Gabrielle Reece Digs Deep, Finds More to Give Daughters

07/26/2009 at 06:00 PM ET
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The inner reserves of love and patience that parents find they have with a subsequent child is always a pleasant surprise. In the cover story for the February/March 2008 issue of Fit Pregnancy magazine, Gabrielle Reece admitted she was worried about how the introduction of a second daughter — Brody Jo, now 18 months — would impact her first daughter,  5 ½-year-old Reece Viola. “When you have your second child, you’re surprised that you have more to give,” Gabrielle says in the magazine’s August/September issue. “With one, you feel like you’re giving everything you have, and then a new baby arrives and you’re amazed you can give even more.”

Still, it was a “big transition” for Reece to make; Because she is “very close” with dad Laird Hamilton, Reece needed to learn how to share his affections. When her older daughter struggles with as much, Gabrielle says she reminds her of all that she has gained. “I explain that Brody Jo will potentially be the closest person to her in her life, that it’s a good thing to have a sister,” she adds.

Motherhood has transformed Gabrielle, who says that when she is pregnant often feels like “a sitting duck, just holding your breath until the baby comes out and you hear a cry.” She adds,

“When we are separated as a family, I am acutely aware of it.”

As a mom, the 39-year-old model says that she’s become “more direct about things,” making decisions quickly because “there’s no time to mess around with unnecessary drama and frivolity.” When asked how Laird fares as a father, Gabrielle offers a description that many moms can relate to! “I see it in his face: When he looks at all the girls, I see so much love, but I also see him wrestling with the details of what it means to be a family,” she explains. “He knows when to step in, but he wants a medal after doing it.”

Source: Fit Pregnancy, August/September issue

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Elli on

“He knows when to step in, but he wants a medal after doing it.” Very funny description of how her husband is dealing with the family situation! I know exactly what she means…

CTBmom on

Same here Elli, lol….I think that applies to alot of men!

Xan on

Funny that Gabrielle has to tell Reece what it’s like to have a sister—didn’t the little girl already have a sister before Brody was born?! Laird has an older daughter, right? I wonder why she didn’t relate her relationship with Brody with the one her older sister already has with her? (Though perhaps she does, but not in this interview?)

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