"I am in full nesting mode", Sims gleefully told Parade.com. During her pregnancy, she's encountered some unanticipated life changes: sugar cravings and restless nights. While frozen yogurt runs are taking care of the first thing, her lifesaver for the second came courtesy of her Sleep Number bed.
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"I had been having back problems and it's unbelievable!" Sims said. "I can put my feet up and my husband and I can be on different settings. I was having a really difficult time sleeping and it's been the number one thing I've bought during my pregnancy." The bed allows her to indulge in a new habit: working in bed! "My feet have really started to swell and I would never lay in bed in the middle of the day but now I can put my feet up and work," she added. "The body of the bed comes up so you can elevate your feet. It helps my feet become less Shrek-like."
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"We're going for something more gender neutral. In case I have a girl next, we have some pink in there and some powder blue. It's more modern bohemian. It's turning out super cute. I am so excited. I am in full nesting mode."
On her cravings.
"Sugar. I had three apples, I can down a mango, pineapple, watermelon. Anything cold and crunchy, I love. Birthday cake: I die for. I never liked birthday cake in my life! Not a huge fan of chocolate but I love frozen yogurt. Anything cold, I love."
On choosing baby names.
"We're down to eight. [Scott] will email or text me from work or take a picture of a name. He's got to focus and we, well he, has four criteria: can a sportscaster announce it properly, how can it be shortened and still look cool, does it mean anything, and is he going to be made fun of in fifth grade. He loves Daschel and goes like, 'Dash! Number 41 for the Greenbay Packers.'"
On preparing her dogs for the new arrival.
"My girlfriend has an amazing dog company and works with different animals and she actually bought a fake little baby that makes sound. So I'm sitting with the baby and have the dogs look at the little baby boy and see how sweet he is. I know it sounds ridiculous but I am so wanting them to be involved and be a part of it. My dogs have been in my life for so long so we're practicing with a fake baby!"
The motherhood advice she's been receiving.
"Breastfeed if you can, don't feel guilty if you can't. Follow your intuition: go with it, don't go against it. I have a really high pain tolerance so don't sit on it because I might be in labor."
On wanting to follow in her mom's footsteps.
"My mother told me that when your kids are young, be their mother, not their friend. When they're older, you can be both. She's my best friend but she's my mother first. That was the best thing she gave me. She made me respect her and set boundaries. We're so afraid now with discipline and what it's going to do to our kids but those boundaries I had helped me for life."
Her Mother's Day plans.
"I'm making my husband take me on a babymoon! I said, 'See, Sienna Miller went on a babymoon too in Italy.' Our last trip is New York so we're excited. I have to be there for work and we might drive a few hours outside. I have to do some work there and I'm making him come with me [laughs]."