Introducing Eden and Savannah Mahoney

04/11/2007 at 08:33 AM ET

Actress Marcia Cross, 45, introduces her fraternal twin daughters, Eden and Savannah, 7 weeks, in People Magazine this week.


On knowing Tom was for her: ‘Well, I’m no spring chicken. I met Tom and I was like, ‘I don’t know whether we can do this [have babies] or not. And he was like, ‘If we can’t, we’ll adopt.’ I thought, ‘ This is the man for me!’ So before we got married we started trying [to conceive].’

On choosing making babies over a honeymoon: ‘We did in vitro a week after we got married. We weresupposed to go to Greece and Paris and have this fancy honeymoon, and Isaid, ‘Let’s stay put and see if we can’t give this baby a chance.’ And it worked – times two.’

On the pregnancy:I was horribly nauseous.’ Then, they got the big news – it’s twins! ‘I was hugely terrified. And I was more scared to have girls – probably from just having been one. Now I’m just delighted. There’s nothing closer than the female bond.’


On her 9 week bedrest: In late December, around her 26th week, Marcia started having contractions. She says, ‘I went to the doctor’s office, and I’d been having contractions and didn’t know it. I thought I was this Amazon woman, and that bed rest was never going to happen to me.’ It did.

I thought, ‘I might as well learn something.’ So I got some books on tape – ancient Greek civilization, something on the symphony, [George Eliot’s] Middlemarch. Tom adds, ‘Not a day went by that she didn’t have good humor.

Still, Marcia eventually became quite uncomfortable as time passed – ‘I couldn’t breathe really well, and I’d be so tired just talking on the phone. It was a very isolating time.’

The birth: After developing preeclampsia,a condition that occurs only during pregnancy, in which her bloodpressure rose to dangerously high levels, affecting both her and thetwins, Marcia gave birth by c-section on February 20th.

Tom held her hand during the surgery, and tells People, ‘Savannah was born first and then Eden followed within the same minute. There was a symphony of crying and it was fantastic.

Savannah weighed inat 6 lbs, 7 oz, and Eden was 5 lbs, 10 oz. ‘I had over 12 lbs of baby in me!,’ Marcia exclaims. Although Marcia’s due date was March 21st and the girls were four weeks early, the babies were healthy and only stayed in the hospitalfor four days.

Why they chose the names:Savannah came to me in this premonition. A long time ago, I had this kind of spiritual experience, that I will have this child and her name will be Savannah. Then when Tom and I didn’t even know we were having girls, he wrote me an e-mail and said, ‘I just heard a name I like: Savannah.’ I had the complete chills.’

As for Eden, Marcia says, ‘I was getting a massage and it came to me.’


On motherhood: ‘I wanted to be a member of that club sobadly, and now I’m in and it’sso much better than I even imagined. Even before I was 30 I startedthinking about [it]. [It was the] longest wait in history. The years started going by and I was anxious about the clock ticking. Now it seems like it was all meant to be. I’m probably done [having kids], but I certainlycan see why people keepgoing.’

‘I love when you get them out of the crib and you open the blanket and they’re like little flowers – they’re warm and they smell so good. People say, ‘Oh wait, it gets better and better!’ But I’m in no rush. I’m in heaven right now.’

On nursing: Marcia is tandem nursing her twins, as well as pumping. Mastering the art of simultaneously nursing two babies ‘is a huge accomplishment,’ says Marcia. ‘My life is more organized for sure. But it’s not like I’mcooking! I’m breastfeeding – I feel like that’s the best cooking I coulddo.’

On the girls looks and personalities: ‘[In the womb],Savannah kicked all the time, and Eden was really quiet, which made me so nervous. Now Eden’s thefeisty one and Savannah’s a little more Zen.’

‘At first I was like, ‘Savannah is Tom!’ And Eden looks a little bit like him now too. Mostly, though, they’re these two brand-new beings, and every day it’s like, ‘Who are you?’

‘Eden loves to be bounced on an exercise ball and Savannah is perfectly happy if she’s had enough to eat.’

‘They sleep in the same crib together – it’s so cute. But it’s funny – sometimes they’ll look at everything but each other.’

And according to Marcia, yes – they both have ginger-colored hair! However, it’s closer to dad’s orange mop than mom’s brighter red.


On her new routine: ‘I’ll tell you my routine – it’s really exciting. [laughs] I feed, I burp, I change diapers, I pump. And then I have atiny window of time to myself.’ (Marcia and Tom have the help of a baby nurse.)

On weight loss: ‘I didn’t just feel large, I was large [during my pregnancy]. I was 190 [lbs.], and two weeks later I was 150. My doctor said it was a record weight loss! When you’re [used to being] thin, you’re like, ‘Oh, there’s an inch over here (pinching her waist).’ When you’re 190 and all of a sudden you’re not, it’s like, ‘I’m Twiggy!’ It feels so good.’

Marcia on Tom as a parent: ‘From the first moment Tom was changing diapers – he’s been totally hands-on…Tom was dancing with Eden. We put on some Tchaikovsky and they were dancing to Swan Lake. That was just so beautiful.’

‘I think we both feel happy that we’re so prepared, and have lived enough and been through enough that [parenthood] seems relatively easy.’


Tom on Marcia as a parent: ‘She’ll come in when I’m putting on my tie in the morning and say, ‘Honey, you’ve got to see this!’ The girls will be side-by-side, peacefully eyeing the mobile with just the faintest of smiles. She’s totally in the moment.’

Marcia’s delivery diamonds: Tom gave Marcia a pair of diamond studs – ‘one for each girl’ – as a ‘thanks for birthing our children’ present on their first dinner out as parents.

On returning to work: Before motherhood, Marcia says, ‘I felt like I couldn’t really go after movies and further my career. I needed to have my family first. I mean, I could win an Oscar, but who cares if I don’t have my family? I still want to work and be creative. Anything I do is that much richer now.’



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Christine on

I can’t wait to buy this issue… what beautiful babies. They were born the same day that I had my daughter, Kailey 🙂

J.M. on

beautiful baby girls! congrats to her. She looks very happy!

lena on

is it only me or eden has red hair?

Becky on

The girls look just like their Daddy! They are beautiful little girls, congrats Marcia!

tink1217 on

beautiful babies!!!!! So happy for her!

Liz on

I’ve seen many pictures of this woman before but I’ve never seen her look as happy as she does in that last picture. She is beautiful, her husband is good looking, and their girls are the cutest! I loooove their perfect little heads, and I see one of them may just have red hair?

Congrats to them! The babies are soooooo beautiful!

lucy on

wow beautiful girls, the would be lucky to have her gorgeous red hair, she looks prettier than i’ve ever seen her here

Bren on

OMG could she look anymore beautiful!? I love her personality and strong spirit. I can’t wait to see what these little girls look like as they get older.

JoyJoy on

That is so awesome and breastfeeding twins is so great. What a awesome mom. Beautiful babies too.

Megan on

Wow, listening to Marcia talk, she seems like the ideal mother–one who just wanted those babies so much…those pictures say it all, that’s genuine happiness…and they were big healthy girls–even at 7 weeks early they were an incredibly healthy weight–that’s wonderful…just imagine if they’d gone full term! LOL Her and Tom seem like two of the most down to earth people I’ve heard about and they seem head over heels in love with their daughters…I loved her “lets stay put and see if we can’t give this baby a chance” Those girls were meant to be and i wish Marcia, Tom, Eden, and Savannah all the love and happiness in the world…NOBODY deserves it more…and those girls are GORGEOUS…

Joanna on

Babies are gorgeous, and she look SO much better with some weight on her. She was getting pretty scary-looking in the second season of “Housewives.” I hope the producers of the show don’t insist she lose every bit of weight!

Ana on

Awww so cute, I’d love to see more pics of them. How gorgeous!

Campbell on

Of course I agree with everyone. I don’t think I have ever seen Marcia look more beautiful… really. Those babies are adorable, and look so perfectly full in the face in the cover shot. So very happy for their family.

Mary on

awww they are so cute. Marcia looks so happy.

Laura on

They are so gorgeous! I wonder what their middle names are. Maybe they don’t have one. Who knows?
I guess we’ll have to see in the future.

Cheers to the twins around the world!

Heather on

I’m so happy for here, hearing her talk about being a mother finally. She’s one of my fav celeb mums now. I’m glad we finally got to see them. I hope they grow up to have that beautiful red hair Marcia has! P.S. I’m totally in love with their names!

Kimber Christian on

What beautiful girls! I am so happy for Marcia. She is absolutely glowing in these pictures. As an unmarried 30-year old woman, her story gives me hope that marriage and motherhood will finally come if you have faith and patience.

NicoleMarie on

They are beautiful. I was just wondering if they her biological children because I remember reading somewhere that they weren’t. It does not matter of course, Im just wondering.

She is rumored to have used donor eggs, but it was not talked about in this interview.

ang on

beautiful pics-so happy for marcia. she & tom seem like natural parents. i heard the girls were in NICU for 6wks tho? that was false obviously?

gabriella on

Both girls are so cute, and although not identical, they really look a lot alike. They both look more like their dad, but I think their hair will be their mommy’s. I’m so happy for Marcia, motherhood is great for anybody but I really think when a person has their first baby or in her case twins in their 40’s, you must really feel blessed because you never think you will be a mom at that age. She looks great already, and wow lost 40lbs in 2 weeks, that’s great.

Jennifer on

I’d been waiting to see pictures of these two little ones 🙂 Savannah and Eden are beautiful baby girls! Marcia and Tom look very happy, and the photos are fabulous!

Noelle on

I think they’re cute babies, but they do look pretty different! Look at the picture of the twins up close, the NOSES are completely different! As they get older, it will be even more obvious. Eden has the longer, downturned nose, while Savannah has the shorter, upturned one. So funny! Anyway, I think Savannah is a little cuter, but BIG CONGRATS to Marcia and Tom!

Devon on

I can relate to Marcia when she talks about having premonitions about their names.

One night I had a dream that I had a baby boy but I couldn’t decide on a name. I kept going back between Sean Christian and Camden Michael, finally deciding on Camden Michael. From that night, over 2 years ago, Camden has been it. My fiancee and I both agree on it and I know as soon as we have a boy it’s going to be Camden Michael. I just love the name!! Camden is after a borough in my favourite city, London, and Michael is after my fiancee, Michael.

It’s weird how our subconscious decides things for us! Now only if my subconscious would think of a girl’s name since Michael and I cannot agree on ANYTHING!!!

Lu on

They are adorable. And she looks so happy with them Congrats to them both. They are such a sweet little family.

Jeannie on

I feel the same way, Kimber Christian. I’m 40 and reading Marcia’s story gives me hope too that I still have a chance at love and family. You’re right- faith and patience.

Daze on

What a beautiful red-haired family! They do appear to be so happy. Congrats to them. The girls do favor their dad, one of them favors mom a little. I read before that they used IVF, but that the girls are their biological children. No donor eggs or sperm.

Jaclyn on

How refreshing is this family? Kudos to them for doing what was best for them and not hiding it. So many people are afraid to admit all that they have gone through to have children, their honesty gives people so much hope.

So many twins these days, lets not kid ourself with why many (not all) are happening. Families are created in so many ways, lets embrace that.

FC on

Another family I’ve fallen in love with! I mean, Marcia’s glowing through her words already. You can just hear and feel the love she has for her daughters–and for her husband, Tom. Tom, well, he’s just been a regular godsend at home, it sounds like. Where’d she find him at? I need to know so I can get a man like him… *sigh*

And Eden and Savannah are two little dolls. To me, they seem to have their father’s hair coloring, mix of both in the face, and Marcia’s chin. 🙂

All in all, this is a beautiful little family Marcia and Tom have. 🙂

mars on

oh my… such beautiful babies!, one looks just like mommy, and the other one just like daddy, so perfect it’s almost unbelievable, congrats to them and all my respect for marcia for being soooo brave to have babies at age 44, that’s just great

K on

Beautiful babies and family!
I remember reading somewhere once that Marcia was going to adopt a baby several years ago (maybe when she was single?) and didn’t go ahead. Is this true CBB?
Great post!

KarenC on

I had a dream that I had twins, a boy and a
girl-so we will see what the future brings.
I am not even close to being married or
having kids yet.

Aura on

Aww. I just love her! She seems so normal and nice. And it’s great she found love at an older age, and a family too! What beautiful little girls they are – and how lucky to have two normal and nice parents! Thanks for posting these wonderful pictures!

Elisabeth on

[quote] I think they’re cute babies, but they do look pretty different! Look at the picture of the twins up close, the NOSES are completely different! As they get older, it will be even more obvious. Eden has the longer, downturned nose, while Savannah has the shorter, upturned one. So funny! Anyway, I think Savannah is a little cuter, but BIG CONGRATS to Marcia and Tom! [/quote]

No, it’s the other way around. Eden has the pert nose, whilst Savannah has the longer one.

maria on

beautiful twins!!! sweety babies!!!I am so happy for Marcia and her husband.

arfabanu on

iam so happy for her,even i love twins.yet to plan for the kid.