E! News host Giuliana Rancic opened up about her summer plans with her son Duke, her mommy must-haves, her favorite celebrity mom and how being open about her breast cancer and infertility has empowered her.
SheKnows interview with Giuliana Rancic
We turned the tables on E! News host Giuliana Rancic and got her to open up about being a first-time mom to her son, 10-month-old Edward Duke.
The stylish mom and her husband, Bill Rancic, have shared their struggles with infertility and failed IVF attempts, breast cancer and now their joy with welcoming their son — who they call by his middle name, Duke — via a surrogate in 2012.
What is next for the busy mom and fashion designer for HSN? When she is not sharing fashion advice with the hilarious Joan Rivers on Fashion Police, Rancic is having fun being enlisted by Huggies to be their first "Official Huggies Tester" and trying out new Huggies products.
SheKnows: It's Duke's first summer! What are your family plans with your son and Bill?
Giuliana Rancic: We'll be back and forth between LA and Chicago. Summers in Chicago are amazing and Bill loves the city, so we are excited to take Duke to the lake and get some Midwestern sun! Of course we travel a lot for work and Duke comes along, but it will be nice to just enjoy the weather and our family and plan a few trips to the park with some of Duke's buddies — he is starting to make so many friends!
SK: What are your favorite must-have products as a mom?
GR: I never knew how many fun things I had to choose from when it came to parenting! But now with almost a year under my belt, I've learned a few things. For example, I always need to have Huggies diapers on-hand. No matter where we go with Duke, I always keep Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers with new SureFit Design in my diaper bag. And never forget the wipes — I love the Huggies Natural Care Wipes with new Triple Clean layers because they can clean up any mess but are also gentle on Duke's skin.
SK: OK, let's be honest. Who gets grossed out the most by diaper changes — you or Bill?
GR: OK, if we're being honest — me! Just kidding, really when it's your own baby you don't even think about it. Especially now that Bill and I have both changed hundreds of diapers.
SK: What do you keep stocked in your diaper bag?
"I've also learned to carry two of everything — two burp clothes, teething rings, etc. because he is bound to throw something on the ground."
GR: I try to keep it simple but I've also learned to carry two of everything — two burp cloths, teething rings, etc. because he is bound to throw something on the ground. I always keep plenty of Huggies Snug & Dry diapers and Natural Care Wipes with me so I'm prepared for a blow out! It doesn't hurt to have a change of clothes either.
SK: What is your favorite thing to do with Duke on your day off?
GR: On my day off with Duke, there is nothing better than curling up on the couch and hanging out. I like to watch movies and play with him. I know it's not exciting, but a lot of my life is and it's nice to just spend uninterrupted time with my son. Sooner than I would like, I know he won't want to spend the whole day with his mom.
SK: What has surprised you the most about being a mom?
GR: The mom guilt — there's a lot of guilt associated with being a working mom and no one really prepares you for that. If Bill and Duke get to spend the day together I feel like I’m missing out. So what I try to do is be at work when I'm at work so I can get everything done during working hours. Then I go home and focus 100 percent of my time on Duke and Bill.
SK: Your honesty has inspired and encouraged so many women who are battling breast cancer or going through infertility. Was it hard to be open about your private struggles?
GR: It's hard for anyone to open up about their issues, but I have this incredible platform to speak to the world and I saw it as an opportunity to educate and empower other women. When someone comes up to me and says "I got checked because of you" or "I caught my breast cancer early because I was inspired by you to go to the doctor," it makes everything I have done worth it. If I help just one person then I know what I have been doing is right.
SK: What do you think about Angeline Jolie's decision to undergo a preventive mastectomy?
GR: Angelina is extremely brave and I respect her decision to take preventative action. She is a global sensation, so her lessons will reach endless amounts of women and hopefully encourage other women to be conscious of their impending health. Sharing my story was difficult and I would assume hers even more so, so we should be proud of Angelina for sharing her story with the world and changing — and hopefully saving — women's lives.
SK: Who is your favorite celebrity mom and why? Favorite celebrity dad?
GR: This is easy — my favorite celebrity mom is Jada Pinkett Smith. I love her attitude and her dedication to her family and husband. The Smith's family is rock solid and that's inspirational in Hollywood. Dad — does Bill count? No, but I think Ben Affleck takes the cake there. He is so sweet with his girls, it's adorable.
SK: Which celebrity tot do you want to fix Duke up with?
"... I know eventually Duke will have a girlfriend, so maybe Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's little girl."
GR: I can't believe I am thinking about this, but I know eventually Duke will have a girlfriend, so maybe Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's little girl.
SK: Would you let Joan Rivers babysit Duke? What about Ryan Seacrest?
GR: Of course! They both are like family to me, but I'm sure they both have a little too much on their plates right now to add babysitting!
SK: Would you like to expand your family with more kids? Do you think you will go the surrogate route again?
GR: We definitely love the idea of growing our family, but for right now, we want to focus all of our attention on Duke since he’s still so young. When we get to the point when we’re ready to have another baby, we’ll start thinking about our options.
Join Giuliana and become an Official Huggies Tester by visiting Huggies.com/Tester to win fun prizes and donate diapers to families in need.
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Duke image credit: Twitter @GiulianaRancic — Other images: WENN