Ellen Pompeo Shares Thoughts on Motherhood

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Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is ready for her life to expand beyond her career.

Just the same, her career is important, and many were surprised to find the actress suited up in scrubs just four weeks after delivering her daughter Stella Luna.

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

Pompeo insists Stella will forever come first, despite initial nerves: “I got pregnant and was like, Oh God, it worked! Oh, no! ... Will I know how to do everything right? Nobody does everything right, but as long as your baby is the priority, that’s the best you can do.”

Ellen Pompeo in Self
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Ellen Pompeo went back to work quickly, but her priorities are in line.

Ellen Pompeo is doing just that, savoring each moment ... dance parties included.

“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.”

Is that cute or what? She also hopes to instill in Stella a strong sense of, well, Self.

“I don’t believe in putting on airs. I call it like I see it. I am who I am, a Southie,” the Boston native laughs. “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.”

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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Ellen is still so skinny, even if she's just given birth to Stella few months ago. I read here (http://www.diets24h.com) about her magnificent diet and I'm determined to try it out asap!

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Well this is a lady with a good work / life balance. I think Jessica Capshaw looks pregnan . It'll be interesting to see if her workload lightens in the next season!

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Great advice! And i thought that "Put your hand's up" was SO cute! Stella is cute too!

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she looks so pretty offset of greys and in magazines.
for some reason when she's onset she looks SO old. :(

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I read and i think that she adorable and beautiful .I think that she speaks with the heard,she is my favourite actress in GA.

Alexia

She's adorable and very down-to-earth, Stella is lucky to have her! :)

Merderistruelove

She looks so happy and beautiful=]. I love her hair like this.. long really suits her!

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She looks great and happy and knows what she wants, I like people like that. Its awesome.

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Loved this article. EP looks great!

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Great advice for people.

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.