As I crack open yet another Diet Coke and sit in my window seat staring out to the clouds on my flight home back from a press tour and a blogging conference (SheCon) in Miami, slightly (okay, very) annoyed that the lady in the unitard sitting next to me is hogging both elbow rests so typing is almost impossible, I am starting to reflect over the last eight weeks of Pregnant in Heels on Bravo.
Eight weeks ago, very few people knew who I was. Though, let’s face it, after eight weeks on the air I am not exactly equal to the President in my notoriety or importance to the country (don’t worry, reality TV didn’t go to my head — I am not now a completely narcissistic looney tune requesting only orchids and gold M&M’s everywhere I go). Even though I may not have soared to the roof single-name starlet after the past eight weeks, it is certainly safe to say that far more people now know a little more about me, Rosie Pope Maternity and MomPrep. I mean, I was spoofed on Saturday Night Live after all, certainly one of the greatest honors of my career! So I suppose in some way I have snuck into the zeitgeist of pop culture and become worthy of discussion.
However, what I do on Pregnant in Heels is only a small snippet of what we do as a company. Underneath it all, the company is about helping people be great parents, preparing, celebrating and ultimately figuring it all out (of course this is something I’m still doing, but then again maybe that is why I am so good at helping other people do it).
People keep asking me what it feels like now that the showed has aired. For those that know me, “feels” is not a word that makes me very comfortable. It “feels” insanely personal and while I am totally okay with sharing the personal portions (I mean, really, I put my life on TV after all), I am always just so terrible at responding to the question and end up diving into some deep (probably far too deep) explanation of my inner psyche and all that I have felt over the last decade. Not exactly what I think they wanted to hear! But even if I can’t quite explain how it all feels, I can tell you two very real things about my experience:
- I have really enjoyed the experience and hope this is only the beginning.
- I have been truly overwhelmed with how lovely people are.
I have had the great fortune to travel to different parts of America during the airing of the show but even just walking the streets of Manhattan, I have had the privilege to meet the men and women who love our show and I am truly humbled not only by how nice and supportive they each are, but also by the stories they share with me. Just yesterday, a lady approached me to ask how I achieve a work life balance, how I do it all and to thank me for being a positive role model for parents and motherhood. She then went on to tell me her husband is a wounded veteran and she gets up every day at 1:30 a.m. to go to work and support her family.
Her story, like so many others that are shared with me, is so amazing. She is a true inspiration to not only me, but to her children as well, and truly a positive role model for parents and motherhood. It is moments like these that make me want to never stop trying to create a place of support, guidance and celebration for parents and parents-to-be. So in being able to tell some of my story and in turn hear some of yours, I am humbled by what an amazing group of supporters and fans I have. You truly are a strong and amazing bunch!
It makes me so very glad that all those years ago I decided to make America my home. It is not always so easy to say that you’ve made the right choice in life, but I certainly can and I think that is something to be proud of!
Okay, so I feel like I just wrote a graduation speech for a college but I actually feel rather moved by the whole thing….who knew reality TV could end up feeling so deep?!