Kendra Wilkinson: Motherhood Made Me a ‘Stronger Person’

12/23/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

Kendra Wilkinson has had her fair share of challenges, but she can always count on two people to keep her grounded: her kids.

“Motherhood has made me a much stronger person and has really taught me what life is really all about,” the Kendra on Top star, 29, says in Mini magazine’s holiday issue.

“My two babies always bring me back down to Earth and remind me that every single moment in life should be taken in. Every second should be appreciated.”

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And although Wilkinson struggles with finding the perfect balance between her personal and professional life, 7-month-old Alijah Mary is making the juggle all worthwhile.

“Honestly, Alijah is the easiest baby,” she shares. “Little Hank is in so many different sports and we have games every other day for all his teams, and we just bring Alijah along and it is not much more work. She’s such a happy baby.”

The reality star welcomed her second child with husband Hank Baskett in May. But before their baby girl’s big arrival, Wilkinson worked with Vanessa Antonelli from NessaLee Baby to create the perfect nursery for her daughter — and then the expectant mom created a fun, updated bedroom for big brother Hank IV.

“My favorite thing about my daughter’s room is the color and the wood paneling behind her crib,” Wilkinson says of the canary yellow accents, including the drapes from Carousel Designs. “It’s such an inviting and warm color. I’m so happy when I’m in there.”

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When it came to her son, the proud mama chose a motif that would grow with her little guy. “I wanted my son’s room to play to his personal interests, but will also be something that he won’t outgrow too fast and will last years,” she explains.

“He loves building with LEGOs, so we did a LEGO-themed room and he and his friends love it so much.”

Including her firstborn in the pregnancy was extremely important for Wilkinson, who opted to tell Hank about his baby sister from the start. “It was important to me that he was just as much a part of the journey as I was,” she says.

And her parenting plan worked: According to Wilkinson, her two kids couldn’t be closer.

“He learned how to have a relationship with her even before she was born, how to kiss and hug her before bedtime and love her,” she shares. “When she was finally born and he got to meet her, I’ll never forget that.”

She adds, “Now, they have an extra special bond and really need each other. She has a really special smile whenever he’s around.”

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— Anya Leon

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Meg on

I guess they are one big happy family now. I think it was all for ratings anyway.

Boo Boo Kitty Fuck on

Not a fan of the bedrooms..

Kam on

Fake, fake, fake! Should be holding a sign “will fake a scandal for ratings!”

Kris on

Her daughter’s room is really cute. Her son’s room is cute for a boy, love the Legos theme but that light fixture in her son’s room is one of the most ugly I have ever seen. What is up with that?

mary on

Wait. So now we are supposed to believe everything is back to being hunky-dory now that the PR stunt of Hank’s cheating succeeded in getting them ratings? Really?

Also: Both rooms are awful; that yellow is hideous and I have news for her, a Lego themed room will get her 2 years MAX before the kid is sick of it.

ROE on

DIDNT BUY IT FOR ONE MINUTE THEY NEEDED THE RATINGS TO GO BACK UP …hER ACTING WAS SO PHONY AND WHAT HUSBAND DOESNT ADMIT TO WHAT HE DID AND SHE JUST WAITS AND WAITS YEA RIGHT …TAKE THIS SHOW OFF THE AIR TOO PHONY …

Confused on

She is the dirtiest and sloppiest person ever im suprised room is clean!

Amy on

This article wasn’t about her husband, it was about her kids. I think both rooms are adorable.

dd on

im surprised that kendra would put on such a farse about her marriage for the tv show….weeks and weeks of waiting for him to admit to something? completely fake. All fake for tv ratings…i’m surprised she did that, she has always seemed like a straight talker. All for the $$ i guess.

FelicityJune on

It makes me laugh when this talent and taste-less woman claims how she decorated her kids rooms. What a joke. All she probably did, was take the phone and call an interior designer and told him what she wanted for her kids. This skank couldn’t even keep her own room at the playboy mansion clean or tidy. The rooms are gorgeous, just not Kendra’s doing.

PGN on

It’s for their reality show ratings, drama up and down.

Anonymous on

The room is adorable!

Sell out on

Cant help but dislike her now that it seems entire tranny scandal was to remain somehow in news and all the interviews she did just to get $$$ so this is what u used money for to decorate kids rooms?

I used to watch girls next door i used to like you well now i am just sorry for you

Be a mom not news hungry u know what…

Nanu21 on

Did she hire a housekeeper???

Jenna on

I really like her son’s room…(Lego theme is awesome!)…NOT a big fan of the daughter’s nursery – but, * TO EACH THEIR OWN*. I do agree 100% with her statement: “Motherhood Made Me a *Stronger Person*” ~ I can relate to that…without a doubt. I had my first two children as a teen…and ‘grew’ with them, taking my parenting role as a BLESSING…yet a HUGE RESPONSIBILITY. My third child was born when I was in my late 30’s, and I think I ‘mellowed’ in some ways by his birth/worried less about ‘incidentals’.

With each CHILD, I grew as a person/as a woman/and as a MOM. I think good/devoted/loving/nurturing – *MOMS* (and *DADS*)—and I should include ANYONE that directly effects the well-being of a child (Grandparents/Teachers/Counselors/Mentors/etc…)…are the MOST influential/beneficial/exceptional/and STRONGEST people on earth. To be instrumental in forming another human being…and bestowing on them the ‘tools’ necessary to successfully live their lives, is the greatest of blessings/rewards.

Suzi on

Adorable rooms!

Kate on

I can’t get the image of what she did on the UK version of I’m a celebrity get me out of here, after being told she had B.O. she stuck her hand under her armpit and wiped it on the guy’s face. It was the most disgusting, classless thing I’ve ever seen! I shudder to think she is a mother.

Mia on

I think she’s in the wrong home. I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve watched her show a time or two and it is a complete mess fest in the general living areas so I know the bedrooms are mess fest x 10, lol. I wouldn’t want to be the housekeeper… could you imagine not having to clean all year until it’s time for a media attention and having to clean it all at once…? Shoot me now 😦

Cyn on

Not a fan of the yellow, and the boy’s room has too many toys in it, she is rich enough to afford a play room for her kid.

Valarie on

The decoration is fine, just too many toys in it.

Tatsiana Poole on

i dont know who this person is but why, oh why would she wear shoes in nursery… must be spending “lots”of time there

Rachael on

Her 15 minutes of fame have dimmed.. cute rooms – when you can hire someone to decorate. Wish her well, she seems like a good Mom

Nk on

Guess her shows rating is going up know.

meghan on

Is this a joke?

guest on

How is Hank is not in the picture?

susie on

She’s white trash.

Rebecca on

I watch her show and I like her. I hope it all works out for her and her family.

Anonymous on

These rooms are her designer’s job, so kudo to her designer.