Hayden Panettiere Talks New Daughter, Post-Pregnancy Bod: “Some Things Will Never Be the Same”

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Hayden Panettiere is ready to show off her baby.

In the latest issue of People magazine, where the new mom poses with her daughter and fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, the Nashville star gushes about motherhood.

Describing life as a parent as “such a surreal experience and so out of body,” Panettiere, who named her new baby Kaya Evodkia, says, “You’re suddenly looking at this little thing like, ‘Oh, that was you in my belly this whole time.”

She adds, “[We’re] just getting to know her.”

However, the 25-year-old does say that the recovery process since giving birth hasn’t been as smooth as she’d hoped.

“I’m limping around. I’m still trying to figure out what [pregnancy] has done to my body, how it’s changed it. What’s temporary and what’s permanent,” she explains. “I feel like an 80-year-old woman trying to go down the stairs, you know, please tell me this is temporary. But I know some things will never be the same again.”

Despite the post-birth challenges, the actress says little Kaya has been and easy baby aside from her “insatiable appetite.”

“She’s really so sweet,” she says. “I’m sure that’s the way it’s meant to be, because when they are putting you through the ringer you’re like, ‘You are so lucky you’re cute!’”

Panettiere gave birth on Dec. 9. This is the first child for the couple.