Proud parents Mariska Hargitay and husband Peter Hermann opened up to TV Guide about the wonderful world of parenting.
August Miklos Friedrich Hermann was born on June 28 weighing a hefty 10 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 22 inches in length! The not-so-little guy was overdue and required a C-section. ‘I’m not a fan of surgery,” the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star says, “But I wanted a healthy baby. When I first heard August’s cry, that’s when I lost it.”
Hargitay says that their son’s name is based in family tradition. Miklos is from Mariska’s father (former Mr. Universe Miklos Hargitay) and Hermann’s grandfather, Friedrich. “Everyone is assuming we chose August because Peter’s birthday and our anniversary are in August,” the actress explains. “But it’s also a name that has been in Peter’s family for 200 years. It’s a strong name that means ‘majestic’ and ‘revered.’”
How does Hargitay, the daughter of Jayne Mansfield, feel about her curvier body? “I’m a woman, I’m a goddess. I’ve earned this body. My body is my badge of honor,” she says. This Emmy-nominated actress is not concerned about starving herself for the Emmy Awards next month saying she will be, “looking like a mom.” She goes on to say, “It’s about being a present, conscious parent and nurturing a soul. It’s not about looking hot.”
The new mom has found humor in the challenging world of breastfeeding and using the electric pump. “I could not stop laughing because you see yourself in this new light. You feel like a dairy cow.” In fact, Hargitay has a little stuffed cow sitting on top of her machine.