of her pre-school friends. And I’m trying to come up with a costume that will incorporate my 7- month belly. Maybe I can be a gumball machine or my belly can be a fish tank – I’d love ideas!”
CBS: Congratulations on your second pregnancy! Are you excited to welcome baby No. 2 soon?
CLS: “Yes! I can’t wait to meet the little guy who has been kicking me for all this time. It’s such an amazing experience to feel that sensation and kinda unbelievable at the same time that a human is growing inside me. I still am in awe about that!
I can’t wait to hold him and my arms and see his sweet little face and look into his eyes and smile and tell him I love him. I’m also very excited to see the bond that Abby and the little guy will have. Abby’s is going to be an amazing big sister.”
CBS: How are you feeling? When are you due?
CLS: “I’m due January 3rd. I was sick the first 15 weeks, like with Abby. And it’s been harder to sleep this time around and for the first time the other night, I had heartburn. Oh my! I thought I was having a heart attack. I made John, my husband, get up and grab the pregnancy book, and sure enough it was heart burn. And I just heard that heartburn equals lots of hair on the baby’s head. I wonder if that is true. We will find out soon.”
CBS: How has motherhood changed your life?
CLS: “Being a mommy has been the best thing and the hardest thing I have ever done. I honestly can’t even remember my life without Abby and not being a mommy. I know I probably got more sleep though! I know my heart is bigger, my patience level is deeper and I know what unconditional love really is. Being a mother is a special gift and I’m honored to be one.”
CBS: What’s up next for you?
CLS: “As for acting, I just wrapped guest starring on Paging Dr. Freed, a new comedy pilot for USA network. I play Karen, a pregnant woman who is 10 months pregnant and beyond livid that my doctor is sending me home when I am ready to pop. It was a blast! It’s very funny how life imitates art. I know in about 3 months I could feel the same way. I got to work with Joel David Moore from Avatar again. We worked together a few years ago on a Ray Liotta film called Ticket Out and Annie Potts also stars in the pilot.
And in the next few months we are in transition with our home. Making a playroom for Abby and baby-to-be, clearing out garage, getting ready for baby… very busy in that regard.
And we are having a baby shower on October 21st at the COOP which is also benefiting a special charity. As children of military parents ourselves, we are honored to join with the wonderful charity Celebrate the Military Child to acknowledge and support the military child. These children make the unknowing sacrifice of living with brave parents and service members who fight everyday to keep our America free and preserve it as the great country it is. To learn more about Celebrate the Military Child, visit www.cthemc.org.
And best of all, we are so excited to welcome our little one into our family and share the joy with our friends and family. Cherish every moment…”