Tina Fey: We Started Shooting ‘Too Soon’ After Baby
Shortly after welcoming daughter Penelope Athena in August — she and husband Jeff Richmond are already parents to Alice Zenobia, 6 — the actress and producer of the show was ready to get back to work. Or so she thought!
“We started shooting probably a little too soon. We started shooting when the baby was only 8-weeks-old,” Fey, 41, said on last Thursday’s Late Show with David Letterman.
“Watch the show, I look like maybe I should still be in the hospital. Just a little inflamed and kind of swollen. You want that lady to lay down for a minute.”
Also noticeable? Fey’s constantly changing bust. “I was nursing,” she explains. “It might be a fun, at-home viewer game to play. You can watch my boobs change size every scene.”
Fortunately, Fey is happy to report the new family of four is getting plenty of shuteye now that Penelope is sleeping longer stretches.
“That makes a huge difference because when they’re not sleeping through the night yet, by day they’re a real cute baby,” she muses. “Then, by night, they are the night creature. You are like, ‘I must subdue the night creature.'”
Admittedly “a little scared” of babies at night, Fey jokes that when it comes to the midnight routine, her best laid plans always go awry.
“They wake up and you go in and it’s all dark and you’re like, ‘I’m going to do this right. I’m going to get this kid right back to sleep.’ You’re like, ‘Boom, bottle, diaper,’ and then you inevitably blow it,” she shares.
“We swaddled our daughter so she’d be all wrapped up and I’d be like, ‘What if there’s poop in there?’ And you’re like, ‘I don’t know, do I just risk it?’ So you unwrap them and they’re wide awake and the diaper’s fine.”
From there, adds Fey, everything else quickly goes down hill.
“Then you just start losing your judgment,” she laughs. “You’re like, ‘Should we just go watch Hoarders real quick? She’s up, I’m up!'”
— Anya Leon