After introducing her new baby – 2-month-old Taylor Thomas – on The View this morning, Elisabeth Hasselbeck sat down with People magazine backstage.
Elisabeth, 30, and her footballer husband, Tim Hasselbeck, also have another child, Grace, 2.
So, second child: more or less overwhelming than expected?
When they say it rocks your world? It rocks your world, having a second. What is going on!? When does this stop?! … This is the first time I’ve brushed my teeth in two months, it was special for today. And I’m constantly trying to balance out everybody’s needs. Was I a little bit of a wife today? Sure. ‘Here’s a cracker, Tim. I’m your wife.’ ‘Grace, do you want Goldfish for dinner? Okay, I feel bad, ’cause I’m paying a lot of attention to Taylor, so Goldfish it is!’ I feel like I’m constantly trying to be the great equalizer in the home. But I love it! I wouldn’t want to be anything else, and wouldn’t want anyone else doing it for me.
Do you see a big difference, boy vs. girl?
I don’t know if it’s because he’s a boy, or because it’s [my] second child, but I kind of let him sit up a little more on his own. He seems a little more sturdy. I’ll go, ‘Look at that chest. He’s strong!’ I’m not super-sterilizing everything like I was with Grace. [When she was born] people would walk in and I’d have them put booties on.
Is Tim happy to have a boy at home?
He loves having a boy. There is a difference. But I feel like Taylor’s mine. Grace is his, and Taylor’s mine – forever.
Are you feeling back in shape?
I’ll get there. I’m a little frustrated because I have a little injury in my back, something’s bothering me, and I can’t run – and we’ve had really nice weather the last couple of days, and every time I see someone running I get angry at them because I can’t. But I’ll get there.