'Dharma and Greg' and Bowen

Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor dishes on all the baby mama drama from Episode 1.

It's official, Bravo has a case of the babies! And since we're completely ga-ga for Rosie Pope, we're proud to welcome the Baby Talk recap to the world, which dishes on some of the best moments of baby mama drama from each episode. (We wouldn't want to over stimulate you.) So buckle up your car seats, it's going to be a (baby) bumpy ride through the Upper East Side. 

I have to say it was a little off-putting how unexcited Sarah and Jon were when Rosie showed up to design their guest room nursery. As was their fear of anything being "baby-fied" given that they were in fact having a baby. 

However my favorite part of Rosie's time with Sarah by far was when they went shopping for strollers. The sheer look of terror on Sarah's face when confronted with all the options seemed more appropriate for the Haunted Mansion than a baby boutique, but hey, we all have our phobias. And watching her jab at that Maclaren stroller in four-inch heels really drove home the whole Pregnant in Heels visual. But the best was Rosie's comment, "Sarah was not born to stroller fold." I guess "stroller fold" is a verb that's par for the course when you're a pregnancy concierge. 

Luckily Rosie was able to get them excited with a fabulous new nursery (complete with Space Invaders decals). I guess they finally gave in to being "baby-fied" after all. 

The baby name summit was some serious branding business. I was relieved they didn't carry the branding idea too far and name their child Gucci or Target. But I guess those would fall into the "decorative" category, so there's no way that would have happened. 

All of the name restrictions at the brainstorm session kind of reminded me of those problem-solving exercises you had to do in grade school where you had to fill out a seating chart and Bobby wouldn't sit next to Sally, Joan had to be next to Sally but not next to Carlos, etc. The actual list of restrictions went as follows I believe:

Easy to spell

Not too popular

No decorative names

We don't want the first letter to be a J

We don't want an E or and R

We don't want the first name to end in an S

See what I mean? Although my favorite stipulation came when someone suggested just plain old Bo, but Samantha didn't feel it was "fair to give someone only two letters." And really, would you trust a presidential candidate with only two letters in his first name? Didn't think so. 

And why was Samatha so concerned that Jenna Elfman's husband was named Bode? Was that a positive or a negative? Perhaps Samantha just wasn't a big fan of Dharma and Greg

But what really got me was that after all the brainstorming and focus groups, they still went to with Bowen. Even though it was the one name no one liked. Rosie seemed to play it cool when she met baby Bowen, but really after organizing all of that, I might of expected her head to explode into a pile of baby toys. But of course Rosie is the maternity guru, so I guess this was just another day in the life of a pregnancy concierge.    

And next week it looks like Rosie's giving one of the new daddies a taste of what pregnancy's like. Not feeling so sexy now, huh? 

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The Privilege of Parenting

Rosie wanted to deal with her own issues so she could be the best parent possible.

People often ask me why I do what I do. I think it is so important for people to understand the passion I have for helping people be the best parents they can be and to get educated about the process. Parenting is truly a privilege. This episode I decided to open up a little about my past to help you understand a little more about where this passion comes from. You were all so supportive when I was honest about my struggles with fertility, so I wanted to be honest with you about my relationship with my own mom as well. The thing is, as parents we help to shape our children. Of course, there are many other things that go into who they become, but parents have a lot to do with it. This honor should be taken so seriously, and I think it’s at the core of what I do.

Honestly at the beginning of the season I had no idea things would take such a personal direction. But finding out I was having a girl and coming to terms with my speech issues brought to the forefront so many issues from my past that I think I had chosen to lock away. I'm good at locking things away in tiny boxes in my head! It’s a survival technique...probably not a good one, but hey, I am a work in progress! Pregnancy is really a time to come to terms with the parts of you that you don't like, because as a parent, we have to love who we are. We have to be proud of ourselves so we can be role models to our children. If there is any self-hate in there, it will get brought out the moment you look into your child's eyes, because you'll want to hide those sides of you and doing that in my opinion always leads to disaster. Children know when you are not being honest with them about whom and what you are.

So I decided to take a long, hard look at who I am, why I do what I do, and to try and get to a better place with what I think about myself so I can be the best role model possible for my children. I hope in some way that understanding better who I am will help all of you in your own lives get to a place of love for yourself. Whether you are becoming a parent, already are a parent, or not one yet a parent, you deserve it! Life is just too short to live so full of pain. If I can do it, so can you.

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