Christina Applegate Says Daughter Sadie Has "Healed Me"

The first-time mom and breast cancer survivor says that having a child has "opened her soul"

Motherhood has had a powerful effect on Christina Applegate. The actress, who welcomed her first child into the world on Jan. 27, says the arrival of daughter Sadie Grace has completely changed her world -- in a very good way.

"I felt my heart literally open up for the first time and like wrap itself around her. It was profound," Applegate, 39, says in the new issue of People. "And I'm more in love with her every minute of the day." 

With the new love of her life settled into the Los Angeles home Applegate shares with fiancé Martyn LeNoble, the actress is approaching her new mommy role with vigor.

"I want to be the ultimate burper and diaper-changer, I want to be the ultimate at all of it," she enthuses. "Sometimes I stand there going, 'I'm not doing any of this right!' And then I get this big man belch out of her and I go, 'Ah, we accomplished this together.'"

Applegate says that after being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy in 2008, she was in search of something else to focus on.

"I've had to talk about that word (cancer) more than I've ever had to talk about a word in my life," she says. "After a while you're like, 'There's got to be something else to me.'"

And then came Sadie.

"Yeah, now I'm Mom. She's healed me in so many ways," says the actress. "She's just made my life so much better. She's opened my whole soul."

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