Felicity Huffman is a good mom. She may have her doubts, but when iVillage had the chance to chat with her from her dressing room during a break from Desperate Housewives, we could tell right away.
From the adorable side conversations with her daughter Georgia, 4, ("Where ya going, Georgia-bean?") to the way her voice lights up when she talks about bonding over books with Georgia and her sister Sofia, 5, it was a real treat to catch Felicity as a mom in action. Especially when she's the first to admit that motherhood's hard '- really hard. But while she'll freely share her doubts about being a good-enough mom, this Emmy-Award winning and Academy Award-nominated actress, married to fellow actor William H. Macy, is clearly enjoying the ride. And despite how busy she's been, promoting her show and her film Transamerica, she's somehow managed to invent a special pillow for new moms, now for sale at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Here's what she had to say about finding time, what her Desperate Housewives character has taught her and why she feels stay-at-home moms have one of the hardest jobs in the world.
This new pillow to use while rocking children is totally comfy and great for new moms. How on earth did you find the time to invent this?
I created it a long time ago '- about six months after my youngest daughter was born. I didn't really know what I was doing, so a friend offered to help. I found the pillow so useful and needed, so I hope other moms will too. My husband loves them, and we have them all over the house now '- in the living room, the TV room, all over the bed. When I flew to London recently, it was the best thing ever.
Yes '- a reading nook! It's where we go to read books and snuggle every night. We have them in both of my daughters' rooms. It's like a little reading fort.
So what are you guys reading these days?
My five-year-old has been reading James and the Giant Peach and The Giggler Treatment. My four-year-old loves the Kevin Henkes and the Eric Carle books. She also just started Pippi Longstocking.
It must be great for them to have two actors as parents who can do all the voices.
Well, actually there are some books that only Bill can read to them, like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They'll say, "That's Poppa's book, that's Poppa's book."
Can you share some of the other can't-live-without products that helped you survive baby and toddlerhood?
Umm '- my bosom! That was just completely necessary. I liked the Baby Bjorn and my glider. I also really loved Burt's Bees apricot massage oil, to massage the babies. By the way, I read iVillage every day while I was pregnant. I used that pregnancy calendar where you check in every day to see what's happening. Even Bill would go on and look. I still get the emails actually!