We get asked a lot, “Is your model really pregnant?” The answer is always “yes.” Most recently we’ve had the pleasure of working with first-time mom, Amanda Booth. Her incredible work ethic and warm personality made it easy to fall in love. (She even insisted on driving our team to the airport since we happened to be on the same flight.) Amanda answered some questions about her pregnancy and new motherhood. Hometown: I was born an army brat in Watertown, NY but moved a bunch. I spent most of my childhood in Pennsylvania as that’s where my grandparents lived, and that tended to be our home base. Where did you meet (husband) Mike: Mike and I met through my roommate at the time! She got hired by him to be a women’s designer at a brand that he was the creative director of. After a year of going to the social events of the brand he stole my number from her phone while she was in the bathroom! The rest is history… Pre-baby responsibilities: We have two pugs. Jack is fawn, he’s six. Petey is black, and he’s 9. We also have a fish named Dos Sushi. Sushi number one passed away after three years so we have named him after his fallen brother. Modeling while pregnant, what’s it like: Modeling pregnant was a dream! Eating extra breakfast to make the bump bigger…what a delight! It did have its challenges at first, having to push out instead of suck in. Didn’t take long to get use to that though. Biggest pregnancy craving: Anything with vinegar actually. I have always loved sweets, so that stayed the same. I couldn’t get enough salt and vinegar chips, or fried fish with vinegar, pickles… What did you miss most while pregnant: I missed surfing the most! I could have gone out there, technically, and just paddled on my knees. I suffered a head injury two months before I became pregnant, so I know the risk of surfing out in the populated California waters – that just wasn’t worth it to me. Looking forward to getting back out there! Maternity must-haves: Luckily now a days you can find some cool looking sweats that are 100% acceptable to wear in public! So, I highly recommend a pair of those! A huge, fluffy pregnancy pillow. Magnesium supplement for crampy and restless legs, and a good lotion for the itchy stretchy skin on the tummy! Favorite part of motherhood: So far I have to say that my favorite part has been breastfeeding. We’re still new at it, so it gets pretty exhausting being on demand like that. But, the second I look down at his little jaw moving about, knowing Im providing him with life…it’s just incredible! Nursery vibe: We have a surf board, and skate boards strewn about with a simple crib. Thats it so far… less is more! We’re waiting to see which route his own personality goes, then maybe we’ll paint it. Nursing…breezy or challenging: Nursing was really hard in the beginning. We were planning an at home birth, but our baby ended up being growth restricted so we had to rush to the hospital to be induced. Since he was born at a low birth weight, I put a lot of stress on myself to get my milk to come in, establish a good latch, and get his weight going straight away. He was also in the NICU so we had a group of people staring at us, while he was attached to quite a few wires. It was really stressful… But my milk came in after about 12 hours, super fast! He did well with the latch and its an on going adjustment. I came up with a lactation song that I sing to him, I swear it works! “Open your mouth, big and round, let the milk go down, to your belly.” How did you pick a name: I was looking at names one day and came across it as a variation of my husbands name, Michael. When I looked at the name meaning (Micah was a prophet who protected the poor) I liked that connotation for his hopeful personality. Ready to get back to work, or planning on laying low for a while: I wish I could lay low with him forever!!! I got auditions sent to me six days after his birth. So, I imagine Ill have to get back at it a bit before I hoped. Its lovely however, that I am freelance. So, even when Im “back” its not a 5 day a week gig. So, we will have more time than most.
If you’ve been pregnant before then you probably know the moment towards the end of your pregnancy when you feel the overwhelming urge to deep clean and rearrange your entire house so that it’s perfect for your baby. Things will be hectic enough once baby comes so take advantage of this intense nesting instinct while you have it! Find the perfect spot for everything. Channel that organizational energy towards getting the junk drawer straightened out and rearranging your pantry so that you don’t have to go searching for that box of formula while baby is crying. And then there’s the fun stuff: stocking and organizing baby’s closet. Here are some ideas we loved on Pinterest: Do your deep cleaning during this time. Wash all the sheets, dust like it’s going out of style, and mop the floors (or ask someone to). And while your nesting instinct is in full swing, do all the little things that get skipped over during regular house cleaning chores like vacuuming under the sofas, scrubbing the blinds, and cleaning the fridge. Be prepared by stocking up on the little things that you might not have time to take care of after delivery. Think of things like the obvious diapers and bottles. But, we also suggest pulling together a stock pile of nursing supplies. You’ll need tons of nursing pads, burping clothes, and creams. Having all of your supplies gathered next to the chair you plan to nurse in will make the process a bit smoother.
While on a hike with my daughters and their friends on Sunday, I spotted a sweet expecting couple enjoying a picnic. It turned out that Nicole Sturzenberger and her husband Toby were trying to beat the 108-degree weather in Davis, CA – not exactly ideal for a mom-to-be. Continue reading Pregnant with a View