While many couples may view parenting as a partnership, first-time mom Maggie Gyllenhaal believes there is no such thing. “It’s a good effort to make, but I don’t think splitting parenting equally is possible,” she tells American Baby. According to the actress, despite working with her husband Peter Sarsgaard to “do our best to share duties” when it comes to their 2 ½-year-old daughter Ramona, Maggie admits nothing replaces a mother’s love!
“The mom is the mom — there’s something about that.”
Enjoying their life together a family of three in New York City, Maggie shares that certain aspects of the metropolitan lifestyle leave much to be desired! “I can’t lift the stroller down the subway stairs by myself, so sometimes I walk ten blocks to the station with an elevator,” she explains. As for the difficult task of transferring trains with Ramona and gear in tow, the 31-year-old says not a chance! “I don’t know why it has to be so hard,” she wonders.
An advocate of breastfeeding, Maggie encourages fellow moms to take care of themselves — as well as baby! — after giving birth. Advising new moms to drink water while they nurse, she also notes that a daily nap can make all the difference.
“You’ve just been through something that’s incredibly hard on your body. Let yourself feel scared and overwhelmed — those feelings are okay.”
Despite all her advice, Maggie says the bottom line of parenting is to simply trust your instincts. “I couldn’t make ‘crying it out’ work, but everyone’s different,” she explains.
Source: American Baby; May issue
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are famously private – and they kept their weekend wedding characteristically intimate, sources tell PEOPLE.
The longtime couple exchanged vows inside the cloister of a convent called the Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, a luxury bed and breakfast in Brindisi, Italy, before just 40 close friends and family members, including the bride’s brother, Jake Gyllenhaal, and his girlfriend, Reese Witherspoon.
A family friend, whom a source says donned a top hat for the occasion, officiated at the half-hour ceremony, which took place at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Later, guests mingled in the convent’s garden, which features a pool – and then were treated to a sit-down dinner inside. The chef and his team brought a special kitchen to the convent in order to accommodate the banquet. Guests enjoyed Castel di Salve wines – from a winery in the nearby town of Lecce – with their meal.
A traditional Italian music group, Zimbo, entertained at the reception. “We played songs by Domenico Modugno like, ‘Tu Si Na’ Cosa Bella Pe Me’ (Translation: ‘You Are a Beautiful Thing for Me’) and the famous hit ‘Volare,’ ” a member of the group tells PEOPLE.
The following day, the bride and groom, who are parents to 2½-year-old daughter Ramona, had brunch with family, including Jake and Reese. They later biked to the town where they were spotted doing some shopping, according to sources, and spent time at a secluded beach called Acquaviva, known for its mixture of fresh spring water and sea water.
The couple walked down the aisle this weekend in a private ceremony that took place in Italy.
“We are happy to confirm that Maggie and Peter were married on Saturday,” their reps told E! News.
This is the first marriage for both the 31-year-old Dark Knight-starring Gyllenhaal and her 38-year-old beau, whose credits include a Golden Globe-nominated turn in Shattered Glass (and one hysterical SNL skit).
The über-private couple have been together since 2002 and engaged since 2006. In October 2006, Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard became first-time parents to daughter Ramona, now 2.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are reportedly planning to make their union official in a wedding ceremony to be held next month in Italy. According to New York Post, the twosome will tie the knot in a sun-kissed Mediterranean ceremony during the second weekend of May.
Details on where and when exactly the wedding will take place are not known just yet. Both Maggie and Peter also have not yet commented on the wedding report.
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I have added some pictures of Maggie at 2 different tv interviews from the TDK promotion last year.
It was about time I got a new layout up here. I got a creative moment the other day and this beautiful layout came out of it and I must say it turned out a lot better than I thought it would. The layout features pictures from the Italian Vogue photoshoot Maggie did and I have also updated the gallery with new and untagged pictures from this photoshoot. Check them out, they are amazing! Let me know what you think of the new layout.
Peter Sarsgaard made an interview where he meantioned his two girls Maggie and Ramona.
Sarsgaard says he likes to be able to do a play every year or so between film gigs. He and Gyllenhaal, an accomplished stage actress herself, who was last seen on screen in the summer blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” told The New York Times in February that they they would like to work together more often if there were more opportunities like at the small off-Broadway theater where “Vanya” ran.
That is, if the couple – who have been together since 2001 and live in New York City – can ensure that they don’t spend too much time away from their daughter, Ramona, who is 2 1/2.
Asked if he enjoys being a father, Sarsgaard seems to light up, enthusiastically answering, “I do, I do.”
And is he gooing to teach his daughter soccer?
“I am. Every child that I have must play soccer,” laughs Sarsgaard, who says he still plays pickup games and kicks the ball around the house. “I’m one of those people who’s constantly chipping the ball over the kitchen island trying to land it into a basket of Ramona’s toys – taking out wine glasses and things.”
You can read the full interview here.