Samantha Harris host of E! News and Dancing with the Stars is as sweet and gracious as she is beautiful. Indulging our interview after a 12-hour workday and a much needed protein shake! And as with all of our correspondences and meetings with Samantha she was enthusiastic to chat. Samantha has good reason to be excited these days, a booming career, a doting husband and new baby to look forward to, and more immediately, her family and friends are coming into town this week for her baby shower and to help her register and shop for baby goodies. “My sister, Aimee, is a mom of two and she is so excited I will be joining the ranks!” Samantha grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where her mom and sister still live, “it is such a treat to have them come in, the toughest part of the pregnancy is having them so far away. My sister is set to come in for the birth and to help me afterwards for a few days.”
When I asked if she had a birth plan she said, “give me the epidural and tell me when to push, that’s my plan!” Samantha plans to work up until the birth, or for as long as she is able. “I love my job, working at E! and on Dancing, I don’t want to miss a minute!”
Samantha’s mom was in a dance company when Samantha was growing up, and she laughs as she explains that up until Dancing with the Stars Samantha considered herself a pretty good dancer as well, (dancing the Jive in season two) but she jokes “next to all the talented dancers on the show, I look like all I can do is keep the beat!” Samantha says she would love to jump in again after the baby is born to help lose the baby weight. As you can tell Samantha is very health and fitness conscious, gracing the cover of Muscle and Fitness HERS 3 times. Altering her fitness workouts these past few months has been challenging, “I’m a cardio junkie and I truly love working out hard”, Samantha now does NOT exercise on her back, and has dropped the free weights to only 3lbs and 5lbs and wears a heart-rate monitor to make sure it does not hit above 130 beats-per-minute.
Samantha is a healthy eater overall but who has always had a sweet tooth. She has no outlandish cravings, however “If I see a commercial on TV for a chocolate chip cookie, it gets in my head and I have to have one!” Samantha says she has not taken the ‘eating for two’ to heart, ‘I indulge myself, but I have always indulged my cravings pre pregnancy.” Samantha is all about the healthy balance. She admits that after an infusion of sugar the baby starts to kick like crazy, she said feeling the baby is one of her favorite things about the pregnancy second only to night time walks with her husband and laying in bed at night together as he rubs her belly or talks to her tummy and tells him or her about their day. Samantha is waiting to find out the sex of the baby, she feel the anticipation of ‘is it a boy or girl’ will make the delivery easier and the excitement of the day that much more special. Plus, she is having fun hearing everyone’s predictions! Joy and I both feel it is a boy, BUT we also thought Trista was having girl, and she delivered a baby boy last week. So…
Boy or Girl? We will all have to wait until October when Samantha is due…one thing we know for sure – it is going to be a very lucky little baby.