Does Ali Fedotowsky Want Baby No. 3? Former 'Bachelorette' Star Shares Her Honest Answer!
Even though Ali Fedotowsky has her hands full with her two kids, Molly, 5, and Riley, 3, it doesn't mean she doesn't think about expanding her family one day.
"I think I am in the sweet spot of ages where Riley is still young enough, and because he’s a second child, he is still going through some of the tantrum phases, but I feel like especially now he’s about to turn 4, and my daughter is 5 — she will be 6 in the summer — I feel like that is a real sweet spot with kids. They are more self-sufficient, I will say, 'Go get yourself something out of the fridge,' or 'Go get a snack out of the pantry.' They can do some of the things on their own, but they are not at the age yet where relationships in school and boys and girlfriends and all of these things become very emotionally complicated," the 37-year-old, who partnered with Banana Boat on their latest campaign, Sundays Are Fundays, which encourages families to spend quality time outside together specifically on Sundays this summer to prevent getting the “Sunday Scaries," exclusively tells OK!.
"I am very happy with where I am with my children right now, and that is why I think I am thinking of a third baby," she continues. "I am like, 'Oh, this is so nice' and then I am like, 'Oh wait, do I want to go back to that exhaustion part again — that physical exhaustion?' As much as I keep thinking that I want one, the answer keeps coming back as I don’t think so."
The blonde beauty, who is married to Kevin Manno, made it clear that her husband "does not want a third child."
"I go back and forth. I am like, 'Don’t you want to try? Wouldn’t it be nice to grow our family?' Again, I am sure every parent feels this way, but I am obsessed with my kids, and I also have the best of both worlds. My daughter, Molly, is very serious, typical first child, very organized and serious and smart and just so funny and theatrical, and then my son, Riley, is just the sweetest, gentlest, he just wants to tell you he loves you 500 times a day. I have these two amazing children, so I am like, 'Do I want to press my luck with a third? Am I going to get as good as I have got right now?'"
Though the blogger was the Bachelorette in 2010, she didn't meet her soulmate. Fedotowsky used to say she would let her kids go on when they're of age, but now she has changed her tune.
"I would discourage them. As I am getting older, it is because of social media and how ugly it has gotten," she shares. "There’s so many great things about social media, but it’s gotten to be a very ugly place and these poor contestants that go on the show now, they are faced with depression. I have talked to contestants in the past that said they had to go to the hospital because they were worried about how they were feeling after all the scrutiny from the show — that is scary. As a parent, I wouldn’t want my kids to go through that."
In the meantime, Fedotowsky is keeping busy, as she recently started a new company and is still involved with her Scunci line, but she is most excited to educate others about her recent partnership with Banana Boat. The mom-of-two found out that she had the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, in 2020, so now more than ever, she is "a huge advocate of wearing sunscreen."
"I go outside and I have a hat on and sunscreen on from head to toe. I believe so wholeheartedly that sun protection is so, so important – not just in the spring and summer but year round," she states, adding that she is adamant on hanging out with her kiddos this summer before they go to sleepaway camp or become teens.
"Banana Boat is doing this thing where we teamed up and we’re going to be sharing these ideas with parents all summer long on how fun DIY activities, while of course wearing your sun protection!" she adds. "Not only am I excited to share that with other parents, but I need that for myself because this is my first summer with my daughter having summer break, so it was just the perfect partnership. I love their products!"
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