Toting her 2-month-old son, Flynn, through Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on March 5, model Miranda Kerr beamed, looking relaxed and happy as he snuggled into her chest. Kerr, 27, had actor husband Olrando Bloom's arm draped protectively around her shoulder as the glamorous young family headed to the departure gate for a flight to Los Angeles.
The picture-perfect appearance is no illusion, the Victoria’s Secret model said: “We are still pinching ourselves as to the reality of having had a baby and of having brought this beautiful little soul into the world.”
Maybe, but Kerr didn’t take long to adjust to that reality: she is already back in business after Flynn’s “long, arduous and difficult” Jan. 6 birth. On March 3 — with a proud Bloom, 34, and US Vogue editor Anna Wintour in the front row — she showcased her fabulous post-baby body walking for Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week for the fourth season in a row.
Says businessman George Moskos, founder of the self-styled earth mother’s Kora Organics line: “She’s a super chick when it comes to time management: she’s able to juggle her work with international designers, all her meetings and embrace motherhood at the same time. She has a wonderful maternal instinct.”
Days after her spotlit return to work, Kerr landed another gig, being named global ambassador for the fifth Earth Hour. She wrote on her Kora blog about how she will spend the March 26 event: “I plan to be snuggled up on a couch with candlelight sitting with my husband and son enjoying some quiet time alone.”
Finding joy in private domesticity has been her way of life since Kerr became a mum. She’s stuck close to the LA home she and Bloom — they wed in secret last July — share with Flynn, and her grandmother Ann Kerr concedes, “She wasn’t all that well to begin with ... she had a 10-pound [4.4kg] baby. Huge for Miranda.”
Ann says she was worried about how Miranda would cope with childbirth. “She’s never even had a toe ache — how is she going to handle this? — but she wanted everything natural and that’s what she got.” Ann says Flynn’s birth weight “proves one thing — people think Miranda doesn’t eat to keep her figure. I keep telling them she eats good healthy organic food. Anyhow it just proves she eats because it went all to the baby!”
Ann is yet to met her great-grandson, but in a phone call with Miranda shortly after the birth, she told the new mother she felt “awful” because she hadn’t heard him cry. “Orlando said, ‘Just a minute, Nan,’ and I heard this beautiful new baby cry. It brought tears to my eyes, and I said, ‘What did you do?’ and he said, ‘Well, he was on the boob and I just took him off,’” she says with a laugh. “He loves his food. He has put on weight and grown 3 inches, I think. He’s starting to smile, trying hard to talk.”
While Bloom and Kerr are hands-on with Flynn during the day, Ann says they have a “nanny for the night time.” The new parents, she adds, “have never complained about him once. They are enjoying him very much. He has the best of everything. I don’t think he will be spoilt but so far you can’t help it.”
Says a source: “Miranda is a natural-born mother, calm, unaffected and does everything in her power to give Flynn the very best. He is totally adorable. Giggles all the time.”
A yoga, running and Pilates fan, Kerr hasn’t said whether she’s back in the gym. But she revealed she has no stretch marks, and breastfeeding Flynn is credited with helping her snap back; it can burn up to 2,100kJ a day. Said Kerr: “I intend to breastfeed for as long as I can. I love it.”
Her other must-have? Bloom. After Kerr’s Paris catwalk turn, he whisked her to an intimate dinner at Chez Julien. The couple looked in high spirits, with Kerr — she dashed between appointments in fashion-forward outfits based around a giant blue tote and cropped jackets — chic in no makeup.“She’s marvellous,” says Ann. “She has bounced back good as gold, her figure is back — you wouldn’t believe it after such a big baby. She is just feeling wonderful. She just puts all her love onto this baby."