March 25, 2015 11:00 AM

When it comes to mothering her 18-month-old son Julian, actress Jordana Brewster has learned it’s important not to take things too seriously.

“I think often times people don’t talk about the fact that it’s really, really hard to juggle and you don’t really feel like you’re doing things 100 percent correct,” Brewster, 34, tells PEOPLE. “But I’m constantly reminding myself to cut myself some slack.”

Though the Furious 7 star doesn’t have much time to worry about that.

“What’s so wonderful about motherhood is that you’re constantly busy,” she says. “There’s so much to do and I don’t miss idle time at all.”

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Now that Julian — who Brewster welcomed with her husband, producer Andrew Form, via a gestational surrogate — is walking, he is very much “on-the-go” and developing his own likes and interests.

“He’s obsessed with wheels — any kind of machine, bus, truck or plane fascinates him,” she says. “He’s also a really good swimmer. He loves the water and, as a Brazilian, I really needed him to like the beach.”

But between taking him to music classes and museum trips, the hands-on mom has less time for herself. “I prefer life after Julian, for sure,” Brewster shares.

She adds, “Every day I fall deeper and deeper in love with this amazing gift. I’m in awe every day.”

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For more on Jordana Brewster and life with her son, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Ana Calderone with reporting by Mariah Haas

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