How Motherhood Impacts Olivia Wilde’s Booming Career

Olivia WildeIt’s been a busy week for Olivia Wilde.

At New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival, the actress attended the premiere of her feature film, Meadowland, about a woman whose son goes missing, shepherded the debut of Body Team 12—which she helped produce—about community health workers dealing with the Ebola crisis in Liberia, and she also celebrated baby Otis’ first birthday today!

The A-lister told Parents that her role as a mom definitely impacts her work. “I’ve always considered it our responsibility to leave the world better than how we found it,” said Wilde. “Now that’s probably intensified having a child of my own.”

Wilde certainly walks the walk when it comes to giving back to the community at large. Wilde spoke about how the Ebola epidemic not only took the lives of thousands in Liberia, but left many children orphaned when both of their parents fell victim to the disease. Body Team 12 is helping to raise money to support orphans of the Ebola crisis (ebolaorphanproject.com). “As a mother, of course, that strikes a chord with me but just as a human being for all of us it’s such an important project,” said Wilde.

Motherhood seems to weave in naturally to who Wilde is, while deepening her connection to her work. Still, for today, we hope she can take a break and celebrate this happy milestone with her family.

Related: What Olivia Wilde Has to Say About Her Post-Baby Body Will Make Her Your Hero

Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she’s practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is our resident theater aficionado and can be found constantly running around New York City to find the best new show, the most awesome dance party, or the hottest Bikram yoga studio. Follow her on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.

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First Look! Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s Baby

There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a newborn baby, and after welcoming a baby boy last weekend, Justin Timberlake shared the first photo of his son, Silas Randall (named after both Timberlake’s father and his maternal grandfather), and Jessica on Instagram last night.

Much like Carrie Underwood, the SexyBack showed off his baby supporting a local sports team. Baby Silas seems content while wearing a blue Memphis Grizzlies jersey, the basketball team playing against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first NBA playoffs. Meanwhile, his beaming mama looks up in wonder as she holds their baby.

Timberlake, who was born and raised in Memphis, captioned the photo: “The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR”

There’s no doubt Justin and Jessica are on their way to be the most-relaxed parents of the year!

Related: 6 Reasons Why Justin and Jessica Will Be Great Parents

Justin and Jessica weren’t the only parents to introduce their baby officially this past weekend — Nick and Vanessa Lachey also shared a sweet family portrait that showed their daughter, Brooklyn Elizabeth, born earlier this year.

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Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

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We Can’t Wait for the Second Royal Baby!

After Kate Middleton officially shared that her due date was mid- to late-April, the royal baby watch has increased!

As much as everyone loves Prince George, there’s no denying most people hope it’s a girl to balance out the boy. Some are hoping that a little princess will mean the name includes a sweet tribute to the late Princess Diana and to Kate Middleton’s mom.

E! has also reported that staffers are prepping for the upcoming birth — by putting up barricades and 24-hour no-parking signs outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where Prince George was born. And some superfans have even started lining outside the hospital to get a glimpse of the baby, whenever he or she arrives!

Related: See Photos of Prince George

In addition to have an extra bundle of joy to love, Kate will receive another perk for giving birth: a loyalty discount for choosing the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital for her labor and delivery.

And even The Week has began speculating how the second royal birth will affect markets, fashion, and food around the world.

One thing’s for sure: William and Kate will have their hands full taking care of two kids under two, especially as Kate is planning to take a longer maternity leave.

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

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Yes, You Can Now Post #Brelfies on Instagram

breastfeedingWelcome to the #brelfie party, Instagram! After months of disabling accounts with breastfeeding photos, the popular photo- and video-sharing site has officially changed its tune about seeing you nurse your baby.

According to its recently clarified guidelines, pics of women actively nursing are totally fine, as are images of post-mastectomy scarring and nudes in paintings and sculptures. (The X-rated stuff — photos showing sex, genitals, or close-ups of the full monty — is still off limits.) Instagram is the latest major social media player to give breastfeeding shots the green light. Last month, Facebook famously refined its image policy so nursing moms can “always”post their pictures without fretting over bans or censorship.

Related: Celebrity Breastfeeding Photos and #Selfies

Did Instagram head honchos have a light bulb moment and realize that breastfeeding is anything but offensive? Well, maybe, but my guess is that these new guidelines were prompted more by controversy than common sense: For months now, fed-up Instagram users have taken to blogs, Twitter, and, ironically, Facebook to criticize the site’s uneven handling of nursing photos and raise awareness about its “discriminatory” practice of shutting #brelfie-loving moms out of their accounts. At the same time, they’ve continued to post breastfeeding photos despite potential repercussions from the site or other users.

And though this move is a clear-cut win for the #normalizebreastfeeding movement, it’s also painfully overdue. Any level-headed person can tell you that a woman breastfeeding is hardly pornographic, but until recently, that’s exactly the message social media giants Facebook and Instagram were sending with their short-sighted policies. Hopefully this is but the latest step to help drive home the fact that nursing is natural and normal — #nofilter needed.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up.Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

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These Fake Yelp Reviews Sum Up Life With a Newborn Baby

Mom with newbornShow of hands: Who here thought taking care of a baby would be piece of cake? Me neither. Next question: Who here had no idea it would be as hard as it is? Yup, mine’s raised, too.

If I had to write a job posting that summed up my newborn-caring duties, it would look something like this: Helpless boss with wild mood swings, huge appetite, and lots of gas seeks 24/7 caregiver to feed, bathe, clothe, play, and ferry to and from doctor’s appointments. Must be willing to work for no salary, vacation, or sick time.

Well, when you put it that way…

Raquel D’Apice, a mom of one and stand-up comic, is the brains behind the humor blog The Ugly Volvo. She riffed on the job posting idea by coming up with hilarious fake Yelp reviews written by parents caring for their newborns (something she cleverly titled “The Newborn Experience”). “We obsessively check online reviews to see if a movie is worth seeing or a restaurant is worth visiting. If anyone was considering having a newborn baby and wanted to read the Yelp reviews first, here they are,” she wrote.

Related: 12 Things No One Ever Tells You About Babies

D’Apice left no new parent stone unturned—the reviewers ranted about long nights, leaking breasts, incessant crying, and the havoc a baby wreaks on your relationship. But they also gushed about the good stuff: the love, the bonding, the snuggling, the rocking. Here are excerpts of some of my favorites — see if any ring true for you, too:

“Cries constantly and only sleeps for two hours at a stretch??? Was trying to figure out if possibly mine was defective but feedback I’m now hearing is that a lot of them are like this.” – posted by NotLovingIt, Clear Lake, MN

“A lot of the stuff I was told would come naturally (breastfeeding? General maternal instinct?) did not come naturally.” – posted by InsaneASighLum, Denver, CO

“HOW COULD ANYONE GIVE THIS EXPERIENCE ONE STAR? Are we living on the same planet? You get to create LIFE from nothing. Life literally grows inside your body like an amazing magic trick…” – posted by HappyByondWords, Winthrop, MA

“To anyone curious about trying this out who is asking, ‘Will this experience be horrible beyond belief or too wonderful to put into words,’ the best answer that I can give you is, ‘Yes.’” – posted by UglyVolvBlog, Jersey City, NJ

And don’t forget to visit The Ugly Volvo to see read more reviews!

OK, it’s your turn: How would you rate your Newborn Experience? (Be honest!)

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

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