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Family Portrait: Rosie Pope of Bravo's Pregnant in Heels

The maternity-store owner and reality-show star gives us the scoop on Pregnant in Heels' second season and shares her family's favorite city spots.

  • American Museum of Natural History

  • American Museum of Natural History

  • Photograph: Gaby Dressler

    Ancient Playground

  • Photograph: Gaby Dressler

    Ancient Playground

  • Central Park Zoo

  • Central Park Zoo

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    FAO Schwartz

  • FAO Schwartz

  • Kidville

  • Photograph: Jonathan Latiff/ pawparazzis.com

    Kidville

It's an exciting month for mom and maternity-store owner Rosie Pope, who lives on the Upper East Side with her husband, Daron, the CEO of Rosie Pope Maternity and MomPrep, and their children James, 3, and Wellington, 15 months. Not only does the second season of her popular reality show Pregnant in Heels return to Bravo on Tuesday, May 15, but she's also expecting her third child. "This season's episodes show a little bit more of my personal life, including my pregnancy and the many aspects of my business," says Pope. "We also delve into some hot-button topics, from home birth, placenta eating and breast-milk banks to haunted nurseries and outlandish babymoons."

THEIR FAVORITE...

WEEKEND ACTIVITY
"We love visiting the Central Park Zoo and then making our way back north through the park, stopping at all the playgrounds until we reach our apartment. It's exhausting but so much fun."

WARM-WEATHER ACTIVITY
"We've been known to go on an ice-cream crawl of our favorite ice-cream carts and shops on the Upper East Side. We always finish at Ciao Bella (27 E 92nd St between Fifth and Madison Aves; 212-831-5555, ciaobellagelato.com). They have different flavors every day but the passion-fruit sorbet and green-tea ice cream are the best."

CITY MUSEUM
"Nothing can beat the gigantic blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History. The kids love lying on the floor and staring up at the massive whale—we even imagine that we are deep-sea divers."

TOY STORE
"FAO Schwarz. It's such an adventure exploring all the floors, watching the toy exhibits in action and then choosing our favorite thing to take home. We usually indulge in a little candy, too. It's really a great way to spend a rainy day."

CITY PLAYGROUND

"Ancient Playground—we call it the pyramid park—is great for any age kid. The ground is super soft, so Wellington doesn't get hurt, but there are also ample pyramids, tunnels and bridges for James to play on and in. He likes to pretend he's a superhero."

INDOOR PLAY SPACE
"We often make playdates at Kidville—the large open room has a rock-climbing wall, ball pit and other activities for kids, all in a safe environment."

FAMILY RESTAURANT
"Roc (190A Duane St at Greenwich St; 212-625-3333, rocrestaurant.com) is a perfect combination of old Italian charm and modern Italian cooking. They also have a way of creating the perfect pasta dish for children while still making parents feel like they're on a date."

 

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