Global Expectations

Global Expectations

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Global Edmonton’s Carole Anne Devaney and Jennifer Crosby on their baby journeyGlobal_Expectations_2

Being a journalist is no easy task, but throw in co-anchoring a news desk and expecting a baby and it becomes beyond a full plate of never ending meetings, appearances, long hours and a delicate balance of maintaining good health and responsibilities. WELLNESS Magazine was lucky enough to sit down with Global Edmonton’s Carole Anne Devaney, co-host of The News Hour, and Global Edmonton’s Jennifer Crosby, co-host of the Morning News and News Noon Hour to discuss their journey so far. Both are expecting their first child (Jennifer on Oct. 19 and Carole Anne on Nov. 11) and like all mothers, they encounter the joys and nerves that come along with a new child, but also the extra challenges of a high-profile position.

Global_Expectations_3Jennifer Crosby

Co-Host of the Morning News and Noon News on Global Edmonton

This is your first child, has it been everything you expected?

I’ve been so lucky to have had a healthy pregnancy so far and that’s the most important part. It’s going great and we’re both very excited.

Has it been difficult to maintain your hectic schedule while expecting?

I imagine lots of moms-to-be find the same thing… there is a lot to do to get ready for the baby and you’re doing all of it while maintaining your regular schedule and while being sleepier! It helps a lot that I love my job – my schedule doesn’t really feel like work. And I’m not doing it alone – I have the perfect partner in my husband David. 

Have you been able to exercise? If so, what has been your go-to exercise?

That’s one thing that hasn’t gone as planned. I injured my back and any kind of movement was very difficult for a while. I’m being cautious with it now by doing as much walking as I can, plus yoga. I’ve done yoga for years and it’s important to me to make that holistic practice part of my pregnancy.

What are you most nervous about in becoming a new mom?

There are a lot of unknowns and that can be a bit scary, but luckily I have a great support system. Five of us at Global Edmonton are expecting this fall or winter and having colleagues in the same boat has been fun and helpful. And both of my sisters have young children – it helps so much to be able to call them with my 101 questions. 

How is your husband holding up over his first pregnancy too?

David is so excited – and he’s been nothing short of amazing. I’m lucky to have a partner who is so supportive and so understanding. Plus, he’s great with children and I know he’ll be an awesome dad.  

You decided to wait to find out if it’s a boy or girl? Were you tempted to find out earlier?

As with any surprise, it’s always tempting – at least a bit. I completely see why people find out in advance. But we both like the idea of being surprised – we think it will add to the fun.

Does waiting make it more difficult to prepare in terms of clothing and decorating the baby room?

Not at all – my favorite colours happen to be ones that are considered “gender neutral” like orange, navy, green and yellow – so even if we knew if we were having a boy or girl we’d use those colours. Our nursery is going to be navy and white, with an accent colour still to be determined. That project is underway right now and has been a ton of fun.

What will you miss most about being away from Global?

I really love my job, and while I expect to love motherhood too, I know I’ll miss work while I’m away. Anchoring the morning and noon News is the best gig a person could have. We have the privilege of sharing the important news of the day and connecting with our viewers as they go about their mornings – and we also have a little fun along the way.

Global_Expectations_4Carole Anne Devaney

Co-host of The News Hour on Global Edmonton

This is your first child, has it been everything you expected?

Yes! And better! People let you eat first, open doors for you, offer you their seat, ask how your feeling… it’s amazing! I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much. That being said, I didn’t expect the process to be so long. I feel like I’ve been pregnant for two years!!

Has it been difficult to maintain your hectic schedule while expecting?

I’ve really slowed down. I honestly felt like I was burning out in December, so I made a point of not having every morning and night planned like before. And then I got pregnant not long after that… and since then, I’ve tried to maintain that slower pace as much as I can.

You mentioned that you still exercise lots. Has that been a challenge or a pleasure?

Exercising has saved me! I still do group classes and train with my trainer but the intensity is way down. It just feels good to sweat when all you do is gain weight!! At least you’re moving. I would be going crazy if I couldn’t workout two-to-three times a week!!

You have decided to use a mid-wife during your pregnancy? Why did you make that choice?

After doing our research, choosingmidwifery just made sense for us. It’s such a personal choice, and there’s nothing you could tell us that would change our decision. As long as you are comfortable with it, that’s all that matters. I love the relationship we’ve built with our midwife, the one-on-one care she provides, and the overall idea of not being in a hospital. 

What are you most nervous about in becoming a new mom?

I’m most nervous about something wrong happening to our child… health wise… or someone hurting her. In the news business, we are often exposed to the more tragic and ugly side of humanity. It’s hard to turn it off and I often take that home with me. My husband is also exposed to similar things as a firefighter.

What are you looking most forward to in becoming a new mom?

What I look forward to the most is raising her… All the firsts that come with having a child, and that deeper love it brings. Children bring such a different dimension to your life and I truly believe they change it for the better.

How is your husband holding up over his first pregnancy too?

My husband is even more excited and supportive than I thought he would be. It’s so nice to share this journey together and to experience all the ‘firsts’ with each other. I think he was expecting me to be ‘moodier’ than I have been, so he’s just so grateful for that!

What will you miss most about being away from Global Edmonton?

I think I will miss the excitement of daily deadlines, breaking news, and writing. I will miss the social side of work because we are a close group, but many of my friends will be on maternity leave with me so we’ll be catching up during play dates instead!

Will this be it for children, or do you see yourself having a big family?

We see ourselves having at least one more. If it’s another girl, maybe we would try for a third. My husband has three sisters, two step sisters, a female dog… he’s always surrounded by women so it would be nice for him to have a boy to bond with! But we’ll start with one…

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