Nicole Sullivan Anticipates Frightening Future with Sons
She's been a mom of boys for almost three years, but nothing scares Nicole Sullivan more than what her future still holds. "I’m terrified of them jumping off roofs," she tells Babble of raising sons Dashel Pierce, 2½, and Beckett Edward, 7 months.
She’s been a mom of boys for almost three years, but nothing scares Nicole Sullivan more than what her future still holds.
“I’m terrified of them jumping off roofs,” she tells Babble of raising sons Dashel Pierce, 2½, and Beckett Edward, 7 months.
“[Then after that,] I have to deal with them bringing little tattooed 18-year-olds home, in those shorts you see at Abercrombie & Fitch. Like who fits into that? They look like baby clothes!”
And while she believes it’s “really important to raise independent children,” the former Rita Rocks star, 40, already has a tight rope on her brood, starting with keeping her two sons far away from television!
“It turns them into monsters!” she explains. “Even the cute shows. [Dashel] watches a half hour, and all of a sudden, he’s picked up three things I don’t want him saying!”
Instead Sullivan relies heavily on preschool computer programs — her favorite being Starfall — that allow Dashel the entertainment without foregoing the educational value.
Maintaining her stance on limited television — or anything else for that matter! — is not a part of parenting that comes easily for Sullivan, who admits Dashel is a top-notch negotiator. “He should work for the CIA or something,” she says regarding his reasoning skills.
“He says, ‘That’s a good idea, right, Mama?’ and I’m like, ‘I guess. I guess it’s a good idea. Okay.’ And next thing I know, he’s eating Smarties and watching Oswald. I’m like, ‘How did this happen?'”
With Sullivan and her husband Jason Packham raising their family in Los Angeles, the comedienne admits she felt pressure to get back in shape after she delivered Beckett last August. She eventually bounced back to her bikini body — with the help of Jenny Craig — and can count breastfeeding among her secrets.
That said, it wasn’t easy — “Breastfeeding blows! I was like, ‘Wow! That hurts!'” she laughs — and neither has been switching to her sons’ sleep schedules.
“I can’t believe how early I have to get up every day of my life. Sometimes, the baby’s up at 5:45 a.m., and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this is inhuman.'”
— Anya Leon