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Poppy Montgomery: I Don’t Think Anyone Wants a C-Section

Published June 18, 2014 by gossipzoo

Poppy Montgomery Welcomes Daughter Violet Grace

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Poppy Montgomery was waiting for the April showers to bring her May flowers – until life started to bloom a little early.

Two weeks ahead of her due date, the actress welcomed her daughter Violet Grace following a c-section.

“That was hard for me because I don’t think anyone wants to have a c-section,” Montgomery tells Sweden with Love.

“It’s major surgery and it was scary for me. But everything went well and at the end, what matters is that the baby is healthy and that you’re both doing great.”

There was little time to revel in the baby bliss following Violet’s birth; Montgomery returned to work on Unforgettable, which premieres July 28, only two weeks after baby girl’s arrival.

“Going back to work that quickly after having a c-section was, of course, difficult. Violet wasn’t difficult, but I was recovering from surgery, breastfeeding and working 14-hour days,” she says. “She’s such a mellow baby, so it wasn’t as scary as it sounds.”

Despite having a supportive crew on her side, the new mom struggled with the tedious task of pumping milk, a necessity as Violet prefers to take her time breastfeeding – a luxury Montgomery doesn’t have while working. “I absolutely loathe it! Oh my gosh, I feel like I’m in a dairy. It’s the worst,” she shares.

“I love the connection you get with your child when you breastfeed and pumping is so far removed from that. I honestly loathe it, but it’s important for her to get the milk so of course I do it for her. I don’t think any woman is down with pumping. I can’t imagine anyone going, ‘Oh, I love to pump!'”

Breastfeeding also limits the amount of pregnancy pounds Montgomery is able to shed as she is a person who tends to hold onto pounds while nursing, but – after gaining 35 pounds with Violet – she’s refusing to dwell on the numbers.

“I’m not going to put pressure on myself to make my body look like it never had a baby when it did,” she explains. “I’m going to treat my body with kindness, because it’s been through a lot. I’m absolutely rebelling against the idea that we as women should look like we never gave birth when we did. Instead, it should be celebrated. What our bodies do is really extraordinary.”

Much of her motivation to embrace her postpartum figure comes from the desire to raise Violet with a healthy body image – a belief that needs to be instilled early on, she adds.

“I don’t want her to have that pressure. It becomes a bad thing that our bodies change as we get older and as we give birth,” Montgomery says. “The focus shifts to the wrong thing when we start obsessing about our bodies instead of celebrating our lives.”

Although life certainly hasn’t slowed since baby girl’s birth, Montgomery and her boyfriend, Microsoft executive Shawn Sanford are grateful for the gift of a calm and easy-going newborn.

“She’s had so much upheaval and turmoil in her life so far. When she was two weeks old, she moved from Los Angeles to New York and I started working a week later,” the actress says. “There’s so much going on around her that I think she decided to be the user-friendly, push button, zen baby!”

Equally smitten with Violet is Montgomery’s son Jackson Phillip Deveraux – or at least he was immediately following her arrival. Now, the 5 -year-old has discovered bigger – and more exciting! – adventures like trips to the water park.

“For the first few days after she was born, he thought she was so cute and wanted to hold her and take care of her. But when he realized he couldn’t play [with] or talk to her, he moved on,” she says.

In addition to adjusting to life with a newborn, Montgomery and Sanford are still searching for the right balance of being together despite conflicting career schedules. But although Sanford spends time in Seattle and Montgomery films her hit series in New York, their current plan doesn’t seem to pose a problem.

“I actually like the way we have it right now because our relationship stays fresh and new. He’s got two wonderful kids from a previous marriage, and I have Jackson, and together we have Violet, so we have kids everywhere and it’s great,” the actress shares.

“Of course it’s challenging. I don’t pretend it’s not. We’re in Seattle and New York and Los Angeles, where Jackson’s dad, whom I’m still very good friends with, lives.”

One thing that’s not in the couple’s immediate plans? Tying the knot.

“Shawn would get married. I think it’s important to him, but I’m much less traditional,” Montgomery says. “For me, my commitment is my commitment whether or not someone signs a piece of paper or not.”

– Anya Leon

Drew Barrymore Plans to Expand Her Family

Published December 30, 2013 by gossipzoo

Drew Barrymore InStyle Cover Olive

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Two is better than one for Drew Barrymore, who has drawn on her own childhood experience as she plans her family with husband Will Kopelman.

“I was an only child, and it was lonely,” she says in the September issue of InStyle.

“Some people love it and thrive on the independence, but I want my kids to have other kids around. Maybe two kids so they can run around life together, roll their eyes at their parents together like Rusty and Audrey Griswold from [National Lampoon’s] Vacation. So however that’s going to come about, it’s gonna happen!”

However, the actress and cosmetics connoisseur admits that parenting daughter Olive, now 10 months, is “a lot of pain and a lot of nervousness.”

“I love the person who said, ‘Parenting is like wearing your heart on the outside of your body.’ It’s the most beautiful, perfect analogy. I have anxieties about how much I’d like to get it right, making sure I provide her with an environment that’s safe, nurturing and loving. And silly and free, also consistent and grounding.”

Barrymore, 38, adds: “Then I just have the same typical fear every other parent has: Are they going to fall down?”

RELATED: Read more from Barrymore’s interview at our sister site, InStyle.com.

– Sheila Cosgrove Baylis

Maria Bello: Jackson Is ‘Discovering Girls’

Published September 20, 2013 by gossipzoo

Maria Bello Grown Ups 2 Son Jackson

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Grown Ups 2 star Maria Bello‘s son Jackson is doing a little growing up of his own.

And as the actress adjusts to life with an adolescent, her 12-year-old is busy testing the waters as he transitions into a teenager.

“Going from 11 to 12 was such an extreme change. He’s suddenly discovering girls and becoming independent in a different way,” Bello, 46, tells Sweden with Love. “He’s a little snarky, but he’s very cute!”

Still, the sudden switch in her son often catches Bello by surprise. “Sometimes it feels as if there’s a whole new different person in front of me. It’s funny!” she shares.

“This stage is so different, but it’s also fun. I’m enjoying him so much. He’s a great kid.”

As Jackson continues to develop his sense of self, his humanitarian mama is making sure compassion is high on his list of personality traits.

Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Bello immediately traveled to the disaster site and became a strong advocate among the Haitian people, working with actor Sean Penn to rebuild before later establishing We Advance, an organization that works to empower women.

While Jackson has yet to visit Haiti himself, his proud mom shares he is still a big part of the process.

“He’s so invested in what we do there because we have friends from Haiti staying with us all the time. In a way, he has a Haitian family,” she says.

“He’s a very compassionate kid. We went to Africa four years ago and worked in the slums in Kenya. He was fearless. He walked around these slums with such generosity of spirit.”

She adds, “I thought, ‘If I can instill anything in my kid, it would be this sense of fearlessness and compassion.'”

– Anya Leon

Julianna Margulies: Every Day with Kieran Is a New Adventure

Published April 5, 2013 by gossipzoo

Julianna Margulies LEGO/Duplo Read Build Play

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Reading is fundamental for Julianna Margulies, especially when it comes to her 5-year-old son Kieran Lindsay.

“Since I’ve had a child [there hasn’t been a day] that we haven’t read to him at night,” The Good Wife star, 46, tells PEOPLE Thursday at an event she hosted for LEGO DUPLO’s Read! Build! Play!

“And if I can’t be there my husband is or the babysitter is. Somebody is always there reading to him before he goes to sleep.”

To that end, weekly library trips have become routine in Margulies’ household.

“We have a great little neighborhood library, so once a week we take seven books out and then we bring them back and switch them,” she explains. “If we don’t go on a Monday, Kieran’s like, ‘Wait — it’s library day.’”

Margulies is continually surprised by what she refers to as her son’s “undying curiosity.”

“Everything is new and exciting, so it makes you look through their eyes and see the world that way. He wakes up 6 a.m. and just starts talking. Everything is interesting. And it can be anything — it can be a shadow on the wall or a prism light that you suddenly see a rainbow coming out of. Every day is a new adventure with him.”

–Shakthi Jothianandan

Reese Witherspoon ‘Crawling’ Back Toward Pre-Baby Body

Published December 11, 2012 by gossipzoo

Jack Osbourne Respectfully Declines More Baby Gifts

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After giving birth to her third child in September – son Tennessee JamesReese Witherspoon says she isn’t exactly bouncing back into shape.

“I don’t know if I’m bouncing back. I’m slowly crawling back,” she joked to Extra at the March of Dimes Celebrates Babies event in Beverly Hills on Dec. 7.

She’s also still fighting a case of “baby brain.”

“I couldn’t remember, the other day, what you call that thing that keeps the food cold. It was the refrigerator,” says Witherspoon, 36, who’s also mom to Ava, 13, and Deacon, 8 . “I couldn’t remember the name of it!”

But the Oscar winning actress is not worrying too much about any of it.

“You just have to be gentle and patient with yourself,” she adds, “and slowly get back to your health.”

As for the reason behind all of this, Witherspoon says her newborn son is “great. He’s wonderful, healthy, happy.”

Molly Sims: Life After Baby Is the Hard Part

Published October 9, 2012 by gossipzoo

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Her pregnancy might have had its fair share of ups and downs, but for Molly Sims nothing compares to (or prepares you for!) life as a new mom.

“Everyone talks about the pregnancy — and don’t get me wrong, it sucks, it’s hard, you get huge — but let me tell you something, no one talks about after. That’s the hard part,” the former model told reporters at Tracy Anderson‘s The Pregnancy Project DVD launch in New York City on Friday.

“You have to think about a baby first, and you have to get off all of that fat and weight — and that’s a whole thing on its own. It’s literally the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

In an effort to regain her body after baby, Sims, 39, turned to fitness trainer Tracy Anderson while she was still expecting, the same program she used to shed the pounds for her 2011 nuptials to husband Scott Stuber.

“We always focus so much on weight loss after, but you actually want to focus on being healthy during,” she says. “Even when you’re nauseous and even when you want to throw up and you weigh 50 lbs. from when you started, each month tells you what you need to work on.”

To balance out all her fitness fight, Sims is soaking up as much time with her 3-month-old son Brooks Alan as she can — including partaking in early morning games of peek-a-boo.

“Today he was trying to focus [his eyes] and then he realized it was me,” she shares. ”My baby was born with a tooth, so he had this big smile with this gap and tooth, and then he turned back into the crib like he was playing peek-a-boo. He would smile and then tuck back in and come back up.”

But one of his recent most memorable milestones? His first stroll through New York City!

“We live most of the time in L.A. so he’s only used to the L.A. sidewalks and not bumpy sidewalks,” Sims explains. ”So he was [gripping the stroller] like, ‘I’m not sure what’s going on!’ And his eyes were huge.”

– Anya Leon with reporting by Janine Rayford

Alanis Morissette on Her ‘Swampy’ Postpartum Struggle

Published August 24, 2012 by gossipzoo

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After welcoming her “precious” son Ever Imre in 2010, Alanis Morissette‘s baby bliss quickly turned to baby blues.

“I just thought it was a swampy chapter, if I soldiered it out, that it would go away,” the singer, 38, tells ET Canada.

“I came to realize that the longer I waited, the more intense it would become.”

In sharing her own experiences, Morissette — who has been open about her attachment parenting approach — hopes to inspire fellow moms who find themselves struggling with similar postpartum problems to seek help.

“I think if there is any goal in me talking about it, it would be to eradicate the shame around it,” she explains. “It’s just what happens sometimes and, for me, I just waited way too long to reach out for help.”

– Anya Leon

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