Stacy Keibler and her husband, tech entrepreneur Jared Pobre, welcomed a baby girl on Wednesday! Keibler waited to announce the news on her website today, and revealed their daughter’s name as Ava Grace.
The actress (who has appeared on How I Met Your Mother, Chuck, and Psych) is also a former wrestler and Dancing With the Stars contestant. She revealed her pregnancy after marrying Pobre this past March in Mexico. Previously, she Keibler dated George Clooney for two years.
In an interview with Fit Pregnancy, Keibler revealed that she was having a calm pregnancy, and that her perspective on motherhood changed after meeting and marrying Probre.
No photos of the newborn have been shared yet, but Keibler wrote on her site, “We’ve never experienced a level of joy and happiness like this before! Thank you so much for all of the special wishes and positive energy.”
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It’s a boy for Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and model girlfriend Meagan Camper!
The couple welcomed Saint Lazslo (the baby, of course, not the actual saint) on August 20 in Los Angeles, and both baby and mom are happy and healthy, a rep told People.com. This is the first child for the couple; Wentz has a 5 1/2-year-old son, Bronx Mowgli, with former wife Ashlee Simpson.
Wentz joins two other Hollywood dads who announced births this week. Carson Daly welcomed daughter London Rose and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl welcomed daughter Ophelia Saint. (So maybe Saint is a rock and roll thing?)
Wentz and Camper reportedly waited until the birth to find out the baby’s gender, though I’m guessing they cooked up the quirky name well beforehand. They’ve made no secret about wanting to start a family together, and it sounds like they’re more than prepared for their newest addition. “What’s more exciting than having the pitter-patter of another little gremlin running around?” Wentz said earlier this summer. “Now it will be two-on-two.”
Congratulations to the new family!
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Ingrid Wiese Hesson’s birthday discount from Anthropologie was burning a hole in her pocket. So she packed up her six-week-old son and headed over to the store in Beverly Hills. It was her first postpartum shopping trip, and it was a fruitful one — all told, she loaded up on more than $700 worth of nursing-friendly clothes, E! Online reports. The new mom was all smiles leaving the register when her baby began crying. He was hungry.
What she did next — find a chair toward the back of the nearly empty store, slip on a nursing cover and feed her baby — was perfectly acceptable. After all, California law allows moms to breastfeed in public. But the store’s staff felt otherwise and escorted the humiliated mom to the stock room bathroom, which offered only a toilet as a seat. The manager’s reasoning? “I thought you and the other customers would be more comfortable off the sales floor,” she allegedly told Hesson later, adding “we must be fair to all the customers, not just moms.”
Understandably enraged, Hesson walked out and wrote a terse email to management; the corporate office responded with a post on its Facebook page that disavowed what the manager told Hesson and promised to improve staff training and education. But that, apparently, wasn’t enough to assuage Hesson. She tapped into the frustrations of nursing moms everywhere who’ve been shamed while feeding al fresco and staged a breastfeeding sit-in at the store. “100+ women Breastfeeding at the Beverly Hills Anthropologie!!! Mommy strong! Refuse to move! Know your rights!!” she wrote on her Facebook page.
While I literally applauded Hesson after reading about her awesome comeback, her experience at Anthropologie is just the latest in a long string of incidents where nursing moms are coaxed — or sometimes forced — into feeding their baby in private, usually in a crowded back room or hovering above a public toilet. This is despite the fact that a woman’s right to breastfeed in public or private is protected by law in 46 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. What galls me most is that nursing moms aren’t whipping out their breasts to shock and awe the public; they’re simply trying to feed their hungry children. It’s not some excuse to go all Bourbon Street in the the middle of the day; it’s a part of the job description. (And I don’t know about you, but some days it did feel like a job.)
My colleague Erika Rasmusson Janes recently wrote a great piece that questioned why people are making such a big deal out of seeing a mom with a baby latched on to her breast. After all, she wrote, ”breastfeeding in public is not immoral, indecent, or obscene. It’s not something that should be relegated to dirty public restrooms (or even clean ones, for that matter. Breast milk isn’t bodily waste, after all.)” So while it’s great when corporations offer up apologies, like Anthropologie did here, what breastfeeding moms need more is the freedom to do what they need to do — without all the judgment.
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On any given day, my Facebook news feed is a mix of the mundane (friends checking in at restaurants), the cryptic (screen shots of inspirational messages), the trendy (ice bucket challenge videos), and the tragic (mourning the loss of journalist James Foley).
Oh yeah, and lots and lots of babies. My nearest and dearest are diligent about recording every moment of their children’s lives and posting them all online. As much as I enjoy watching their kiddos grow up, I have no intention of reciprocating with pictures of my own son. Other than a few shots from three years ago, my social media accounts are purposely baby-free.
Turns out, I’m not the only one whose wall is missing posts about the family. As the AP reports, more parents are making efforts to keep their baby’s photos, name, and identity offline as part of a growing movement called “baby blackout.” The reasons why some moms and dads are consciously uncoupling from social media are varied: Many are concerned about privacy and safety breaches, while some are uneasy about what sites like Facebook and Instagram — or their users — could do with all that personal information. Still others believe in holding off creating an online footprint until their child is old enough to consent to it.
But baby blackouts are still the exception, not the rule. According to a 2011 study cited in the article, a whopping 66 percent of Gen X parents said they upload photos of their kiddos, while more than 50 percent said they spread the word about their child’s accomplishments over social media. And hey, I get it: posting something on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram is fast, efficient, and fun to boot. It’s a way to bridge the miles between you and distant friends and family.
Still, I’m firmly in the blackout camp. I’ve been working in the digital space for years now and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that the stuff we put online doesn’t vanish easily. Even though sites like Facebook let you determine privacy settings to an extent, they’re also notorious for changing those settings without much notice, leaving previously protected content open for all the world to see. They’re also less than open about how they’re collecting and using our data, which makes me more than a little uncomfortable. While it’s not the end of the world if a friend of a friend stumbles across a photo of my child at soccer practice, why would I run the risk of it ending up in the wrong hands? My son has the rest of his life to create an online footprint — for now, I’m content keeping him unplugged.
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Jersey Shore alum JWoww has never been one to shy away from sharing personal details with us, especially when it comes to her pregnancy. She was brutally honest about her epic case of morning sickness. Then there was the time she gave herself frostbite while treating her sciatica – and posted the graphic photos to prove it. And when daughter Meilani Alexandra was born five weeks ago, the reality star sent the world a birth announcement by way of a family photo spread in In Touch.
So it should surprise no one that JWoww (real name, Jenni Farley) was just as candid about her experience in the delivery room. At the time she kept it short and sweet, saying her labor was “way more painful” than she expected. But on Monday, she went into more detail about it with HuffPost Live, the Daily Mail reports. “Dude, my birth was like god awful! Okay, I had an epidural, I went to bed, then the epidural wore off and when it wore off I was freaking out,” she said.
“I became 10 centimeters dilated and she was out in six to seven minutes, so I had what’s called rapid delivery,” she added. “So from four to 10 centimeters in less than an hour she was out. She, like, walked out, ran out, took everything with her.”
If a so-called “rapid delivery” doesn’t sound that bad, consider this: Farley felt every single moment of those six or seven minutes, which, when you’re delivering a baby, might as well be a lifetime. “It was the worst pain in the world,” she said. So small wonder the first-time mom is scared to get pregnant again. “I’m not going to have sex for another year or two,” she told HuffPost Live. (No word on whether fiance Roger Mathew is into this plan.)
Still, talk of baby number two has been going strong since Farley was pregnant with Meilani, and the couple has made no secret of their desire to expand their brood. If they decide against adoption — something they told Life & Style they’re open to — it sounds like Farley will do whatever it takes to avoid another nightmare birth story. She said if she get’s pregnant, “I’m going to literally have my anesthesiologist next to me from beginning to end, like, pumping me full. I cannot take that pain.”
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