ISN’T SHE Lovely
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!”
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!