ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy Star Ellen Pompeo only took four weeks off of work when she gave birth to her daughter Stella Luna.

“A lot of people couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t take my maternity leave. “I felt like I needed to work while I had this opportunity. The writers and producers were really gracious and wrote my scenes so I could preshoot them.”

“I got pregnant and I was like, ‘Oh God, it worked! Oh, no!’ Will I know how to do everything right? Of course, nobody does everything right, but as long as your baby is the priority, that’s the best you can do.”

“I sing [Beyoncé’s] ‘Single Ladies’ to her: ‘Put your hands up!’ Even though it’s probably an involuntary movement on her part, I think she’s really doing it.”

“I don’t believe in putting on airs. I call it like I see it. I am who I am, a Southie. I hope Stella has more self-confidence than I did as a child. Because when you believe in yourself … you don’t look for validation from others.”

“It’s easy to get lost in the baby. You have to make sure you give your husband attention. You learn things from your friends, and they bring you joy, and you bring back all that happiness to your baby.”

Source: People Magazine

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