Kendra Wilkinson's Partying Prepped Her for Parenthood
If there’s one aspect of parenthood that Kendra Wilkinson is confident she’ll conquer, it will be the serious lack of shuteye.
The former Playboy party girl is now reaping the benefits of her previous life when it comes to pulling all-nighters with her 3-month-old son Hank Randall IV.
“I used to go to bed around 3 a.m. and wake up at 3 p.m. Now I get up at 3 a.m. and stay up until 3 a.m.,” she tells Babble.
“But if I could party all night, I can stay up with my baby all night! The partying was actually an advantage — it prepared me!”
However, always rushing to comfort baby boy as he cries out is one point of contention between Wilkinson, 24, and her husband Hank Baskett.
“I don’t let him cry and Hank gets so mad at me,” the new mom admits, adding that she spoils the couple’s first child more often.
“But I can’t help it — if I hear him cry, I have to grab him and rock him back to sleep!”
Wilkinson has also been brutally honest in her struggle to regain her body before baby. “In the first episode of my show, I lifted up my shirt to show what I looked like under my clothes,” the reality star says.
Fortunately, the hard work has paid off — but the results were far from immediate. “My stretch marks and big blob are all over the Internet. I had a long way to go,” she adds.
Embracing life as a mom, Wilkinson has been bombarded with advice on raising her son. And while she is grateful for the well-wishers, she is quick to point out that she will always make the final call.
“You’re going to have advice thrown at you all day, every day, from your mom, your mother-in-law, your siblings,” Wilkinson notes. “No! Don’t listen to everything. Take the advice you want, but be your own mom. That’s what makes it so special.”
That said, there is one woman — her mother Patti — whose advice Wilkinson takes to heart. “[She taught me] tough love,” she shares. “I’m very stubborn, but [in the end] I always listen to her.”
— Anya Leon