Reality star Danielle Jonas is “tired but doing well” as she navigates the early days of new motherhood. The Married to Jonas star, 26, and husband, pop star Kevin Jonas, 26, welcomed their first child, daughter Alena Rose, on February 2.
The new mom opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her natural childbirth, breastfeeding and midnight feeds, the inspiration behind Alena’s custom-designed playroom, and her “amazing” newborn whom is “such a good baby.”
CBS: Congratulations on the arrival of Alena Rose! How are you feeling? How is Alena doing?
DJ: “I’m tired but doing well — so happy to be a mom! It’s very shocking that this is all real. Alena is amazing — she is such a good baby.”
CBS: How was your birth? From Kevin’s tweets, we gather you had a natural birth. Please tell us your birth story.
DJ: “I don’t know when he was able to tweet because it seemed he was helping me the whole time. I was very lucky.
We went into the hospital at midnight the night before, and thought we were going to have her then. Once we got there, they said it would probably be tomorrow evening, so we went home. Three hours later, we were back at the hospital and ready to start the process.”
CBS: Are you breastfeeding? If so, how is that going?
DJ: “Breastfeeding is a daily challenge. We’re still finding a rhythm.”
CBS: How are you navigating these early days of motherhood? Do you have help? Family support? Are you doing all the midnight feeds?
DJ: “Lots of family support! Everyone has been amazing, but it is tough. I have my moments of wondering if I’m doing something wrong if she won’t stop crying. Those moments are tough, but then she eventually calms down and is a happy baby again.
Midnight feedings are mostly me, but Kevin has been taking early mornings so I can sleep. He’s better in the morning — I don’t drink coffee, but I think I may need to start.”
CBS: We hear Alena has a beautiful playroom. Tell us about the design and inspiration. How did you come up with the overall theme and design and color ideas?
DJ: “The playroom is so cool! My good friend Vanessa from NessaLee Baby designed it. Our home is traditional, and with her nursery being a light purple, we wanted to do something different with the playroom, which is royal blue brown white and orange with multiple different textures.
One wall is chalkboard and the other is covered in wallpaper and painted over again, to give it a different feel. Then the back wall has 1/4-inch panels that are wrapped in wallpaper which gives a 3-dimensional effect. The paper has mixed oranges blues and browns into a modern print with cute birds. It’s a great room that feels warm, but still girly with a modern twist.”
CBS: Do you have any tips for parents-to-be in coming up with a playroom/nursery design?
DJ: “Make everything short and small. We have a couch for her that is smaller, so she won’t have issues getting up on it when she’s older. Also, if she is playing and falls, it’s low to the ground so she’ll be less likely to get hurt.”
CBS: What’s up next for the three of you?
DJ: “I think we’re going to spend as much time together as a family as we can. Kevin is going to get really busy again soon, so it’s nice to have him home as much as possible right now.”