Friday, February 29, 2008

Meet Harlow Winter Kate Madden

Meet Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden born on January 1l, 2007. Here are some highlights for the article in People Magazine and some photos.

Looking back a year ago:
J: [Parenthood] was not in the plans. But it's the best thing that's ever happened to us. It was a gift from God. It was a big surprise but neither one of us even skipped a beat.
N: Yeah, it was never a bad thing. It's weird -- even though we had only been together a few months, we had lightly talked about having a family. I think we always knew.
J: We just get each other. We're both laid-back people. It's never been a job to be in this relationship.

How Nicole told Joel she was pregnant:
N: I picked a really bad time! I couldn't hold it in. He was flying from Japan to Europe, so right before he gets on a 16-hour flight I was like, "I have to tell you something."

On the pregnancy:
N: I didn't have morning sickness, and I was waiting for it. I was tired a lot but that was really the only thing. And according to [Joel], my hormones were really bad.
J: Nicole is really laid-back. You can tell her anything and she's like, "Whatever." And that was the first time I'd seen her get worked up. I'd be like, "Whoa, this is not the girl that I know." Like, if I was late -- which is usually no big deal -- it was like, "Where were you? You know that I've been waiting here, you couldn't even think to call?" It was cute.

On the labor and delivery:
J: The whole pregnancy -- the whole thing was easy. Well, I'm not saying the birth was easy for you.
N: It actually was! I just didn't feel well [when I was going into labor].
J: She was like, "I think it's going to be soon, so let's go while it's 2 a.m." So we snuck into the hospital [on Thursday night]...
N: And we just settled until I had the baby [on Friday afternoon]. It was really mellow. I don't know [how long I was in labor], because I don't know what time I actually went into labor, but I pushed for 10 minutes. Three pushes and she was out.
J: She came out and she was crying. The doctor goes, 'Well, it looks like you got a little girl!'
N: I cried right away.
J: Right when she came out, you know that cry that's like an internal cry where you shake a little bit? [To Harlow] You made me cry!
N: She came out, and I just knew she looked like me, and I was holding her, and it was something that was so much bigger than me. Now she looks a little more like Joel, but when she was born, it looked like Joel had nothing to do with it.
J: Thank God she looks like Nicole!
N: They put her right on my chest and I breastfed her. I didn't know anything about breastfeeding, so I fed her for 35 minutes on one side! And the doctor was like, "You should probably switch sides."
I feel like a superhero. I have such a newfound respect for my body.

Post delivery:
N: Well, right after I had her, I remember saying to Joel, "I need food. Get me apples."
J: I ordered her a steak.
N: I don't know what I was asking for but I felt like I was going to die. [Harlow stirs on Joel's chest] She woke up for the story. She likes this story!
J: [to Harlow]: This is the story of how you were born!

On her newfound breasts:
N: He's enjoying it! I don't really like it. It doesn't really fit with my wardrobe; it's not who I am. I never had to think about wearing a bra, so it's a whole new world. But you know, whatever.
J: I like you both ways.

On choosing their daughter's name:
N: I wanted a hippie name and he wanted a more biblical name.
J: I really like Jean Harlow the actress, and she likes Shalom Harlow the model. Harlow's cool because it feels like a classic name.
N: And no one has it.
J: Winter [is] so serene and quiet and that's how she is.
N: I always liked the name Kate, but I knew I'd never name my kid that [as a first name] because it was just too plain.

On milestones:
N: Well, actually [Joel's identical twin] Benji [got the first smile].
J: Now it happens all the time. We live for her smiles. When she smiles ...
N: We feel so good. I don't know if it was this morning -- my days are blended -- but I was watching her in her crib and she happened to wake up and I was like, "Good morning!" And she smiled and it was the cutest thing ever.

On the importance of family:
J: We don't have a nanny. We have our moms. They've helped us a lot.
N: And we have to give credit to Benji. He lives six houses down. He babysits, like really babysits.
J: There was a day when I'd been at work all day and Nicole hadn't left the house for 48 hours, and I was like, "Let's go to a restaurant down the street," and Benj was with the baby. Then someone said they read somewhere we were out all the time. It's crazy. You leave the house for one hour and everyone's like, "She's out! She's leaving the baby!"
[Also,] Lionel's a great granddad. He's the best. She loves him. You have to be around Lionel to see how he is. He's just happy.
N: I just think without even consciously talking about it, the family has gotten closer. [Harlow] is really the focus, and everyone has the same goal: to love her and to make her happy.
When Joel and I got together, he was always like, "Let's go to your dad's, let's go to your mom's," so we started going over there more. My dad always says Joel really brought the family together. [Joel blushes.]

On Harlow meeting Paris Hilton:
N: Yeah. They went to the Ivy. Just kidding. I have to say, all of my friends, their demeanor completely changes when they're around the baby. When they come in the house they're really mellow and careful and sweet with her. And when you're with a baby, you don't think, like, "Oh, I'm this person." She spits up on you and throws up on you or goes to the bathroom or passes gas.

On their future:
N: We wear matching bands, but we're not married. We're committed to Harlow and we're committed to our family.

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