Blake Lively: Going from two kids to three kids is ‘like going from two to 3000′

Blake Lively at looks lovely in yellow at Good Morning America

Blake Lively’s fashion tour for The Rhythm Section continues. She’s perfected the art of the fashion-blitz promotional tour, and she’s been doing it the same way for years now, basically ever since she became a mom. Part of me stans her efficiency – Blake no longer has the time to spend weeks on end trotting all over the globe to promote her movies. So she does three or four days in New York, saturates (or oversaturates) the media market with premieres, appearances, interviews and more, all while doing a fashion show of about ten different looks.

After making her tour all about gloves & boots, Blake changed it up mid-week and made her fashion tour all about… quilted shorts, bejeweled hats and Muppet-esque coats? I don’t hate everything – I would love that velvet skirt, and I imagine the blue coat is super-warm. Anyway! During one of her many TV appearances, Blake talked about the stress of life with three kids:

There’s never a dull moment at Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds‘ house! Lively, 32, stopped by Good Morning America on Tuesday to chat about her new drama The Rhythm Section — her first film since 2018’s A Simple Favor — and revealed that since she and her husband welcomed their third daughter late last year, activity at home has sped up considerably.

“At one point, we had three [kids aged] 4 and under,” said Lively, whose oldest daughter, James, turned 5 in December and middle daughter Inez celebrated her 3rd birthday a few months earlier.

After co-host Michael Strahan asked her what it was like going from two to three children, the actress quipped, “It’s like going from two to 3,000. [We] have so many children. It’s pretty [crazy]. We’re outnumbered. It’s a lot.”

“People say that from two to three, it’s the same, it’s kind of easy. Those people do not have three kids,” Lively joked. “It is crazy. But I’m here!”

[From People]

I’ve heard similar things from parents with three or more kids, that there are really only three options: you have one child, you have two children, or you have three to a million and it’s all the same level of chaos. I’ve also heard that parents of twins feel superhuman, and if they happen to have just one more kid after twins, they find it so easy and un-stressful. But yeah, three kids under the age of four. YIKES. My uterus just blinked twice and chuckled.

Actress Blake Lively looks lovely leaving Good Morning America in a blue faux fur coat

Hollywood star Blake Lively looks stunning in NYC

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  1. Slowsnow says:

    I love how she has fun with clothes. They are not all to my liking but she is letting her freak flag fly rather than talking about diets and how she’s rail thin 2 days after giving birth.
    Don’t understand why people here treat her like sh*t because she dares to have her own taste and not have a stylist.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      I actually dislike her for other more valid reasons. Like getting married on an old slave plantation.

      But I have always liked her style and the fact that she styles herself. I actually enjoy most of what she wears. She has good taste and she has a flair for drama which is kind of my aesthetic as well.

      • Slowsnow says:

        Yes, and her website. And I love how people gave her sh•t for that. I have a feeling she learned her lesson… I hope so…

      • brinibini says:

        She also did a L’Oreal commercial a few years back in which she said that she was part Cherokee.

        https://www.laineygossip.com/Blake-Lively-latest-Cherokee-Princess-claims-heritage-in-new-LOreal-ad/45974

      • Slowsnow says:

        @brinibini Oh boy. I did not know that.
        This was great writing:

        “Blake Lively is the latest Cherokee Princess. I’m sure she means well and she’s proud of Grandmother Apocrypha. I’m equally sure no one ever defaced her class portrait by adding war paint to her face. I doubt a classmate has ever taken scissors and cut off her hair and yelled, “I scalped you!” I doubt that co-workers expect her to laugh, too, because c’mon, it’s just a joke. I doubt an elder has ever looked at her with pity, knowing she’s a branch that got severed from the tree. I doubt that being part Cherokee has ever affected her life at all, except that L’Oreal can use it to make money.”

        I HOPE she learned her lesson godammit.

      • lizzieb says:

        I’m going to partly defend Blake on her Cherokee ancestry. To white people I appear white and have had white privilege my whole life (First Nation people can tell at a glance I am mixed but that’s another story). I tend to only discuss my ancestry along the lines of same white privilege or if I happen to be discussing some of the challenges my family has faced. As we all know some of the effects of systemic racism have effects that cross generations. I learned about my privilege when I was five and my word had greater weight than my mother or grandfather. My poor mother had the fun start shortly after my birth when a nurse refused to believe I was her daughter and accused her of trying to kidnap me. My niece has experienced racism as she resembles my mother and has often been asked if she was adopted, and had comments of how lucky she was to be adopted by a white family. I think it’s a duty to educate when possible and often mention it when people make racial comments thinking they are speaking to a white woman. If this is how Blake meant it, I have to give her a pass on this issue. Wait, just read some of the other things she has said. Ouch…downgraded to a partial pass.

      • doofus says:

        “and had comments of how lucky she was to be adopted by a white family.”

        wow, people are so gross sometimes. I’m constantly amazed at how some folks think it’s OK to say or ask some of the things they do.

        I have a friend who is gay and her wife recently gave birth to twins, and you WOULD NOT BELIEVE how nosy people are about asking HOW her wife got pregnant (and if she knows the sperm donor, etc.).

    • Laura says:

      ^^^This!

      • KinChicago says:

        DOFUS- to your friend, My best friend in junior high was a twin. Inappropriate questions don’t stop. I mean she, as a KID was asked how her parents conceived, if they used sexual positions or medical assistance. Awful things I would never ask anyone, any adult even, especially not A CHILD.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Yeah, her attempt to glamorize plantation chic combined with her “LA face with an Oakland booty” “I’m Cherokee” dippy white girl foolishness is why she’s on my list. I like her fashion and her engagement ring but until she speaks directly about how those things impacted others, she gets no love.

      Also, I don’t know why coats that look like skinned muppets have come back into vogue, but every time I see one in a store right now, no matter the color, I holler “WOCKA WOCKA WOCKA!” Poor Fozzie – gave his life for beauty. May his memory live on.

      • Lee says:

        I’ll add that time when she acted pissy to a reporter for asking her what she was wearing.
        She did the same thing at this movie première, when a reporter for People called her character in the movie ‘badass’. She derailed the interview, the reporter handled it well and with class I have to say. There’s a clip on twitter or on ONTD.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Yup. I will never forget. She strikes me as an incredibly dumb person. Not in a day to day sense. But in a socially aware sense. She’s that white girl who talks about being part-Cherokee despite no evidence of it and thinks the antebellum era is “romantic” because of the dresses. Unfortunately there are a lot of women like her and they make up the bulk of her fanbase.

    • Sarah says:

      Given that Plantation Lively was a vocal Woddy Allen supporter and has tried her hardest to make Southern plantation belle her brand, I think people are way tii nice to her. She’s no better than ScarJo, that is to say TRASH.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        A lot of actresses were vocal Allen supporters until they realized it was the wrong side to be on. The only one still loudly defending him is ScarJo’s dumba$$. Plantation Lively would have been smart to pull a Cate Blanchett and publicly disavow him but she’s not smart enough for that.

      • Amy Lynn says:

        I still can’t get over folks supporting Woody f@cking Allen. Do they conventionally forget that he married his own adopted daughter??? So Fu$king gross!!!!

    • Scollins says:

      Yes to all you said. I’d only add her her husband is delightful looking, talented and funny.

    • Green Desert says:

      Y’all have covered her idiocy well (plantation glorification, Cherokee princess-ing) so I’ll comment on her (bad) fashion parades. I may be in the minority on this but I feel embarrassed for her whenever she promotes a movie because of her fashion. I actually think she NEEDS a stylist. Her fashion looks are so over the top but not in a good way that some people can pull off. None of it ever looks quite right on her. I almost feel as if she’s not edgy enough to really embrace the weird along with the fact that she doesn’t have great taste or actual fashion sense. She could work with a Law Roach or a Jason Bolden to really embrace that edginess that I think she is kind of interested in, and also learn a little about current and good classic looks.

      That first look is all-around hideous. The second one: the shoes are hideous and should never be worn. Platform heels need to go back to 2005 where they belong. The dress and the coat are fine but probably not together. The third look is the best and I get what she’s going for (updated prairie chic) but I don’t know, something is off. Maybe the boots shouldn’t have heels? And I don’t like much updos but I think she should embrace some current hair looks, like topknots or half-up topknots.

      Haha my two cents.

      • Green Desert says:

        Braids. Change it up. A braid crown or prairie braids with that last look maybe.

      • JanetDR says:

        I keep scrolling back to look at the shoes in that second photo. They remind me of scuply clay and I like them although my feet and knees are horrified about that 😝

  2. Smalltown Girl says:

    I actually found the opposite. I found going from one to two a far bigger adjustment than going from two to three. But mine were spaced so that the first two were very close adn hten then first a few years later, so that might have helped. I had a kindergartener and a preschooler when I had my third, as opposed to having two under two. But it is chaos.

    • MeghanNotMarkle says:

      Going from one to two was definitely the harder transition for us. It’s like juggling. Once you’ve got two balls going, adding in more doesn’t really change much.

    • tinyfencer says:

      Me too! I have triplets, but they came home from the hospital one at a time. Going from one to two was a huge jump, but two to three was nothing. It was like once we both had our hands full it didn’t matter anymore.

    • Becks1 says:

      this is what my mom always said, that one to two was the hardest (she had 4 total, in 5 years, lol.) She said by the time #3 rolled around, it was a really easy transition (and so she had another one! and she wanted more.)

    • Carol says:

      I had three under three (no twins, but first two are eleven months apart) and the fourth one week after oldest turned four. Two to three was the hardest for us. After that, four was a cinch. I am youngest of seven (in eleven years). My mom said just having the first was the hardest and adding anymore was easy.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      My mother, who had eight kids, often said that having three children was the very hardest number for her. She said four, five, any number after three was easier for her than three was.

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Three kids under four. I’ll let that be the explanation for her wacky clothing choices. She’s obviously not operating on 100% brain power.

    I like the boots!

  4. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    Yikes. Don’t need to hear this from Blake! I have 2 birth children and we’re soon to adopt a third. So THANK YOU for adding the bit at the end about people finding it easy having one more after twins (which is my situation). Gives me some hope at least!

  5. Kate says:

    Thanks for your honesty, Blake!

  6. Dani says:

    Its way too damn cold in NYC right now for those shorts, Blake!!! My sister has 5 kids and she also says two to three was the hardest, anything after that was just like…well what’s one more?

  7. Aims says:

    We planned on having just two kids and we lucked out when we had a boy and a girl. My husband made an appointment in October to have his vasectomy because that’s when his vacation time was available. We found out in September that I was pregnant with our third. I was pissed. I was so upset, because two was my limit. Everything about the pregnancy was a big F you. We were told the baby was a girl, turns out she was a he. He came two weeks early and nothing was prepared. But, he has turned into the kindest young man. Sometimes the plans we set out don’t work out for a reason.

    • mash says:

      Im not trying to be rude or vulgar (tho it will come off that way and i’ll be groaned anyways –totally fine) but have you and your husband heard of pull-out or condoms. Anytime some says they didnt meant to get preg I always think YEA RIGHT and I’ve had 4 friends say that.

      A girlfriend of mine and I literally hollered laughing when a friend of ours was like WE DIDNT MEAN IT, I DONT KNOW HOW THIS HAPPENED…. We said i and i quote “If he finished the deed, and yal are fertile/healthy then girl that that” lol smh

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        @Aims: I had a similar experience. Had a boy & a girl, then an unexpected pregnancy. I was super pissed for like, 7mos because I did NOT want another baby. Fortunately she has turned out to be such a joy, so I’m glad we got a ‘surprise’ baby.

        @Mash: You don’t sound ‘vulgar’ necessarily. Just maybe judgmental and a bit ignorant. My accidental pregnancy happened when I was still breastfeeding, was on my period AND using a condom. I know at least half a dozen women who got pregnant while taking/using birth control. So yeah, alot of women DO actually get pregnant when actively trying not to.

      • Aims says:

        We did use a condom, but it broke. I agree, I’m not one of these women who are brain dead about birth control. We had always used protection after our second. Which is why there is such a huge age gap between them.

      • mash says:

        ok I stand corrected ladies @Aims & @Scarlet apologies for the judgmental tone.

        I jumped the gun and thought like my silly girlfriends that maybe you guys were just grolling the dice lol and or using that crazy azz ovulation/birth control calendar app…. which doesnt WORK (gf of mine just had her daughter unplanned using it)

      • Kkat says:

        Yeah FU condoms are not 100% even when used correctly, Nor is the pill, or a IUD
        People still get pregnant while on the pill AND using a condom with spermicide..

        Both my mom and my sister got pregnant using a IUD.

        And I had a friend who had her tubes tied get pregnant 10 years later with twins, because sometimes you heal and it reverses. The same with vasectomies.

        So again mash: FU

  8. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I know a LOT of people who feel that after they have the third kid. Madonna famously talked about it when she adopted her third child. Kelly Ripa has as well. And there is a family I know that had two small kids and then had their third and it knocked them on their a$$es. It was a huge adjustment for them. And then they got pregnant with their fourth one less than a year later. They are done having kids now but they felt after the third kid a fourth one wouldn’t make that big of a difference lol. They wanted to even out the numbers! So now they have two girls and two boys – basically two sets that are close in age with one another.

  9. StrawberryBlonde says:

    My friend has 3.5 year old identical twin girls and a 10 month old boy (also 2 step kids in their 20s). She said that after having the twins, having the singleton baby was so much easier in comparison. However having 3 under 4 years old is still really hard and hectic. But the baby stage was easier with just one versus two.

    • Yup, Me says:

      I know someone who went the other direction – 1 child and then twins close in age. She looked like she hated her life for years. I felt so badly for her. She said they wanted two close together because she was a bit older but they hadn’t prepared for, expected or desired twins. So she was in her late thirties with 3 under 3. Her whole hormonal system was thrown off for years.

      • OriginalRose says:

        There’s a woman at my daughter’s school who has a 7 year old girl, a 5 year old boy …and then twin 2 year olds. Things seemed to have settled now but there was a whole year of drop offs where those twins were simultaneously screaming and literally trying to limb her. I know I sound awful but her life looks crap

      • Veronica S. says:

        IMO, you don’t really sound that awful. My ungenerous take as a childfree friend among friends with kids is that I really wish some of them had been more honest with themselves about whether they really wanted that third or fourth kid or if it was just that sweet, sweet hormone rush of holding a young child that was giving them baby FOMO. I’ve been witness to one or two marriages that really went to shit after the kid scales tipped against the parents, particularly when things didn’t go as planned (health issues, lost jobs, etc). I really like kids and love helping out my friends, but I do think people need to be realistic about what the costs of that many children really is, both financially and personally.

  10. Elle says:

    I have twin boys. I waited about 4 years and had my daughter. It was definitely easier to care for one baby, big difference. But having 3 kids is still hard when you’re feeling outnumbered. I get why people would say it’s the hardest jump. I don’t want any more, but if I had another it would be adding to what is already chaotic. Which I guess is why going to four isn’t quite as hard.. it already becomes a nutty situation with three.

  11. Veronica S. says:

    It’s because you’ve surpassed the one parent per child balance, IMO. Now you have to fraction off your attention in more directions than there are adults, and if you had them outside multiple births, their ages are scattered and their needs are different with each kid. It gets easier once they’re all past five-ish from what I’ve seen with friends. The early years are high demand, and once they’re in school and more independent, things slow down a tad (with the caveat that you aren’t dealing with disabled/neurologically atypical kids).

    Of course, I’m a childfree person staring at my friends going, “Why would you even WANT more than two??” I’m just fine spoiling theirs and babysitting them when they need help lol.

  12. grumpyterrier says:

    I could only handle one, both physically and mentally, and that’s what I had. I bow down to anyone with two or more! I don’t know how you do it!

  13. auntiezana says:

    my brother had 3 under 2! lol my niece was 20ish months when my twin nephews were born. They were going to stop at 2 so they were FREAKED when they learned they were twins. Her mother and I were down there for 4 months when they were born helping out– it was mayhem. she says she does not remember the first 6 months of their life due to being so sleep deprived.

    But now they say they cant imagine life without Russell, and they all adore each other and its super sweet.

    and thats all i have to say about that

  14. Daisy says:

    She is one of those people who I really don’t understand how they stayed famous. She’s truly a horrible actress.
    Also since she loves saying she styles herself, can’t blame any stylist or anyone but herself for wearing Dolce & Gabbana after all the horrible things the designers have said.

  15. Jenfan says:

    2 to 3 nearly undid me. I thought it was going to be easier because my 1st two (boys) were very close in age, so I thought this would be a breeze. I was thrilled to have my daughter , but I found myself facing post partum anxiety and I was not well for a really long time. We had our fourth and final child 4 years later – he was a beautiful addition to our family – and really treasured by our older children. I think 3 or more is the same because you are already outnumbered and you just have to relax about stuff.

  16. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I found going from one to two was the bigger challenge. Adding a third actually made things easier. Though, my first two were not quite 2.5 years apart and my surprise third was almost 5 years after my second. As I mentioned in a comment upthread, it’s like juggling. Getting two balls going in the first place is the hard part. Once you’ve got that down, you’re good.

  17. Nina Simone says:

    She glorifies antebellum and plantation south. I can NEVER support her

  18. Caitrin says:

    Going from 2 to 3 kids is effectively going from man to zone defense.

    And I’ve concluded that I’ll never sleep again.

    • Dara says:

      Ha! I have a friend who said exactly that. She and her husband had one, and could double-team, they decided to have another because she figured one-on-one was okay, then child #2 was twins and all of a sudden they were outnumbered and had to play zone.

  19. prettypersuasion says:

    I went from 1 to 3 because of twins and then fell for “one baby after twins will be so easy!” Well, one BABY after having two babies IS easier, but then the baby gets older….and now I have a teenager, two 8 year old boys, and a VERY energetic 4 year old. It is so, so hard. And noisy. And the LAUNDRY!! ugh

    • Mel M says:

      We just had our surprise baby a few weeks after our twins turned four and it’s honestly been the best. Our twins took us from 2 to four and that was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life especially because my oldest has special needs, we had a major house issue come up so we had to move around for a few months with everyone. We had 4 age 3 and under for a few months and I can’t even remember much of that first year.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Haha! I was in the same situation, and when the mister divulged his wishes for a fourth, I said, “No can do.” I had a tubal ligation when the twins were one!

  20. Mellie says:

    We have three girls, 2 1/2-3 years apart…it was fun, but going from 2-3 was A LOT, so I agree with Blake for sure. The only bad thing (and this just might be with girls), was that two teamed up against one many times over the years….still do and they are 21, 23 and 26.

  21. MJM says:

    Love that lol! I have one and don’t want anymore and I’m not too interested in grandkids either 😂

  22. HeyThere! says:

    Going from one to two shook me. Two under two. Stay at home, no help and no breaks. Got my tubes tied! I will never be able to give an opinion on adding a third but I do have a dog and two toddlers and a dog is a lot! Ha!

  23. SM says:

    I am not impressed with her latest fashion tour. Given she has no acting skill to support promotion she does style. But something is just not right this time and I can not put my finger on it. Maybe it’s because her figure changed so much and she did not find the style for it, maybe it’s because she does lack the time and everything looks like put together at the last minute from different corners. I am not sure but she can and did much better.
    As for what she says about being outnumbered, she is right. I do not have 3 kids but whenever the number of kids is larger that the grownups in the room, chaos is inevitable because even if they are too small to count, they sense they have outnumbered the adults and Hell brakes loose.

  24. Aerie says:

    I think it’s harder for her to pull off her somewhat eclectic style with her body now post-3 births. She always had tall/skinny body that was close to model bodies – the benefit of this is that your body becomes essentially a clothes hanger – outfits, no matter how odd or ‘unique’ or whatever can be pulled off in a way curves can’t. Her thighs in the shorts are thicker now. She still is beautiful.

  25. Karen says:

    Many years ago I ran into a Nordic country’s saying.. One is like none, two is like ten. True.

  26. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    I agree. We went from one to three, and briefly had three under three. It was bonkers.
    The mister said that we had gone from, “one-on-one to zone defense, ” lol.

  27. Lane's mom says:

    There are so many different experiences! My first two were singletons, but they were preemies and came home on equipment and we had to feed our first every three hours for six months (until she finally reached 10 pounds). Our third turned out to be twins, but they were term and so easy in comparison–I used to laugh when people who had twins would tell me “don’t worry, it gets easier” because I thought it already was pretty darned easy! Those twins are now teenagers and very different people, which in a way makes things harder now.