By peoplestaff225
Updated December 12, 2008 01:00 PM

Quiet time for Jennifer Garner (pictured out in Los Angeles on Wednesday) is a rarity these days, but the actress isn’t complaining! Raised by a stay-at-home mother, Jennifer admits that, in retrospect, her mom wishes she had tackled raising her three children and in addition, working "just a little bit."

Inspired by the homemaker, Jennifer finds herself searching for a balance in her own life — juggling her career and spending quality time with her growing family. "Finding a balance that’s right for you is hard when you’re trying to have a little bit of everything," shares the 36-year-old. Set on her 3-year-old daughter Violet Anne growing up with "homemade bread," Jennifer laughs that she wants it all!

That balance may be even harder to maintain once Jennifer and her husband Ben Affleck welcome their second child this winter, but for now, the pregnant mama is simply enjoying the benefits of a belly. With a pregnancy that has been "pretty similar" to her first — "so far, so good" — Jennifer welcomes the perks of pregnancy, including the sweet cravings.

As the couple await the birth of their new baby, Jennifer is busy soaking up time with her older daughter, saying motherhood has provided her with the chance "to have this little person be your friend and hang out with you (and drive you crazy!)." Somewhat "sentimental" when discussing the joys of being a mother, Jennifer explains that, when it comes down to it, "your life changes and your heart expands."