Maxine Bahns Introduces Madison Rose

03/25/2009 at 10:00 AM ET
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As a seasoned athlete who’s competed in several triathlons, including the notoriously grueling Ironman — a race that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run — actress Maxine Bahns thought giving birth would be a piece of cake. Wrong! Sitting down with Life & Style just nine days after her daughter, Madison Rose, was born on March 8th, the star of The Mentalist recalls being shocked by the intensity of labor. “The contractions were brutal,” she says. “But once the epidural kicked in, I was fine. I don’t know how women do it without one!”

Her hard work was clearly worth it. “I love the name ‘Maddie,’” says Maxine, gushing over her newborn with adventure-racer hubby Patrick Watson, 39. “I just think it’s a cool name. And ‘Rose’ is for Pat’s mom, Rosemary.”

As for which of her parents Maddie resembles most, Maxine sees a nice mix. “I’ve got a Chinese-Brazilian background, and Pat’s Irish,” she says. “Maddie’s got his eyes and skin coloring, and my legs and fingers.”

While being an athlete didn’t help during labor, it is making it easier to get back in shape. Maxine, who first broke out in 1995’s The Brothers McMullen, says she’s already shed 16 of the 28 pounds she gained during pregnancy, and the rest should come off once she starts training for the half-Ironman she plans to compete in this July. “I need to start soon,” she says. “The summer isn’t far off.”

She also looks forward to bringing the baby to the set of her hit CBS show. “I haven’t taken her out that much because she’s so tiny,” Maxine says. “But I want everyone to see her.”

For now, Maxine’s thrilled just to enjoy these precious first days at home with her baby girl. “There’s no sleep,” she explains. “It’s in chunks — two hours here, maybe another hour there — but it’s so worth it. The love you feel is just unbelievable. I’m embracing it. I look at her and I just go, ‘Wow.’”

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Sanja on

Wish we could see the baby better! She looks so tiny and cute

Hijacking the thread here: Is the story about Jennifer Aniston legit? Is she planning to have a baby?

Mia on

Aw, very cute. That baby is so new! She is still in the “curled up/fetal position”, they look very happy🙂

Tee on

Madison Rose is so cute! She looks so tiny. Maxine really looks like she’s in her element, doesn’t she?

Natasha on

I love the name Madison Rose.
I highly doubt that Jen story is real. Life and Style magazine is trash to me.

robinepowell on

Another celebrity who picked a “normal” name, hehehe. Maybe this trend will continue. I love the names Maxine picked. A sweet baby deserves a sweet name. :o)

Traxie on

I remember Maxine from starring in movies with her ex-boyfriend Ed Burns. I’m surprised by her current look – she used to be so pretty but is now all over-botoxed and shiny. Would love to know how she found the time to get botox with such a tiny baby. Why are celebrities so incapable of putting aside their vanity for the sake of their kids?! It’s not like it makes a difference – Maxine (like Nicole Kidman) doesn’t look young, she just looks like an older woman who has had botox …

Jess on

Wow, what an adorable baby!
..and “Traxie”, I don’t think that she looks old at all. Her and Nicole Kidman are both gorgeous. There is really no need to be rude like that, maybe you’re just jealous because she looks so much better than you.
Congratulations Maxine!

Mia on

I didn’t even recognize thats the girl from the Ed Burns film “She’s the One”..she looks a lot different.

Karen on

What an adorable little girl! I just got tired reading about the Iron Man. Wow. Kudos to her!

Foxy in Plattsburgh, NY on

Congrats to Pat & Maxine! And grandparents Bill (I call him Willie) and Rosemary! I’m sure the tricycle has already been ordered.

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