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He Said, She Said

He Said, She Said

We’re all about women celebrating their pregnancy--figuring out their style, nesting, beginning a new chapter in their careers--but there’s also so much beauty in the evolution of a couple becoming parents. Gone are the days when dad just sits on the couch like an oaf and here are the days where two people are working as a parenting unit. And we want to hear dad’s side too.

We’ve loved watching one our favorite creative couples, Mick Batyske (better known as DJ MICK) and his expectant wife and fashion and event producer Rana Batyske, get ready to welcome baby boy (little Myles arrived 2 weeks ago!) into the world as a team.

“I'm interested to see how our dynamic changes with this new life we'll be responsible for. It has always been just us, traveling the world for 8 years together,” says Rana.

Here we play a little game of he said, she said with MICK and Rana and give this talented couple a chance to give us both sides of the stories. We can’t wait to see how it plays out.

What kind of parent do you think your partner will be?

MICK: Kind. Firm. Serious yet funny. Loving. But I'm definitely the good cop to her bad cop. She has turned my (pre-marriage) cats into domesticated model citizens of the animal kingdom.

Rana: I picture the early stages of Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom being parallel to Mick's style for sure. I'm happy we're having a boy because Mick gets a real buddy out of the deal...comics every Wednesday, going to ridiculous movies (which I despise and refuse to call films) like Transformers, and teaching his music. He's going to be great because he's shown me greatness throughout my pregnancy.

What baby fashion piece can you not wait to put on your baby?

MICK: Absolutely a pair of the 30-plus sneakers he already has, pre-birth. With more to come...

Rana: A friend just purchased us matching vintage Tokyo Bomber jackets from a recent trip to Japan. Unfortunately, he won't be able to fit into it until he's 4/5. Or younger if I birth a Shaquille O'neal type. In the meantime, I'm really into Australian fashion and Huxbaby has some cool pieces I can't wait to get him into!

What is the song you're most looking forward to sharing with baby?

MICK: No way to just pick one song because music is such a big part of my life, I can't wait for him to just experience the entire scope of musicality. From the hip hop I grew up loving to the jazz and rock music it sampled, and of course the stuff of today.

Rana: Easy...Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Movement II by Phillip Glass. It's the first song he responded to when I put headphones on my belly and it's on my delivery playlist for the main event! The most beautiful song. I feel like I'm in a Tim Burton film when I listen

When we say Brooklyn parents you say...

MICK: Best parents in the world. That said, there are definitely some weird motherfu**ers here.

Rana: Yikes. Am I becoming one?! I find myself thinking about enrollment for music classes. Did I mention they start as early as 7 months?! Kind of zany. Don't get me wrong, there are some really cool parents, but I've met my share that are pretty X-Files.

When we say newborn you say…

MICK: Greatest gift ever.

Rana: Grateful. And thank God for my mother who will be staying a month. And to all of our family flying in every few weeks to help. Blessed!

When we say family you say...

MICK: Helping create a legacy that can improve the world.

Rana: Wish they lived closer.

When we saying cooking you say...

MICK: It's a process. Thank God Chipotle is coming to Park Slope.

Rana: Help! All nannies from the Caribbean please contact us. We care about child care but beef patties don't hurt either.

When we say style you say...

MICK: Clean and simple. Yet expressive.

Rana: Style has always come effortlessly. I'm excited to see my son's sense of style and attitude. I think I'm going to be in for it.

When we say breast you say...

MICK: Nipples!

Rana: Please stick around and don't shrivel up on me. Thank you in advance.

When we say birth you say…

MICK: A day I've waited my whole life to experience and I'm counting down the seconds until his arrival.

Rana: May you be swift. May you be seamless. May you be painless... I know I'm reaching here. I just pray for the most healthy outcome for me and my son.

Photography by Lauren Crew

Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.


This article was sponsored by Earth Mama Organics. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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