Hilary Duff: I Would Be Happy with a Second Son

10/31/2013 at 05:00 PM ET

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Hilary Duff is learning firsthand how much little boys love their mamas.

After discovering she was pregnant with a son, the actress admits she feared an unknown future — worries that 19-month-old Luca Cruz has since washed away.

“I actually had this strong intuition that I was having a boy, and I was so excited, but I grew up with a sister and I was like, ‘I don’t know what to do with a boy!'” Duff, 26, told reporters at Haylie Duff‘s The Real Girl’s Kitchen book signing in Los Angeles.

“The bond has been so incredible! I love play wrestling with him and I love how sweet and cuddly he gets.”

She adds, “The mom and boy relationship is really, really sweet and I’m so obsessed with him.”

So much so that Duff says if she expands her family further, she wouldn’t mind welcoming a second son. “If I had another boy, I would be happy, but I would like to try for a girl and I’m not sure that I want to have three kids,” she says with a laugh.

According to Duff, her husband Mike Comrie is equally smitten with their son. “He’s an amazing father,” she says. “He’s so patient and loving and involved. He’s all the things that I knew that he would be.”

Now that Luca has come into his own, Duff shares her toddler takes after both of his parents — in looks and personality.

He is so physical so I think he gets a lot of that from my husband. He just goes and goes. We joke that someone put batteries in him and that we haven’t been able to find them because he’s just a maniac all day,” she explains. “He’s great and really sweet and he maybe has a little bit of my temper. He can snap pretty quick, but he bounces back really quickly too.”

The couple have planned to take their tot trick-or-treating, although Duff admits Luca is only likely to “last a block” before turning toward home. But while his candy stash may come up short, the toddler has a long list of costumes to choose from for the festive night out.

“He might have a wardrobe change. He is obsessed with firemen so he’s going to be a fireman or Thomas the Train [which] I think is adorable,” Duff says. “Then we have a backup Fantastic Mr. Fox coat, which is so, so cute. I want him to wear it in his everyday life, it’s that cute.”

While the family tends to stick to healthy habits, Duff was looking forward to indulging Luca’s sweet tooth during Halloween — that is, until her son turned her down.

“Mike’s like, ‘If he doesn’t want it, stop trying to force it on him,'” she shares while laughing. “And I’m like, ‘I’m not forcing it on him! Kids like chocolate!'”

— Anya Leon with reporting by Reagan Alexander

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lovely123 on

Boys are the BEST!!!

Ned on

Really?! She would be “Happy with a Second Son.” How admirable! Let’s make that the title!

Tiffany on

My son loves his momma and I love it ❤

Sara on

I really feel sorry for people who say “boys are the best!” First I believe they say that because they don’t want anyone to know that they wanted a girl. Second, I really hope they never have a girl. Imagine how the poor child would feel knowing she was not the best. And those boys will grow up to be loser mama boys who can’t get a date (and creepy mom will be happy.) lol

amanda on

Her little family is so adorable! They both seem like great parents and very grounded celebs.

Chris on

Soooo of course the jerkoffs would come out of the woodwork, read way too much into what she said and say something negative about it. She has one child. She doesn’t know any different. When you only have one, you get afraid you won’t love the second child the same or you will take away from your first. None of that happens. Ned, chill out and Sara, again, quit being SUCH a b*tch.

Noneya on

You should try for a healthy baby not a certain sex.

Sweetie on

I used to get Hillary Duff and Miley Cyrus mixed up. Boy, not anymore! Thank goodness Hillary has kept it classy!

hessin on

luca is so darn adorable!!! i’m sure another one would be just as cute!

TooCute on

You’re a moron, Lovely. Let’s hope you never ever have a little girl. Imagine how she would feel knowing she wasn’t wanted by you because she’s not’ ‘the best’.

Ana on

Noneya, there is nothing wrong with having a preferance.

Cheryl on

Sara/TooCute, that’s not what is being said at all. She is speaking from the experience of having a son. It’s not like she also has a daughter and is saying boys are the best. You honestly think if she has a girl, she will love her any less or think that she isn’t the best?? Get a grip. You’re reading between the lines and implying things that simply aren’t true,

Carrie M on

Tiffany – I agree!!!

Lilah on

Meh its obvious she wants a girl more and is trying to convince herself she would be ok with a boy

Brittany on

I have a 2 year old son and she’s right – the bond between a boy and his momma is amazing. I’m currently 7 months pregnant with our second child and I’ll admit it – I want another BOY. Not girl. I’ve never had a desire to have daughters (maybe because I grew up with evil sisters??) I would be perfectly content with another boy… we’ll see!

ava on

Boys are wonderful 🙂

Lilah on

Britney the bond between mother and daughter is even closer and lasts forever

Bellasmommy on

Couldn’t of said it better Lilah! The bond I have with my daughter is amazing and so special. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Tyler’s Mom on

I can totally relate to what she’s saying. I have a son after having a family that consisted of mostly all women and I had no idea what I was going to do with him. But the mommy-son bond is amazing and I would not trade it for the world. My son is such a momma’s boy when he’s with me and a rough and tumble guy with my husband. I’m having another baby boy and I imagine it will be more of the same.

Pearl on

Ok so she would be happy with another boy, now where is all this bashing coming from? Many women (not all) have a preference MOST will not admit to it for feeling shame. Some women want all boys, some want all girls, some want a mix of both. Goes for men as well. It is a desire in most of us to want what we want. It is the end result that makes or breaks it. A healthy baby is what every one wants no doubt about it. But deep down people to have gender desire and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Now if the baby was born and they didn’t want a baby because it wasn’t what they wanted then there is where the problem becomes a problem.

Lilah boys and girls both have a special bond with their mothers and are there for ever as well. It is how you raise them that makes them run away or stay close. No sex is a better bonding sex with the mother. SERIOUSLY!

JulieB on

My 19 year old son has been difficult (boys are more susceptible to all kinds of issues) , but I love him more than life itself, always have. At the end of the day, that’s what counts as a parent.

Melody on

Little boys are the best, and so are little girls! Leave the woman alone. She is FTM, of a baby boy. She of course loves him, she knows no different. She didnt say she wont love a little girl as much. She loves her son, thats the most important thing of all. She didnt say she would love him less if he had been a girl. As a parent of two boys and a girl, the bond between a boy and mom vs that of mom and a daughter, both are special but yet totally different. I love both my boys and my daughter.. just in different ways. There is nothing wrong with that.

justsaying on

I think everyone is misunderstanding what Hilary Duff is saying here. She is saying she would prefer to have a girl this time “I would like to try for a girl” but if she did have another boy she would be happy and that would be her last because she doesn’t want anymore kids after the second.

Anonymous on

how did this article turn into a competition about sons vs. daughters? I have a wonderful son, he is the love of my life and we have this amazing bond that will last forever….it has nothing to do with him being a boy…it has to do with the wonderful individual he is. I obviously couldnt imagine not having a son and wouldnt want it any other way. If I had a girl I would feel the same way….then I couldnt imagine not having a daughter. The bond between a mother and a daughter is no stronger nor weeker than the bond between a mother and a son. We are all individuals and the bond between us and our children is one of a kind. I have no special bond with my own mother but an amazing bond with my dad…its not about gender. Sons are GREAT and imagine daughters are as well:)

Catcole12 on

I agree Boys are the best! I have a son who I just adore and vice versa. The next baby I have, I hope for another boy! Oh and Sara most people do not want a girl, I have always wanted a boy!!