Babymoon Bonanza

Rosie talks about the crazy weather and her even crazier couples.

OK, so I know there is sooo much to discuss after this week's episode, not least of all Curtis' comment about sore behinds. (I still get red and flustered just thinking about it!) But in the interests of style (this is Bravo after all, and I am a maternity designer as well as concierge), I must comment on my hair on this week's episode! When planning the couples’ retreat /babymoon bonanza, I picked the Dominican Republic for many reasons, but not least because of its fantastic weather. "It never rains this time of the year" are the words I heard repeatedly coming from the hotel's reservation staff. Well, it certainly did rain, and it rained hard. Literally every romantic, scenic event I planned coincided with gale force winds and torrential down pours. But being the stubborn concierge that I am, I forged ahead and made my clients do so as well. After all, come rain or shine, we had to get these guys on the same peaceful pages before their babes arrived. It did mean however that I had to say goodbye to any chance of a coiffed hairdo or looking glam in a sticky wet tropical paradise. Each scene displays an even worse mop of madness on my head, so I hope you all get a good little (or large) laugh!

Now on to the couples. Where to begin? If we’re talking about Jennifer and Curtis, I could probably write a book similar to Fifty Shades of Grey (but with pregnant ladies) on their relationship. I know, I know, terrible thought. Marcel and Susan’s book on the other hand might take place in a nunnery (or at least somewhere where large robes are worn and sex is certainly banned)! I couldn't have had couples at more opposite ends of the spectrum, but this is why it made so much sense to push them together. Each had something to learn from the other, and I thought it would be far more effective for them to see the other extreme in action than for me to just talk about it. Besides, it is so hard to think, communicate, and resolve issues in the daily routine of our normal lives. Getting away and disarming ourselves is sometimes the only way to get a real breakthrough, which indeed we did! Victorious once again!

I do want to also say something about how brave these couples were. It is not easy to admit you have problems, and it is certainly not easy to then go away and do something about it. These couples faced each other and their fears for their babies and for themselves, and you have to admire that. So many people just put up with dissatisfaction or let a relationship fold; I dare people to fix the things that are wrong in their lives. It takes guts, but it’s well worth it.

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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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