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Scheana Shay's life is about to change in a major way as she prepares to take on a new role as a first-time mom. She's about to become a mom to a daughter as she welcome her first child with boyfriend Brock Davies. And, yes as you might imagine, as she embarks on this new chapter in her life, she is both prepared and totally unsure of what to expect from the experience.
The mom to-be has been prepping, however, and spending "a lot of it at home between San Diego and L.A. at my parents' house. We'll be up in L.A. full time in a couple of weeks. Our apartment just isn't ready yet so we've been doing a lot of back and forth. But, it's just been good to see the fam and spend a bunch of time with them and get things ready for baby," she said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Dish back in March. Among those close to her she's prepping for the baby are her cats.
"We've just started playing like crying sounds randomly and putting the phone in the crib with a crying sound to see how they react. But honestly other than that I've been told to bring a blanket or something home with her scent before we bring her home so they can get used to it," she said. "But I think it's just, we're just gonna hope that they adjust well to her. They seem to know, like they'll lay on my stomach a lot. They've been much more needy the last few months since my belly started growing and she's moving. So I'm hoping they just love her and don't try to claw at her or hop in the bassinet and snuggle her too closely."
She further noted "these [cats] are my first kids. So I told Brock, I said when we come home you need to be holding the baby. I will greet the cats right away. I don't want them to feel like they don't have that attention. And my mom will stay with us for a little bit in the beginning. My sister will be around. So as long as they're still getting attention I'm hoping that it'll be okay. But people on Instagram are like 'be careful with cats around babies, you know, cats this, cats that.' I'm like maybe. And maybe not. You don't know how an animal's gonna react until they do. So I'm just, I'm really hoping for the best [laughs]. Like what am I supposed to do, get rid of my cats I've had for 11 years 'cause I'm having a baby? No. Millions of people have cats and babies. It'll be okay."
"It depends on their approach, honestly. Like one [person said to] me, 'you know, you better watch your cats around the baby because they're gonna smell milk and they're gonna smother her and they could suffocate her in the crib.' I'm like 'okay well that's not very helpful or nice.' But then I get the advice from women who see something that I've posted, whether it's a comment on my blog or something on Instagram, and they're like 'hey just FYI,' this has been my recent example, that I shouldn't be eating papaya in my third trimester because there's some chemical in it that can cause pre-term labor. I had no idea about that. I was just posting Brock and I recreating these amazing fruit bowls that we had in Hawaii and I was posting the recipe. And a couple women messaged me. And I'm like that I appreciate," she said.
She continued, "Like that type of advice, that's helpful. But it's the women who are like 'you're not gonna need that many newborn diapers, you got too many of this. Oh, that machine's such a waste of money. Why would you get this?' I'm like do you feel better telling me that? Because every one [that is] negative, I have ten people saying like you might need that many diapers. ... So how do you know how many diapers I need or don't need? And if I have extra, I can donate them. You know, nothing's gonna go to waste. I know ten girls pregnant who are due after me."
As Vanderpump Rules fans know, Scheana isn't one to sit still for long often traveling, going to events, or sharing photos from her various adventures out and about in the world. And being pregnant and having to spend a lot more time at home due to the pandemic has definitely had an effect on Scheana.
"I mean there hasn't been much to do. It's kind of the perfect time to be pregnant in this pandemic. Because there's no FOMO. So it's not like I'm missing out on anything. I would normally be at festivals and this and that and now I can't 'cause I'm pregnant. It's like no one's doing anything. So that's made that part of the preparation and all of that much easier. But, I'm working with this amazing company called the Gugu Guru. Because I'm like I'm clueless. And my mom is amazing but, you know, she hasn't had a kid for a couple of decades. So things have changed. Products have changed. The way of parenting and nursing and pumping, I feel like, just everything's kind of changed over the last couple decades, obviously. They've really helped me feel prepared because I just I didn't know what I'm doing. I still don't. I think that motherly instinct will kick in and I'll just figure it out. And I'm very fortunate to have all of my family super close in L.A., so that'll just be a huge help for us."
Scheana has long wanted to become a mother and after experiencing heartbreak in 2020 when she had a miscarriage to find out she was pregnant shortly after that loss, it's really showed her how much she can handle and she's learned a lot about herself in the process.
"I mean I've always known that I'm a very strong person, But to get pregnant so shortly after a miscarriage, that was really challenging. And it was really scary in the beginning. And I've just learned that, I can get through anything, even something so terrible as losing a baby," she said. " But I think that I wouldn't be able to so easily if I didn't have such a great support system. I mean Brock and my family have been amazing. And just being pregnant in a pandemic, it has its bonuses where you don't have the FOMO. But at the same time it's like I didn't get to do [certain things]. I was thankful that I was able to do a shower at all and we had everyone test and it was safe. But to know those things that you kind of miss out on because you need to be safe and you need to make sure that you're taking the right precautions. But I think I've just learned that I'm a very strong person and I can get through anything."
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