Jennifer Garner, fellow actor as well as wife to Ben Affleck, and mom to their daughter Violet Anne, 15 months, is featured on the cover of the April issue of Allure magazine. Here are the baby-related highlights:
On nursing being different than she expected:
All I ever heard was everyone bitch about it – nobody ever said, ‘You are not going to believe how emotional this is.’ It’s like, I’ll say I’m going to stop, and then I’m in there, feeding her.
On being a working mom – doing both press and filming – [Interview took place in late January when Jen was away from Violet overnight for the first time while doing press for Catch and Release]:
[Ben has a stash of two-ounce bottles of breast milk.] I’ll be back tonight, and I haven’t been gone 24 hours. ‘I’m home!’ I can’t wait. I’ll wake her up.
[While filming The Kingdom over the summer], Violet would be there on set, and I would feed her and then go back out. I was covered in blood and mud and dirt, and so her little sweet pink outfits would be caked in fake blood by the time she went home. She had blood across her forehead, and you don’t want to see that on a little one.
Nursing wasn’t the weight-loss solution Jen was expecting:
It happened to a lot of my girlfriends and sisters, and I really thought, ‘This is the ticket, the best diet in the world’ – and it just wasn’t. I kept waiting, and I just didn’t lose weight. It took six months before I did. I also, though, used breastfeeding as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. I’ve always had a flat stomach, and now everyone’s just always going to think I’m two months pregnant for the rest of my life.
However, she found she didn’t care – and actually liked her newfound curves:
I could not motivate myself to work out. I wasn’t going to give up that time with Violet, and if she was asleep, I wanted to sleep, because I was working. It just didn’t seem important. [And] my body felt so much more balanced out. Because I’ve always had a biscuit [her term for her butt] and I’ve never had boobs, and so I finally felt like, ‘Oh, this is how it’s supposed to be.’
Jennifer laughs when shown a photo and asked to recall her embarrassing turn at the Academy Awards in 2006, when she tripped on stage.
Oh, that’s me almost tripping. See, that’s when I had knockers. That made me nervous. I was in a rush during the fitting because I wanted to be with Violet. Jack Nicholson was in the audience in front of me, and halfway through the night he said, ‘Jennifer Garner’s going to be able to feed the whole row!’
Do you relate to anything Jennifer had to say?