Why Was I In NYC Last Week?

**FYI: The Baby Tooth page has been updated with Lucas’s 3 Month update!**

I’ve been trying to get this post together for a few days now, but between little man has been needing some extra lovin’ this week (not sure if teething is started, if he’s going through a Wonder Week, or something else…it’s all a guessing game right now) so my hands have been a bit tied.

BUT…now that I have a few extra minutes to spare, I figured I’d check in with you all and let you in on some deets of my recent NYC trip. Soooo, let me go back to a little over a month ago…

I received an email from someone at Fitness Magazine with some really exciting news. At first, I wasn’t quite sure if it was even real, but sure enough, after some volleying of emails back and forth it was indeed a real thing.

As it turns out, Lands’ End was interested in using me in a photo shoot, which was being coordinated through Fitness Magazine! At first, of course, I was totally psyched and completely thrown off guard. Then the reality set in a bit and I started worrying…

“Umm, I wonder if they realize I just had a baby a little over two months ago? I’m not exactly the picture of “fitness” right now!”

Since I’ve been a (very, very small) part of the world of modeling before, I know and understand that sometimes needs and wants are very specific. I quickly addressed these concerns with both Fitness and Lands’ End (I even sent them pictures of myself just so there were no “surprises”) but they agreed that I was still, in fact, what they were looking for.

WOAH. Hold the phone. Now it was getting real (and I’ll get to more of my feelings on that in a second).

Email correspondence continued back and forth for a few more weeks and, eventually, travel and logistics started to fall into place. So last Thursday evening, Jay, Lucas, and myself hopped on the train and headed down to NYC for a photo shoot.

Yes, all of that was for a trip not longer than 24 hours. Boy how things change when a baby is involved!

Thankfully, Lucas was amazing on the trip down. He fell asleep in the car on the way to the train station, and stayed asleep for about three quarters of the ride down. Once he woke up, he was happy as a clam and remained easily entertained by his two silly parents. We checked in to our hotel no problem on Thursday night, we all got a good night’s sleep (Lucas only woke up once, as per usual), and then I was up and at ‘em bright and early Friday morning.

A car came to pick me up from the hotel to bring me on set for hair and makeup. When I first got there, I was surprised to see it really just looked like a big, random building. But inside, I discovered that each floor had spaces that companies could rent out for various photo shoot needs. It was really pretty cool to see everything all set up!

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Shortly after finding my way to our space, breakfast was catered so I helped myself to a plate while waiting for what was next.

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First things first, we had to make sure that the clothing fit, so we had a quick fitting (they even had a seamstress on set to make sure that the clothes were tailored to fit me perfectly…so cool, right?!). Once we had that settled, I went and had hair and makeup done by my stylist.

He was such an awesome guy. It was actually him and my clothing stylist (gosh, it sounds so fancy, doesn’t it?) who were the two that I dealt with the most during the day and they were both fantastic. So helpful, accommodating, nice, and friendly.

The shoot took all day long – I arrived on set just after 7:00am, and we didn’t wrap until a little after 5:00pm – and by the end of the day, I was pooped.

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Having people poke, primp, fix, move, and adjust you all day long can be exhausting, but it was still ridiculously fun. There was a break for lunch somewhere in there between shooting and touch ups, so I made sure to relax and grab a plate (the asparagus was soooo good).

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I also made sure to take a few breaks to spend time with my boys, who were on set almost all day (a separate car picked them up a little later in the morning).

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By the time we wrapped up (it even ended with a “That’s a wrap!” with applause…just like you see on TV, haha), we had a little time to get our things together before a car was due to pick us up and bring us back to the train station.

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Unfortunately, Mr. Lucas was not loving the car ride home (couldn’t fall asleep, super fussy, needed to be held-standing, of course, yadda yadda…) but we managed. By the time we got home around almost 11pm though, I was more than ready for bed. Whew.

So while I can’t get into any specifics of the shoot and/or what it was for YET, I CAN tell you that you will most likely be seeing my mug (and maybe even Lucas’s! Winking smile ) in an upcoming issue of Fitness Magazine, as well as an upcoming catalog for Lands’ End.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the whole thing…

At first, as I mentioned before, I was a little nervous about the timing. Just having had a baby a little over three months ago, I’m not exactly in my fittest shape (nor would I expect to be!). I won’t lie…I was feeling pretty self-conscious at first, and I doubted whether or not I should be the right choice for them. And sadly, I was surprised to see just how quickly my mind initially started going back to my old ways of thinking…

“How can I get ready for this? Should I cut out sweets? Limit carbs? Exercise more?”

But it didn’t take long to snap back to reality and realize I can’t do that anymore. Not only do I have zero desire to travel back down that road again, but more importantly, I have a precious baby boy who needs my body strong enough to be able to nourish him. Never in a million years would I have wanted to do anything that could have impacted my supply for breastfeeding, so that was that. I continued eating what I’ve been eating (including a big ol’ bowl of ice cream the three nights in a row leading up to the trip) and I’ve still only had one legit workout over the last three weeks. It’s just how it is right now.

And the fact that Lands’ End and Fitness were okay with this and excited to use me for this project just the way I am made me even more excited to be a part of it. The pressure was off, and the only “nerves” I had/have left were the fact that I’m going to appear in a national magazine and catalog…and that would happen no matter what size I was or shape I was in!

But honestly, EVERYONE I dealt with during the day was absolutely incredible. The photographer, the creative director, the seamstress, the girls from Fitness Magazine, the writers, producers, videographer, lighting guys (they probably have a more official sounding role, sorry), and everyone else were just SO nice. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that. They offered to help take Lucas once in a while to give Jay a break, they were super flexible with allowing me to feed him and/or pump throughout the day, and they all chatted with Jay quite a bit too, making him a part of the experience. We both agreed that everyone together made the whole experience just that much better.

So from here, there’s still a couple months until more details of the photo shoot can be revealed, but I’ll be sure to share them all with you as soon as I can! Winking smile

Comments

  1. Stacey M. says

    HOW EXCITING IS THIS?! Gosh, I feel silly being so excited over something that didn’t even happen in my life, but I’m just so happy for you! What an absolutely awesome opportunity … you would have been crazy NOT to do it. So excited to hear more about this photo shoot, and I will definitely have to buy a copy of the magazine when it hits the stands just to catch a glimpse of you in it!
    I understand how you could have felt nervous / anxious about accepting this offer, given that you’re a new mommy and all. BUT, I’m sooooo glad you decided to do it. There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be proud of yourself and your body for that matter. You are a beautiful person and I think that’s why you were selected for this role. It makes no difference that you were once a size *whatever* and are now slightly larger than that. I applaud you for the confidence you have in yourself now to just go out there and do it. Honestly, I can relate to you and your blog so much more now that you aren’t working out all the time, cutting back on carbs, etc. Be proud of who you are and just remember how great it is to finally be “free” of all the worry over calories, exercise, blah blah blah. You’re healthy and happy – that’s all that really matters.

    Congratulations Courtney!

  2. Chantel says

    That is awesome!! I can’t wait to go through the upcoming issues of fitness and lands end to see the pics! How exciting!

  3. says

    Congrats Courtney! How very awesome! I think you look gorgeous, but I know how you feel with post baby body, I feel the same way too! Very exciting and I can’t wait to hear more details and to see! <3

  4. says

    SO EXCITING! having a baby and eating ice cream three nights in a row is what we want to see! thats called living life and we should proud to have bodies that are able to withstand exercise because its good for the body and bellies that enjoy ice cream.
    looking forward to seeing what this is all about
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  5. Lauren says

    This is just the coolest opportunity and couldn’t happen for a more deserving, beautiful person!! :) I never buy either of those magazines really but I will definitely check them out to see you!

    Love your mindset on working out and eating these days too…another reason why you are one of my very favorite bloggers :)

  6. Bridget says

    This sounds like an incredible day! What a fun story you and Jay will have to tell Lucas!
    Congrats on a great opportunity and even more on your healthy attitude about it. I love that you shared your while thought process – from your doubts to well-earned confidence. Go Courtney!!

  7. says

    Eek so excited for you! Hope you can share some of the photos once they’re printed!!! Did they interview you as well? Long drive to NY? I always assumed you were pretty close! Great that you could have your boys with you for the day!
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  8. says

    Love this! I am so glad you got to be a part of this! Love your take on your body. I do not have a child but in the next year or two am considering starting to look into having a child so I am already trying to fix my view on foods and nourishment so that I can be the best I can at that point!
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  9. says

    I’ve been reading your blog for quite sometime, but never commented. I just wanted to chime in and agree that having a child changes your mindset SOOO tremendously regarding self image. I struggled with the same thing (obsessing over food, working out, etc.) and when I had my first child, it just put things into perspective. Those thoughts dropped down on the priority list and I think my child helped distract me and made me realize how much more to life there was than how good I looked! Not sure if I worded that well, but you get the idea. :) p.s. What a FUN and pampered day that was for you. Awesome!
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  10. says

    Let me just say how incredibly excited I am that you have this opportunity! Oh my gosh girl, what am experience! Also, Fitness and Lands End both know exactly what they are doing by choosing you to be a model – a sweet and gorgeous woman from the inside out! All your readers love you for your honesty, class and beautiful spirit that shines through your writing and stories! Can’t wait to hear more details in the future! :)

  11. says

    This is so awesome in so many ways. I love that you had such an incredible opportunity, but I also love the fact that you realized you needed to take care of your body, despite feeling pressure (not from them but yourself) to look a certain way. I also love that they wanted you just as you are!! They know you’re gorgeous, regardless of how much working out you’ve been able to do (or not do!). Love ya, girl!! <3
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  12. Ruthie Hart (@ruthiehart1) says

    Such a crazy cool experience…. you look amazing girl! I cant wait to see the finished product!

  13. Gina says

    Courtney, I am so happy for you! That sounds like so much fun and you DEFINITELY deserved it! I read your blog everyday and just admire the woman that you are. I know you struggled with going back to work after that cutie pie Lucas was born, but you have done an amazing job and I am so happy you got to experience such a wonderful day. I can’t wait to see the pictures in fitness Magazine!

  14. Betsy says

    CONGRATULATIONS!! That is so exciting. I can not wait to see the magazine and catalog, please keep us posted when they come out!

  15. Christina says

    You have no idea how shocked I am to see that my FAVORITE blogger is a model for Lands’ End! I work for Lands’ End at their corporate headquarters in Dodgeville, WI as a wellness coordinator and fitness instructor. I have an idea that I know what you were working on and I am excited to be part of the project as well! So cool!! I have been a fan for a long time and think the connection is so crazy! I hope your photo shoot went well and I am VERY VERY excited to see what is to come of it!

  16. says

    What an amazing experience!! It seems really fun! The best of it is your approach to self-acceptance. Lots of people, including me, tend to struggle a bit with it, but you have taught a great lesson. Thanks for sharing it! Looking forward to see the photoshoot :D

  17. Nicole says

    Look at you!!! That is so cool. You must feel so proud! Lucas and Jay are proud too I’m sure :) Can’t wait to actually see the pictures. Go girl!

  18. says

    Courts!
    Congratulations! How cool is that?!? I guess you can offically call yourself a
    YUMMY MUMMY :) I know some woman hate that… But, it is true, as you are!

  19. says

    OH MY GOSH! This is possibly the coolest thing ever! I’ve always dreamed living a life this this haha.

    It’s great that you didn’t restrict your food or anything – your and Lucas’s health is much more important than how you fit the clothes!
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  20. Carol T. says

    Courtney:
    Can’t wait to see you in Fitness Magazine.. I subscribe to it and it is one of my favorites…. what a wonderful and exciting experience..

  21. says

    Wow! Sounds like an awesome experience for you and your family to have! Congrats! You are absolutely gorgeous and I look forward to reading more about it/seeing some cool professional pics of you! Love your blog! That picture of your son is soo cute! With his little hat and jumpsuit omg. xo

  22. says

    Just catching up with all of your posts.What an amazing opportunity, Courtney! Very excited to see/hear more about the final product when the time comes. I love how you bring body image into this post as well. You are a role model for so many new moms who feel incredible pressure to look a certain way. Good on the magazine for knowing what real women can relate to :)
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  23. says

    Wellll I’m a bit late to this, but…that is SO cool, Courtney!! I’m super excited for you, and can’t wait to get my Fitness magazine! You’re absolutely gorgeous, inside and out, and I love your words on loving your body for what it is. Totally what I needed to hear right now, because it got me thinking about myself, too. Again, congrats on the awesome opportunity!
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