But that fatigue was nothing compared to the second time around.
The actress, 37, who voices the lead character in Disney’s Zootopia and stars on the ABC series Once Upon a Time, says thinking she was tired with her first pregnancy is “laughable now.”
But the positive star says despite all of that, she is doing “remarkably well” and the busy schedule is making her pregnancy fly by.
“The first time you feel like you are pregnant for four years,” she says. “This time, I don’t know how many weeks I am. I have to reference my date book!”
In between indulging her pregnancy craving of “sweet and refreshing and wonderful” watermelon popsicles, Goodwin is doing her best to prep Oliver for his new role as big brother.
“He definitely understands the concept of a baby,” she explains. “He pulls up my shirt every day and pats my belly and says, ‘Hello baby.’ We kept telling him your brother can hear you. So he just pushes his face into my belly and talks.”
And although the arrival of the family’s new addition will bring late-night feeds and a shakeup in their sleep schedules, the mom-to-be insists she and Dallas wouldn’t have it any other way.
“My husband and I were talking the other day and saying, ‘Remember the days when we would just go to the movies and read a book and just take a nap? All of the free time we took for granted,’ ” she says.
“And my husband said, ‘And we would give it all up, all over again, for that look on his face after he has been dunked in the swimming pool and he just comes up out of the water with pure joy on his face.’ “
For more on Ginnifer Goodwin’s new movie Zootopia and her thoughts on motherhood, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
— Mia McNiece