Today, one of our favorite Jewish actresses Zooey Deschanel (she recently converted) was a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and opened up about her 7-month-old daughter Elsie Otter. She told DeGeneres that Elsie makes some pretty strange noises:
“[She] makes a lot of little, like, pterodactyl kind of noises. Like ‘ahh, ooh, ahh.’ And a noise that sounds like choking. She’ll be like ‘ah, ah, ah.’ And I’ll be like, ‘What’s wrong?’ and she’ll be like, ‘Ha, ha, ha!'”
Deschanel also explained why she and Jewish husband Jacob Pechenik chose Otter as Elsie’s middle name–and it’s not just because they love the way it sounds:
“In a sense that we’re all mammals. We thought Elsie is a classic name—a lot of people have grandmas and aunts named Elsie. And then we were like the middle name can be a little bit like wild.
We both found that we had a mutual love for otters. There were some more normal middle names… but I realized that nobody else likely had the middle name ‘Otter.'”
And if being a talented actress and musician isn’t enough, she also knows how to put her baby to sleep. But don’t hate her too much, because she generously shared one of her tips–she sings “the song that Glinda sings in the Wizard of Oz, ‘Come out, come out wherever you are…’” She also claims that balancing motherhood and working with her husband has been going well.
But, of course, that doesn’t mean she loves every parenting moment–her least favorite moment is definitely waking up “at 2:30 in the morning for the last seven months.”
Sounds about right.