Great Expectations Quiz: Elise Zealand

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I knew it would happen, during the Great Expectations project a baby was born. So new mom, and pal, Elise Zealand, has now joined the ranks of motherhood and left her belly behind (and it is a gorgeous belly--photography credit to Robert Austin Fitch Photography). Elise in a lawyer who works and plays in NY. And we say welcome to the club mama!

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Due Date:2/1/10 '?? My baby was born on 2/6/10.

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Career and do you have a post-baby career plan:I am the general counsel of a media company. I am too overwhelmed to think about a post-baby plan.

If it were up to you how long would paid maternity last: I think maternity leave should be six months to give all moms a chance to get their babies off to a good start before they have to go back to work.
Weirdest food I've craved this pregnancy: I had been a vegetarian for years and started eating meat shortly before I got pregnant. One night I binged out on a jalapeno, cheese and bacon burger, cheese fries, a black and white milkshake and a root beer. I craved watermelon throughout my pregnancy.

True or false--I can still see my feet:
By my due date, my feet were a distant memory. 

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Favorite maternity fashion splurge:
We bought two great dresses '?? one was a maternity dress by Nicol Caramel, the other a regular dress by Julie Brown that became more like a tunic by the end of my pregnancy. But I wore it until the very end.

Most worn item of maternity clothing:I wore a pair of regular Juicy Couture sweatpants at home until the very end. I can hardly stand to look at them now. For work, I lived in dresses and leggings.

Did you find out the baby's gender? Why or why not?We found out as soon as possible. I had a strong feeling from the very beginning that this was a baby boy '?? so strong that I would have felt like somebody switched babies on me if it had been a girl.

How do you feel about the nude pregnancy portraits? I had never liked a single photograph of myself until I had my pregnancy portraits taken. My photographer, Rob Fitch, is a genius.

Planning a babymoon?
We went to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico when I was about 7 months pregnant. It was heaven.

Push gifts? Tacky or well-deserved? Well deserved!

I'm passionate about: I had a very difficult time getting pregnant and went through a lot of pain after a renowned reproductive endocrinologist told me he wouldn'??t accept me as a patient unless I agreed to use donor eggs '?? based on the results of a single blood test. I thank God every day that I didn'??t listen to him and found a wonderful doctor who was willing to help me despite that test result. I would urge any woman who gets similar news to try alternative medicine, to seek a second (and third) opinion, and to understand that when it comes to having a baby, there'??s only so much medicine and science can do or predict.

Evidence your nesting instincts have kicked in?I went mad buying plastic containers one day '?? anything I could organize into a bin went into a bin. Then I decided I needed to stencil the wall above the crib and sort all of the babies clothes by age and color.


Photos by Robert Austin Fitch Photography www.robfitch.com.

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