He may have been the answer to a prayer. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy for Halle Berry with her 7-month-old son Maceo.
For one thing, the Oscar winner says there’s a marked difference in how her baby boy breastfeeds compared to how her 6-year-old daughter Nahla did when she was an infant.
“When I would put Nahla on the boob, she would go [Berry makes a pucker face and light sucking sound]. A nice little girly suck,” the X-Men: Days of Future Past star says in an appearance Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “With him, it’s like [she imitates a chomping suck]. He’s like sucking the life out of me! So I see the difference between boys and girls.”
“That was TMI in my opinion, but okay,” DeGeneres jokes.
“I just want everyone to know that I know the difference,” says Berry. “Boys and girls are different from the time they get here. They really, really are.”
That said, Maceo — whom Berry and husband Olivier Martinez welcomed in October — really was an answer to a prayer. And it turns out that prayer came from Nahla.
“She prayed and prayed for him for like a year and a half, for a baby and a bunk bed, and she got both of those things,” says Berry.
“He’s like one of her dollies that came to life. And all she wants to do is change his clothes. Like she’ll purposely like throw something on his shirt and say, ‘Oh, Mommy, he’s got to change his shirt. He has a mess on him!’ She just likes to change his clothes, change his diapers … She’s a good helper.”
Frankly, Berry herself is surprised she was able to have another child at 47.
“I didn’t think it was possible at my age, honestly,” she says. “They call it a geriatric pregnancy. This is probably way TMI, but I was really, you know, kind of premenopausal, so to have this happen was a huge … Only her prayers could have done this.”
Berry stars in the upcoming CBS sci-fi show Extant as an astronaut who, among other things, has a robot child. Asked at a press event Monday how that experience might be, she told the story of a recent nightmare Nahla had.
“I tap her and say, ‘Honey, what is it? I think you’re having a nightmare,’ ” Berry recalls. “And she never opens her eyes, and she says, ‘Mommy. There’s two cupcakes, a purple one and a pink one, and you’re eating the pink one! And you know I want it! Mommy, no! No!’ ”
“And I realized at that moment, she was having a nightmare that was so important to her, but … it was about cupcakes. And I’m not so sure a robot would do that. And that is one of the gems, one of the jewels of what motherhood is really all about.”
— Tim Nudd with additional reporting by Scott Huver