Drew Barrymore Introduces Daughter Olive

12/12/2012 at 08:00 AM ET

Drew Barrymore Introduces Daughter Olive
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Nine weeks after giving birth to her daughter Olive, Drew Barrymore is getting into the groove of being a new mom.

“I couldn’t eat or sleep for two weeks, I was just so nervous!” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s exclusive cover story.

Starting a family with art consultant Will Kopelman, whom she married last June, has meant everything to the actress.

“I really wanted a wonderful traditional home for my kid,” she says. “Will comes from a strong family, he provides a strong family. . . . It just makes me so emotional because it’s like a miracle.”

Despite the overwhelming emotion of love, Barrymore, 37, says no one prepared her for the responsibility she’d feel after her daughter was born.

“You have the highest highs and yet you’re facing the biggest fear of,’How do I keep someone alive?'”

One of Barrymore and Kopelman’s favorite things? Singing “Good Morning” from Singin’ in the Rain to get little Olive to smile. Says the actress: “It’s like the biggest crush I’ve ever had in my life!”

For exclusive photos of the whole family and more from Barrymore’s emotional interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Friday.

— Julie Jordan

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klutzy_girl on

Aw, she’s cute!

mamaofthree on

What a precious, sweet baby! I love that she wants Olive to have a traditional home, and that her goal is to create stability and a loving, nurturing environment for her. How lovely that she is so obviously enjoying her sweet girl and her new role as mama.

Lina on

I love Drew, she has had her troubles but is rebounding back beautifully. Congrats and best wishes to this sweet family!

Kara on

So sweet! She will be a good mom. Congrats to Drew and Will. 🙂

Sara on

So cute! I’m happy that it seems like Drew will be keeping her out of the spotlight and giving her a somewhat ‘normal’ life

MollyF on

I’m a HUGE Drew fan and her daughter looks so precious. Her life will be full of love.
Drew has been so much in her life, and I’m so proud of her how she’s matured and become a great person.

mindy on

Loving your baby is exactly like being in love, because you are. My children are the greatest loves of my love, and always will be. Congrats Drew!

Tam on

I’m a bit surprised she did a magazine photo shoot. She kept quiet about her pregnancy so I assumed she wouldn’t want pictures of her baby taken for the public to see. Oh well, as long as she’s happy that’s all that matters.

Melody on

@Tam – I think there’s a good possibility that she did the shoot so that she was in control of how and when photos of her daughter were released (as opposed to having the paps close in on them and publish photos without consent). I would hate that aspect of being a celebrity!

Melody on

I’m really thrilled for Drew, Olive and Will. They seem like such a beautiful family!

deb on

Awww Drew is going to be a SUPER Mum, she is such a nice person and her daughter Olive is going to be very loved by Drew and Will.

Anonymous on

Awww, what a cutie!

natalia on

i was just looking through the first 4 months of pictures as my daughter turns a year. at the time i was full of so much stress and fear, sometimes that and the sleeplessness really got to me… now i know how special and beautiful every stage along the way is and hope i get the chance to do it all again with another baby, a little more relaxed perhaps… congrats to drew and her beautiful family!! enjoy the most joyous love…