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Hart of Dixie star Jaime King is opening up about her struggles with fertility.
Hart of Dixie star Jaime King is opening up about her struggles with fertility.
The actress, 35, took to Instagram Friday and explained the painful lengths she went to in order to get pregnant with her son James, now 9 months.
Russell Simmons, Porschla Coleman and Russell’s daughters Ming Lee, 8, and Aoki Lee, 5 1/2, (mom is ex Kimora Lee Simmons) are pictured at ART For Life held at Russell Simmons’ Estate in East Hampton on July 24.
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Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, recently sat down with People to talk about all things family. They discussed how they set routines, boundaries, and playtimes with their girls. The couple also opened up about campaigning with their two young daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, and how they plan to balance parenthood should they be moving from their Chicago home to Washington soon.
On if they give the girls birthday presents: Michelle said, “No, because we spend hundreds of dollars on a birthday party and movie tickets and pizza and popcorn …” Barack added, “That sleepover is enough. We want to teach some limits to them. And their friends bring over presents.” Michelle added “They get so much stuff that it just becomes numbing. Malia believes there is still a Santa Claus even though she’s a little wary because some of her friends are non-believers. But Malia says, “Ma, I know there is a Santa because there’s no way you’d buy me all that stuff.”
On slumber parties at the Obama house: Barack said, “They’re pretty noisy,” and Michelle added, “The older they get, they just talk a lot. But they’re at the age where they’re pretty self-sufficient. [For Malia's birthday] we’re going to go swimming, see Wall-E, make pizzas, have sundaes.” Barack added, “I usually go for the swim but this time I want to go to the movie just because Wall-E has gotten great reviews. I find actually that children’s movies are the best movies these days. But I’ll probably, after that, peel off until the cake.”
On if they give the girls an allowance: Michelle responded, “Sorta, kinda. [Laughs]” Barack added, “I’m out of town all the time, so Malia will say, “Hey, you owe me 10 weeks!” … Originally, we were giving her a dollar a week as long as she did all her chores. It turns out that she’s been doing her chores even without prompting from the allowance, which makes me feel guilty that she’s been carrying on her end of the bargain and I haven’t been as consistent.”
On what types of chores the girls do: Barack said “Setting the table, rinsing the dishes.” Michelle added, “They have to clean up their half of the third floor where they play. They have a closet of toys they have to clean up. They have to practice their piano every day.”
On what discipline looks like in their house: Barack said “Mommy raising her voice.” Michelle added, “It’s usually a lecture. It’s a lot of conversation. Or it’s separating them. Or it’s saying if you guys can’t decide nicely what program to watch, then you don’t get to watch anything. It’s sort of pulling away a privilege. But in all honesty, we don’t have to discipline.” Barack added, “If you ask them to do something, they’re like any other kid …” Michelle added, “They’ll whine a little bit,” and Barack added, “They’ll test boundaries. But if you say, “Guys, this is what we need to do …” Michelle then said, “An example of this is one night I was going out, I had to do a fund-raiser, and I told Malia, “You guys really need to have an early bedtime because you’ve got to get up tomorrow and have a busy day.” So my mom was there, and my mom doesn’t adhere to bedtime. She’s kinda, “Well, maybe you wanna start taking your bath…” But that night, she said she sat down to watch TV with them and they both got up, turned off the TV and left. And my mom was like, “Where are you going?” And they said, “We have got to go to bed early today, Grandma.” And they went downstairs, took their baths and went to bed, and my mom was just stunned.”
On the division of labor between the 2 of them before the kids arrived: Barack said, “I was doing the checkbook, the house and car repairs, the grocery shopping.” Michelle added, “That was a long time ago.” Barack added, “I would sometimes do the laundry – although not fold, I have to confess.” Michelle added, “Which is really pretty useless.” Barack then said, “But clean clothes, that’s something. … I mean, look, I gotta be honest. For the last 17 months I’ve been on the road 98 percent of the time.” Michelle added, “His job is to be there when requested. Right now, it’s important for him to be at parent-teacher conferences, piano recitals, things that are important to the girls. It’s less the household stuff because the household works; it’s more being there for them, which he has done an outstanding job at. There are few things that he’s missed that were important to them.”
On if the girls have mixed feelings if Barack wins the presidential election: Barack said, “I am absolutely certain because we’ve talked about it – that they are not looking forward to moving. They have a wonderful life in Chicago, they have lifelong friends in Chicago and the prospects of having to make new friends, that’s never something that kids are looking forward to. So I’m sure that there’s a part of them that says we won’t be heartbroken if things don’t work out.” When asked if they said tomorrow “I don’t want you to be President, I want you to be Daddy”? Barack responded, “Well, so far those issues haven’t been mutually exclusive. We talked about this before we started and Michelle and I monitor their attitudes pretty closely.” Michelle added, “They’ve been stable. Their lives just haven’t changed that much.” Barack then said, “And our job, more than anything, is to make sure that in addition to monitoring whether or not they’re feeling sad or neglected at all, that they’re also not feeling special because their dad is running for President.” Michelle stated, “That’s right.” Barack then said, “One of the things I’ve been really happy about is how nonplussed they’ve been by the whole thing. They don’t bring it up, they don’t talk to their friends about it. If anything, they’re actually more courteous and more careful with other people now than they were before I ran.”
On talking to the girls about their behavior now being now being up for publicly scrutiny: Barack said, “It was more just like making sure the same standards we set before we were in the public eye were maintained.” Michelle added, “Be considerate of how other people might feel, you know, empathize. Put yourself in the place of other people.” Barack then said, “And just never think that you’re better than anybody else. Or worse than anybody else.” Michelle added: “That’s also one of the reasons why we don’t campaign with them a lot. Because no matter what you do at a campaign setting, they are special, right? It’s Fourth of July and everybody is singing “Happy Birthday” to Malia. … And everybody loves the kids so they get special treatment. That’s nice for a day or two, but they need to go back home, just so they realize that this isn’t life.” Barack added, “Which is good when they’re doing activities like soccer. Malia loves soccer, but she’s still so tall and gangly compared to some of these little kids who are zipping around her, although she’s getting better. The fact that she’s not good at everything right away – and Sasha’s not good at everything right away – means learning lessons about having to work hard at something and improve.”
On how they are preparing the girls for possible life in the White House: Michelle said, “Slowly. We talk to them about it as they are curious. … They ask about schools and making friends. … Their anxiety has nothing to do with the White House; it has everything to do with what kids think about: “If I have to go to a new school, will I make friends and what about my old friendships?”
On how this experience has changed their marriage: Barack said, “It’s made it stronger. The tough times for us were when the kids were real small, I was away a lot and Michelle was still working. So, the burden on her was enormous, and I think there’s a feeling that maybe I didn’t fully appreciate that burden. That was something we worked through. And I think we’re both more patient with each other. We both know how to avoid making the other person feel aggravated. And I’m so proud of her and I think she knows how much I love and appreciate her. So, she puts up with me.” Michelle added, “I think it has made us stronger. Time and love and sacrifice and hard struggles, I think, make you stronger.” Barack then said, “I also think that she knew at the beginning when I was doing this that if she came to me and said don’t do it, I wouldn’t have done it.” Michelle said, “That’s the key, for sure.” Barack added, “And if I ever thought that it was ruining my family, I wouldn’t do it.” Michelle said, “We’re constantly balancing each other. I know that if I were to say, “I can’t take this,” it would be over.”
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Rapper John Jackson aka Fabolous has a newborn son. The new dad posted pictures on his MySpace page with the caption “Like Father, Like Son” and titled “That’s My Son! Daddy Loso”.
YBF has photos from an alleged baby shower from a week ago. This is the first child for Fabolous – it has not been revealed who the mother is, although according to Wiki he has been in a long-term relationship that began in 2005.
Us Weekly is reporting that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt turned to fertility treatments to conceive twins Knox and Vivienne,
“They conceived through in vitro fertilization,” a source tells Us. “They both desperately wanted more babies soon.”
The chance of having fraternal twins at Angelina’s age of 33 naturally is under 1 percent, but with in vitro, the chances are 25 percent. Dr. Arthur Wisot of L.A.’s Reproductive Medical Group (who did not treat the couple) stated,
“We live in an era of reproductive freedom, so anybody can do anything they want within legal limits.”
Reportedly, Angelina chose the procedure (which can cost around $12,000 each time) so “she wouldn’t have to deal with the stress of trying to get pregnant,” the source said. “She could just knock it out.”
Angelina has spoken about her goal to do just that,
“If we’re going to have 10 kids, we’d like to raise them while we’re young,” she said last year. Brad Pitt turns 45 on December 18.
Knox and Vivienne were born in Nice, France on July 12. They join the couple’s 4 other children: Maddox, 6, Pax, 4, Zahara, 3, and Shiloh, 2.
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The shots incriminated feature Brad with new mom Angelina Jolie, his parents and their children Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh playing in the garden of their rented French Chateau Miraval.
When Brad learned that the paps were reselling the shots to various tabloids, his lawyer, Yael Holtkamp, served the agency with a cease and desist order, and claimed the photos were “surreptitiously” taken by photographers with “highly powerful telephoto lenses”.
Holtkamp insists the publication of the photos violates the family’s privacy rights. But all is well that ends well as the agency behind the photos has already agreed to stop selling them and the images have been removed from its website.
Source : Female First
While Madonna is preparing for her forthcoming world tour, Carlos spends as much quality time as he can with his daughter, “showering her with affection to compensate for her distress”. We’ve seen the pair a lot out and about in New York lately.
“She’s (Lourdes) aware of it, and that’s difficult. I just give her more love. Her mother is there for her, Guy is there for her”, he tells People magazine, “People have marital problems all the time”.
Source : People