Elizabeth Banks: Having Two Kids Is Very Different

Elizabeth Banks says she now feels like a mom to her boys Magnus and Felix.

The actress explained to People recently, “Two is very different from one. When you have one kid, you feel like you can jet set around and you can throw him on the hip and you get your life done. You don’t realize how easy one is until you have two. Now I’m really a mom. Oh, I am a mom now! This is for serious — I am responsible for two people now.”

When she and husband Max Handelman decided to take care of the children on their own over the holidays – the reality hit home.

“[We] had no help, no nannies, no babysitters. It was crazy. You forget how difficult it is to wake up in the middle of the night, how exhausting it is. I lost all my nails. I did dishes and cleaned bottles for 10 days so I lost all those nails!”

On how Felix is handling being a big brother – Banks says he’s been the “sweetest.”

The 38-year-old shared, “He loves to say how cute Magnus is and he loves to give him kisses and he’s very gentle. He loves to bring him gifts — sometimes that means shoes that are thrown in the bassinet, but that’s okay.”

The Hunger Games star also admitted she knows the brotherly love probably won’t last.

“I would say [Felix] is mostly unaware of what’s going on because Magnus doesn’t touch his stuff. I’ve heard that around 10 months — when baby can actually influence the realm of Felix — that Felix will not be happy. We’ll see how that goes.”

She added, “Felix means happy in Latin and he is very happy go lucky. Magnus is definitely more serious. He’s going to be the deep thinker of the family for sure.”

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  1. Anon

    Cue the complaints from moms that have one child — and GO.

  2. oola

    “When you have one kid, you feel like you can jet set around and you can throw him on the hip and you get your life done.” What??? really? That’s just stupid. Taking care of one child is a lot of hard work. So is taking care of two.

    Parenting an only child is hard because you are the constant playmate. Parenting two is hard because of sibling rivalry. They both have their upsides and downsides.

  3. hillary

    people that say two is easier than one child are full of it! it’s not end of story, two kids is much more hectic and LOTS more work.

    • poppy

      Completely agree! Double everything, workload, prams, especially if they are close together like Elizabeth’s. From my experience, Elizabeth is quite right when she says “you can jet set around”… We took our first child to visit family in 3 different countries by the time he was one. However, once our second son arrived 18 months later that was a completely different story. And I tell you newborn twins, a 3 1/2 year old and a 2 year old, is nothing short of mayhem, an incredibly hectic and disastrous lifestyle!

      I do think though that parenting is the hardest job in the world, so if you have one or twenty children and they grow up to be happy, healthy, good natured members of society then you have done a truly fantastic job!

      I had my 5th baby, fourth son, 2 weeks ago and I can honestly say no matter how many you have, it’s a hell of a lot of hard work!

      • Anonymous

        Do you know why no one wants to listen to people whine about how hard it is? Because you had 5 kids in 5 years… what the hell did you expect? You don’t even give your kid time with their parents before you pop another one out.

        Wait… is this Michelle Duggar?

        • poppy

          I had my 5th baby in 8 and a half years actually. I never complained about having 5 children, I just gave the facts, it isn’t easy. I didn’t just pop out another one, my husband and I wanted children close together as we are both only children and longed for siblings. But we are not planning any more than 5, so no I’m not a Michelle Duggar.

          But I can see how my comment may have come across in the wrong way, all I was trying to say is that having one child is much easier than two.

  4. em

    “no help for 10 days”…Lol I just laugh because thats been my LIFE. I never have ANY help and I love it! I feel so proud when I accomplish things and still have my kids fed clean and happy and know that I was capable and did it!! Sad that some people refuse or dont want that feeling…I don’t know how Id feel if nannies took care of me 24/7…but to each their own. And kids period no matter how many are hard..but its worth it.

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