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He Said, She Said: Jamie & Brian Stelter

Two of NYC’s media elite dish about their baby on the way.

He Said, She Said: Jamie & Brian Stelter

They say that catastrophic storms are the source of many a baby...and that’s kind of the case for Jamie and Brian Stelter. It was during the Christmas Blizzard of 2010 in NYC that Brian sent this twitter “love note” to NY1’s morning anchor Pat Kiernan: “does jamie shupak have a boyfriend? and how often is she asked out by viewers?” It wasn’t long before Jamie, NY1’s traffic reporter, and Brian, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, started dating, then got married. And six years after that fateful nor’easter, the couple are expecting their first baby.

Of course, it hasn’t all been a media-made fairytale, especially when it comes to pregnancy. Jamie and Brian have been put through the fertility ringer: two miscarriages, two D&Cs, a PCOS diagnosis and several rounds of IUI and IVF. “I hate the word "trying" because it made me feel so shitty for so long,” says Jamie. “When you try and it doesn't work, you fail. That was my life, and our cycle, for years. Try, fail. Try, fail. But what else is there to call it?”

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Last summer, the couple got lucky with some healthy embryos and even luckier to get pregnant on the first transfer. “It was the hardest two-ish years of my life...but in just a few weeks, we'll finally meet this little miracle/rainbow/lovebug of ours.”

The two TV personalities have been open about their fertility struggles, and Jamie says the response has been a blessing. “We shared news of our first miscarriage last February and were flooded with supportive messages from friends, colleagues, total strangers, you name it...many of whom had similar troubles. I wish no one had to struggle with fertility, but so many people do, so why aren't we talking about it more?”

We recently met up with Jamie and Brian to talk pregnancy, parenting and baby oversharing on social media. Here’s what they had to say.

What was your first thought when you found out you were having a baby?

Jamie: I hope it sticks this time.

Brian: Half thrilled, half afraid about the possibility of another miscarriage.

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

Jamie: The best, most loving, fun, goofy, compassionate, patient parent.

Brian: Brilliant. She was destined to be a mom.

What’s your plan for baby’s social media debut?

Jamie: All of it. With lots of emojis.

Brian: Baby steps! I want to share everything... but thoughtfully... one step at a time.

What are you most nervous about when it comes to being a parent?

Jamie: Time/energy/money. The normal stuff. Mostly I'm just super excited.

Brian: I have a different answer to this question every day. But most of the nerves are about the basics -- how to give our child the best life possible.

What’s one thing you’ve learned about your partner during this pregnancy experience?

Jamie: That his well of love for me and our future family is even deeper than I thought. And that he'll never say no when I suggest Shake Shack (which I already kind of knew, but can now officially confirm).

Brian: She's really, really good at this. Super-mom.

When we say NYC parents, you say…

Jamie: Little, crazy, lotta fun.

Brian: The best kind!

When we say birth, you say…

Jamie: DRUGS.

Brian: Can't come soon enough!

When we say newborn, you say…

Jamie: Lovebug

Brian: Welcome!

When we say family, you say…

Jamie: Lucky.

Brian: Dream come true.

When we say sleep, you say…

Jamie: LOL

Brian: My usual nine hours a night, no big deal, right?

When we say oversharing, you say…

Jamie: 🙄

Brian: Define "over."

When we say Baby #2, you say…

Jamie: Can’t wait!

Brian: Whatever Jamie says!

Jamie is wearing HATCH Collection's Georgie Jumper.

Photography by Belle Savransky for Well Rounded.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

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With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

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Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

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If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

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Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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Parents shouldn't feel as though they have no other choice.

Parents across the nation are adjusting to school being back in session during a pandemic. From converting dining rooms into virtual classrooms to totally derailing their careers, parents are finding ways to make it through this unprecedented crisis.

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