August 23, 2011

How We Ended Up On Good Morning America - Part 2 (The Taping)

This is the story of how we ended up on Good Morning America. You can read Part 1 here

On Sunday GMA sent the lovely Sharde to our home. She is the producer and was in charge of shooting and writing the piece on co-sleeping. She told us she prefers to have a camera crew and after watching her take the camera on and off the tri-pod and move it all around to get the perfect shot, I don't blame her. But for this particular situation I think it worked out for the best. She was very unobtrusive and didn't freak the baby out in our tiny apartment, which may not have been the case with a few additional people.

She started by taping some play time with us and Becks. Then got some footage of him eating dinner. After that she was very gracious while I took time to nurse him and get him in his jammies. After Hillary got him sleeping in his crib it was time for our interviews, first me, then Hillary and finally both of us together.

I was pretty nervous, but Sharde was a good interviewer and put me at ease. I answered the questions honestly and tried to be succinct, which is much easier for me through the written word than when I'm speaking.  I was much more at ease with Hillary sitting next to me.

Finally came the last shot, which I was very uncertain about. Sharde wanted to get us all in our family bed. Now, on a normal night Beckett sleeps in his crib until he wakes up any time between 9 p.m. and midnight and then I bring him in with us and we sleep cozily until the morning.

But tonight was different. So Hillary and I turned down our nicely made bed and H crawled under the sheets in his jeans and white t-shirt. I picked up a sleeping Beckett out of his crib - something we are not in the habit of doing and laid him in his spot in the big bed. Then I crawled in beside him, very carefully, as to not wake my light sleeper.

Not only did he stay asleep in the bed while Sharde's camera light swarmed around his head, he didn't even twitch when we picked him back up and placed him back in his crib. I was amazed!

It seems like it would be really intrusive to have Good Morning America in your bedroom while you pretend to sleep, in your jeans, with your actually sleeping son and also pretending husband. But it wasn't and just kind of felt like helping a friend with a project for school or something.

So the episode airs tomorrow (Wednesday) during the 8 o'clock hour of the show. I hope we come across as being people who have done their research and are confident and comfortable in the decision they made. But mostly I hope it is clear that we do it because it works and is right for our family.

1 comment:

Katy said...

I always find footage and pics of staged sleeping people funny, and I think it may have been my favorite part of the interview. Well, that and the fact that you all looked and sounded fabulous!!!