New Moms, New Lives

New Moms, New Lives
Paltrow (with Apple in New York) is in two 2004 films. Her next job? "I don't know, and I don't care," she recently told Oprah Winfrey.
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09/02/2004 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Gwyneth Paltrow and Apple Blythe Alison, 4 months

Forget the first smile (though they are heart-melting). The real milestones in a new mother's life are: (1) Getting back into skinny jeans; and (2) Leaving the kid with a sitter for the first time. By returning to her yoga mat – which she had used throughout the pregnancy, alongside supportive husband Chris Martin – Paltrow, 31, turned up scarcely a month after Apple's May 14 birth in a pair of slender Seven jeans. (Recently, Martin, 27, dropped the wife off at an East Hampton, N.Y., yoga studio to down-dog it alone.) Though she now jokes that "blush and a girdle" explain her enviable appearance just days after a 70-hour labor, she allows that losing the 35 lbs. she put on was "tough." Tougher still for Paltrow is leaving her golden, delicious Apple at home.

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Their daughter was 5 weeks old before Paltrow and Martin entrusted her with a non-relative – "a very sweet lady," she told PEOPLE on the June night she and mom Blythe Danner went to an awards ceremony in L.A. These days awards mean little to her. "I've done everything careerwise that I wanted to," says the Oscar winner. "Now I have the luxury to fully dive into this domestic bliss." And going out is getting a little easier. On Aug. 29 she happily presented at the MTV Video Music Awards (page 68).

Daddy Duty: Martin "sings to her all the time," says Paltrow. "Lullabies. Joke songs. She loves his music. I played it a lot while she was in my belly."

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