Yoga instructor, green living guru, holistic lifestyle expert, organic chef, heiress… Anna Getty might not seem like your typical mom, but she's trying to find patience and keep her car clean, just the like the rest of us. This mother of India, born 2004, and Dante, born 2009—and an eye toward number three—believes the lifestyle changes we make when we're pregnant have lasting, powerful effects. That's the idea behind Pregnancy Awareness Month, which she-cofounded five years ago to help empower pregnant women and families. Here, Getty shares how to be gracious and green in the Baby Zone.
What's your golden rule of parenting?
Being patient … Being patient with myself so that I can be patient with [my children]. To ask them to be patient—and the only way to ask that of them is to be patient myself.
Describe the best moment of parenting so far.
There's a handful. We live on a farm in the summer in Tuscany. Seeing my children outside, playing together in nature, so confident and at ease, running out the front door and feeling safe ... I feel such warmth and gratitude.
And the worst?
When my kids fight. I call it crossing over. "Oh," I'll say, "They've crossed to other side." Then there's nothing I can say or do that makes any difference.
Best advice you ever got?
This too shall pass. I actually love being pregnant—even the challenging moments. I had food poisoning with both pregnancies. It was horrible. I thought to myself, "This too shall pass." And being in labor and in excruciating pain—"This too shall pass." And being there with engorged breast and mastitis—"This too shall pass."
What's the one thing you can't live without?
Two things—chocolate and (Bach's) Rescue Remedy. It's in every car, purse, room—everywhere. It just helps take the edge off during any kind of stress or trauma. I feel like it's a little nature in a jar. It's very grounding.
Finish this sentence: You know you're in the Baby Zone when...
I look at my back seat and see two or three car seats, pretzels, jackets, shoes, and spilled smoothie on the door—and my iPod and has three or four versions of "Wheels on the Bus."