Every Time Kristen Bell Got Super Candid About Parenthood

Sometimes, parenthood can be a struggle — and that goes for celebrities, too. Kristen Bell is one of those celebrities who has gotten totally real about just how hard being a mother can be. She and her husband, Dax Shepard, are parents to two daughters, Lincoln and Delta. Here are some of Bell’s most candid (and hilarious) quotes about the difficulties and rewards of raising her children.

Kristen Bell

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On acting ‘like a meth addict’ from her epidural

After Bell gave birth to Delta in December 2014, she recalled just how much she enjoyed receiving her epidural during labor. Bell explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:

I felt really great. It wears out of your system slowly. About six or seven hours later, I’m sitting in my hospital bed and I say to Dax, “Well, I think the epidural has finally worn off.” He looks over and I am scratching holes in my face like a meth addict, and I’m like, “I think it might be time to re-up. I don’t know. It’s definitely worn off.” He’s like, “Are you sure? You think it’s worn off, hun?” The nurse comes in, and obviously she notices and offers a little bit of Benadryl to help with the itching and to put me to sleep. Well, what a cocktail, because I had a lot to say more than when I’m sober!

On how she wakes up every morning

Most parents can likely relate to how Bell’s morning routine typically tends to go. She revealed the shocking wake-up call she receives every morning to Us Weekly:

My current alarm clock is the blood-curdling screams that I wake up to. I bolt down the hallway thinking that someone’s fallen out of their crib or broken their arm or, I don’t know, drowning in the sink, and then they’re just like, “Good morning, Mommy!”

On her children’s nonsense

Bell stands by the fact that every day brings a new adventure when it comes to parenthood. She told Today,

Every day when you’re raising kids, you feel like you could cry or crack up and just scream, “This is ridiculous!” because there’s so much nonsense, whether it’s what they’re saying to you or the fact that there’s avocado or poop on every surface.

On embracing her post-baby body

Every woman experiences certain changes to her body after giving birth. Once Bell gave birth to her first-born, Lincoln, she detailed how she justified her post-baby body on Twitter:

I like my Lincoln Leftovers because they’re proof I did something extraordinary. I gave life to my new BFF & she gave me a comical amount of midsection skin.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard

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On co-parenting with her husband

Luckily, Bell has a quite a bit of help in the parenting department from her husband, Shepard. She revealed in an interview with PopSugar how they take turns as part of a team:

My husband and I tap out and take mini meditative breaks because we have two toddlers — they’re so f*cking loud — and we keep an eye on each other. We’ll go, “Oh, OK, you can take a break; I’ll take over.” When you’re in the ring, you gotta tap out with your partner. That’s how we do it.

On her parenting instincts

When Bell first became a mother, she had a lot of learning about parenthood to do. However, she told Good Housekeeping about how her instincts helped her get the hang of things quickly:

When Lincoln came out, at first I was like, “Eh, what do I do with it? I can take it home?” But when I started breastfeeding, the oxytocin or my hormones or hundreds of thousands of years of evolution kicked in. I didn’t want to let her go. Having kids feels like that first seventh-grade crush that overwhelms every molecule in your body, but it’s permanent. … Other than the sleep deprivation in the beginning and trying to figure out how not to screw your kid up, the rewards are mountains larger than the battles.