CAR­RIE UN­DER­WOOD

People (USA) - - CONTENTS - —BRI­ANNE TRACY with re­port­ing by Ja­nine Ruben­stein

After in­cor­po­rat­ing a plethora of pink in the video an­nounc­ing her se­cond preg­nancy, posted to her In­sta­gram on Aug. 8, and then dress­ing her grow­ing bump in var­i­ous rosy hues in the fol­low­ing months, Car­rie Un­der­wood had a lot of fans think­ing pink. So it came as a sur­prise when the “Cry Pretty” singer re­vealed that she and hus­band Mike Fisher, 38, are in fact ex­pect­ing an­other boy while she was co­host­ing the 2018 Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards with Brad Pais­ley on Nov. 14. “I’m still try­ing to get my­self into the duet cat­e­gory,” Un­der­wood, 35, jokes to Peo­ple about singing with baby on board. Equally hard to get into: her glam­orous gowns. “I’m squeez­ing my­self into

things that are not meant to go on this body!”

And yet she’s never felt bet­ter in the skin she’s in. With the se­cret of the baby’s sex now re­vealed (“Wil­lie, it’s a Wil­lie, okay!?” she said on­stage after Pais­ley jok­ingly asked for a hint as he pep­pered her with coun­try singer names), Un­der­wood is able to fo­cus on this happy time. She’s count­ing her bless­ings a year after a dan­ger­ous fall out­side her home left her with 40 to 50 stitches in her face. In Septem­ber the star opened up about suf­fer­ing three mis­car­riages on the road to baby No. 2. “I was like, ‘Why on earth do I keep get­ting preg­nant if I can’t have a kid,’ ” she told CBS of the time she cried, ask­ing God for an­swers.

Now well on her way to moth­er­hood again (she hasn’t shared her due date) and with the re­lease and pro­mo­tion of her sixth LP, Cry Pretty, be­hind her, Un­der­wood is fi­nally slow­ing down and get­ting ready to spend what she says will be a “quiet” Christ­mas at home in Nashville. Pre­par­ing 3-yearold Isa­iah to be a big brother, though, might take some work. “He told me re­cently that when the new baby comes that Daddy could have that baby and then he could be mine,” Un­der­wood says. “His world is about to get rocked.” Still, she says, her hus­band in­deed de­serves a lit­tle ex­tra baby love. “Isa­iah is my guy, he loves me like no­body else on this planet,” she said. “But maybe this next one will be all Mike’s. He needs some love too.”

The Amer­i­can Idol win­ner plans to bring her ex­panded fam­ily out on tour with her next May. And she’s feel­ing ex­tra thank­ful this year—for all she has and all she’s got­ten through. “It’s been great,” she says of her whirl­wind 2018. “But it is go­ing to be nice to take a breather.”

‘I DON’T FEEL HOR­MONAL, BUT I MIGHT HAVE MY MO­MENTS’ —UN­DER­WOOD, ON EX­PECT­ING HER SE­COND CHILD

CAR­RIE’S GROW­ING BUMP! THEIR PAST RO­MANCESCMA Awards Nov. 14

CMT Artists of the Year Oct. 17

Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards Oct. 9

Un­der­wood mar­ried former ice hockey pro Fisher in July 2010.

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