Will it be an Easter baby? Soleil Moon Frye reveals she’ll be “very, very, very pregnant” by the time the holiday rolls around, but she couldn’t be more excited for baby No. 4! The former child star opens up to Us Weekly about her pregnancy, the challenges of parenting and letting the little ones watch her crush on Andy Gibb during Punky Brewster.
The former Sabrina the Teenage Witch actress, 39, who is in her third trimester, is already mom to daughters Poet, 10, and Jagger, 7, and son Lyric, 2, with husband Jason Goldberg, but she says she isn’t quite prepared for the newest addition yet. “I haven’t bought one single thing for this baby,” she tells Us at the launch event for the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction, which benefits Autism Speaks. “I have hand-me-downs from all my other little ones.”
Luckily, the two older girls have been mommy’s little helpers during this pregnancy with everything from bathing their baby brother to making sure he has a playmate. “[Jagger’s] morning before school is spending time with Lyric making sure he gets that quality time,” she says. “Then when she gets home from school before homework it’s playing trains with Lyric, cars, reading to him, and then after homework she goes and plays with him again.”
Although the girls love to help with their brother, Frye still schedules special mother-daughter time for both of them. “Now with our fourth baby on the way I promised the girls that each one of them will get a trip once a year or some place locally, but having that time together,” says the actress of the importance of giving them each one-on-one time.
The Moonfrye craft blogger will be very close to giving birth on Easter, but that won’t stop her from doing all her favorite traditions with the kids. “We like to do Easter egg hunts on the beach, which is so crazy in the sand. It makes it really hard but hysterically fun,” she says. Another must-do family tradition: decorating Easter eggs. “I’m really into trying some new things this year. We’re really into crafting, and of course I saw Martha Stewart did…splatter painting the eggs so I’m very excited to try that out and to craft with them.”
The expectant mom recently gave the kids a blast from the past and let them watch full episodes of her ‘80s sitcom, Punky Brewster, after their friends started asking about it at school! “They had seen bits and pieces on YouTube, but it was the first time they had watched a whole episode,” she says of their recent Punky Brewster binge. “We were on a road trip so they were watching it, and I could hear it in the background. It was fun to walk through all these different amazing times, and it was really cute because the Andy Gibb episode was on, and I was like, ‘Do you see how flustered mom is?’ I was so in love with him! I had such a big crush on him, like you could watch the crush happening on screen,” Frye reminisced.
She also discussed some of the challenges of parenting — whether it’s the first baby or the fourth — from judgement about breastfeeding to pressure to lose the baby weight. “I was really fortunate to be able to breastfeed, but I didn’t have enough milk to just breastfeed,” she tells Us. “The bottom line is if you love and nurture and care for your baby that is absolutely the most important thing, and if you can breastfeed that is incredible, and if you struggle with it I don’t think we should be so hard on ourselves. I think we just make up for it by just nurturing and loving as much as we can.”
“I don’t feel like we should feel forced to do something or forced to get back in shape immediately,” Frye continues. “All those things that I think so often haunt us, like I definitely want to, after giving birth, get my body back, but I also want to be able to take that time to connect with the baby.”
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