We met up with Amber Fillerup and her friends in Central Park for a playdate in Central Park (what they call “their backyard”). They threw down a blanket and a bag of toys and snuggled with their newest babies, while the older kids ran free! The whole squad (down to the littlest babe) was looking spring ready, decked out in H&M‘s newest fashion. We did a sweet little interview with Amber and her friends on how motherhood has brought them closer. Check out their adorable style below.
Amber’s Outfit – TOP // JEANS // NECKLACE // SHOES // Janelle’s Outfit : Jacket // Andrea’s Outfit – Dress // Shoes // Atticus – BLAZER // SHIRT // JEANS+SUSPENDERS // Alfie’s Outfit – Shirt // Shorts // Rosie’s Dress // Jack’s Onesie
1) What do you love most about your friend?
Amber: Janelle is really good at making everyone feel included and loved. She was one of the first people to befriend me in New York City. She goes out of her way to make sure everyone is taken care of.
Janelle: What I love most about Amber is her ability to make you feel comfortable and confident. She is fun and easy to be around. She is the first person to build you up.
2) Best memory of you and your kids together?
Amber: Our newborns are less than a month apart, so it is fun to see them grow together and hit all of these little milestones at the same time. The first time Rosie and I got to meet little Jack was the obvious favorite. I’m convinced that every newborn needs a newborn bestie.
Janelle: My favorite memory was the first time we had our babies together. I felt so supported by her throughout pregnancy that seeing the babies together and talking about our experience with birth and our newborns meant a lot to me.
3) How are your parenting styles different?
Amber: Jack is still only 3 months so it is hard to say at this point, but I think we are similar in that Janelle is super relaxed and go-with-the-flow – she doesn’t worry about your kid making a mess in her house or being wild. I am kind of the same way and it is nice to be around other moms who dont get stressed about messes or craziness
Janelle: I am such a new mom. It’s only been 3 months since my son was born. I am still developing a “parenting style.” We’ve talked a lot about schedules and I haven’t quite committed myself to one. I need to!
4) Best piece of parenting advice she’s given you?
Amber: I text Janelle for basically everything haha! She was a doula so I asked her for TONS of pregnancy advice – she basically saved my sanity during pregnancy. Janelle also has done preschool and nannying in the past, so she has tons of fun ideas. She plans all of our mommy play dates and they don’t disappoint.
Janelle: We have a mom chat going with parenting questions, funny mom stories, and other girl stuff. The advice she gives there is always so helpful; but more than anything, I have watched how much she enjoys her kids, and how calm she feels while parenting. Being a mother comes very natural to her.
5) How would she describe herself in three words?
Amber: Loyal, loving, happy.
Janelle: Adventurous, optimistic, enterprising.
6) How does she react to her kids tantrums?
Amber: Luckily Jack isn’t at the tantrum age yet 😉
Janelle: She has such happy kids! I haven’t seen a tantrum from either of them. Whenever Rosie or Atticus need something, Amber is always really calm; she talks to them, and she helps solve their problem or need.
7) Name her favorite tv show?
Amber: I could be totally wrong, but I do know she loves a good episode of “Saved by the Bell.” Favorite guilty pleasure tv show? “The Bachelor” or “Bachelor in Paradise.”
Janelle: “Breaking Bad.” Favorite guilty pleasure tv show? “Ridiculousness.”
8) Funniest thing she’s ever done?
Amber: Lol basically EVERYTHING she says in group chat. Janelle is the witty one, who can carry a joke, and always has the best responses.
Janelle: She doesn’t take herself too seriously. We spend a lot of time laughing, while we were pregnant about the “glamour” of pregnancy. I have some funny stories, but I think most of them are of the TMI variety.
9) If you spend a date together with your kids, what would she want to do most?
Amber: Probably spend a day with our fun mom group and the babes, just chatting and eating!
Janelle: I think we would both want to take the kids to a beach somewhere warm. Enjoy delicious food and time with the kids, without any other distractions.
10) If your friend could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Amber: She has been SO many places – she is definitely well traveled. Maybe Morocco.
11) Most perfect day for your friend “sans kids”?
Amber: Janelle is always the one taking care of everyone else, and making everyone feel good… so definitely a day where is wine and dined on all day.
Janelle: The most perfect day without kids, would be a day of being pampered. You can do almost anything with kids if you don’t mind a slower pace.
12.) If your friend could have one wish what would it be?
Amber: Watch her mom meet her son.
Janelle: Make every flight 30 minutes long (with no security).
13.) If she could be anyone for a day who would it be?
Amber: Obviously Taylor because she is our bff and doesn’t know it.
Janelle: Maybe I’m projecting, but I think she would be T-Swift. We have a pretty cool squad, but Taylor is the ultimate girls girl.
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