Almost two months into motherhood, Vanessa Lachey says that these early days with her baby boy Camden have been joyous and challenging – and full of surprises. The Wipeout host took some time off from diaper duty to talk to SheKnows.com about breastfeeding, body image and her “through the roof” hopes and dreams for her sweet son.
On being a mom: “I am still in shock and we look at him and we are like — we made this! I know it sounds corny and cheesy, but it is your love personified. We made this baby! It is weird and very surreal to me. I love everything about being a mom — looking at him and seeing him and hoping and praying that he will be a gentleman and a good man and a supportive friend. All my hopes for him are through the roof.”
On what has surprised her about motherhood: “The feeding! [During pregnancy] everyone is like, ‘get your rest now!’ and I was like ‘I’ll be fine!’ I didn’t understand that they need to eat every two to three hours at first and then three to four a little after that. And that each feed can be up to one hour with the changing and the ′shushing’ and the swaddling. Sometimes we literally had like 15 minutes between him falling asleep and then having to wake him for the next feed. I’m like this goes on 24 hours a day and no one told me about this part of it!”
On losing the baby weight: “I think it is great everyone thinks I bounced back so quickly… but truth be told I’m still wearing my maternity clothes and taking it day by day and enjoying being a mom. I’m not stressing about bouncing back!…
I think we should be focused more on being good moms and not getting back to whatever it is that everyone talks about, your post-baby body, I guess. Your body is different! It took nine to 10 months to get there and it is different now — my body is different now — but I’m learning to love it and embrace it and I have a great support system.
I have my husband to tell me that stretch marks and flabbiness and all is beautiful and it makes me feel good and better and confident and I look at my little boy and I’m like — this is what it is was for.”
Read Vanessa’s entire interview at SheKnows.com