We can’t get enough of Alyson Hannigan! Voted as our favorite new mom – and Satyana as our favorite new baby – the 35-year-old How I Met Your Mother star says she has been “changed in every way” by motherhood. Alyson sat down for an exclusive interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop and dished about her home birth, the significance of Satyana’s name and birth date, how fatherhood has been for hubby Alexis Denisof and the funny story behind those adorable kangaroo Halloween costumes.
CBS: Satyana was born on your 35th birthday (March 24)! Was this her due date?
AH: “It was her due date. And actually, my mom was born on her mom’s birthday. On my dad’s side of the family, all of the women are born on the 24th of the month, not the same month, but always the 24th.”
CBS: How has motherhood changed you?
AH: “It’s changed me in every way because my life is so much greater. It filled a void I never knew was there—it’s the most amazing experience of my life. I just feel so blessed to get to be on this journey—to be a mommy. She is just the greatest baby.”
CBS: How do you pronounce Satyana? How did you come up with the name?
AH: “You pronounce it like Tatiana but with an “S.” The root of it means truth, and we added the “ana” to make it go better with my husband’s last name, which is Russian.”
CBS: We heard you had a home birth? Did you use a midwife?
AH: “Yes. I did use a midwife and a doula. We had the option of having a doctor there, but even he said you’ll only need me if you need to be transferred to the hospital–which thankfully, I did not need.”
CBS: You have been voted by our readers as our new favorite celebrity mom. Is this an honor or does it only add more paparazzi and less anonymity?
AH: “I must confess, I like seeing other people’s babies so I get it. My husband, on the other hand, probably feels a bit different. It’s like when you get caught in a game of hide and go seek, but you don’t actually know you’re playing. When the paparazzi pops out I always feel like I just lost. But it is an honor and I love being a mom.”
CBS: Alexis seems like such an amazing, hands-on dad. How has fatherhood been for him?
CBS: “He is an amazing dad. It’s been such a profound experience for both of us. He’s just so remarkable, such a great, great father. It makes me want to cry how happy I am that she gets to have him as her dad. It’s a beautiful relationship to watch grow. She is a lucky girl.”
CBS: Tell us what kind of baby Satyana is. Does she sleep well?
AH: “She is a very happy baby. And obviously, as a parent I am a little biased, but strangers remark on it as well. She is definitely very happy, smiles at everyone. She is just a really sweet person, lovely and understands everything. She sleeps really well too.”
CBS: Those kangaroo Halloween costumes were a gas! How did you talk Alexis into dressing up to match you and Satyana?
AH: “The kangaroo story is very cute. It was actually a gift to Alexis so there was no talking him into it. He has a younger sister and when his mother was pregnant, he was convinced that she was giving birth to a baby kangaroo, and when his sister came home he was very upset she was not a kangaroo. That story pretty much sealed what our first Halloween costumes would be as a family and he was really happy about dressing up!”
CBS: Do the paparazzi drive you crazy? You always seem so happy – how do you learn to live with them in your daily life?
AH: “The paparazzi drive me crazy sometimes, but you can either try to fight it or you can accept that it’s there and not let it ruin your day. Some days I can outsmart them—sometimes you can lose them and sometimes you can’t. If they’re nice to me then I’m nice back. I usually just say have your shot and let me get on with my day.”
CBS: How do you feel about the cycle of the paparazzi taking your picture, to going up on websites like ours, to the homes of your fans?
AH: “It’s weird, you know? It’s a strange part of the world we live in where everyone is connected by a keyboard. We tried to fight the paparazzi for the first few months but it just proved to be pointless, because it just made the paparazzi more aggressive.”
CBS: You started acting at the age of 4. How have you kept a level head?
AH: “There were a lot of years of unemployment which can humble you greatly in this business. I’ve always been the kind of person where I’ll see behavior in other people that I don’t like and know I don’t want to be like that. That definitely helps keep me grounded.”
CBS: Do you want Satyana to enter showbiz?
CBS: “No. I really want her to have a childhood that is about climbing trees, playing in the grass. I worry about raising her in LA, because you see these little kids that are obsessed with things they really shouldn’t even be aware of. I really would like her to have a normal childhood, whatever that means. But if she wants to go into showbiz when she is an adult, I’ll support her.”
CBS: Tell us about being on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
AH: “It was an amazing experience that I will always cherish.”
CBS: Are you and Sarah Michelle Gellar still in touch? Have you met baby Charlotte?
AH: “I sent her a card congratulating her on her pregnancy and she wrote me back, but I’ve not met Charlotte. I’m so happy for her.”
CBS: What is it like being back to work on How I Met Your Mother? Do you bring Satyana to the set?
AH: “Yes I do, she comes with me to the set on most days. I have a nursery set up and it’s wonderful to see her when I’m not working. I get to feed her and change the diapers—it’s nice that I still get to do the care taking as much as I can.”
CBS: You cracked us up in the American Pie movies. Will there be another film?
AH: “I think the franchise is making a more films–straight to video, but none of the original cast members are involved.”
CBS: Tell us about your partnership with Cascade.
AH: “Well, as an actress, mother, and wife, I know what it’s like to lead a fully loaded life. Which is why I’ve partnered with Cascade to film “fully loaded” PSAs that provide a funny but truthful look at my hectic routine and how to balance family, home and a career. Visit YouTube to see the PSAs for yourself and learn about how Cascade ActionPacs help me get the dishes clean the first time.”
CBS: If you are working on any other projects or with any charities, please discuss.
AH: “I recently worked on a Funny or Die video for Stand up to Cancer.”