Telling your mate that you’re pregnant is a really big deal—and lots of us like to do it up in style. But when Gwen Stefani discovered she was expecting her third child, baby Apollo, her method of sharing the news with hubby Gavin Rossdale was a little more unconventional.
As Us Weekly reports, in an appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show yesterday, Gavin spilled the beans on how Gwen told him. “I got this email on the road, from Gwen, and the title was in capitals, ‘LOOK WHAT YOU DID TO ME NOW.’ I was like, ‘What is this?’ My blood pressure went through the roof. And I opened the e-mail, and it was the pregnancy stick.’”
It wasn’t exactly the most romantic way to share the big news, but I’m thinking it’s kind of like how your oldest child gets the completely filled in baby book and thousands of pictures of every milestone along they way, while the second and third kids kind of get the short shaft. For instance, we made three photo books documenting my oldest daughter’s arrival, while there’s one slim volume for my youngest.
Tell us: How did you tell your mate that you were expecting? Did your announcements get a little less elaborate with each additional pregnancy?
It’s baby #2 for 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager alum Beverley Mitchell, who announced that she and husband Michael Cameron are expecting early next year. Her big announcement came via her WhoSay account: “#tbt to the place where Michael asked me to marry him, and this past year where we stood as a family of three! Can’t believe in 2015 we will be a family of 4!!!”
Beverley is already the mom to daughter Kenzie Lynne, who was born in March 2013.
Congrats to the happy couple—and looking forward to hearing all about their new arrival in the next few months!
Newlywed Jill Duggar Dillard recently announced that she’s expecting, just two months after tying the knot in June. That makes her the latest member of the 19 Kids and Counting family to have a baby on the way (big brother Joshua already has three little ones…and counting). Jill and her husband Derick will welcome their new baby in late March.
She’s nicknamed the baby. Their little one will be called “Baby Dilly”—at least until they find out the sex and determine a name. (They’re not sure yet if they’ll follow in the Duggar footsteps and choose a letter theme for their baby names.)
She has morning sickness. And apparently, it’s pretty bad. “They should call it ‘pregnancy sickness’ because it’s all day,” she quipped on Good Morning America. (If you’re dealing with the same thing, check out our tips for managing morning sickness.)
She’s craving sour foods. Dill pickles, lemons, lemons with salt—those are all on Jill’s list of must-haves for dealing with her morning sickness—and in fact, hubby Derick carries around a “pregnancy bag” stocked with the essentials for helping his wife curb the nausea.
She’s planning a home birth. Jill Duggar is a trained midwife who has assisted on many births, and likes the vibe of a home birth. I feel like it will be way more relaxing… and having the baby at home with a midwife provides more of that personal care,” she said. (Considering the same? Find out if you’re a good candidate for home birth.)
She’s planning a gender reveal.Just like her big brother and his wife, Anna, Jill and Derick are planning to learn the sex of their baby (and likely, doing that in dramatic fashion during the taping of their show).
Here’s a pregnancy announcement we’re thrilled about: Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war vet who now serves in Congress, came on the Today Show yesterday to share her big news—she’s expecting a girl this December! In fact, she’s one of a “band of mothers,” four Iraqi war amputees who all either gave birth recently or are pregnant now.
The road to pregnancy wasn’t easy for these mothers. For Rep. Duckworth, that included several rounds of IVF, which she says were extremely challenging given her demanding schedule in Congress.
The Sun-Times profiled the amazing things these four women achieved after they recovered from their injuries. Rep. Duckworth, who lost both legs in 2004, went on to become a high-profile Congresswoman. Melissa Stockwell, who lost her left leg, became a para-athlete, and was a triathlon champion. (She’s due in November with a boy.) Danielle Green-Byrd lost an arm during combat, and now counsels other veterans who suffer from PTSD—when she isn’t spending time with her brand new baby boy. And Dawn Halfaker, who also lost an arm in Iraq, founded her own IT consulting firm, and is the mom of a four-month-old boy.
The four talked about how they bonded and supported each other through the long road to recovery, and now, through pregnancy and motherhood.
You can check out the video footage here:
Congratulations to these new moms and moms-to-be as they travel this much more joyful road together.
Tell us: Do you have a “band of mothers” who have your back? How did they support you through your pregnancy?
But as one woman found out, even the best-laid plans can go awry when it comes time to spill the baby beans. As Today.com reports, Shanee Gibson Hart of Fort Lewis, Wash., waited to tell her kids that she was expecting until they were in the backseat of the car and, lucky for us, caught their hysterical reactions on camera. The words, “I’m pregnant” had barely left Hart’s lips before son Tré throws both hands over his eyes, grunts dramatically, and fires back with an aggrieved, “What were you thinking?” (Like Hart was his prodigal teenage daughter and not his mother!)
The rant didn’t end there — Tré clearly had a lot more to say about becoming a big brother again. “Why you have to just get another baby? You just have two!” he added, gesturing to his little sister sitting contentedly in the car seat next to him. “This is exasperating!”
I’ve got to applaud Hart, who took the berating like a seasoned pro. She giggled at times, gently reassured her son that he and his sister could never be replaced, and even pointed out that Tré could help out with the new baby, a role the put-upon big brother had no interest in. “This makes no sense,” he said mournfully. After some coaxing, though, it looked like Tré was finally coming to a place of acceptance — on one condition: Mom had to buy him earplugs.
Watch the full video below– we dare you not to crack up!
Now it’s your turn: How did your family and friends handle the news that you were pregnant? Any surprising reactions?