In the Baby Zone with Soleil Moon Frye
We loved her in the 80s, and we love her even more now! Find out what Soleil Moon Frye can’t live without, and what she loves (and sometimes hates!) about her third pregnancy.
You probably know her best as Punky Brewster, but Soleil Moon Frye has come a long way since starring in that hit 80s sitcom.
For starters, she’s now happily married with two daughters (Poet, 8 and Jagger, 5) and is expecting her newest addition in February 2014. The busy mompreneur recently launched a free photo-sharing app, Moonfrye. Her book, Let’s Get This Party Started, is out October 15. And she’ll be hosting a new season of Home Made Simple, premiering October 19 on OWN.
And, in case you were wondering, she’s just as likable and enthusiastic as her beloved Punky character. Read on for Soleil’s spunky parenting and pregnancy wisdom.
What’s your golden rule of pregnancy?
To embrace it, have fun with it, enjoy it and let my belly grow! As much as I feel like I’m as huge as a house, I’m trying to not be hard on myself and be proud that this incredible life is growing inside, and to just feel good about that. I think we all too often get self-conscious as we change, and so I think just embracing it and being in touch with your femininity and the beautiful element of what’s happening, and all while being nauseous and trying to not throw up (laughing), but just embracing it, because I am so grateful!
What’s been your best moment of pregnancy so far?
Finding out you’re pregnant is one of the best moments of pregnancy, when it’s something that you want so badly and when it happens, just that excitement of finding out. For this one, it was really special being able to tell the kids, and their reactions were just so incredible. Then, I’m sure the birth will be another incredible moment! And all the moments in-between—the kids kissing the belly, talking to the belly—and just embracing it all.
And the worst?
I’ve been much more tired this pregnancy. That’s not the worst, I mean I guess that’s part of it, but I think because I have had a few [kids], my body immediately has gone back to where it was at the end of my other pregnancies, so the back pains and the nausea, and I have no idea why they call it ‘morning sickness’ because that first trimester of being nauseous throughout the day and night… but even with all that said, I just keep saying how grateful I am and how excited I am to add to my family. I can’t really say there’s been any ‘worst part’ because any time I’m not feeling well, I just remind myself how happy I am!
What’s the best advice you ever got about pregnancy?
I don’t know if there’s one certain thing—I think for me, the best advice that I can give is something that I discovered as a mom. In the weeks leading up to the birth of my second baby, Jagger, I really took that time to be with Poet, and we would take these long walks, and we would stop and smell the flowers and the trees and the sky, and I think just taking advantage of those moments before having your first, second or third child, is important. Embrace that time that you have together and make your other kids feel just as loved and like they’re going to be a big part of it and show them how much you need their support. I think it’s really important not to alienate other kids and not to make them feel left out, and I think the more you involve them and the more you make them feel just as loved, before and after [baby] comes, I think it’s really important. And I think it’s always stood out to me as one of the most special times I’ve shared with Poet and now that I’ll share with Jagger and Poet, to have that quality time together and to talk about the adventure ahead.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
My family, of course! They’re my support team! My flight was delayed recently and I got home late and crawled into bed and Jagger came in, in the middle of the night, and said, ‘Where’s that belly?!’ and she’s only 5 years old, giving the belly kisses, it was like 3:30 in the morning, it was just so sweet! My family is really important to me, what would I do without them?
Finish this sentence: You know you’re in the Baby Zone when…
…you aren’t sleeping, when you can barely keep your eyes open, you go out with your shirt on inside out, you’re out with spit-up in your hair and on your clothes, and when you need to bring your own change of clothes in addition to the baby’s!
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