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Day in the Life: Olivia Capone Myers

If you’ve been pregnant some time during the last 14 years, there’s a good chance Olivia Capone Myers helped build your wardrobe. She’s worked her way up at Destination Maternity from a design assistant to design director at A Pea in the Pod and now serves as style director for all three of the company's brands (Motherhood Maternity, Destination Maternity and A Pea in the Pod). Suffice it to say, she knew a whole lot about pregnancy style well before her 18-month-old son Greyson was ever in the picture.

These days, her little one plays a big role in her day-to-day, whether she’s at home or in her office in the Northern Liberties neighborhood in Philadelphia. Being a mom (and having experienced pregnancy relatively recently) certainly inspires her design strategy, and her content and direction as Editor-in-Chief of the Destination Maternity blog.

But it's also impacted her workflow. Balance, Capone Myers says, is still “day to day,” but it helps that she’s pared down to what’s really important and cut out the clutter. “I’m a perfectionist, so in order for me to continue to work and be really passionate about what I do, I had to simplify things once I had Greyson. And I had to learn to ask people for help.”

Another saving grace? Staying organized. "Having a schedule helps me be the best mom I can be and the best at my job that I can be."

Below, the style maven gives WRNY a glimpse of her day-to-day, from Greyson’s first sleepy smile to the last instagram check just before bed.

Some days, if I have an event or an early meeting, I get out of bed before my son rises to get myself ready first. Other days, like today, I awake to hearing Greyson chatting in his crib. He is always such a happy baby and seeing his big smile as he’s staring back at me just makes my day. I always give Grey his breakfast in the morning. It’s a nice routine for both of us. He’s just starting to use a fork and spoon so our mornings can be pretty messy!

After Grey’s breakfast, I usually have a quick granola bar and coffee to hold me until I get in the office while I check in on emails and our social media channels. That morning, we were focused on announcing some exciting launches including A Pea in the Pod®’s collaboration with Rebecca Minkoff ®, and a collection of necklaces from Maya Brenner, available now at Destination Maternity® Madison Avenue.

Since I am keeping up with the social feeds of all three of our brands Destination Maternity, Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod and the latest celebrity, blogger and mom-to-be happenings, it’s important for me to get a handle on what’s going on first thing!

I usually take a few minutes after emails to hang with Grey. We read lots of books and play in our living room. Grey is totally into our vintage record player, too, so today he’s especially interested in listening to some vinyl before I head to the office. He’ll pick out a record all by himself; today Sly and the Family Stone are serenading us! Grey shakes his finger and body to the music and it’s pretty awesome. I have to say, moments like this make a hectic morning worth it.

Today I had a photo shoot scheduled for some new head shots, so I headed right to the studio. It’s pretty sweet that one of my favorite local photographers, Trevor Dixon, has a studio not far from our offices. We had some fun!

We took a couple shots using natural and artificial light and got some nice images. Many people don’t know, but I studied dance and theatre for years before becoming a designer and now style director, which has helped me loosen up in front of the camera.

After my shoot, I actually stayed on set for a Motherhood Maternity® Spring photo shoot to help with styling. One of the things that I love about my position with Destination Maternity is that we offer clothing that ranges in price points so I get to put together looks that work for any and every budget. Helping pregnant women and new moms look and feel their best is always our focus and I love how I am able to share tips and tricks in new and creative ways each day.

Lunch is at a local coffee bar and café near our offices. Usually its a salad with lots of greens and some protein. Since breakfast is always quick and light, I fuel up at lunch. Today I got to meet up with my husband since he works in Philly as well. Always nice to have a day date with your husband I think, and he makes for a good photographer!

Back to the office to pick out my top picks for a blog post on our collaboration with Rebecca Minkoff. Rebecca Minkoff ® is one of my favorite designers and a mom herself. I love that the collection offers her chic and edgy style sensibility to expecting women and that our clients can continue wearing a brand they loved before pregnancy. Another reason: I love collaborating on maternity collections!

Home from the office. I make it a habit of being home to spend time with Greyson and my husband as much as possible. Grey goes down for the night at 7:30 pm so we have a short window to hang, but it’s always quality time together. Tonight we hung outside and played for a bit.

After dinner, the three of us always have snuggles in our room before Greyson goes down for the night. It’s my favorite time of day. Then another last look at my iPhone before I unwind for the evening. It’s tough to get away from the news feeds and email but I like to check in one last time and make a to-do list for the next day or week.

Photography by Bob Myers

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Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.

That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.

As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.

"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."

Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.

"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."

The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.

It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.

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Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.

But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.

Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.

The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.

An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."

This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.

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A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.

She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.

"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.

Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).

Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.

This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

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Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.

"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."

Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.

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