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It’s a tough balance. When you’re a new mother, you never want to miss a moment with your baby — but it's only healthy to have some kind of life outside of just being "Mom," right?

For Jessica Simpson — who gave birth to Maxwell Drew on May 1, 2012, and is now pregnant with her second child — going back to work as a judge/mentor on NBC’s Fashion Star means missing some moments with baby Maxwell.  

“On some of the days of Fashion Star, I’m awake before she is awake, and I’m not home until she’s already back to sleep,” Jessica told People. “That’s only happened about four times, but it makes the day awful. I definitely need to see my baby. I get really sad if I don’t get to see her. And then when Maxwell sees me, she just stares at me and touches my face. I can tell she missed me. That breaks my heart.”

Aww! At least she seems to have a good co-parent at her side in fiancé Eric Johnson, a former NFL player. Jess called Eric a “great father” and added, "It is the sexiest thing in the world to watch how he handles [Maxwell]." And they’ll both be handling someone new before 2013 ends! 

Read the full story for Jessica’s thoughts on how her personal style has changed as a mom. Fashion Star Season 2 premieres March 8 on NBC.

Source: People