Catherine Bell’s Blog: Time Off Is Such a Treat
Thanks for welcoming our newest celebrity blogger, Catherine Bell! The actress — mom to son Ronan, 9 months, and daughter Gemma, 8, with husband Adam Beason — stars on Army Wives and was recently seen in the TV movie Last Man Standing.
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SO … I took my own advice and slowed WAY down — now that season 5 is done — and it’s been really cool! I am thoroughly enjoying my babies! What a treat!! Taking time each day (heck, a FEW times a day!) to “do nothing” as Pooh says … and MAGICAL things can happen.
Gemma has time to tell me about her day, her feelings, things that excite her and interest her — such JOY to hear an 8 year old’s viewpoint on life and people and new experiences — I learn a lot from her. And then watching Ronan learn, explore, push his body to new heights, climbing, crawling, pulling himself up on EVERYTHING. He just learned how to clap and it makes him so happy to clap and have us cheer him along.
Today, he was fascinated with me blowing in his face (I had spearmint gum breath). He pressed his face into mine and just took in every second of it — and so did I! Then he tried to imitate the blowing and figured out how to do a “raspberry.” Precious moments!
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It’s funny … people often talk about how fast time goes by: “Enjoy them, they’ll be teenagers (or off to college) before you know it.” While it’s true that time can sometimes move fast, I find thinking that way to be WAY too pessimistic! I notice time moves slower when I simply stay IN the moment and actually do what I’m doing while I’m doing it. (Funny, writing this blog has helped me do just that! So thanks.)
And now I’m off to make Ronan some food!! My mom helps me do that when I’m working, so I’m kind of new at it but am loving it. I found a great book called Top 100 Baby Purees by Annabel Karmel. Great simple recipes that don’t take long to cook but are yummy and very nutritious.
My other fave find is the Happy Baby line — organic baby cereals with probiotics and puffs that are made of broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes and apples. They taste great, Ronan loves them … and they’re so good for him! I’m trying to keep his diet as healthy and clean and simple for as long as possible — get him used to the taste of as many veggies as I can get in him before he discovers sweeter stuff at friends’ birthday parties and school!
Okay, time to cook! Hope you enjoyed reading this. Look forward to talking again soon!
— Catherine Bell