DON’T JUDGE HER!
The new mom of twins gets real about the pressures of parenthood
Mom actress Jaime Pressly gets real with In Touch about the pressures of parenting
For 10 years, Jaime Pressly was mom to one son, Dezi James — so it was a bit of an adjustment when she found out she and boyfriend Hamzi Hijazi were expecting twins! “It was a complete shock,” says Jaime, who welcomed sons Leo and Lenon in
October. “But I always wanted three kids!” While the Mom actress, 40, is overjoyed to be living her dream, there’s one aspect of motherhood that she could live without: the judgment by others. There’s no one right way to raise children, she says. “That’s like trying to find the cure for the common cold — there’s no such thing!” When In Touch’s Lanae Brody caught up with her at CBS’MOM event at PaleyFest LA, Jaime dished on life as a family of five, splitting parenting duties and the joys of boxed mac and cheese.
Congratulations on the twins! How are they doing? JP: Thank you! They’re really so damn cute.
You and your Mom co-star Anna Faris both have young kids. Do you ever give each other advice? JP: You know, I don’t really believe in giving moms advice. What works for me may not work for you. I’m sick of all the mom-judging.
Tell us more about the boys. Are their personalities different? JP: They’re just the most completely opposite children, I don’t know how they’re twins! Lenon is so sweet and calm, and Leo’s loud and laughs constantly. What milestones have they hit recently? JP: They’re rolling over. I am waiting for the [solid food] milestone, because this whole bottle thing, I’ve had enough. There’s two of them, so you have to do everything at the same time. With one, [the parents] can take turns feeding.
What has it been like to see Hamzi as a dad? JP: He was meant to be a dad. Honestly, he didn’t know how much he needed to be a dad! It’s been incredible to be able to do this together.
So he helps out a lot? JP: I mean, I have an 11-yearold. I’m like, “I’ve already changed the diapers, I’ve done the overnight thing. It’s all you!” We have help, too, which I am very lucky to have. With two babies, anyone who can get help, really should. No shame in my game.
Your honesty about being a mom is refreshing! JP: [I just think] whatever works for you and gets you through tough stuff, great. I’m honestly like, “OK, so not everything’s organic.” Quite frankly, I love macaroni and cheese out of the box. Kraft! Love it! ◼
STRAIGHT TALK “It’s all fun,” the actress says of adjusting to life with two newborns. “But you’re sleepdeprived and crazy!” HER BOYS “He’s been begging Hamzi and I to give him a sibling since he was in kindergarten,” Jaime says of son Dezi.