Inside Nicole, Joel & Baby Harlow’s ‘People Magazine’ Spread

We finally get a glimpse inside the People magazine spread with Nicole, Joel and Harlow. You can just feel the love by looking at these pictures! Harlow is a beauty, and Nicole looks so natural and relaxed. It’s also cool to hear what Nicole and Joel have to say about Nicole’s pregnancy, life since Harlow, who helps them babysit, and how they want to raise their baby girl. Many thanks to Celebitchy for transcribing the interview, and Popsugar for the scans. Here’s some highlights from the interview below:

A year ago, would you have imagined this scene?

Joel: [Parenthood] was not in the plans. But it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us. It was a gift from God. It was a big surprise but neither one of us even skipped a beat.

Nicole: Yeah, it was never like a bad thing. It’s weird – even though we had only been together a few months, we had lightly talked about having a family. I think we always knew.

Joel: We just get each other. We’re both laid back people. It’s never been a job to be in this relationship.

How have things changed since Harlow arrived:

Nicole: It’s crazy. It’s almost like I don’t even remember what life was like before her. She gives life a whole new meaning and a whole new purpose.

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How did you first tell Joel you were pregnant?

Nicole: I picked a really bad time! I couldn’t hold it in. He was flying from Japan to Europe, so right before he gets on a 16-hour flight I was like “I have to tell you something.”

How was your pregnancy?

Nicole: I didn’t have morning sickness, and I was waiting for it. I was tired a lot but that was really the only thing. And according to [Joel], my hormones were really bad.

Joel: Nicole is really laid-back. You can tell her anything and she’s like, “Whatever.” And that was the first time I’d seen her get worked up. I’d be like, “Whoa, this is not the girl that I know.” Like, if I was late – which is usually no big deal – it was like, “Where where you? You know that I’ve been waiting here, you couldn’t even think to call?” It was cute.

Did you have any cravings?

Nicole: Nothing really crazy. I would………. (page missing)

Do you have help at home?

Joel: We don’t have a nanny. We have our moms. They’ve helped us a lot.

Nicole: And we have to give credit to Benjo. He lives six houses down. He babysits, like really babysits.

Joel: There was a day when I’d been at work all day and Nicole hadn’t left the house for 48 hours, and I was like “Let’s go to a restaurant down the street,” and Benji was with the baby. Then someone said they read somewhere that we were out all the time. It’s crazy. You leave the house for one hour and everyone’s like “She’s out! She’s leaving the baby!”

How is Lionel as a grandfather?

Joel: He’s a great grandad. He’s the best. She loves him. You have to be around Lionel to see how he is. He’s just happy.

Nicole: I just think without even consciously talking about it, the family has gotten closer. [Harlow] is really the focus, and everyone has the same goal to love her and to make her happy. When Joel and I got together, he was always like, “Let’s go to your dad’s, let’s got to your mom’s,” so we started going over there more. My dad always says Joel really brought the family together

Have you talked about how you want to raise Harlow?

Nicole: Joel joked my whole pregnancy that he thought he would be the strict parent because I’m so laid-back and free-spirited!

Joel: She’s the strict one!

Nicole: And since she was born, I’ve been so protective. Now Joel’s like, “I’m going to be the fun parent!”

Joel: Nicole can tell the difference between a whine and a cry. I’m like “Oh, she’s making a noise, I gotta go in there,” And Nicole’s like “Let her self-soothe for a minute and see how she does.”

Nicole: I’m with her all the time. And she was part of me for so long, I know when something’s wrong.

Has Harlow met Paris Hilton?

Nicole: Yeah. They went to the Ivy. Just kidding. I have to say, all of my friends, their demeanor completely changes when they’re around the baby. When they come in the house, they’re really mellow and careful and sweet with her. And when you’re with a baby, you don’t think, like “Oh, I’m this person.” She spits up on you and throws up on you or goes to the bathroom or passes gas.

Who got the first smile?

Nicole: Well actually Benji did.

Joel: Now it happens all the time. We live for her smiles. When she smiles…

Nicole: We feel so good. I don’t know if it was this morning – my days are blended – but I was watching her in her crib and she happened to wake up and I was like “Good mornign!” And she smiled and it was the cutest thing ever.

How has Harlow changed your perspective on life?

Nicole: Everything I do, I think about how it will benefit her or hurt her. She’s never out of my mind. I stop doing things for me anymore. Everything is for her.

Visit our friends at Celebitchy to find out what Nicole’s experience of going to jail like while was pregnant

Source: People Magazine, March 10, 2008, transcribed by Celebitchy from scans on PopSugar

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  • Julie

    She’s SOOOOO adorable!!! And she definitely looks like her Mom (thank God!) I still have some difficulty with her name though…

  • Joanna

    after reading the article, i have a newfound respect for nicole. she is beautiful! I LOVE THIS FAMILY!

  • she is just TOOOOO cute!!!!! i love the pic with just her and joel expecially. i noticed tehre were some quotes missing, i saw all here but i don’t know if you can ues them? hopeuflly you can fill in teh blanks. 🙂 🙂

    Nicole seems like shes turning into a wonderful mother. i am so happy for them!!

  • ivy

    did the article say how much weight nicole gained during her pregnancy?

  • Lisa

    See the pink picture above – where it says Gaining baby weight & not excersing – she’s quoted as saying, “Gaining weight was never really an issue. I loved the stages of pregnancy.”

    She never gives an actual #

  • Jerigan

    She is such a beautiful baby!

  • DropThePilot

    Instinct is a great thing to exist! Even when I was in a younger age, whenever I saw the baby I would smile & try to protect her. It’s so natural and that’s what it’s good about it!
    I’m eager to have a baby!!!!!!

  • sara

    i love her eyes!

  • I am trying to get a copy of the People magazine printed on the 11 January, 1956 as there is an article in it on my birth called “The Blood of Death”. My name then was Mary Therese Barker. Can you help me?

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