Former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria wasted no time getting back to work after welcoming her first child at 43.
But figuring out how to work and raise a baby was instantly a challenge for the mom, as she explains in the August issue of Parents magazine.
The actress had son Santiago Enrique Bastón in June 2018 after two years of marriage to her husband, José Bastón.
She soon found that finding balance was her biggest obstacle.
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When did this happen?!!! I have a one year old! Y’all he’s not a baby anymore, he’s a toddler! ? this past year has been the best year of my life. Having this beautiful soul to wake up to every morning and to put to bed every night has been magical. Every laugh and giggle that comes out of your mouth and every smile that crosses your face has been pure joy! Thank you for choosing me as your mamá! I love you amor mio! Happy Birthday Santi baby! ???
Longoria told Parents:
“Going back to work was hard. Breastfeeding while working was hard, just for the timing of the pumping and the feedings and the sleeping and the not sleeping.”
The actress said she found is best to just try and power through. She explained:
“You just do it and get it done.”
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Happy Father’s Day to this incredible human that God put in my path. I can’t even remember the days before our beautiful Santi arrived. You have been an amazing father to your 3 children before Santi, and to see how much more your heart grew when he arrived has left me in awe. Of all the things I hope Santi gets from you it would be your kindness, your compassion, your big heart and of course your good looks ? I am a better woman because you’re in my life and If Santi becomes half the man you are, then we are in good shape ??? Happy Father’s Day Amor de mi Vida! ❤️❤️❤️
Thankfully, Longoria said that she and her husband lucked out and got an easygoing child. She told the magazine:
“He’s healthy, he’s funny, he’s sweet, he sleeps, he eats.”
Though the 44-year-old balances baby and career, she said that she respects that other parents might not want to do the same.
She told Parents:
“I aim to be a good mom to Santi, but as far as having opinions and really planting my flag in the ground and saying, ‘This is the system I use and everybody should use it,’ I’m definitely not doing that.”
The new mom has been working on promoting her new film, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” which premieres in August.
According to a 2018 study, most new moms plan to continue working after they have their first baby, but many actually stop because they underestimated the level of time and money required to have a child.
Starting in the 1990s, child care costs increased along with expectations for mothers to breastfeed.
The percent of moms who no longer work after having a child now overs around 15 percent and 18 percent.