Paula Garces has more than one good reason to celebrate! Not only was her Lifetime show Devious Maids renewed for a second season, but she is expecting her first baby with hubby Antonio Hernandez (she also has a daughter – Skye – who was born in 1992). Paula plays Flora on Devious Maids, and also stars on the OnLine Network’s series All My Children* as Lea Marquez.
Paula celebrated her baby-to-be with her close pals at the home of co-star Ana Ortiz recently. Natalie Klein of Hollywood Hot Moms helped Devious Maids stars Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez, and Edy Ganem plan the shower, that was filled with a very apt theme of “Happiness and Gratitude.”
Check out photos from her amazing baby shower right here:
The Happy Couple 1 of 11What is Paula most looking forward to as a mother of her new baby?
My most important parenting rule is to spend time together. As Skye grew up it got harder and harder to convince her to get off the phone, stay home, and just talk and hang out with us as a family, but I do have a rule she has to make family time a priority. We have family dinners, movie night, and family vacations. I know she wants to pass this down to her brother — just recently she suggested we have family game night with no electronics at all, no TV, no Internet, no phones, just board games and food, and wanted to make sure the baby knew he was the reason we started the tradition. So cute!
The Party! 2 of 11
How did Paula spill the news to her family and friends about her pregnancy?
We told our family I was pregnant at family dinner, and everyone was so happy for us and my hubby was so excited, he started calling all of his friends and my friends and just telling everyone who would listen.
What is her most important parenting rule?
My mom always taught me to be believe in myself, to go for my dreams, and to be compassionate, and I plan to try to instill that security and confidence in my son.
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What are some of her favorite wardrobe staples while pregnant?
I am loving a clothing company called Thyme Maternity— they are amazing! I love their leggings and tops that are just breathable, comfortable material, and the dress I wore for my baby shower is one of my husband's favorite on me, because it really showed my belly off in a flattering way. My hubby likes when my tops cling to my belly and lots of the Thyme Maternity tops do.
(Paula was dressed in a sleeveless striped maxi dress from Thyme Maternity, available exclusively at Babies'R'Us.)
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Above: Judy Reyes made perfumes with her adorable daughter.
How does Paula plan on balancing motherhood and a career?
I have been balancing motherhood and career with lots of help from my hubby, my mom, and my sister — without them, it's impossible. Big props to all the working moms, sending all my love and understanding — its not easy.
Indulgences? 5 of 11
What is her pregnancy indulgence?
I have been very nauseous so my cravings have been for citrus, like grapefruit and lime, and lots of mangos, and when I am really nauseous green sour grapes help me a lot. I love pre-natal massages — that's my indulgence.
Perfume Making! 6 of 11
Guests got to enjoy the "make your own" perfume section by Ka-Mil-Yin, "where they created their own scents of peace, gratitude, and happiness."
Fave Gift 7 of 11
One of Paula's favorite gifts was the SmarTrike for Baby Antonio. She said she loves that the Smart Trike will grow with her son, and her husband is so excited to push it around!
Ana Ortiz and Melinda Page Hamilton 8 of 11
Devious Maids co-stars Ana Ortiz and Melinda Page Hamilton looked lovely at the shower!
Cheers! 9 of 11
Guests sipped on mommy-friendly Blueberry Lime Mojito mocktails from Refine Mixers. Yum!
Food 10 of 11
Guests enjoyed assorted tea sandwiches, small bites, and salads catered by freshology.
Thank You! 11 of 11
And guests went home with gift bags filled with beautiful personalized note cards from Expressionery.com. Nice!
Photo Source: Lisa Franchot Photography
(*All My Children airs on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network for a 10-week engagement. Two new episodes of All My Children stream online every Monday for free via The OnLine Network at TOLN.com and for the free Hulu.com service, as well as subscribers of Hulu Plus and via the iTunes store”)