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.'
Procter and Bryan: Partners and Parents
With the addition of Pippa, the couple seems to have found the right family balance. During bath time, Procter gets in the tub with Pippa and washes her. "Then I hand her over to Paul, and he dries her off and puts her in her night clothes." On Saturday mornings, Bryan takes Pippa when he goes for coffee to give Procter some much appreciated me-time after mom and daughter spend the morning together, and Procter returns the favor by taking Pippa out for walks. "I think it's nice because we both get to have one-on-one time with her, and we spend a lot of time together as a family," she says.
One thing the couple definitely doesn't agree on is lullaby selection. When Procter sings to Pippa -- which she does often -- it's not the dulcet tones of "Rock-a-Bye Baby" or "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
"I couldn't remember any songs when she was first born, so I started singing the Oscar Mayer bologna song," Procter says. When Paul complained about her song choice, "I told him, 'Look, there's spelling in the song. I think that's wonderful.' And bologna is a difficult word to spell!
"Paul is a musician, so this isn't a quiet household. During the day it's like, 'Your nap is going to be when your nap is going to be.' It's going to be loud. There are going to be people around," Procter adds. "But for her bedtime we're very specific about keeping it the exact time and making sure the lights are low and having it just be very peaceful and quiet."
It's the little moments -- no matter how insignificant they may seem -- that Procter treasures these days because she knows how fleeting they are. "I've spent a lot of time just staring at her and saying, 'Don't miss this moment,'" she says.
Now that she realizes how wonderful motherhood is, Procter wishes she'd done it sooner -- and more often. "If I had known, I would have had 20. I would be a Duggar for sure," she laughs, referring to the reality-show mother of 19. "It's one of those things where all the clichés come true. It's the best thing I've ever done."