Maggie Gyllenhaal: Ramona Has Her Mommy and Me Moments

When it comes to motherhood, there is no rule book, according to Maggie Gyllenhaal. Having entered into the world of sleepless nights and dirty diapers when she welcomed her daughter Ramona, now 2, the actress encourages parents to navigate their own path as they find what suits their family best. “I do think you just have to figure it out for yourself and go with your instincts,” says Maggie. For the new mama, who believes “every child is different,” learning the ropes of raising a baby meant discovering that the sound of her crying daughter pulled at her heartstrings!

“I’m not a leave-them-in-their-crib-to-cry kind of girl. Fundamentally, I didn’t find that worked. Everyone’s got their own thing, you know? You can’t tell another person when it’s right to stop breastfeeding or how to put your kid to sleep.”

In an effort to tackle parenthood as a team and split the responsibilities equally, the 31-year-old explains that she and her fiancé, actor Peter Sarsgaard,have always “believed that we needed to share” time spent with Ramona. In order to give the actress a break, Peter packs up his daughter and accompanies her to “this little class she takes in the morning,” making sure that Maggie stays behind to relax! “He said, ‘No, you don’t come — this is when I’ll relieve you,'” says Maggie. However, while their plan may sound good to most, Maggie — who believes dividing the workload equally is not possible — admits Ramona often just wants to be with her mama.

“In our case, maybe it’s because I have a daughter, the mom is the mom. There is something about that. But we try. When we’re together — if we’ve been away from her a lot — she just wants to be with me. That’s kinda how she is at the moment.”

Source: Babble

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