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Motherhood second time around worth the wait for Paula Garces

 
 
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The wait is over for Paula Garces. After years of trying to become a mom for the second time, the 39-year-old Devious Maids star (who plays murder victim Flora) welcomed a baby boy last week.

But wee Antonio took his time in getting here. The Colombian actress, who has a 21-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, told us what went down in the delivery room.

So what was the birth like?

I was in labor for 14 hours. I pushed for three hours but the baby was head down, facing upwards. Every time I pushed, his heart beat dangerously low. I ended up getting an emergency C-section, but since the baby was already in the birth canal, it took a little longer.

How is the little one doing?

Antonio Andres Hernandez is completely healthy and strong and beautiful. I’m in love! He is doing very well being breast fed, which I am so lucky and feel so privileged to be able to do. He has been waking up every two hours so we are all a little tired and sleep deprived at the moment but it will get better I hope [laughs].

How are you doing physically?

My recovery will take a little longer. I feel very weak and my abdomen’s extremely tender. I’m finding it very difficult to walk, but every time I look at my baby and family and friends they all give me strength.

“Devious Maids” got renewed for a Season 2. Will Flora rise from the dead?

I am not sure yet. I would of course love to come back if it makes sense storywise.

What other plans do you have?

I am loving blogging and staying connected to friends, family and my audience through People.com and mamaslatinasusa.com @MamasLatinasUSA. I also cowrote a children’s book with my hubby inspired by my baby bump called Jose & Coqui, coming soon. I also have an indie film, [psychological thriller] The Maid’s Room, making the festival circuit.

Madeleine Marr

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