Ramona Singer may be the real housewife known for renewal, but it seems that Simon van Kempen and Alex McCord had a similar sentiment when it came to their stroller. The couple purchased a buggy for their firstborn Francois and updated, but never traded it in for another. Johan arrived two years later and rode around Brooklyn in the same pushchair. When Simon was recently asked about his choice of child rides, he said, "Bugaboo Frog; we bought one in 2003 and still have it – we replaced all the parts eventually but never bought another one!" Since his sons are now 4 and 6, we bet the family now explores the Big Apple on foot. Did you rebuild or re-buy when it came to your kiddo's wheels?
Critics are all up in arms about how Real Housewife of New York and health nut Bethenny Frankel lost her baby weight too quickly. In just three weeks, she dropped 29 of the 35 pounds she gained while growing a little bun in her oven. Her critics claim she didn't gain enough while pregnant and is setting up unrealistic expectations for fellow mommies-to-be.
Fellow Real Housewife of NY, Alex McCord, is defending Bethenny, telling Us Weekly,
"I have been through this. I have two children; I gained about 45 lbs. with my first and it was all gone within less than a month . . . There are some people who win the genetic lottery, and it melts off.
Whether it's genetics or a crazy amount of hard work, I am curious about the moms out there . . .
Made famous by her family's everyday antics on Bravo's show, The Real Housewives of New York City, Alex McCord has written a parenting book that will hit bookstore shelves at the end of this year or the beginning of next. Rather than an instructional read, the text will be a he said, she said penned by Alex and her hubby, Simon, about raising their young sons — Francois, 5, and Johan, 3, — in an urban environment. And, since they don't always agree, Alex said it makes for an interesting read.
I recently had a chance to chat via phone with the reality star who wouldn't say who was the most maternal housewife or which castmates's parenting style she identified with, but was happy to dish on what really happened during last season's finale and the fact that she and Simon initially didn't plan to enter parenthood.
lilsugar: At a time in your children's lives when most parents are looking to purchase a parenting book, what made you feel equipped to write one?
Alex McCord: I remembered the books that resonated the most with me when I was pregnant and they were not how to books written by doctors and psychologists, but collections of stories about people living their lives with children and what happened — the good, the bad, the ugly — and by reading that you could see what they learned from it. I had started writing down stories myself in 2004 when I was a mom of one. And now that we have the show, we have the platform to do something like this. There's a huge demand for slice of life entertainment and that's the same viewpoint that we are approaching this book from. It's crazy, off the wall stories about something that happened when we were out with the kids, something that happened when we were at home and my take on it and Simon's take on it.
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