The following article is from Baby Couture Magazine:
Sitting in one of the bathrooms of their gorgeous-yet-homey oceanfront Santa Barbara abode where Christine Costner is having her hair and make-up done, and doing her interview simultaneously (multi-tasking, like any good mom would know to do), you would think that this is the quarters of any normal family. Toys scattered about sporadically here, a baby gate there, some newly-washed baby bottles and a breast pump drying by the kitchen sink—except, of course, for enlarged photographs of baby cheetahs in the safari that probably cost a mint, shot by acclaimed photographer, Peter Beard, and a patio that is literally steps from the sea, and staring out at it reminds you of that feeling that the world is truly majestic. This, after all, is the house of a movie star’s family. And not just any actor, one of the world’s most respected thespians, and this is the dwelling of the people most dear to him. They also bought a new property in Santa Barbara that they share with their white Labs, Jewel and Daisy (Wyatt, one of Kevin’s beloved Labradors passed away last Christmas after 14 years of being in their family), where they will build their dream home on the beach, because they feel that it is, “A beautiful place where family can gather. We will hopefully begin to design it within the next year, or so.”
With those striking baby blues and an animated shriek that accompanies his giggles, Cayden is already immortalized in Christine’s first baby book called, “Do You Know What I Do?,” which is about a Grandma Bear and a Baby Bear named “Cubby,” the latter asking Gram some questions, such as, “What will I do when I’m sad?” And Grandma Bear responds with an, “I count my blessings…,” answer. The book is a sweet gift that Christine gave to her mom for Christmas (and she’s already thinking about producing it for a bigger audience) for her to read to her grandson, because she raised Christine like so—gentle and loving. Christine also describes her mom as, “the kindest woman.” As a mother, words like that from a child to a parent will never fail to warm your heart.
On the business of raising kids, Christine looks pensive and says that, “Cayden has us, his brother, sisters, uncles, aunties, and many grandparents to guide him. It’s partly how you raise them, and partly luck, and of course, you hope that your kids will find their way—knowing that sometimes they will get lost. I always thought that my parents were really good guides. They never stomped their feet, nor said, “This is what you have to do…” She adds, that, “I was quite a good golfer when I was young, with my step dad, John, being a Master-Pro-golfer. And they believed that I could take it further. They said, “Look, you can do this, if you wanna do this.” Christine states that, “At that point, I didn’t want to, and they didn’t force it, and I’m mostly glad, because I like the path that I have been traveling.”
In between questions, Chris continuously checks in on Cayden. The connecting rooms of the house make it easy to do so. Once, she comes back, we all have a little laugh at the celery with peanut butter she is chomping on. Actually, she was using a spatula to scoop out the peanut butter onto some celery sticks. She is now also on a diet where she doesn’t eat “white stuff,” like bread and rice.
On her pregnancy, and of course, losing the baby weight—the topic that a lot of new mommas want the scoop about: “I put on normal weight, maybe a little more than [normal]. I’m big on moderation. After Cayden was born, it took a little while to lose the pounds. Let’s face it—we all want to fit back into our jeans. I did a combination of breastfeeding, a little exercise, lots of veggies and meats—and am losing the last few pounds by staying away from dairy, and carbs. I never thought I could give up cheese, but I feel healthier without it.”
Her fashion sense hasn’t changed much. “I wear mostly the same style. Although, I think the biggest change is the lack of heels, but I’ll be wearing them again. I don’t feel as tall as I used to.” Spoken by a leggy, beautiful blonde, who looks like an actress herself. Her down-to-earth and easygoing manner also makes it easy to figure out why Kevin Costner didn’t let this one get away. With regards to beauty buys in general, Chris says she is inclined to buy more organic products now.