Mr. Roboto

Rosie explains the genius of her robot baby.

I am not generally a self-congratulatory person, but I have to say, when I discovered robot baby, I was pretty proud of myself! I mean, could a maternity concierge have a better partner?! I think not. You see, I find clients like Jay and Paula can talk all they want about wanting to be prepared and wanting to work together, but the fact is all that talking doesn't always get the results people are looking for, especially when they aren't listening to each other. It's far better to push them to their limits in order for a change to happen. Hence robot baby. This crazed mechanical doll requires feeding, burping, swaddling, and neck support –- it’s not messing around. If you don't do it right or for long enough, those little mechanical lungs are going to let you know about it! For this couple an entire day of intensive MomPrep classes was not enough, they needed it to be followed up by an evening with robot baby before they finally realized things needed to change. They needed to support and trust each other and work together as a team. Besides, robot baby isn't exactly cuddly, so when they finally meet their real baby it will be sooo much easier. When it’s your child and your heart is so full of love for them, all that work doesn't seem like work. It’s an honor and a blessing to have the opportunity to parent, but I had to push Paula and Jay to their limits to get them to see this.

Now before I moved on to Jenay, I must comment on Jay's interpretation of "tummy time"! Bless his little cotton socks, he was trying to so hard on that Mommy IQ test, but the poor lamb just wouldn’t admit when he had no idea what he was talking about! A little piece of advice -- I prefer someone to be honest when they don't know something so I can teach them rather than insisting on something totally and utterly insane! Poor Jay kept insisting tummy time starts before the baby is born. What? I am still confused. If anyone has the slightest idea what he was talking about, please let me know.Now when it comes to Jenay, I can't even begin to describe the level of indecision this lady had. I mean, I actually had to design a set of tests for her to choose a godparent! Not something any of my clients have asked for in the past. With that level of indecision you can imagine how hard it was for her to pick out a dress in my store. It didn’t help that I was pregnant and my patience was short! Thank goodness for mocktails and jelly beans (something we never have a shortage of at my stores)!

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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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