Life has been one huge journey for Maria Menounos and husband Keven Undergaro since welcoming their child woman, Athena, in June.
“She’s the best factor that ever occurred to me,” Menounos, 45, says within the new difficulty of Us Weekly. “Daily will get higher. I used to be taking part in along with her yesterday, [and] she was getting ticklish for the primary time. If I put my palms behind her toes after we do tummy time, she makes it to the opposite facet so quick. Now we have a really superior little woman!”
That applies to extra than simply milestones. “[Athena is] 2 months outdated however she’s monitoring the dimensions of a 4-month-old in weight and top! She’s an enormous woman. Already teething, which is hilarious!” Menounos gushed whereas selling the brand new limited-edition RXBAR ManifX bar. “She’s [also] smiling now. I stand up and I put her in her crib. She’ll take a look at me — she’s simply pure pleasure.”
Although caring for a new child will be overwhelming at instances, Menounos says that she and Undergaro, 55, have a strong system. “Typically I’m consuming and Keven’s altering her diaper — and we’re simply tagging out and in,” she jokes, including: “I [do] have a nurse serving to me at night time. Due to all the things I’ve gone by means of, my well being has to come back first, so I want sleep. We’re all with [Athena].”
In Might, the previous E! Information anchor revealed that she had quietly battled Stage 2 pancreatic most cancers earlier this yr — not lengthy after studying that she and Undergaro had been anticipating through surrogate. (After Menounos had a mind tumor eliminated In 2017, her neurosurgeon suggested her in opposition to carrying a toddler.)
Menounos was devastated upon receiving the analysis. “I used to be taking a look at my church icons on my mantel, considering, ‘How will you bless me with a child, and I’m not going to satisfy her?’” she instructed Us in July. “I used to be guttural crying, Keven was crying, and he by no means cries. It was a nightmare.”
It wasn’t straightforward, however Menounos remained optimistic. “I’ve had plenty of low moments, so I’ve had plenty of follow in overcoming them,” she shared. “You must come out of the sufferer mentality. Everybody asks, ‘Why me?’ And my factor is, ‘Why not me?’ That helps me get out of issues sooner. I attempt to concentrate on how I wish to really feel moderately than the opposite stuff.”
Since Athena’s arrival, Menounos and Undergaro have been in whole child bliss. “I take a look at him, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, we’re a household, honey.’ I’m simply so grateful to have a household, essentially the most wonderful feeling on the planet,” she tells Us, including that parenthood has modified her and Undergaro’s five-year marriage for the higher.
“It’s introduced us nearer,” she notes. “The 2 of us take a look at one another and [say], ‘Are you able to imagine this? Are you able to imagine we made her?’ It’s the good feeling on the planet.”
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