Thanksgiving Bombshell: How We Announced Our Pregnancy!

Last Thanksgiving was one for the books.

Just two days before, we’d learned I was pregnant. We figured there’d be no better time to tell our families than on a day devoted to gratitude and togetherness, and on a day when both sets of parents would be in the same room.

Because I was overall so nervous and jittery while processing the news, I didn’t want any big to-do—definitely no pregnancy announcement that would be destined to go viral. I just wanted my husband to share the news unceremoniously and succinctly, so that it would be out there. I’m bad at secrets, and carrying this one for even those 60 hours felt like a burden to bear!

After a few late arrivals and a bunch of flitting around the kitchen, at last everyone was sitting down on the sofa for hors d’oeuvres at my in-laws’ house, and my husband seized the moment, blurting out: “We just want to let you all know that Alice is pregnant.”

I looked down nervously into my lap. Silence. More silence. What?!

Finally, I heard, “Wait, are you joking?” There’s some confusion about who said it —was it my cousin? My mother in law? Was it 10 seconds? Thirty? But the point is, with all of our globe trotting and tight lips about future plans, we’d apparently convinced our entire family that we wouldn’t be going for babies any time soon! (In truth—we were stamping the hell out of our passports in a hurry, knowing that babies were the next step.) They couldn’t even believe it.

But this was no joke, of course, and finally everyone exhaled and cheered and hooted and hollered. There wasn’t a dry eye in the building. They were beyond thrilled—and, I think, relieved! (Everyone had wanted kids for us, while we kicked that can down the road for years, privately making our plans as a couple.)

Eventually, we all settled around the table (that’s the very one in the picture!), for a dinner we would never forget—an evening that, though blurry, we’re sure to tell our kids about around the holiday table for many years to come.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Playing Charades to Break the Baby News
Playing Charades to Break the Baby News
Playing Charades to Break the Baby News

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See How Pregnant Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Handle the Holidays!

Last holiday season, when I was pregnant with twins, here’s how things went: Husband did the heavy lifting. I napped and ate. Honestly, watching him scurry around and do all the work while I relaxed was a pleasant change—and a pretty enjoyable way to spend the holidays! (And hey, when it comes to pregnancy, the overall distribution of, ahem, labor is still more than fair to the partner.)

Apparently, it’s just the same in the household of Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell, who’s pregnant with baby number two. Us has an exclusive first look at a Samsung commercial starring the pair—and their pups!—all decked out in matching holiday gear, getting their home tricked out for the season.

Well, more specifically, Shepard is getting the home all holiday-fied, while Bell turns on the fireplace with the click of a button, eats popcorn meant for decorating the tree, and pipes frosting directly into her mouth while trimming a gingerbread house. She says, “I can’t even tie my shoes at this point!”

Bell told Us that the scene is pretty close to reality in her home. “We are both complete and utter holiday junkies. Any excuse we have to celebrate a little more, it feels very natural to us! We’re just showing people a snapshot of our real life,” she said.

Shepard echoed the sentiment. “It’s literally our favorite season, our favorite time of the year.”

Shepard also had a few things to say about his pregnant wife’s ability to manage basic physical tasks—things that I know my own husband can relate to. “It’s like sleeping next to a giant wounded elk who’s been hit by a semi and won’t die — snoring, drooling, grunting, kicking, getting up and walking.”

Sounds about right!

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Naughty, Naughty! Parents-to-Be Busted Having Sex in Maternity Ward

Knowing that life would change forever on delivery day, I had many things on my before-baby to-do list. Evidently, one expecting couple in the U.K. had a pre-baby to-do list, too — with an item that was a tad bit racy!

A soon-to-be-mama and her partner at a hospital in Bristol decided to use the time waiting to be induced for a last-hurrah in their hospital room.

According to the Daily Mail, a hospital cleaner heard what she described as moans from the room, discovered the pair having sex, and reported the news to her superiors — who reportedly essentially told her it was NBD. (I mean, we all know how babies are actually made, right?)

Maybe the parents-to-be were hoping to bring about labor naturally so that a medical induction would not be necessary. (Sex is frequently rumored to help trigger labor, though there’s mixed support for the claim.) Or maybe they just wanted to have one last bit of couples’-only fun before a new baby in the picture changed the nature of the game.

Either way, we say — you go, hot mama!

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Pregnancy Sex Tips: Fun Sex in Your Third Trimester
Pregnancy Sex Tips: Fun Sex in Your Third Trimester

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My Baby Shower Had a ’90s Hip-Hop Vibe—What’s Your Dream Theme?

I feel enormously lucky and grateful to have had three baby showers earlier this year when I was expecting my twins. One was a traditional luncheon at my mother-in-law’s warm and inviting home, and one was a sweet work-day event at my husband’s company thrown by his exceptionally gracious and creative colleagues.

But it’s the third shower that was the most me, you might say: It had a ’90s hip-hop theme. Here’s why…

Not long after I started dating my husband—another very devoted fan of throwback hip-hop, and a former DJ with a huge music collection in the genre—we went with a group of friends on a camping trip to Big Sur. After a few drinks around the campfire, we ended up doing a full-on, fired-up a capella duet to LL Cool J’s “Around the Way Girl.” That’s the moment my friends said they knew we were made for each other.

At our wedding a couple of years later, my maid-of-honor sister and bestie bridesmaid blew the roof off the place (OK, it was outdoors, but…) when in lieu of a traditional toast, they performed a rap they’d written, riffing off the lyrics and tune to MC Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two.” It was perfection.

So four years later, when we were expecting two babies, the “It Takes Two” theme worked equally well as an anthem, and the wedding party crew got back to work as hostesses behind a ’90s hip-hop baby shower that totally killed.

Among the details were a cake decked with personalized mix tapes my sister had drawn; cookies in the shapes of rappers like Biggie and Tupac; plush animals as tabletop centerpieces clad in Adidas track suits; and the super fun onesies you see pictured here.

It was so special to have such a personal shower thrown by observant, open-minded loved ones  — and to have one without having to strong arm my hosts into my unique theme.

But if your hosts aren’t quite as observant, here’s one trick for getting a message across without coming off as rude or ungrateful: Make a public Pinterest board and collect your “dream baby shower” ideas there!

And hey, if it includes a few options for vagina cakes—I sure won’t judge!

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Let’s Not Body-Shame 8-Months-Pregnant, Bikini-Clad Hayden Panetierre

Ugh.

The media captured some images of images of an 8-months-pregnant Hayden Panetierre wearing a two-piece swimsuit while vacationing in Hawaii this week, and it kind of went nuts.

It turns out—shocking, I know—that many celebrity news outlets are eager to judge women’s bodies when they look approximately like real pregnant human beings and not like toy dolls with passably teeny ‘bumps.”

TMZ’s headline shouted about the “GIANT” star (caps theirs, not mine), and said that her “proportions seem out of whack.”

The Daily Mirror called her “huge” in its headline, and proclaimed her “ready to pop” — one of my least favorite pregnancy phrases of all time — as did the Daily Mail. So did Perez Perez Hilton (but at least also allowed that she looked “flawless”). Even the publications that had a few friendly things to say about the star overwhelmingly used language that implied judgement and shame.

The star is, by her own admission to Hello! magazine (as cited in the Daily Mail), up more weight than is recommended during singleton pregnancy, adding close to 40 pounds to her itty bitty frame. “I’m 5 feet, 2 inches, and I started out at 106 pounds and guess how much I weigh now? Around 145 pounds,” she said.

But life happens, and there are many things about pregnancy that we can’t necessarily predict or control. It can be a plenty uncomfortable enough time without good-intentioned gawkers on the street — let alone body-shaming media screaming judgement-laden language.

So here’s all I have to say about that: If a pregnant lady, famous or no, finds some time to ease her achy joints and feet with some buoyant time in the water, let her wear whatever the heck she pleases.

To that end, check out our gallery of pregnant celebs in bikinis. Work it, ladies!

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