Beyond Happy

Shawn recalls the day Bethenny gave birth to baby Bryn, and applauds Jason, Max and Julie for thier help and support!

 

I was in stitches watching Bethenny takes her CPR class on this week's episode. As a former babysitter (yes, I was, that's how I made money in junior high and high school) I knew what she was going through all too well. One never ever wants to use what they've learned, and (being a former boy scout) one always wants to be prepared. So I was happy to see she was learning, although I am surprised she didn't ask me to join in on the class.

I have to give kudos to both Julie and Max! Having worked with both of them on the wedding I have no doubt they took control of the situation for Bethenny and Jason during this exciting and scary time. While Jason was calling his buddies and Bethenny was multitasking and trying to give orders, it was refreshing to see Julie step in and take control of the situation. She is one of the most level-headed women I have met. She is there to get the job done and quite frankly she doesn't care about the fluff. She puts Bethenny and Jason's needs 100% before her own. She always has their best interest in mind. Without her I think Bethenny and Jason would still be trying to pack to head to the hospital. Her focus puts mine to shame! Seriously without her, Cookie would have been left to get the nursery in order. Now that's something I want to see!

And Max - what can we say about Max? He is by far one of the kindest people I have ever met. He is hard worker who aims to please. When Julie asked Max to go pick up the bassinet and underwear I nearly fell on the floor laughing! That poor guy gets put in some of the most crazy situations, and I thought helping Bethenny pee in a bucket took the cake! You try purchasing post-prego panties for your boss! I can't even imagine what that poor guy was thinking when he was at the salon. In a way it was an uphill battle, he was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. You can see when talking with Bethenny he is a true gentleman trying to navigate his way through bachelorhood. There's an innocence about him that makes him charming. I know someday he is going to find the right lady. In a way, I see Max as a young Jason. I have no doubt that he too will make a great husband and father in the near future and I wish him all the best and success in the world!

I think we all should give Jason a standing ovation! Seriously, could he be more supportive, proud and happy to call Bethenny his wife? He went above and beyond for her; sitting by her side coaxing and encouraging her. And you could tell that if he could have taken her pain away, he would have. I know he was just doing his job as a husband and father to be, but there was something about it ... he was a peacock, protective and proud.

 

 

It was around noon in early May and while prepping for a client's wedding I took a break to check out the news, gossip and such on the Web and what I saw made my heart drop. Breaking News: Reports Bethenny Frankel in Labor! I was like what the hell! She's not due for another five weeks! Immediately I was concerned for Bethenny and the baby's health. With today's technology, delivering five weeks early shouldn't be a concern, but you never know. Unlike others (such as the press and other "celebrities") I chose to do what others didn't, give them their space and peace so they could experience the birth of their child together out of the limelight. After all it really wasn't anyone's business but their own.

When news broke again that they had a healthy child (amid varied reports of the babies sex) out of respect for Bethenny and Jason's privacy I opted to email Julie to let her know that I was thinking of them, wishing them a lifetime of happiness. A few moments later I received an email from Mommy herself stating that they were beyond happy and one day she would love for me meet baby Bryn. A tear came to my eye. I am not sure why, but it did.

I think it was tear of happiness because Bethenny's dreams all came true. She had the man she loved dearly, the wedding she always dreamed of, and a baby to complete the family she always wanted. Who couldn't shed a tear of happiness for that?

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!