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It often seems like Hollywood moms are bikini-ready just seconds after giving birth. But Tori Spelling is one celebrity who's in no rush to lose the baby weight -- especially since she welcomed her third child, 2-month-old Hattie, right before the holidays. "I’m going to give it until after January -- deal with it then," the reality star, 38, tells iVillage. "Plus, Dean makes me feel great. He loves me at any shape and size."
When iVillage caught up with the busy mom (as well as hubby Dean McDermott and their two older kids -- Liam, 4, and Stella, 3) she also dished about the new season of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood (which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET), explained their "bed picnic" date nights and revealed the one star couple she'd love to go on a double date with. ("Just because they're hot!")
Congrats on the new baby. How are you guys adjusting to life with three kids?
Tori: You know what? Our lives are hectic as is. We're always on the go doing something, and the family is always with us. So Hattie is fitting right in. She just goes with the flow. It’s kind of a crazy household, but we love it. We were wondering, "Is it going to be harder with three than two?" And it’s not. Toddlers are a lot harder than a newborn, for sure.
Is anything different this time around?
Tori: The thing I’ve realized the most is it never becomes old to you. Every new thing she does and every new experience – it’s like being a new mom all over again. I’m enjoying it just as much. It’s all still so amazing. You know, I stare are her 24 hours a day the way I still stare at Liam and Stella 24 hours a day.
How did you come up with the name Hattie?
Dean: Well, we were convinced we were having a boy. So we had a boy name picked out. And we were pleasantly surprised when it was a girl, but we didn’t have a name. So, we started searching classic names, names from the '20s, and we came across Hattie. When I floated that idea past T she was like, "Yeah, that’s the name. Hattie Margaret McDermott."
What was the name you had picked for a boy?
Dean: Oh no, we can’t give that up!
Have you felt any pressure to get back to your pre-baby body?
Tori: No, not at all, actually. And I’ve come to the realization today that my other kids I had in spring and summer, so it was a little easier to get back in shape because summer foods are light and not as fattening. And here I have Hattie and it’s two holidays in a row -- Thanksgiving and then Christmas. We’re a family that loves cooking and baking and doing cozy, fattening things like that. So, I think I’m going to give it until after January, you know. Deal with it then. Plus, Dean makes me feel great. I feel he loves me at any shape and size, so that make it a lot easier.
Dean: She looks absolutely amazing right now.
Are Liam and Stella enjoying having a little sister?
Dean: Why don’t you ask them? Guys, do you like having a baby sister?
Liam and Stella: Yeah!
Dean: What do you like about it?
Stella: That she’s not a kid yet.
Dean: That she’s little?
Tori: Stella likes to pick out her clothes. She got to go shopping and she picked out matching outfits for her and Hattie. It was so cute.
Stella and Liam always look so stylish. Do they pick out their own clothes?
Tori: They totally do. I mean, I’m not a big believer in dressing a child how you want them to dress. You can kind of encourage them, but there are times where…Stella is obsessed with pink. So I’ll get her clothes that are totally fashion-y, and I’ll be like, "How about this?" And she’ll be like, "No, that’s not pink. I don’t like it." I’m like, "Okay. That’s fine. We’ll wear the Cinderella top today." But I’m a big believer in letting them make their own choices.
Dean, what about you? Are you influencing Liam’s style at all?
Dean: Um, I think so. I think we kind of dress alike, but I don’t know if that’s my influence or T’s. You know, T helped me with my style when we first met, so I’d have to say it’s more T.
Tori: Well Liam is funny because he looks adorable in skinny jeans, and he’ll wear them sometimes. But I’m always like, "Hey, how about your skinny jeans today?" And he’s like, "No, I think I’m going to go with cozy pants." A.k.a., sweats. He loves his cozy pants. So you know, it’s give and take.
As Liam and Stella get older, how are they like each of you?
Dean: I think they’re a real equal blend. Liam is more like T, but he has a little bit of my temper. Stella looks like me, and she has a bit of my stubbornness.
Tori: Stella smiled at that, she has no idea what stubbornness means. But she also is quiet, and she’s shy and very sensitive. And that’s from me. I’m definitely like that. And she’s very into fashion and makeup and all things pink. So that’s like me, too.
Your reality show just started up again. What we can expect to see this season?
Tori: Usually there isn’t this much of a gap, but this time it’s been a year and a half since the fans have seen the family. So much has happened: The kids have grown leaps and bounds since they last saw them, the Guncles had baby Simone, and then, all of a sudden, this season follows my whole pregnancy. We didn’t plan on being pregnant, and then it happened and it was like, “Okay, let’s go for it!” So, I think it’s going to be the most exciting season so far.
You guys are both so open on TV and on Twitter. Are there any topics that are off limits?
Tori: When we were filming, you know, obviously the bathroom is off limits, and the bedroom at a certain point at night. But we’re pretty open. We’re a normal family with normal issues, and I think it’s important to know we’re just like everyone else in dealing with things. We deal with poop a lot. It’s what our lives are, and I think that’s what’s engaging about the show. We’re not doing any like, you know, sensationalism or scandalous TV. We’re kind of just putting out there what we know, and I think that’s what people relate to.
Thanksgiving was not too long ago, and I know you love to cook. Did everything go smoothly?
Tori: It did. We had a great time. We both were cooking all day long, and the night before Dean was prepping his turkey. You know, he did the big thing, and I made side dishes and pies. We make a really good team. And the kids were involved, and we kind of made a family day out of it.
What’s your favorite holiday family tradition?
Tori: I love any holiday where I can decorate. I’m a big Christmas person. Even though my family is Jewish, we grew up celebrating every holiday because we didn’t look at it from a religious point of view...just as long as we can be together and be with the ones we love. So, I can’t wait to get our Christmas tree up. We think it’s important to teach the kids -- we’ll be celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas.
Have your kids made wish lists for Santa?
Tori: No, we haven’t told them about wish lists yet. Liam told us he wants a Spider-Man scooter. Is that right, Liam? Is that what you still want?
Liam: I have a Spider-Man scooter already.
Tori: But you said you wanted...oh, a skateboard?
Dean: Oh, we lost him to the iPhone...he's not listening.
What’s the worst holiday gift you’ve ever gotten?
Dean: I got a mop.
Who gave you that?
Dean: I won’t say, but…
Tori: It wasn’t me! It was before me.
Dean: I got one of those Atlantic Bee Mops, you know, with the handle that rings out the sponge. And it was chrome, so somebody thought it was a nice present to give me.
Tori, what's the one holiday dish that you can make better than anyone?
Tori: Oh, that’s a lot of pressure. I think my lasagna is pretty kick-butt…
Dean: Hell yeah!
Tori: Yeah, I’ve always made lasagna. Even before we were together, I was always famous with my friends for my lasagna.
You guys are always so busy. Is it hard to make time for date nights?
Tori: A little bit. A lot of times, we’ll just do date nights at home. We call it a "bed picnic," and we’ll stay in bed and have dinner. Dean is an amazing chef, he’s in culinary school, so he’ll whip up something amazing. And we’ll have dinner in bed and we’ll rent a scary movie and have some alone time.
Who would you say is more romantic out of the two of you?
Dean: I would say T.
Tori: We both are! We both are in different ways. I think that’s why we balance each other out. Dean’s an amazing writer. He would always write me love poems. When we first met, he would send me little love texts. I love when he does that.
Dean, what does Tori do for you that’s romantic?
Dean: It’ll sound funny, but it's her attention to detail. And to me, that just shows great love because it’s obvious she’s taking the time to really make it. And of course, her Love Letter to My Soul Mate on her ediTORIal website was just so beautiful.
If you guys could go on a double date with any other famous couple, who would you choose?
Dean: I’d like to go with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. I mean, they’re both so interesting. I love all their philanthropic work they’ve done. I just think they’d be really interesting to talk to. And, of course, Brad and I could talk about motorcycles.
Tori: No joke, in the last couple of years I've had dreams that we’d go on double dates with them, too! And my reasoning -- totally superficial -- it’s just because they’re hot.
Ali Gray is iVillage's Senior Associate Entertainment Editor. Follow her on Twitter: @thealigray
Watch an exclusive clip from the new episode of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood below!