Before contemplating children, many couples often choose to add to their family with a furry friend in order to learn the responsibility ropes. For actor Jerry O’Connell, practicing fatherhood with his dogs before welcoming his fraternal twin daughters Charlie Tamara Tulip and Dolly Rebecca Rose has proven helpful!
While guest-hosting Live! With Regis and Kelly last week, the doting dad proudly showed off pictures of his baby girls and noted their giddy smiles could only be attributed to one thing: feeding time! A veteran dog owner, Jerry jokes he has seen the same look before. “What’s amazing is I had dogs before we had kids and when you get the dog food [and] you’re putting it out, the dogs are like [panting], ‘Food time!’” he laughs. “Babies are exactly the same.”
With the girls now 6-months-old, feeding time entails two bottles and a can of formula; The first six months of their lives, however, mom Rebecca Romijn nursed. “Even I was like, ‘Honey, why?’ Lets go get some formula and make this easy,” Jerry says.
“But every few hours that big generator Frankenstein machine would go on.”
Unfortunately, nursing the twins involved adhering to a strict feeding schedule and, more often that not, cutting date nights short. “We were at a friend of ours’ wedding and we were there for a couple of hours. I was having a good time, dancing…and we’re having a good time,” he recalls. “My wife grabbed me and she was like, ‘We’re leaving now,’ and I was like, ‘No, no, no, come on, I want to cut the cake.” Realizing that Rebecca was more than ready to feed the babies — and had subsequently started to leak milk — Jerry laughs that the couple had to “skedaddle out of there!”
Click below to read about Jerry and Rebecca’s lack of sleep thanks to their twins’ 5 a.m. wake up time!
Not surprisingly, when asked by co-host Kelly Ripa if he has been able to rest since the babies arrived, the actor is quick to respond that sleep is a luxury of the past. To date, Charlie and Dolly have maintained a strict wake-up call: rise and shine at 5 a.m.! However, whose sleeping habits — or lack thereof — they have inherited have yet to be determined, Jerry laughs.
“I don’t wake up particularly early, my wife doesn’t wake up particularly early, but for some reason [for] our children, 5 a.m. is their time.”
Recently returning from a trip, Jerry was met by an exhausted Rebecca who promptly informed him he was officially in charge of the night time routine. “My wife was like, ‘It’s your turn, come on!” While the couple try to share the late night responsibilities, it goes without saying that the two find themselves convincing each other who is next to crawl out of bed. “I’ll be like, ‘It’s your turn,’ and my wife will be like, ‘It’s your turn,’ and I’ll be like, ‘No, no, no, I did it yesterday, I got up at five,’” says Jerry.
That said, Jerry shouts out his apologies to Rebecca, admitting that she, more often than not, is the one tending to the twins.
“My wife’s been great; She usually gets up and ends up doing it. Sorry honey, I’m so lazy.”
Fatherhood has changed Jerry in more ways that he could have possibly envisioned. While he once never gave a second thought to the idea of sunblock, he now can’t get enough on his girls, “slathering them up” with the highest SPF he can find! “Get out the 70 [and] put it on them and their toes,” he laughs. A father of multiples, the actor has also noticed a change in his physique as well.
“My biceps are getting huge because I’m just lifting them both at the same time. I’m going to be [Arnold] Schwarzenegger by the time they’re one.”
Source: Live! With Regis and Kelly