By peoplestaff225
Updated April 28, 2009 06:00 PM
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Done shooting this season of her hit show Gossip Girl, expectant mama Kelly Rutherford — she’s due the first week of June with a baby girl — has settled down in Los Angeles with her 2 ½-year-old Hermés Gustaf Daniel as the two await the big day.

After delivering her son, Kelly tells the May issue of Pregnancy magazine she finds comfort in knowing what awaits her on delivery day. “You think you can prepare, but nothing can prepare you for the first time you give birth for that experience because it’s just so extraordinary,” she says of Hermés birth.

Revealing she is “so excited,” the actress hopes to follow a similar birthing plan with her daughter — one which will allow her to be comfortable in her own home as she labors.

“I’m very close to where I give birth, the hospital and my doctor is so lovely he usually comes to the house and checks on me and everything,” she says.

In an effort to deliver “as naturally as possible,” Kelly has also contemplated having a doula on hand; Her first experience with Hermés is something she fondly remembers.

Kelly’s thoughts on facing motherhood alone, her greatest challenge, and many more photos below.

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Recently estranged from her husband Daniel Giersch, Kelly has maintained her focus on family as she searches for a way to “handle everything as gracefully as possible” for the sake of her children. Gaining strength from her own mother and close friends, the actress lists her love for her babies as her top priority.

“Work and sometimes relationships are challenging, but once you have kids it puts everything in perspective and you just want what’s best for them,” she tells Pregnancy.

As Kelly is determined to keep her mind on baby girl, she laughs that Hermés has another agenda! “Sometimes he gets it and he’s into talking about it and sometimes he’s like, ‘Let’s not talk about that yet.'”

Still, the expectant mama — who will “include him in everything” — has no doubt that he will make her proud as a big brother.

While the family of three will spend time together following baby-on-the-way’s arrival, Kelly’s return to the Gossip Girl set is scheduled for July. Fortunately for the mom-to-be, her kids will never be far!

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Reiterating that her show has been “really wonderful” when it comes to her dedication as a mother, the actress plans to bring along a set of extra hands in the form of a traditional British night nurse.

Still, despite always having her family close by, the 40-year-old admits that her greatest downfall as a mother is her constant worrying.

“There are so many things you think about and worry about and I think it’s natural,” she tells Pregnancy.

Fortunately, after checking in with a few of her girlfriends, a relieved Kelly realizes that her wandering mind can simply be attributed to being a mother. “Sometimes you think it’s just me, I’m just overly worried about things,” she says.

The benefits of motherhood outweigh all of the challenges, says Kelly, who finds herself exploring the great wonders of the world through the eyes of a toddler.

“Now he’s making sentences and he wants to see everything and point everything and show me what it is,” she reveals. “It’s like rediscovering the world again.”

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Asked to list her favorite thing about motherhood, Kelly doesn’t hesitate to say that what fills her with joy is her baby boy’s smell.

Amidst it all — work, taking care of Hermés, and preparing for the new baby — Kelly still manages to find time to relax. Her secret? Finding things that make her happy. “Like I go to the play center with my son. I go to the park. I get out of the house. We take the dog for a walk,” she reveals.

While she manages to take the occasional break from her daily life to slip in a pedicure or a lunch out with the girls, Kelly’s greatest joy always remains the same: her blossoming family.

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Source: Pregnancy; May issue

— Anya