Emily Deschanel Loves Chatting with Son Henry

06/20/2014 at 05:01 PM ET

Emily Deschanel WE tv and Paley Center John M. Heller/FilmMagic

Which is more difficult to decipher: forensics vocabulary or the babble of a 2½-year-old? These days, Bones star Emily Deschanel‘s favorite person to chat with is her sonHenry.

“I love this age because I can communicate with him so well and have conversations,” the actress, 37, told PEOPLE at WE tv and Paley Center’s ‘On the Beat: The Evolution of the Crime Drama Heroine’ event Thursday night in Beverly Hills.

Balancing mommy hood with nine seasons of her hit show has been “hard,” but Deschanel’s been enjoying her time off this summer “to hang out with my son, put him to bed, and cuddle — do all of the fun things I love doing with him.”

Something that’s a bit lower on her list of priorities? Getting her sweat on.

“You work all of these hours and when you have time off, you don’t want to spend it working out while raising a child,” she said. “[But it is] important … to be healthy and show him that that’s important.”

The actress — who was spotted taking selfies with The Divide creator Tony Goldwyn at the event — has also been passing along her vegan lifestyle to her son. “Henry is 99-percent vegan because my husband [David Hornsby] is not 100-percent vegan.”

And though she has her healthy diet plan set in stone, the star is taking motherhood day-by-day.

“You could be dealing with one issue, and then the next day it’s gone and you’re dealing with something else,” she said. “I don’t know how things change so quickly or how much he can surprise you.”

One milestone she couldn’t help but share? “[He’s] potty trained! That’s really big. The Star Wars undies — that’s exciting.”

— Nicole Sands

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bones on

give photos Emily Deschanel with son

Helen on

Emily is such a great person! She’s my role model. She’s so adorable, and I love how much she cares about her son.

Holly on

aarr i bet she smells like poo. no way a vegan can smell good.

her poor son can’t eat chicken nuggets or hamburgers.

Mommytoane on

Cute story. I love Emily, she’s an awesome actress.

Ceeteefeebs on

No, don’t show a picture of the poor kid. We’re not entitled to gawk at children because their parents happen to be famous. What a creepy request.

bones3333 on

give Henry pic pic:))))

NopeNopeNope on

I believe that People announced they would no longer publish paparazzi photos of celebrities’ children, as well they shouldn’t. It’s a huge invasion of privacy. And y’all sound creepy requesting a photo.

Anonymous on

She should eat a burger and French fries!

Ruth Ann Walker on

I think Emily is fantastic, beautiful, and an awesome actress and a every loving mother. Her Son is very Blessed to have such loving mother, Emily is also very Blessed to have a loving, beautiful Son. Love to here how much she adore’s her Son.
She has certainly been gracious to her Fans, in trying to raise a Son and giving her time and energy to entertain us these 9 years & soon to be 10 years, I’m sure there have been a lot of sacrifices made and We (especially myself) and other Fans are proud of her and really, really appreciate all of her hard work in accomplishing both acting and raising a family.
Love you sooo much Emily, and Thanks again. Sure hope Bones continues beyond 10 years.

Ruth Ann

Kal on

Emily is a great actress, so happy for her!

bones3333 on

nedd new pic henry:)

anonymous on

@Nopenopenope– you must be joking! Where did you read this?