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Ellie Kemper Is A Stressed Out Mom, Too

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By Melissa Weirick

The world knows Ellie Kemper from her role as Erin on The Office and Kimmy in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. But at home, she's known simply as "Mommy" by her two young sons, James and Matthew. Being that both of them are under three years old, Ellie has her hands full. Her view of the world changed after her firstborn came into it - as many mothers' perspectives do. She said, “I had no idea how many germs threatened my son. All of a sudden New York went from being a wonderland to a germ forest… Everything becomes a threat once you have a baby.”

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Ellie broke into the Hollywood scene by interning for Conan O'Brien. She met her now-husband on the set of his show, because he was a "young writer" and she was an "old intern." Their relationship didn't blossom right away, because she was intent on focusing on her career. For Vanity Fair,Ellie said, “There was a part of me that was like ‘No time for love! I have to focus on my career!'” Once she left O'Brien's show and checked in a couple months later due to missing it, that's when she and her husband, Michael Koman, finally got things rolling romantically.

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The couple were married in 2012, on the hottest day in New York City. Now that they've been together for going on eight years, family life is their focus. And with two very young boys, Ellie is stressed out a lot of the time. But she's been quoted to say that she finds comfort in knowing that she's far from alone in that stress. “After you have a baby, you find all these other parents who are going through exactly what you’re going through,” she said.

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Going from one to two children is a world of difference. As many new moms know, your world shrinks and there's no time that exists for just you anymore. Ellie knows that feeling, too. “Going from one kid to two has rocked my world. I feel like I’m half-conscious,” she told Huffington Post. It's not an uncommon mindset, but there has to be some way through it. “The way I get through those mornings is stealing a moment for myself. Just sipping a cup of coffee and letting my brain be empty for a minute."

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Smiles and laughter are part of the equation too, though. She goes on to say to Page Six, "But also, kids are funny! So, they’ll say something and it just changes everything, thank goodness!” It's not a surprise that her three-year-old is hilarious, given who his parents are. Ellie is well-known in the comedy world, and Michael Koman isn't just a writer - he's a comedy writer. So, even during the most bogged-down and taxing moments, their family can probably find something to laugh about.

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The method to getting through those days of babyhood that feel forever-long and miserable is to realize that you're not the person to ever feel that way. Celebrity or not, having strong advice and a circle of people to trust is imperative. And though the days feel like years and the minutes like hours, the funny thing about time is how fast it goes when it feels so slow. Letting your brain go blank is necessary, letting the worries slide off your shoulders is crucial, and while doing those things - don't forget to enjoy the moment.

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