Jewel’s Countdown to Baby Is On!
Jewel and rodeo cowboy husband Ty Murray are anticipating the arrival of their first child in early July. While his birthday is quickly approaching, Jewel tells Celebrity Baby Scoop that they haven't quite settled on a name for their son. "We'll figure it out," she says.
Although, the singer-songwriter is already thinking about what career path he'll choose. "They have their own little agenda, we don't," she explains. "So whatever he wants to grow up to be, we hope to support."
Still on the table is the method she'll choose for her first delivery. "My goal is to be flexible," Jewel reveals. "I've noticed when women get really rigid about it, you can't control how everything goes. I'm prepared as much as I can and we'll see when I get in there."
Jewel does have her mind set, though, when it comes to breastfeeding. "I plan to breastfeed, but it's every woman's choice," she admits. "I feel that people can get up in arms about it, and it's funny what a hot-button topic it is. I don't think people should judge each other. Each woman does what she feels she can do. I was farm-raised so I think it's important, but that's just me and I don't mind if other people don't."
While Jewel has no plans to give up music, she may take a sabbatical. "I'll be on mommy-duty for a while," she says. "I hope to be able to always sing, but at the time, we'll just have to see what feels right."
The mom-to-be is also thinking ahead to solid foods and participating in a contest to re-record the Libby's foods jingle. "It's amazing, it's been around since the '70s," Jewel explains. "We're going to let America take a stab at re-recording it. The first prize is $10,000, which is pretty great ... I'll be judging it, so I'll pick the top five finalists and then America will vote. I look forward to hearing everyone's creativity on it."
Baby Murray can definitely expect many dinners around the family table. "Libby's is high quality food that you can count on for vegetables and fruits," she says. "I'm one of those people, as does Libby's, who believes in the importance of the family table. There's a lot of research showing that kids do better in school and have better self esteem if you eat a meal together. In our busy lives, we don't have time to cook gourmet four-hour meals as much as we'd like to. So pre-cut, canned vegetables are healthy options that help you spend less time cooking and more time eating together."
Get details on the contest here, and look for Jewel's new album of children's songs to come out later this year.