Model Rhea Durham, 28, and her children, Ella Rae, 3 1/2, and Michael, 15 months, grace the cover and pages of Cookie magazine‘s July issue. Longtime readers may realize this is the first they’ve seen of Michael — we had only heard Mark Wahlberg, 36, speak of him thus far. Here are the interview highlights — click the extended post for more pics.
Rhea loves motherhood: I know people might read this and think, ‘Ugh,’ but I love my life. It’s hectic and stressful at times. But I’m really happy. I love the traditions of family and home. Babies, kids, holidays — that’s what I’m good at.
More kids for her and Mark?: I’d like two more.
Home life: There’s a lot of running to and from preschool. We don’t have a nanny on the weekends — or on Wednesdays, so that’s myday with the kids by myself. Mark is home sometimes,too, of course. But he also works a lot.
On Michael: He’s edible. What a little butterball — 23 pounds of pure love.
Michael’s first party: We had an Elmo-themed party. I didn’t hire someone dressed as Elmo, because I thought it might scarehim. So it was just the four of us. But it was really cute.
Discipline: We talk about discipline and schools all the time now. As a parent, you constantly have to be on your game. You’re formingadults. Disciplining — staying consistent with it — is hard. There’s always guilt involved: that you’re not doing enough, that you’re not up to par.
Thanks to Kelly at Cookie Magazine.
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Michael wears a Babies Rock onesie in white ($20).