Eva Longoria on being a mom: ‘You can’t really understand it until you experience it’

Hello! Magazine posted a portion of their interview with Eva Longoria, which contains her first photospread with baby Santiago, born June 19. Eva’s enthusiasm at being a mom is infectious and fun to read. She gives a bunch of cliche quotes about her baby and how much she adores and cherishes him. She even misses him when he’s sleeping. Although it’s the kind of thing you hear from so many new moms it sounds genuine coming from Eva. Here’s some of Hello’s report, and they have more in the print edition.

On being a mom
“It’s indescribable! It’s funny because everyone tells you: ‘It’s going to be amazing, wait!’ And then it happens and you understand what everyone’s talking about. But you can’t really understand it until you experience it.”

On holding her baby for the first time
“Well, it’s magical. You’re in the hospital, you’re a little loopy, a little tired from labour. There are a lot of people in the room, doctors and nurses, and then it’s almost like all the noise goes away. It’s just he and I. “He was born so alert! It was like he said, ‘Hey! I know you!’ It’s as if I knew him my whole life.”

On going back to work to direct Grand Hotel
“My son will be two and a half months old and I can’t even think about it right now.”

She misses Santiago when he’s sleeping
“I enjoy our routine and our days together. People tell me: ‘Get ready to be tired,’ but I’m not. I actually miss him when he’s sleeping, so I’m like: ‘Ugh. Hurry up and wake up, so I can play with you and stare at you and kiss you and cuddle you, bite, hug you!’ So the thought of going back to work… I get anxiety thinking about it.”

[From Hello!]

I can’t relate to the “missing your baby when they’re sleeping” part. I remember, when my now high school-aged son (it hurts to write that) was a newborn, just being grateful whenever he slept so I could do things like go to the bathroom or take a shower. I’m sure it’s different for every mom, especially if you have help. That’s no shade on Eva. She’s not out here, claiming there’s only one way to be a mom, that she does it all herself or that she was unfulfilled before motherhood. She’s just saying she loves and adores her baby and couldn’t imagine what that would be like before it happened. So many parents know that feeling.

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  1. elisabeth says:

    I totally get it. It took me 8 long years to get pregnant. When my daughter was born I felt like my heart started beating right then. No one could have ever prepared me for the feeling.

    • StephB says:

      Same! We had our daughter a month after our 10th wedding anniversary and I totally missed her when she was sleeping. I was full of joy that I literally missed her face while she was sleeping.

    • vesper says:

      Yes! I was just like this too. I held my daughter non-stop in those first few weeks. I didn’t want anyone else to hold her for very long. I was just so in love. I’m still in love and she’s in high school now. I’m dreading when she leaves for college, but I’ll be so proud.

  2. LORENA says:

    Love her! Sounds like she waited a long time to be a mother and is enjoying every moment. He is adorable and she is glowing! Enjoy, Eva!

    • Adee says:

      I always wonder when parents (especially moms) say these things.
      How it must actually feel.
      Its really must be something non-parents can never truly understand.

      • Mumzy says:

        See my comment below….not every parent has those feelings about their newborn….so it is something even some actual parents can’t understand!

  3. Millenial says:

    I sort of understand. There were definitely a whole new wealth of emotions that come into play when I had my first child. More anxiety and fear for their wellbeing, most certainly, but also an understanding of loving someone else unconditionally and realizing they will probably never love you quite as much as you love them. It’s pretty crazy!

  4. Mo' Comments Mo' Problems says:

    Her baby is so cute!

    • BCity says:

      Agreed, he’s just precious!! And the name!! Can we talk about the name? Because I love love love it 😊

  5. Yup, Me says:

    There were definitely times where I had to make myself put my son down when he was sleeping because I loved holding him and staring at him and when he was asleep he was just so sweet and perfect and EASY.

    But let’s also be real- Eva has been a mom for like 5 minutes. Babies are usually pretty easy at this stage. I’d be curious to know how her feelings evolve over the coming months and then into toddlerhood. Mother love is complex and sometimes involves many contradictory feelings. And I think there should be more discussions about that.

    • horseandhound says:

      you should get an award for the comment of the month. GOAT!

    • Thaisajs says:

      This. My kid had colic so I never had the “oh, I can’t wait until she wakes so we can hang” craving. I was more in the “Oh please, can’t she sleep longer” and “Can I take her back to the hospital so they can take care of her for a while?” camp. After she grew out of the colic stage, my feelings changed, obviously, but motherhood isn’t an easy road for anyone and I do get a little eye-roll-y with some of these celebrity moms who act like it’s all hearts and rainbows.

  6. Franny Days says:

    That’s very sweet but as a new mom to a 4 month old I don’t know how she isn’t tired!

    • Chloe says:

      Mine just turned 6 months. He slept like a champ for the first 4 months, but hasn’t since then and I’m sooooo tiiiiired. I hope you get some sleep soon! Congratulations!

  7. Zan says:

    “It’s as if I knew him my whole life”— that’s exactly how I felt when I had my first. He starts high school next week!

  8. ocjulia says:

    That is a really cute baby.

  9. Sansa says:

    As far as giving birth goes , I’d agree. I’m sure adoption moms feel the same love looking at their baby’s the first time is what’s she talking about. Dads have the same love experience too.

  10. Mumzy says:

    I’m happy to hear that she is loving parenting a newborn. It’s lovely to hear someone describe their “love at first sight” experience with their child. Cheers to Eva on her motherhood and beautiful baby.

    That said, I’m going to share my experience with the hope that others might benefit somehow. Mothers-to-be, do not expect endless bliss and joy to be a universal experience. While I am absolutely bonkers about my kids, I did not find joy in the newborn stages…..I definitely did not have “love at first sight.” (Love of my kids grew through seemingly endless days of meeting their needs…while withstanding common stressors used in prisoner torture procedures…lol…jk..sort of.) When I see parents out with newborns, my heart goes out to them because I remember well how stressful those days were for me. I fear that a lot of women expect love at first sight with their infants and when they don’t feel that, they feel guilty and it just adds to the stress. It’s not popular to admit, but I will say that wasn’t my experience and all turned out well. (My mantra for motherhood’s expectations is from A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh) — “We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.”)

    No matter what your feelings as mother of a newborn, just be kind and forgiving to yourself and know that there’s no one way that’s right.

  11. Lisabella says:

    I’m surprised she’s “sharing” photos and wanting to be papped. When she was in Desperate Housewives, she stated after that she ended, she wanted NOTHING more to do with the entertainment industry… Time$ change.

    • lucy2 says:

      Really? She was one I’d see photos of at EVERY event, I would never picture her as someone shunning the spotlight.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      I think you might be mistaking her for someone else since she was heavily involved in the entertainment industry right after DH; producing Devious maids, Telenovela, guest starring in Brooklyn 99.

  12. Pandy says:

    Yawn. Wake me up when she has something worth yammering on about. A baby it isn’t it.

    • Originaluna says:

      @Pandy I think you need to do a little research to see what Eva Longoria has to “yammer” about. You will be surprised she didnt plug everything she had and has going on professionally- probably wouldn’t fit in the mag.