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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Photo courtesy of Alesandra Dubin

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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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Nick Lachey Dishes on “Creative” Pregnancy Sex!

In an interview last week with no-holds-barred Jenny McCarthy, Nick Lachey got plenty honest about his sex life with a second baby on the way.

McCarthy asked the singer bluntly if he’s currently having sex with his pregnant wife Vanessa Lachey, and he came right out with it.

“You get to this point, you’ve got to get very creative with your positioning,” he said in the interview, recapped in Us Weekly. Do tell!

“[But] I’m not sure she’s that comfortable right now with much of anything, including sex. It’s been an uncomfortable time when you get into the last month and a half,” he said. And he’s sure not kidding. As I’ve written here before ad infinitum, I was so enormous in my pregnancy that even getting into bed was royally uncomfortable — and that was just for sleep! Because of the delicate situation carrying multiples can frequently be, and because I had a very generous amount of fluid, my doc kiboshed sex around 26 weeks.

Lachey then went on to give specifics: “It was my birthday weekend this [past] weekend though, so I did howl at the moon a couple times.”

That’s a photo from Nick’s big day on Vanessa’s Instagram. She captioned the snap: “Happy Birthday My Love.” But this far along in per pregnancy, there’s one present she may not have given him!

Nick’s not the first one to break it down. See the results of the pregnancy sex survey we conducted among readers and prepare to blush. You dished on libido, fantasies, and yes — those creative pregnancy sex positions!
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Fun Pregnancy Announcement: One Couple’s News Goes Viral on YouTube

Our family’s reaction to our pregnancy announcement just before Thanksgiving dinner last year is a blur. I remember it one way, my husband remembers it another. Were there 10 seconds of stunned silence, or 30? Was it my cousin or my mother-in-law who first blurted out “Are you joking?!” (Apparently we’d had our families pretty well convinced we weren’t going for babies any time soon!) It was a joyful, thrilling moment — but one that shall have to remain somewhat mysterious in our memories forevermore.

Not so for one couple, Katharine and Kris Camilli. When they announced Katherine’s pregnancy to various loved ones, they recorded it each and every time.

The pair gathered their loved ones in groups, and asked each to pose for a photo. But instead of taking a still pic, they took a series of video recordings — and instead of the typical “Say cheese!” they went with “Kat’s pregnant!” and captured each precious, surprised reaction.

The family pictured above is one example. I loved their screams! Mom-to-be Kat isn’t pictured, but she and dad-to-be each appear in other clips.

The family edited all the moments together into one YouTube video — which has over 750,000 views in just the first few days. Check it out, and try not to choke up just a little.

How did you announce your pregnancy to loved ones?

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Photo: Courtesy of YouTube/Themichaels

 

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JWoww vs. Xtina: Whose Baby Shower “Vagina Cake” Was Better?!

We have a showdown, people. A vagina cake showdown.

You may recall that Christina Aguilera had a rather raunchy anatomical cake at her baby shower this summer. (Who could forget?) And now, we have new photographic evidence of not one but two vagina cakes from former Jersey Shore star JWoww‘s baby shower, thanks to pal Snooki!

Snooki, who also just welcomed a new babe, was responsible for making the cakes—and tweeting out photos of them. In the pics, one cake features a full-size naked Barbie doll in a splits position, with a head emerging from the area where the vagina would be if Barbies had vaginas. The icing lettering spells out “Push Jenni Push!!!”

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The second cake was, shall we say, a bit more graphic, with a baby doll head springing bright eyed and headband clad from what appears to be a close-up look at lady parts rendered in pink frosting and chocolate sprinkles (see photo, above).

Just to refresh, Xtina’s cake was decorated with the image of a woman giving birth on a rug, explicitly showing the baby’s head emerging from you-know-where, with the words “Push Xtina, push!”

Obviously — and much to my chagrin — this vagina cake trend for baby showers shows no sign of slowing down.

So weigh in: Which celeb’s cake took the cake?

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Photo: Courtesy of Twitter/Snooki

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