Approaching the six-month mark of her second pregnancy, Kristin Cavallari has taken a flight from negative-degree Chicago and braved a New York City blizzard to get to the photo studio. But on set, she shows zero signs of flagging. In fact, she seems to bounce into outfit after springy floral outfit, donning stilettos for hours without complaint. She’s glowing and toned, her baby bump the only evidence of the new life she’s about to bring into the world with her husband, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. When it’s all over, she makes sure to thank, hug and kiss every editor and crew member (with an audible “mwah!”). Pregnancy sure is agreeing with someone.
But most of all, motherhood seems to have changed 27-year-old Cavallari in ways that would have been unthinkable a decade ago, when she got her first taste of fame on MTV’s reality sensation Laguna Beach, and later on its sequel, The Hills. Then, she “played” the California blonde with major attitude; the girl who partied like a rock star and took crap from nobody. Now that she’s settled down in the Chicago suburbs with Cutler and their first child, 20-month-old Camden, Cavallari’s a fan of quieter pursuits like cooking up healthy dinners for her family, going to “Mommy and Me” classes and enjoying the occasional date night or bubble bath for two.
The down-to-earth designer and TV star is keeping herself in the fashion and showbiz game via projects that make her happy and let her spend the majority of her time at home—like a line of trendy accessories for online jewelry mecca GlamBoutique and a footwear collaboration with Chinese Laundry. “I don’t want to miss anything,” she says. “I hate being away even for a day.” Here, Cavallari opens up about co-parenting with a quarterback, feeling fit and fashionable throughout pregnancy, anticipating a second baby boy and keeping her kids out of the spotlight.
Fit Pregnancy: You’ve been shooting all day. How are you so perky?
Kristin Cavallari: I’m tired now, but I get to go to the hotel, put pajamas on and watch Breaking Bad. And I liked the clothes! I love doing photo shoots because I get to try out new things.
FP: Speaking of new things, how has being parents changed your relationship?
KC: It’s cute to see Jay as such a great dad! We’re excited to do this while we’re young. Then when the kids go to college, we can travel and do whatever we want.
FP: Any advice for keeping the romance alive when you’ve got a baby at home?
KC: It’s important to make time for the relationship. Lighting a candle and taking a bath together is great—it doesn’t even have to be in a sexual way, just getting in the bath and talking. Jay and I have date nights, too, going out for dinner. It’s not as often as we’d like, but we do our best. Just putting a cute outfit on is a thrill for me.