Kristen Bell Shares Private Pregnancy Photos For Daughter’s Third Birthday
Other moms will totally relate to these pre-pregnancy pics!
“Frozen” star Kristen Bell rarely posts private photos of her children on social media. For her daughter Delta’s third birthday, however, she decided to share some never-before-seen photos of her pregnancy and birth on Instagram.
Check out these pics of Bell and her husband Dax Shepard preparing for childbirth before Delta entered the world. Be sure to click through because the final photo is of her newborn, resting on the new mom’s chest. Aww!
“Three years ago today. 47 lbs heavier. Getting through painful contractions with backrubs and breathing. Occasionally swinging from the IV pole to try and feel sexy and open up my hips. After 36 hours of labor I met a girl I love more than all the molecules in all the world. Happy birthday, Delta. Love, mom #meshapanties,” she wrote.
Three years ago today. 47lbs heavier. Getting through painful contractions with backrubs and breathing. Occasionally swinging from the IV pole to try and feel sexy and open up my hips. After 36 hours of labor I met a girl i love more than all the molecules in all the world. Happy birthday, Delta. Love, mom #meshpanties
This is not the first time Bell has gotten refreshingly real about parenthood. Back in November, she talked about how she and Shepard share the responsibilities of caring for their two children.
“We switch kids all the time,” she told reporters at Alliance of Moms’ Raising Baby event, People.com reported. “Because if I’m talking to the two-and-a-half-year-old, and I’m done, I’ll just be like, ‘We’ve got to switch. I don’t want to talk to this kid anymore.’”
“You don’t want to be reactive to your kids. You want to be thoughtful, and you want to be setting a good example,” she explained. “Sometimes that example is crying in front of them and saying, ‘I’m overwhelmed,’ or ‘I’m sad because of XYZ,’ or ‘I’m just sad because I’m feeling sad. I’m going to let my sad out. And then I’m going to find a way to cheer myself up.’ It’s not about perfection, but it is about being thoughtful and not reactive. So in order to not be reactive, we switch kids a lot.”
Bell has also been refreshingly open about her relationship with Shepard.
During an appearance on Harry Connick, Jr.’s talk show “Harry” in September, she shared that Shepard taught her how to fight fairly.
“We’d get in a fight—because we would fight a lot—and I’d like yell something then slam the bedroom door. Then I’d slam the front door. Then I’d get in my car and then I’d skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car,” the actress said. “It felt so good, and I realized how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out.”
Apparently, Shepard quickly let her know that the storming out of the house thing was not something he was going to put up with.
“Three months into our relationship he was like, ‘You can’t leave anymore during fights. I’m not going to do that.’ I was like, ‘What?’ He’s like ‘you can’t do that, I’m not going to have a relationship like that,’ she said on the show. “He has a very high standard and a strong code of ethics. He was like, ‘No, I have more respect for myself, I love you but I’m not going to do that my whole life.’”
Her biggest secret to keeping a relationship healthy and alive? Never stooping to contempt—never rolling your eyes at your partner. Bell says if you do that, you might as well break up because you’ve lost respect for them.
“It is not easy to work around another human being, but if you commit to it, you can pretty much permanently respect that person, but then it doesn’t really matter if you disagree because you still respect that person,” Bell said in the interview. “I do disagree with him on 90 percent of the issues on the planet. But we have really wonderful, intense valued conversations about things, and I always see his point, even if I disagree. It’s hard to do.”
What a great, relatable family!
This story originally appeared on Simplemost.