Melissa Joan Hart enjoying "every moment" with Braydon

07/10/2008 at 01:00 PM ET

Mjhandmason1 When she decided to attempt a natural delivery with her second son, Braydon ‘Brady’ Hart, 4-months, Melissa Joan Hart looked no further than her 2 ½-year-old son Mason Walter for inspiration. A photo of her firstborn was Melissa’s "saving grace," she tells, helping her "through every awful contraction." Melissa added that she "couldn’t have done it drug free" were it not for the support of her husband Mark Wilkerson, as well as her own mother. Despite all the help and motivation, Melissa admits "I’m still not sure how I survived the final hour."

Life with a new baby is proceeding at a slower pace the second time around, the 32-year-old actress revealed.

Since Mason was born, life seemed to move in fast forward, so with Braydon I am really trying to enjoy every moment.

While Mason appears to be taking his baby brother in stride, Melissa said that she wishes she could carve out some extra time for him each day. Another thing she wishes she had more time for is sleep — which Melissa, who is nursing, describes as "difficult" at the moment.   

I’m up with Brady every few hours of the night feeding him and Mark is up early with our crazy monkey Mason. This go around I have been letting Braydon sleep with me most of the time or sometimes in his swing which he loves. But every day we are working more to get him in a crib for a few hours to sleep.

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Kris on

She seems so down to earth. It is so nice to hear about someone else who struggles to get their baby in the crib. My little one is in the crib at nighttime, but not for naps and I have been nothing but criticized so it makes me feel better to hear of other mothers who let their baby sleep with them or in the swing.