April is C-section Awareness Month, and Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are taking this opportunity to open up about how Biel’s plans to have a completely natural birth took an unexpected turn. In Connie Simpson’s new book The Nanny Connie Way: Secrets to Mastering the First Four Months of Parenthood, the couple shared they had their plans set down to the letter — until little Silas really shook things up.
“Our birth plan was anything but normal,” Biel and Timberlake told Simpson in an exclusive excerpt published by ET. “We had two midwives, one doula, one meditation birthing class, a ton of hippie baby books, and a lovely home in the Hollywood Hills that we had turned into a labor training facility that we called The Octagon.”
But Silas, who turns 3 this month, had other plans; Biel had to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section. Long story short, the birth was not at all what Biel had envisioned, and she couldn’t wait to return home.
“[W]e arrived home exhausted, disillusioned, and totally in shock,” Biel told Simpson. “I was obsessed with everything organic, toxin-free, natural, and homeopathic for our kid, who came into this world in an operating room through an incision. I was a dictator, making myself and my husband insane!”
And the drama didn’t end there: Silas’ terrible twos also gave Biel a run for her money, although she’s hoping for a slightly easier year when her son turns 3. Um, good luck with that.
During Biel’s appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this past fall, Colbert — in true Colbert form — warned her that 3-year-olds can be even more of a challenge than 2-year-olds. (Thanks for the encouragement, Stephen.)
“I’ve heard so much about the ‘three-teens,'” Biel responded. “The 3-year-olds are called the ‘three-teens’ because they’re so insane that they’re just like having tiny teenagers, which is way worse than having big teenagers, I think.”
We’re wishing you luck, Jessica and Justin — because it’s clear Silas loves to throw a good curveball.