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Dayna Devon

Dayna Devon has a very glamorous job. She is a co-host on the television show Extra and spends much of her time interviewing celebrities on the red carpet. Dayna is a happily married mother of two and recently returned to the set of Extra after her second maternity leave.

 

We got a chance to ask Dayna Devon some questions. As you can see, Dayna is funny, candid and struggles with the same issues all working moms do.

 

 

 

How many hours a week do you work? Do you work exclusively in the office, exclusively from home or some combination?

 

Over forty.

 

What are the best and worst parts of your job on Extra?

 

The best part is that I get to meet the most creative, inspiring and admired people in the world. The worst part is that there is not a normal day. Sometimes I have to be up at 4 o’clock in the morning and I will work until midnight. You also can’t have a bad hair or skin day. And you are only as good as your last interview.

 

Of your female friends with children, what percentage work outside the home?

 

All of them work outside the home.

 

Does your husband work? What does he do?

 

He is a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon. I know, I know . . . I am the luckiest woman in the world.

 

How does the question of who earns more in your house effect the domestic workload division, if at all?

 

It doesn’t. He earns more and I’m still the boss (just kidding). We do everything as a team. I’m so lucky to have a guy who doesn’t think he is above changing diapers or taking the bag of dirty diapers out to the trash. He would even breastfeed if he could.

 

Did your mom work while you were growing up? What did she do?

 

Yes. She was a teacher at the elementary school I attended but she had summers off. Later I was a latch-key kid, but only for an hour or two after school.

 

How often do you get to sit down for meals with your kids? What do you usually eat?

 

It is a Moelleken Family Policy that we try to eat together every single night. I don’t cook so I have diet meals sent in. My daughter eats what I eat. We want her to experience a wide variety of different foods. But sometimes if she isn’t eating anything I will break down and give her whole wheat crackers or yogurt or peanut butter and jelly.

 

Do you travel for your job? How often? Do you try to avoid it when you can or do you consider it the great escape?

 

I only travel three to four times a year for work. I dread it. I’m always afraid that I am going to miss a new word or step. I call a hundred times a day. Plus I really miss my husband as well.

 

What is the one thing you vowed you would never do when you had kids that you find yourself doing?

 

Showing pictures, imitating how they talk and telling cute stories (but I know they are only cute to me).

 

Do you and your husband have a date night?

 

Every Friday and Saturday night.

 

How do you find time to keep the romance alive when you are both so busy? And forgive us for asking, but how often do you guys have sex?

 

Having date nights help with the romance. It’s hard not to talk about the kids because I miss them so much but we make a conscious effort to focus on each other when we’re out. “Sex”? What is that? I am not familiar with the word. Can you explain please?

 

What is your best tip for maintaining balance or at least a little bit of sanity?

 

Focus on the here and now. Don’t get too overwhelmed. Only look at what’s on your plate. Take it minute by minute and hour by hour.

 

Do you exercise? How do you fit it in?

 

This has been one of the most difficult things with two kids. I was able to handle it with one but two makes it virtually impossible. What I started doing is putting both kids in the jogging stroller and running. You haven’t worked out if you haven’t pushed forty pounds while running at a decent pace.

 

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

 

Meeting and marrying my husband. Without him and his love and support, none of this would have been possible.

 

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