After the birth of her daughter, one woman learns how to come to terms with her mother-in-law: "With the birth of my daughter came the clarity to see why I rebuffed her: I did not want my mother-in-law to replace my mother. That hole in my heart was purposefully empty, a placeholder for the mother I couldn't have. My immature behavior was stuck back in my 23-year-old mind, the one that lost her parent far too young… It took gaining a daughter to find a mother—not the one I was originally given, but a supportive, giving parental figure nonetheless."
Several recent studies have surfaced claiming that working women logging long hours means they have kids much later. This effects other issues like population, along with the ethical and economic issues surrounding infertility treatments. Infertility treatments are increasing in popularity all over the world, while population decreases, and families become smaller. Will these discoveries be enough to make women get pregnant, want to have children sooner, and focus on career and family? Fat chance.
Last February brought rumors of how Jennifer Aniston likes her eggs –frozen. However, it doesn't look like she'll be dipping into her rainy-day stock, since recent reports say she'd rather have her eggs fertilized. In fact, Star has reported that she's been taking some serious steps to ready her almost-forty body for child-bearing with John Mayer. (The sooner the better!) Star's story says that the couple is crossing their fingers for twins. (Sadly, it will still take about a dozen additional children to one-up Brangelina, especially since Angelina has a kid for ever year she is younger than Aniston... that would be six). Aniston, 39, is six years older than Angelina, but she high hopes to conceive before her 40th birthday. Nonetheless, Jen has allegedly undergone a string of not-so-secret-anymore fertility treatments. Better make hers a double!
It seems like the rumor mill is always working overtime for former-Friends star Jennifer Aniston. Is she back together with musician John Mayer …. Or isn't she? Is she pregnant with their love child…Or isn't she? Is she engaged….Or isn't she? The suspense alone is killing me. Could Jen's publicist -famous for denying rumors-turned-fact- be to blame? (Check out this list of his statements, graciously compiled by USWeekly in 2006. It's an oldie but a goody.) In August, we learned of Mayer's infamous breakup via text message (which is worse than a post-it, if you were wondering). September brought Aniston's affinity for afternoon cocktails and inevitable drunk dialing. The couple reportedly reconvened for a second stint just last week and unless Aniston's drunk words were indeed sober thoughts (and highly compelling thoughts, at that) we're guessing there is more to the story.
The New York Times agrees with Tango: teen marriages don't last. In fact, they're about two-and-a-half times more likely to end in divorce. According to the Times, in the 1950s the female marrying median age was 19, and nuptials in the second decade of life were so common the phrase "teen marriage" wasn't commonly used. Today the median age is 25.5. Teen brides may be less common today because fewer teen girls are getting pregnant, however the Times points out that there's no way to know how many of the 19-year-olds who married in the 1950s did so because they had a diaper-filler on the way.
We have a Hollywood baby roundup. It looks like Ricky Martin's a papa (of 2 children). Matt Damon and wife Luciana have added a little girl to their household. And Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner confirmed that they have a second lil girl on the way.
A couple of false positives this weekend. It turns out that Jade Jones is in no hurry to marry Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) despite having a kid together. Secondwise, Jessica Simpson is not pregnant by Tony Romo (at least at press time). She misread the pregnancy test and who hasn't been there before?
But we're talking truly non-traditional (not, I think I'm going to wear ivory instead of white *gasp* non-traditional). A new magazine, With This Ring, is gearing up to address brides and weddings of the gay, interracial, interfaith, and with-child types. And anyone else who feels a little out of the box when it comes to saying I do.
A West London entrepreneur saw a market gap and decided to exploit it. She had a devil of a time finding a wedding gown while she was pregnant. She decided to start a shop specializing in maternity matrimony garb. You would think that when having a child out-of-wedlock was more of a taboo, someone would have started this shop, guess not. A woman in West London ran into a problem while shopping for a dress while she was knocked up; while other people saw a problem, Tracey Wilkinson saw an opportunity. Presumably after her wedding (and possibly baby) Wilkinson started The Expectant Bride.
Daily Telegraph reports that SINGER Jennifer Lopez has given birth to twins and that People magazine has reportedly paid about $US6.5 million for the photo rights. That amount in fact does not include worldwide rights which J.Lo has reportedly sold to OK! Magazine which will print the pictures in their 15 international editions. The boy and girl, delivered in a Long Island, New York hospital, were the first for the 38-year-old actress and singer, whose efforts to become pregnant have filled tabloid pages in the past few years.
While “Juno” lost out to “Sweeney Todd” for the Best Musical or Comedy Golden Globe at last night’s ceremony…er, press conference, the comic tale of a 16 year old who becomes pregnant has had America talking not only about the film’s wit but its unintentional pro-life undertone. The New York Times ran an opinion piece yesterday exploring Juno’s “fairy tale” message of an unwanted pregnancy with a happy, carefree ending vs. the reality of what this means, physically and psychologically, for women, specifically teenagers.
A gorgeous, muscle-bound boyfriend? So last season! The most-wanted arm candy right now is fat, slobbering and breast-obsessed. Yes, babies have replaced boyfriends as the new "It" accessory in Hollywood. Why diaper duty might be preferable to dating. Even in big-screen romantic comedies, boyfriends have gone from raison d'etre to third wheel. Two of 2007's biggest hits, Knocked Up and Juno, are about single women who get pregnant and decide to have their babies, even though they're not in a romantic relationship with the fathers of their children (or anyone else).
Rumor has it that musician Pink and her motocross star husband, Casey Hart, appear to be in rough shape. Gossip says that an open relationship is working for one and not the other. Also, Marc Anthony dedicated a song to Jennifer Lopez that may tip his hat about the pregnancy rumor.