Kristen Bell feared she wouldn't love her baby as much as her dogs

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Before "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell gave birth to her daughter Lincoln, with husband Dax Shepard, she had some serious concerns about her connection to the baby and how much she'd care for it.

In a new interview with Flare, Bell opens up about the worries she had. "I kept saying to Dax in all sincerity during my pregnancy, 'I just don't know how I'm going to like her as much as I like the dogs'," she reveals. "I was being serious. Because I f***ing love my dogs; they are my children. I love people the more i know them, and I didn't know her. It could've been a water bottle in my belly, that's about how connected I felt to her during my pregnancy."

That feeling vanished once Bell gave birth, as she continues, "Within about 24 hours after she came out, my hormones reset, and they reprogrammed my feelings about her."

Bell also talked about her relationship with Shepard, admitting they wouldn't have worked out if they met in high school. "He was a drug addict and he was wild, and I was very much a good girl who went to Catholic school," she recalls. While both hail from Michigan, Bell was from closer to Detroit, while Shepard was raised in a small "drive-your-tractor-to-the-7-eleven-type" of town.

There's no looking back now, though. The couple was married in October and have never been better, thanks in part to how they handle the relationship. "Our main rule is: Check your ego at the door, and be aware of when the other person is spinning out," she says. "As artists, everything is vanity- and narcissism-driven: my career, the strategy behind it, the next level I want to hit, my photo shoot, how I was in my acting scene, my premiere. So we try to do a really good job of being human beings in the rest of our life." 

That includes have little Twitter wars with each other and leading largely private lives, which has kept photos of their daughter out of the press. "I would really not like to see the aftermath of the first person who tries to take a picture of Lincoln. There are going to be a lot of stitches," she promises.
Photo/Video credit: Flare