Rosie Pope is not only an actress, she’s also a household name in the parenting world. Pope, 34, is the founder of Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby, as well as author of “Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy.”
Just recently, the mom-of-four shared her tips, personal stories and answered questions at the very first, Southern Baby Show in Charleston, SC. Celebrity Baby Scoop was able to speak with Rosie about her passions and what she enjoys most about being a mom.
CBS: How did you get involved in the first ever “Southern Baby Show”? What kinds of resources will be available for expectant moms?
RP: “I have a passion for meeting as many moms and dads as possible as they navigate through pregnancy and parenting. It is so important to be able to hear what is concerning them and help give them the confidence they need to be the parents they want to be. When the southern baby show approached me I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do this in one of my favorite cities in America: Charleston!”
CBS: What kind of advice will you give first time moms during your Mommy IQ talk?
RP: “First of all they need to know I’m not perfect! I’m a work in progress. Then I help them understand how to build a tribe to support them, to figure out what is best for their family because to is not necessarily what is best for those around them, how to tune out the judgmental noise that is so prevalent in today’s pregnancy and parenting worlds and to teach them how to come back from parenting mistakes (which everyone will make) to raise more confident and well rounded children because of it.”
CBS: How is your Rosie Pope Baby collection going? Was it stressful doing the launch so close to your due date? What are some of your favorite pieces from the collection?
RP: “I am so proud of this collection to be able to combine fashion with function so both baby and parents are happy! But YES it was a tad stressful giving birth at the same time as launching it! I am just thrilled baby Bridget gets to wear the clothes so she can give me feedback as we expand the line!”
CBS: Bridget Monroe is just about 5 weeks old, how are you are feeling? Are you experiencing a lot of sleepless nights? How did James, Wellington and Vivienne react when you brought her home?
RP: “I am a big advocate of schedules for both feeding and sleep so that I can get my kids to sleep through the night as soon as possible. It’s important for our family so I can actually function during the day! Bridget is doing really well only waking up once a night. The kids adore her and it is such an amazing thing to watch them love and try to help to care for her with me.”
CBS: What kinds of things are the kids into now? What activities do you enjoy doing as a family?
RP: “We are a very active and creative family so were always doing some wild art project in the back yard getting really messy or supporting one of the kids at sports. It’s so fun that they are all so supportive and encouraging of each other.”
CBS: What do you enjoy most about being a Mom? As a mom of 4 young kids, what advice can you give other moms on finding time to pamper themselves?
RP: “Watching them grow and getting to be part of these amazing little peoples lives – it’s an honor. Pampering means different things to different people so don’t feel pressured to have to find the time for a massage! Figure out what pampering means to you and then you have to schedule it — it’s not going to just happen! But also understand life as phases and while right now you may not have a lot of time to pamper one day you’ll have more time. We feel such pressure to do it all, all at once.”
CBS: What would your ideal Mother’s Day gift be? Do you have a favorite way you like to spend the day? Suggestions for dads at a loss for how to make Mother’s Day special?
RP: “It’s my daughter Vivienne’s birthday so I spend it celebrating with her. Whether mothers or Father’s Day do or buy something for the other that they truly like. We have a tendency to buy or do things for people that we want them to have or experience as opposed to what they want and never be afraid to ask if you are at a loss – id rather help than get something I don’t want.”
CBS: Do you have any new projects you’d like to share with us?