Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cougar Town's Busy Philipps Talks Parenting

Cougar Town
star Busy Philipps may play a bit of a wild child on the hit ABC sitcom, but in real life the actress has a more domesticated side with her daughter Birdie, , who turns 2 next month.

The actress is featured on the cover of the new issue of Mom magazine posing with her adorable little Birdie. In the accompanying article, this working mom opens up about her pregnancy, experiencing natural childbirth, and how motherhood has changed her.

On her pregnancy:
"I loved being pregnant—I really took to it. I was never sick and I gained 80 lbs, which I know is a lot. But I hiked and was active and did prenatal yoga and meditated every day - something that I haven’t done before or since."

On her birth experience:
“I wanted to have a natural childbirth since I was in high school—I remember watching a 20/20 about hypno-birthing and saying to my mom, 'That’s what I’m going to do with my daughter. I’m not going to have drugs.' I did ask for drugs, several times, but my husband and I had a deal: Anytime I asked for drugs, he said, 'OK, let’s just wait five minutes, and if you still want them in five minutes then we’ll get them for you.' So of course five minutes later I was on another whole journey, and I ended up not having any. And she was a huge kid! It took me three hours to push her out. They brought a mirror in for me so I could see. Toward the end—no joke—I had full-on hallucinations in between pushing. It was crazy! And as she came out, the doctor got her head and her shoulders out—there’s nothing like that pain in the whole world: It’s white hot. Then my doctor asked, 'Do you want to pull your daughter out?” So he took my hands and I pulled Birdie out and pulled her up to my chest.'"

On how motherhood has changed her:
“I had this idea that I was going to become a mother and then all of the career stuff was going to fall away and I wasn’t going to care about my job. But the truth is, I still care a lot and the two things are wholly separate. Being a mom doesn’t inform my work as much as I thought it would. It feels weird for me to even say that out loud. I always say to Birdie that I’m so lucky because I have two jobs that I love. The first job is being her mother and that’s the most important job. And my second job is also cool, because it’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I hope she gets to have at least one job that she loves.”

Source: Mom Magazine

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