After delivering her son Bronx Mowgli, now 8 months, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz was prepared for an uphill battle when it came time to shed the pregnancy pounds and regain her figure.
However, she was pleasantly surprised to find that she quickly bounced back with little effort on her part, she tells Celebrity Baby Blog. “After I had Bronx I lucked out,” she admits. “I mean, I’m 24 years old, [I have] the genes from my mother and I did work out for three months.”
Now, facing long periods of downtime on the set of her new series Melrose Place, Ashlee looks forward to getting back in the groove of weight training. The actress recently had a set installed in her trailer as a means of distraction. “I’m just now getting back into it for fun,” she says. “When I’m sitting around on set it gives me something to do.” That said, with Bronx on set, the new mama’s hands may be quite full; Her newly mobile baby boy recently began cutting teeth.
“Every week is new and exciting. Right now he’s got six teeth that just appeared. First two, then four, and now six in just a few days.”
While Ashlee calls her son “an amazing baby” and says that the teething stage has been smooth sailing, she admits much of that was due to a Munchkin Fresh Fruit Feeder. “He can chew on it and it’s been incredible,” she says. The prized possession was purchased at Target, a store that Ashlee frequents. “That’s what he plays with, those toys,” she reveals.
“I don’t think money matters to an eight month old child. Anything that keeps him entertained is really quite nice.”
Unfortunately, the 24-year-old’s family public outings are often limited, with Ashlee choosing out-of-the-way areas to avoid photographers. “It’s really difficult with the paparazzi, but [Bronx] handles it really well,” she laughs. “I do try my best to make play dates that are not in public or go to parks that aren’t public. Sometimes you just can’t help it which is really the unfortunate side because you still have to continue on and feel normal.” To date, she jokes she still has yet to understand the fascination, calling herself “a really boring person” when she’s out. “I’m like, ‘I don’t know why you’d want to follow me. I’m not doing anything exciting. I’m going to eat at a Mexican restaurant.’”
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Luckily help comes in the form of grandparents. Between her mother-in-law Dale, who offered up “great advice on his sleeping schedule” and her own mother Tina, who spends time with her daughter and grandson on “a daily basis,” Ashlee’s support system is stronger than ever. “[My mom] is an amazing grandma, they both are,” she notes. Stemming from her own childhood, where Tina encouraged her girls to “become our own people,” the songstress is determined to offer Bronx the same endless opportunities — whether that be a career in the arts or not!
“I would love for him to play basketball or football or track, whatever and I’ll inspire him to do whatever makes him creative. I think the most important thing with a kid is that you support their self-esteem and be very aware.”
Amidst husband Pete Wentz‘s touring schedule with Fall Out Boy and Ashlee’s Melrose Place commitments, the couple make it their priority to find time alone. “I think we have a really good balance, even an unsaid balance,” she muses. “We have a good balance with relationship and baby and career. We’re both very supportive of each other.”
– Anya with reporting by Scott Huver