Doutzen Kroes: ‘It’s Really Hard’ Juggling Two Kids

10/30/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Doutzen Kroes Elle Women in Hollywood
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Now mom to 3-month-old daughter Myllena Mae and 3½-year-old son Phyllon Joy, model Doutzen Kroes didn’t know how she was going to handle double duty at first.

“It’s crazy. In the beginning when [Myllena] was just born I was like, ‘How am I going to do this?'” Kroes told reporters Oct. 20 at the 2014 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills.

But now the mom-of-two has finally found her rhythm and is learning to perfect the balance of her two babies.

“It was really shocking, but now after three months I’m getting into it,” she admits. “I’m okay doing it by myself too when my husband [Dutch deejay and producer Sunnery James] is traveling — so I’ve been practicing and it’s amazing. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

How does Kroes juggle the demands of a newborn and toddler by herself?

“You just have to stay calm. It’s really hard,” she says, adding an occasional night out helps.

“I’m really grateful for my job that I can go to events like this and get [my] hair and make-up [done],” the model mama, who admits she wears sweatpants and keeps her face make-up free at home, says. “It’s something that a lot of moms don’t have and I’m very blessed.”

But the biggest (and sweetest) surprise for Kroes? “That you can love two babies at the same time — and [it’s] the same equal love — and that I can also be with two kids,” she explains. “It’s almost like if you have to do it, you can do it.”

And after two kids, this proud mom bounced right back to her pre-pregnancy body, showing off her svelte figure in a white Calvin Klein Collection dress at the event.

Kroes credits her incredible turnaround to a healthy lifestyle. “I’m very active and [play] lots of sports and [it’s] also genetics I think — a little bit of everything,” says the Victoria’s Secret stunner. “I’m very mindful of what I do and how much I work out and what I eat.”

— Mariah Haas

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Sara K on

She is so beautiful.

Judy on

She is very beautiful and sounds like a good Mom.

Kat on

I can appreciate it when a celebrity says “it’s tough,” but I respect her for knowing that she is fortunate. Good for her.

rainbow on

This is an instance where People Mag should use the word, “stunning”. She is beautiful.

Kristin on

Wow…she is beyond beautiful and ALSO seems grounded and appreciative of her privilege. What a refreshing change from the likes of many h’wood types or models like Giselle.

molly.two on

Any time I’ve read an article with her or her husband they seem so down-to-earth. Amazing considering their lifestyles and how incredibly beautiful they are- obviously inside and out! I also marveled in the fact that it is SO true (people tell you but you don’t know until you are there) that the capacity to love multiple kids and have it be equally powerful is so true! You have that first one and everything revolves around them and then the second arrives and you are a bit afraid and then you realize your love grows even more for BOTH! Parenthood is a blessing if one gets a chance to experience it. Congrats to her:)

Jake on

The hottest mom ever.

Stella Bella on

She’s a sweetheart. So happy for them!

Anonymous on

Well, d’oh!

Kathy on

Good to hear she is now doing great with her two kids.

peacebeme on

She is so beautiful!!!!

veggiemama on

Nice to hear she loves her two kids. Only, celebrities loaded with money, luxury and plenty of help at their fingertips, might consider their audience of regular folks with money woes and no silver lining in sight before whining about how hard it is to raise two kids! She may be a sweet lady and her guy may be great too, but no excuse for insensitivity when airing one’s woes…

Jac on

Some of you are so bitter. Apparently people with money should just shut up. I cringe at some of these comments. Get over yourself.

Mary on

Money makes a lot of things related to parenting easier, but it doesn’t make the actual parenting easier. I can relate to what she is saying (not whining) because I had the same feelings when my second was born. And you know what, she earned that money. YOU want more money? Get your lazy butt off the internet and EARN it!

Nadia Nyc on

She is one of the prettiest models.
I’m not sure how her unattractive husband got her, I read somewhere that she actually approached him.??? She is gorgeous, but might need to get her eyes checked, she could have done so much better.

Juli on

I love Doutzen. She and Sunnery seem very down to earth and devoted to their family, which is great.