Vanessa Lachey on moms, baby weight, and new baby dish

Vanessa Lachey talked to Parade about baby weight and stress after giving birth.

Nine months after giving birth to her first child, Camden, Vanessa Lachey is busier than ever. Along with touring the country with husband Nick Lachey for his 98 Degrees ‘Package’ summer tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, she’s also busy filming her new Fox comedy, Dads.

Lachey spoke to Parade.com about balancing work and motherhood, beauty tips for new moms, and baby Camden’s favorite Nick Lachey song.

Here are the highlights:

On how her family spent Nick’s first Father’s Day.

“We were on the tour bus…and we ended up in Brooklyn that day, because Nick performed at the Barclays Center. That morning, I surprised him with a boat ride around Manhattan, and we just had lunch on the boat. It was me, him, and Cam. He did the show that evening, and then that night, we had a date night. Honestly, without sounding super cheesy, it was kind of the perfect mix—just being well-rounded and having work, his love, and his family, his other love, and then having ‘us’ time, which I think is also important.

“I think people sometimes get lost in their kids and they may have forgotten what got them there in the first place, which is their relationship. So, I love that we got to have date night on Father’s Day as well.”

Why new moms should always feel beautiful:

“We’re constantly telling these new moms to lose weight and look good and do this and do that, instead of just letting them be moms and enjoy having a child, andhaving their family, and having this new role in your life! It’s one of the hardest, if not the hardest, job in the world, and all the emphasis is placed on everything else as opposed to what’s important, which is loving your baby, and loving yourself and your body. My biggest tip is to know that you are beautiful and know that you are wonderful, and absolutely amazing for raising a child.”

Baby Camden’s favorite Nick Lachey song:

“‘Sleepy Eyes’ is one song in particular that Nick used to hum to him when he was still in my belly, so that one to us is kind of special. He hummed the melody, and then when Camden was born, he added words and lyrics to it. So, that one has a special place in our hearts. I sing ‘Baby Mine’ to him every night, so when I sing that, he knows it’s bedtime, and he starts rubbing his eyes and getting ready for bed.” 

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