Bethenny is, in essence, "cramming" for motherhood. Her first move is to go to a CPR class with the "Stepford Wives of the Upper East Side," which she should probably be used to from the Real Housewives of New York City. The class is taught by a woman with no sense of humor at all. It's good to know what to do if the baby is choking, but also terrifying to learn everything that could go wrong. Then to try to learn it so well that it comes up instinctually in the moment? Sheesh.
Next, Bethenny learns how to put a fake baby in a car seat. As though anybody even drives in New York, but maybe Bethenny has a car or a limo service or something. Bethenny's friend, Lauren, visits with her baby boy, who, like all infants, looks like Don Knotts. Cookie barks every time the baby cries, and it might be time for Cookie's therapist to visit again. Or an exorcist, after a particularly terrifying shot of reflected glare in Cookie's eyes.
So, this was probably meant to be a show about Bethenny's preparation for a baby, but unexpected things happen and you can't time production around a birth. So, unexpectedly, Bethenny's water breaks. I'm glad that Bethenny is able to give us a reality check (those of us who haven't had a baby) about what it's really like to go into labor. Unlike 16 and Pregnant, or even a special episode of Full House, it was gradual and confusing and kind of scary.
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