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Instagram: Celeb Moms Share moments With their Children



Model mom Lily Aldridge posted a photo with daughter Dixie, 3, via Instagram Saturday.

“When in Rome #RomanHoliday #Gelato,” the Victoria’s Secret model, 29, captioned the mommy-and-me image during their Italian getaway.

She wasn’t the only celeb mom we’ve bump watched in recent years sharing  precious moments of themselves with their children in social media.

Here are a few others we spotted. 



Actress Kate Hudson shared a pic of her and her kids feet.

“#HOME “In this home… We do second chances. We do real. We do mistakes. We do I’m sorry’s. We do LOUD REAL WELL. We do hugs. We do TOGETHER best of all.” #SnuggleTime,” the Good People actress, 36, captioned the image of their bare feet.

 

 

Beyoncé Knowles Carter was teaching daughter Blue Ivy how to swim.



Kelly Rowland was strolling with son Titan in tow.



Ali Landry was swimming with her daughter too.

 



Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh‘s wife Adrienne Bosh was celebrating a revisit to Paris with her daughter outside her tummy this time.

Another Basketball wife Savannah Brinson was showing off her husband LeBron James’  hot body having water time together with their baby girl.

 

Kendra Wilkinson Baskett was playing b-ball herself with Hank Jr.



One of our earliest bump watch moms,  Jenna Elfmanwas celebrating Motherhood.

 Emily Bustamante was  introducing her newest member of the family, her second son with beau Fabolous.

Coming of Age story ‘Little Boy’ opens nationwide today

It’s been five years and two child births coming, but today the film Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum, actress, model, mompreneur Ali Landry stars in and supported her husband  Alejandro Monteverde to make, opens to audiences nationwide. 

Little Boy is the coming-of-age World War II-era film about an 8-year old boy Pepper Flynt Busbee (Jakob Salvati) crippled with stunted growth who finds courage and uses the power of will, imagination and faith to try to bring his recently-deployed dad back from war.

Landry plays a woman whose husband leaves for war in the film and fun fact: her youngest, Valentin Francesco, appeared in the movie too while in utero (inside his mommy’s tummy) and out as an infant in one of the final film sequences. Landry is close to 9-months pregnant in one scene and another features her cradling  then-newborn Valentin . 

I got a chance to interview Monteverde who co-wrote, produced and directed the movie and gather more insight into its making.
He said he thought the movie would take three months to write but it ended up taking three years. From completion to editing to post production, it has turned into a 5 year project.
The previews project a very visual image of Americana. It’s not just a caricature but a living duplication of that era as I learned  Monteverde created 95% of the town where Little Boy is set — from scratch.
“It was great to work with because we had real cement, light poles, streets and street signs, ” Monteverde reveals. 
It’s worth it because scenes from the movie certainly evoke nostalgia of an era long passed. A real-authentic set distinguishes the movie from a lot of current films made in this era of CGI movie magic where scenes in a digital lab are created after the actors go home. 
If the setting looks familiar maybe it’s because Monteverde got the inspiration for the entire town from one of those classic Normal Rockwell paintings. It certainly oozes of Midwestern puritanical innocence and optimism. 
But that comfort and secure is abruptly interrupted with the realism of war, prejudice and discrimination, as it was a time when Japanese Americans were interned in camps. 
The movie is also a modern fable set in the 1940s, Monteverde says of the story line that has several lessons interwoven throughout. 
What also appears unique is that the film explores the vulnerability and emotions of a boy. These days movies about feelings are usually centered around female or little girl characters.  
Another element that may stand out to movie goers is  how Little Boy seems to evoke themes of God, religion, agnosticism and spirituality.
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“The deeper I got into the movie, the more layers we uncovered,” the film maker reveals about the project which he says touches so many different themes. “It’s like when you plant a seed, you don’t know how it will come into fruition. As we saw the film take form, all those little things we were writing about in the beginning start to come out.”
There are a lot of subtexts, he adds.
“It’s about the power of the will and believing in the impossible…we are every day faced with many challenges in our lives and the world belongs to those who believe they can overcome those challenges,” added Monteverde.
“It depends how deep you want to go. You can take what you can from the external layers or you can watch it and discover the other layers; about discrimination, racism, faith v. superstition, will of man v. will of God.”
In the film, main character Pepper’s mentors include a Catholic priest advisor and an agnostic atheist shopkeeper Hashimoto, who Pepper befriends. Both influence Pepper and help him come away with what he is looking for and needs– a way to bring his dad back from war. 
There has been a lot of buzz and chatter about the timeline of the movie which takes place before the US retaliated against the Japanese for its attack on Pearl Harbor by dropping the atomic bomb, euphemistically called a “Little Boy” on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. There is an intricate link you’ll get when you see the movie, Monteverde explains. 
Monteverde isn’t surprised by the various notions and interpretations the movie is getting.
“This movie explores the pain that World War II  – a war that caused hurt to the world and mainly here in the United States, the hurt that happened at the home front” to those the soldiers left behind and had to deal with the consequence of  their loved ones going to fight. “The foundation of the way the story was born  was I wanted to tell the ultimate underdog story – the one that everyone is against.”
And there is a bit of art imitating life when it comes to the production in that vein.
Compared to his last award-winning project Bella  which took top prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, Monteverde had a much bigger budget to utilize to breathe life into this project, about $20 million, but in the grand scheme compared to much larger blockbusters released each year, it’s quite modest, Montverde reveals.
And there he draws the parallels of the theme of the movie along with the symbolism of it being released a week before the highly anticipated Avengers sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Monteverde spoke some about the challenges he faces for a movie that doesn’t have too many bill boards but will spread by ‘word of mouth.’
“The whole movie it about size…the small v. big..the David and Goliath story,” he muses. “The little boy being shorter than everyone else trying to bring about the end to the biggest war. We are little boy. The character.”
We are rooting it on because we love to support our Bellyitch bumpwatch alum families and cheer on the underdog. 
Go see Little Boy this weekend and report back and let us know what you think in the comments below or in social media at @Bellyitch on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. 
The last two best director Oscars went to directors of Mexican origin, Alejandro González Iñárritu for Boyhood and Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity. Perhaps Monteverde can be the third! 

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30 Best blogs for the Working Mom

Balancing the demands of a career and a growing family is no small feat, but it’s one that the modern American mother juggles every day. Managing the daily responsibilities of getting children to and from their various activities, providing them with the attention and affection that they need, nurturing your marriage, and still contributing to the family’s finances by holding down a job requires a large measure of patience and a solid support system. For more and more women, the backbone of that support system is made up of the global village created by the Internet. Blogs that cater to working mothers make up quite a large corner of the blogosphere, and these 30 entries exemplify the advice and help that they offer.
Management
If there’s one thing that working moms never seem to have enough of, it’s time. These five blog entries offer helpful hints for managing and making the most out of the limited amount of time you’re allotted each day.
Quick Weeknight Meals
After a long day at work, the last thing that most working mothers want to do is tackle an elaborate, gourmet dinner. These blog entries showcase the best in quick, simple, kid-friendly cuisine for those nights when homework help and overtime at the office collide.
Making the Most of Family Time
Between school, your spouse’s career, and your own work, finding time to spend together as a family isn’t always easy. Ensuring that you make the most of the time you do have available to spend together is a priority for many working parents, and is where these five blog posts shine.
Dealing with Nanny Envy
Working parents struggle, sometimes for weeks, to find the ideal nanny for their family. When nannies prove to be a less-than-perfect fit, it’s a disappointment. When she’s so wonderful that everyone in the family adores her, it can feel like less of a triumph and more of a cause for private jealousy. Fears that your children will love their nanny more than they love you and feelings of envy towards the nanny who’s paid to stay home with your beloved little ones all day are perfectly natural, albeit painful, parts of being a working mother. These five blog posts tackle nanny envy, and offer working mothers some support.
Guilt and the Working Mother
Despite the fact that you’re working to provide for your children and help them have the best possible quality of life, guilt over leaving them in the care of strangers can begin to creep in and haunt even the strongest moms. These bloggers understand that guilt, and discuss it candidly in their blog entries.
Breastfeeding after Returning to Work
Under section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, employers must provide breastfeeding mothers with a reasonable amount of break time and a private place, other than a restroom, to pump or express breast milk for a full year after the birth of their child. Because breast milk is the best possible source of nutrition for infants, it’s important that working mothers have the support they need to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. These five blog posts help the breastfeeding, working mom learn the best ways to manage nursing after her maternity leave ends.

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What to Do About This Odd Breastfeeding Problem First-Time Moms Experience

If you are a first time brand new mom who is breastfeeding and might have noticed the breast milk taking on a pinkish or brownish hue, you should watch today’s episode of  The Doctors – what does it mean

During the show, co-host and board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry explains.

When a new mom starts to breast feed a lot of blood rushes to the area and sometimes some blood gets into those milk ducts and changes the color of the milk. This is more common with first time moms, it only lasts a few days and it is 100% safe for you to keep giving baby the breast milk.

However, if there is a lot of blood present, or if it is persistent, it could be a sign of infection and you should call your doctor.

Watch the segment below, then catch up on other snippets and some full episodes on the show website here:

#GivingTuesday: Consider the gift of clean water and one woman’s moving story

Today, I encountered many moving and touching stories for #GivingTuesday, but one stood out: the story of Jacinta Zelinto who lives in the rural agrarian town of Maua, Mozambique, an area with high water-related diseases and illnesses like Malaria,  cholera, dengy fever, diarrhea, stomach parasites, conjunctivitis. 
Women in the town of spaced-apart homes with no sense of community are water barriers and sometimes the boys. They travel far on dirt path to collect water and sometimes meet up with poisonous snakes.
The pharmacy in the small market is poorly stocked and health center is  filled with unqualified workers, not really trained to administer medicine. The majority of the patients are mothers with small children. Pregnant community women walk to the health center to give birth or give birth at home using unsafe and dirty water.
WaterAid/ Guilhem Alandry
There are no midwives in the communities, or traditional birth attendants. When a woman goes into labor the female neighbors gather with her and offer advice.
WaterAid/ Guilhem Alandry
A case study from the group WaterAid stated that Jacinta is married to the community leader Albeno Armando. And though she was sick at the time, she spoke confidently during an interview about her experiences and also how painful they were to her.
From her own words:
“I have had 10 children but two died.
We are farmers, we cultivate to make a living. Tobacco, corn, beans, millet. We also raise chickens. We sell chickens and corn but we have to walk to Maua with our goods to sell them at market.
Sophonia died last year, she was 2 years old. She liked to walk around with her sisters and going to her grandmothers house. She liked to play in the sand.
I felt so bad when Sophonia died. I was just crying all day.
First of all she had an ear problem together with diarrhoea. She had diarrhoea often and started to look tired and weak. Then she died.
When she was really ill we left that day to go to hospital (health centre) – they gave her one pill to take with water. We stayed over night and the next morning they gave us an injection and sent us home.
When I was at the hospital I called the family to come. I called my husband and mother and uncle as I knew she was not good. When they came we went home. On the way home I had the baby on my back. My mother asked to take the baby as she knew it was dead. When my mother took the baby she told my husband ‘I’m sorry but your baby is dead’. They decided not to tell me on the walk because they thought I would collapse and not be able to walk home. My husband told me when we arrived home that my baby had died on my back. I broke down crying.
Emotionally I felt bad. I could not believe I had lost a daughter. But some people comforted me. They told me not to cry because that would make me weak and then I would get diseases. With comfort I got better.
When I think about that day I cry. I don’t want to cry. I try to avoid going to the road.
Since Sophonia died I have had a boy – Salvadore. (he is about 10-11 months and just started walking). I want a good future for my son. When he gets sick I fear I will lose him like I lost Sophonia.
I don’t know what causes diarrhea but I know lots of people get it.
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The well (water source) is not covered – lots of people go at different times – mostly its very dirty. It is not good water.
The difference clean water would make is that I can no longer drink dirty water. It will reduce sickness – the children would be healthy.
At the hospital we are advised to give children water and food from 5 months up so this is what I follow. After five months I start giving them food and water.
After a year I start to leave children for a long time to go and work in the fields so children must stop breastfeeding then.
I get diarrhea sometimes – there is no blood in the diarrhea but I go to the toilet often. Not only me but also my children get diarrhea a lot.
My other child died about 3 years ago, she was about 2-3 months, she also had diarrhea.
When people die I think they go to heaven to go to God, but sometimes I doubt this as no-one has ever come back to tell us. Sometimes I think the body stays in the graveyard and the spirit goes to heaven.
Our village is very poor. I am trying to share our problems. We don’t have things nearby – market, health center. When I and my children are sick we can’t do anything. I like to share our problems. We need many things but it is true that water and sanitation is the center of everything. It will reduce disease.”
So touching. If you want to help women like Jacinta in Mozambique and other parts of the developing world where water safety and purity is a cause of death and disease, consider giving to Water AID today or in the future.
AND….If you give today, a few “super-heroes” are standing by to match your gift towards WaterAid’s “Child of Mine” end of the year fundraising campaign launched this past November 3rd in five countries (United States, Canada, UK, Australia and Japan) aimed at addressing the enormous global issue of child morality. 
The challenge and goal is to give safe water to 100,000 kids under the age of five which will enable children to live beyond their first years. 
photos: WaterAid/ Guilhem Alandry

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