Skating with Celebrities alum Jillian Barberie Reynolds, 40, had famously asserted that she would never have kids, but now she cannot imagine life without her 3-week-old daughter Ruby Raven with husband Grant. The Good Day L.A. host talked to OK! about motherhood, how her labor was induced and which Hollywood tyke she hopes Ruby will end up dating. Watch a video of the photo shoot here.
On holding Ruby for the first time: "Iwas sobbing like a baby. I was adopted and my birth mom didn’t get achance to hold me for very long. It was very emotional." Grant adds, "It was surreal. We were in awe. We said, ‘Oh my gosh – this is what we’ve been waiting for.’"
On the name: "Grant chose Raven and I chose Ruby. Rod Stewart has a daughter named Ruby with supermodel Kelly Emberg, who I grew up adoring."
On Ruby’s first night home: "Thefirst thing we did when we got home from the hospital was watchEntourage with her nursing on me. She took to breastfeeding 20 minutesafter I gave birth. I’m breastfeeding some nights from 2 to 3:30 a.m.,other nights from 1 to 1:45 a.m. I’m not exhausted at all."
On Ruby’s personality: "She’s mellow and quiet. Thank god she’s not like me. She’s like Grant; I hope she stays that way."
On having kids: Jillian says, "I always thought my lifewas about my career but I was so wrong. I met Grant, we got married andthree months later I got pregnant." Grant says he felt the same way. "I told everybody, ‘I’m not gonna get married, I don’t want kids.’ When you’re not looking for it, it shows up."
Click below for more from the interview, photos of the family, and a peek into Ruby’s nursery and closet.
On going into labor and the birth: Jillian ate a salad with labor-inducing dressing and it worked! She says, "At7:30 on a Thursday night we went to this cafe in Studio City that haslabor-inducing salad dressing. By 4 a.m. I was in labor. I was in laborfor a good part of the day, then four pushes and the baby was born in20 minutes. Grant was amazing during the birth. He kept telling me howto breathe and count to 10. We did that a few times and she was born."
On getting back in shape: "We’re gonna go for walks. I’m one of those people that eats high protein and I’m very disciplined."
On having more kids: "I’d like to have another one, and then who knows? We could end up like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and adopt."
On potential boy/girlfriends for Ruby: "Gwen Stefani‘s little boy Kingston! If she’s a lesbian, then maybe Suri or Angelina Jolie’s daughter, because she’s gorgeous. Ruby and Shiloh, the hot new couple!"
On the nursery: "The nursery just kind of evolved. Theroom was already painted that color, the leopard carpet is left overfrom my shoe closet."
Ruby’s own closet is stocked with gifts from Sharon Osbourne, Heather Locklear, Simon Cowell, and Sandra Bullock and Jesse James.
Thanks to CBB readers Tiffany and Angie.