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Emily Procter Investigates New Motherhood

The 'CSI: Miami' star talks about bringing little Pippa on the set, her quirky choice of lullabies, and why motherhood is 'the best thing I've ever done.'
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WebMD Magazine - Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Don't expect Emily Procter to be the sort of celebrity mom who slips straight from the delivery room into her size 0 jeans. Since daughter Pippa (short for Philippa) was born in early December, the CSI: Miami star has had far bigger priorities to focus on than her pants size.

Right now, the 42-year-old actor sees no reason to get super skinny. "I think, 'For who?' Not for your child. Your child's not looking at you and going, 'Mmmm, I love a clavicle. Let me nestle into that,'" she giggles, the hint of a North Carolina twang floating through her laughter.

"If at six months I'm carrying a lot of extra weight, then I'm going to get drastic about it," says Procter, who put on about 45 pounds during her pregnancy. "But I'm going to let myself off the hook, because if there's one thing that is not my focus at the moment, it's how much I weigh. My focus is on being a mom, and that's hard enough."

Fair enough. She also takes an unusually refreshing perspective on those late-night feedings that leave so many new parents in a bleary-eyed stupor. When Pippa first slept through the night at 10 weeks old, Procter wasn't relieved -- she was dismayed. "When she started sleeping through the night -- and I know there are people out there who are going to want to throttle me -- I missed the quality time that the two of us had in the middle of the night," she sighs. "I just felt like it was the two of us, alone in the world."

Emily Procter: Working Mom

Every time she has to leave Pippa, Procter feels a keen sense of separation anxiety. Since she went back to work as detective Calleigh Duquesne in CBS's CSI series just four weeks after giving birth, Pippa has been right with her on the set. She wouldn't have it any other way, but the arrangement has taken a bit of adjustment.

Although she says the producers have been "great" about accommodating her new role, the show runs on a tight schedule. That means Procter has to squeeze feedings and naps into the 10-minute breaks between scenes. "My first or second week back, I had to shoot a compound bow," she recalls. With its intricate system of cables and pulleys, the weapon requires a lot more training than the average bow, and Pippa's feeding time was getting precariously close. Procter quickly fired off several shots in a row. "I was like, 'People, I've got a baby to feed!'"

Juggling nap times, feedings, and diaper changes has been a lot easier at home, where Procter's boyfriend, Paul Bryan, has chipped right in. The music producer didn't skip a beat transitioning into fatherhood. "The minute she was born, it was just that fast for him. He was like, 'I love her,'" Procter says, emulating Bryan's deeper voice. "We actually argue over who is going to hold the baby."

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