30 Rock star Tina Fey just announced that she and husband Jeff Richmond are expecting their second child. But in an interview with Oprah Winfrey airing April 12, and in her new book, the Emmy award-winning writer and mom to 5-year-old daughter, Alice, reveals that having another baby is something that she debated for so long, she just couldn’t take it anymore.
“I went for my annual checkup and, tired of carrying this anxiety around, burst into tears the moment she said hello,” the writer and actress shares in her memoir, Bossypants.
“I laid it all out for her, and the main thing I took away from our conversation was the kind of simple observation that only an impartial third party can provide: ‘Either way, everything will be fine,’” writes Fey.
In her book, Tina also admits that she was “stricken with guilt and panic” every time her daughter, “the only child in her class without a sibling,” would say, “I wish I had a baby sister.”
Up many sleepless nights, Fey recounts getting up and going to the bathroom, studying herself in the mirror, asking, “Do I look like someone who should be pregnant? I look good for 40, but I have the quaggy jawline and hollow cheeks of a mom, not a pregnant lady.”
Now that that debate is over, Tina has a different view of things.
What’s so great about work anyway?,” she writes. “Work won’t visit you when you’re old. Work won’t drive you to get a mammogram and take you out after for soup.”
Adding that by Hollywood’s standards, she’ll “just be unemployable and labeled crazy in five years anyway.”