When it comes to infertility, Natalie Morales has a message: Trust your instincts!
The Today Show co-anchor, 37, notes in a new interview with the premiere issue of Mom that it took 2 ½ years to become pregnant with her second child, 15-month-old Luke Hudson, and even then it was only after undergoing intrauterine insemination.
“I think the key is, if you feel it is taking too long and you are in your mid-30s, as I was, go talk to somebody,” she advises. “Don’t wait.”
“Sometimes doctors say, ‘Oh don’t worry, just wait.’ But if it’s been about a year and you are having trouble, go and see a doctor and find out what’s wrong or what’s happening with your body.”
Baby boy was worth the wait, of course, especially for new big brother Josh, 5 ½.
“I think the age difference has actually worked to my benefit, because from day one Josh was so excited,” she notes. “He always wants to kiss and hold the baby.”
Life as a mom-of-two is “the most amazing thing,” Natalie says.
“You think you can’t love a child anymore than you do, but seeing how much [Josh] loves his younger brother, that love intensifies.”
Click below to read about Natalie’s tips for potty training, and Josh’s emerging sense of humor.
The smooth transition isn’t only attributable to the age difference between her sons, however. “Parenting experts on [the Today Show] told me: ‘Just make sure you make your first child feel so special the day when the newborn comes,’” Natalie reveals.
Josh is coming into his own, developing a sense of humor on par with many of the adults in his life. “We were staying at a hotel and Josh said he wanted to use the bathroom and he was taking quite a long time, so my husband [Joe Rhodes] called out and asked ‘Are you OK in here? Are you making a poopy?’” Natalie recalls. “And Josh answered, ‘No, Daddy, I’m in here playing the tambourine!’ Where does he come up with that sarcasm at the age of 5?”
That Josh was on the potty at all is something Natalie says is no small feat; When asked whether he was easy to potty train, she answers with a resounding: “No!”
“Any parent who goes through it knows it’s not easy. We had accidents up until he was 4-years-old.”
What ultimately worked for the couple was employing the “naked weekend” approach, whereby Josh went without clothes. “Whenever he had to go to the bathroom, [we made] sure he knew how to communicate that, or spotting the signs and putting him on the potty,” Natalie explains.
Crediting her “great support system” for her ability to balance work and family, Natalie feels that — at the same time — it’s important for women to “accept our limitations,” and give credit where credit is due. When told she is a “hot mom,” she expresses gratitude, but is quick to point out, “I think all moms are hot, and I think what we do is in itself pretty amazing.”
“There’s no question that moms today are [doing] more: We are the caregivers, the providers in the workforce…we do it all. I think every mom out there right now is a Hot Mom!”
Source: Mom, Winter issue