By peoplestaff225
Updated January 03, 2010 08:00 PM

Despite logging long hours as an actress alongside her costars, Angela Kinsey could never truly relate to the parents on set who felt torn by the demands of children and a career. That is, of course, until she became a mother herself to Isabel Ruby, 19 months.

“I remember a friend of mine was a working parent and we were filming something together,” Angela recalls in the winter issue of Mom. “She was really quiet and I said, ‘What’s the matter?’ She said, ‘I’m missing bath time.’ I didn’t have children yet, but I get it now.”

The separation from Isabel is most painful when Angela finds herself alone during her downtime on the set of her hit show The Office. “I never knew I could love anything the way I love Isabel,” she admits. “And when I’m not with her, I ache for her.” It is then, she notes, that the feelings of loneliness set in. “I was literally sitting there amongst her things holding her Elmo doll and had a little cry,” she says. “I tear up just thinking about it.”

And although her guilty feelings of working motherhood are no less than any other mom, Angela — with the help of her family! — realizes her situation is unique.

While Angela continues to boast that Isabel is nothing short of a genius — she “was playing her little, tiny guitar and sang ‘Baby, baby, baby,’ and then my neighbor’s dog barked and she went ‘doggie, doggie doggie'” — outsiders help the proud mama stay grounded!

“My grandmother, who is 91, says to me, ‘Now Angela, every old crow thinks theirs is the blackest.’ And I say, ‘No grandmother, she is exceptional!'” Angela jokes.

Click below for Angela’s thoughts on becoming a single mom.

Family is clearly important to Angela, however with her mom and sisters living in Texas, the California-based star — estranged from her husband Warren Lieberstein — is learning to juggle the challenges of solo parenthood. “I can’t call my sister or mom and be like, ‘Hey, can you come over and watch Isabel for an hour so I can do some laundry?'” she muses.

Quick to point out that her life is made easier with a nanny and “extra help,” Angela insists that her time spent not working is strictly reserved for the mother-daughter duo.

“Being a parent is amazing,” she raves. “On our walks, we literally stop and smell the flowers. I’m sure, to many people, my life is not that exciting, but to me every day is an adventure.”

Not even two years into the journey and Angela jokes that becoming a mother has already left her with a whole new attitude toward life.

Source: Mom; Winter issue

— Anya