“She’s up at 6:30, she doesn’t sleep in because you got home late!”
To offset her late-night schedule, Applegate spends her mornings with her family before heading to the set, where she’s later joined by her daughter.
“My whole thing was, ‘I’m not doing this unless I can bring her.’ So they had to build me a room for her and it’s got her toys and a crib and she takes her naps there,” the actress explains.
“That’s called a crazy mother who said, ‘No, I’m not doing anything unless I can be with my baby.'”
“We’re like, ‘When did we even go anywhere, outside this house, without Sadie?’ We don’t want to anyway, we’re sort of obsessed with her,” Applegate shares.
“Every weekend we’re like, ‘We have to, we have someone who can watch her, let’s try to go out to dinner.’ But by the time it’s 6:00, we’re so tired no one wants to do anything and I just want to be in my sweatpants.”
As a first-time mom, Applegate has offered many of her own experiences as material for the show’s storyline. Scenes from the birth episode, she admits, were taken directly from her own delivery room.
“I talked to the writer and I said, ‘Look, I’m going to give you some hints: I needed a headband,'” she recalls. “It was my obsession to have a headband and it really was about my own having to have control of the situation. I would even send texts to myself, ‘Do not forget the headband. Do not forget the headband!'”
Applegate admits she also found herself vying for the doctor’s praise for her stellar pushing powers.
“I had this whole competition thing with the pushing in my own head,” she laughs. “When I was there, I was like, ‘I’m going to be the best. I want my doctor to tell me, “I’ve never seen anyone get a baby out that fast.”‘”
One aspect of motherhood Applegate’s not so proud of? Her potty mouth, which has led to a few slips around Sadie.
“Has Sadie heard a couple of things? She has heard a couple of things, she has,” she says. “But you know, her language back to me is, ‘Ba, ba, ba, ba, ba!’ That’s all she’s got. So right now, I’m good.”
— Anya Leon