Tim Allen Opens Up About Daughter's 'Marvelous' Birth

04/20/2009 at 05:00 PM ET
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Although he joked previously that “the older you get, the less you know,” fatherhood the second time around is “even better” for Tim Allen. The 55-year-old actor — who together with wife Jane Hajduk Allen recently welcomed daughter Elizabeth, 3-weeks — tells PEOPLE that unlike with daughter Katherine, 19, new dad jitters haven’t been an issue.

“I’m not so worried as I was the first time,” he reveals. Elizabeth’s birth was a “marvelous experience” that Tim won’t soon forget; He thanked the staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for encouraging his involvement throughout the labor and delivery.

“She did all the work but she allowed me to be there, and I was able to physically help her on the back side of it. And her sister was there and a couple of her friends… I was the first one that got to look at [Elizabeth].”

Jane, 42, has been doing a “great job” with the baby at night so Tim can maintain his busy schedule during the day. “She’s up and down with [Elizabeth],” he explains. “I wake up when she wakes up, but I have got to give it all to Jane.”

His wife also earns high marks for her speedy return to pre-baby form, which was on full display as the couple walked the red carpet at Sunday’s 7th Annual TV Land Awards. Jane reveals that she lost 20 of the 28 pounds she gained while pregnant almost immediately after giving birth, and she credits exercise and a lack of cravings for keeping her weight gain in check.

“I didn’t feel like I needed to eat more, so I did that plus I worked out and I swam — and the man upstairs, I don’t know, gave me something…but, really, if I had had cravings I would have been eating. I knew I didn’t want to work so hard when she was born, so I thought, ‘Let’s just take it easy, let’s do this right.'”

The best part of motherhood thus far, Jane says, is coming to the realization that things will never be quite the same. “Not that we didn’t have an incredible life, but there’s more and our love is going to change, and now we have somebody else to love,” she explains. “Like every woman has ever said, you can’t believe how much you love this little infant.” The experience is so surreal, she adds, the couple often find themselves asking, “Do you believe we have a baby?”

Katharine is Tim’s daughter from a prior marriage to Laura Deibel.

Source: PEOPLE

— Missy with reporting by Jed Dreben

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momof3 on

Good for you, Jane! I have to say that with my first pregnancy I really went to town with the extra calories and finding excuses not to exercise just because “I thought I could”. I gained 60 lbs and didn’t feel that great during the pregnancy and had a hard time losing it afterwards. With my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies I ate a really healthy balanced diet ( no more donut elevenses and ice cream every night!), exercised moderately and gained 25-30 lbs each time–had way less nausea, swelling and niggles during the pregnancy and had nothing to worry about weight-loss wise after the baby was born. My advice to first time moms is “don’t use pregnancy as an excuse to pig out”–it really benefits no one.

Brittany on

Tim Allen is one of my faves. I’m so happy for them they actually chose one of my favorite names. I’m sure Katharine is very excited to be a big sister. I wish them all the best, who knows maybe Elizabeth will be a comedian 🙂

Emily on

momof3: Agreed! With my first, I gained 18 pounds, exercised and ate right (didn’t stop me from having high blood pressure!). I was back in my pre-preggo jeans five days after giving birth. With my second, I gained and gained and gained. I was miserable. And I’m still waiting to get back into pre-pregnancy jeans…a year and half later!

You go, Jane Allen!

CelebBabyLover on

I love the fact that he talked about helping with the birth, but made sure to give Jane credit for being the one who did all the work!

No matter how much a father helps out, it’s still the mother who pushes the kid out!

Kelly on

I think Jane looks great for just having a kid 🙂 I bet both will be great parents and I hope someday we get to see Elizabeth. It was also very exciting to see the cast of Home Improvement reunite on the TV Land awards!