Phobias and Leather Bandeau Tops's Assistant Editor dishes on all the baby mama drama from Episode 6.

This week's episode gave me anxiety just watching the fearful future mommies, Cindi and Nicole. These ladies were dealing with some serious issues about pregnancy. Cindi couldn't handle needles at all and Nicole had fears about being a good mother. But luckily before all the mommy mayhem, we received our daily comic relief courtesy of LT and his unique talent -- creating his own baby bump. Rosie Pope Maternity clearly lucked out finding someone who has this super specialized skill. Of course LT uses his powers to pose and model Rosie's fabulous designs for the crew. I wonder what Hannah's secret ability is...

Much like Michelle and Gary from Episode 4 who hadn't discussed what religion they would raise the child with, I didn't get how Cindi seemingly hadn't considered how her squeamishness and phobia of needles would play into giving birth. Maybe she was out sick the day her class watched The Miracle of Life in school. But come on, how could you not have checked yourself into some intensive therapy to get over your fears and be prepared for the big day. Even her family and friends thought she would adopt, so how did she think this was going to work for her? 

Rosie tried a few different classes to get Cindi in shape for the birth, but Cindi seemed pretty skeptical throughout. In the end, it was the aromatherapy breathing techniques that came through for her during the delivery. She even decided to breast feed after being completely against it! I'd like to think it was due to Leanne the Breast Feeding Consultant's weird breast puppet thing. Was anyone else a bit shocked when she pulled that thing out? Some sort of plastic model or maybe a diagram, but not a plush booby baby. 

Nicole had some deep anxiety about becoming a mother after losing her own mother so early. Truly heartbreaking. Her health complications meant an emergency early delivery, but both mommy and baby were healthy and happy. Again, how stressful was this episode?

However Nicole's drama was balanced out by her desire to pose naked on a horse for a painting. The interesting part being (at least in my opinion) that it was a gift for her husband. I don't know how I would react to such a gift, and although her husband liked it, I think it was pretty clearly he was taken aback during the big unveiling. Also where were they going to hang it? What room is appropriate?

Before I sign off, some mention must be made of LT's outfit for the horse photo shoot. Leather pants, a leather bandeau top, and a leather bolo jacket... This may have been his most puzzling/fiercest look yet. I think it really speaks for itself. 

Next week we have one seriously troubled couple that's in serious need of a Rosie intervention (and a good therapist): 


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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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