Jennifer Love Hewitt refuses to hire a nanny.

The 36-year-old actress, who has 18-month-old daughter Autumn James and is set to give birth to her second child with husband Brian Hallisay next month, enjoys being a hands-on mother and says it has put everything else in her life into perspective.

The 'Criminal Minds' star said: ''I think [as a mom] you just realise how unimportant stuff is. Everything before you have kids is oh-so important and then you have kids and you're like, 'That really doesn't mean anything. My kid is healthy, there's no sniffles, they're sleeping, life is good!' It really puts that into perspective.

''We didn't have a night nurse, we didn't have a nanny. We haven't ever had any of that stuff. It's been really interesting to do it all ourselves.''

Jennifer and Brian are keeping the sex of their unborn baby a surprise, but he thinks it will be another girl.

The brunette beauty told PEOPLE magazine: ''He's of the mindset that he's going to have all girls. That's what he's preparing for and he's very close with his mom and sister so he's fine with that. I think he would be more shocked if it was a boy, but he's prepared either way. He's excited.''