Keeping up with a newborn isn’t easy, but Kourtney Kardashian is happy to take on the challenge by herself.
When the reality star welcomes her third child in December, the mom-to-be already has plans in place to take a serious time out.
“I love doing everything myself at the beginning,” Kardashian, 35, says in the December/January issue of Fit Pregnancy.
“I’m not getting a baby nurse. I take two months off and no one is allowed to bother me or talk to me about anything work-related — or maybe three months this time.”
The fashion designer — who is also mom to daughter Penelope Scotland, 2, and son Mason Dash, 5 next month — will spend those first few months building the bond with her baby through breastfeeding.
Fortunately for Kardashian — who’s been craving New York bagels with cream cheese and jelly — she expects to bounce back quickly from the delivery, as the recoveries from her past pregnancies have been seemingly smooth.
“Both were really easy. I actually pulled both babies out of me!” she says. “I was out of the hospital so fast both times because I just wanted to get home. I stayed in my pajamas for 30 days and kept the house really quiet.”
She continues, “It’s the only time I feel I have that excuse to shut everyone out and shut everything off. That time is a gift.”
One thing she is planning on: having the baby at the hospital.
“I think it’s smarter and safer,” Kardashian explains. “I witnessed a home birth with my sister Khloé and, after seeing it, I felt it wasn’t for me. There was too much risk involved and it wasn’t as sanitary as a hospital.”
But not everything will mimic the first two times she became a mother. Although Kardashian was surrounded by her family for Mason’s birth, she hopes to keep the hospital room a little less crowded with her third child.
“I really want a calm environment, and with too many people in the room, it’s hard to focus on what’s going on,” Kardashian explains.
“This time I think I’ll have some calming music. Just no candles — I don’t want any fire situations.”
Over the past few months, a lot has been happening to prepare for the family’s new addition. Kardashian and her longtime love, Scott Disick, recently moved into a new home — they wanted to give their kids more space to play — and are still working on renovations.
And although they have found out the baby’s sex, the couple have yet to decide on a name — or even a nursery.
“The room is neutral now,” Kardashian says. “It has lots of grays, which I think is pretty. We’ll probably just keep it the way it is.”
Once the baby is born and the family of five have had their time together, Kardashian will return to work. And between her responsibilities with Keeping Up with the Kardashians and their expanding empires, often times, her professional obligations blend with her personal life — something Kardashian used to struggle with.
“After Mason was born, I’d feel guilty doing anything that wasn’t related to work,” she recalls. “If it was a good friend’s birthday and I had to go to dinner, I’d think, ‘I don’t want to be here. I want to be at home.’ ”
But the birth of her baby girl shifted her views on maintaining a social life. “After my daughter was born, I made a promise to myself to live in the moment,” Kardashian says.
“Now, if I have to go to New York for work for one night, I’ll meet my friends for dinner and really enjoy it… Also, Mason and Penelope have each other now, so I don’t feel as guilty about leaving them occasionally.”
— Anya Leon