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Catherine Bellâ€˜s 11-week-old son Ronan is already working on a megawatt grin rivaling his motherâ€™s.
â€œI tell him how handsome he is and he just smiles!â€ says the Army Wives star who delivered her baby boy via c-section on Aug. 21.
â€œHeâ€™s the sweetest little boy. Heâ€™s so easygoing and not fussy at all. Heâ€™s full of smiles.â€
Bell â€” who is also mom to daughter Gemma, 7Â½, with her screenwriter husband Adam Beason â€” says motherhood the second time around is a breeze.
â€œIâ€™m more relaxed and Iâ€™m enjoying the experience so much more,â€ she explains.
â€œWhen my daughter was born, if she started crying Iâ€™d jump out of my seat and go, â€˜Oh my gosh, sheâ€™s crying, is she okay?â€™ With this guy, Iâ€™m not dropping everything and running into the bedroom. Iâ€™ll just finish what I do and go and pick him up.â€
She also has the assistance of Gemma, who has turned into a â€œsecond mommy,â€ the actress notes.
â€œThe first time she saw him in the hospital, it was the most beautiful thing,â€ Bell, 42, recalls. â€œGemma came over and held him and started crying. It was so sweet. She loves to cuddle him and feed him.â€
Bell, who gained 28 lbs. during her pregnancy, credits â€œbreastfeeding, working out, eating well and having one treat, not twoâ€ with helping her lose the weight.
â€œIt feels good to get back in shape,â€ she says. â€œI put the baby in a sling or baby carrier and go for long walks or walk on the treadmill. Itâ€™s a great bonding experience â€” he usually falls asleep on me and I get the extra 10 lbs. for my workout.â€
The JAG alum â€” who lives in Charleston, S.C. with her family â€” is back at work, filming a Lifetime action movie in Detroit that her husband wrote. She can next be seen in The Good Witchâ€™s Gift, premiering Nov. 13 on the Hallmark Channel, and returns to the set of Army Wives in December.
â€œLife is pretty wonderful,â€ she says. â€œI have a great family and a great job. I feel so blessed. Iâ€™m savoring every moment.â€