Nashville star Hayden Panetierre has opened up about life as a new mum to three-week-old Kaya Evdokia – and how she is recovering after the birth
The petite actress, 25, and her boxer fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, 38, spoke to PEOPLE magazine about the ‘surreal’ experience of becoming parents.
‘You’re suddenly looking at this little thing like, “Oh, that was you in my belly this whole time,’” Hayden says. ‘[We’re] just getting to know her.’
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Hayden also spoke about how she is recovering from the birth, which left her feeling like an '80-year-old woman'.
‘I’m limping around. I’m still trying to figure out what [pregnancy] has done to my body, how it’s changed it. What’s temporary and what’s permanent,’ Hayden said, adding that she was ‘grateful’ for her epidural.
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‘I feel like an 80-year-old woman trying to go down the stairs, you know — please tell me this is temporary! But I know some things will never be the same again.’
But, of course, little Kaya was worth it. ‘She's really so sweet,’ the Heroes star cooed. ‘I'm sure that's the way it's meant to be, because when they are putting you through the ringer you're like, “You are so lucky you're cute!'"