Introducing August Miklos Friedrich Hermann
Law and Order SVU’s Mariska Hargitay, Peter Hermann, and their new son August Miklos Friedrich are featured on and in this week’s TV Guide. August was born on June 28th, weighing in at 10lbs, 9 oz, and was 22 inches long. The first time parents did an interview with the magazine, and here are the highlights:
– Mariska thought for sure August would be early, because he was measuring so large. Alas, he was a full week late!
-Although she had hoped for a natural delivery, Mariska required a c-section. (Although she does not say why in the article, we were told it was a combination of the baby’s size and a stalled labor). Mariska says, "I’m not a fan of surgery…but I wanted a healthy baby."
– Mariska’s been waiting her whole life to be a mom – and when the moment arrived, she was overwhelmed. "When I first heard August’s cry, that’s when I lost it. You have so much love that you didn’t even know about."
– They chose all of their son’s name’s from family history – August has been a name in Peter’s family for over 200 years, Miklos is Mariska’s father’s given name, and Friedrich was the name of Peter’s paternal grandfather.
– The parents are using The Happiest Baby on the Block ($14) by Dr. Harvey Karp to help them with their newborn. Dr. Karp advises using the "5 S’s – swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging, and sucking – to help calm your baby.
-Mariska is breastfeeding, and recently started using an electric pump – which brought other things to mind! "I could not stop laughing because you see yourself in this new light. You feel like a dairy cow." So, she put a stuffed cow on top of the pump!
-Mariska will be attending the Emmy’s next month, but don’t expect a Heidi Klum style insta-slimdown for her. Instead, she’ll be "looking like a mom" she says, as August spits up on her leg! "It’s about being a present, conscious parent and nurturing a soul…It’s not about looking hot."
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Photograph by Kevin Mazur for Wireimage.