Brenda Song has revealed what life was like after welcoming her first baby with Macaulay Culkin.
In an interview with The cupthe doll face the actress spoke candidly about her and Culkin’s son. The couple welcomed baby Dakota in April 2021. They named him after Culkin’s late sister Dakota, who died in a 2008 car accident. She was 29 years old.
“The biggest challenge is being away from family,” Song said of working while raising a child. “I know everyone feels that way. There were so many long days I was coming home and my son was already sleeping.”
Song revealed that she pressured herself to continue breastfeeding Dakota while she was working. The former Disney Channel star often asked her mother to bring the baby on set while filming her Hulu series.
“I pumped throughout production,” Song shared. “Me and Kat [Dennings] sat there and walked the lines. She was the best, hiding me and holding my sweater while I pumped.”
Song also shared that returning to work was much more difficult than she had anticipated. At the time, she “had no idea what [she] was doing.”
“I’m proud to always be the first on set,” Song said. “So being like, ‘Hey, I need 20 minutes to pump’ was tough. The hours away from my son weighed on me. Learning my own limits while trying to take care of my son and my family – it was tough. But I had a great support system and knew my son was being taken care of; I just had FOMO.
The actress added that “missing those hours with my newborn son hurts me, but at the end of the day mom has to put food on the table. You have to make those sacrifices. I hope ‘he will understand. “
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody alum noted that she and Culkin are “very involved” when it comes to their baby, and that they don’t have a nanny.
However, Song’s mother has been helping since Dakota was born. The actress advises anyone considering getting pregnant to make sure they have help, if possible, as parents “often want to do everything and you physically can’t”.
Song and Culkin split household chores and are currently focusing on communicating with each other to make parenting easier.
“Instead of having fixed chores, we just feel for each other. I’m going to drop off my son and my partner is like, ‘Let me feed the animals and cook dinner,'” Song explained.
Culkin and Song started dating in 2017 after meeting on the set of changeland in Thailand. People reports that the couple got engaged in January 2022.
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