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Baby Miracles With Hilaria Baldwin: “Birth Was Absolutely Incredible”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Hilaria Baldwin wife of Alec Baldwin

Interview by Ilyssa Panitz

Hilaria Baldwin would have to agree with the old saying that good things happen in threes. She just released her new Fit Mommy-to-Be prenatal DVD; her husband, Emmy-winner Alec Baldwin, is set to become the host for a new talk show on MSNBC; and — last but not least in the trio of bliss — the couple’s baby girl, Carmen Gabriela, made her big New York debut on August 23. Parents.com caught up with the new working mom a second time to find out what motherhood is like in the fast lane. (Read a previous interview with Hilaria about pregnancy and fitness secrets.) Follow her on Twitter @hilariabaldwin.

If you had to sum up the birth of your child in one word, which one would you pick?

WOW. There isn’t one word that is strong enough to describe the feeling. Birth was absolutely incredible. My husband said it was a miracle, and I agree that it was pretty miraculous. I didn’t realize I could love something so deeply.

Some new moms write down when they feed the baby and change her, and how long she sleeps, so they can learn their child’s pattern. Have you done the same? What is Carmen’s schedule?

I was writing everything down at the beginning, especially before she gained back her birth weight. Now I am at the point where Carmen and I are in sync with each other, so I no longer have to write everything down. Carmen wakes up around 11 P.M. and then again around 2 A.M. and 5:30 A.M.

I read that baby Carmen has her days and nights confused. How are you coping with the situation?

We had some nights that were rough. She is up every two to three hours because she needs to eat, but she also likes to hang out and spend time with us.

What has been the biggest adjustment you had to make?

I am definitely sleeping differently, but I think my last trimester prepared me for the lack of sleep, because I was waking up all the time needing the bathroom! (Laughs) Aside from the sleep issue, I’ve also had to adjust to having another person in the house. My little person has needs, and because we love her so much, we want to cater to her every single need and make her as happy as possible. Another thing I have adjusted: priorities. I used to run to this meeting and that meeting, and now my life revolves around home, where we build everything around Carmen’s schedule.

What books or websites have you found useful?

When I was pregnant I read, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. If I have any other questions, I go right to the Internet or I ask my baby nurse or my mom.

What books do you like to read to Carmen?

Are You My Mother?, by P.D. Eastman. I even read it to her in Spanish because I want her to speak Spanish. When I read this book, Carmen just coos, shifts her head from side to side, and smiles.

Your husband has been down the baby road before, so has he given you any advice?

It was so long ago — it’s really apples and oranges. He feels that this is a brand-new experience. But you can tell he has done this before. He’s so at ease when he holds the baby. I honestly feel like we are both new parents who are taking this journey together.

 

Photo credit: Acacia/Arthur Cohen

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Matt Damon Talks Fatherhood

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Matt DamonWait! Before you toss your Sunday newspaper, check out Parade magazine‘s interview with Academy Award-winning actor, screenwriter, and father of four, Matt Damon.

In the interview, Damon talks about how he is able to maintain a low-key lifestyle despite his fame. Once named People‘s sexiest man alive, Damon now says “I try to stay away from the beefcake shots.”

Shirtless roles might be out for the actor, but we can’t begrudge him; Damon’s busy with his biggest role yet: fatherhood. He has three daughters with wife Luciana and one stepdaughter, 13-year-old Alexia. Damon told Parade:

“I jumped into the deep end with Lucy. I mean, Alexia was already 4. I was an extra dad…The only way I can describe it – it sounds stupid, but – at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows, like, five times its size? Everything is full; it’s just full all the time.”

Read more from the interview on Parade‘s website or in this week’s print edition.

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Getting Toddlers to Eat: An Interview with Padma Lakshmi

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

If you’re a fan of Top Chef, you already know Padma Lakshmi as the host of the cooking competition show, alongside head judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons.  The adventurous eater and former model also because a mom last year when she gave birth to a daughter, Krishna Thea.  Recently, Lakshmi partnered with Huggies and Baby Loves Disco to launch the new Huggies Little Movers slip-on diapers, disposable diapers designed to help parents reduce changing time.  We chatted with Lakshimi over the phone to get tips on how to encourage picky toddlers to eat and what parenting advice she would give other moms and dads.

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As an actress, a Top Chef judge, a cookbook writer, and a jewelry designer, you are a very busy mom!  How do you balance your work schedule with mommy time?
It’s very, very hard. No two days are alike. Each day I just try to figure out what is the most important thing on my list and I prioritize that way.

Besides Huggies slip-on diapers, are there any other products that have made your life easier as a parent?  Any tried-and-true mommy time-savers?
The Huggies Little Movers slip-ons are a real time-saver because now that my baby is getting more active and squirmy, it’s really hard to keep her still. You can change the diaper while the baby is standing up. They’re just as absorbent, they have Velcro, and they come sealed so you can slip them up like underwear. I live in New York City and most of the restaurants don’t have changing tables, and you’re always doing some kind of balancing act.  If you have an on-the-go lifestyle, this is a great diaper because it shaves a couple of minutes off each diaper change.

You’re an adventurous eater.  Now that Krishna is a toddler, has she become a picky eater? 
I’m very lucky that she’s not a picky eater. There are things that she doesn’t like, but she’ll try things once.  I give her two or three healthy choices. You have to teach children about good nutrition and eating habits, about adaptability and being able to get along in any situation. Trying to get them to eat healthy regular food is the best way to go so it’s not such a shock when they transfer their diet from baby food to normal food.

What are your tips for introducing new or more adventurous foods to your toddler? 
The biggest tip any pediatrician will teach you, is to try out one new food at a time for two to three days and then introduce a new food after that. This also helps you makes sure your child isn’t allergic to things. At first I was abandoning a particular fruit or vegetable after one time because I thought, ‘Okay, she doesn’t like it.’ But babies don’t know whether they really like something or not; it depends on their mood and on what stage they are in. You want to try again a couple weeks later or try two, three days in a row. Because of the unfamiliarity of a certain food, children will reject it, but they will often try something by the third or fourth time.

What are your strategies for preparing nutritious, well-balanced meals for your toddler? Do you have any easy, go-to recipes?
You make a little stew or a lentil soup and you put in a protein, a few vegetables, and a starch, like a little broken pasta or rice or noodles or potatoes, and then you finish off with fruit of some kind. The hardest job is washing and chopping all the vegetables, but you can do that ahead of time. I do a version of this in my own home a lot. It’s a balanced meal.

What was the best and worst parenting advice you have received?
The best parenting advice I received was to do what was best for my family and my child because no two families are the same and no two children are the same. And to do what is appropriate at that given moment, based on the circumstances. The worst advice I’ve been given is to just let your baby cry.

What parenting advice would you give to other parents?
I would give the advice to make the decisions that are right for your family. And seek the counsel of people in your family that you trust because there is a common value system or a shared set of ideals.

Follow Padma Lakshmi on Twitter (@padmalakshmi).

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