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She might be a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but she defies all model stereotypes: She’s totally down-to-earth and says being a mom is the greatest joy she’s ever experienced. We chatted with the gorgeous Lily Aldridge while she was sitting in the hair chair prepping for a Victoria’s Secret shoot at Milk Studios. The supermodel is married to Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill (yes, “Sex on Fire” was written about her), and they have a two-year-old daughter Dixie Pearl. Lily is extremely hands-on, and unless it’s a quick overnight trip, Dixie comes with her wherever she goes.

The family splits their time between Nashville and New York and just returned from England where they celebrated Dixie’s second birthday at the London Zoo, complete with a cowgirl theme, of course.

Lily got real with us about how she stayed fit during pregnancy, her secret to getting back in shape, her must-have beauty products (she’s obsessed!), her genius tips for traveling with a toddler, and much much more.

Stellar Advice

I was pregnant at same time as Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio and they gave me such good advice for how to stay in shape. I did a lot of prenatal yoga and got lots of massages. I relaxed and had the most beautiful pregnancy – I loved every second of it.

Back To Work

I saw all my friends bounce back with exercise and just being healthy. It was so inspiring to me, so I never worried about that. It was hard work getting back in shape, but I did it, and I was really proud.

After I gave birth, I started doing Ballet Beautiful with Mary Helen Bowers, and she got me ready for the VS fashion show four months post-baby. Getting back in shape with her was an amazing experience. She just had a baby too, so she has a prenatal workout video.

Model Moms

Being a working mom is such a good example for your child. All my friends I work with – Adriana, Miranda [Kerr] and Alessandra – are all amazing working moms, and it’s so great to have such a support system with your friends.

On The Go, Go, Go

Dixie already has so many frequent flyer miles – she comes with me everywhere unless it’s a quick overnight trip.

I pack tons of snacks (raisins and seaweed crisps are favorites) and download a bunch of educational apps on the iPad and let her go to town. It keeps her happy and the people around us, too, since she isn’t crying. Right now, she’s loving ABC Storybots, where robots sing songs about each letter. She can count and sing the ABCs – if you find the right educational apps, the iPad is a great learning tool.

I also have this amazing thing called the CARES Harness – it’s FAA-approved and you don’t need to carry on a car seat. It’s so incredible and makes traveling so much easier.

The Perfect Pregnancy

I did not model while pregnant. I checked out and really relaxed, enjoyed myself and had a healthy, happy pregnancy. I didn’t have tons of cravings, but one night at 4am, I was really wanting dried pineapple and I contemplated waking my husband to go and get it. I waited until the morning, but when I finally got it, it was glorious. Looking back, I should have woken him up!

Pregnancy Wardrobe

I loved my J. Brand maternity jeans. I also loved Hatch – they make such beautiful dresses. I had this one dress from them, and I swear every time I wore it, I got more compliments on it than any other outfit I have ever worn. They were so cute and comfortable. I would love to do a collaboration with them the next time I’m pregnant.

Beauty Junkie

I am a beauty freak. I went to Sephora yesterday and bought like the whole store. I love Creme de la Mer moisturizer, Proactiv Plus cleanser, Pure Fiji starfruit body scrub, Fresh lemon bath cubes, Tom Ford’s Jasmin Rouge and anything Kora [Miranda Kerr’s line].

When I was pregnant, I didn’t put anything on my body that wasn’t all natural. I went a bit wild. I have a whole new respect for ingredients and products. I used a lot of Mama Mio and Kora. To prevent stretch marks, I used a lot of oils – I put as many on as I could, and it worked! Loved the one by Mother’s Special Blend.

#Momfail

I swore I was going to feed her only healthy, organic stuff, but I totally give her juice and ice cream – you have to let them be kids! Also, trying to go down those swirly slides at the park always leads to an embarrassing moment.

The Name Game

I love classic names. I loved the name Pearl and my husband is Southern and he loved the name Dixie. We had two names picked out, and when she was born, I looked at her and just said, she’s a Dixie Pearl! She is such a firecracker and has so much personality – her name suits her perfectly.

Downtime

If you granted me three hours alone on a Saturday afternoon, you’d find me in bed watching House of Cards or Orange Is The New Black being so happy.

Lifesaving Baby Products

Water Wipes are so gentle and amazing, I now use them on my face! Other wipes were irritating her. I’m obsessed with Waxolene as a cure-all because it’s all natural and works. The Fisher-Price swing was a life saver, but next go around I’m getting the mamaRoo that sits on the floor.

The Challenge

Right now, Dixie is so social, and I’m really trying to teach her manners and to share, but it’s really hard to teach a two-year-old. I throw a full-on party in the street when she shares something with anyone, even me!

Night, Night

One of the greatest things I’ve done as a mom is put Dixie on a sleep schedule, using The Dream Sleeper book. It helps everyone get through the day – she knows when it’s time for a nap and is a great sleeper, and I can schedule workouts around that.

Yes, She Eats

I am a huge foodie. I appreciate delicious food, whether it’s a $1 taco or dinner at a five-star restaurant. One of my favorite meal is the roasted chicken at Barbuto, and the chef Jonathan Waxman just opened a restaurant in Nashville that I haven’t been to yet. When we land there tomorrow, the whole family is going directly to Adele’s for dinner. We are so excited he came to Nashville!

Fun With Dixie

We are members of The Nashville Zoo, which is incredible – one of the best zoos I’ve ever been to. At the end of my pregnancy, I would walk around there all day trying to get my labor started.

Dixie and I are obsessed with the homemade popsicles at Las Paletas and it’s right next door to the park, so we get popsicles and go to park and that’s my idea of a perfect day.

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saturdays Katerina Williams
Lives:Tribeca during the week, East Hampton on the weekends
Family: Husband Robert, sons Sebastian (2) and Louk (1 month)
You might know: Her amazing new baby boutique Lullanest in East Hampton (a Manhattan shop is in the works)
Secret obsession: Collecting pennies. Finding them face up truly is good luck! I have a piggy bank (shaped like a pig of course) full of the pennies I’ve found through the years.

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6:30am:

“Mama Up!” Sebastian is ready to take on the day!

6:35am:

We have an intense 5 minute communication (in toddler talk) about finding something he’s termed “dodo”. After presenting numerous items to Sebastian that he assured me were not dodo, I try a toy race car. Success!

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7:00am:

With dodo in hand, we eat fruit and our beloved YoKids yogurt for breakfast as we assemble our Janod alphabet wood puzzle.

7:30am:

I send an email to the Lullanest team confirming our plan for the day, which always includes more training on our products.

9:30am:

September in the Hamptons is my favorite time of year. We pack bags for a day at the orchards.

10:00am:

We stroll through the apple orchards (Sebastian runs!) and stop for fresh treats in the form of cider and pastries from the local farms.

12:30pm:

Picnic lunch. The Weelicious Easy Chicken Nugget recipe is loved by all.

1pm:

Home for Sebastian’s nap, which is also an ideal time for Mama’s Lullanest product research and team meeting.

3pm:

We’re off to the “pak” (park) for some “lulla bell” (swinging). Baba (daddy) is the preferred swing pusher.

4pm:

The Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, where serious play vegetable sorting and lego building ensue.

5:30pm:

Dinner at LT Burger in Sag Harbor.

6:30pm:

Sebastian races to the tub for bath time with the duckies.

7:30pm:

We sit together and read books which currently include “I’m a Big Brother” and “My New Baby”.

8:30pm:

Sebastian is sound asleep (“dodo” by his side), and friends of ours arrive for some drinks and dinner by the pool.

10pm:

Check on baby, shut the lights, and Mama down!

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On Our Radar September 19, 2014

radar WHO: Sick kids who need to stay hydrated and non-sickies who could use added nutrition.
WHAT: Ella’s Kitchen organic electrolyte drinks are full of all natural ingredients (coconut water, fruit and veggie purees) and don’t have any of the bad stuff (artificial flavors, colors, or additives).
WHEN: Stock up before you actually need it.
WHERE: target.com

WHO: Parents and caregivers packing little lunches on the regular.
WHAT: Zoli’s new vaccum-insulated food containers keep soup hot and yogurt cold, plus the cheerful colors just make you feel happy.
WHEN: Before soup season is upon us.
WHERE: zolibaby.com

WHO: Parents of paci-obsessed littles.
WHAT: Chewbeads new paci clips are not only cuter than the other options out there but they also glow in the dark, making them easy to find at all times.
WHEN: Before you lose another one.
WHERE: chewbeads.com

WHO: Owners of downright filthy strollers and car seats.
WHAT: BuggyLOVE is a line of organic cleaning products that safely rid your gear of muck.
WHEN: Before it becomes a health hazard.
WHERE: buggylove.com

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I’m a FTM, EBF my 8-week LO (actually NAK at the moment) and have a semi-embarrassing question: LAM is a real thing, right (not an OWT)? Because we DTD once, and I’m worried I may be PG again already. Have not POAS. It would be impossible to get a BFP, right? RIGHT?! WM on ML freaking out here. TIA.

Welcome to the MMB (mommy message board). Not only must you learn to interpret the unique cries of your baby, but those of your fellow mamas. And they also speak in code. Keep handy this mile-long list of acronyms to translate the beautiful craziness that is the MMB. While it can be a wealth of knowledge, consider yourself warned, it’s a serious rabbit hole.

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attachment parenting

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birth control (what reading a mommy board will drive you to)

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big fat negative (on the stick)

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big fat positive (on the stick)

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breast milk (we gotcha there, huh?)

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controlled crying (a sleep method)

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cloth diaper

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cry it out (aka hell on earth)

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dairy allergy

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dear daughter

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dear husband

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dear son

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did the deed (isn’t “sex” just as easy to spell?)

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exclusively breastfeeding

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expressed breast milk

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elimination communication (we had to wiki that one too)

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formula feeding

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first time mom

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Lactational Amenorrhea Method (natural birth control while breastfeeding)

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little one

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miscarriage

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maternity leave

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mommy message board

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nursing at keyboard

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old wives tale

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pregnant

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pee on a stick

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postpartum depression

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Resources for Infant Educarers (the parenting method all the LA moms follow)

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stay at home mom

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thanks in advance (the universal sign-off on the MMB)

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trying to conceive

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vaginal birth after cesarean

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work at home mom

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working mom

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what you’ll say after reading this list

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