All of the Incredible Things Blake Lively Has Said About Motherhood
Blake Lively seems to have it all. The actress has an A-list career, a pretty cool hubby in actor Ryan Reynolds, incredible fashion sense, and of course, her two daughters, James and Inez. However, despite loving motherhood and all of the joys that come with it, it’s certainly a challenge to juggle parenting and a career.
Luckily for us, Lively has been super honest about everything from her love of children, to making her babies a priority, and even the struggles that come with losing the baby weight.
Embracing her flaws as a mother
No matter how glamorous and well put together Lively might appear to us common folks, she wants to assure us all that she is just a regular mom with flaws.
During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, she explained, “My kid is like playing with explosive devices. I don’t know where she found them. She already knows how to drywall because she puts holes in the wall.”
Parenting certainly isn’t a perfect science.
Next: 30 children
Wanting a house full of kids
Lively has four siblings, and Reynolds has three, so it makes sense that the two actors would want a ton of children. In fact, during a 2012 interview with Allure, The Town actress said, “I’ve always wanted a big family. Oh, I’d love 30 [children] if I could.”
We’re sure we will see more Reynolds-Lively cherubs in the future.
Next: A very rough sleep schedule
Actors spend a great deal of their time traveling through different time zones and waking up for frightfully early call times. Therefore, sleep is already rather precious. However, motherhood makes sleep seem almost mythical.
Lively explained to People in 2017, “[Inez] was not sleeping through the night because she was a baby. And then she finally started sleeping through the night, because she was old enough, then my older daughter, James, decided that she doesn’t sleep through the night anymore.”
Next: Different pregnancies
On pregnancy the second time around
Not one pregnancy is the same, even when the same mother is experiencing it the second time around. During an interview with on Kelly Ripa on Live with Kelly in 2016, The Shallows actress talked about how different her pregnancy with her second daughter was.
She said, “It’s a lot faster. You get bigger faster, too, which has been nice to try to fit into clothing strategically.”
Next: Going with the flow
Taking it one day at a time
Parenting is challenging, and it doesn’t help when people think it’s appropriate to mom-shame and parent-shame others. Lively has decided to cut herself some slack instead of trying to be a “perfect mother.”
I think it’s hard to slap labels on any parents because it’s just so tricky. It’s like every moment you’re figuring out what the heck you’re doing. You think, ‘Ooh, should I be more strict, or should I be more I don’t know, emotional?’ Or whatever it is. If anybody knows how to be a parent, I feel like grandparents really know how to be parents. But parents, you just figure it out as you go. So, I wouldn’t put a label on it.
Next: Body woes
The myth of the snapback
So often in Hollywood, celebrities are heralded for their ability to simply bounce back after pregnancy, shedding any baby weight that they might have gained, and looking picture perfect within weeks of giving birth. Lively, however, decided to keep it real.
The Gossip Girl alum posted a picture of herself and her trainer in the gym with the caption, “Turns out you can’t lose the 61 lbs you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through Instagram and wondering why you don’t look like all the bikini models. Thanks @donsaladino for kickin my A double S into shape. 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose. Feeling very proud”
Next: Normal childhoods
Not letting her kids go Hollywood
As two A-list stars, Lively and Reynolds are certainly in the spotlight. However, they want to protect their children from all of the hoopla that comes with that. In fact, they rarely show their daughters faces or even attend kid-friendly industry events with them.
In a 2016 interview with Marie Claire, Lively explained why she is so protective. She said, “Ryan [Reynolds] had a nice, normal upbringing, and we want our kids to have the same normal life that we had. We don’t ever want to rob them of what we had because then we’d feel really selfish.”
Next: All about family
Though Lively seems to be juggling her personal life and career, for The Rhythm Section actress, it’s all about family.
She told Marie Claire, “All my eggs are in one basket, and that’s my family. That’s where my heart is. That’s where my everything is. That’s the thing that I feel most protective of, and the thing that I feel is the most exposed when I feel exploited.”
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