Sunday, February 28, 2010

Trinidad 2010 Carnival Photos!

I've been asked to post some of the photos from my trip to Trinidad and Tobago Carnival this past month. If you follow this blog, you'd notice I've blabbed about prepping and getting in shape for it for a while. So in response to the request, here ya go!

Actually, these are posted courtesy of the photographers and sites in the watermarks. A photo of me is in there too! I may put some more up on Saturday. But in the meantime, my buddy Saucy over at the Trinidad Carnival Diary has an excellent comprehensive list of photos sites and links to check out. Access it HERE. Enjoy!

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Guest Post: Past Your Due Date?

Guest post by Alan Murray, webmaster of a baby names site. The site has a wealth of information on not just baby names but Pregnancy tips, Breast feeding and much more.

Past your due date?

By the time you get to your due date you want it all over and done with. The last few weeks of pregnancy can be very uncomfortable.

Around 80% of babies are born around the due date - between 38 to 42 weeks. Nobody really knows why babies come when the do. Most doctors do suspect position and the emotional state of the mother may influence the timing.

Most doctors will not let you go two weeks past your due date. The baby could get too big by this stage and would make for a very uncomfortable birth! Also the baby may not get the food it requires by this time of your pregnancy. Other reasons for inducing labor are your waters break, not having contractions, high blood pressure; you have diabetes, and low amniotic fluid levels around the baby.
Is there a way to start labor yourself?

Plenty of methods are put forward to help induce labor; however none have been scientifically proven to bring the onset of labor. Most of them are old wives tales but none of them will do any harm! Sex, curries, drinking castor oil are some of the most popular theories banded around.

Sweeping your membranes.

If you are past your due date the midwife may offer to sweep your membranes. This is quite a simple procedure with the midwife inserting a finger into your vigina and running the finger along the cervix and the bag of waters. This procedure has shown to improve the chance of labor in the next few days.

How will your doctor induce labor?

Labor can be induced by a medicine called Oxycontin (Pitocin). This causes contractions to start within one to two hours.
What are the risks of inducing labor?

You should be aware that inducing labor does carry risks. There is an increased chance of having a Cesarean section, Uterine rupture, Placental abruption and fetal distress.

Maternal and fetal testing.

Tests can be preformed to judge the health of the fetus in the womb.

Counting movement of baby in the womb.
Nonstress testing: Monitoring earth rate with excesses of movement, a sign of well-being in the womb.
Biophysical profile: Used with the nonstress testing, an ultrasound is used to text well-being.
Ultrasound: They are used not just to monitor fetal growth; they can be used to monitor blood vessels, tissues, and organs. They can check blood flow throughout the body.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Celebrity Update: Bumps, Babies, Reveals & More

Amanda Peete (love her!) announced last December to be expecting and recently the paps caught a glimpse of her growing bump! Cute, frumpy, but cute!

My favorite Top Chef host and advocate for scarred and burn survivors, Padma Lakshmi has welcomed a daughter, her rep has shared.
The little girl was born late Saturday in New York City, the rep added.
A source told Us magazine that the girl’s name is Krishna.
Padma, 39, has not revealed the baby’s father.
Padma’s pregnancy was considered “a medical miracle,” because Padma has struggled with endometriosis, a painful uterine condition that can lead to infertility. source

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady’s newborn son, Benjamin, makes his debut on the cover of the Brazilian magazine Quem!


Celebrity-Babies reports
The finish line is well within sight for expectant mama Christina Milian! So says her husband, singer-songwriter The-Dream, in a new interview with MTV.
“The baby will be here Sunday, no later than Sunday.”
Not only do the couple know that their baby-on-the-way is a girl, they also know her name — Violet. Perhaps realizing that he’d given away too much information, however, The-Dream quickly clarified,
“I’m not telling you the middle name, you gon’ get me in trouble.”
One thing is clear: Violet stands to benefit handsomely from dad’s enthusiasm over her impending arrival. “The baby already has a car, I got a house just for the baby,” he explains, before adding that Christina, 28, is about to move down a notch or two!
“Christina can’t get in the baby’s car. I’m giving all my attention that I usually give to Christina to the baby, all the flowers I usually give Christina, I’m giving them to the baby.”
Source: MTV

Meanwhile, Madonna's 4-year old daughter Mercy was looking cute out and about with her fam rocking one of Stella McCartney's Beatles inspired jackets that sell at Gap for a cool $300 and change. source I saw this jacket and tweeted a photo of this jacket from my local Gap last year.

I love this chic!!! Check out Mel B and her daughter and their funky fresh hair dos!

File this one under "Be Careful What you Ask for because you Just might get it" reports:
Kendra and baby boy Hank Jr went to cheer on dad, Hank Baskett of the Colts. The Super Bowl ended with an under dog win by the New Orlean Saints, leaving Kendra and baby Hank upset.

Above, Kendra is leaving the stadium in tears. Possibly because she’s upset that her husband’s championship dreams have just been dashed, but probably more because her husband is somewhat responsible for the Colt’s 31-17 loss as a result of totally failing to recover the surprise onside kick at the start of the second half. Kendra was probably embarrassed to tears.

However, Kendra explains her tears: “I wasn’t cryin cuz of the damn game it’s cuz the paparazzi have no soul,” she tweeted. “they wouldn’t leave me n family alone!!!! we asked them to stop cuz of the baby n they were way too close n they didn’t care at allllllll”
My my! I know at one point in my life, after Lady Di was killed as the papps gave chase, that I would NOT support magazines that posted celebrity photos taken while they were just doing their private living and not on the red carpet. That was a short lived protest by the way. I certainly do not support the harassment and crazy antics that the paps do to get that photo and do believe when it comes to children, they should keep a safe distance because the kids did not ask to be born under such a spotlight. However, when a person, like Kendra, goes out of her way to share every aspect of her pregnancy, life and birth with the world for the sake of climbing the latter from D-list Celebrity star to the A-list, she's got to be mindful of the painful consequence of doing so. Not to be harsh, but I'm just sayin'

File this under, "Isn't that some ish"

Anne Heche and her ex-husband have been ordered by a judge to retain the services of a parenting coach.

The "coordinator" will earn $375 an hour and be responsible for:
  • Coaching the parents on effective co-parenting
  • Helping the parents make joint parenting decisions
  • Resolving disputes between the parents concerning the court-ordered parenting plan
wonder what the heck they were doing to their kid to be slapped with THAT sentence. Honestly though, I can't blame judge. There are plenty of parents out there doing horrible jobs raising their kids and as my old college roomate one said, you need a driver's license to drive a car, a fishing license to fish, but any old idiot on the street can make a baby! By the time child protective services intervenes or the child turns into a full fledged bratty adult running around causing havoc, it's too late. Get licensed from the get go I say! ha! I jest of course!

Now this is a beautiful and realistic post baby body!
Porschla Coleman wife of NBA player Jason Kidd is glowing!!
Seen here at the 4th Annual Two Kings Dinner on February 13, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. The couple welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, in January. Porschla, who used to model, is now a full time mom and is the director of of the Jason Kidd Foundation.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Product Review: CherryPharm


I was sent a 4 pk sampler of Cherry Pharm Tart cherry juices (valued $9.99) to try with no strings attached. The producers make an all natural, not from concentrate brand of tart cherry juices, a juice said to have natural therapeutic properties. According to Cherry Farm, tart cherry has high levels of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, anti-carcinogens and anti-mutagens. Sounds good!!

I sampled the Natural Health, Natural Light ( lower calorie version) and Natural Recovery(for post work out) drinks.

Since often pregnant women are looking for natural healthy fixes they can drink that won't make them puke, I figured this would be a good solution especially for morning sickness sufferers.

The drink reminds me of a mixture of cranberry and pomegranate juice so it went down smooth. I was scared at the word "tart" and thought I'd have to hold my nose pucker my lips to down this concoction. I did not. It was naturally sweetened with apple juices. I enjoyed the juices and actually felt healthier and cleaner taking it in. It may had to do also with the fact that I was coming off a fast and was already detoxed and cleansed. The juices were a delightful treat at that time. But I digress...

The idea is if you want, you could drink a bottle a day to give you the benefits of the juices.

The price of healthy goodness isn't cheap! A 24 pk of the 8 ounce bottles will set you back $49.99!

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tonya Lewis Lee's "Crisis in the Crib"

A Twitter Friend Euphorialuv hipped me to this documentary Crisis in the Crib: Saving Our Nation's Babies, by attorney and award-winning journalist Tonya Lewis Lee focusing on maternal and infant health in the African American community (She is also filmmaker Spike Lee's wife). It was was developed as part of the U.S. Office of Minority Health A Healthy Baby Begins with You campaign.

See Clip is chilling...I got goosebumps watching it.

Essentially, infant Mortality for the African-American community is a pressing, but often overlooked, public health issue. The rate of death for African American babies before their first birthday is twice the rate of white babies and greatly outpaces the national average. For some communities these deaths can seem like a normal part of life, an in fact they are strong indicators of the overall health of the community.

A low birth weight infant is one of the three leading causes for infant mortality. The other two are congenital malformations and sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. In addition, some of the risk factors that contribute to infant mortality are disproportionately found in the pregnant women in the black community: late prenatal care, poor nutrition and obesity.
The documentary is a project of the Office of Minority Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

I was moved by the statistics and the clip above and was touched enough to read more about it here on the Women's eNews page about the Black Maternal Health: A Legacy and a Future project, an effort developed to raise awareness about African American women confronting striking statistics about their health as they form partnerships, become parents and care for their children.

So good to see the word spreading about such a traumatic trend. Pass it on.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Take this Survey & Enter to Win $50 Gift certificate

Megan Hopper, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri is currently working on her dissertation which looks at how pregnant women evaluate magazines and magazine content specifically targeted at them. This survey is part of a larger goal to examine the messages distributed to pregnant women in our society. It deals largely with photos of pregnant celebrities.

She contacted me and asked me to share this online survey link with you:

By taking part in the study, each pregnant woman will get a chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates to

She has also offered to share the results of her study after it is completed to possibly discuss on the blog.

She said her hope is to get pregnant women a louder and more recognized voice in our society!

Do drop by and fill it out if you could!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bellyitch Bump Day: The Pregnant Heart

Are the hands cusped in the shape of a heart on the belly the universal shot for pregnancy maternity session? Too cute. I love it!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Post Rewind: Top 10 Ways to Use your Pregnant Belly for Perks

While I am on vacation, I cannot do my celebrity post today, so in lieu, I am reposting a favorite of mine:

Top Ten Ways to Use Your Belly and Baby For Perks

I had to get my wireless phone replaced and did not want to get into a hassle and I did the total girly girl non-feminist thing. Having been make-up free the whole day up until that point, before going into the Verizon Wireless store I put on a fresh coat of make up and walked in the store hoping to find a clerk who'd let a prettier fresh-faced me trade in the phone I spilled coffee on for a brand new one without asking me too many questions. It worked!

It's no secret that a pretty and well put together face gets treated better in retail stores. I've experimented unwillingly this theory before and know by now that a better looking me goes farther than the tired sweatpants haggard looking me, especially when I am having to deal with a live person who has to get me a service.

I remember having a conversation with a very beautiful friend of mine who went off unprovoked on the fact that overweight people who lose weight are praised, applauded and encouraged.

"What about us skinny girls who have to work hard to stay thin? Don't we get any recognition? Where is our "kudos" and "a job well done" she argued? I knew my friend was vain and a bit disconnected from reality but what she was saying took the cake.

I had to remind her of the many perks she enjoyed in life on account of her being very attractive. Several studies have verified that beautiful people get more "not guilty" convictions despite overwhelming evidence that would have had an uglier defendant in jail for life. I remember watching a 20/20 or 60 minutes or Dateline special a while back where they actually experimented and showed clear examples of (1) a gorgeous stranded woman getting 10 x as much help than an average looking woman; (2) a good looking job candidate getting offered a job on the spot while moments earlier an okay looking dude was told they'd get back to him even though their credentials were virtually identical; (3) and it goes on and on...

Well, that brought me to thinking about all the wonderful perks pregnant and new moms get to have when they traverse the streets with their protruding bellies or strolling about with their cherubic little babies. In case you were wondering, here they are in 10 ten list format of course:

10. At the bathroom in a long line. This one is obvious. Who wants to go between a preggers woman and her bladder?

9. On the way to catch an elevator. No need to run. Folks get that you are a waddling duck these days and will patiently wait. Yup, to the courier fubbling in his bag for the package he's to deliver, people are yelling all sorts of "hurry up and get in here!" obscentities. You sweet waddling duck get to take your sweet time.

8. At the airport security gate. Late for your flight? Horrified by the tremendous line at security check in and fearful you'll miss your plane? Worry not. Simply stroll junior to the front of the security stand and show them your boarding pass and voila! Instant-cut-a -line Perks!

7. At the airport boarding gate. Traveling with your kid guarantees you the chance to get in the plane first when they board "passengers carrying small children who need extra time getting in their seats." Sweet!

6. If you arrive at a check out or ordering line at the same time as another person, they're gonna let the glowing pregnant woman looking to nourish her unborn child go in front of them. That's a natural gimme!

5. At the parking lots to some mega stores that cater to children. Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Buy Buy Baby, some Walmart and other stores have special parking spots right next to the handicap ones up front reserved for pregnant women and woman with children. I used to smile everytime I'd see one of these signs and was feeling extra lazy that day.

4. Visiting someone who you'd rather not spend that much time with...You can always hit them with the line, "It's time for Amelia's nap. It's been nice, but we've go to go."

3. At a social event. You can always pat your belly and gesture towards the restroom to wiggle your way out of hearing another boring story about that party guests trip to the Outer Banks.

2. At the buffet line while on your second or third helping. Because everyone believes that line "you're eating for two" and you're uber eeked at getting to be a glutton and not be chastised for it!

1. On public transportation. While it is true in many major urban cities, people don't have the manners to let a pregnant woman have their seat, still several people are fine about getting up and putting you out of the danger of possibly losing your balance falling and hurting yourself and your unborn child.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Product Review: Morning Sickness Bags

Morning Sickness Bags - Moms always come up with the best ideas! When Tara Ramos was pregnant, she suffered from an extreme form of morning sickness called Hyperemesis Gravidarum which caused her to vomit a dozen times a day for seven months. She needed countless vomit bags and realized that she could not find any. After delivering a healthy baby, she decided to develop Morning Chicness Bags, which are disposable, leak-proof vomit bags in cute patterns for pregnant women. They are convenient, compact and affordable.

So if you're gonna hurl, you might as well do it with class? I guess? This is definitely for the mom who refuses to let her morning sickness cramp her style.

Tara will give away a pack of 20 bags to one Bellyitch Reader. Simply reply to this post and I will draw on Feburuary 30 at midnight the winner using Contest open to US only. Good luck!

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

50 Foods Every Pregnant Women Should Eat

Carolyn Friedman has published on her blog, which I believe also promotes phlebotomy technician schools, the

The list includes:

1. Iron Supplements According to the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, normal, healthy pregnancy diets do not usually supply enough iron for the blood of both fetus and mother. Mayo Clinic recommends 27 milligrams a day for pregnant women.

2. Kidney Beans
Mayo Clinic states that 1 cup of boiled kidney beans a day provides pregnant women with 5.2 out of the suggested 27 milligrams of iron. Dry, as opposed to canned or fresh, legumes typically nurture more efficient absorption – a tip which comes straight from the National Medical Library at the National Institute of Health.

3. Beef
beefPregnant women should veer towards leaner cuts of beef, which provides valuable proteins and iron necessary for fetal development and healthy blood – among other benefits, of course. Mayo Clinic recommends 3 ounces of beef tenderloin (or equivalent a day, as it provides 3 milligrams of iron per serving.

4. Cereal
Cereals, most especially those with added iron and calcium, provide pregnant women with a plethora of important nutrients. Based on statistics compiled by the USDA and expressed by the Mayo Clinic, ¾ of a cup of fortified cereal provides a whopping 18 milligrams of iron a day out of the recommended 27. One cup of cereal with extra calcium offers between 100 to 1,000 milligrams of the suggested 1,000 a day (1,300 for teenage pregnancies. In addition, ¾ of a cup also contains 400 micrograms of folic acid, and Mayo Clinic experts believe that 800 micrograms a day prior to conception, and 1,000 a day following it is the healthiest habit.

5. Dark Meat Turkey
Consuming 3.5 ounces of dark meat turkey provides 2.3 out of the recommended 27 milligrams of iron a day, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is also an excellent source of protein as well.

Check out the rest of the list HERE!

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Celebrity Update: Top 10 Celebrity Power Moms

Momlogic tweeted an article from Fitness company Power Plate which came out with its pick for the "Top Ten Power Moms of 2009" voted on by personal trainers and exemplifying what it is to be a 'Power Mom;' in the last year they had babies, managed busy, successful careers and got back into incredible postnatal shape, extremely quickly." Wow! This comes out in the heels of my post on the myth of the post baby bounce back - which is a myth by the way. Why would trainers be lauding women for bouncing back "extremely quickly" ? Aren't trainers supposed to be encouraging healthy steady loss? Everyone knows that most of the celebs who bounce back quickly can afford to do so with a team of trainers, expensive delivered food programs, private chefs and many of them cheat their way to thin'ness via surgery and diet pills. That is so distorted to pluck out these 10 women, mainly for losing their baby weight fast and then slap on the label "Power" mom on them because of that!! CRAZY!!

When I skimmed it, I instantly thought, okay, interesting selection' and I am not certain what qualifies some of those women to be power moms especially those that just gave birth to their first child recently such as Adriana Lima. They haven't had a chance to prove they can balance a career and a baby well yet. Sheesh!

Overall, the list seemed short on substance and quite arbitrary if you ask me. They might as well have called it Top 10 Celebrity A-List moms... I was also struck by the virtual absence of women of color!

Well, you know me, the agitator! It was nice and ripe timing for me to do my own Top 10 Power Celebrity Moms list (not those who just gave birth though). You have to add "celebrity" in there because these women can afford and have a small army of nannies, butlers, maids and chauffers helping them out to make their jobs a little easier than the average mom of 5 who also happens to be a CEO running a fortune 500 company. You know, that type of mom you might find on Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Women list.

All of the moms on this list have AT LEAST TWO KIDS, not that you need multiples children to be a power mom, but it's even more aw- inspiring if you are balancing several different roles while taking care of more than one child (even if you have plenty of nanny help) hrmpf! 

Below this list are a few celebrity pregnancy updates as well

10. Soledad O'Brien - as an anchor at CNN covering critical issues and world class events and topics, this mom of four has the power of the media at her fingertips. This power mom, whose dad is an Irish Australian and mom is an Afro Cuban, has the experience of so many ethnicities that CNN tapped her to be the reporter and host of Black in America 1 and 2 and Latino in America. Soledad balances her high profile career with being a mom to 5-year old twins twins Jackson and Charlie, 7-year old Cecilia and 9-year old Sophia Elizabeth.

9. Kelly Ripa -Actress and host of Live with Regis & Kelly, this power mom balances work on her daily show with Regis Philbin and developing and producing several shows with her and her husband Mark Consuelos production company Milojo Productions. The two will executive produce two upcoming TLC shows Mom Inc. and Eat, Drink and Be Married. Kelly, the former All My Children star will be featured in Mom, Inc. as the host. Millions tune in to her show each morning and shape their behavior and thought based on what this fit and funny mom has to say. Kelly and Mark have three children: Michael Joseph Consuelos (born June 2, 1997), Lola Grace Consuelos (born June 16, 2001), and Joaquin Antonio Consuelos (born February 24, 2003).

8. Jennifer Lopez - This singer, dancer and actress balances life with her twins, a fashion line, a fragrance brand, several productions and development companies, at least one restaurants Her fraternal twins, a girl and a boy, Emme Maribel Muñiz, and Maximilian "Max" David Muñiz were born on February 22, 2008. At the height of her career, Lopez had a multi-faceted empire and brand. She remains one of the most recognizable women on the planet.

7. Jada Pinkett Smith - together with her superstar husband Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith has an entertainment industry media dynasty. She co-owns a production company with her husband, designs a line of empowerment T-shirts and is an author and publisher. Even though she has an impressive acting career on her own, she says she always puts her family first. Jada and Will have two children, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998) and Willow Camille Reign Smith (born October 31, 2000 ). Jada is also the stepmother of Willard "Trey" Christopher Smith III (born November 11, 1992), Smith's son from a previous marriage. She is of West Indian, Creole and Portuguese Jewish ancestry. When I think of multicultural power couple and super mom, Jada pops in my mind instantly! I know for a fact that she inspires many.

6. Heidi Klum - is a supermodel, actress, television host, business woman, fashion designer, 
television producer, artist, and occasional singer. This German supermom is most recently best known as the host of Project Runway though she also hosts and judges Germany's Next Top Model, off of Tyra Bank's franchise hit America's Next Top Model. She is mom to Helene "Leni" Boshoven Klum (now Samuel) born on May 4, 2004 to her ex boyfriend and three sons with singer Seal: Henry Gunther Ademola Dashtu Samuel (born September 15, 2005), Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel (born November 22, 2006) and daughter Lou Sulola Samuel (born October 9, 2009). She balances a full house including a new born with all her various ventures and at the same time is known to be quite down to earth. I love love her family!

5. Madonna- She has one of the most recognizable one names in the industry. She is a super super star and a loving mom of four and on the side she is also a singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress, film producer, film director, fashion designer, author and entrepreneur She is mom to Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon (born October 14, 1996, father Carlos Leon), Rocco (born August 11, 2000 with ex hubby Guy Ritchie); and David Banda and Mercy James who she adopted from Malawi. She's great about staying in step and reinventing herself.

4. Kimora Lee - This mogul is a business woman, designer, actress, former model and Reality TV star of Life in the Fab Lane. She gave birth to a baby boy in May 2009, named Kenzo Lee Hounsou and her daughters Ming Lee (born January 2000) and Aoki Lee (born August 2002) both models for her lines Baby Phat Kids Collection are featured often on the reality show. She seems to put family first and enjoys being a mom. She comes off as a take no prisoners expect the best boss on her reality show and does a darn good job handling all she has on her plate while raising her brood. And what little brats divas she is raising too!

3. Sarah Palin - love her or hate her, Sarah Palin has become the posterchild for motherhood for women in the heartland of America. Her folksy jargon has won her fans among millions nationwide. She is a former governor of Alaska the first woman vice presidential nominee for the Republican party and a bonafide hustler. This woman knows how to stay in the news and make herself relavent. She is one of the most watched women around. Her autobiography and subsequent book tour attracted many. While her family is quite controversial, this gun-toting moose hunter does her thang! Sarah has five children: sons Track (born int 1989) Trig Paxson Van (born in 2008), and daughters Bristol Sheeran Marie (born in 1990), Willow (born in 1995), and Piper (born in 2001). She is a young grandmother to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, who was born to her eldest daughter Bristol, in 2008.

2. Angelina Jolie - this actress, businesswoman and philanthropist puts her family first all while juggling several roles including once as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is a world traveler who takes her children with her to as many places as she can so she can show them the world. She has opened her heart and home to her adopted children from Ethiopia (Zahara 4), Vietnam, (Pax born November 29, 2003), and Cambodia Maddox (born August 5, 2001) . She gave birth to twins Knox Léon and Vivienne 

Marcheline in Nice, France, on July 12, 2008. Her eldest daughter she gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel was born May 27, 2006. Lovely family, and I can't fault her for being such a force to be reckoned with even if she did fall in love with a married man and is an atheist. I also do wish she would hire someone to hook up Zahara's hair. Poor child.

1. Michelle Obama -
She is more than an attorney and fashion icon. She is raising the first daughters Natasha (known as Sasha), born June 10, 2001 and Malia Ann, born July 4, 1998 and making some pretty important impasse on her various social agendas while First Lady. She is role model and one of the most watched and revered women world wide. As a fashion industry fave, she has the power to really change up the fashion industry. When she wore a White House/Black Market dress on the daytime talk show The View moments into the episode after she mentioned where she got the dress, copies of the dress flew off the racks! The good Queen Elizabeth of England hugged her when she came to visit in 2009 and the Queen hugs NO ONE!



Christina Milian has been rumored to be in labor, but sources close to the singer/actress say she is not but was checked in to the hospital today. They say but that doctors are waiting for her to go into labor naturally but might induce if she does not soon. Wow! Stay tuned...

Courtney Cox
is allegedly struggling to get pregnant at 45, but is leaning towards adoption, hence as we all suspected the reason to put her popular top rated show CougarTown on hiatus indefinitely. You go Courtney! I'm glad she and her actor husband David Arquette are putting their family first and have developed the clout in Hollywood to do so. I hear that Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson, other would be advanced age moms are also struggling to conceive right now. Here's wishing them good vibes that they ultimately succeed. If all else fails, there is always the surrogate option as Sarah Jessica Parker opted to do and also adoption a la Courtney Vance and Angela Bassett and others.

Tennis Player Boris Becker and his wife Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Kerssenberg welcomed their son Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker at 12:53 p.m. on February 9th.
Amadeus joins his siblings Noah, 16, and Elias, 10, and Anna, 9. Boris and his wife married in 2009 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
What a powerful name! I love it!

NFL player Daniel Wilcox and his wife Shauna, who is five months pregnant, posed at the ESPN The Magazine’s Next Event on February 5, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. Below are more pictures of the couple at a Pre-Superbowl event on February 4th. source

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