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America Ferrera is Not Letting Pregnancy Slow Her Down

 Superstore star  and second-time mom-to-be America Ferrera is still working hard, promoting her projects and looking fierce while doing it.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star looked glam  in a bump hugging pencil dress, hoops, sharp patent leather heels and a sleek updo while sitting on a panel with co-stars and creators at Netflix in a program produced by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) to promote one of her latest project, Gentefied.
What started as a series of web shorts about a family-owned taco stand that faced relocation due to gentrification has turned to a Netflix series that premieres this upcoming February 21 and starring Ferrera.

Just last month, Ferrera was in Utah at the Sundance Festival attending  The Latinx House And Netflix Host Their Joint Kick-off Party on January 24, 2020 in Park City, Utah.

And before that, she and The Black Panther and The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira were announcing the nominees for the Screen Actors’ Guild awards before getting on stage to present one of the awards during the actual show later.

The Ugly Betty alum is LA born of Honduran parents. She and husband  Ryan Piers Williams, welcomed their first child, a healthy baby boy back, Sebastian, in March 2018.

The Expensive Ways Celebrities Prepare For a New Baby

kim K in a yellow truck

kim K in a yellow truck

For most people, the glamorous life is a fantasy and something some aspire to attain. It’s why we love celebrities and high profile people.

It’s why shows like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and more recently, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and half of the Bravo TV line up do so well.

If we were to be totally engaged with that lifestyle, here is one of the ways we would make our 2020 amazing.

Get Extravagant PUSH presents like Sports Cars

One of the best ways that you can make your 2020 more glamorous if you are a celebrity is to invest your money in a new sports car. Travis Scott famously gifted his ex Kylie Jenner a $1.4M Ferrari after she welcomed the couple’s first child together, Stormi Webster.

Take Luxury Babymoons

Us peons may take a Babymoon to Miami to get away before baby arrives.

Celebrities have access to more luxurious locales. Ciara who is expecting her third child, but second with her husband Russell Wilson announced the news while chilling on a rock in Turks and Caicos.

They just whip out their list of some of the most glamorous destinations that you can visit and close their eyes and pick!

ciara babymoon in turks and caicos

Start a Maternity Fashion Line

When we get pregnant and can find something chic to wear, we hold on to our non maternity clothes for as long as we can before having to break out the overalls and succumb to the belly. Celebrity women just call up a few sponsors and brands and start an entire fashion line. Several famous women like Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham and Jessica launched maternity fashion lines while expecting.

If we wanted to emulate that sort of extravagance we would have to do stuff like hit the vintage shops or sell our old clothes on sites like Depop

Buy New Homes for Baby

When baby makes three, the average new family convert the old study into a nursery or clean out the spare room. Stars purchase a larger home to accommodate the nanny and extra staff that will be on board to help them navigate parenthood.

To prepare for the arrival of their first child together, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis upgraded their home and purchased a $10M 3 bedroom, 4 bath Beverly Hills home to accommodate their growing family, according to US Weekly. They aren’t the only ones.

Purchase the Most Expensive Crib

Finally, while the rest of us are scouring sale ads and stalking Groupon for deals on strollers and car seats, celebs like Beyonce splurge on high price top of the line products like purchasing a $3,500 lucite crib for her first child Blue Ivy.

And not just cribs, these high paid figures can afford to get the most expensive car seat, designer new born clothing and more. It’s part of the perk of being wealthy.

In the meantime, we gawk and point and admire from our computer screens.

Queen and Slim’s Jodie Turner-Smith Claps Back at Her Pregnant Body Shamers

 

Pregnant Queen and Slim  Jodie Turner-Smith showed off her bare bump during an appearance on popular British television program the  Graham Norton Show on Friday, January 31, where she let it slip that she is apparently expecting a baby girl with husband Joshua Jackson.

She also had to battle pregnant body shamers on social media after the broadcast who made negative comments about the fact that her bare bump was revealed in her outfit, a one shoulder halter and matching wrap skirt.

“Nobody wants to look at your baby bump,” one tweeted and another said “I don’t think pregnant women should wear outfits exposing their bellies.”

To these commenters, who are the minority that chose to be vocal but certainly represent the opinions of many other out there, Turner-Smith replied with her own commentary:

The actress revealed the baby’s gender, perhaps accidentally when responding to host Norton question about her baby and replied “I think she’s bored.”

She also confirmed that she’s in the homestretch.

“I’ve just got a couple months left,” she told Norton. “I’m at the finish line, I think. Well not the finish line, but very close.”

Love and Hip Hop’s Erica Mena and Safaree Welcome Daughter

Love and Hip hop erica mena and safaree

Love and Hip hop erica mena and safaree

Love and Hip Hop stars Erica Mena and her husband rapper Safaree Samuels welcomed their first child together, a baby girl.

“These past 24 hrs have been an adventure to say the least!!” the brand new doting dad captioned a photo of his daughter holding onto his finger he posted on Instagram announcing the news. “I’m a part of the #girldad club now ??. Perfection is here ❤️”

Mena later shared a photo of Safaree  loving on his newborn.

The couple married last October 2019 in a lavish ceremony in Atlanta. He is best known for penning several songs for his ex Nicki Minaj. He is from the Hollywood permeation of the hit VH1 reality TV series and she from Atlanta.

Just here staring at my husband as he obsesses over our daughter ♥️??? I thank God,” she captioned the sweet photo. “I prayed for this life.”

Earlier in the day, she revealed that the newest addition to their family is a rainbow baby, a baby born after a loss such as a miscarriage or still born. Mena has 12-year old son named King from a previous relationship.

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Our Rainbow Baby ♥️✨ @lolamelani

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While pregnant, Mena displayed the cutest style which featured a lot of animal print!

And earth tones

And soft jogging suits

And in wedding dresses?

 

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira Bring Down the House at Super Bowl



Two of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums Yes Jennifer Lopez and Shakira showcased at this year’s Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime show.

Lopez’s 11-year daughter Emme performed alongside her mom. They brought out J. Lavin and Bad Bunny.

It was a high energy performance. Watch some of the best highlights.



WWE and Total Divas’ Bella Twins are Both Pregnant

Congrats to retired WWE superstars, twins Nikki Bella and Brie Bella who are both expecting at the same time.

And they are due a week and a half apart.

It’s a total coincidence for the the twin sisters and was not planned, they say.

“I was in yoga, and I kept getting this feeling that you need to take a pregnancy test, but I wasn’t even late yet,” Nikki Bella, whose real name is Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, told People magazine. “And so I’m like, ‘Why do I keep having this feeling? Am I getting twin vibes from her? Because she just told me she’s pregnant?’”

The Bella twins started their career as tag team partners in the WWE for 10 years which spun into featured roles as cast members of an E! reality series that follows the lives of a group of female wrestlers called, Total Divas.

The two got their own spin off show, Total Bellas, that followed the women and their relationships and family lives.

Brie Bella, whose real name is Brianna Monique Danielson, has a 2-year-old daughter, Birdie, with WWE superstar, Daniel Bryan.

“We are shocked like all of you!!!,” she posted on Instagram. “Never in a million years thought did I think @thenikkibella and I would be having pregnant bellies together!!!”

This will be the first child for Nikki, who recently announced her engagement to Artem Chigvintsev, whom she met while being a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

“My baby is SO strong it’s crazy! (Mama felt it everyday first trimester lol) Can’t tell if it’s the wrestling genes or the ballroom!!,” she posted on Instagram, sharing that the babies are due in August.

Nikki, who was formerly engaged to wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, also shared a sonogram of her baby on Twitter, “Say hi to our very strong warrior baby.”

They each have the same pregnancy symptoms, Brie shared, adding, “It’s actually crazy … So we’ve been super nauseous.”

Congrats!

 

Ciara and Russell Wilson are Expecting Another Child



Ciara
announced that she is expecting her third child!

On Thursday, the “Level Up” singer posted a photo of herself in Turks and Caicos sporting a large baby bump with the  caption, “Number 3.”

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Number 3. ?: @DangeRussWilson

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Congrats!

This will be the singer’s second child with her husband NFL quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson.

The football star shared his own version of the photo from a selfie perspective and the same caption.

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Number 3. @Ciara

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She gave birth to their first daughter Sienna in 2017 and has a 5-year-old son Future from a previous relationship with Hip Hop artist Future.

Congrats!

Work Ethic is Hard to Teach So Let’s Try Kobe Bryant’s ‘Mamba Mentality’

I am a novice basketball fan and know the game well and vaguely follow the NBA and college basketball (moreso during March Madness) but like a lot of people, I am deeply moved and saddened over the recent passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash with his 13-year old daughter Gianna and 7 others.

Today, there are moving tributes in social and traditional media.

TNT‘s NBA on TNT has an excellent one airing that my husband watched last night and urged me to do the same.

I am struggling with it because each video, image and tweet devastate me even more. The extreme visceral reaction from a lot of us who never knew him personally says something about a person, you know, that even casual observers can be so affected by their loss.

While Bryant is probably best known for his records and uber competitive spirit, the one thing that I, personally, admired Bryant for was his very strong work ethic which is the basis for his success and ability to be on top.

When you can, head over to Business Insider and read a recent article about 24 examples of Bryant’s impeccable work ethic HERE!

As a parent and parenting blogger and expert, I am always working on, reading about and discussing the challenge teaching  work ethic to children.

It is my opinion that either you have that drive to succeed and complete any task presented to you (be in in school, on the field, in work or wherever)  or you do not.

Some kids will assess a goal and put in the work to get it done, with varying level of tenacity and some will not, unless pushed, bribed, cajoled or directed to with painstaking detail and instructions. Those in the latter group do not necessarily have strong work ethic.

I’ve long believed that  those in the category that some parents may call “lazy” have to be drilled and drilled until the method of accomplishing a task becomes a habit.

At that point, they will finally be able handle the task automatically.

Examples include the process of undertaking the precise steps to craft a well-researched term paper, or execute an Algebraic equation or increase execution of a skill or athletic drill.

With habit and repeated action, the task eventually will become second nature.

The problem with this method is that there is a risk that the child will not necessarily know how to readjust and create similar formula for another task on their own, or in college or at work, when there is not a parent, coach or other adult figure in their lives to show and guide them.

Like I said, it’s one of my most difficult challenges as a parent.

We just have to keep experimenting and trying like this morning, motivated by the stories he heard from Bryant’s coaches, mentors, fellow players and friends my husband called our two boys to the dining room to explain that although Kobe Bryant was already excellent and one of the greatest NBA players around, he still worked harder and trained more than his co-horts at the top.

We are working on getting our boys especially to try harder at the things they are not good at, using Kobe Bryant’s work ethic as an example.

I hope it sinks in, but even if it doesn’t I hope they still can still have the Bryant benchmark in mind as they move forward in school, work and life.

 

Kobe Bryant and Rising Basketball Star Daughter, Gigi, Perish in Helicopter Crash

Gianna and Kobe Bryant Collage Bellyitchblog.com
Gianna and Kobe Bryant Collage Bellyitchblog.com

Photos: Vanessa Bryant’s Instagram, Getty

Sad news about the family of Vanessa Bryant covered plenty in this blog over the past 10 years: her husband, legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant and their 13 year old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Marie-Onore died along with the pilot of a helicopter they were traveling in this morning and reportedly, another parent Orange  and young player, on their way to a tournament in Thousand Oaks, California.

Our thoughts are with Vanessa and their other three surviving daughters 17-year old Natalia, 3-year old Bianka and 7-month old Capri, and the friends and family of all who perished.

While Kobe was known for being a 20-year vet, the third highest scoring player in NBA history, a 5-time NBA champ, MVP Award winner and 18-times All-Star player, Gigi was coming into her own in the sport.

At just 13-years old, she stood pretty tall at 5 feet 10 inches and playe for an AAU team, the  Los Angeles Lady Mamba girls basketball team, which Kobe coached.

Before her untimely death, Gigi  dreamed of one day playing for legendary coach Geno Auriemma at Connecticut and to eventually join the WNBA.

According to a recent Los Angeles Times report, Kobe recently took her to see Los Angeles Sparks ,Phoenix Mercury, and Las Vegas Aces games.

Mom was also a fan, naturally, of her budding basketball star daughter and her personal Instagram feed featured lots of photos and videos of Gigi at play.

vanessa bryant inst of gigi

credit: Vanessa Bryant

A video posted by Baller TV via ESPN showed Gianna knocking down a stepback jumper during an AAU game with her club team which drew comparison to her dad, also her trainer and coach, obviously.

 

Kobe admitted that since retiring in 2016, he only re-started watching basketball because of Gigi’s love of the sport.

“Before Gigi got into basketball I hardly watched it, but now that’s she’s into basketball, we watch every night,” Kobe told former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the Showtime Basketball podcast All the Smoke.

Since his Jersey was retired in 2017, he had not been seen courtside at a Lakers game until recently with his daughter.

“We just had so much fun because it was the first time I was seeing the game through her eyes,” the five-time NBA champion said of sharing the experience with his daughter.

“It wasn’t me sitting there, you know, as an athlete or a player or something like that, and you know it’s like about me, and I don’t like that,” he added. “It was her, she was having such a good time.”

RIP to both. What a tragic loss for the sports world and the family.

Usain Bolt And Girlfriend Kasi Bennett Are Expecting First Child

Congrats to Jamaican Olympic and world champion track star Usain Bolt who is expecting his first child with girlfriend of five years, Kasi Bennett.

Thia past Thursday, the multiple world-record holder took to Instagram to announce the news.

“I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE,” he captioned a breathtaking photo of Bennett in a flowing red wind dress maternity photo

Bennett, a marketing director,  then peppered her own Insta with the news adding captions on a series of images: ‘Our golden child. Coming soon… Our greatest celebration… Our biggest blessing’.

The two have been low key with their romance so it’s a big step to see them coming out now with this news!

congrats!