Taking the Plunge

Bethenny talks skinny dipping, hunting iguanas, decorating the baby's nursery, and concerns about motherhood.

 

I have to reach out and really thank you for all for watching and embracing BGM. I really opened up my life to you, and I'm so thrilled about the success of the show. I truly appreciate all of your constant support which is really why I work so hard.

I chose st. Bart for our honeymoon because it is such a picturesque place that is Europe meets the Caribbean. There are incredible private beaches, amazing restaurants and lots to do. It is way overpriced which you need to beware, and the natives can definitely be rude to Americans. Take that for what it's worth. Also, the clothes are beautiful, yet also too expensive. A lot of what I wore was from Old Navy. Visit www.bethenny.com to see where I bought everything else.

As for the skinny dipping scene - Jason and I are often carefree. We were so excited about how far we had come that it literally was a metaphor when we took the plunge.

I mean, seriously, is there anyone else in the world that would have to clean iguana poop in their honeymoon suite? We still cry laughing when we talk about it. Ironically, it was a honeymoon highlight. All I care about is laughter.

Jason wasn't offended when I was hesitant about taking his last name. Jason doesn't get easily offended or he wouldn't be married to me. He really understands me as a person, so he knows what an adjustment taking his name would be.

 

 

Jason and I had no clue whatsoever about what to do with a baby, but I suppose you just jump in. We're not the first nor the last. I was most nervous about my life never being the same again.

I didn't read any books on what to expect because I didn't want to imagine all of the ailments and issues. I just wanted to have an unbiased opinion and face challenges as they came. However, I'm the first one to ask or research something I need to answer or feel is a concern.

Knowing me, I'm sure that I'll write some book on babies or pregnancy or motherhood. I write about everything.

My advice on decorating the baby's nursery is to buy the essentials only. You will get blankets and stuffed animals and tons of clothes. Keep it simple because it gets cluttered. You all know stuff overwhelms me.

Jason loved the nude pregnancy pics. I'm so happy I endured feeling so uncomfortable for him.

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Only Time Will Tell

Shawn talks about his journey with Bethenny, and thanks his family, friends, and fans for their support!

It is so hard to believe this journey with Bethenny, Jason, Bryn, Julie, Max and yes, Cookie is coming to an end! When I take a journey (such as this one) I always try to reflect back and look at the bigger picture. I like to assess what I did right, what I did wrong, how I can improve and how I can grow. Working with Bethenny on her wedding took me out of my comfort level and pushed me to work the hardest I ever have. It made me stronger as a person and as a business man. She taught me so many lessons and things that I can't even begin to list them all. There were many ups and there many downs. And there were many "oh s*@t" moments …but from each one I learned a lesson.

When I was working with Bethenny on the baby shower she was a different person, but so was I. I had confidence; I know that sounds self-righteous, but you have to understand it took me 35 long years to get to the point I am today and to be as confident as I am today. Working on her wedding brought me further to the point of "I can do it."

When Erica and I were unwrapping the cake for the baby shower, I was getting the sweats thinking it would be smashed. Something in my gut told me something would be wrong with the cake. And there was. I was fearful I would disappoint Bethenny! Listen, the cake came from a bakery in California (one of Bethenny's favorites) and the overnight carrier was not kind to it. When I pulled the lid off, I mortified that the top had been smashed and little Bryn's face had been ripped off. She was like "Baby of the Opera." So I mustered up the confidence to fix the cake. This was for sure one instance where I did let them see me sweat. But with Erica's help I pulled it together and fixed the cake and Bethenny was never the wiser. I guess that's what I'm talking about. I'm not a pastry chef, but I had the confidence (and watched plenty of cooking shows) to know what to do next.

Seeing Bethenny walk into the baby shower as relaxed as she was, was reward enough for me. She was calm knowing the shower would be fabulous, once again she trusted me. She was able to sit, relax and visit with her friends. It was great to see her like this. This is a woman who isn't able to sit and enjoy a quiet moment because she is always on the go. Which is exactly why she chose Spa Chakra on 5th! There is no better place to have a baby shower than at a spa. It was the perfect! She loved it, said I did a good job and that's all that matters! A client for life? Who knows…only time will tell.

People always ask if Bethenny and I are friends. You don't become friends over night. You both mutually have to open up and trust each other. You have to work at it, it's a relationship and all relationships require work equally from each party. After working on her wedding and now her baby shower I definitely think that we have a mutual understanding of each other. I know what she likes and what she doesn't like. And I think in turn she pushes my limits. She wants a fabulous party (and of course I want to plan one), but I think she also wants me to be the best that I can be. After all it benefits both of us. The more I grow, the better person I become and the better events I design and plan. And it all takes confidence to do so.

It did take confidence to do what I did for Bethenny, but it also took the love and support of my family and friends. My parents have always been super supportive and have never doubted my abilities and have always encouraged me to do what makes me happy. My sister has always been there for me when I have good news or bad or if I just need a shoulder to cry on. And my brother-in-law and nieces, although they don't always say much, have stood by me in my ventures 100%! Then there are my friends - there are too many to count, but their excitement, love and endless support helped push me further to reaching my goals. And then there is Michael, my partner in life and the love of my life; words can't describe the support he has given me. He truly is my driving force. To each and every one of these people, thank you and I love you!

And finally there is all of you, thank you for watching me grow, thank you for your (very honest) comments and thank you for watching my journey. I appreciate all your love and support!

I am not sad to see this journey end, only happy at what awaits me in the future. Until that chapter begins I wish you all the best and cheers!

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