2012 will be one for the books for Jennifer Garner. Now only did she give birth to her first son, Samuel, in February, but she also has two movies ready for release later this year: “Butter” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” Still, despite her busy schedule, this mother of three makes time for play. We caught up with Jennifer as she teamed up with Frigidaire and Save the Children for a field day with some very lucky kids in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. Keep clicking as she chats about how she’s shedding her baby weight, keeping her kids active and more.
You look fantastic after giving birth to Samuel! How were you able to bounce back so quickly after giving birth?
“Oh, bless your heart! I wear two Spanx. No, I’m kidding. Well, he’s 4 months old. I actually stayed in really good shape the whole time I was pregnant, and I was really careful with what I ate this time. [But] for whatever reason, my body just wanted to gain more weight, and luckily this time, for whatever reason, my body wanted to lose it. I don’t know. I still have a little ways to go, but I’m grateful that as much has come off as it has.”
How are you working to lose the last few pounds?
“Oh, I work out as often as I can. And some weeks, that’s four days, and some weeks that’s two. I can only lose so much sleep for working out when I’m still getting up with a baby. But it is a priority in my day, and I just am really lucky that I have a great trainer that I work out with. Her name is Valerie Waters. And we don’t have special equipment, we don’t have a large gym — we just use her workouts, which you can check online, and she’s really good at what she does.”
How has parenting three kids been different from parenting two?
“Well, it’s more like two kids and a baby, you know what I mean? So it’s the complications of having a baby and already having two kids. It’s a lot. I just now feel like I’m starting to come out of a fog.”
How do you stay active while balancing work and motherhood?
“Well, if you don’t, you lose your mind right? I mean, isn’t there a point in everyone’s day when you think, ‘If I don’t get these kids outside, I’m going to go bananas and so are they’? I mean, to me, when you start to get restless kids and they start to sound kind of cranky, that’s just when you pack up and get them outside, and it doesn’t matter what you do.”
What’s the best way to keep kids active outside? How do you do it?
“The best way to keep them active outside is to do it with them and to let them be kids. Let them get messy. Let them use a hose or water, but if your kids are young enough that they don’t want to come up with what they’re going to do on their own, then you’ve got to get out there and play hide-and-seek. I play a lot of hide-and-seek.”
Are you a good hider?
“I’m a better seeker. I’m very good at pretending not to see them.”
Are you competitive when it comes to sports and games?
“I can get competitive. I don’t think that I’m a deeply competitive person, no, but I can be. If the game is Scrabble, I can get pretty competitive.
Are you good at Scrabble?
“I used to be, before I lost my brain. Before I had a lobotomy called three children. Whatever the thing you and I can’t remember about when your brain goes to mush — that’s what we have.”