As a fashion designer, Rosie Pope creates elegant clothing for pregnant women. As the star of the reality TV show "Pregnant in Heels," she provides a maternity concierge service for expectant parents. And as a mom of four, she has plenty of wisdom to share on parenting.
What made you decide to focus your career on maternity fashion?
I think pregnancy is such an important and wonderful time in a woman's life. I wanted to be able to help them through this journey, both in style and in education, to help give them the confidence they need to enjoy this incredible journey and to be wonderful parents. From this mission, the Rosie Pope Maternity clothing line and MomPrep, my prenatal and postpartum education studios, were born. And now my latest addition: Rosie Pope Baby!
What is your favorite advice to give expecting moms, fashion or otherwise?
You have to embrace and accept yourself with confidence so that you can love your children with confidence.
What has been the most interesting problem you've solved on "Pregnant in Heels"?
They are all interesting! Perhaps ridding a ghost from a haunted nursery!
What is your top advice for new parents?
Try so hard to be in the moment with your kids. It is the quality of time we spend with them that is so important, and it is so easy to be distracted with work, worries and so on, but your kids—in the moments you are with them—must be your focus.
How long have you been married, and how many children do you have?
Eight years, and four kids.
As a working mother, how do you balance your time between work and your kids?
I am lucky that I run my own business, so while I work a lot of hours, I can be flexible about those hours and make sure I have key touchpoints with my kids each day—breakfast and school runs, for example, and dinner, bath and stories. I also am able to bring my kids with me as I travel, and that is such a wonderful experience. Any tips for other moms? It's about being present again. It's not always the quantity of time but the quality.
What shortcuts have you and your hubby come up with to keep the romance alive with your busy schedules?
Not sure about shortcuts, but we are really good at making any night a special night. It doesn't have to be Friday for us to crack open a bottle of something and enjoy each other's company.
What do you think are the top five "musts" in any relationship or marriage?
- Seeing things from their perspective sometimes!
- Remembering your love story.
- Date nights, even if they are in your house whenever the moment arises.
- Intimacy; you may not always feel like it, but you'll be so glad you did!
How do you find "me" time, and what's your favorite thing to do when you find time for yourself?
When everyone is in bed and my husband is at the office late, I get some "me" time, and it usually involves sleeping! I don't do a lot of it, so getting a few extra hours feels like a real luxury.