Nearly one year after leaving her role on Southern Charm, Cameran is sharing her thoughts on parenthood, admitting to not liking her daughter Palmer‘s name, and dishing on her past experiences on The Real World, where she was understandably horrified by the bathroom setup of her and her castmates’ former home in San Diego.
“The thought of more than one child to be in charge of, it overwhelms me so bad,” Cameran admitted on a recent episode of Reality Life with Kate Casey. “I don’t know, maybe something will click in my mind and I’ll wake up one morning and say, ‘I can do this.’”
“Bringing a human life into the world is a huge decision and it is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly,” she continued.
As fans saw on the show, Cameran went to therapy in an effort to sort out her feelings about becoming a mother, and she ultimately decided, after years of hesitancy, to start a family with Jason.
“I never had any [maternal desires]. I have it now because I’m a mom but it took a while for it to develop after I had Palmer. It didn’t come naturally,” she shared.
While Cameran loves her daughter’s name now and can’t imagine her being called anything else, she initially “hated” the moniker and hoped to name her first child Larken.
“I hated the name Palmer. I did not like it. Jason loved it. Everyone thinks it’s some old, Southern family name. It’s not. It means nothing… I wanted to name her Larken and call her Lark. I thought it was so beautiful and Jason thought it was hideous,” Cameran recalled.
As she continues to experience the many joys of being a mother of an on-the-go toddler, Cameran said she’s also been learning how important alone time can be.
“If I know Jason and Palmer are here and I’m coming home from somewhere, I’ll just fake it and sit in the car and not pull in the garage so he doesn’t hear me. I just sit there in silence because Palmer, she’s three now and she’s a rowdy three,” Cameran admitted with a laugh.
Because Cameran has been reading to her daughter at night, she’s hoping to ultimately follow up her first publication, One Day You’ll Thank Me: Essays on Dating, Motherhood, and Everything In Between, with a children’s book.
“I always thought it would be fun to write a children’s book. I think books are so important in children, especial under the age five. I’m always looking for books that have moral stories. So maybe I’ll do a kids book, like, Moral Tales, who knows?” she teased.
Also during the interview, Cameran looked back on her time on 2004’s The Real World: San Diego.
“It was like winning the golden ticket. [I] had never really been anywhere [or] done anything… It was my first time living in a house with a Black guy, living in a house with an Asian girl, living in a house with a girl that was a punk rocker, it opened my eyes,” Cameran explained.
Although Cameran made a point to say that she and her fellow houseguests got along well and enjoyed one another throughout production, she said she was far from comfortable with the home’s bathroom setup and felt forced to bathe in a swimsuit.
“I remember when I first got in the house, you’re walking from room to room and you’re so excited and I saw the bathroom. And I was like, ‘There’s one shower with five showerheads and one door.’ And I’m like, ‘Do they expect us to take community showers?’ The door was even see-through. I cried, thinking, ‘How am I going to bathe myself for the next five months?’” Cameran stated.
As for why she feels closer to her Real World co-stars than she does to the cast of Southern Charm, Cameran admitted that her time with MTV felt more genuine than the six seasons she was featured on the Bravo show.
“I feel more bonded to my Real World castmates than I do Southern Charm. It was such a more hands-off experience that felt, to me, truly unique, special, and just very authentic,” she noted.
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