New mom Vanessa Lachey is busier than ever just nine months after welcoming her son Camden with Nick Lachey. Along with touring the country with her hubby for his 98 Degrees ‘Package’ summer tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, she’s also busy filming her new Fox comedy, Dads. Vanessa opened up to Parade about balancing work and motherhood, and society’s obsession with post-baby bodies.
On best beauty advice to new moms: “As far as beauty, I think it comes back down to the foundation of knowing that you are a mother and you now support this child, and you’re beautiful in your skin. Part of the problem that we have is that we’re constantly telling these new moms to lose weight and look good and do this and do that, instead of just letting them be moms and enjoy having a child, and having their family, and having this new role in your life! It’s one of the hardest, if not the hardest, job in the world, and all the emphasis is placed on everything else as opposed to what’s important, which is loving your baby, and loving yourself and your body. My biggest tip is to know that you are beautiful and know that you are wonderful, and absolutely amazing for raising a child.”
On her favorite part of the day as a mom: “I know it sounds really cheesy, but it’s just every day. It’s everything. He is screaming these noises that he has no idea how he is making come out of his mouth, he’s crawling around, he’s learning how to smile, learning how to talk—it’s just everything. I love it. I’ve wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember, and now it’s here.”
On Nick’s favorite song to sing to baby Camden: “I think Cam just loves anything that Nick does—he’s such a little Daddy’s boy, it’s adorable. ‘Sleepy Eyes’ is one song in particular that Nick used to hum to him when he was still in my belly, so that one to us is kind of special. He hummed the melody, and then when Camden was born, he added words and lyrics to it. So, that one has a special place in our hearts. I sing ‘Baby Mine’ to him every night, so when I sing that, he knows it’s bedtime, and he starts rubbing his eyes and getting ready for bed. Overall, we just constantly talking to him and singing to him, and I sing the ABCs to him—anything to interact with the little munchkin.”
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