There is an image of a baby
bump—actually, two baby bumps—that I’ll never forget. Picture my wife and
her good friend Patti, former college roommates, both around 40 and ready to
give birth in two days. With nothing to do but rest, they took up
positions at either end of our couch—two chatty, beautiful and big-bellied
bookends—while I catered to their every need. The moment I took their
picture, I knew it was a belly shot for the ages. Now, I have another one.
I generally don’t like the way
magazines photograph pregnant women—with the stress on them to look brazenly
naked and heavenly maternal. For this month’s cover, we took a different
approach. Alexis Maybank was over eight months pregnant when we had our cover shoot,
and doesn’t she look as stylish and gracious as one might expect from the
e-commerce buccaneer who co-founded Gilt Groupe? Don’t her and her old friend, Gilt
Co-Founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, look great?
Two NYC moms, Alexis and Alexandra
each have their own families, but as you might imagine, their lives are
inextricably connected. My favorite part of our cover interview is when
they explain how they’ve even come to complement each other as
parents—Alexandra being the organized one who does the research; Alexis being
the adventurous one who favors her instincts in letting kids be kids. But
I suspect that many of you will enjoy their shop talk as well: designers,
fashion, travel, a new book…just to name a few of their passions and endeavors.
I especially love having a baby
bump on this particular cover because it’s a
perfect emblem for an issue filled with good stories for new and expectant
parents, and for our biggest annual event—The New York Baby Show—coming up in
Want to know how to put together a
wonderful registry with minimal stress? This issue’s got you covered,
while also catering to our families with older kids with helpful stories on
biking in the city and finding the right day camp, among others.
Of course, I wish I had a second
Editor’s Note to tell you all about The New York Baby Show, but suffice it to
say, big bellies, infants and toddlers are welcome! And for more, visit newyorkbabyshow.com.
Happy April Everyone,