Jessica Alba: I'm Not "Irrational and Overprotective" With Second Baby

Celebrity Moms Apr. 15, 2012 AT 10:16AM
Jessica Alba with her children at the park in Beverly Hills, CA. Jessica Alba with her children at the park in Beverly Hills, CA. Credit: Splash News Online

Jessica Alba is taking a more relaxed approach to mommyhood the second time around.

In a blog post for iVillage, the Spy Kids 4 star, 30, opens up about what she's learned since the August birth of Haven Garner, her second daughter with husband Cash Warren. (Haven's big sis Honor was born in 2008.)

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"I feel like most of my irrational, overprotective, and weary new mom behavior evolved into a more easygoing, laid-back approach with my second child," Alba writes. "I've never been a true 'helicopter parent,' but I've definitely stayed awake for endless hours doing research on everything I could do wrong."

But by obsessing about her kids' well-being, the actress says she realized, "I often made more mistakes trying not to make any mistakes."

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Continues Alba, "With Haven…I'm more relaxed. I try not to let every cough or bump on the head freak me out because Honor made it through infancy in one piece, and I trust Haven will too."

Thanks to her more laid-back attitude towards parenting, Alba says she's a much happier person--and a better wife and mom.

"This calm attitude has definitely made adjusting to life with two kids easier and more fun," the actress admits. "It may feel impossible trying to juggle it all, so don't hold yourself to the unrealistic standards of being a supermom."

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Alba opened up to Us Weekly last fall about her new parenting style, and adjusting to life with two kids at home. "It's nice to enjoy having a newborn instead of being overwhelmed and wonder if everything is gonna be okay," Alba told Us. "Now I'm like she'll be fine! Plus, Honor and Haven are so sweet together."

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