“I feel weird, because it seems like I’m bragging, but he sleeps from like 11 to six. It is possible, ladies,” Duff, 24, told Ellen DeGeneres and an audience filled with expectant mothers on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday. “It didn’t happen right away, but the past three weeks, he’s an 11 to 6er.”
Calling motherhood an “amazing ride,” Duff reveals she had a relatively painless delivery, despite being four days past her due date.
“It was very easy,” she shares. “I went into labor at about one in the morning and I very calmly had my bags packed and woke my husband up after about three hours of walking up and down my hallway. Then I’m like, ‘Okay, it’s time to go, let’s go now.’ We got in the car and drove to the hospital and that was it.”
Duff’s family — her mom Susan and her sister Haylie — arrived at the hospital the following day and the waiting game for baby boy was on!
“We wait all day and everyone is hungry. We’re southern and from Texas and my mom and sister actually went down to the commissary to the food court area,” she says.
But while the soon-to-be grandmother and aunt were busy stocking up on snacks, Duff’s doctor alerted her that the time to push had finally arrived. “I’m like, ‘Now? Like now it’s time to go?’ I’m like, ‘Call my mom, call my sister,’” she recalls.
“Things start rolling and all of the sudden the doors bust open and my sister and my mom come flying in and they’re like, ‘We got barbeque chips and root beer, guys!’ I’m like, ‘What? I’m pushing.’”
Duff says the biggest surprise about motherhood is watching the evolution of Luca’s facial expressions.
“Every single day, it seems like there’s a new face that they’re making,” she tells DeGeneres, as a picture of Luca at 3 weeks old flashed on the screen behind her. “He started to smile about a week ago, and that’s the coolest experience. It’s all good.”
“What is to come is such an amazing journey, and a lot of work,” Duff explains to the moms-to-be. “It’s just like the best thing that’s ever happened to you.”