Actress Christie Lynn Smith is inviting Celebrity Baby Scoop readers to follow along as she adjusts to her growing family. The General Hospital star and husband, actor John Fortson, welcomed their second child, son Joshua, on December 22.
In her latest guest blog, the Paging Dr. Freed actress opens up about the joys of breastfeeding and her recent return to work. She goes on to describe a few “rough spots” for her 5-year-old daughter Abby who is adjusting to big sisterhood. Continue reading how Christie Lynn’s “world has completely changed.”
“I have to say life has been quite busy these days with two kids.
My world has completely changed in so many ways. And I really can’t even remember or think what life was or would be like without this little fella in our lives. It seems like we were always meant to be the four of us. We are so blessed.
It’s been a little while since I’ve filled you all in. Little Joshua is 5-months-old — I can’t believe how big he has gotten so quickly.
After taking some time off, I’m starting to get back to work and taking meetings to see what my next acting job will be. It feels good to get back out there and I’m excited to start acting again, but while I’m gone, I can’t stop thinking if I will get home in time to breastfeed Joshua.
Even though I have pumped milk for this very reason, I feel like I am in a ‘countdown mode’ when I’m gone. I’m forever checking my stopwatch app I have on my iPhone. I always start the timer once a feeding has begun and restart it once I feed him again, which really keeps his feedings on track.
But when I’m away from Joshua, I really don’t need a timer to tell me when it’s time to feed him. The feeling you get in your boobs definitely lets you know it’s time to feed and I hurry home. Or when I’m out and another baby cries, oh no, the ‘let down’ begins! I try to get out of that place fast as I can. I’m sure other mommies can relate — it kinda hurts!
I’m really love breastfeeding again and now he’s actually starting to look up at me when he feeds. I talk to him while he’s feeding and while he’s still holding my nipple in his mouth – careful not to let go – gives me a BIG SMILE and ‘talks’ to me and then goes back to feeding. It’s the cutest thing when he does it — and he lets out a little giggle too! His smile really lights up my world.
He’s also started to laugh. I adore that sound. It seriously turns any hard day around very quickly.
And I have to say that Abby has been such a big help recently. I’m so proud of what an amazing big sister she is becoming.
There have been a few rough spots. Like at Easter, Abby was determined to find all the Easter eggs first and it’s not like she had much competition. Joshua can’t even crawl yet, but even when we pretended that Joshua had ‘found’ an egg she got upset that he was even looking at the eggs.
Also Joshua touching Abby can be an issue. We try and tell her, ‘If you are going to get that close, Joshua he may try to touch you and when you put your hair in his hand, he might pull it.’ I’m sure she’ll understand cause and effect soon…
I know that there will be more things down the road, but I really can see the love in Abby’s eyes when she looks down at her baby brother. And Abby gleams with joy when her baby brother ‘talks’ to her and he gives her the biggest smiles right back.”