Amal Clooney Plans to Get Back to Work 6 Months After Twins Are Born

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It’s the final countdown!

In less than a month, Amal Clooney and George Clooney will welcome twins—a boy and a girl. Since The Talk‘s Julie Chen announced the barrister’s pregnancy in February, Amal has been taking it easy as she continues to advocate on behalf of the Yazidis in Iraq—a cause near and dear to her heart. “Amal is trying not to overexert herself,” a source tells E! News exclusively, adding that she’ll give birth in London. “She’s been very sensible throughout this pregnancy.”


After the twins’ birth, Amal will begin maternity leave. “She plans to be back at work around six months after giving birth, but her schedule will be greatly different than before,” the source says. “A lot of time spent working at home. She has a great office set up at the Sonning house.” According to the source, Amal has no intention of quitting the career she’s worked so hard for.

And, as E! News previously reported, the Clooneys plan to raise their children in the U.K.

Ahead of the twins’ arrival, the source says the couple consulted with Ilse Crawford, a London-based interior designer who focuses on human needs and “has a somewhat holistic approach to design.” According to the source, Amal and George waited until she was six months pregnant before they had the twins’ nursery decorated, because “they didn’t want to rush or jinx things.”

The Clooneys chose many of the items themselves. When they visited Paris in February, for example, they bought a few items at a boutique called Baudou and shipped them to the U.K.

The couple has also decided that after the twins come home, they won’t hire a live-in or full-time nanny. Instead, they’ll have a night nurse to help set a sleeping schedule in the beginning. Amal’s mom, journalist Baria Alamuddin, has expressed that she would like to be involved, too.

Amal’s final trimester hasn’t been all about the babies, of course. As E! News exclusively reported Monday, she orchestrated a surprise 56th birthday party for George; She asked their friends, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, to help her pull it off. “Amal made it a joint birthday celebration,” an insider revealed, “since Rande’s birthday was just a couple of weeks ago.” Both Cindy and Rande shared photos from the celebration via Instagram, but Amal—who’s been keeping a low profile—did not appear in any of them. As the insider explained, “Technically her due date is next month, but they expect the twins to come early. It’s just a waiting game now.”

Cindy and Rande can’t wait.

“I’m very excited. Obviously we’re fans of parenthood. I think it’s incredible for George and it really took Amal, I think, [for him to want to be a dad],” Cindy told E! News‘ Marc Malkin in March. “She’s just so amazing and they’re just so happy. It just seemed like a natural next step.”

“I’m not sure he’ll be changing diapers,” Rande joked.

Cindy teased her husband, saying, “By the way, you don’t know how to do diapers.”

When E! News caught up with George later that month, he promised that he does, in fact, know how to change diapers. “Hang on for a minute! I played a pediatrician on ER, so I know how to work on extra children,” the actor explained. “If there are any accidents, I’m there. I’m the guy.”

reprinted with permission of E! News

photo credit: Mark Ralston for Getty

‘The Talk’s Sara Gilbert Is Pregnant

Congratulations are in order to The Talk‘s Sara Gilbert who announced today LIVE during the show that she and her wife, Linda, are expecting their first child together. 
By the looks of her fellow panelists, Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen and Sheryl Underwood, when she made the announcement, you can tell they really had no clue of the news before hand. 
This is the first child for the couple who married last March. The former star of Roseanne is mom to Levi, 9, and daughter Sawyer, 7— with ex Allison Adler.
photo: Twitter

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Fashion Faves from Spring Network TV Upfronts’ redcarpet (PHOTOS)

Ladies of CBS’ The Talk (Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Taylor, and Julie Chen) at the CBS Network Upfront presentation at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in New York.

Each Spring, cable and broadcast television networks trot out their biggest stars to be featured on their upcoming season shows and present them before the press, ad buyers, execs, and the industry in general. It’s also a great time for celeb watchers to gawk at some of the fab outfits the stars and cast members choose to wear.

Here is a selection of our a few of our favorite looks from Bellyitch alums, moms and other notables who hit the various red carpets before heading in to their respective event.

NBC UNIVERSAL UPFRONTS
at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15 in New York City.
Three members of the Cast of BravoTV’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The E!’s co-host of Fashion Police Kelly Osbourne who is sticking with her colorful hair but mixed it up with a cute faux hawk and deep purple lips. Tres chic and refreshing!

Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian  in matching low cut black wrap dress but with Khloe going a little more demure by wearing a cami underneath hers with fab shoes!

We suppose NeNe Leakes isn’t going anywhere as rumored as the Real Housewives of Atlanta star worked the carpet in a hip black dress with lace sleeves and bodice, looking great.

E! host and star of Giuliana and Bill, Guiliana Rancic looked amaze-balls in and healthy in this smart biz dress.

The Cast of Chrisley Knows Best Savannah, Julie and Chrisley Chase.



FOX NETWORK FANFRONT
at The Beacon Hotel, NY on Monday, May 12.

Our Bellyitch Fashion Style Mom icon awardee Jada Pinkett Smitt shimmers in fringe and will star in FOX’s new Batman show Gotham this fall.
Bones actress Emily Deschanel graced the event as well looking still as healthy as ever since we followed her Vegan pregnancy in 2011.
Totally stalking this African trend print blouse and mini skirt on Condola Rashad  who stars in Hieroglyph. Rashad  is daughter to famous TV mom Phylicia Rashad with sports TV anchor Ahmad Rashad. 
Pageboy meets French Provencal. We get it. It works for Camren Bicondova who will also star in Gotham.
The Help‘s Octavia Spencer looked beautiful as she prepares to star in  Red Star Society this fall.
The Mindy Project  returns this fall with actors Chris Messina, Mindy Kaling, and Ike Barinholtz
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We love that Mindy Kaling keeps it real: “I sweated through this but it was badass for a hot second!” she wrote in the caption to this photo of her Upfront outfit on her Instagram account.
Yes Leather mini dress. It works on Taraji P. Henson who stars in Empire this fall. 
ABC UPFRONTS



To no surprise Scandal returns with Katie Lowes, Darby Stanchfield, and Bellamy Young


Felicity Huffman at the Entertainment Weekly & ABC Upfronts Party at Toro on May 13, 2014 in New York City. Huffman stars in American Crime this fall.

Tracee Ellis Ross returns to TV in ABC’s Black-ish this fall, seen here in sunny yellow and fab pink pumps at the Entertainment Weekly/ABC party. What an unexpected color combo! Laurence Fishburne exec produces the show that will star the daughter of the iconic Diana Ross. 
Lana Parilla worked this turquoise blue jumper looking sweet and unlike the witch she portrays in her dark fairy tale show Once Upon a Time.
Viola Davis will star in How to Get Away with Murder this fall. 
Minnie Driver, who will star in About a Boy, is gorgeous. That is all.
Tina Fey is back at her genius this time presenting the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which stars Ellie Kemper . And Black and White is still hot isn’t it?
It should be against the law for Anne Heche to look so amazingly fab though we would’ve gone with a less pale shade of pink so not to wash her out in photos like here.
CW NETWORK UPFRONT
 at The London Hotel on May 15, 2014 in New York City.
Shantel VanSanten  who stars in The Messengers wins in this m]Marv pencil dress that fits her to a T. 
CBS NETWORK UPFRONT 
 at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in New York

Yup, that’s our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Tea Leoni with her Madam Secretary co-stars Tim Daly, T Bebe Neuwirth and Patina Miller.
Original Bellyitch Bumpwatch mom Halle Berry is working it in these harem pants and returns to the small screen to star in CBS’ drama about an astronaut who returns whom after living in outer space for a year in  Extant this fall. We call it the “Gravity” effect. ha!
We didn’t expect our fairly recent Bellyitch Bumpwatch mom Ana Faris to go back to looking precisely the same as before giving birth so soon, but alas, she has and does a feminine pale pink lace pencil-skirt length dress justice. She stars in the CBS show Mom.
tos: Getty, ABC, CBS, FOX, TheCW, Zimbio, Instagram, 

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Sheryl Underwood Anti-Natural Black Hair remarks: How to avoid passing on negative attitudes to your black or bi-racial child

Comedienne Sheryl Underwood is under a firestorm of criticism this weekend after an episode of the CBS network television show she co-hosts as a panelist The Talk. During a segment, co-host Sharon Osbourne announced that model Heidi Klum clips and saves her bi-racial children’s hair each time she trims their afros. Klum  bore three biological children with ex-husband Seal before they split: 6-year old Henry, 5-year old Johan and 3-year old Lou.
In a clip in the segment about quirky things parents save of their children’s, Underwood queries, why would you “save afro hair…it’s curly,  nappy, beady?”  When her co-host actress Sara Gilbert chimed in to add that she too saves her children’s hair, Underwood jumped in to offer, “probably some beautiful, long, silky stuff,” insinuating that the Gilbert’s white children’s hair is desirable and worthy of preserving. It was unfortunate to watch Aisha Tyler, an actress and comedienne whom my husband and I adore laugh off Underwood’s remarks and not chime in to defend African-negroid (anthropological term) hair. Yes both are comediennes, but both, so influential  with world-wide audiences, should know about the damaging messages comments like those send about black hair.
Underwood, specifically, seems to be among many blacks, world-wide, who have looked down on natural hairstyles worn by those among them with kinkier hair including locks, (once called dreadlocks), braids, twists and Afros. 
Black hair is considered very political for African American women and other persons of color with kinky or tight coiled hair in America.  For decades, there has been pressure on them to chemically straighten their hair or use hot heat implements to do so in order to conform to societal and workplace preference for silkier straight hair, different than their natural hair texture.  
Women and men wearing their hair in natural styles were considered brave or pegged as nonconformist, afrocentric or anti-Establishment.  Much of the stigma on hair was negative.
Comedian Chris Rock explored the topic in his 2009 major motion picture “Good Hair” which showcased the extreme lengths black women would go to get hair deemed more preferable.  Some in the movie spent upward to $1,000 to put weaves in their hair to achieve that preferred look.  Rock also highlighted all the toxic chemicals that some black women put in the hair of their daughters as young as 3 years-old.  Some women have said they have done so because care for natural hair is more challenging and it takes more time to keep it looking upkept and maintained.
Beautiful hair a friend cut from her son’s Afro recently.

Indeed, parents with children with kinky textured and tight coiled hair, including parents of biracial children, fathers raising girls who do not have the benefit of living with a mother due to death, separation or divorce, and white adoptive parents to children with ethnic hair often do struggle with styling their kids’ hair.
As a mom to a daughter with that texture hair, I too have struggled with styling her hair and keeping it looking neat all day.
I’ve tried to mix my own products made of homemade natural ingredients, have purchased an array of expensive products, sought out the advice of stylist friends, done extensive online research, taken her to have it professionally braided and struggled through doing it myself. 
Fortunately for me, despite the challenges, my husband and I have made the extra effort to avoid using any negative language when talking about her hair. We also go out of our way to celebrate it and all different types of hair of all people.
We did not want to repeat the errors of some parents in the past who have said things like “your nappy hair is so hard to comb” or “I can’t wait to relax your hard hair”  because we wanted her to have a healthy and wholesome appreciation for what God gave her. 
For sure, we never use the term “good hair” when referencing hair texture that is different than hers so she doesn’t get the impression that her hair is “bad”. 
In fact, after each wash, I stand her in the mirror, towel drying her hair and tell her how I love her hair and how beautiful it is. She smiles and agrees.   It took me several decades to get to the point of loving my own hair and I did not want my daughter to have to go through the same self-hate I have had for my hair in the past.
All of that positive reinforcement has worked.  When she was only 2 years old, the first time she saw me unloosen my braids and comb it out in an Afro  she told me, “Mommy, I love your hair!”   Similarly,  at 3 ½ years old, while sitting on the couch with her dad watching the NBC show ‘The Voice”, she saw for the first time in her life, the bold bodacious and very bald Frenchie hit the stage to sing. She squealed with delight, “Daddy, she is beauuuutiful!”

It put a smile on my husband’s face to know her daughter appreciated beauty in all forms and even that form not necessarily celebrated in our American media and culture. 

We feel like we’re winning. The challenge with us, though, will be fighting messages she will get from her friends growing up, the media and others who will certainly poison this healthy and wholesome outlook she has now at her very young age.

Indeed, it is a struggle for parents of little girls to get them to love the hair on their heads and care for it.
My personal anecdote reveals that it is possible to reverse the tide of Blacks not finding beauty in their own hair and thereby passing on self-hate messages to their children. The key is to start with self and to make conscious decisions to reinforce positive messages and do the best  possible to avoid negative ones like Underwood’s.

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Win a Young America Crib now thru July 27

If you missed syndicated show The Talk last April 27th, you probably also didn’t get to see the awesome Million Dollar Baby Shower that went down during that episode.  It was within days of the birth of co-host Sharon Osbourne’s first grandchild and the ladies were in the mood to celebrate.  They gave away a million dollars worth of prizes.
 
During it, all of the  gorgeous glowing and colorfully-dressed pregnant women who made up all of the audience got a special treat: They got to take home their choice of Young America Mix Built to Grow™ crib.
“Young America cribs are manufactured right here in the U.S.A. for superior safety and quality,” co-host Julie Chen said. “With more than 1,000 color combinations, parents can customize this crib that is Built to Grow, converting it into a toddler bed and eventually a full-size, so literally the child can use the same furniture from crib to college,” 
I absolutely love convertible cribs. The one we purchased is STILL used and my kids are 9, 7 and 3! 

So it looks like you may have also have missed the chance to win a crib via The Talk’s online giveaway that ended this past April 30 but lucky for you, you read this blog occasionally and now you know that Young America is hosting its own giveaway via its Facebook page through  July 27!

Sweet!! Go to www.facebook.com/youngamericafurniture to enter! Good luck!
Check out footage from the show:

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Behind the Scenes at Molly Sims’ baby gender reveal on The Talk (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Just sharing some of the behind the scenes photos Molly Sims recently shared of her April 3, 2012 visit to the syndicated talk show, The Talk.  Recall, she used the opportunity to sit-down with the show’s co-hosts Julie Chen, Aisha Tayler, Sheryl Underwood and Sara Gilbert to announce the news that she is expecting a baby boy (See video below). Sims looked fab and so happy and even better on TV than in photos. Maybe the funky reddish effects that people add using these new apps and online digital platforms have something to do with the unnatural photos people publish. Who am I kidding? I’m guilty as the rest of them. I love Instgram!

While I’m sharing old pics, here’s a behind-the-scenes shot from Sims’ Fit Pregnancy photo shoot

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Molly Sims is expecting a baby boy!

During Tuesday’s episode of the daytime show The Talk, Molly Sims announced the sex of her and hubby Scott Stuber‘s first child.

“Everyone has asked me,” Molly tells the daytime TV show’s co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. “We are having a baby boy!”

Sims is due this June.

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Alyssa Milano’s Dodgers-themed baby shower (PHOTOS)


Holly Robinson Peete  tweeted a photo of Alyssa Milano sharing one of the gifts she and Dave Bugalari received during her LA Dodgers-themed baby shower held where else? Dodgers stadium – in a sky box during the game, to be precise.  In addition to Peete, Colin Hanks and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey were among those who noshed on pizza and cupcakes Sunday, August 11. 
After the event she also tweeted a thanks to all her guests “for making this day so special. We made memories and I’m so grateful.”
Too sweet! See other pics Holly, Jack & Holly’s mom Dolores tweeted during the shower. 

 Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Alyssa – shared by Jack on Twitter


 Jack & Holly Robinson Peete‘s mom, Dolores Robinson (shared by Dolores on Twitter, who is promoting a Twitter fan petition to save her daughter and Leah Remini from being replaced as hosts on ABC’s The Talk. Join the cause)

 Everyone nibbled on Pizza! Yum! (shared by Holly Peete on Twitter)
 Alyssa and Jack chatting (shared by Holly on Twitter)
Jack and Holly (shared by Holly)

  Dodgers themed cake and cupcakes (shared by Holly)
Alyssa and Holly (shared by Holly)

Alyssa and Dave celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary yesterday and  she shared a photo from the dinner on Google Plus.Loving the maxi dress paired with the long cardigan look. Can’t go wrong with that. Dave is cutting up, I see!

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