ISN’T SHE Lovely

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Feature Interview - — Amy Helmes

THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’s Karla Mosley (Maya) and her part­ner, John Rogers, are fairly tired lately, not to men­tion more than a lit­tle bit ob­sessed. With a sweet bun­dle of 12-weekold cute­ness named Aurora Imani in their lives, can you blame them? “I never thought I would be one of those moms who takes pic­tures ev­ery five sec­onds, but I can’t help it,” con­fesses the first­time mom. “I’m hav­ing a great time.”

Mosley has taken to moth­er­hood with­out miss­ing a beat and says it’s felt like a re­ally nat­u­ral tran­si­tion, de­spite all the changes. “I must have had a lot of chil­dren in a past life,” she jokes,

“or maybe I’ve just learned a lot from watch­ing my sis­ter and so many of my friends that are in­cred­i­ble par­ents. Plus, she’s been a pretty easy kid so far, which I’m grate­ful for!”

Spe­cial De­liv­ery

With help from a team of doulas, Mosley gave birth to Aurora at home on Au­gust 17. “It was amaz­ing,” she re­calls. “No drugs, just sur­rounded by these four amaz­ing women and John. It was a pow­er­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The ac­tress ad­mits it felt a lit­tle sur­real to hold her daugh­ter in her arms for the first time. “It was al­most like an out-of-body ex­pe­ri­ence,” she notes. “Of course, I was so in love with her, but the emo­tion I felt even more was won­der. It was like, ‘Who is this per­son, and when are her real par­ents go­ing to come pick her up?’ Af­ter about a week or two, it was like, ‘Okay… I think we’re in this for life, kid!’”

Of course, there were a few hic­cups to be had in the early weeks — or “burps” may be the op­er­a­tive word! “The big­gest chal­lenge we had was prob­a­bly gas!” Mosley quips. “There were times when it would just be tears for three or four hours be­cause her belly hurt so much, and that was re­ally tricky.”

“John and I both have re­ally thick hair, so I wasn’t too sur­prised,” says Mosley of the curly locks Aurora was born with. “I’m just ner­vous be­cause it means I’m go­ing to have to fig­ure out how to take care of it as she gets older!”

An Emo­tional Jour­ney

Mosley and her fam­ily have been cop­ing with a more se­ri­ous heartache in re­cent months. Just prior to Aurora’s birth, the ac­tress’ beloved niece, Lilia (daugh­ter of Mosley’s younger sis­ter, Alexan­dra), passed away at the age of 5 fol­low­ing a long ill­ness. Her memo­rial ser­vice was held the same day Mosley gave birth. “It’s been a re­ally chal­leng­ing time,” she ac­knowl­edges. “I’ve cer­tainly been think­ing a lot about the con­nec­tion be­tween grief and joy and be­ing able to hold both things at the same time, be­cause we’re still griev­ing.”

“When she was born, she was like John’s twin,” Mosley says of the baby’s re­sem­blance to her daddy. “I’m now see­ing a lit­tle of my­self com­ing out in her face, though.”

In Oc­to­ber, the ac­tress trav­eled back to the East Coast to be with her mother and sis­ter, a trip that was orig­i­nally planned so that Lilia could meet her baby cousin. “It’s funny, be­cause Lili was ob­sessed with the moon. She’d al­ways ask, ‘Where’s the moon? Where’s the moon?’ And Aurora’s name has to do with the sun… so I think there’s a con­nec­tion be­tween those two lit­tle spir­its. Aurora is cer­tainly help­ing us to heal.”

When In Doubt… Sing It Out!

If any­thing, Mosley is re­minded daily to ap­pre­ci­ate life to its fullest, which may ex­plain why she and John de­cided on a last-minute lark to at­tend a Bey­once/Jay-Z con­cert in Los An­ge­les in early Oc­to­ber — with Aurora in tow! “We only live 10 min­utes from the con­cer t venue, so the day of, John said, ‘Let me just run to the box of­fice to see if there are any tick­ets left.’”

He re­turned with tick­ets in hand. “We de­cided we would ei­ther suc­ceed, and it would be an amaz­ing even­ing, or Aurora would melt down and we’d never talk about that night again,” Mosley re­calls with a laugh.

Turns out, the trip to see “Sasha Fierce” and her other half worked out beau­ti­fully! “Aurora wore noise-can­cel­ing head­phones and slept through the whole thing. Now, not only do John and I have this very spe­cial mem­ory, but Aurora will be able to say that Bey­once was her first con­cert!” In our book, those are pretty good brag­ging rights for a baby!

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