If you want your pregnancy announcement to go viral, it’s a solid bet to set it to a catchy Taylor Swift track. Mom Kimmy Baker knows a thing or two about that because she has a a viral video production company, TyKy Videos, with her husband. So when the family found out they were expecting again — a surprise third pregnancy with two girls already — they created a pregnancy announcement video set to the tune of “Blank Space” with all the makings of a YouTube sensation.
The parody serves as both the family’s announcement to friends and family, as well as a way to have fun with the stress of baby naming. “Got a long list of my favorites. You’ll think that they’re insane. We’re having another baby…. so let’s pick a name!” goes the chorus, a parody of Swift’s lyrics.
“Something young and reckless? Like Zane, Lexi, or Star…” muses the expectant mama, riffing off the song’s original words. “Or something timeless, like Mary, Kate, or Bart?”
The thing I find curious—and yet refreshing—about the vid is that Kimmy is utterly transparent about the family’s shock, even their freakout, over having an unplanned third baby. “New baby, yes I cried. Now we’re happy for this little bean. Aint it funny, didn’t try. And I know we didn’t want three. But hey, we can’t pretend. I guess we’ll see how this one ends. Guess it’s time to tell our friends!”
Sure, it’s a little blunt for a pregnancy announcement—and something their third kid may very well see some day. But hey, I love any parent who’s willing to tell it like it is. Folks willing to speak honestly about the wild journey of parenthood remind the rest of us that the twists and turns are just a part of the adventure. And we roll with it!
Christina Ricci is pregnant with her first child—and just under her deadline! You read that right. Back in 2008, the actress was quoted by HollyScoop.com as saying, “I want to get married and have kids, maybe not next year, but before I’m 35.” Well, she did it. Christina is 34!
Christina and hubby James Heerdegen—a camera technician she met on the set of her short-lived 2011 TV show, Pan Am—had been keeping their baby-on-the-way status on the DL. But as they say, pictures speak a thousand words, and photos surfaced of Christina walking through LAX with a sizable bump (accentuated by wearing a belt just below her chest, a tell-tale sign of maternity wear!).
While Christina has yet to comment about her pregnancy, her publicist confirmed Christina is indeed pregnant. The mom-to-be has said she thinks she’ll be a “good mother, and entertaining.” Congrats to Christina and James! I can’t wait to hear what they name their baby. Personally, I’d love them to choose the name Wednesday (as in Christina’s character in the Addams Family)—it’s a unisex baby name, so it’ll work no matter whether they’re having a boy or girl.
It’s only been two months since singer Kelly Clarkson announced she and hubby Brandon Blackstock were pregnant. Soon after she said she had a “gut feeling” she was having a girl, telling Parade: “I’m totally gonna have a girl. I’m manifesting it! And when I have a girl, you’re gonna be like, ‘That chick knew it!’” she joked.
Well, that chick knew it! Or manifested it! Or is just a really good guesser (well, it was a 50-50 chance she’d be right—there are only two options), because she is in fact having a daughter!
“We just found out we’re having a girl officially! I knew it! Only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting ha!” she announced on Twitter Monday.
She already told Ellen DeGeneres that she and Brandon have chosen a unisex baby name that they were planning to use whether they were having a boy or girl. But no one’s getting that name out of her.
“We’re not saying because I don’t want someone to steal my baby’s name,” said Kelly. “We named our kid before we were even pregnant!”
PS Musical geniuses Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are expecting their third boy later this year. Maybe there’s a duet in these two kids’ futures!
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It’s official: Skyler Berman has a baby brother! Stylist to the stars and designer extraordinaire Rachel Zoe and hubby Rodger are now the proud parents of two adorable boys. Rachel announced the birth of Kaius Jagger Berman, aka Kai, on her Twitter feed, saying: “So excited to welcome our baby boy into the world…he’s 7 lbs 12 oz., beautiful, healthy and we couldn’t be happier!”
I don’t know about you, but I love the names they’ve picked out for both of their sons. They’re different enough to be special, but not so out there that they’re just cra-cra. And for those paying attention, it’s no surprise the major music fans went with Jagger (as in the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger) as Kai’s middle name. Skyler’s middle name is Morrison after Doors’ singer Jim Morrison!
So far, the fashionista has been successful juggling styling, designing, running her fashion empire and being a devoted wife and mom—while pregnant. Now she baby Kai is here, she has one more thing (well, person) to throw into the mix. Rachel confessed during her pregnancy she wasn’t sure how little Skyler would take to sharing his number one girl with another baby, but now Rachel’s telling fans there is no mama drama to worry about. “Rodger, Skyler and I are madly in love and will be happily hibernating for the next couple of weeks.”
Having trouble coming up with the perfect name for your little prince or princess? It’s a lot of pressure, right? You want a name you’ll love forever, that won’t embarrass your kid or get him or her teased, but something that’s different enough that there aren’t 10 of them in his or her class.
Well, the former Hills star turned shoe designer and hubby Jay Cutler did pretty well naming their first child without the help of a baby name book—Camden Jack Cutler (Camden was #156 on the national list of the most popular boys’ names in 2012). Now that she’s pregnant with her second, Kristin is sharing her tips on how to find the best fit for your child’s name:
Keep an open mind. You can find inspiration anywhere! Kristin and Jay don’t know whether their second baby will be a boy or a girl yet, so they’ve picked out names for each. “I saw the boy name in a magazine and I just liked it,” she shares. She found the girl name in the unlikeliest of places: a store clerk’s dog!
Sound it out. Don’t just pick names you like. Make sure the first and middle names go well with the baby’s last name. “We liked the way Camden Cutler sounded,” she said, “and we liked calling him Cam for short.”
Personalize it. They loved the name Camden the moment they heard it. But to make it have a family tie, they made Camden’s middle name Jack, “which is Jay’s dad’s name, so it has meaning,” Kristin explains.
Have a thick skin. You can’t make everyone happy! That’s why some people choose to keep their baby names a secret till the baby’s born, so they don’t have to hear people weigh in on whether they like the names or not. Kristin and Jay have told close friends and family their baby name contenders and have gotten “mixed reviews—and we don’t care!” she said with a laugh.
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