It’s been a busy year for former Scrubs star Sarah Chalke! Between life with her son Charlie, who recently celebrated his first birthday, and a new show on CBS, the 34-year-old actress has her hands full and is loving every moment!
The gorgeous star recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her first year as a mother, keeping her relationship with fiancé Jamie Afifi strong and her plans for the future.
CBS: How was Charlie’s first birthday on Christmas Eve? Where did you spend Christmas? Did you go home to Vancouver? How do you plan to keep Charlie’s birthday special during such a hectic holiday?
SC: “We had so much fun! We went back to Canada where I’m from and he was around all my nieces and nephews. My girlfriends from back home and I all had babies at the same time, so they were at his birthday party on the 27th too. He had a cake with a camel on it and a candle (His grandfather on his dad’s side is from Egypt). My mom’s side is German, so we celebrate on the 24th on Christmas Eve. We did have some vacation drama; complete with lost luggage and everyone got sick! But, all in all, it was so much fun. We haven’t really figured out how we will handle his birthday every year, but so far, I loved it! My grandmother was born on Christmas Eve, so it’s very special to me that they share a birthday.”
CBS: How has your first year of motherhood been? How have you changed? What are some of the biggest rewards? Greatest challenges?
SC: “It’s been amazing! I’ve never been so happy/tired/worried in my whole life! I’ve wanted to be a mom for a long time and it’s everything I thought it would be and more. They biggest challenge so far is trying to figure out how to spend as much time with Charlie as I can. When I’m not with him I miss him so much. There have been such incredible highs this year- like when he said, “Mommy” and “Daddy” for the first time. Just last night he ate his first strawberry ever and it was so cute! He didn’t like it at first, but then he thought it was the best thing ever. I will definitely never be the same because of motherhood- they are always in the back of your mind. You can never watch a movie or read a news story the same way again. Everything changes; especially your perspective.”
CBS: What is your best advice to new moms? What are some of the greatest tricks/lessons you’ve learned in the first year?
SC: “My best advice, as trite as it sounds, is to enjoy every second- it goes so fast! My sister made a slide show (she is an amazing photographer) and now he’s walking. It is so cool to see him over the past year in all of his different stages, but they grow so quickly. Take as many pictures as you can and spend as much time as you can because they won’t always be in this “nugget age”! Motherhood definitely is a steep learning curve and even though I have tons of nieces and nephews, it’s different when you have your own 24/7. Best advice? Put the veggies on the plate first- otherwise, they won’t eat them!”
CBS: Have you and your fiance Jamie Afifi set a wedding date? If so, where do you plan to tie the knot?
SC: “Well, we were actually working with a wedding planner and had a date set when I found out I was pregnant with Charlie. Now that Charlie is a year old we can focus on planning again. We go back and forth about wedding spots- we have a couple of ideas…”
CBS: How have you and Jamie kept the flame alive amidst the diapers and chaos of Charlie’s first year? Would you say having a baby has caused strain, or the opposite, on your relationship? Do you have any Valentine’s Day plans?
SC: “Keeping the flame alive is definitely a challenge, but it is so important, but, realistically, everything takes a back seat the first year of a baby’s life. Currently we are making it a real priority to go out just the two of us, and it gets easier as they get older. Now he’s on a regular sleep schedule, so we stay up after he goes to bed and spend quality time together then. As far as Valentine’s Day goes, we don’t have plans yet – but we better come up with something creative!”
CBS: Any plans for baby # 2?
SC: “No plans yet for baby number two… I definitely want more kids, just not quite yet! I’m loving this time with Charlie. And with work now, I want to spend all my free time with this little guy.”
CBS: We loved you on Scrubs! What’s up next for you?
SC: “I’m doing a new comedy called Mad Love for CBS that comes out in February. It’s about four people looking for love in New York, with Jason Biggs, Judy Greer and Tyler Labine. Were having the best time! It’s such a fun group of people. I had already worked with and love Judy and Tyler. They were already friends of mine, and Jason I had never worked with before- he is hysterical. So ridiculously funny. Matt Tarses created it and he wrote for years on Scrubs, so I’ve known him for ten years – he is such a great writer. It’s so fun, because usually when you start a new job, you don’t know anyone, and with Mad Love, it feels like we’ve been working together forever. So I can bore everyone for hours with pictures and videos on my phone of Charlie. They set up a nursery for Charlie so he can come to work some days or I miss him too much!”