Name: Nina Campioni
Who’s in your family?
Simone 37 years old, Essie 3 years old in April and the little melon in my stomach, due in May
Can you tell us a bit about your background and profession?
My roots are in Småland – I grew up in the country. After several years of traveling and drifting around a bit after high school, I realized that media and journalism was my thing and I went to school to become a journalist. After I graduated, I worked at Radio Sweden and the Aftonbladet (evening newspaper) until I took the plunge and became self-employed. Nowadays, I blog and write for ELLE and I have other clients such as Aftonbladet, Radio Sweden and Sveriges Television (Swedish public television). I am also currently writing two books. My job is extremely varied and I love it. “New” technology also makes it possible for me to work from anywhere, which is ideal when one is married to an Italian.
Where do you live?
On the island of Kungsholmen in Stockholm. In the summer, you’ll find me at our summer house in Blekinge or in Italy.
What is the best advice or tip you have received as a pregnant or new mother?
To roll with things. All phases are temporary so one should not make too many changes at first. I think this can be reassuring to many parents that work themselves up unnecessarily about every little thing. It will eventually blow over, and change. Quite simply, take it easy. This approach is useful in most situations, at least in smaller crises.
Do/did you have any cravings during pregnancy?
I “unfortunately” did not have any cravings, which is a little boring, hehe. But I felt a greater need of carbohydrates like pasta and bread - my body told me that I needed them. And when I felt sick at the beginning of my second pregnancy it helped somewhat to eat clementines, so more than a few founds of citrus have gone into this stomach!
What was your most essential garment during pregnancy?
During my first pregnancy it was a pair of fancier and more fashionable sweatpants. I could even put on heels and wear them to a party or dinner. Just perfect. Now, the second time, I have to say it’s my pajamas - and a nursing bra. Even though I am not breastfeeding yet, a nursing bra is the most comfortable bra you can find.
What was the most obvious change in your life since you became pregnant or had children?
I think that I have become a much calmer person. Before Essie arrived, I had a huge FOMO (fear of missing out). I wanted to be everywhere, all the time, and do everything - go to every party, accept every challenge, work like mad, etc. Now I feel like I am more chill about most things. It’s incredibly nice because it was stressful to live as I did, even if it was an incredibly fun time in my life. Just being able to sit still and be completely relaxed about missing a party or something is so incredibly liberating.
What do you feel is the greatest challenge in being someone’s parent?
Not to correct the other parent. My husband and I equally share the financial and domestic responsibilities for our family. But just because we share those things does not mean that we think alike when it comes to every matter concerning Essie. To let my husband have a different opinion is one thing, but to stand by and hear him say one thing to Essie when I think another is really tough. Fortunately, we are in agreement on all of the issues that really matter. Regarding our relationship with Essie, I'm surprised at how much easier it is than I imagined. Most of it has come naturally but it’s hard not to fall into gender stereotypes and make comments like, “Oh how pretty you look.” Even if I am very aware, there will still be dolls, lots of pink, and dance lessons.
What item is highest on your wish list right now?
Since I am pregnant and already feeling heavy, I wish I had more energy and possibly some kind of device to make it easier to turn over in bed - what a thing that would be.
What’s the most comical situation you have found yourself in as a pregnant or new mother?
During my first pregnancy, I experienced one of those huge mood swings one night when my husband and I sat watching TV because we were jetlagged and could not sleep. We watched a comedy and I began laughing out loud at a scene, and then I couldn’t stop laughing. Out of nowhere I heard my husband ask if I was crying. What? I wasn’t, was I? Um, yes, I had suddenly begun bawling, without even noticing it myself. I cried for five minutes and then start laughing hysterically again. It was a very strange night.
What are your top 5 favorites from Boob’s spring/summer collection?
1. Dress Alicia
Just like the top, the ruffles make this simple and beautiful dress stand out and turn it into something special. I love the blue, mostly because it is a color that goes so nicely with other colors, especially black and white.
2. Long dress wrap
When I saw this dress, I pictured myself in the country, relaxed and playing in the shade with my children. I absolutely love long dresses, especially in the summer when they can flutter, lovely like that, around your legs. This is going to get a TON of use.
I will probably use this tunic most as a dress, both with sun-kissed bare legs and into autumn with cable-knit tights underneath. What’s more, the pattern is perfect for hiding any baby-related smears and stains.
4. Top Simone with 3/4 sleeves
A blue and white-striped shirt is one of the most classic garments ever and a look that will never ever be off-trend or feel dated. The perfect choice for every wardrobe.
5. Top Alicia
All my choices are based mainly on whether or not they are the kind of clothes I will want to use even after childbirth and nursing. This is one way of thinking both sustainably and economically, I think. This top feels modern, trendy and easy at the same time. I love the ruffles, which create a beautiful silhouette.