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Amy Adams: The Best Advice I've Gotten As A Parent Is, 'You're Not Gonna Be Perfect'

Fri, December 17, 2010 12:48pm EDT by Add first Comment
Posted Fri, December 17, 2010 12:48pm EDT

The Fighter star has been learning to lighten up on herself since giving birth to daughter Aviana Le Gallo in May.

Every pregnant woman worries about whether or not they’re going to be a good mother. Amy Adams was no exception. But since giving birth to her daughter, Aviana, with fiance Darren Le Gallo in May, she realized that there’s no such thing as the perfect parent. “I’m trying to be more present in each moment of my life. She’s taught me that,” the 36-year-old tells Parade magazine.

And she’s also learned to stop beating herself up over every little thing. “The best advice I’ve gotten as a parent is, ‘You’re not gonna be perfect,'” shares Amy during the interview while promoting her latest film The Fighter. “Take today — she’s teething and I want to be in there with her. But I also want to do a good job here for everybody who worked on the film.”

Amy shows off her post-baby body

Amy wouldn’t be able to balance her career and caring for the 7-month-old if it wasn’t for all the help her fiance provides. Not only is he “a great swaddler” according to Amy but also shares middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper duty and he kept her comfortable during her natural, drug-free delivery. “He was really calm,” she says. She definitely hit the jackpot when it comes to hands-on helpers! “Now we understand the importance of teamwork,” Amy tells the magazine.

She can’t wait to have a conversation with her kid

Since giving birth the redhead has a newfound respect for her body. “Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body — meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit,” Amy reveals. “I was like, ‘Look, I can carry a baby! I’m gaining weight right, everything’s going well.’ And I’ve had that relationship ever since.”

Amy gives birth to a beautiful baby girl

And while she already looks amazing, the star swears she’s in no rush to regain her pre-baby body. “I’ve been working out when I can, and I’m trying to eat in a healthful way, but losing weight is not my number-one priority. It’s part of my job to return to some semblance of what I was before. But I don’t feel I’ve ever made my career on my rockin’ bod.”

–Amy L. Harper

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