Have you ever thought what kind of parent you’d be if you become one? Wouldn’t it be exciting if there’s a guide you can follow to be the best parents your children could ever have? Oh well, What to Expect When You’re Expecting is the best answer to your questions. Based from New York Times best-selling book by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, What to Expect When You’re Expecting is going to hit the cinemas and will teach you the basics. So, Get READY!
It all started with the lives of five couples preparing to become parents. Jennifer Lopez as Holly thinks that adopting a baby will make her relationship with husband, Nate (Rodrigo Santoro) a lot better. The only problem is they both don’t know how to become one. As the couple tries their best to solve the issue, they enrolled to Vic’s (Chris Rock) special class that teaches everything you need in parenting. The fun and adventure continue as more couples get involve in learning.
What can you expect from What to Expect? Along with celebs wearing baby bumps, the Baby Bjorn-wearing dads (including Chris Rock) are hilarious as they brag about their parenting mishaps. “Last week, my kid ate a cigarette,” one dad confessed. “Oh yeah, I picked up the wrong kid from daycare!” said another. What to Expect When You’re Expecting is sure to deliver the laughs that all parents who are either experiencing pregnancy or who have been there, done that, need.
Another thing about this movie is most of the cast member are parents. It’s fascinating to know how parenting has changed their life in the past. They were able to relate their personal experiences with their role. Actress Elizabeth Banks, who plays as the owner of The Breast Choice boutique in the movie, is suffering through a difficult pregnancy, wondering where the “glow” she was promised is. She thought pregnancy is one hell of a sad time. However, in reality, she is a happy surrogate mother to his son Felix, who was born in 2011. In an interview, Elizabeth describes her struggles and reaching the decision to use a surrogate after having problems of getting pregnant with her 19 year boyfriend-now-husband Max Handelman. The joy of giving birth is indescribable. When her son Felix was born, she turned him the centre of her life. Elizabeth’s journey to motherhood may inspire other women to pursue surrogacy like she did when she and husband Max decided to have a child. “My plan is that when Felix is 15, we’ll go skydiving together,” she shares. “I want to be that mom. The one who takes her kid skydiving,” Elizabeth said.
On the other hand, pop diva and actress Jennifer Lopez had multiple struggles as a parent when she had her twins Max and Emme, who are now 2. She believes that parenting is never easy and now that she’s one, giving advices to other people is not her cup of tea, “Everybody gives you a lot of advices when you are pregnant, which I find a tiny bit annoying, so I’m not going to give any. But I did read ‘What To Expect When You Are Expecting’ by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. You can go day by day with that. It’s awesome.”
Hollywood celebrities Brooklyn Decker and Cameron Diaz have different perceptions in terms of pregnancy. Decker believes that if time will come for her to become a mother, she thinks she’ll do a good job. She loves babies and enjoys taking time playing with them. On the other hand, Cameron Diaz thinks differently. She trusts that having a baby is not necessary right now and so in a relationship. Though it may give a couple more security towards each other, she still thinks that babies can go as a last priority.
On my personal view, What to Expect When You’re Expecting will bring inspiration to everyone who wishes to have their own family, it could be now or in some distant future, but the essence will be there. The joy of parenting will never be much more rewarding when you see that your children are growing up according to your good teachings and unconditional love.