It takes a village to raise a child and Cobie Smulders couldn’t be more appreciative of the help she has received since welcoming her daughter Shaelyn Cado, 4 months. “My fiancé [Taran Killam’s] family is in the area so we have a lot of help, but without that I would be a crazy person,” the actress tells OK!.
An additional set of hands — or two! — is not something Cobie takes for granted. In fact, she notes that since the birth of Shaelyn, she has nothing short of admiration for all single mothers. “I definitely have so much, not like I didn’t have it before, but I have so much respect for single moms,” she says.
Sharing that her mother raised four children, Cobie considers herself fortunate when it comes to her own baby girl.
“It’s a lot of work and I feel extremely grateful because my job allows me a lot of flexibility and freedom. And financially I am able to have a lot of help around.”
As for her ability to bounce back quickly after baby, Cobie brushes off any dieting suggestions and instead credits her weightloss to nursing and plain old good luck.
“I can’t really diet because I’m breastfeeding and I think that I am blessed with very good genes, as well,” she explains. Fortunately for the new mama, the pregnancy pounds that she did have to shed after giving birth were limited. “I didn’t gain a lot with my pregnancy so I didn’t have a lot to work off.”
Although her How I Met Your Mother costar Alyson Hannigan brings her baby Satyana, 6 months, to work with her, Cobie only “sometimes” brings her daughter on-set, “but not as much as Aly does.” According to Cobie, Shaelyn is still adjusting to her surroundings.
“She is just now being comfortable with herself being in this world so now I can bring the baby out more.”