Meet Finley and Harper Presley Lockwood!
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Time to paint Graceland pink! Elvis Presley’s only daughter, Lisa Marie, is now a doting mom to 3-month-old girls Finley Aaron Love and Harper Vivienne Ann — and she is showing off her tiny additions in PEOPLE. Lisa Marie delivered the girls — Harper at 5 lbs., 2 oz and Finley at 5 lbs., 15 oz — by c-section on October 8th in Thousand Oaks, California. Her first children with guitarist husband Michael Lockwood, 47, Lisa Marie is also mom to daughter Riley, 19, and son Benjamin, 16, from a previous marriage.
How’s life as a mom of four?
I’m in a bubble right now. We all live together, so it’s constantly hectic — three dogs, three cats, four kids. Yep, it’s chaos. But I have never been happier. Michael and I just spend our days staring at them in amazement, absorbing anything and everything they do. We giggle all the time when he reminds me that I am a mother of four. I can’t believe it, it makes me very proud.
But it’s different having babies in your 20s than when you’re 40. In my 40s, I don’t feel pulled anywhere else. We are 100 percent focused on the twins.
The rest of the interview, including CBB-exclusive excerpts, below!
What’s Finley and Harper’s daily routine like?
They get up at 7 a.m., then it’s eat, play, nap, play, lie on a mat, nap … get on their little mat, watch us eat. Back to sleep. They were doing four-hour stretches a night; now they are doing seven-hour stretches.
The nanny tries to keep us organized with a schedule and helps out at night. But we blow it because we don’t write anything down. I’m pro-nanny. What I’m not pro is being so tired that you can’t give the babies what they need.
How do you and Michael split baby duties?
The most difficult thing is in the morning when they’re both awake. It’s like, “Ahh, which one do I go to first?” I want to go to both. But we switch — Michael takes one, I take the other, and we go back and forth. The thing is to give equal time to each.
Describe the twins personalities.
They’re fraternal, so they are the ultimate dichotomy. Finley is a little clone of me and Harper is a clone of Michael, looks and personality wise.
Harper, for, “harp,” is this sweet, calm, dainty baby. And Finley, which is Scottish for “fair warrior,” is also an angel, but a bit more rugged. She is ferocious, funny and full of piss and vinegar, as they say.
Did you struggle to conceive?
When I was in my twenties, it was like bam, I’m pregnant. But when we got married, it didn’t happen right away. We tried to get pregnant for almost two years. My blood was too thick and would clot, preventing pregnancy. It took us a long time to figure out that was the issue.
I also had several miscarriages. The bottom line was that I had to take blood-thinning medication, and the moment I did that, I got pregnant.
What was your reaction when you heard you were having twins?
I went in for the six-week ultrasound ad the doctor said, “There’s the heartbeat,” and my heart just dropped — I stopped breathing for a second. And then she said, “There’s another one!” I started crying, Riley was jumping up and down. It was great. We cried and laughed for days.
I was in shock. I knew my family history and I knew that when you’re older, chances are higher that you’ll have twins. My father had a twin who died at birth, and both my grandmothers had twins.
We never got the chance to plan how many kids we wanted, but this really worked out.
How did you feel when London’s Daily Mail called you fat because of your pregnancy weight?
It made me so angry. People had started to assume I was pregnant. Then people assumed I was going down this unhealthy path, which they’ve done since I was 14 years old. According to these reports, I was in demise.
But I knew I was pregnant with twins and taking extra hormones to support the pregnancy. I wanted to scream “F–k you!” as loud as I could. But I really didn’t want to say anything about the pregnancy because I was apprehensive. I was ultrasounding every other week like, “Are the babies okay?”
How much weight did you gain?
I got huge. There’s no way around it. Because it was twins and because of the hormones, I was unable to see my toes by the fourth month. But I only gained 30 lbs. total.
I worked out up until the seventh month. Nothing intense, just walking. I’m like anyone else, I want to lose the weight, so I walk a lot and I’m an organic eater. But I’m not rushing it, because that’s not what this time is really about.
Was your pregnancy tough?
I never had morning sickness. I never had anything, except for the swelling, I was very happy, very energetic; all the way up to the last week. I went to 38 weeks. I walked a lot to exercise. Aside from my stomach you wouldn’t have known I was pregnant. I had no crying spells, no crazy mood swings.
I was running around up until the very end, trying to do all these last-minute things, because I knew I was going to the hospital and wouldn’t have any time once they arrived. I got my eyebrows done like six times just prior to the delivery, and my nails and hair too because I kept thinking I’d go into premature labor.
How was your delivery?
The doctors didn’t want to keep them in there, and I could feel that it was time. It was very matter of fact, straight to the point, quick. My mother and Riley were in the room during the scheduled c-section. My son, understandably, didn’t want to have to see the gore of it but he was outside the room and right there for me afterwards.
I couldn’t see much but was told by my mom and Riley that the twins were beautiful. I was more concerned with them getting fussed with by the nurses.
Seeing them for the first time was completely shocking. I’d seen them so much on ultrasound so I had an idea of what their personalities were like. But I couldn’t really move or sit up to hold them, so it was difficult to not be able to grab them right away. I was in the hospital for a week.
Is Michael handling first-time fatherhood well?
He was a nervous wreck the first few weeks. He didn’t sleep at all. When we brought those babies home it was complete and utter shock. And blissful! I was expecting to go into some severe postpartum land. I was waiting for it to hit me, and it didn’t. I had a couple episodes of crying but they weren’t unfounded. I’m glad it didn’t actually get me. Everything is so freaky. Are they breathing? Are they okay? They’re so fragile. That freaks me out. Michael was freaked out about dropping them.
I knew Michael would be a great father. He has all the qualities needed. He is stable, has lots of patience, and is loving, calm and devoted. All the important ingredients for parenthood.
Do you and Michael get any alone time?
Soon after the delivery, he took me out on weekly dates with champagne and roses. We’ve never had a night apart in 5½ years – he’s on tour with me too. I was just thinking about that yesterday.
How is your mom, Priscilla, with the twins?
She is amazing. She gets envious and jealous because they’re so sweet and so cute. She just said, “I’d never leave the house if I had these two. I’d never do anything.” And I said, “I don’t!”
But she isn’t “Grandma,” she’s “Nonna,” which is Italian for grandmother. She came up with it a long time ago and she’s stuck with it. I say grandmom, but she says no. She hates it. She doesn’t want them getting used to “Grandma.”
What about Riley and Ben?
Riley’s so in love with them. She’s like, “I can’t take it — you couldn’t have had two more beautiful, more amazing babies.” She’s really nurturing, but I didn’t think she would be. She’ll wake up with Michael and me at night, and she’s not anti-diaper.
Ben loves them and thinks they’re cute, but he’s a 16-year-old boy. He thinks they’re cute, but he’s got business to take care of. He does whatever teenage boys do at that age. He was always my baby, so he’s used to me calling and texting him all day. I have to make sure I still give him that attention.
Riley and Ben are my favorite people in the world. If I was going to choose to hang out with anybody, it would be those two. We love to travel together. All of us – Riley, Ben, the little ones – [went] to the Inauguration.
What’s the best gift Finley and Harper have gotten?
Pink got them a really cute pink tricycle with rhinestones all over it. But she didn’t get two, she got one! So they’ll have to work it out. Actually, Roseanne Barr was going to get a second one because she couldn’t take the idea that there was just one.
Will you record again soon?
It won’t happen this minute. I have a studio at the house, but if we leave the twins for over an hour, we panic. I don’t want to miss one smile, one little milestone. I don’t want to miss them flipping over.
Do you play music for them?
All my kids have silly songs I made up. I can’t share them. [laughs] I take their little personalities and a little melody will come to me about them. I still sing Ben the silly song that I made up for him when he was born. Riley also has a song.
I kind want to slowly bring them into the world of music, all different genres. Not my music – I can’t even listen to it. But my father’s music is another story. They will definitely be exposed to my father’s music. Their grandfather is responsible for music being the way it is, its evolution. There will definitely be a music lesson on Grandpa!
Source: PEOPLE; January 26th issue, excerpts exclusive to CBB
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