Update: Introducing George Marsiaj Herzig
Update: Added the interview and more photos.
Originally posted July 26th: Model Eva Herzigova, 34, and her boyfriend Gregorio Marsiaj introduce their son George, 7 weeks, in the latest issues of various magazines. You can watch a video of the photoshoot as well.
Click below for all the photos and interview highlights!
On her pregnancy: I was really lucky, because I had the best pregnancy you could have. No [morning] sickness, nothing. Instead a huge smile on my face from the first day to the last. I didn’€™t feel bloated and could be pregnant for the next ten years.
Cravings: Sweets! Eva says, "My appetite increased enormously. I love lots of good food. When I was pregnant I ate everything. I never liked dessert before, but during the pregnancy, it was all about chocolate and whipped cream and cakes. Ihad insane cravings for sweets — I had to have dessert after everysingle meal. I have never had a sweet tooth, so that was a really newexperience for me. "
On the birth: When my girlfriends were pregnant and told me about birthing, I found those stories unsettling and scary. But when I was pregnant myself, I didn’€™t worry at all. I was looking forward to it. When I was pregnant, George slept whenever I slept, we were so in sync. When it was time to actually give birth I wanted to experience every second of the birth and even wanted to be alone for quite some time. But in the end, I did request getting an epidural.
How her life has changed: The first two months are really hard. Before I had George, many people told me what I should and shouldn’€™t do. I think it’€™s important to realize that each baby is different. To be prepared, I read a couple of books.
Before the delivery date, my mother kept telling me, ‘It’s going to change your life.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, please! Four days after the delivery, I’m gonna be here, I’m gonna be there, and I’m gonna do this.’ But my mother told me the birth would turn my world upside down and inside out and it really did. [After the birth,] I was in the hospital – dead!
On priorities: I always thought I’d be having a child that would adapt to my lifestyle. But to tell the truth, George is now the commander of the ship. He’s the one who gives instructions. I can’€™t sleep when I want or always answer the phone when it’€™s ringing, because George is my priority, his needs come first. I thought [motherhood] would be like, ‘Hey, you follow me. Instead, I’m following him…Suddenly you feel needed. When he smiles, it just makes your day.
On her first few weeks as a mom: In the first six weeks I often felt very exhausted and tired. I have a new sleeping pattern now, and that is very exhausting. But it is getting better each day. By now, George has established an eating pattern. We’re doing really fine, we’re both sleeping a lot.
Still, it’€™s quite stressful and I can’t wait to have a nanny. So far, I don’€™t have one. I demanded not to take on hired help and instead do everything by myself — but by now, George and I are at a point where we have a very strong bond. I know what he needs and wants. Now I would really like to have a little help so I could have a little more time for myself. We’€™ll see.
On George: George likes to be part of the conversation.
On Greg as a dad: I had the best support from Greg [during the pregnancy]. I have a beautiful relationship. I must admit. When I was pregnant he was like, ‘Wow!’ He couldn’t get enough of me. Greg has been very supportive with his presence, with his words. He’s so proud and he expresses it. He says, ‘I have the most beautiful family in the world, you are the most wonderful mother and you are so beautiful.
[During the night now,] he puts on music and starts dancing with him. At 6 a.m., I find George in Greg’s arms, remote control in his other hand, with their heads down, sleeping. He’€™s fantastic with George! He has a very special bond with him and loves playing with him. He’€™s also helping me out a lot. He changes his diapers and takes care of him when Iâ€™m really tired and worn out so that I can have a break. He’€™s a wonderful father.
Losing the 30 lbs: She’s not worried, admitting, "It’s my DNA. [Getting in shape] is not my main concern. I don’t want to have my pre-pregnancy body back. I gained around 30 pounds during the pregnancy. 20 pounds were lost right after giving birth. I don’€™t really have time to work out yet."
On her breasts: Eva says she’s nursing George to build a strong relationship. "So I now have 10 pounds more than before — and most of them seem to be in my breasts! I’d love to keep the extra weight in this place! Right now, I try to eat a lot of fatty foods, because I believe this is good for my milk."
More kids: I’d like to have a girl. Let’s hope it’s the next one, because if not the next one, it better be the third. And if it’s not the third…let me think about it!
On getting back to work: Right now I’m totally content with doing little projects here or there — it keeps my world in balance. I have been working since I was a kid. I can’t just flip a switch and be a homemaker and stay-at-home mom.
Source:People, August 6 issue, pg 62; Bunte
Thanks to Moussemaker and Anna for scans and CBB readers Sarita, Cassopolis and Anna for translations.