Julie Bowen ‘Still in Shock’ When Called ‘Mom’

10/13/2010 at 06:00 PM ET
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She may have faced a few roadblocks when it came time to get her license, but Julie Bowen‘s path to parenthood was speedbump-free.

“It was harder to get my driver’s license than to get pregnant and give birth,” the Modern Family actress, 41, tells PARADE.

And while amateur drivers are armed with a manual, Bowen — mom to Oliver McLanahan, 3½, and twins John and Gus, 17 months, with husband Scott Phillips — says new parents aren’t quite as lucky.

“Then you go home with them and you’re like, ‘Are you kidding?! I don’t know what I’m doing,'” she says. “I’m still in shock every time my 3-year-old goes, ‘MOM!’ I’m like, ‘ME?!'”

That said, keeping up with her brood of boys isn’t as hard as it sounds, admits Bowen — except, that is, when it comes to Oliver’s newfound fascination with his body.

“People always tell me I have a lot of guy energy. I’m less comfortable in stilettos than I am in running shoes,” she explains. “I’m managing to keep up with three boys pretty well, but the 3-year-old is starting to be obsessed with his man parts, and that’s a revelation.”

— Anya Leon

FILED UNDER: Multiples , News , Parenting

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swankmama on

I’m still waiting for my lil guy to actually call me MOM!! Dada it is for now….

Jess from Ohio on

She seems like such a cute mommy 🙂

Catherine on

She is so funny in “Modern Family!” Check it out if you don’t watch…

TC on

She may be in shock when she gets called mom but I’m still in shock that she put him on her shoulders while he has an ice cream in his hand! Brave, brave lady 🙂

Miche on

Haha TC. You made me laugh. Sooo true! I have a 3 yr old too.

Karen on

LOL at TC! Funny. She is so cute in Modern Family…and to have 3 boys too…busy Mom!

CelebBabyLover on

Oliver looks a little like a younger version of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt in that picture. Same hairstyle and everything. 🙂

l's mom on

I love hearing my 3 year old daughter call me Mom but I am also surprised whenever I hear it. Sometimes she says it over and over until I remember that the “Mom” is me! It’s the greatest name I have now.

mmh on

she is so great!!

Silly Mama on

Be careful what you wish for, swankmama. My 6 year old literally starts every sentence with “Mom.” I pick him up from school and by the time we get home (a scant 5 miles away), I’m already gritting my teeth, having heard “Mom” no less than 20 times. I love the kid but yeesh!

jessicad on

I thought the same thing about Shiloh, he’s too cute! She seems down to earth, I think the same thing about being called Mom. I also freak out when I hear myself say, “my daughter”, it’s just weird, and awesome of course:)