Tiffani Thiessen: ‘I’m a Walking Zombie’

12/13/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
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With daughter Harper Renn almost 6 months old and in the middle of teething, Tiffani Thiessen and husband Brady Smith find themselves splitting evening duty.

“I’m the one that gets up in the middle [part of the] night — he has the really early shift and I have the night shift,” explained the White Collar star, 36, at the USA and The Moth presentation of A Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power Monday night in Manhattan.

And in spite of Thiessenโ€™s mom, Robyn, helping out as well, it doesnโ€™t look like the actress is getting much sleep. “I’m a walking zombie, and I think Iโ€™m going to be like that for a while,” she joked.

As for that last bit of post-baby weight, Thiessen is giving herself a little break for now.

“I’m not thinking about it because it’s the holidays. I’m not even giving it a second thought. But afterwards, I have this last 10, 12 pounds I have to lose. I’m getting there!”

— Shruti Dhalwala

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Kristine on

She looks beautiful

Stephani on

Each person is different and you are losing the weight that all that matters. You are a beautiful person inside and out. Enjoy your little one – they grow up so fast.

Holiday on

I wish I had her husband. My 7 month old gets up all the time and he has never once gotten up with her. Although I am nursing her but still it would be nice to get some help like her husband is doing.

tink1217 on

Tiffani is just gorgeous!! Always has been always will be!! Nice that her husband helps out. I think it should be that way!! Sharing the responsibility is just the right balance!

Holiday on

And I agree she does look nice. She looks amazing for 36 years old!

Sandra on

Well, let’s put it this way, I was also a walking zombie for each of my daughters also. My first daughter was up every hour and a half in the eveningtime and throughout the night, so you can see why I couldn’t focus throughout the daytime and I was very lucky if she slept a good 45 minutes and then I would catch a few winks myself! Anyways, it does get better. She started sleeping through the night at around 9 months! So when someone would say to me, “My baby was sleeping through the night at a month old”, I would just cringe. But to each Mom and Dad, it does get better, trust me. They are all worth it in the end.

Allison on

Love her and it’s great she has help. My husband got up with my younger baby every night and let me sleep. With my first, getting up and being tired gave me anxiety.

36 isn’t old. I think she looks great, but definetly looks her age.

Jessica on

My youngest son is 4 YEARS old & still doesn’t sleep through the night so if anyone has any advice I would love to hear it. ๐Ÿ™‚ But motherhood is the greatest accomplishment of my life & I love it & I hope that she is enjoying these times with her little one because they grow up way too fast.

JR Jake on

Whatever the case Tiffani, those pictures of you are your daughter maybe the SINGLE BEST mother/child pix I have ever seen. You both glowed like you were lit with heavenly candles. That is something you can be proud and we are thankful. Happy Holidays Mombie.

Julia on

My husband has to wake up at 4:30 in the morning and he still gets up with me when our baby girl needs us, because for him and me, our baby comes first. Hes been to Iraq so hes done the staying awake for 2 days straight and getting no sleep, hes a wonderful help during the night ๐Ÿ™‚

Debbie on

Tiffani looks great. She’s got plenty of time. For those of you with babies that you can’t get to sleep through the night, you seriously need this book: On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo and…(..someone else). There is a christian series, but this is the non-christian version. I strongly recommend the entire series, but if nothing else, get Babywise. This book helps you to get your baby’s metabolism stablized as well as get them into a routine so they can have an idea of when to expect to go to sleep. My doctors have all thought I was crazy, but it works!! It’s not a strict, regimented schedule, but it teaches you to think about what your baby needs. Every mother I know that put the effort into this, was rewarded. Sleep is the best thing you can give any parent.

jessicad on

I remember those zombie days with my colicky daughter, the fog will lift Tiffani, hang in there! That’s awesome she has help from her Mother and Husband, women need all the support they can get and her family sounds amazing. She and Harper are just gorgeous!

Renee on

Love Tiffani shes great and seems like an amazing mom. Been a huge fan of hers since I was a little kid myself. Harper is beautiful like her mom. I love seeing how happy Tiffani is about being a mommy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jess on

I love her daughters name, it’s so unique. As far as it getting better, i don’t think it ever does, i think you just get used to not sleeping. Haha. Good luck to all the other mommy’s out there that are tired!!!

Allison on

i do not recommend the book Babywise that the previous poster mentioned. If I recall correctly, there is a lot of controversy regarding that book, because it advocates hitting children with a pipe and withholding meals. I’d recommend The No Cry Sleep Solution…great book for getting babies to bed.

I find routine is the best way to get babies and children to go to bed. have a predictable and constant routine.

r on

not sure what babywise book you are reading, but i dont ever recall reading anything about withholding meals and hitting babies. used this book for numerous children and all have slept 8 hours by 7 weeks and 12 hours by 12 weeks. EXCELLENT book!

Bertha on

Welcome to motherhood is all I can say…

Rose on

Allison: I believe the book with all the controversy surrounding on it that you described was called “To Train up a Child.” That book was disturbing.

Rachel on

I love her! She’s so pretty! I always wanted to be her when I watched Saved by the Bell!

kazumi on

they say when you have a kid, it would take at least 3 years to get a decent night’s rest, when i had first baby, my son (one along the way now), at three months, he used to get up at midnight till the wee hours of the morning and he just wants to stare at the lights in the ceiling, so i needed to get up as well, there was a time when i was already so exhausted and i saw my dear husband snoring away and just plain enjoying his sleep, so i screamed at the top of my lungs to wake him up and told him that “We” had a baby and not just me and went on and on about sharing the responsibility, after that, whenever the baby cried and needed to be fed (i alternated between breast feeding and formula) during the night, my husband automatically gets up (it was like he had an on and off switch) and prepared the formula. until now, he is like that, just wanted to share =)

goodwinc on

To the people who address their comments to the celebrity being discussed: I highly doubt they read this trash, let alone read it for validation from strangers who sadly think they actually read the comments or the story.

Mary on

Goodwine, many celebrities read and even comment on these blogs. Some address the comments if they are a weely blogger.

Toya L. on

Goodwinc – Sorry to tell you that you’re wrong but you are. There are celebs that have/do read the articles and comments. Marissa chimed in in the comment section just 2 or 3 weeks ago.

Sarah M. on

goodwine – While the vast majority of celebs probably don’t read the comments, there have been a few that have. We know they have because they actually post a comment in the comment section. Catherine Bell did about a month before she had Ronan, Amy Dalley did a few years back (the article was regarding her son, Jackson) and Ryan Sutter did just after they had Blakesley. There have been more, I think, I just can’t remember specifics.

I like Tiffani and Her daughter is adorable!

CelebBabyLover on

goodwine- Some celebs actually DO read this site! Melissa Joan Hart, Soleil Moon Frye, Ryan Sutter (Trista’s husband), and a few others that I can’t remmember at the moment have both said they read this site and have responded to comments on posts about them here (sadly, it’s usually because they have to clear up something that people are getting nasty about. For example, after seeing all the horrible comments about her daughter Jagger’s name, Soleil Moon Frye felt compelled to explain why they chose that name.).

Sandra- Some babies DO sleep through the night at just one month old! I did, according to my parents. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christine on

I also highly recommend Babywise. I have a 2.5 yr old and a 3 month old and they both slept through the night at 10 weeks. My oldest still takes a 2-3 hr nap every day. I know there has been controvery over the book but if you just read it you will see that there is nothing bad about the book. It has been great for my family. I wish people would do their research before bashing a book.

Susan on

She is lucky her husband gets up to help. I was still in the hospital when mine “told” me which feedings (every three hours) that I would take because he had to get up at 6am to go to work and to top it off the first night home (while still recovering from a C-section) he wouldn’t even go down stairs to warm up her bottle…….

Beth on

There are warnings out against Babywise by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other groups because its methods have lead to failure to thrive and dehydration. Google Ezzo info, or Ezzo warning if you want, there’s a lot of info on the web about it.

Really? on

Babywise is NOT supported by evidence-based research. It tends to “work” for some babies who already “fit” into that sort of pattern — but too often moms think it is “working” when it is NOT. This is NOT something to be recommending.

Check out:

Jennifer on

It’s so good to read about a hollywood star who is doing the normal everyday baby things without the help of a nanny. She is just like us normal moms who are going about our days with just 4 or 5 hours of sleep! What to go Tiffani!

jessicad on

I wish we could all try to ignore the negative commenter’s like goodwine, just like any other bully they will go away if we stop responding and giving them what they want. That comment was just mean and an attempt to put strangers down to validate his or her own misplaced anger, if this site is such trash why bother coming here just to piss yourself off?

Shawna on

Babywise advocates crying it out which is absolutely detrimental to babies. Seriously, why do you even have kids if dealing with nighttime parenting is something you don’t want to deal with? If you need to resort to neglecting your child to get through parenting maybe you should have gotten a pet instead.

Allison on

No, I am sure that babywise is a bad book to recommend. Just google the title and see all the controversy, it is not a good approach.

Please try the no-cry sleep solution instead.

CelebBabyLover on

Shawna- “If you need to resort to neglecting your child to get through parenting maybe you should have gotten a pet instead.” As a proud dog-owner, I have to say that that comment really rubbed me the wrong way. You shouldn’t neglect your pet any more than you should neglect your child!

I don’t get why people think that people who aren’t good parents should have just gotten a pet instead. Pets, especially dogs and cats, need just as much care as kids do. No, you don’t need to nurse a pet or get up in the middle of the night to feed it, nor do you have to worry about selecting a school (except maybe for obdience school!) for it or change its diapers, and most dogs only need to be bathed once every several months (unless they are very overweight and thus can’t reach every part of their bodies, cats virtually never need to be bathed because they clean themselves!).

However, just like kids, dogs and cats need lots of love and attention. They also need to be fed, trained, walked (in the case of dogs), groomed (depending on their breed. Some dog breeds require very little to no grooming, and most cats don’t need any since they groom themselves), played with, taken to the vet, and, if you get a puppy or kitten, trained to go to the bathroom in the proper place.

Far too many people get a pet thinking it’ll be all fun and games. That’s how a lot of dogs and cats end up abandoned, abused, and neglected. I cannot stress enough how important it is not to get a pet just “for the fun of it”. IMO, you should treat getting a pet as you would having a baby. If you are not ready to handle the responsibility of caring for another living creature, don’t get one!

Okay, off my soapbox!

Kim on

CelebBabyLover, you need to take a chill pill. Also, I never really cared for this chic, but she sounds like she is doing an amazing job. Is it me or does she look like Delta Burke? HA!

CelebBabyLover on

Kim- Maybe I over-reacted, and I apologized for that. The issue I was speaking of is one that is very near and dear to my heart, and when I’m speaking of issues I care deeply about, I sometimes go a little over-board. ๐Ÿ™‚

Naomi on

Sorry, have to chime in about crying it out. It is in NO WAY neglecting your child or taking the easy way out of night time parenting. She was sleeping 8-10 hours a night at 4 months, when I went back to work. Then she started waking up more and more frequently until at 6 months, she was waking up every hour to nurse and would no longer fall alseep on her own. We would have to rock her asleep everytime and when we would put her down, she would typically wake up and cry again. While it is perfectly normal for a 6 month old to still require nighttime feedings, and I would never advocate sleep training prior to this age, waking up every hour is NOT normal sleep behavior. We tried the No-Cry Sleep Solution, which is a wonderful resource if it works for your child, but it did not work for us. We tried for weeks. We finally HAD to try crying-it-out at 7 months. Three nights later and for the last 11 months she had slept 12-13 hours STRAIGHT every night. I find it really frustrating how much judgement mother’s put on each other. You have to do what works for you!

Jason and Ashly Haas on

Hang in there!! I once walked right into a wall in the middle of the night! I remember those zombie days quite vividly… Before you know it, she will be walking and talking. Enjoy every moment. Merry Christmas!

Jason and Ashly Haas on

I used Babywise, HOWEVER…each child responds to their parent, as well…If you are frazzled, the child senses that. While babywise worked for us, I wasn’t head-strong enough to neglect true needs of my child (as some may insist). They are only babies once, just rock them if you want. Geesh….

Toni Clifton on

Regarding Ezzo methods, he does NOT adhere to strict scheduling, but rather context and having Mom’s make decisions called parent directed. Check out http://www.ezzotruth.com