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New mom and 7th Heaven star, Beverley Mitchell, teamed up with Operation Shower and Birdies for the Brave to throw a baby shower for 40 military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed. The event was sponsored by Carousel Designs and The Mahan Foundation during the PGA TOUR’s Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on Tuesday (February 11).
Beverley opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about hosting the event and being “so incredibly grateful to the military and their families.” She goes on to talk about the joys of motherhood and her daughter Kenzie, whom turns one next month.
CBS: Tell us about partnering with Operation Shower and Birdies for the Brave. Why is this cause so important to you? Tell us about some of the highlights from the event.
BM: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be hosting Operation Shower and working with Birdies for the Brave and the PGA Tour to make these incredible women feel showered with love as they embark on this incredible journey.
I am so incredibly grateful to our military and their families for their sacrifice and this is a very small way of saying thanks. If it weren’t for their daily sacrifice, we would not be able to live as we do and I never take that for granted. I wish I could do more, but this is a start and it couldn’t make me happier to spoil these mommies-to-be with the most amazing things to help make the transition into parenthood a little easier. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little pampering!”
CBS: How is Kenzie doing? What is she into these days? What does she do to make you laugh?
BM: “Kenzie is a little speed demon. She is crawling like a maniac and is full-on pulling herself up and getting into everything. Needless to say, we have our hands full. She is at such a fun age. She actually just had her first play date the other day and it is just remarkable seeing them play and interact for the first time — to actually recognize another little being! It is pretty awesome — everything she does makes me smile. She loves to show, ‘How big is Kenzie’ and she loves to clap. She is truly the happiest little girl.”
CBS: Are you still breastfeeding? If so, how is that going?
BM: “I am still breastfeeding. I am pretty lucky and we never had any trouble so we just power on. I am grateful for the time I get with her and that connection, but to be honest, I don’t know any other way. For us, it works, so that’s what we do.”
CBS: What are your plans to celebrate Kenzie’s first birthday in March?
BM: “I am in a bit of denial that she is turning one. I mean, seriously, where has the time gone? How is that possible?
We are planning a little something at the house — our families and close friends. Just something quaint and special — probably a little barbecue.”
CBS: How has motherhood changed you?
BM: “I want to say motherhood has actually chilled me out. I am so ‘Type A’ but to be honest, my take on everything has become much more relaxed. The biggest change was my perspective on what really matters and I am much less stressed because of it, mostly because I have learned that I have absolutely no control so sit back and enjoy the ride versus fighting to make everything happen the way I would like it to.
I am much happier because of it and I couldn’t be more grateful. Kenzie truly has brought us so much joy and we continue to have more conversations — my husband and I as a couple have grown exponentially. It’s pretty cool.”
CBS: Are you hoping to add to your family soon?
BM: “We definitely would love to have more children but we are just enjoying Kenz right now. Maybe in another year or two.”