Sandra Bullock: 'Louis's Got the Stage'

08/31/2010 at 08:55 AM EDT

Sandra Bullock may have clout in Hollywood, but there's no doubt who rules the roost at home.

"Louis's got the stage," the Oscar winner, 46, said of her 7-month-old adopted son Tuesday on NBC's Today show.

"No one understands the shift in priorities about having a child in your life that you are responsible for, until you have a child in your life," she said. "It naturally shifts. It just shifted the first day I met him. It was like he'd been there the whole time, yet everything was different."

Bullock also talked about her love for New Orleans and her work to rebuild a school there following Hurricane Katrina. But she was most joyful in discussing Louis, her "little Cajun cookie."

When the adoption finally went through, Bullock says, she wasn't the only one who was thrilled. "Oh, he likes to celebrate. He likes to dance and celebrate," she says. "You know what, I got blessed. I got lucky. He's extraordinary."

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