Mother of two, Jessica Alba covers the Australia January 2012 issue of InStyle Magazine. In a interview for the magazine, Alba talks about motherhood and how it has changed her.
“That I felt completely different. I really came into myself as a person. Before, I was always working for my identity. And then you take the focus off of yourself. I was probably—definitely—a bit of a narcissist. When you are young and an actor and driven, it’s a bizarre state of mind to be in at times. I was so focused on things that didn’t matter at the end of the day. Now I have what I do for a living in perspective. Working was everything to me, my entire identity, and once I got to step away from it, everything changed.”
Alba who gave birth to her second child, Haven Garner in August says she is more relaxed this time around.
“I’m more relaxed. Every sneeze or runny nose or little bump on the head that would have freaked me out before…I am more easygoing with that sort of thing. And the sense of knowing that I can get Haven to stop crying. It was all new with Honor and I wasn’t confident, and she could feel that so she continued to cry. That didn’t happen a lot, but when it happened I felt like I would crack.”
Alba calls says her husband Cash Warren is great and is a real hands-on-dad.
“He’s totally great and a real hands-on dad. He’s just such a nice, good person…His biggest thing is that he doesn’t like the idea of them growing up and dating! He’s kidding, but I can tell he’s kind of thinking of the future already.”
In the interviews, Alba also dishes on her families must-have items and what she splurges on:
On Haven’s must-haves:
“With a baby you always have diapers, and diaper wipes, and a change of clothes – the essentials. And a pacifier of course.”
On Honor’s must-haves:
“She likes to carry around different princesses, like Jasmine or Rapunzel or a Barbie, or some kind of dolly. Honor loves to carry around random things that she finds for the day, like sunglasses or binoculars. It changes all the time…Honor is really girly. She likes to dress up, try on my high heels and play with purses.”
On Her Own must-haves:
“Always a double stroller, never two separate ones — one sits in front and one behind.”
On what she splurges on:
“My kids and my house. I’m always doing things to my house. I go that bit extra: I designed my furniture and had it made in an eco-friendly way.”