The trouble with raising one child for a few years is that you get lulled into a false sense of security. You think, Let’s have another. It’ll be a cinch this time around!
And then the second one comes along, and you realize that having two children is more challenging than you expected. That’s what Maggie Gyllenhaal has discovered now that she has newborn Gloria Ray in addition to her 5-year-old daughter, Ramona.
“I’m curious to see how much I remember about nursing and changing diapers,” she recently told USA Today. “About all of it. I have no idea how to do it with two. Having children is the most humbling thing you can do.”
The actress, now starring in Hysteria, is also figuring out how to adjust her work schedule to her life as a mom of an older child and a newborn.
“Peter [husband Peter Sarsgaard] was joking with me the other day. He said, ‘How are either of us going to work, ever?'” she says. “We’ve figured out pretty well how to do it with one. At first we would take her with us. Now she’s in kindergarten and she’s all settled. I wouldn’t take her out for any old thing.”
Maggie adds that she’d love to work with her husband again, either in film or onstage – he’s about to direct his first feature film, Born to Run – but that will have to wait for a while. Being in a play or on a movie set together “means neither of us is home to put the kids to bed.”
But we suspect that she wouldn’t trade her situation for the world.
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