I watch stylist-to-the-stars, Rachel Zoe’s show, The Rachel Zoe Project, on Bravo because…well, because it’s sort of like a fun, fashionable train wreck. On every episode, we see the super-thin Rachel, her husband Roger and various staff (I miss Brad!) stressing out about all things Rachel Zoe. Now, enter baby Skyler. On last night’s season finale, he’s about 6 weeks old. The finale's called, "Baby Changes Everything". In this case, it really means one more staffer: the baby nurse.
In order to keep her “empire” running smoothly, Rachel announces to the camera that she’ll be bringing her baby with her everywhere. Even to work. For those of you who’ve ever brought your baby to work to show your co-workers how cute he or she is, know what a difficult and stressful outing it can be. But, maybe Rachel will be the earth mother I never anticipated. I’m skeptical as I wait to see mom and baby at work.
Cut to Rachel wheeling Skyler onto the set of a fashion shoot for her own line in a fancy stroller and designer baby clothes. I was going to give Rachel major credit for taking an infant to work and juggling it all. But, just as I was thinking how brave she was, enter the baby nurse.
In true Rachel Zoe fashion, her fast-growing entourage now includes Rusty, the baby nurse. Of course, on camera Rachel rushes to Skyler whenever he makes a peep, but has Rusty on standby should she need to hand him off. Decked out in major fashionista wear, Rachel makes several references to breastfeeding and how she can’t stop thinking about her baby, to anyone who will listen. She un-convincingly talks about “sleepless nights” and “poopy diapers”. Who is she kidding? Do any of us think she’s up all night with the baby? If anyone is, it’s probably her desperate-to-be-a-dad husband, Roger. Or the baby nurse.
I guess I’ll have to wait until next season to find out that Rachel’s not really the “surburban mom” she professes to be, as she speeds off in her new Range Rover with Skyler (and the baby nurse) in back.
Christina Simon is the co-author of Beyond The Brochure: An Insider's Guide To Private Elementary Schools In Los Angeles. She writes the blog, Beyond The Brochure.
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