Life as a mom continues to be nothing short of bliss for Kendra Wilkinson.
In the Jan. 11th issue of OK!, the reality star says that 3 ½-week-old Hank Randall IV is a “calm, sociable” baby — and she attributes his serene demeanor to his nine occasionally chaotic months in utero!
“When he was still in my belly, he was always surrounded by so many people and so many noises, that I think he’s just used to it,” she muses. “He actually falls asleep best when he’s surrounded by lots of noise.”
Kendra, 24, is quick to point out, however, that baby boy still has a few tricks up his sleeve!
“Don’t be fooled: When we put him in his bassinet upstairs and we want to go to bed, that’s when he’ll start to wail and cry.”
In those instances, it is often Kendra who springs into action. Husband Hank Baskett is a professional football player, and Kendra notes that “it’s the end of the season and playoff time [so] he has to focus.”
Not that she’s complaining! “I say, ‘Okay, babe. This is my job,’” she explains. “We’re doing great. We’re a team.”
The couple are making their relationship a priority — “it’s important to keep the spark going,” Kendra notes — and will fly to Las Vegas for Valentine’s Day, leaving Hank IV with his grandmother. The separation will be tough for the first time mom, however, if a recent spa day is any indication.
“At first I was fine, but after an hour I started to miss him,” she admits. “I started to wonder what he was doing.”
“I got into the car and listened to music like I used to when he was in my stomach. I looked down and he wasn’t there and I started crying. I got home, ran into the house and almost forgot to take the keys out of the car because I was in such a rush to go see the baby!”
Click below to read about Kendra’s approach to losing baby weight.
Hank IV — whom Kendra calls “my little honey” and “one of the best things that’s ever happened to me” — already knows the sound of mom’s voice, she says. “Every day I learn something different…Every day he changes a little and I find out something new.”
Of course Hank IV isn’t the only one undergoing big changes; Kendra has lost 20 of the nearly 50 pounds she gained while pregnant, and she’s motivated to build on that progress.
“I would definitely say there is pressure [to lose the baby weight] but it’s not just the pressure, it’s me,” she explains. “My whole life, I’ve been athletic. I have to be in shape. It’s my way of life, what makes me happy.” Having topped out at 163 lbs., Kendra says she will “appreciate [being active] a lot more…and I’ll have so much fun watching my body get back into shape.”
By the sound of things, not as much fun as she had during her third trimester — a time when she admittedly “went all out,” dining on fast food, ice cream and more. “I thought, ‘I’m going to eat anything I want and I’m just gonna have fun…this is the only time I’m gonna get to do this,’” she recalls. “I would order two cheeseburgers and 10-piece Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s and eat it all in 10 minutes.”
When asked about Heidi Klum‘s recent speedy return to pre-baby form, Kendra says there is no comparison to be made. “Everybody’s different,” she notes. “Heidi Klum is a lot taller.” She adds,
“I think taller women carry their baby bump differently. I’m really short, so I looked more like an Oompa Loompa.”
Still operating under the six-week exercise ban that accompanies a c-section, Kendra is limiting her weight loss regimen to diet, alone, for now — although baby boy is contributing to the cause in more ways than one! “Getting up and down in the middle of the night — feeding him, changing him and soothing him when he’s crying — is my ab workout already,” she notes.
With regard to the former, Kendra says she is “definitely” a fan of the weight loss enjoyed by many nursing moms.
“The doctor told me you can burn up to 1,000 calories each time. Every time I pump I’m like, ‘Yes! That’s a bunch of calories right there!’”
With that said, Kendra’s inspiration in reclaiming her physique rests with Hank IV himself. “My goal is to just look in the mirror and smile…it’s about feeling good about myself,” she explains. “My goal is to be healthy enough to take care of Hank and run around after him.”
“Christmas came to us on Dec. 11 – that was our Christmas. Gifts are gifts, but what we have is more than a gift. He is our Christmas.”
Source: OK!, January 11th issue