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Name: Rachel Rind

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Occupation: Talent Acquisition Executive (advertising)

Baby’s Sex: 2017 is the year of the boy I'm told - I'm on trend :)

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Just trying to be a cute pregnant chick! Fitted tops that show off, or rather "embrace" the bump are essentials for me--especially when you get to the 20-week mark and there's no confusion as to whether or not your tummy is a baby or winter hibernation residue. I like to think I have my own style in general, but I keep it simple, never fussy (no fishtail braids or clothing that doesn't have an obvious front or back).

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I have enjoyed repurposing my clothing (and my husband's clothing) for pregnancy (my outfit for the shoot is a prime example). Cute/edgy sneakers or a fun low-mid heel (2 1/2 -3 inch) kick up my outfits a notch for sure. I always feel better going out the door if I know I'm rocking the cute pregnant chick look.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy?

Yes. I'm a lot bigger than my usual petite frame but the longer I'm pregnant the easier it gets.

So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?

I've been surprisingly calm during my pregnancy. I'm very aware that I'm carrying my son so I'm never really alone and that's totally OK with me. My happiness is his happiness and vice-versa, this provides me with a deep sense of importance and grounding.

What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?

My love and attention - there will be gobs and gobs of it from my husband and me! I can't wait to meet my little man!

What’s your top 5 registry essentials?

I've received a number of lists from friends and friends of friends on their top baby essentials. The following have been favorited by at least three current moms, except the last one, that's all me.

  1. My Breast Friend (I've been told it's literally a mom's best friend)
  2. Sprout hooded towels (soooo cute)
  3. Ubbi diaper pail (definitely want my nursery to smell like baby not dookie)
  4. The Mamaroo (I have witnessed its magic powers with my friends’ babies)
  5. Burt’s Bees 9 Piece Take Me Home basket (I love good eco products for myself, so for the baby it's all about going green).

Rachel is wearing:

This tunic top is literally 15 years old and it somehow managed to stick around through countless moves around NYC and the world. I used to wear it belted, but left loose it fits like a glove (not for long unfortunately).

Forever 21 Tank Top (they are $3 each, I have tons of them)

Cut-off tights from Destination Maternity.

Betsey Johnson shoes. I work across the street from DSW so I stop in from time to time for a leisure stroll or shoe fix. These pretty little things instantly lift my mood when I slip them on.

Photography by Ren’ee Kahn Bresler for Well Rounded.

Photographed on location at Love Child Yoga.

Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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