Molly Sims: "It is the best thing to ever happen to me! Every day, I get to watch my baby grow up in front of me! I couldn’t feel luckier or happier."
What surprised you the most?
"I always heard the expression 'It takes a village to raise a child,' but I didn’t realize how true it was until I had one of my own. It really does take village, and I learned that I shouldn’t be ashamed of asking for help. I’m always asking my girlfriends for advice and new tips and tricks they learned along the way."
Did you enjoy being pregnant? Upside, downside?
"I loved being pregnant and the connection I created with Brooks while he was inside of me. For the most part, being pregnant was an amazing experience. It wasn’t until the very end that it got difficult. I had a thyroid problem that wasn’t detected until after I gave birth. I felt big, uncomfortable, and definitely ready after those nine months were up!"
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What was your everyday pregnancy look, and how did it evolve as you were growing more and more?
"I’ve never met a maxi-dress I didn’t like, and I was particularly attached to them during my pregnancy. I also wore a lot of long, stretchy skirts and paired them with either a cardigan or leather jacket. I continued to buy the same clothes I bought before but in larger sizes. Except during my final month, when not even the largest size would fit me. At that point, I knew it was time to give birth! "
How did you manage to stay in such impeccable shape?
"I love taking classes at Tracy Anderson and SoulCycle. I also love going on hikes and taking yoga classes. I try to do something different every day, so I don’t get bored and my muscles don’t get lazy! Going through labor and becoming a mom is such an intense experience. I remained active during and after my pregnancy, but tried not to put too much pressure on myself."
I loved using Tata Harper and RMS Beauty. And, Bio Oil is amazing for stretch marks!"
And, now? Has your beauty routine changed since becoming a busy mom?
"It’s much quicker than ever before. I’ve mastered the art of the three-minute shower, and I keep my daily look pretty simple. But, I’m a big believer in making the time for some sort of beauty routine. I always say “When you look good, you feel good — and when you feel good, you look good.” Getting out of those yoga pants and swiping on some bronzer and mascara really does wonders for how I feel the rest of the day when I’m out and about with my son."
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As a model and an actress, how do you manage it all while spending time with your son? What would be a usual day?
"Every day really is different. But, I’m a big believer in the motto, 'Work hard, play hard,' and no matter how busy my schedule is, I am insistent on spending quality time with my son and husband every day. When I’m at work, I have to stay diligent and focused, but the second I get home, I snap into mommy mode. The most important thing I’ve learned is to stay present. I love modeling and acting and am so grateful for my career. But, no job is more important than being a mom, and I’m determined to do the best job I can possibly do."
You must travel a lot. Any tips on getting around with a toddler? I find it way more difficult than with a newborn!
"I don’t think traveling with a toddler is ever easy, but I’ve definitely learned the importance of a well-prepared diaper bag! We recently took a six-hour plane ride to Miami. Before the flight, I went to the drugstore and got little toys, and then wrapped them and put them in bag. Throughout the flight, every time he got antsy, I would let him unwrap a new present. It kept his attention and is something I’m definitely going to do again."
What are your favorite things to do together with your son?
"We definitely keep very active and love those mommy-and-me classes! During his first year, we took this awesome class with Jackie Rosenberg. Now that he’s almost two, we go to gym class, music class, and love having playdates. And, now that it’s almost summer, we’ve started going to the beach!"
What are your favorite brands for kids?
"I love Eggy, Noé & Zoë, Paige Lauren baby, Joe Fresh Baby, and Baby Gap."
You can follow Molly Sims' mommy adventures here.
On the pursuit to merge a love of art and creative direction with babies and motherhood, new mom Julia Restoin Roitfeld created Romy & The Bunnies, a destination where new and expectant mothers come together for inspiration on everything from pregnancy beauty to busy-mom style. Now, they'll be sharing their advice with us right here on R29, with a perspective that anyone can appreciate, whether you're experiencing motherhood first-hand or not.