Courteney Cox-Arquette: ‘Don’t Wait’ If You Want Multiple Kids
Life before her daughter Coco Riley is a distant memory for actress Courteney Cox; the journey to become pregnant is not. After marrying fellow actor David Arquette, the couple were eager to start a family, but were hoping to enjoy a few years as newlyweds before concentrating on children — a decision which Courteney advises others against. “In retrospect, I would say: don’t wait as long as I did, especially if you want more than one child,” says Courteney. The result of couple’s initial decision to hold off on a family left the pair facing ” a lot of invitro fertilization,” a process the 44-year-old remembers as “tough.” However, for Courteney, enduring the grueling treatments could not have reaped greater benefits as she “can’t imagine life without a child.”
Determined to find a balance between her successful career and her responsibilities as a mother, Courteney shares that Coco has not hindered her career plans in the least. Instead, the 4 ½-year-old has become a constant travel companion — until she starts school — for her mom as the duo travel the globe fulfilling Courteney’s work commitments. “She came with me to Mexico at four weeks old, she’s been to New York ten times,” explains Courteney, who when not working has settled in California with her family.
Between Coco’s love of books — her favorites being princess fairy tales — and David’s tendencies to go all out for the holidays, Courteney sheepishly admits that her daughter is often met Christmas morning with a surplus of presents! Calling the day “insane in our house,” Courteney reveals that despite her suggestion to “buy Coco one good toy,” she is met with resistance from David who is willing to buy just short of the toy store.
“He wants to buy her 900 presents. Our compromise lands closer to David.”
Aside from Courteney and David, Coco can also count on her godmother Jennifer Aniston for a few gifts as well! Having formed a close bond with the actress, Coco and Jen – who is lovingly referred to as Noona, Greek for godmother — spend their weekends together playing the hours away, Courteney shares. After Coco’s recent encounter — and love — of yoga, a great gift from Jen may turn out to be a yoga mat for her fellow exercise partner! Courteney laughs,
“The other day Jen came over with her yoga teacher and Coco stuck it out for an hour doing yoga with them!”
As for her future plans of adding to the family, Courteney reveals that while she would love to have another child, she is keeping her options open. “I’d like another child, and maybe if it doesn’t work out, I’ll adopt.”
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