Mandy Moore is living in technicolor as a new mother. The This Is Us star gave birth to her first child, a son named August, with husband Taylor Goldsmith in late 2019, and she says that parenting has been eye-opening in the best way possible. “It’s just this immeasurable amount of love that you feel,” Moore gushed to ET of motherhood. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.”
The actress also opened up about how she and Goldsmith have been adjusting to life with a baby, admitting that they’re still figuring things out as they go. “We’re in the thick of it, just like every other parent,” she said. “We’re sort of making it up as we go, but it’s the best.”
Moore added that she feels incredibly lucky to have Goldsmith by her side during this special time. “I’m so grateful for him and his level head and his sense of humor,” she said. “We’re just taking it one day at a time.”
The Challenges of Being a New Mom
Becoming a mother is one of the most amazing things that a woman can experience, but it comes with its own set of challenges. For Moore, one of the biggest challenges has been learning to balance her new role as a mother with her career. “I’m still very much figuring out how to do all of this,” she admitted.
Moore also said that she’s been trying to take things one day at a time and not put too much pressure on herself. “I’m just trying to be as present as possible and enjoy every moment,” she said. “It’s such a cliche, but it really does go by so fast.”
The actress added that she’s been leaning on her friends and family for support, as well as the other parents she’s met through her work. “It’s nice to be able to share this experience with other people who are going through it at the same time,” she said.
Moore also opened up about how she plans to raise her son, saying that she wants to instill in him the same values that she was raised with. “I want him to be a kind and good person,” she said. “I want him to be curious about the world and to be respectful of other people.”
The actress added that she’s hopeful for her son’s future, saying that she believes he’ll grow up to be a “good man.”
“I think the world needs more good men,” she said. “And I hope that he can be one of them.”
Advice for New Moms
Moore also shared some advice for other new mothers who might be feeling overwhelmed. “It’s OK to not be OK all the time,” she said. “You’re allowed to have days where you’re exhausted and you just want to cry.”
The actress added that it’s important to ask for help when you need it and to lean on your support system. “It takes a village,” she said. “So don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
Moore also said that it’s important to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. “Make sure you’re taking care of yourself, because if you’re not taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your baby,” she said. “And that’s OK.”
The actress added that new mothers should also try to find time for themselves, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. “Find something that makes you happy and do it, even if it’s just for five minutes,” she said. “It’s so important to have that outlet.”
Moore said that she’s been trying to take her own advice and make time for herself, even though it can be difficult. “I’m still learning how to do that,” she said. “But I think it’s so important.”
Parenting is definitely a difficult journey, but it seems like Moore is handling it with grace and humor. If you’re a new parent, or even if you’re not, I think we can all learn something from her advice. So, take care of yourself, ask for help when you need it, and find time to do things that make you happy. Those are all important things that we should all keep in mind.