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Mom-of-two Mariah Carey no longer takes a bath nude by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities

Mariah Carey seems determined to keep her twins from seeing her naked. The singer, who is mom to 4-year-olds Moroccan and Monroe, recently revealed she's goes so far as to remain covered while in the bath at her own private home.
Speaking to People the 45-year-old opened up about her kids, beauty routine and more. A sampling of what she had to say:
What do you want your children [4 year olds Monroe and Moroccan] to grow up to be?
Happy. And hopefully successful and to have a good work ethic. They're growing up with me as their mom, but I need to make them learn that they don't just get things handed to them.
What are the qualities you want most in a partner?
I used to say a sense of humor. I think that's important, but I think that a caring and generous spirit is very important as well.

What's the best thing about being in your 40s?
I think I have to remain eternally oblivious to age. Honestly, when you put a number on it yourself, it's just like, Why? Why do that?
What's the most surprising item on your vanity?
My own cream that I worked on when I was pregnant that I probably will be releasing at some point. I don't want to go into it, but it's amazing.
What do you want after any long day?
A bath where no one's banging on the door [yelling], “Mommy!” It used to be my private time, and now it's not, but that's okay. I'll often take a bath in a bathing suit knowing that I'm going to have to let [my children] in.
That last comment seems to have started two separate conversations. The first revolves around whether or not it's odd to take a bath in a bathing suit at home just because your kids might see you naked, and the second is about nannies. Some wonder why in the world the twins couldn't be cared for for a bit by someone else, but others are applauding Mariah for being available to her kids.
The bathing suit thing seems a bit much to me, but I suppose whatever works for them makes no real difference to me. For the most part I stay clothed in front of my kids, but sometimes nudity just happens. My kids are old enough to just crack the door open to holler something at me if I'm bathing, or we converse through the shower curtain. They're also old enough to be a bit patient and wait until I'm done -- but I do remember the years of close to zero bathroom privacy.


What do you make of Mariah Carey's bathing suit decision? How do things work in your home?

Join the conversation




Photos: PR Photos

Did you know Moroccan and Monroe are rainbow babies? Check out who else has welcomed a bundle of joy after loss here:




















































Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness struggled with infertility before adopting their son and daughter.
"We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages," the actor previously shared. "And it was actually, I'll never forget it — the miscarriage thing is also — apparently it happens to one in three pregnancies. But it's very rarely talked about. It's almost secretive, you know? So I hope Deb doesn't mind me bringing it up now.”
He went on to say, "There's a grieving that you have to go through. So the moment Oscar was born, you know, all the heartache just melted away. And… you can't prepare for that moment. Nothing can prepare you… You can't even explain how incredible it is and that avalanche of emotion that comes and how it opens up your heart, how it frustrates you, how it angers you, how… alive you are as a parent.”
(PR Photos)





Though fairly private about her personal life, Courteney Cox opened up in 2003 about the multiple miscarriages she's experienced.
"I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them,” the actress said at the time. In June of 2004 she gave birth to daughter Coco.
(PR Photos)





Christie Brinkley has suffered a loss multiple times. She shared previously, "After the first miscarriage, I tried to take the attitude that it was my body's way of telling me that this pregnancy wasn't meant to be, and that it was better for everybody. But after the second one, it was really devastating. Four months is a lot of living with that little life in you -- thinking about it, eating right for it, nurturing it and all of a sudden, it dies. After the second one, we decided to try in vitro, because both Peter and I felt we couldn't handle another failure."
"We thought: Let's let the best of science try it for us. When I miscarried after that, we had to come to terms with the possibility that this wasn't meant to be. It's just amazing that two months later I got pregnant again."
After these losses Christie was eventually able to give birth to daughter Sailor.
(PR Photos)





Sharon Stone opened up about her experience with loss in 2012 by sharing, "The last time I lost the baby…I went into 36 hours of labor. While we were at the hospital, our adoption attorney called. I thought, ‘This is such a godsend. This is so right.'"
She's now the mother of three sons. The actress welcomed Roan, Laird, and Quinn into the family via adoption.
(PR Photos)





It wasn't until Pink had safely welcomed daughter Willow into the world she felt comfortable about opening up about a previous loss.
In late 2010 the singer talked about going public with news of her pregnancy by sharing, "I was just really nervous. I have had a miscarriage before."
(PR Photos)





Lisa Marie Presley spoke about losing a pregnancy early in her marriage to Michael Lockwood.
"I really wanted these babies," she said in 2009. "My blood was too thick and would clot, which caused several miscarriages. The moment I took blood thinners, I got pregnant."
Their twin daughters, Harper and Finley, were born in 2008.
(PR Photos)





In late 2010 Lisa Ling revealed she had suffered a miscarriage earlier in the year.
"We actually [hadn't] been trying that long," she said while appearing on The View. "I don't know that I took it as seriously as I should have because [the pregnancy] happened so fast. But then when I heard the doctor say there was no heartbeat it was like—bam—like a knife through the heart."
She and husband Paul Song went on to welcome a daughter, Jett Ling, in 2013.
(PR Photos)





Lily Allen continues to talk about the loss of her first child. In late 2010 she experienced complications early in her pregnancy, including "about a week and a half of really heavy bleeding." Six months into her pregnancy, the singer contracted a viral infection which caused her to suffer a stillbirth. She was later admitted to a hospital, where she responded well to treatment for septicaemia.
Along with a song she wrote for him, she recently shared, "It's something that I still haven't dealt with. I will never get over it. I have dealt with it, you know as being at one with it … [B]ut it's not something that you get over. I held my child and it was really horrific and painful – one of the hardest things that can happen to a person.”
In 2011 Lily's daughter Ethel arrived, and her daughter Marnie was born in early 2013.
(PR Photos)





Jack Osbourne and wife Lisa Stelly suffered a devastating loss in September 2013, when she miscarried the child they were expecting. The baby boy, whom they planned to name Theo, would have been their daughter Pearl's little brother.
In June 2015 they welcomed a second daughter, and chose the name Andy Rose for her.
(PR Photos)





Nicole Kidman spoke about her fertility troubles in 2012 by saying, "I had tried and failed and failed and failed. Not to be too detailed, but I've had an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages and I've had fertility treatments. I've done all the stuff you can possibly do to try get pregnant."
The actress is mom to two adopted children, daughter Sunday Rose whom she gave birth to, and daughter Faith Margaret who was born via surrogate.
(PR Photos)





While undergoing IVF treatments that eventually led to the birth of twins Nelson and Eddy in 2010, Celine Dion shared openly, "They said that I was pregnant, and a couple of days after, we were not pregnant again. We didn't want to feel like we were playing yo-yo. 'I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant. I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant.' So we didn't want to do this thing. But we did have a miscarriage...I never gave up. But I can tell you that it was physically and emotionally exhausting."
She and husband René Angélil are also parents to son René-Charles.
(PR Photos)





Mariah Carey has only briefly opened up about her experience with miscarriage.
"It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult. When that happened ... I wasn't able to even talk to anybody about it,” the singer has said. “That was not easy."
Nick Cannon, her husband at the time, shared "She was so festive and smiling, obviously for the cameras, and spending time with everyone -- and then, literally, at night, [she was] crying herself to sleep."
The pair went on to welcome twins Moroccan and Monroe in 2011.
(PR Photos)





Giuliana Rancic has experienced loss in a variety of ways. After undergoing IVF she miscarried in 2010 at 9 weeks along.
"It was several months of guilt and sadness," she has said previously. "And finally, I think we just came together and we said, 'There's got to be a bigger plan here, right? There has got to be a reason.'"
While preparing to undergo IVF for a third time the former E! News host was told she had breast cancer. After a double mastectomy, the couple turned to surrogacy. Edward Duke Rancic was born on August 29, 2012.
In 2015 their surrogate miscarried the last of their embryos while the couple were trying to welcome a little brother or sister for Duke.
(PR Photos)





Regarding her experience undergoing IVF and suffering a miscarriage, Brooke Shields said, "We were crushed. Up till then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work out."
She went on to give birth to daughters Rowan and Grier.
(PR Photos)





Shortly after Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed daughter Blue Ivy Carter in 2012, the first-time father opened up about his wife's previous miscarriage. In a song for his daughter he revealed, "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/We was afraid you'd disappear/But nah, baby, you magic."
(PR Photos)





Kirstie Alley wrote in her 2005 book about her only pregnancy, sharing, "When the baby was gone, I just didn't really get over it. Neither did my body. I so thoroughly convinced my body that it was still pregnant after nine months that I had milk coming from my breasts. I was still fat, I was still grieving, and I had just been told it was very possible I would never be able to have children. Fat, childless, with little hope for any future children...that's when I began to get fat."
The actress later went on to adopt two children. Her son is named William, and her daughter is Lillie.
(PR Photos)

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Proud aunt Kelly Osbourne is banned from two playgrounds by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities

Kelly Osbourne is determined to make sure no one picks on her nieces when she's on duty. The former Fashion Police star, who is aunt to her brother Jack Osbourne's two daughters, recently confessed she's been booted from two separate playgrounds.
The 31-year-old explained to Meredith Viera that she may have overreacted a bit -- twice -- while defending 3-year-old Pearl while she was out playing.
“I'm so protective of her,” Kelly said while referring to Pearl (pictured below on her mother Lisa's hip). “I love her so much. I've been banned from two parks in the area because this kid was mean to my niece, and I yelled at the child and the child's mother!”

For what it's worth, Kelly Osbourne looked a tad ashamed of her behavior while recounting the details, but since it's happened more than once it doesn't appear she learned to take a new approach too quickly!
I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to dealing with bad behavior on the playground. If it's just another kid causing trouble I'll usually say something about the rules, but it it's another parent gearing up for an argument I nearly always pick flight over fight. Whatever the problem is has never seemed worth the stress of getting all worked up, and so I usher my kids along to another part of the park.
Is that for the best? I think in the moment it probably is, but I hope I'm not subtly teaching them not to stand up for themselves.
(PS - How does one actually get banned from a park? I've never been to one that had any sort of an authority figure that could wield such powers.)


Have you ever been involved in or witnessed a playground ruckus?

Tell us about it!




Photos: PR Photos, Rob Latour/REX USA

Did you know Pearl's little sister is a rainbow baby? Check out more about Jack Osbourne's kids in our gallery of celebrities who've welcomed children after heartache:




















































Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness struggled with infertility before adopting their son and daughter.
"We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages," the actor previously shared. "And it was actually, I'll never forget it — the miscarriage thing is also — apparently it happens to one in three pregnancies. But it's very rarely talked about. It's almost secretive, you know? So I hope Deb doesn't mind me bringing it up now.”
He went on to say, "There's a grieving that you have to go through. So the moment Oscar was born, you know, all the heartache just melted away. And… you can't prepare for that moment. Nothing can prepare you… You can't even explain how incredible it is and that avalanche of emotion that comes and how it opens up your heart, how it frustrates you, how it angers you, how… alive you are as a parent.”
(PR Photos)





Though fairly private about her personal life, Courteney Cox opened up in 2003 about the multiple miscarriages she's experienced.
"I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them,” the actress said at the time. In June of 2004 she gave birth to daughter Coco.
(PR Photos)





Christie Brinkley has suffered a loss multiple times. She shared previously, "After the first miscarriage, I tried to take the attitude that it was my body's way of telling me that this pregnancy wasn't meant to be, and that it was better for everybody. But after the second one, it was really devastating. Four months is a lot of living with that little life in you -- thinking about it, eating right for it, nurturing it and all of a sudden, it dies. After the second one, we decided to try in vitro, because both Peter and I felt we couldn't handle another failure."
"We thought: Let's let the best of science try it for us. When I miscarried after that, we had to come to terms with the possibility that this wasn't meant to be. It's just amazing that two months later I got pregnant again."
After these losses Christie was eventually able to give birth to daughter Sailor.
(PR Photos)





Sharon Stone opened up about her experience with loss in 2012 by sharing, "The last time I lost the baby…I went into 36 hours of labor. While we were at the hospital, our adoption attorney called. I thought, ‘This is such a godsend. This is so right.'"
She's now the mother of three sons. The actress welcomed Roan, Laird, and Quinn into the family via adoption.
(PR Photos)





It wasn't until Pink had safely welcomed daughter Willow into the world she felt comfortable about opening up about a previous loss.
In late 2010 the singer talked about going public with news of her pregnancy by sharing, "I was just really nervous. I have had a miscarriage before."
(PR Photos)





Lisa Marie Presley spoke about losing a pregnancy early in her marriage to Michael Lockwood.
"I really wanted these babies," she said in 2009. "My blood was too thick and would clot, which caused several miscarriages. The moment I took blood thinners, I got pregnant."
Their twin daughters, Harper and Finley, were born in 2008.
(PR Photos)





In late 2010 Lisa Ling revealed she had suffered a miscarriage earlier in the year.
"We actually [hadn't] been trying that long," she said while appearing on The View. "I don't know that I took it as seriously as I should have because [the pregnancy] happened so fast. But then when I heard the doctor say there was no heartbeat it was like—bam—like a knife through the heart."
She and husband Paul Song went on to welcome a daughter, Jett Ling, in 2013.
(PR Photos)





Lily Allen continues to talk about the loss of her first child. In late 2010 she experienced complications early in her pregnancy, including "about a week and a half of really heavy bleeding." Six months into her pregnancy, the singer contracted a viral infection which caused her to suffer a stillbirth. She was later admitted to a hospital, where she responded well to treatment for septicaemia.
Along with a song she wrote for him, she recently shared, "It's something that I still haven't dealt with. I will never get over it. I have dealt with it, you know as being at one with it … [B]ut it's not something that you get over. I held my child and it was really horrific and painful – one of the hardest things that can happen to a person.”
In 2011 Lily's daughter Ethel arrived, and her daughter Marnie was born in early 2013.
(PR Photos)





Jack Osbourne and wife Lisa Stelly suffered a devastating loss in September 2013, when she miscarried the child they were expecting. The baby boy, whom they planned to name Theo, would have been their daughter Pearl's little brother.
In June 2015 they welcomed a second daughter, and chose the name Andy Rose for her.
(PR Photos)





Nicole Kidman spoke about her fertility troubles in 2012 by saying, "I had tried and failed and failed and failed. Not to be too detailed, but I've had an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages and I've had fertility treatments. I've done all the stuff you can possibly do to try get pregnant."
The actress is mom to two adopted children, daughter Sunday Rose whom she gave birth to, and daughter Faith Margaret who was born via surrogate.
(PR Photos)





While undergoing IVF treatments that eventually led to the birth of twins Nelson and Eddy in 2010, Celine Dion shared openly, "They said that I was pregnant, and a couple of days after, we were not pregnant again. We didn't want to feel like we were playing yo-yo. 'I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant. I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant.' So we didn't want to do this thing. But we did have a miscarriage...I never gave up. But I can tell you that it was physically and emotionally exhausting."
She and husband René Angélil are also parents to son René-Charles.
(PR Photos)





Mariah Carey has only briefly opened up about her experience with miscarriage.
"It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult. When that happened ... I wasn't able to even talk to anybody about it,” the singer has said. “That was not easy."
Nick Cannon, her husband at the time, shared "She was so festive and smiling, obviously for the cameras, and spending time with everyone -- and then, literally, at night, [she was] crying herself to sleep."
The pair went on to welcome twins Moroccan and Monroe in 2011.
(PR Photos)





Giuliana Rancic has experienced loss in a variety of ways. After undergoing IVF she miscarried in 2010 at 9 weeks along.
"It was several months of guilt and sadness," she has said previously. "And finally, I think we just came together and we said, 'There's got to be a bigger plan here, right? There has got to be a reason.'"
While preparing to undergo IVF for a third time the former E! News host was told she had breast cancer. After a double mastectomy, the couple turned to surrogacy. Edward Duke Rancic was born on August 29, 2012.
In 2015 their surrogate miscarried the last of their embryos while the couple were trying to welcome a little brother or sister for Duke.
(PR Photos)





Regarding her experience undergoing IVF and suffering a miscarriage, Brooke Shields said, "We were crushed. Up till then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work out."
She went on to give birth to daughters Rowan and Grier.
(PR Photos)





Shortly after Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed daughter Blue Ivy Carter in 2012, the first-time father opened up about his wife's previous miscarriage. In a song for his daughter he revealed, "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/We was afraid you'd disappear/But nah, baby, you magic."
(PR Photos)





Kirstie Alley wrote in her 2005 book about her only pregnancy, sharing, "When the baby was gone, I just didn't really get over it. Neither did my body. I so thoroughly convinced my body that it was still pregnant after nine months that I had milk coming from my breasts. I was still fat, I was still grieving, and I had just been told it was very possible I would never be able to have children. Fat, childless, with little hope for any future children...that's when I began to get fat."
The actress later went on to adopt two children. Her son is named William, and her daughter is Lillie.
(PR Photos)

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Oprah names the baby boy she lost at just 14 years old by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities

Nearly 50 years after experiencing the loss of a child, Oprah Winfrey continues to work on healing. The media mogul, who lost a premature baby boy when she was just 14 years old, is now opening up for the first time about his name.
During a talk in Melbourne, Australia, the now 61-year-old shared in front of an audience of 15,000, "I did an interview with a reporter before I came to Australia and she said you should name the baby son who died."
"So I have named him, I had a little boy named Canaan," she went on to share. "I did have a son. And I named him Canaan because Canaan means new land, new life."

According to news.com.au, Oprah then went on to speak about the sexual abuse she suffered as a young girl.
"I was raped at 9 years old by a cousin, then again by another family member, and another family member," she told the audience. Initially she tried to hide her pregnancy, because at age 14 she felt so much "pain and shame."
The world might never have known about the boy who passed just weeks after being born, if it weren't for a relative of Oprah's who revealed the story publicly in 1990.
Opening up about the betrayal in an issue of O magazine, she wrote, "I imagined that every person on the street was going to point their finger at me and scream, 'Pregnant at 14, you wicked girl!' ... [But] I soon realized that having the secret out was liberating. What I learned for sure was that holding the shame was the greatest burden of all."
This morning I am in awe of Oprah choosing to share these details of her past with the world. I am struck by both her ability to be open about such pain, and how the loss of her child is still something she's working on dealing with all these years later. My heart goes out to her, and I wish her continued healing.


For those who've suffered a loss, how have your feelings changed over the years? Have they changed at all?

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While Oprah chose not to have children after her loss, a number of celebrity families have gone on to welcome children after going through infertility, miscarriage or stillbirth. A look at famous parents who've welcomed rainbow babies:




















































Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness struggled with infertility before adopting their son and daughter.
"We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages," the actor previously shared. "And it was actually, I'll never forget it — the miscarriage thing is also — apparently it happens to one in three pregnancies. But it's very rarely talked about. It's almost secretive, you know? So I hope Deb doesn't mind me bringing it up now.”
He went on to say, "There's a grieving that you have to go through. So the moment Oscar was born, you know, all the heartache just melted away. And… you can't prepare for that moment. Nothing can prepare you… You can't even explain how incredible it is and that avalanche of emotion that comes and how it opens up your heart, how it frustrates you, how it angers you, how… alive you are as a parent.”
(PR Photos)





Though fairly private about her personal life, Courteney Cox opened up in 2003 about the multiple miscarriages she's experienced.
"I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them,” the actress said at the time. In June of 2004 she gave birth to daughter Coco.
(PR Photos)





Christie Brinkley has suffered a loss multiple times. She shared previously, "After the first miscarriage, I tried to take the attitude that it was my body's way of telling me that this pregnancy wasn't meant to be, and that it was better for everybody. But after the second one, it was really devastating. Four months is a lot of living with that little life in you -- thinking about it, eating right for it, nurturing it and all of a sudden, it dies. After the second one, we decided to try in vitro, because both Peter and I felt we couldn't handle another failure."
"We thought: Let's let the best of science try it for us. When I miscarried after that, we had to come to terms with the possibility that this wasn't meant to be. It's just amazing that two months later I got pregnant again."
After these losses Christie was eventually able to give birth to daughter Sailor.
(PR Photos)





Sharon Stone opened up about her experience with loss in 2012 by sharing, "The last time I lost the baby…I went into 36 hours of labor. While we were at the hospital, our adoption attorney called. I thought, ‘This is such a godsend. This is so right.'"
She's now the mother of three sons. The actress welcomed Roan, Laird, and Quinn into the family via adoption.
(PR Photos)





It wasn't until Pink had safely welcomed daughter Willow into the world she felt comfortable about opening up about a previous loss.
In late 2010 the singer talked about going public with news of her pregnancy by sharing, "I was just really nervous. I have had a miscarriage before."
(PR Photos)





Lisa Marie Presley spoke about losing a pregnancy early in her marriage to Michael Lockwood.
"I really wanted these babies," she said in 2009. "My blood was too thick and would clot, which caused several miscarriages. The moment I took blood thinners, I got pregnant."
Their twin daughters, Harper and Finley, were born in 2008.
(PR Photos)





In late 2010 Lisa Ling revealed she had suffered a miscarriage earlier in the year.
"We actually [hadn't] been trying that long," she said while appearing on The View. "I don't know that I took it as seriously as I should have because [the pregnancy] happened so fast. But then when I heard the doctor say there was no heartbeat it was like—bam—like a knife through the heart."
She and husband Paul Song went on to welcome a daughter, Jett Ling, in 2013.
(PR Photos)





Lily Allen continues to talk about the loss of her first child. In late 2010 she experienced complications early in her pregnancy, including "about a week and a half of really heavy bleeding." Six months into her pregnancy, the singer contracted a viral infection which caused her to suffer a stillbirth. She was later admitted to a hospital, where she responded well to treatment for septicaemia.
Along with a song she wrote for him, she recently shared, "It's something that I still haven't dealt with. I will never get over it. I have dealt with it, you know as being at one with it … [B]ut it's not something that you get over. I held my child and it was really horrific and painful – one of the hardest things that can happen to a person.”
In 2011 Lily's daughter Ethel arrived, and her daughter Marnie was born in early 2013.
(PR Photos)





Jack Osbourne and wife Lisa Stelly suffered a devastating loss in September 2013, when she miscarried the child they were expecting. The baby boy, whom they planned to name Theo, would have been their daughter Pearl's little brother.
In June 2015 they welcomed a second daughter, and chose the name Andy Rose for her.
(PR Photos)





Nicole Kidman spoke about her fertility troubles in 2012 by saying, "I had tried and failed and failed and failed. Not to be too detailed, but I've had an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages and I've had fertility treatments. I've done all the stuff you can possibly do to try get pregnant."
The actress is mom to two adopted children, daughter Sunday Rose whom she gave birth to, and daughter Faith Margaret who was born via surrogate.
(PR Photos)





While undergoing IVF treatments that eventually led to the birth of twins Nelson and Eddy in 2010, Celine Dion shared openly, "They said that I was pregnant, and a couple of days after, we were not pregnant again. We didn't want to feel like we were playing yo-yo. 'I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant. I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant.' So we didn't want to do this thing. But we did have a miscarriage...I never gave up. But I can tell you that it was physically and emotionally exhausting."
She and husband René Angélil are also parents to son René-Charles.
(PR Photos)





Mariah Carey has only briefly opened up about her experience with miscarriage.
"It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult. When that happened ... I wasn't able to even talk to anybody about it,” the singer has said. “That was not easy."
Nick Cannon, her husband at the time, shared "She was so festive and smiling, obviously for the cameras, and spending time with everyone -- and then, literally, at night, [she was] crying herself to sleep."
The pair went on to welcome twins Moroccan and Monroe in 2011.
(PR Photos)





Giuliana Rancic has experienced loss in a variety of ways. After undergoing IVF she miscarried in 2010 at 9 weeks along.
"It was several months of guilt and sadness," she has said previously. "And finally, I think we just came together and we said, 'There's got to be a bigger plan here, right? There has got to be a reason.'"
While preparing to undergo IVF for a third time the former E! News host was told she had breast cancer. After a double mastectomy, the couple turned to surrogacy. Edward Duke Rancic was born on August 29, 2012.
In 2015 their surrogate miscarried the last of their embryos while the couple were trying to welcome a little brother or sister for Duke.
(PR Photos)





Regarding her experience undergoing IVF and suffering a miscarriage, Brooke Shields said, "We were crushed. Up till then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work out."
She went on to give birth to daughters Rowan and Grier.
(PR Photos)





Shortly after Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed daughter Blue Ivy Carter in 2012, the first-time father opened up about his wife's previous miscarriage. In a song for his daughter he revealed, "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/We was afraid you'd disappear/But nah, baby, you magic."
(PR Photos)





Kirstie Alley wrote in her 2005 book about her only pregnancy, sharing, "When the baby was gone, I just didn't really get over it. Neither did my body. I so thoroughly convinced my body that it was still pregnant after nine months that I had milk coming from my breasts. I was still fat, I was still grieving, and I had just been told it was very possible I would never be able to have children. Fat, childless, with little hope for any future children...that's when I began to get fat."
The actress later went on to adopt two children. Her son is named William, and her daughter is Lillie.
(PR Photos)

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This celebrity mom loves raising "never-been-schooled kids" by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities

The more I talk about different approaches to living, the wider variety of ways families go about their lives I see was happening in front of me all along. Recently I spoke to three families who travel the country full time with their families by RV, "road schooling" their kids, and then connected on the topic with Rachel Singer via Twitter.

No team of teachers for my never-been-schooled kids @Sara_McGinnis and they thrive! (not yet seen me in Fight Club) https://t.co/Q9Rs58lhgT
— Rachel Singer (@TheRachelSinger) November 17, 2015

If her name or face rings a bell, you've perhaps seen this mom of two in Fight Club, The Green Mile, or What Lies Beneath. After chatting a bit I found out she and husband Tom Lamb have chosen the "unschooling" route for their 12-year-old daughter Vivian and 7-year-old daughter Celeste.
Curiosity piqued, I reached out to Rachel to ask her some further questions via email. A look at what she told BabyCenter...
What does "never-been-schooled" mean for your family? What's your general approach to education?
Our girls have literally never been schooled, i.e. they've never been to any kind of school, including pre-school. They have taken and continue to take various classes via homeschool programs and co-ops plus activities that include schoolkids (gymnastics, dance, music…), but these are of their own choosing. Our general approach to education is self-directed, home-based learning, aka unschooling, life learning, natural learning.
I describe it to adults as learning the way adults do: based on interest and necessity, wants and needs. I describe it to schoolkids as learning the way they did when they were babies/toddlers (i.e. pre-school ages): exploring the world around them in an organic way as they naturally do, following their curiosity, learning without specific instruction as they did when they learned to walk and talk.
What led you to decide to educate this way?
I was introduced to the idea of homeschooling by a fellow mom at a library storytime when Vivian was a baby. We connected because we both used cloth diapers for our babies (I also used Elimination Communication). My first thought was that homeschooling must be so much work for the parents, but Vivian (and later Celeste) quickly taught me otherwise because they are the leaders in their own educations and supporting them in their endeavors is a joy (we have our moments, of course, but our family life overall really is wonderful).
Our path toward unschooling began with a book I checked out of the library soon after my chat with the fellow mom; I read The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith and the idea of children learning naturally from the world as well as being with their parents just made sense to me.

What does an average day of learning look like for your kids?
Our days include a great deal of freedom, which means they vary in terms of activities, but an average week includes various classes (currently gymnastics, science, art, ceramics, and swimming), time with friends, a homeschool park day, time in nature (including bird walks as Vivian is a birder), and time at home doing all sorts of things like reading (I sometimes say the library is our curriculum; both girls read a lot and I still read with each of them), writing (Vivian wrote a chapter book that's on the shelf at our local library and she has her own blog; one of Celeste's poems was included in an anthology of kids' poetry; both girls collaborate on creating a monthly newsletter for family and friends), drawing (Celeste draws often, like her artist father), making, playing, building, baking, cooking, calculating, thinking, problem-solving, computing, experimenting, exploring, etc. Vivian also has an Etsy shop. Everything is self-directed with guidance as needed.
What do you think learning will look like down the line as they age?
I think they will probably continue on this life learning path and their interests, skills, and projects will naturally become more sophisticated as they age. Their learning has never been curriculum-based so typical high school subjects will likely only be explored if those subjects are relevant to what they want or need to know. I'm sure they'll also become more involved in the larger community both locally and beyond as kids do in their journey toward adulthood. Time will tell whether college might be part of their respective futures.
Have you received any comments/criticism about your choices? If so, how do you respond?
Most people who know Vivian and Celeste can see “the proof is in the pudding” in terms of their accomplishments, abilities, and well-being. Early on when Tom was working outside our home in Los Angeles (doing Visual Effects), he received some criticism from colleagues who just didn't understand how our children would learn “what they needed to learn” without any schooling. Because I was home with the girls (I resumed my acting career in 2015 after taking hiatus and doing some work from home), it took more time for Tom to recognize all the benefits and the fact that Vivian and Celeste were each learning all the basics and so much more.
The socialization comment is rather cliche at this point, and an unfounded concern for unschoolers who are so fully engaged with the world as most are; socializing with diverse ages and people is more natural and beneficial than being separated into classrooms with only peers of the same age. The only other criticism I've heard is that our girls are with their parents too much (Tom now has a home business) so there is a concern for some about their independence. To this I respond that unschoolers like our kids have a healthy independence that stems from their freedom and the fact that they are completely self-directed. It's sad to me that such people view more family time as a negative when the bonds we have as a family are such a positive aspect of our unschooling lifestyle and the girls are so self-assured and of course do have time away from their parents. Mostly when people are able to see beyond their “school goggles,” they understand and appreciate family-centered natural learning.
Rachel, whom you're also welcome to connect with on Twitter, went on to tell BabyCenter that even though she's aware unschooling isn't possible or desirable for everyone, it's more doable than many seem to think. In fact, there are single parents who unschool, and has found that most unschoolers her family knows live simply on lower income levels.


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A look back at what the three RV families I spoke with shared about their lifestyle:





































































































































Can you tell us a little about your family? What kind of equipment do you travel with?
Haulin' with the Oats: Chris and Jessica Oatman, Montana, 10, Makenna, 7, and Myla, 6.
We started our travels from Williamsburg, Virginia on May 26, 2014. We are currently in Springfield, Missouri for the next two weeks visiting with family and working craft shows. From here we will head to Cocoa Beach, Florida for the winter.





Our "home" is a 1977 Sunline 13ft Vintage Trailer. We've been living the full-time life for 1 year and 5 months.





Take That Exit: Heather and Jeremy Clarke, Liam, 8, and Hadley, 5.
We are originally in Olympia, Washington. We sold our house and nearly all our possessions and moved into a 30-foot Airstream Flying Cloud travel trailer. We are currently in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but are headed to Washington, DC next week. We move often.





We tow our Airstream with a 2015 Ford F-250. We've been on the road since June 16, 2015 - so coming up on four months in October.





Yumfam: Mike and Jessica Yum, Noah, 6, Sam, 4 -- and Hannah our toy poodle (the most amazing animal on the planet).
We're from the Detroit suburbs but are staying in Oakland County, MI until the end of October. Then we are heading someplace WARM!





We have 32" Keystone Passport Ultra Light Travel Trailer pulled behind a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. We've been on the road since July 28, 2014.





What inspired you to make the leap to full-timing with a family?
Haulin' with the Oats: Living on the road is something we've always wanted to do, however, we just didn't think we could pull it off financially. Many years went by and many negative life circumstances happened throughout those years. Our son was diagnosed with cancer (leukemia) when he was 2.5 years old back in 2007. His battled lasted for 3 years which was a very stressful and mentally draining time in our life. His health was our main concern and in 2010 he took his last dose of chemo, praise Jesus.





Today he is a survivor, 10 years old and enjoying life. He does, however, have to visit St. Jude once a year until he is 18 and then he will continue to be evaluated for the rest of his life. Then on August 19, 2009, my brother - Sgt. Paul Dumont Jr., lost his life while fighting in Afghanistan. After those two major events we decided to take the chance and live a life of adventure and a life we wanted versus a life of what others wanted for us. We realized just how short life truly was and we wanted to experience all we could with our kids now.





Take That Exit: We had worked very hard to save money so we could upgrade our house and move to a different area. We were looking to move to Portland, Oregon. After touring many beautiful houses, nothing felt right. We asked ourselves - what do we value? We valued travel but it was sadly something we were fitting into weekends and vacations. So we decided to take a leap, minimize our possessions, travel for a year and spend more quality time together as a family.





Yumfam: We have always had a strong connection to nature and we regularly went tent camping. When we had our first child we decided to get a popup to make camping easier. We eventually moved into a bigger popup and, before we knew it, we were spending 60+ nights every summer, in our popup. Meanwhile, the housing market in the Metro Detroit area began to fall apart.





We grew tired of living in the suburbs so we put our house up for sale. We didn't know where we wanted to move and we were skeptical of the local housing market so we bought a travel trailer and decided to travel for one year searching the country for a new home. We are now in our second year and still don't know where we want to live and, to be honest, we are totally content living in our RV.





How do you decide where to go and how long to stay?
Haulin' with the Oats: We choose our destinations based off of jobs. We are not rich, we did not win the lottery and so we work like pretty much every other person in the world. Income drives our planet and like everyone else, we need money. For example, we spent our last winter in Cocoa Beach, Florida (6 months) where Chris worked for Ron Jon Surf Shop. After that, we traveled to Buena Vista, Colorado where he worked for a rafting company for (4 months). By doing this, it allows us to visit new locations, meet new people and share our country with the kids.





Take That Exit: We are really flexible about where and when we travel. We initially planned out the first 6 weeks - having reservations so we wouldn't have to worry about planning while learning the ropes of the road. But after that we are only planned out a week or two at a time. This keeps the pressure off and we can do things like travel based on the weather or on events or family. We have chosen places based on visiting family and friends, National Parks/historical relevance and because of personal interest!





Our broad plan was to head West during the summer, get to the East coast for the fall weather, head south to Florida by Christmas and then be to Arizona by April. That's our broad plan - following (hopefully) the best weather and the best seasons to be in specific areas.





Yumfam: We look at a map and look at all the places within a few hours of us. Then we sit up at night while the kids are sleeping and pick a place based on campground reviews, attractions, price and bucket-list items.





How did your friends and family react to the news?
Haulin' with the Oats: Our families weren't surprised really. We've always been an adventurous couple who traveled often and they knew that we don't do things the "normal" way. Our friends took it as a shock at first. They wanted to know how the kids were going to live while on the road and how they were they going to have a backyard. We told them that the United States is their backyard. Most people's opinions didn't and don't matter to us. Some are going to think it's awesome, while others are going to think you're absolutely nuts.





Take That Exit: Our family was a bit hesitant at first. But overall they've been very, very supportive. They watched us for more than 6 months as we researched, planned and prepared - and they knew we were serious about it. Of course they miss us, but they see the value in the travel, the homeschooling and the quality time together as a family.





Yumfam: They were mostly supportive. Some of our family expressed concerns about the boys but Jessica is a teacher by trade (and a damn good one at that) so anyone who knows us knows the kids are in good hands. However, she has a close family and she is especially close with her sister. They cry whenever we have to hit the road and Jessica gets homesick sometimes.





What was the process like getting ready to go?
Haulin' with the Oats: The process of getting ready to go began about 9 months before leaving. Over the course of those months, I began separating, sorting and purging all kinds of belongings. As it got closer and closer, things began to get trashed and given away.
The most stressful part were those last few days in the house when we had to have everything gone. In the end, I just wanted what was left to just disappear. We were done looking at the junk we'd collected over the course of our childhood and adult lives. We also had to find a place to camp for the remainder of Chris' military career, which wasn't nearly as stressful as downsizing.





Take That Exit: We decided the first week of January that we wanted to launch in mid-June after school got out. Those 6-months were the most stressful, overwhelming and exhausting months we've probably experienced as a family. Downsizing was a big part of the stress - we had accumulated so much stuff and I really wanted to make the most we could by reselling. This took a lot of effort on my part.





In addition to this we were getting the house ready to sell - a lot of work within itself. We also spent a lot of time researching travel trailers, learning how to tow, learning the ins/outs of RV life - it was all new to us and at times was overwhelming. I just kept telling myself - I can't give fear the audience it wants or we wouldn't do this - people do this all the time, we could, too. My husband and I were thankfully on the same page in terms of our goal - so we helped each other through the days when we questioned ourselves or when we were overwhelming.





Yumfam: Insane. Moving stuff to storage, finding a place to park the RV, dealing with potential home buyers, cleaning out the house, finding places for everything in the RV. When we finally left, it felt like there were 100 things we were forgetting.





What was your best day since full-timing like? What was your worst day like?
Haulin' with the Oats: We've had way too many "best" days since fulltiming. Honestly, it's the days when we're on the road, driving, and sightseeing. It's the days when we travel, have the windows down and are listening to the music. It's the meeting of new friends, the wonderful memories created and the experience of sharing new locations as a family.





The worst day by far was pulling into the Disney World Campground and having our older RV breakdown. We had planned on taking the kids to the Halloween Party but our plans didn't work out. We had to scratch the Disney Day, have our RV towed and find a hotel for what we thought would be one night. It turned into a week, we depleted all funds and were stressed beyond belief. It was the ultimate moment when we had to decided whether to throw in the towel or create new plans.





Take That Exit: Every day has things that I'm grateful for. Whether it's quality time with my kids, seeing my kids learn as we visit National Parks, visiting family we haven't seen in years, exploring together as a family, staying up late to watch the stars by the campfire and sleeping in late because nobody has to head off to work - this life has many wonderful things about it. I don't think there has been one BEST day.
As a family, every night, we say "5 things we are grateful for" and "5 things we've learned that day" - we all have a hard time keeping our list to FIVE. I love that my kids say, "This is the best day EVER" at least a few days a week - and it's not because of fancy toys, expensive amusement parks or other things that we might have done in suburbia. It's usually because they've spent the day running around a National Park, playing with mom and dad or exploring cool things like caves, waterfalls, historic landmarks and other awesome things.





Our rough days are few and far between - but we did have a water tank leak in Montana that really made for a stressful day - but we figured out a way to deal with it until we got it repaired in Minnesota. Sometimes if we travel too many days in a row - and don't take time to relax or unwind - our stress level and crankiness can get elevated (especially the kids) - but the great thing is, we can readjust our schedule and slow down as needed. We've gotten into a nice routine of travel days, exploring days, homeschool/catch-up days - and we find we need a good mix of those days to keep our sanity.





Yumfam: We all agree that our favorite moments are when we park the RV and head into the backcountry for a few days. We backpacked Yellowstone, Olympic, The Porcupine Mountains and the Smoky Mountains. The trip that stands out most was the 3 day backpacking trip we took in Baxter State Park (Maine) where we climbed Mount Katahdin.





The worst days are when there is severe weather. It makes me question whether living in an RV was a smart choice every time. When the storms pass an incredible feeling of relief comes over me.





How does your family afford full-timing? How do you work?
Haulin' with the Oats: We full-time by job hopping. We travel to the next destination based off of the jobs that lie ahead. Chris works wherever we plan on staying and by staying, we usually mean at least 3 months at a time. I also have an online hair bow shop on Etsy that allows me to work wherever we are.





Take That Exit: We had saved enough of a nest egg that we were able to buy our trailer and our truck with cash. We hit the road with ZERO debt and a nestegg in the bank. I am founder of QueenBeeCoupons and blog from the road - this brings in income.
My husband Jeremy was a high school teacher and he resigned from his job. He homeschools the kids while I work. Being debt-free helps a lot - living in the trailer and traveling full-time is much cheaper than the expenses we had in our house.





Yumfam: We own a business that I manage remotely. I am the founder and owner of a company called Quizzo Detroit. We host trivia nights at 50 weekly locations and we host corporate events for a growing number of clients. Because of things like Google Hangouts and Google Drive, I can run the office as if I am right there with them. Sometimes the distance between me and the business presents hurdles but things run smoothly for the most part and we actually experienced significant growth during our first year on the road.





What does school look like for your kids?
Haulin' with the Oats: Our schooling is a blend of many educational activities. The kids are technically in the 5th, 2nd and 1st grade. However, we don't do traditional school and rather educate them using many different tools. All three of them participate in the Junior Ranger Programs and have their own National Park Passport Books.
We try to visit as many National Parks as we can while heading to a new location. They do have some curriculum where they do the traditional handwritten work but we mostly do lots of hands on activities and take part in many programs throughout the country.





Take That Exit: Our kids have a specific curriculum through BookShark that we use. My husband does the teaching. We generally do school 4 days a week and for 4-5 hours at a time.
We supplement with lots of exploring. Museums, National Park Junior Ranger programs . . . there are so many opportunities to learn on the road - we are all learning, even when we don't realize it. It's exciting to see our kids piece together the pieces from the various places we've visiting - especially when it comes to history!





Yumfam: While I am working, Jessica pulls out all of the school stuff. We are a Montessori family so their school supplies are all hands-on works that they choose themselves. Jessica stands close by and observes the boys and gives presentations when needed. When school/work are over, we eat lunch and spend the rest of the day together. On days when the weather isnt great we check out the town or go to a museum. On nice days we go biking or hiking. IF there is a national park nearby, we explore and get our Junior Ranger badges.





What's your monthly budget like?
Haulin' with the Oats: We don't really have a budget just due to the fact that our monthly income varies drastically from month to month. Because we travel from one location to another our bills and our expenditures will fluctuate. We live on very little and live a minimalistic life. Our income runs off of roughly $2200 a month.





Take That Exit: Being the owner of a frugal blog, I feel a lot of pressure to keep our numbers low because I worry what my readers will think. I know for a fact that our expenses have lessened every month we've been on the road - we're getting better at budgeting and making wiser choices based on our experiences on the road. And we are spending considerably less than we were spending in our house every month!





Yumfam: We used to spend $62 a day on our house (mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities and cable). Since campgrounds include all utilities, we can find some pretty nice places in some prime locations and still live cheaper than we did in a house. When we move it's usually only a 3-5 hour drive and only 2-3 times a month so we allow for about $500 a month in gas.
We don't really budget things because, as I said, we spend less as a travelling family. But, in cases when the bank account gets low, we have a generator and everything we need to boondock and we are quite resourceful when it comes to shopping and cooking on a restricted budget.





What's next for you and your family?
Haulin' with the Oats: Our next adventure is to head south to Florida for the winter. We'll stay there until roughly April and then we hope to make a big trip out west. I don't see us quitting the fulltime life anytime soon. All of us have truly enjoyed the small home and the many adventures while being on the road.





Take That Exit: We are almost done exploring the New England area and we'll head south toward the Carolinas and Florida. I'm looking forward to slowing down this winter and staying in places for a couple weeks at a time - focusing on school and taking day trips.
We plan to stay on the road until early Spring of 2016 when we'll evaluate whether or not we want to settle down and if so - where. We'll do this as long as we are all happy and enjoying it.





Yumfam: More of the road. We plan to settle in Northern Michigan but we don't know when that will be...and it could change.





What message do you have for others who are flirting with the idea of full-timing but are perhaps a bit scared to jump in?
Haulin' with the Oats: You WILL have doubts. It's natural to be nervous and scared. We were definitely nervous about hitting the road but in all honesty, it was the greatest thing we have ever done. We have NO regrets once we got started. Our main concern was making money but once we figured things out and had some plans lined up, it kind of worked itself out.
You have to know that you will never be ready. Your ducks will never all be lined in a row because something will always come up. If you feel the urge to live this lifestyle, jump in feet first and enjoy the ride.





Take That Exit: I have so many people tell me, "you're living my dream!" and "I want to do this someday!" and I want to encourage them to figure out a plan and make it happen. Don't wait for your someday - you never know when or if that day will come. Don't worry and fret about the what-ifs. . . just do your very best to plan and prepare. The rest will fall into place.
This post I wrote about "no regrets, just gratitude" is really how I feel about travel so far. We are so grateful that we took this leap. We were working so much, stressed, busy, overloaded with stuff and life has taken a dramatic shift toward QUALITY time together and we are enjoying it so much.





Yumfam: This life isn't for everyone. It helps to have money. If you want it bad, go for it. I often think about my death bed when I am making choices in life. I ask myself, "Will I regret this in my final hours?" and how could I possibly regret living an atypical life of adventure with the 3 people who matter most to me in this world (and Hannah, the dog)?

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Why Mo'Nique is open to giving her husband "a pass to cheat" by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities

Mo'Nique is one celebrity mom who isn't afraid to take a different approach to her marriage. In a world where stories of affairs breaking up Hollywood couples make headlines more often than anyone would care to hear about, this mom of four is trying something new.
Opening up about her unique relationship with husband Sidney Hicks the actress told True Exclusives:
"I originate from this place called Africa and what I know of African kings — tell me about one of them that just had one wife. Do you know any of them? I don't… So when we came [to America], we adopted other people's ways and that's called ownership. I don't want to be owned anymore… We're humans guys, that's all."

When asked about reports she's given Sidney a "pass to cheat," Mo'Nique explained, "When you say ‘a pass to cheat,' when you're with your best friend and you say to your best friend, ‘I'm having these feelings about this person sexually and I want to share it with you.' When you're best friends, you can have those open and honest conversations."
"Often times people cheat because of something they're not getting…All these people on the face of the earth, do you think my eyes won't say ‘He's fine!' or 'She's attractive'? And if you want to go further with it, let's be honest enough to have those conversations. What is it about that person that you find you want to sleep with them? Because they may give you something that I'm simply not willing to do. And if that's the case, how could I be mad? Because I'm not going to do it, should I deprive you of not having it?"
For the record, the mother of four sons didn't clearly state if Sidney has ever followed through with having any relationships outside their marriage.
In a statement I find a bit hard to argue with, Mo'Nique went on to say, "Honesty, that's it. If you can't tell the person you're laying with every night how you truly feel, then you're in a bad place."
If I'm being honest, I really like the way this couple is taking a look at things with an open mind and finding their own path rather than feeling bound by norms. I wish we all did this a little more regularly -- but that being said I do also wonder if she and Sidney are playing with fire. Perhaps he's used the "pass" and they're still just fine, but if he hasn't I wonder if she'll really be as comfortable with his having sex with someone else as she expects. I imagine the reality of it happening has the potential to feel different than one would anticipate.
I'm also rather curious to hear what their four sons think not only of their parent's apparent arrangement, but it being talked about in the press. Do you think the odds are the boys will follow the same open-minded path or go the traditional marriage route?


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More celebrity couples who are bucking tradition, this time by the husband taking his wife's last name:


























































Many thought Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes were siblings, but they actually married in 1996. Jack opted to take his bride's last name as his own, swapping Gillis for White.
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Meg and Jack White officially divorced in 2000. In 2005, the musician married Karen Elson, with whom he has daughter Scarlett and son Henry. Meg served as the maid of honor.
Jack and Karen announced their separation in 2011 by throwing "a positive swing bang humdinger."
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Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego secretly married in June 2013 in London. In her July 2015 cover interview with InStyle, Saldana revealed that, in a reversal of tradition, the Italian artist adopted her surname upon marriage. Thereafter, the actress became Zoe Saldana-Perego or Zoe Perego and Marco became Marco Perego-Saldana or Marco Saldana.
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The pair welcomed twin boys named Cy and Bowie in November 2014. They boys' last name is Perego-Saldana.
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When Carlos Peña wed Alex Vega in 2014, they opted to go halfsies on their new last name.
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Rather than hyphenate the stars added their names together, each adopting PeñaVega going forward. The actor and the Spy Kids actress have yet to share if they plan to start a family.
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Jay Mohr got incredibly creative for his second anniversary gift to wife Nikki Cox. As a present, he added her last name to his, becoming Jon (his birth name) Ferguson Cox Mohr.
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After marrying in 2006, the couple welcomed son Meredith Daniel Mohr in 2011. The comedian also has a son named Jackson, who was born during Jay's previous marriage.
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Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (pictured here with his daughter) also gets points in the creativity department -- choosing to mash up his last name with his wife's. Upon wedding Corina Raigosa in 1987, she and Antonio Villar "meshed" their names into "Villaraigosa."
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The couple filed for divorce in 2007, but both have continued to use their combined name. He is the father of four, the two youngest of which were born during his marriage to Corina.
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John Lennon added Yoko Ono's last name to his when they married in 1969. He said of the change, "Yoko changed her name for me, I've changed mine for her. One for both, both for each other. She has a ring, I have a ring. It gives us nine 'O's between us, which is good luck. Ten would not be good luck."
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His legal name when he died in 1980 was John Winston Ono Lennon, and hers is Yoko Ono Lennon. After suffering three miscarriages she gave birth their son Sean in 1975. John's firstborn child, son Julian, arrived in 1963 during his marriage to Cynthia Lennon.
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For his fifth marriage, Lorenzo Lamas decided to hyphenate. Upon marrying Shawna Craig in 2011 he changed his name to Lorenzo Lamas-Craig.
Wikipedia notes: This decision was motivated by the fact that his previous wife, Shauna, kept the surname Lamas, and is legally named Shauna Lamas, and Lamas' fifth wife, Shawna, whose given name is a homonym and almost identical to that of Shauna, did not wish to have a virtually identical full name.
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Shawna Craig gave birth to Lorenzo's grandson in 2015!
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The unique pregnancy came about after Shayne Lamas, who is Lorenzo's daughter (Shawna's step-daughter) suffered a near-fatal pregnancy loss in 2014. Shawna volunteered to be a surrogate for Shayne and her husband Nik...
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who legally changed his name from Hooman Abedi Karamian to Nik Lamas-Richie upon marrying. The couple are now parents to daughter Press and son Lyon.
(Christine Tager / PR Photos)





Jay-Z, whose birth name is Shawn Carter, bucked tradition by hyphenating his last name with Beyonce's when they married in 2008. Legally, he is now Shawn Knowles-Carter. A source told the Daily Star the couple wanted to keep "Knowles" because Beyonce's parents don't have any sons.
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The singer's legal name is now Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. Interestingly, their daughter's name is Blue Ivy Carter. She was born on January 7, 2012.
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Fatherhood makes David Beckham the sexiest man alive by Carolyn Robertson posted in Celebrities

Let's hear it for the dads!
PEOPLE magazine has revealed its pick for this year's Sexiest Man Alive. It's not a twenty-something-year-old heartthrob who took the title, or your typical Hollywood heart-breaker.
Instead, it's tattoo aficionado and father-of-four David Beckham. The 40-year-old former footballer graces the cover of the magazine's hotly contested issue, following in the footsteps of stars such as Adam Levine, Bradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds.
While Beckham fans are rabid over the big announcement, closer to home they're far less impressed.
"We kind of laughed about it with the boys and the boys kind of laughed at me and said, 'Really?! Sexiest man alive? Really?'" admits David, who has boys Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12, Cruz, 10, and daughter Harper, 4, with his wife Victoria Beckham. "Brooklyn was the one who was like, 'Are you sure it's not me that's meant to be there today?'"
I can't say I've been waiting on pins and needles for today's Sexiest Man Alive reveal, but now that we know PEOPLE's choice, I must admit I think it's a pretty good one.
It's not David Beckham's obvious, um, assets that win me over. Those underwear billboards? They do nothing for me. (Well, nothing might be an exaggeration.) Show me a picture of the guy with his kids, though, and I'm a total goner. It's just about impossible to resist.
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David has admitted many times over that Harper has him wrapped around her little finger, and the pics of the two of them together are adorable. What I love even more, though, is seeing how hands-on and openly affectionate he is with his sons, even now that they're getting so grown up.
Need a little more convincing that DB deserves his new title? How about the fact that he is an outspoken breastfeeding advocate? Or that for 5 months he donated his entire $1 million monthly football salary to children's charities? Or that he adorably chaperoned Brooklyn's first date by sitting 5 tables away from the young couple at a sushi restaurant?
I also love how he wasted no time earlier this year in very publicly shutting down those in the media who tried to criticize his parenting.
“Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts??” he wrote on Instagram in response to articles about 4-year-old Harper being spotted with a pacifier. “Everybody who has children knows that when they aren't feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it's a pacifier so those who criticize think twice about what you say about other people's children because actually you have no right to criticize me as a parent…”
Amen, David Beckham. I rest my case.
Well done, PEOPLE. This Year's Sexiest Man Alive just might to live up to the hype.
What do you think of the choice?
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Thor star Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky have daughter India Rose and twin boys Tristan and Sasha (INFphoto.com)





Orlando Bloom and his ex Miranda Kerr have son Flynn (INFphoto.com)





Matthew McConaughey has kids Levi, Vida and Livingston with his wife Camila Alves (REX USA)










Hugh Jackman is dad to son Oscar and daughter Ava with his wife Deborra Lee Furness (INFphoto.com)





Usher is dad to boys Usher Raymond V and Naviyd (PR Photos)





Actor Cam Gigandet has daughter Everleigh and son Rekker with his girlfriend Dominique Geisendorff (INFphoto.com)





Brad Pitt has kids Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox with wife Angelina Jolie (REX USA)










Matt Damon has daughters Isabella, Gia and Stella and stepdaughter Alexia with his wife Luciana (INFphoto.com)





Soccer star David Beckham has boys Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz and daughter Harper with his wife Victoria Beckham (INFphoto.com)





Ben Affleck has daughters Violet and Seraphina and son Samuel with his ex Jennifer Garner... (INFphoto.com)















Prince William and his wife Katherine are parents to kids George and Charlotte (REX USA)


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How Kim Kardashian is handling her high-risk pregnancy by Sarah Bernard posted in Celebrities

Unless you've been avoiding the internet, magazines, TV, and pretty much all media, you probably know that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting their second child, a son, in December.
If you follow her on Twitter where she shared that she's “52 lbs up” -- more than her first pregnancy -- or if you've read this post on KimKardashianWest.com, you know that vamping for cameras is one thing, and living with a high-risk pregnancy is another.
“[It's] super scary and I have some days I get SO scared but then I speak to my doctor, Dr. Paul Crane, and he always calms me down,” she writes. “He has been my doctor forever and was my mom's doctor who delivered me!”
She has good reason to feel nervous. She's dealing with some pretty serious issues: preeclampsia and placenta accreta, a complication that can result in life-threatening blood loss during delivery and a possible hysterectomy. (Read more about those below.)

As someone who went through a harrowing high-risk pregnancy with twins, what impresses me about Kim -- aside from dressing her bump in black lace which I wish I'd thought of -- is her willingness to share the real story at every stage. The one that's uncomfortable and unpleasant and not the expected script.
“For me, pregnancy is the worst experience of my life! LOL! I don't enjoy one moment of it and I don't understand people who enjoy it," she wrote on her app.
To me that is a beautiful admission. I love that she is saying the day-to-day is tough. It is tough!
It's also a marathon. A physical and mental marathon. When you are scared and stressed those nine months move incredibly slowly and the question of whether you will be ok and whether your baby -- or in my case babies -- will be ok, can never be answered until it's over.
There is no reassurance, really.
People think celebrities have it easy. And it is true that they have access to things that take the edge off, like a masseuse who makes house calls, or car services to doctor appointments or a fun maternity wardrobe. But pregnancy is the great equalizer and one of those situations where the worst-case scenario is actually the worst-case scenario. What good is a cute dress then? And is going through all the fears in the public eye really having it easy?
Less than six weeks from her due date, I'd say Kim is handling this journey remarkably well. So what's her advice to fellow BabyCenter moms who might not be having the storybook pregnancy either?
"It's important to have a good support system around you and doctors who can educate you on what to expect," she offers. "It'll never get rid of the nerves completely but it helps to understand what you're going through.”
With that understanding in mind, here are some facts about preeclampsia and placenta accreta:
What is preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a serious and often sudden pregnancy complication that affects about 5 percent of women. Typically the condition develops after 20 weeks and is characterized by high blood pressure (140/90) and excessive protein in your urine. The function of every vital organ in the body can be impaired because of blood vessels constricting and reduction of blood flow. When less blood flows to your uterus, it can mean problems for your baby, such as poor growth, too little amniotic fluid, and placental abruption (when the placenta separates from the uterine wall before delivery). In addition your baby may suffer the effects of prematurity if you need to delivery early to protect your health. Worldwide, preeclampsia is responsible for up to 20% of the 13 million preterm births each year.
What you need to know
The warning signs can seem a lot like regular pregnancy symptoms, though more intense. Swelling of the ankles, feet, hands and face (especially the area around the eyes), shortness of breath, headaches, nausea and weight gain of more than four pounds in one week are most common. If it's your first pregnancy, you're more likely to experience preeclampsia but family history, a previous pregnancy with preeclampsia, obesity, diabetes or carrying multiples also increase your risk. Managing the condition requires weighing the seriousness of your symptoms with how far along your pregnancy is, especially if symptoms develop earlier than 37 weeks. A mild case might mean regularly monitoring your blood pressure and urine protein, plus sonograms and non-stress tests for baby, and minimal activity (so as not to further elevate blood pressure). Serious cases may call for hospitalization, intravenous doses of magnesium sulfate to prevent seizures and steroids to bolster a potential preemie's lung development. Delivery of baby is the only real “treatment” and in the most extreme cases that is the only option. Typically a mother's blood pressure starts to fall a day or so after delivery and returns to normal by 12 weeks postpartum, if not sooner.
What is placenta accreta?
It's a high-risk condition that happens when the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall. The placenta supplies oxygen and nutrients to your baby. And normally after you deliver your baby, contractions help detach the placenta from the uterus. With accreta, all or part of the placenta doesn't separate -- and trying to separate it can cause rapid, life-threatening bleeding in the mom. There are risks to the baby, too: Reduced blood flow to the placenta can cause growth restriction and bleeding may cause the baby to be delivered prematurely. Since any kind of uterine scarring makes it more likely that the placenta will implant improperly, accreta becomes more common as the number of c-section deliveries goes up. Accreta now affects about 1 in 530 births per year.
What you need to know
Often there are no symptoms of placenta accreta although third trimester bleeding can be a clue. If your doctor suspects you have it, he or she may test your blood for a rise in alpha-fetoprotein and give you an ultrasound or an MRI to see how deeply the placenta may be implanted. The deeper the implantation, the more severe the condition. If accreta is likely, pro-active planning for delivery is critical. The safest course is a planned c-section with a hysterectomy, where the uterus is removed with the placenta still attached to avoid severe blood loss. (Typical blood loss in vaginal delivery is around 500ml; average blood loss with accreta is 3,000-5,000ml.) If you're hoping to keep your uterus, talk to your provider about your options ahead of time. Regardless, you will want to deliver at a hospital equipped with a team of specialists and blood supplies at the ready as 90% of patient with accreta require a blood transfusion.
Photos courtesy of Kim Kardashian http://bit.ly/1kANhTg
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