Busy Philipps Is ‘Way More Relaxed’ with Baby No. 2

08/27/2013 at 11:32 AM ET

Busy Philipps James Franco Comedy Central Roast
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For Busy Philipps, round two of motherhood is even better than the first.

“The baby’s great,” says the Cougar Town star whose second daughter, Cricket Pearl, was born July 2. Big sister Birdie Leighย turned 5 earlier this month.

“I’m way more relaxed,” Philipps tells PEOPLE at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, her pal and former Freaks and Geeks costar.

“I was a total basket case with my first child, and I wouldn’t even put her down or let anyone else hold her. I was just so terrified, and now I know that it’s okay. I can let other people hold the baby.”

Sunday’s roast taping in Culver City, Calif., marked the “first red carpet thing” for the new mom, who agreed to attend only because she wanted to support Franco.

Back at home, meanwhile, things are going fabulously with her girls.

“I’ve been blessed with two really fantastic babies,” Philipps, 34, said. “Little Cricket [now 8 weeks old] is proving to be an awesome kid who likes to sleep and eat and poop when she should. We’re having a really great time with her.”

— Aaron Parsley with reporting by Scott Huver

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Carolynn Varner on

She is so ugly.

Tookie on

Only 1 cutesy name per family is allowed!

Beyonce Loopez on

Glad she’s not so “busy” with #2 ๐Ÿ™‚

Laurie Guck on

Well, DUH!!!! Most women usually ARE more relaxed caring for the second baby; since they’ve already been through just about everything with the first, they more or less know what to expect!

Razmataz2 on

She named her baby Cricket??! Seriously, Cricket and Birdie? Why would anyone do that?

Sylvia on

An idiot. ..then again, Kim Kardashian named her daughter North…sooo….yea I don’t know. Celebrities are weird :/

abiami56 on


Shannon Z on

I know most people think her kid’s names are crazy, but I love them! Not made up weird, but definitely not something you here every day. I wanted the same thing for my daughtery daughter, to not be the 14th Isabella in kindergarten.

Shannon Z on

I love her girls’ names. Very cute!

Nikita on

Carolyn Varner: That was really rude and ignorant. Easy to be a keyboard coward when no one can see what you look like isn’t it? smh. I suggest you go away and keep your evil nasty comments to yourself. Busy is beautiful! And talented. Jealous much?

vor on

Ugly???? What planet do you on? There is nothing ugly about Busy Phillips. Wow….another ignorant person on the blogs trying to get attention. Smh…..pathetic. I agree with you Nikita.

Shannon Z on

*hear, *daughter (stupid phone I’m reading this article on is possessed LOL)

Lyoness on

I like her girls’ names. Very Southern… Now I want a Sweet Tea ๐Ÿ™‚

Anonymous on

She wouldn’t let anyone else hold her first daughter when she was a newborn? I’m hoping she meant anyone besides her husband! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I love her. She seems so down to earth!

Sandra on

Those first babies do tend to send us over the edge, but we eventually calm down so that baby #2 isn’t as scarred for life. I love the names Birdie and Cricket, they are so stinkin sweet and southern, makes me wanna go bake a peach cobbler.

Anonymous on

Why people must insult the looks of others is beyond me. I love the name Birdie and the meaning behind it. Cricket….is warming up to me. Her explanation about how she never let anyone else hold the baby is to explain how protective she was of her. Of course it wasn’t true to the extent she is saying!

Shoopla on

One of my best friends is named Cricket because when her mom was pregnant with her she would be constantly moving and restless at night, so they nicknamed her Cricket and it stuck. No one ever made fun of her in school, and she actually got a lot of compliments on it. Cute name