Sheryl discusses Wyatt’s birth stats and adoption info, why she adopted, the process she went through to bring Wyatt home, celeb friends who have helped her out, where the payment for the photo shoot was donated, and if she’ll be adding to the family.
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Birth stats: Born Sunday, April 29th. Home with Sheryl Monday, April 30th. Weighed in at 7 lbs, 10 oz, and was 22 inches long.
Name meaning: Wyatt is Sheryl’s father’s middle name, Steven is after her brother and her manager.
Starting the adoption process: I’ve always wantedto adopt. Even if I’d had my own kids, I would have adopted. I love theidea of adopting. I always thought I had an immense amount of love togive. Igot started at the end of my radiation treatment [in Spring 2006]. I knew it would takea long time. They don’t put you at the front of the line just becauseyou’re a rock star.
I went through the proper channels and did it justlike everybody else does it. I went through an agency. I filled out a lot of paperwork. You answer all kinds of questions and they come and visit you. I did not care [what sex the baby was].I did not care what nationality. I do believe, and it may sound wacky,that souls pick their surroundings. I feel like Wyatt was on his way,one way or the other.
Spilling the beans: MatthewPerry was here a few weeks ago, saw the alphabet and said, ‘What’sgoing on here? That looks like a Ouija board!’ I had to blow my newsand say, ‘Well, the stork may be coming.’
Adoption details and concern that the birth parents will recognize their child: I knew he was coming and Iknew there was an opportunity for the birth mother to change her mind.I flew to where he was, which was in another state, and I took him homea day later. He was 1 day old.
This was a closedadoption, but I have a physical description and the medical history ofthe parents, which is really great because you know what your child isin for regarding medical issues. I have great faith that things will work out the way they’re meant to. I am going to raise him in a healthy environment.
On being honest with Wyatt: He will know he’sadopted. He will know as much as he wants to know about his family. Andif the time comes that he wants to meet his birth family, I will helphim with that. I think it will come about when it comes about. When he’s old enough tounderstand it, we’ll talk about it. By then he’ll already know and loveme as his mom.
On meeting her son: I think I said, ‘Welcome to the world,’ but mostly I just stared at him.
On being an instant mom: My parents were out here whenhe was born. My mom would hand him to me and say, ‘Here’s your mommy.’It was really poignant — and very startling — to hear my mom call meMommy. It took me a while to get used to it.
Maternal instincts: I’ve been around so many kids, I’ve always been extremely at ease in the mothering role.
First week: Iwas so lucky that my mom was here for the first week. I think if Ididn’t have people around me who knew what they were doing, I wouldhave panicked. Babies don’t speak English clearly at this stage! Youhave to figure out if they’re pooping, hungry or sleepy.
On changes: The day he came home, I felt like thewhole house had changed. The house felt fuller. You just feel likenesting and making sure he’s acclimated to the world. It is all sofascinating. You don’t want to miss a thing. I’ve barely left the house. Waking up in the middle of the night and seeing him nextto me andrealizing, ‘Oh, he’s still here! How fantastic! It’s not a dream.
On raising Wyatt: To prevent Wyatt from turning into a spoiled brat, Sheryl wants to spend the majorityof his childhood in Nashville, TN, and plans for him to attendschool there. ‘I believe in saying no. I’mgoing to try and be a really good parent and not his best friend. I’mnot going to raise him and have him go to school here [in L.A.]. I havea farm in Nashville and he’ll grow up down there. I have family thereand also in Missouri just a few hours away.‘
Sheryl also plans to adopt more children, saying, ‘Definitely, a whole troop! Ilove kids. I can definitely see myself adopting more kids. As soon as Ibrought Wyatt home, I told my mom I wanted another. She told me to slowdown and learn what I was doing with Wyatt first.’
Baby care: Sheryl’s parents and a baby nurse are helping her out. She says, ‘I didn’t have any trepidationabout how I’d do as a mom. But there are certain things that you can’tknow with a new baby that you have to learn as you go. Luckily, myparents were here, and I’ve gotten great advice from my mother and Ihave a wonderful baby nurse.’
The baby nurse in question? We hear it’s Marva, who cared for Deacon Phillippe and Coco Arquette in their first months, and stayed with Julia Roberts to help care for Hazel and Finn until they were 2 — you may remember Julia’s on-stage Oscar thank-you to her!
Celeb friends help out: d=”intelliTXT” name=”intelliTxt”>My dear friend Laura Dern has been with me all the way through this experience and had a babyshower for me last week. And Gabby Reece has been with me all the way.These very ‘Earth Mother’ types are really dialed into how to raise ababy organically and holistically.
Dating/Future father?: I’mvery happy where I am and don’t feel any pressure to get married. Wyattis going to be the gatekeeper! There won’t be anybody coming betweenWyatt and Mom. You buy one and get one free. I used to gauge men on howthey were around my dogs. Wyatt now becomes the deciding factor. Thislittle boy is so special. It will be very informative about anyone Imight get involved with. What are they really made of? How much love dothey have?
Being a mom has already inspired her to partake in the World Food Program, which feeds millions of kids worldwide: I don’t think there is any coincidence that I was feeding my babywatching these starving children living in abject poverty. Then theopportunity came up to make a real difference.
Well, as you no doubt have seen, Wyatt and I did our first, and probably only,photoshoot for a magazine. I have always made it a practice to keep myprivate life out of the public light but to be honest, I was beingheavily stalked by photographers who wanted to get the ‘first shot.’And rather than have someone I don’t know sell a shot to a magazine, weaccepted OK magazine’s offer to make a generous donation to an amazingorganization called the World Food Program in Wyatt’s name. So….Wyatt is now a humanitarian!
Wyatt joining her on tour: I’m getting him his passport already!
Thanks to CBB readers Tasha and Stephanie.