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Jaime King has a ritual after she wraps a work project: She beelines it to Skywalker Ranch. George Lucas’s private resort is sort of her spirit home; the rugged Northern Cal landscape suits her outdoorsy side. Plus, she’s a second-generation Star Wars die-hard. Which you wouldn’t necessarily guess about the former model who spent her teens palling around with Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford. The latest trip to the Ranch (memorialized with an Instagram none of us at CC HQ can get over) was to recover from the third season of Hart of Dixie, a rigorous season joyfully interrupted by the arrival of baby James Knight, now almost 7 months old.

We chatted about the jolt of returning to set, the baby products she lives for (there’s a lot) and her five-part method for obliterating teething pain. Dr. Jaime King is in the house!

don't take it lightly
Godparents are a big deal. They’re not picked at random because they’re your bestie or because it’d be cool to have a fellow actor as your godparent. I picked Jessica [Alba] because if anything happened to us, I know she’d take care of James Knight the way we would.

topher grace, surrogate dad
My husband [director Kyle Newman] was away filming during my pregnancy. Together we thought about who would be his surrogate if I went early, and I chose Topher [Grace] because he’s very similar to Kyle – traditional and artistic, family focused. He’s reliable and trustworthy. Both me and my husband consider him a best friend, which is really special. When Kyle was gone, Topher would take me out for ice cream.

avert your eyes
I was in labor for 26 hours. My friends saw things that friends should never see. But that’s what friends are for, right?

back on set
I returned to work at 6 weeks. I’d be up all night breastfeeding and up at 4am to go to set, shooting 12-16 hours a day and running off to feed the baby. I felt like I was leading a double life; a consummate professional and a hormonal mess wanting my husband and baby. What got me through? My child. And Rachel Bilson, she was just so loving and happy for me.

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It’s been interesting to watch my husband “learn the baby”. He came back home and was so “game on” about it. There was no grand revelation about watching Kyle become a father; I always knew he’d be that way. But I love watching him step into the fullness of fatherhood.

tossing out the plan
We all have a lot of grand plans about our pregnancy and delivery. People would ask me about my preferences or my birth plan, but all I cared about was that the baby was happy and healthy. I’d see other women who wanted a natural birth or to breastfeed and when things didn’t go as planned, they’d judge themselves. It’s the same with childhood. It doesn’t matter how you want to raise your kid but that you are conscious in your choice to be loving, responsible, giving, caring and sharing and raise your kid to be the same.

kids say the darndest things
I’m concerned about raising a kid here [in Beverly Hills]. When I was young, if I didn’t have the Esprit top, it was a travesty. Now kids ask, “do your parents fly private?” It’s a whole new crazy level of comparisons that I don’t want my son subjected to. But I have to roll with it.

baby on board
We do lots of walking and hiking and incorporate him into our everyday lives, rather than changing our whole existence for him. My husband loves to watch soccer games, so, the guys come over and we put him in the BabyBjorn seat and they hang out and have fun. If we have friends who aren’t so into the baby, they come over when he goes down.

jaime king, teething expert
For teething I have what we call the “dentist’s office” bag. Amber necklaces. Hyland’s teething tablets. Camila homeopathic drops. These clove pods with a little Q-tip to rub gums. Together, it’s a magical combination!  And, if your baby won’t take the bottle because his gums hurt, fill a bottle with 4 oz water, then turn it upside down in the freezer, the water freezes in the nipple and the baby will gum it, and it numbs his gums and he’ll take a bottle!

Jaime King's Must-Have Baby Products

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Cricket’s Style Guide

The Knocked Up Edition

One of the biggest challenges (if not THE biggest) while pregnant is getting dressed. We spotted some recent winning looks from Ciara, Zanna Roberts Rassi, and Kourtney Kardashian – we broke down why they work and made sure you could shop each one. Check that debacle off your list of to-do’s.

Ciara

Jeans and a tee has never looked cuter, and here’s why: The right maternity skinny jeans are as flattering as they are comfy (we’re J. Brand loyalists). It’s the right tee shirt that’s tougher to nail. Ciara’s successful look is thanks to no ruching, ample length (i.e. no belly hanging out, even if you stretch), and neutral colors (you’re carrying a watermelon, no need to look like one). In the early months, keep tops loose, but once that belly pops, it’s almost always best to embrace the belly with a tighter fit.

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Zanna Roberts Rassi

Few people look cool throughout pregnancy, but Zanna Roberts Rassi is the exception. Here she balances proportions brilliantly in every way: edgy and feminine, structured and flowy, tight and loose. A short drop-waist silhouette over black tights with tough motorcycle boots is a winning combo. The cheerful hot pink makes this one perfect for a girly baby shower too.

Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian has mastered casual-chic, a look that’s not easy to pull off pregnant. The key to her winning look is mixing high and low, both literally and figuratively. The long trench balances out the dress’ short hemline, showing off toned legs while masking a burgeoning bum (not that she has one!). A trench is a great investment piece – it’s classic style instantly elevates a casual outfit, it will fit you after the baby (trust) and it goes with EVERYTHING.

Need more help getting dressed? Check out our Maternity Dressing Tips.

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Saturdays With Lisa Greenwald

saturdays Lisa Greenwald
Lives: NYC, West Village 
Family: husband Eric Greenwald, sons Benjamin, 6 and Jordan, 3 
You might know: a little line called Madewell where she’s the VP of Merchandising; she’s also the founder of the smart line for teething babies, Chewbeads
Secret obsession: real-deal reality TV, like Hoarders and Intervention

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7:30am:

Jordan usually wakes up first and comes into our bed to cuddle. Benjamin usually joins within the half hour. Love this time of day.

8:30am:

Make coffee, get the Times at the front door, attempt to sit down and read some of the paper.

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9:30am:

Get kids (and selves) in bathing suits and head to Soho House.

9:45am:

Meet friends and settle in on the roof of Soho House. Swim, eat, repeat.

11:30am:

Movie time.Most recently Planes in 3D.

1:00pm:

Eric takes Jordan home for a nap. Ben and I head to Fellow Barber to get him a haircut.

2:00pm:

Head home.

2:15pm:

Ready for a run. Head down the westside highway around the tip of Manhattan (detour around the new World Trade Center shops/subway entrance – really impressed!).

3:45pm:

Shower and relax at home with the boys. We play a few rounds of 3D Super Mario Brothers when Princess Peach (aka mom) takes a break.

6:00pm:

Dinner for kids, quick baths, and pajamas on.

7:00pm:

Babysitter arrives.

8:00pm:

Meet up with friends at Bodega Negra for drinks. Love their Tequila selection!

9:00pm:

Dinner at Piora. Quaint, delicious – you must get the monkey bread!!!

11:30pm:

Time for BED

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On Our Radar: August 28, 2014

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WHO: Stylish moms with a penchant for handbags will drool over Leader Bag Co’s creation.
WHAT: A truly chic diaper bag (backpack if we’re getting technical) that also beats the competition in function, complete with downright brilliant stroller straps.
WHEN: Preorder now to get it in September.
WHERE: leaderbagco.com

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WHO: Breastfeeding moms with a stash of milk to keep up with.
WHAT: Eepples milk charms may sound silly, but keeping track of your milk’s freshness is serious business – no pens or stickers necessary here, just turn a dial.
WHEN: Now. There’s nothing worse than having to dump precious breastmilk.
WHERE: eeples.com

WHO: Moms and caregivers who need quick, healthy family dinner recipes will love the new cookbook from Dinner A Love Story’s Jenny Rosenstrach.
WHAT: Dinner The Playbook not only inspires but also gives you the tools to dominate dinnertime in a snap.
WHEN: Immediately if not sooner.
WHERE: amazon.com

WHO: Parents with iPad guilt.
WHAT: Tiggly (award-winning toddler apps) creators have designed educational toys that enhance their apps’ learning experience.
WHEN: No time like the present.
WHERE: tiggly.com

 

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