A Pregnant Pause
I got pregnant easily with Estela. When my husband and I started trying for our second, we tried for a really long time with no results and began getting worried. So beyond being on top of my ovulation and knowing what was going on with my body, I took some extra steps. I'm a big believer in acupuncture.
Her Cheering Section
I host a supper club once a month with all celebrity moms: Denise Richards, Brooke Burke, Nancy O'Dell, Candice Cameron, Lisa Rinna, Allison Sweeney, Kyle Richards and Holly Robinson-Peete. Most of them are moms I can turn to for advice on having more than one! They were rooting for me while I was trying to get pregnant with number two.
Buckle Up Now!
Every single baby has to be put in a car seat, but there's not enough education about it. I became a car-seat technician and realized how much I had been doing wrong! That's why I helped start the Red CARpet event, where celebrities drive car-seat awareness.
Nausea Game Plan
Beyond herbs, tea and ginger ale: carbs. For three months I ate nothing but bread and starch. Rice, potatoes, pasta and a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches. Thankfully, I'd started doing core workouts, which has been my saving grace. (Her workout buddy is Selma Blair!)
When I go to the ABC Expo, a trade show for baby products, I get heart palpitations, I get so excited, because there are so many incredible products out there that some of the world never gets to see. I get so inspired that I've launched a website called Spokesmom.com. It's the first product-review site for moms.
Big Sister on Board
Estela is 3, so she's at a great age to have a new sibling. We watch Web videos about how babies develop, and I take her with me to the doctor visits.
Tricks of the Trade
With Estela, I followed the Happiest Baby on the Block method and swaddled her for 10 months. It worked like a charm!
She's a Momprenuer!
Everyone is asking about whether I'll make boy's clothes for my company, Belle Parish. I really want to do bedding, and I want to do accessories, and I want to do everything. I really learned a lot, because we do it all out of my garage! It's a lot of work. So we're going to stay as small as we can for now.
Originally published in the October 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.