Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, her husband actor Duane Martin, and their sons Xen,8, and Ezekiel,6 months, are featured in the latest issue of People magazine. The following is an excerpt from the issue in which Tisha talks about living with a son with autism and much more:
Her first child, Xen, 8, is autistic, and the fear of raising another kid with autism gave the actress an uncharacteristic feeling: “I was nervous and scared.” But she and husband Duane Martin’s fears were allayed when son Ezekiel Czar, whose name means “God’s strength,” arrived last September.
With the baby, now 6 months old, on her lap, the actress beams as she strokes his plump cheeks. “He’s a talker. He’s got such a sparkle in his eyes,” Tisha, 41, says of the baby, whom she calls Zeke. “This baby smiles a lot. The first time around, I didn’t get to see my child smile back at me.”
Relieved that Zeke is exhibiting no early signs of autism, Tisha says she is savoring her baby son’s early developmental stages, instead of fearing them as she did when Xen was an infant. Case in point: Nursing Zeke “is such an incredible bonding experience,” she coos. “I’m enjoying every single moment.”
Given her emotionally fraught first go-round at motherhood, it’s a sentiment that Tisha, who is looking for a new project after wrapping her Lifetime sitcom Rita Rocks, never thought she’d utter, “Two kids? I was worried,” she says. “But it’s pretty easy because they make it easy.”
Read more of the article in the March 8th issue of People magazine.