Set to star in The Real Housewives of Atlanta spin-off Rich People’s Problems, Phaedra Parks is one busy expectant mama! Already mom to 2-year-old son Ayden, Phaedra and husband Apollo Nida expect their second son in May.
The reality star opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about balancing her career and family life, her workout DVDs, and her husband’s official role and baby namer this time around. She goes on to talk about maintaining an eco-friendly household and her second pregnancy that is “going really great.”
CBS: How is your second pregnancy going? Do you have any baby names in mind?
PP: “The pregnancy is going great, it’s going really good. I don’t have any baby names in mind as my husband will be giving him his name. I don’t know if he’s actually decided on a name yet.”
CBS: Tell us about your son Ayden. How old is he and what is he into?
PP: “Ayden is 2-years-old and he loves to swim and play instruments. The instruments that he loves right now are the bass guitar and the drums.”
CBS: Is he excited to be a big brother?
PP: “He says he is, but I’m not sure if he really comprehends that it will be another person living in our house on a daily basis. I am not sure if he thinks the baby is just going to be visiting for a short time. He’s very excited. He wanted a sister, but I’m having a son.”
CBS: What can fans of Real Housewives of Atlanta expect to see in upcoming episodes?
PP: “I guess more of the same drama we’ve seen all season.”
CBS: Tell us about your workout DVD Phine Body. What inspired you to do the DVD?
PP: “We’ve got two DVDs. The first DVD focuses on the lower body and the second one focuses on the complete body workout. I’m actually getting ready to shoot a prenatal workout DVD in about three-and-a-half weeks to add to our collection. I’m really excited about that. If we shoot it in April, it should be up and available for rollout no later than the summer months. It will come out early summer or mid-summer, maybe in June.
I was inspired to do the workout DVDs because I am a mom and a working woman. When I was pregnant with Ayden, I really tried to workout a lot. A lot of times, I don’t have time to go to the gym because I am a professional woman and a mom who has to do all the household stuff that moms have to do.
I wanted the ability to workout at home and I wanted something that was fun. Most of us stop working out because we aren’t having fun with the workout. Therefore, I wanted something entertaining that could be done in short increments. Most of our segments are 8-10 minutes, so if you can’t do the whole video, you can do a quick segment and you can come back to it. You can still get your workout on and get fit.”
CBS: How do you balance your busy career and family life?
PP: “Well, it’s really about having effective time management. I think most women want to have it all, but sometimes it’s quite difficult to balance being a mom, being a wife, and having a successful career. At the end of the day it is all about scheduling and prioritizing.
You have to realize that you can’t do it all because no one can. You also have to be willing to ask for help. I think some of us moms get “Super Mom Syndrome” and we really don’t want to ask for help when we need it. I don’t think there is anything wrong with saying, “I need someone. I need a maid. I need someone to help me keep the house clean. I need someone to cook at least one day a week for me.”
At the end of the day, it’s about having a certain quality of life. To me, being a mother has more to do with being available to your child and having those moments that you can’t get back, such as reading the books, having the bath times, snuggling, and going to the park. That’s what’s important. I try to prioritize and make time for those moments, and I also try to ask for help when I need it. Sometimes it’s hard.”
CBS: How do you and your family plan to celebrate Earth Day? How do you teach your family to be eco-friendly?
PP: “We are very into recycling. Earth Day is coming up so quickly and I can’t say that I’ve actually thought about it because I’ve just been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I am sure we will try to find some projects where we can either recycle something or plant something, because I am teaching my son about planting and I’m really big on gardening.
I love to garden and lately we’ve been learning how to cook and how to take care of things. Earth Day might be a fun time for us to plant some of our pineapple tops and see what happens to them. I’ve been explaining to Ayden the purpose of seeds and fruits. More than likely we will plant something in our yard. We live in Georgia and now is a great time for planting because it is a little warm out and things will definitely grow.
I do try to teach my family to be eco-friendly. We recycle every week and we’ve got all our different bins. I try to teach my son about how plastics go into the different bins and about conserving, as much as you can teach a 2-year-old. He’s very much aware of plastics going in certain bins and the conservation of water. He’s also aware that if you don’t drink your bottled water, you put it in the plants and you try not to drink bottled water if you can get filtered water. He understands simple concepts like that.”
CBS: What do you have planned for Mother’s Day? What does Mother’s Day mean to you?
PP: “That’s what my husband has to plan [laughs]. I need my day off for myself. He better have his plans ready, because that’s one day he’ll be on the hot seat [laughs].
I think every day should be Mother’s Day, because moms do so much. For moms, I think Mother’s Day is the one day you should be able to do whatever you like. It is such an honor to have a living mother, and you should have that day to celebrate her. My mom and I are very close and she’s pretty much already told me what she wants for Mother’s Day. I will hopefully celebrate with her during that weekend. It will be right around the time my son is due, so I’m sure I wont be doing too much because I will be ready to pop [laughs].”View Slideshow »»