Star Mom: Amy Brenneman

Are celebs so different from you and me? Not necessarily. When baby's on the way, the excitement, anticipation and planning are just as sweet!

While her TV character Amy Gray suffered an unfortunate miscarriage in the name of TV drama, actress Amy Brenneman's real-life story is much happier. The Judging Amy star is excitedly awaiting the birth of her second child in late May.

"We were hoping and planning," says Brenneman of the pregnancy, which has been trouble-free. "My body is happy being pregnant. I had a good pregnancy with Charlotte too." The actress is trying to prepare her four-year-old for the new arrival as best she can. "She says 'baby,' but I don't know if she really gets what's going on," says Brenneman. "She likes babies a lot, so I have a prediction that for the first couple weeks she'll actually be fine. And then when she realizes that it's not going anywhere..." She trails off, suspecting that her daughter won't easily adjust to losing her only-child status.

Brenneman, 40, and her husband, director Brad Silberling, know the baby's sex but are keeping that news, as well as the names they're considering, private. "We have different tastes in names," she says. "I'm more classical. I say give the kid something elegant."

She kept the pregnancy a secret from cast and crew until she started to show after Christmas, but she did confide in Meryl Streep at the Lemony Snicket movie premiere. "I didn't look pregnant, but my boobs looked huge. I told her, and she went 'Ohh!' She said she didn't think I was the kind of woman who'd have a boob job but she did wonder!"

 

Fourteen-hour days on the set haven't fazed Brenneman too much. "I just sit down a lot," she says. She stays fit with yoga, something she did long before the pregnancy. "I do a bit of the Zone [diet] and have meals delivered to my trailer, but only so I can eat chocolate chip cookies," she laughs, confessing her strong cravings for bakery goods. "I could eat carbs all day long. I have no use for the green leafy vegetables I should be eating, but I have a sweet tooth." She also experiences cravings of another kind. "The second trimester hormones are very sexual," she admits, "so you're horny. But you can still organize your body so you can act on that."

Although she won't be making films in the near future, Brenneman is awaiting the release of her completed independent movie Nine Lives. "It's nine short stories about different women. I end up sleeping with my ex at his wife's funeral," she says." I'm bad."

Off the set, she's busily rearranging some rooms in her home to make room for the baby. "There's some shifting, some migrating. The baby will take over my office, which is a bit of a drag, but there's another room I'm going to take over. I'm obsessed with the Pottery Barn catalog and paint chips," she says, laughing. "It's probably the nesting thing."

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