Anyone who has followed Giuliana and Bill Rancic's journey to parenthood knows what a moment of victory it was for the couple to finally welcome their son, Edward Duke Rancic, born via gestational carrier, in August 2012.
And after Giuliana's breast cancer battle and struggle with infertility, it's not a surprise that health is still very much on the new mom's mind. The E! host is now on a mission to help inform parents about the benefits of banking cord blood. Giuliana recently talked to BabyZone about why she's so passionate about the topic—and offered a glimpse of how her life has changed since becoming a mom.
What's your golden rule of parenting?
Some of my parent friends gave me the advice to let Duke cry it out, but that's something we've decided not to do. If he's crying, I want to try to find out what's wrong with him and soothe him. I find that when I do this, he's better and it's great! Duke is such a happy baby and he trusts me and he trusts Bill. If he is sad or hungry or needs a diaper change, he knows we are going to tend to his needs. Leaving him in his crib to cry is not the solution, in my opinion. I look at this way—we were patient for years trying to have him, so we can still be patient now that Duke's finally here!
Describe the best moment of parenting so far.
When Duke started laughing. It was one thing when he started smiling, but now there are little things that I do that make him actually giggle. And that's the cutest. Hearing him giggle just melts my heart.
And the worst?
I love what I do for a living, but honestly, the worst thing right now is leaving to go to work. I hate it. I actually have a pretty great schedule for a little while. I took three months maternity leave, and now most of my mornings are good, with three to four hours first thing when Bill and I get to spend every second with Duke. But after that, it's really, really hard to drive away and know I'm not going to see him until later in the day. It's torture.
Best advice you ever got?
My sister put me in charge of banking her cord blood when she gave birth to my niece Alexa. My sister banked the cord blood for her three other children, too, and each time I was in charge.
When we found out we were having Duke, we researched the best crib and the safest car seat... making the decision to bank his cord blood was just another of the many choices we've made to ensure our child's safety and his future. Bill was responsible for the registry box at Duke's birth and everything went off without a hitch. Duke's stem cells are now banked at a facility in Arizona.
What I want other parents to know is, do your research to see if it's right for you and your family. Banking your baby's cord blood is like insurance—you hope you never need to use it, but if you ever need it, you'll thank goodness you have it. For us, it was a no brainer, and we're really glad we banked it.
Finish this sentence: You know you're in the Baby Zone when...
… you can't find time to do much for yourself anymore. Manicures, pedicures, going to the hair salon—all that stuff is a thing of the past. But you know what? I'd rather spend all my free time with Duke than be at the hair salon, anyway!