A refrain of "Donna Martin graduates" will always run through my mind when I think about 90210 actress Tori Spelling. And while both she and her famous character may have faced a few obstacles in their lives, Spelling has certainly moved on. The down-to-earth mother of two — Liam, almost 2, and Stella, 8 months — continues to star in her reality series, Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, with husband Dean McDermott, recently signed on to do a few episodes of the new 90210 and is preparing to release her followup to her autobiography, called Mommywood.
We spoke with the mama about parenthood at a Huggies Pull-Ups event in New York yesterday.
To see what Tori had to say about spreading her attention between her tots and comparing notes with her 90210 costars, read more.
- On how she balances her attention between her children: It really helps to have a partner who is just as hands on, because then we're both available at any given time. At the end of the day, you only have two hands, you have two children and two hands and someone needs to get fed and someone needs to get changed. Liam, at this point, needs more attention and Stella is just getting into the mode where she needs to be stimulated more . . . she needs activity. She is obsessed with Liam so I often find if I can do something in the room where he can walk around, he can play, and she can be in her exersaucer. She sees him doing things and she's learning from him and they both feel like they get the attention. I sing songs, I put their names in, and I always . . . I call them monkey and ladybug . . . and then la, la, la Monkey and then la, la, la Ladybug and then la, la, la Monkey so no one feels like their name is coming last.
- On the difference of conversation with costar Jennie Garth: Its funny, when we first filmed the series, we were really young girls and I remember at the time, we were in our late teens, we'd be talking about the boys and the stuff girls talk about in their late teens, early 20s. And now, we're still giggly like school girls on set, but whenever there's a break we're just swapping baby stories and I'm constantly with my Blackberry., I have all of my pictures, like, "Look at Stella yesterday." "There's Stella eating breakfast." You're just obsessed and then I'm like, "Oh My God, am I like ranting on and showing her pictures of my babies?" And she's like, "Are you kidding, this is my world!" "I'm like, you're right." We can go on for hours.
Check in Monday to read Tori's tips on potty training.