Jennifer Hudson's Baby Bliss
10/26/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT
Jennifer Hudson still can't get over how smooth her pregnancy was. She had no morning sickness or cravings while carrying her first child with fiancé David Otunga, 29. She even lost weight at the start. "It was so easy," says Hudson, who eventually gained 35 lbs. by her ninth month. "David would say, 'If I hadn't seen the ultrasound, I'd swear you weren't pregnant.'" When Hudson, 28—who chose not to address the tragic loss of her loved ones last October—first saw her son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., after a C-section on Aug. 10, "I just bawled," she says. "They put him on me, and I could not stop crying." But motherhood has been as blissful as her pregnancy: "Little David" already sleeps for seven-hour stretches, and when he gets cranky, Hudson's soaring voice soothes him immediately. "No one tells you how much you worry when your baby is born," she says. "But he's been smiling since day one."
How did you react when you found out you were pregnant?
I didn't expect it. It never even crossed my mind. I took my little test and I'm like, "Oh, wow." The craziest part was when I told David. He came home for lunch, and he said, "What is wrong with you?" I didn't know how to say it! "Um, I'm pregnant." He dropped his sandwich. But it turned out to be a beautiful day.
What was the most challenging part?
Towards the end, just getting up off the couch [laughs]. And the baby treating my bladder like a pillow. I had to pee every second.
Did you keep its sex a surprise?
We didn't know if it was a boy or a girl. That was fun and nerve-racking. I was counting down the days, the minutes, everything. I couldn't wait.
Tell us your labor story.
I was asleep, and all of a sudden I felt pressure and my water broke. I wasn't in pain—I almost went back to bed because I was sleepy! David was losing his mind over which car to take. We got to the hospital at noon, when my labor pains started. I wanted to know how they felt even though I was having a C-section. The doctor gave me until 5 o'clock. By then I said, "I don't want to feel anything else!" And David got to tell me what [sex] it was. He said, "It's Little David!" When I saw him, I lost it. I mean, it was like a waterfall.
What's his personality like so far?
His favorite time to smile is diaper changes. When he spits up on you, he cracks up like it's the funniest thing.
You look amazing now. How have you lost the baby weight so quickly?
When you go from eating everything back to a regular diet, you'll drop the weight. I eat five small meals a day. I only have brown carbs—no fried foods or red meat. And I work out at least 45 minutes every day. I have 8 lbs. to go. But I don't count calories. I make sure I feed myself.
How does your career fit in now?
I'm gradually getting back to work. I'll do something and come right back home. Eventually I'll have a traveling nanny. But it's hard to focus because I'm constantly thinking about him.
Do you read to Little David?
I love The Children's Bible. When I was little, that's what I started with.
What do you sing to him?
"The Rose." It's such a beautiful song. My mom said when I was a baby, "if you were going crazy, as soon as I played music, you'd calm down." He's the same way.
Do you want him to go into showbiz?
My mom always said, "Whatever you want to do, I'll support you as long as you're happy." So I'll do the same. But his father [a Harvard Law graduate] is an education fanatic. We definitely want him to go to school.
Any family traditions you'll continue?
The greatest gift my mother gave us was to bring us up in church. As long as he has that, we'll be all right.
What will you teach him?
To not depend on anyone for anything. You want something done right? Do it yourself. And to know that anything is possible.
Are you still planning your wedding?
Yes, as we speak. We'll find Little David a special position. I'm excited. I know I'm going to feel like Cinderella!