All parents face a little trepidation when deciding to expand their family, and Sandra Bullock, who recently adopted 3-year-old daughter Laila, was no exception.
But for the actress, her fear was strictly focused on adding a little girl to the mix, and she chalks that up to something her late mother, German-born opera singer Helga Mathilde Meyer, always told her: "You just wait till you have a daughter."
Apparently, Bullock was quite the handful back in the day, and she told People that "the thought that a daughter of mine would be anything like I was scared me senseless."
Of course, now the mom of two has tackled that fear and she couldn't be happier about it — and that's thanks to something else her mom said.
"Before my mom passed away, we had a moment at her bedside where I was shut down and trying not to cry, and she simply said, 'Don't be like me,'" Bullock explained in the magazine. "In that moment, a lot of our lifetime together had been explained. She didn't want me to go through life shut down, afraid of feeling. Well, life has made sure I feel everything now, and I'm not ashamed to admit it anymore."
And if her little girl gives her half the grief the 51-year-old once gave her own mother, Bullock is sure Helga will be up there somewhere "laughing her ass off."
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