Diane Farr on indulging, using a doula, a nanny, and more

04/05/2008 at 03:38 PM ET

Dianefarrandbeckett_cbb Diane Farr waited to have a child, and when the time finally arrived for her and husband Seung Chung, she enjoyed her pregnancy, indulging often. The 38-year-old Numb3rs star laughed,

I had a great experience! I waited a long time to have children, and I think your experience is based on where you are at in your life. 

I did not work out while I was pregnant. I felt like I was having symptoms of a heart attack every time I worked out, so I enjoyed eating like a third grader and gained 55 pounds! I enjoyed having a grilled cheese almost every day! [I lost it] in 3 months by breastfeeding.

When it was time to give birth to son Beckett Mancuso, who just celebrated his first birthday, Diane had specific ideas about what she wanted her experience to be like. Her doula, Renee Cighiano of Gentle Beginnings Doula Services, helped her achieve her wishes.

I love her! I was afraid to not be in a hospital,but I wanted to labor at home under the guidance of a doula as long aspossible. I wanted to have an epidural, and I felt I needed an advocatein the hospital with me. I hired Renee before I underwent genetictesting during my first trimester. She guided me throughout mypregnancy.

I wasn’t gaining enough weight in the beginning and she toldme about supplemental shakes to help with my weight gain as well asmonitoring my proper water intake. I highly recommend having a doula.

Click below for Diane’s stroller choices, making her own baby food, having a nanny, what traits she does and doesn’t want to pass on, and loving cheap toys.

As far as baby gear, Diane has a love for strollers and toys on both the higher and lower ends of the spectrum.

I have two strollers. The Bugaboo I keep in our house for walks and Ihave a Graco that I keep in the car. The Graco is lighter, so it seemsto work best as our car stroller.

A friend told me that I shouldn’t give him something that I cannotlive without. I had a stuffed animal from Peru and opted to keep it outof Beckett’s hands, since I didn’t want to let it get ruined. So Ibought him a $3 frog from Toys R Us, and that has been his favorite toy!I have since purchased him many of the same frog!

513dtcxgfblAs Beckett began consistently eating solid food more than nursing, Diane has found that she enjoys whipping up his meals herself.

I got a book called Super Baby Food ($14), which has really helpedguide me through this process! On Sundays I make enough food for theentire week. I freeze some of the food and put the rest in therefrigerator.

Some of Beckett’s favorite foods are sweet potatoes,quinoa and persimmons.

As a working mom with a TV series, Diane preferred to have her son home with a nanny rather than in a daycare environment.

I had a nanny for forty hours a week until the writer’s strike. Nowthat I have been at home more I have a babysitter for five hours a dayso I can focus on writing my book, ‘Shades of America,’ [which is about mixed-race families].

I think it’simportant to know how to spend your time. If you can have someone helpyou with laundry and cleaning, then your time can be more focused onplaying with your child.

When asked what personality traits of hers she hopes Beckett will and won’t inherit, Diane replied,

My tenacious spirit! I always find the time to do the homework and getthe task done. I want him to develop the tenacity to always followthrough.

[I hope he doesn’t get] my short temper! Only those who love me see it. If I don’t lose mytemper in front of him, then he won’t copy it.

For more from Diane’s interview, visit the Mom To Be Depot.

Diane and Beckett pose in a PSA for The Sierra Club’s Two Percent campaign.

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Jadie on

Sorry if I’m the only one to ask but what’s a doula?

Sarah’s note: From Wiki: A doula is an experienced, non-medical assistant who provides physical, emotional and informed choice support in prenatal care, during childbirth and during the postpartum period. You can have one for all three stages, or just choose one for birth or one for postpartum care, etc.

emmalee on

He’s adorable.

I look forward to her book. She seems like she’d be a good writer and have interesting reflections on family and parenthood.

Sofia on

I am posting this here because I am in a hurry, sorry…
A celebrity baby, Tiger Lily, you know her right? Well she is like ten now LOL!
I hope I helped a tiny bit with your website 🙂


Jenna on

I really like Diane on Numb3rs and she seems so down to earth in real life. Plus, Beckett is adorable:)

K on

Beckett is so cute!! Sad to hear that Diane is leaving Numb3rs though.

clemmie on

im confused, as a midwife in the uk it is not the norm for women to opt for an epidural, we practice natural birth. it seems in the US that giving birth is not possible without a epidural? why are these women so impowered by doctors? you need midwives over there to deliver babies.

MB on

clemmie: a fair number of women here do use midwives. and we’ve read a lot about women doing natural births at a hospital. personally, i feel safer being in a hospital environment when i have my baby than at home, in case anything goes wrong. but then again, i have a disability so the hospital is really my only option, haha.

Jo on

While it is common for women in the U.S. to get an epidural during labor, lots of us go the natural route with midwives and sometimes doulas. Unfortunately there is a tendency to medicalize childbirth — a lot of O.B.’s seem afraid of natural childbirth and actively discourage it. What is the epidural rate in the U.K.?

Mrs. R. on

We also used Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. It’s a great starting point reference for making your own foods. I especially loved that it had month by month lists from 6 months – 12 months of foods to introduce. It really helped me develop a variety of things to feed my daughter. Now at 15 months – she eats anything and everything, and even my husband and I have expanded our diets as well!

Andrea on

Diane looks great and her son is adorable but wouldn’t all of us Moms look fantastic and feel great if we had a babysitter (nanny) for 5 HOURS a day AND help with housework and laundry? I’d love for her to walk a day in MY shoes!