As you may already know, Bump Envy is one of our favorite pieces in our Well Rounded NY puzzle. Not only because we get to see how differently so many women can dress their new similar-as-it-ever-will-be-to-another-woman body shapes, but also because every 6-8 weeks or so, we have the pleasure of hanging out with so many fantastic (pregnant) women. We get to relive our pregnancy stories and hear their new ones, and see the excitement in their faces as they speak about their impending babes. We get to learn how they really felt when they found out they were having a boy or a girl (not always tears of joy!). And we get to dish woman to woman. During each Bump Envy shoot, we’re reminded exactly why we’ve created this destination, and who we’ve created it for -- you. We also get to check out some of the gorgeous spaces we may not normally stumble across, like the Arlington Club steakhouse on the Upper East Side. As Brooklyn girls, you’ll find us more in our hoods or downtown, but every time we go higher then 34th Street, we can’t help but feel like newbies. The Arlington’s grand and old world style was the perfect place to welcome our very brave Bump Enviable mamas who braved the elements to visit us on a very slushy day. But then again, isn’t every day slushy in NYC this winter? Enjoy some outtakes by the talented Desiree Walters, and find out more about the TAO Group’s Arlington Club here. Photography by Desiree Walters Photography
There's the magazine cover photo of the new celebrity mom glowing as she looks down at the beautiful, sleeping baby in her arms—and then there's real life.
In real life, postpartum mothers are just as likely to be wearing diapers as their babies are, and bumps need months to deflate.
That's why we're so grateful for the way celebrities are ditching damaging narratives about postpartum perfection and embracing the messy authenticity of new motherhood. Thanks to these modern mamas, the rest of us are seeing our own experiences reflected in pop culture, and that lets us know we're not alone.