After holding her newborn daughter Sadie Grace for the first time on January 27th, Christina Applegate was overwhelmed by her feelings. “I felt my heart literally open up for the first time and like wrap itself around her. It was profound…And I’m more in love with her every minute of the day.” 39-year-old Chrisina Applegate is appearing on the cover with her baby for this week’s PEOPLE magazine.
Applegate and her fiance, musician Martyn LeNoble, share a house in Los Angeles and she has been enjoying every second of motherhood. “I want to be the ultimate burper and diaper-changer, I want to be the ultimate at all of it,” she says.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and having a double mastectomy, Applegate now is focused on the true small moments that make up life. “I’ve had to talk about that word [cancer] more than I’ve ever had to talk about a word in my life,” she says. “After a while you’re like, ‘There’s got to be something else to me.’ ”
The word “Mom” now has new meaning to her thanks to her beautiful daughter. “Yeah, now I’m Mom. She’s healed me in so many ways,” says the actress. “She’s just made my life so much better. She’s opened my whole soul.”
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