Jennifer Garner found the best way to handle a question she’s been asked far too often. On Thursday, the 48-year-old actress shared a video on Instagram from her family’s farm. The Oklahoma farm is where Jennifer grows some of the ingredients used in her line of baby, toddler, and child food, Once Upon a Farm.
In the very sweet video, Jennifer introduces the farm’s cows.
“My family farm is, as the kids say, my organic, biodynamic happy place,” she captioned the video.
“I can’t help but feel like the love my Aunt and Uncle put into growing this year’s sweet potato crop will add to @onceuponafarm’s delicious goodness for your kids. But first—meet our lawnmowers: Simon, Pete, Boaz, Pignut, Mistletoe, and Mayapple. 👩🏻🌾🍎🌞🚜♥️.”
Most of the comments were everyone loving the post. The cows were very cute, as were their names. Jennifer’s outfit also got a lot of love. She wore a T-shirt and overalls with boots. But the outfit also raised the dreaded question.
“Are you pregnant?” a commenter asked.
“I am 48, have three healthy kids, and am not—and never will be—pregnant. We can lay that pupper to rest,” Jennifer replied to the comment.
“Have I gained the Covid 19? Possibly. But that is another story 😂🍕🌮🍩🍫🍷.”
Jennifer already has her hands happily full with her three kids. She shares 14-year-old Violet, 11-year-old Seraphina, and 8-year-old Samuel with ex-husband Ben Affleck. Interestingly enough, it was six years ago when her youngest was just 2 years old when she last addressed the pregnancy rumors that plague her.
Jennifer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014, where she shared a recent experience of seeing herself on a tabloid cover. It was talking about her baby bump, but she wasn’t actually pregnant.
“I am not pregnant, but I’ve had three kids and there is a ‘bump.’ From now on, ladies, I will have a ‘bump’ and it will be my ‘baby bump’ and let’s just all settle in and get used to it, it’s not going anywhere,” she said.
Jennifer’s enjoyed some really rewarding moments in parenting lately. During a recent appearance on the Raising Good Humans With Dr. Aliza Pressman podcast, she spoke about what it’s been like having her oldest, Violet, starting high school remotely.
“I have one starting high school and of course for her she’s in a really, she’s taking an incredibly tough load of classes. And I just want to support that for her,” she said.
“And I feel like the transition into school for her feels almost unfair,” she continued.
“Because I know she’s going into the real crunch of a year, but without the anticipation of being with her classmates and being, you know, and just going to school on the first day.”
“So I just want to help her shift gears in a healthy way. And also to set the boundaries that I would set if she had an early bus ride or whatever, that she does have to go to bed,” Jennifer noted.
“I feel like hours of sleep have been, not a free for all … but definitely we’ve all pushed later than we normally would. I’ve got to pull that back.”
Jennifer knows other parents have concerns about kids, back-to-school, and socializing in the current health crisis. She recently picked Dr. Anthony Fauci’s brain on the matter in an interview shared on Instagram.
“You can traumatize a child really trying to make them be a hermit,” Dr. Fauci told her.
“You’ve gotta be practical.”
He explains that while mask wearing is important, that doesn’t mean people can’t enjoy the fresh air.
“Sometimes you look. You don’t see anybody for 200 feet, there’s no reason to have the mask over your face,” he said.
“What I usually do is I pull it down, and I enjoy the fresh air. When I pass someone or come into closer contact, I pull the mask up, and it’s really simple to do.”
Jennifer asked about sports, which are on many family’s minds. He advised the best way to go about sports based on how the virus is trending in your area.
“If you are in a green zone, kids can play with each other,” he said. “Assume they are not infected.”
If things are less stable in your area, it’s best to stick to sports that don’t involve a lot of personal contact.
“If you can, to the extent possible — and I know, I had three young kids years ago; it’s very difficult to keep them separated from each other — but if you want to have organized activities, try as best as you can to do things where they’re not falling all over each other, where they can have the social contact without necessarily breathing all over each other.”