Princess Anna and Mental Health Warrior, Patti Murin, joins us to share what it’s like to be pregnant during COVID-19. From Cadbury egg cravings to enduring 5 weeks of what was presumably the virus, growing a human in quarantine has definitely been a challenge, but her “one day at a time” mentality has helped her cope in ways she never anticipated. Having always been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression, Patti feels more equipped than most to handle the emotional impacts of self-isolation, and helping others through what feels like “The Mental Health Olympics” is feeding her soul in a way she never imagined.
Tony and Grammy Award winner, Heather Headley was doing it all before COVID-19, filming the new Netflix series (streaming May 19th), ‘Sweet Magnolias’, the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic ‘Respect’, traveling worldwide for concerts, and being a mother to three children. Forced to stop, she is finding “beauty in the ashes” of this time as she relishes her family in a way that wouldn’t have previously been possible. She shares her infectious joy and humor with us as we chat about her incredible experience onset two months postpartum, how her oldest son is responsible for her daughter’s birth, and how the football players at Northwestern University crashed the Waa-Mu show and forever changed her life.
Actress, writer, and co-host of the award winning podcast “What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood” Amy Wilson joins us to share her experience self-isolating with older children, trying to keep them fed, and protecting them from the fear of this pandemic. We also revisit the “pause” that becoming a mother forces us to take and how much it has in common with this global experience we are having, forcing us to take a moment away from work, grappling with the unknown, knowing that when we do return, it won’t be the same, that we will be forever changed…just like becoming a mother.
Actor turned baby guru, Jamie Grayson, joins us as the first male guest on our show! Formerly known as The BabyGuyNYC, he shares with us how a dreaded stall of a subway ride led to a job interview that forever changed his life’s journey. His spunky, sensitive spirit and southern charm made him the go-to for all things “baby” in New York City and now he shares his expertise online and at trade shows all over the country. We asked him to share his top products to help parents while sheltering in place with their children, and he did not disappoint. Jamie brought the wine, the humor, the stories, and of course the promo codes…you might say it’s our version of the Oprah giveaway….tune in for the fun!
With 17 Broadway shows between them, leading ladies, Jenn Gambatese and Nikki Renee Daniels were about to add two more to the list, Mrs. Doubtfire and Company. COVID-19 has put an extended pause on the opening of their shows, and much like the postponed Olympic Games, the incredible hard work and passion that goes into mounting a Broadway show has come to screeching halt. As a result they are both experiencing severe #momlash adjusting back to full time parenting after being more than a full-time performer between rehearsals and previews. These veterans of the Great White Way, have also both spent extended time away from their families for work, and they share all the things that come with it, the mom guilt, the travel back and forth, missing holidays with family… and dare we say it, the freedom that comes with being away (did someone say they could take a nap?!)