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Exclusive: Kelly Rowland Dishes on Her Least-Glam Mom Moment

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Kelly RowlandJust in time for her first Mother’s Day, Parents got the chance to catch up with singer and mom Kelly Rowland at the unveiling of Dreft’s newest line of baby-focused laundry products. Although 6-month-old Titan was not in attendance, his mom had a constant reminder of her son with her—a delicate gold necklace with his name etched into it.

The fact is, Rowland is loving motherhood—and finding humor in the not-so-glamorous mommy-moments.

P: What would you say is the one thing that has changed most since you became a mother?
KR:
I don’t tolerate B-S. I don’t like negativity around my son—that’s really about it. Certain things I used to let linger, I don’t anymore—just because I don’t want that energy around my son or myself.

P: Have the past six months with Titan gone by quickly?
KR:
Extremely! I feel like I just had him, maybe, two months ago. Today in the car, I was looking at all of these pictures of him and he was so small—and his first bath, and I was like “this is awesome but sad…” because now he’s trying to crawl. And it’s just, it happened so fast—I don’t want another [baby] just yet, but about three or four years.

P: What is one “mom-moment”—good, bad, or ugly—that stands out to you?
KR:
Oh, gosh. The airplane that we were on, it didn’t have the changing table tray, and I remember Titan was having a moment and making the face, letting me know that it was time to change his diaper. And I was catching poop in my hands and I was like AH! This is happening… This is where it’s really real. I remember thinking to myself, “Whoa, I’m a mom… This is not glamorous. You’re a mom.”

P: Has it become harder to juggle your career and your family?
KR:
Sometimes, yes. I will have my moments where when I am working, and I feel bad sometimes. But I realize that he has to have a great life and in order for him to have a great life, I want to continue our lifestyle. I love the fact that I am able to do the things that I am able to do, and go on different vacations and I want him to go to specific schools, and that stuff costs… These things are expensive!—Children, I’m saying! These children are expensive, so I’m just thinking, I have to work and that’s really it. I want him to feel safe and comfortable and confident, and a part of that is stability, so I have to work.

Related: Kelly Rowland: “I Want to Raise a Good Man”

P: How are you planning to celebrate your very first Mother’s Day?
KR:
Just chilling, really, to be honest. If I just have food and my baby, and he’s resting on my chest—that’s the best, I love it. When me, him, and his dad are in our bed together, it’s something really that locks in my world, and just makes me, actually, cry because it’s what I’ve always dreamt. And I know my mom wanted that for me, she wanted me to be married with my child—and it makes me happy—my world is complete.

P: Are there any traditions you hope to start with your family?
KR:
I want our house to be packed for Christmas. I mean like Home Alone packed, but we’re not venturing off to other cities or countries. I want Titan to know who he is, his identity, his sense of where he comes from. I want him to be deeply rooted in family, so that when he gets older, he doesn’t have to go into the world and look for it.

Maybe his first, second, or third birthday if he doesn’t know what he wants the theme to be… it’s going to be family and cake and ice cream and dancing—that kind of thing.

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And read more about Kelly Rowland’s pregnancy:
Pregnant (and Gorgeous!) Kelly Rowland Poses Nude for Elle
Pregnant Kelly Rowland Is Practicing Prenatal Yoga—In Style!

Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn

Baby Milestones: Your Baby's Seventh Month
Baby Milestones: Your Baby's Seventh Month
Baby Milestones: Your Baby's Seventh Month

Image courtesy of Dreft

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Apparently, Prince Charles Wants a Granddaughter (No Pressure, Kate!)

Friday, May 1st, 2015

princess katePoor Princess Kate. Days past her reported due date, the pregnant mama is probably swollen, tired, and just ready to get this show on the road. To her credit, she’s being a good sport about the world’s obsession with her bump, even going so far as to send pastries to well-wishers camped outside of the hospital where she’ll evenutally deliver. Still, I have to think she’s feeling the pressure from the so-called “Great Kate Wait.”

Adding a wrinkle to things? Her father-in-law, Prince Charles. At an event this week in Windsor Castle, the next-in-line casually let it drop that he and wife Camilla are “hoping for a granddaughter.” (William and Kate have chosen not to find out their baby’s gender before the birth.) And you know if he’s telling perfect strangers his preference, he’s probably been yakking about it with his son and daughter-in-law for the last nine months.

The upside is that Prince Charles went public with his opinion this late in the game, whereas most eager grandparents-to-be let that stuff fly as soon as you tell them you’re pregnant. And talk about added pressure! The day after I broke the news to my parents, my dad and I were having lunch and he announced he knew I was having a girl. So sure was he that he even picked out a name for her: Hannah. (Um, how thoughtful?) For the next several weeks, until an ultrasound revealed I was having a boy, every conversation involved “Hannah”: How she’d love stamps as much as he does. How he would show her how to bait a hook and change a tire. How they’d be the best of friends. The happy little world he created for himself and my unborn child was so vivid that when I found out I was having a boy, I almost hesitated to tell him. I did, of course, and he took the news in stride: it took him about 20 seconds to mentally unhook his dreams of a granddaughter and latch on to the reality of a grandson.

Related: Celebrity Gender Reveals: How Stars Shared the Boy-or-Girl News

Considering how much scrutiny the royal pregnancy has already received, my bet is that Princess Kate is a seasoned pro at deflecting pressure, even when it comes from the future king. Because royalty or no, in the end, they want what we all want for the young family: a happy, healthy baby — whenever he or she decides to arrive.

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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+.

Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender
Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender
Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender

Image of Princess Kate courtesy of Shutterstock

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It’s Baaack! Breast Milk Ice Cream Fit for Royalty

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

royal baba gagaHold on to your tea towels! A sweet treat is coming back just in time for the arrival of royal baby No. 2. London ice cream company The Licktators is once again stocking freezers with ‘scream made from — wait for it — breast milk. Their latest all-natural concoction, called Royal Baby Gaga, is a blend of carefully screened donated breast milk and Madagascan Vanilla.

It may sound like another unusual way to profit off of royal baby fever, but in reality, this ice cream has an altruistic bent. The brainchild of The Licktators and vocal breastfeeding supporter Victoria Hiley, Royal Baby Gaga is meant to raise awareness about the benefits of nursing. Bonus: All profits from the sale of the $22 pink and blue tubs will go to a breastfeeding charity. “There was huge support from breastfeeding women for Baby Gaga ice cream in 2011, yet some politicians still stigmatise women for breastfeeding in public,” Hiley explains in a statement.“We thought the birth of a royal baby was a great time to whip up support for mums and say that when it comes to ice cream this summer, breast is best.” (Hmm, I’m not totally sure how eating someone else’s breast milk would convince the undecided to try nursing—or remove the stigma of feeding al fresco—but hey, it’s worth a shot?)

Related: How to Freeze and Unfreeze Breast Milk

Now, using breast milk for something other than feeding a baby is nothing new. Celebs are sampling it. Bodybuilders are downing the stuff to bulk up faster. People are even smearing it on as a facial (which, fyi, apparently works!). And although I’m a big fan of nursing—and vanilla ice cream—I can’t imagine digging into a bowl of another woman’s frozen breast milk, even if it was blended with fancy-sounding flavors. The potential safety issues alone would stop me. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can pick up a tub of Royal Baby Gaga in select London stores and online through the summer, or make your own using the company’s DIY recipe.

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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+.

Store Breast Milk Safely
Store Breast Milk Safely
Store Breast Milk Safely

Product shot of Royal Baby Gaga courtesy of The Licktators via Facebook

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First Look! Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s Baby

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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!

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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

Photo of Kate Middleton and Prince William via Shutterstock

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