Pretty Little Liars star Tammin Sursok has been loving the first year of motherhood with daughter Phoenix. So much so, that she teamed up with JOHNSON’S® for their Moms with Strollers new online series that speaks “frankly about tips, experiences, fears and accomplishments” of new motherhood.
The actress, 31, opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her “giggly baby” who is the “light” of her life. She goes on to talk about the rewards of motherhood, not feeling pressure to lose the baby weight quickly, and the upcoming fifth season of Pretty Little Liars.
CBS: Tell us about partnering with Johnson’s Baby for the Moms with Strollers video series that pairs celebrity moms and everyday moms.
TS: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for moms to connect. Getting readily available parenting tips and insights from other experienced moms is something all first-time moms value, which is why I was thrilled to partner with JOHNSON’S® for their Moms with Strollers video series.
I realized through the experience how important a ‘community of mothers’ really is. I decided to get involved because I loved that they wanted to provide a realistic environment to speak frankly about tips, experiences, fears and accomplishments.
Moms with Strollers features pairings of everyday moms and celebrity moms as we share stories, experiences, and questions that often arise from being a first-time mom. Topics range from how to swaddle your baby (my husband and I practiced a few times once we got home from the hospital before we got the hang of it), and the best ways to get your baby to sleep.”
CBS: Happy Birthday to Phoenix who turned 1 on October 8! How is she doing? What is she into these days? What does she do to make you laugh?
TS: “Phoenix is wonderful. She is literally the light of our life. For us – and I assume for most parents – every development and milestone we experience is like a miracle. Even the simplest thing! I can still remember the first time she sipped through a straw – and we thought, ‘How the heck did she learn that?!’
She is also a very smiley and giggly baby and her laugh is infectious. When she laughs, we laugh, then she laughs more and we laugh more. If someone heard us, they would think we are a house full of crazy people [laughs]. She’s almost walking now so we are constantly finding more places to baby proof.”
CBS: Tell us about her first birthday party. Did you go over-the-top for her milestone birthday?
TS: “I have found that there are a few things we are doing which are a bit over-the-top. In particular, I got her a really big cake with elephants and rabbits on it. So cute! We have friends and family coming, including my parents all the way from Australia, so it will be a very special affair. I bought her a pink toy plane to ride in. I know it’s so silly but I can’t wait to see the look on her face.”
CBS: Tell us how motherhood has changed you. What are some of the biggest surprises of motherhood? Great rewards? Biggest challenges?
TS: “I have found that I have to be more patient and relaxed and that things will just happen. As much as you try to stay organized and plan, more times than not, the baby will have her own idea of how something’s going to go down.
I now don’t sweat the small stuff. Parenting is extremely rewarding. The amount of love that is reciprocated from her is overwhelming.”
CBS: You look terrific! What are some of your best health and beauty tips for new moms? Did you feel the pressure to lose the baby weight ASAP?
TS: “My best tip is to give yourself permission to take time to lose the baby weight. It took me about a year and I still have some to go but I am ok with it because my body is a warrior and a miracle for creating this beautiful life, so I am going to be kind to it.
I used the food delivery service Paleta which is a farm to table, calorie controlled taste sensation. The meals are already made so it gave me time to focus on my child and I knew I would have something nutritious for me to eat. I would have been lost without it.
I don’t really feel the pressure to lose the baby weight because in our household we’ve always been very health conscious and love fitness and working out as a family. I knew that if I just went back to my old habits my body would respond, so I didn’t obsess on it.”
CBS: Season 5 of Pretty Little Liars premiers in December. What can fans expect this season? What do you love about the show? Can you give us any semi-spoilers?
TS: “You know, I can’t tell you much! But what I can tell you is that there’s always a shock around the corner and the person you always thought did it, is never the one that did. I am constantly in awe of how the writers can continue to keep the audience – and even the actors – in suspense; it’s such a fun show to work on.”
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