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Celeb Mom Stories and BumpWatch Around the Web (LINKS)

Around the web, there is an outlet covering some of the pregnant celebs and our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums. We follow their stories so you don’t have to. Here is a roundup:

Miranda Kerr‘s First Red Carpet Debut since announcing second pregnancy. (PEOPLE)

Jordin Sparks‘ First Red Carpet since announcing her pregnancy (E! News)

Kim Kardashian West‘s son Saint turned 2! (Elite Daily)

Beyonce and Jay-Z allowed papps to photograph them coming out of an elevator after attending a movie on Jay Z’s birthday this week, news because of the infamous elevator fight involving Solange. (Yahoo!)

Chrissy Teigen is sadly being body shamed while preggers (Stylecaster)

These Were the Top 14 Most Anticipated Celebrity Births of All Time

We can safely say that if and when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome their first child, the occasion will be included in the short list of anticipated babies of all time which include the other Hollywood actress to welcome a child with a Prince.

1 Grace Kelly, a Hollywood legend, captivated the nation after she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, to become princess consort of Monaco, and the world watched closely as they started a family. On April 19, 1958,  presented her newborn son Albert to residents of the principality on April 19, 1958, from the balcony of the palace, along with their daughter Caroline.

2. Before then, over in the states comedienne Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz‘s son, Desi Jr, born on January 19, 1953, was most anticipated. That baby was the first to grace the cover of TV Guide in April 1953 with cover headline, “Lucy’s $50,000,000 baby.”

3. Then came the big Camelot birth on November 25, 1960 of little John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, born just 6 weeks after his dad became president.

4. It will take a few more decades for there to be a baby to capture so much attention. This one was anticipated worldwide. Prince William, the first born child to Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales joined the world on June 21, 1982.

5. The next big Hollywood baby was Lourdes “Lola” Leon born Oct. 14, 1996 to mom Madonna and her then  boyfriend and personal trainer, Carlos Leon.

6. The year 2006 was big for the birth of two celebrity baby girls of two popular actors: The April 18, 2006 birth of Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes; and

7. A month later, in May 27, 2006 of Shiloh Pitt, the daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

8.  Two years later came the first major celebrated twins: the son and daughter of singer Jennifer Lopez  and  Marc Anthony on  born Feb. 22, 2008, when Max and Emme came into the world.

9. Also that year, fans of Nicole Kidman were happy to see her end her openly discussed fertility quest with a baby when her first daughter, Sunday Rose, with husband Keith Urban was born  in July  2008.

10. Then there was the first baby girl after a couple of boys for Victoria Beckham and David Beckham who welcomed their first daughter, Harper Seven on July 9, 2011.

11. A year later  came Queen Bey, Beyonce and Jay Z‘s, much anticipated arrival, Blue Ivy Carter born on January 7, 2012, after her mom had already experienced at least one miscarriage.

12.  Later that year,  another woman who openly talked about her struggles to get pregnant was Mariah Carey who, along with her then husband Nick Cannon greeted twins, Monroe and Moroccan, on April 30, 2012.

13. A year later, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their first child, daughter, North, on June 15, 2013.

14. The last big anticipated birth was Beyonce’s twins Suri and Rumi Carter on June 14, 2017.

Did Beyonce’s Halloween Lil Kim Tribute Aim to Squash Last Year’s Fan Feud?

So Last July, biz mogul and rapper Sean “P Diddy” Combs sent the fans of Beyonce and Lil Kim into battle when he ended a tribute to Lil Kim on the Hip Hop Honors award show by stating, “Your hardcore raps, the way you walk, the way you talk — there’s only one Queen Bee. All hail the queen!”

That comment sent the Bey Hive fans into a tizzy as Diddy’s own Revolt TV conveniently blogged about after the event.

Perhaps to squelch all of the feuding between camps of fans of Queen Bey (also pronounced liked “bee”) with Beyhive members sparring with Lil Kim’s own Killer Bee Hive, the new mom-to-three set the record straight herself by posting her tribute to Lil Kim on her personal Tumblr website.

The first image in a series read “Hip Hop Would Not Be the Same Without Our Original Queen Bee”. It was part of the “Single Ladies” singer’s tribute titled “Halloween 2017: Lil’ Kim Appreciation.

We followed both women during their respective pregnancies on this blog so we can definitely appreciate the sister love!!!

We had already featured earlier this week Beyonce pulling off Kim’s costume back when the pint-sized rapper was featured in Missy Elliot’s “The Rain” video.

In Bey’s November 3rd blog post, we see that Mrs. Carter went one step further and further and further…knocking it all the way out the ball park!

And the original Queen Bee herself loved it, sharing them all on her personal Twitter page:



Here are the comparison looks in this video collage in Harper’s Bazaar feature:

From Left to Right:

a) From Lil Kim’s feature in Manhattan File magazine in 2001

b) From Lil Kim during her “No Way Out Tour” in 1997.

c) From Lil Kim from Today’s Black Woman magazine feature in 2000 taken by Michael Thompson

d) From Lil Kim attending the The Source magazine’s Hip Hop Awards in 1999.

e) From Lil Kim’s feature in Missy Elliot‘s “The Rain” music video

Here’s what Lil Kim had to say about the feature:

“I’m still recovering from @beyonce’s slayage from Halloween and then this happens… #beyonce #lilkim #queenbee #tookusabreak #beehive #lilkimseason,” Lil’ Kim shared on Instagram after the Grammy winner shared new photos of her costumes. “Lawwwwddddd, my wig is all the way in China!!! SLAYED. You did that B!”

She continued, “Come all the way thru Bey!! @beyonce the resemblance is crazy!! Match made in heaven. Every single detail is on point! I love you to pieces Bey.”

For the final share, Lil Kim shared her appreciation for Jay who dressed in Biggie Smalls a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.’s signature red jacket, jeans and Timberland boots from an already widely circulated photo taken at Kelly Rowland’s Halloween party this year.

“This is so adorable and it’s even cuter because Jay-Z and Biggie were friends and he has his mannerisms down pat,” she shared. “I love U Queen Bey and King Jay.”

Beyonce wasn’t the only one to do multiple Halloween costumes paying homage to one person. I actually went as Beyonce’s 2011 video for “Countdown” (WATCH IT HERE) when she was 6 months pregnant with her first child, Blue Ivy. This tribute is fitting given I have a pregnancy blog. I couldn’t decide on which of the two dozen or so outfit/looks she wore in that video so I settled on four.

Unlike Bey, who probably wore her get ups to various Halloween parties and events, I simply rummaged my and my husband and kids’ closets and came up with outfits and used wigs I already own. I photographed myself via selfies or my iPhone’s timer app after the kids had come back from trick-or-treating and had settled in bed. I did do them all on Halloween so they count as Halloween costumes nonetheless! ha!

Jay-Z Revealed the Gender of The Twins In Recent Interview

After lots of speculation, Jay-Z finally revealed that the twins are a boy and a girl. While speaking with Rap Radar‘s Elliott Wilson and Brian

B.Dot” Miller during an exclusive interview on TIDAL, he explains the inspiration behind his newborn children’s names.

“Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter,” Jay-Z said of his and Beyoncé‘s love of the 12th century Persian poet. As for their son, “Sir was just like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”

Mystery solved!

The couple welcomed their newest additions in June this year. They are parents to 5-year old daughter, Blue Ivy. They recently closed on an $88 million dollar home compound in Bel Air section of Los Angeles, California just last month. They are now officially West Coasters!

Listen to the entire interview HERE!

4 Very Popular Recording Artists That Wrote Lyrics About Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss

Earlier this year, we blogged about the fact that Harry Styles‘ first single off his self-titled debut solo album, “Sign of The Times” is about a woman dying in childbirth  and this week, we reminded you that Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott penned “Thy Will”to to help herself cope with her 2016 miscarriage.

But did you know there have been a couple of famous rappers who have also released songs with lyrics about pregnancy loss, fertility and miscarriage?

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter might just takes the prize for doing it the most.

In his recent song, 4:44, off the same-titled album, the platinum-selling chart-topper seemingly blames himself for his wife’s Beyonce’s miscarriages and losses by rapping, “I apologize for all the stillborns/ ‘Cause I wasn’t present, your body wouldn’t accept it.”

It’s more likely he was being colloquial and was probably referencing the miscarriages and not stillborn which occur in less than 1% of all pregnancies and happens when a baby is born deceased after 20 weeks gestation.

Later on in that same song, he raps about the praises of having twins, naturally, an acknowledgment is probably an indicator that the duo were anticipating getting help with their fertility from science via IVF.

“Look, I apologize often womanize / Took for my child to be born / See through a woman’s eyes / Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles / Took me too long for this song / I don’t deserve you,” he rapped.

This is not the first time the biz mogul has penned lyrics about pregnancy loss. In 2012, his song “Glory” also addressed a miscarriage Beyonce had before the couple found success and finally welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy Carter.

“False alarms and false starts /All made better by the sound of your heart / All the pain of the last time / I prayed so hard it was the last time,” he opens up in the song.

Later on in the song, he raps, “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic We was afraid you’d disappear, but nah, baby, you magic,” referring to the fear that Blue would have been miscarried too.

Tender huh?

Female rapper Nicki Minaj also seemingly opened up  about a child she lost either to abortion or miscarriage in her 2014 song “All Things Go” on her album “The Pinkprint.

While referencing her baby as an angel watching over her baby brother Micaiah, (who she calls Caiah), she raps:  “I want Caiah to go to college just to say we did it,” she raps about her younger brother Micaiah then adds, “My child with Aaron, would’ve been 16 any minute / So in some ways I feel like Caiah is the both of them / It’s like he’s Cai’s little angel looking over him.”

In a Rolling Stones article published that year also, the Queens native reveals that she had an abortion at age 15 and that she remains haunted by it:

Minaj’s first love was an older guy from Queens she dated while attending the prestigious Manhattan performing-arts high school LaGuardia. When she discovered she was pregnant, “I thought I was going to die,” she admits.

“I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.” Minaj says about the decision that “haunted me all my life,” though it was the right choice for her at the time. “It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.”

It was never confirmed, but a few folks hypothesized she was singing bout that same child in that song.

Pregnancy Loss is still quite taboo so it’s great awareness building to have A-List stars include it in lyrics to their music, we think.

Pharrell’s Wife Helen Lasichanh is Our 10th Posh Mom Style Icon

We first declared Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh the stylish celebrity couple back in March 2014 because of their fab eclectic and fashionable uniqueness. They show up on Red Carpet with all sorts of fabulousity in unexpected mix of patterns, lengths, materials and fabrics. Somehow, it all seemed to work and create delightful and intriguing wonderfulness.

Now that Lasichanh has welcomed her triplets earlier this year, she is now a mom of four, including her and Williams’ 8-year old son Rocket. So…this means she officially qualifies for one of our elusive Fashion Posh Mom Icon Awards.

We were one of the very first, if not the first, online outlet to create an award recognizing stylish moms. Since launching it in 2009, other more established media and global fashion entities have launched and given out their own Style Icon awards, albeit with a lot more fanfare and celebrities…oh and an actual award event. ha!

Our honor is not given out often neither liberally. We usually like to bestow it upon a mom who has more than one child because to be stylish while balancing being mom to a small brood takes skill! And we like to give it to a mother who has a personal style that is effortless and looks like she, and not her stylist team, put her looks together.

 That means, the paparazzi would not catch her out there looking busted.

Also, Lasichanh, who has Laotian and Ethiopian heritage, used to be a model and currently designs clothes so we’re going to go on a limb and presume that she outfits herself also, most stylist wouldn’t be so bold to combine some of the pieces that Lasichanh puts together because they are bold to the extreme. They usually stick with safe.

Helen Lasichanh in her model days. – Tumblr

 

 The last time we named someone this honor was 2015 and it was given to Kourtney Kardashian. Before her, in 2014, Jennifer Hudson, who was the fourth mom to a single child to get the award. Before her, P!nk got it in 2012. And former First Lady Michelle Obama was dubbed an icon in 2011. Other designees include, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly RipaVictoria BeckhamTichina Arnold and  Christina Milian.
We also have never given it to a woman who is more famous for being a spouse of a very well-known celebrity than a celebrity in her own right but Lasichanh’s fashion IQ is so up there that she deserves it! I mean Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Kim Kardashian haven’t won one yet! (smile)

Lasichanh married her husband in 2013 in Miami, Florida in an intimate star-studded event attended by Jay Z, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake and featured Usher and Buster Rhymes as musical performers.

Helen Lasichanh is our 2017 Posh Mom Style Icon! Congrats girl!!

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How Much Beyonce and Jay Z are Paying Their 6 Nannies for the Twins

When you and your husband are worth over $1 billion dollars combined, then you can afford to pay $100,000 for six nannies to help you care for your newborn twins. That is how much Beyonce and Jay Z are forking over, according to report from OK! magazine.

Allegedly, according to insiders to the gossip mag, the twins do not sleep at the same time and so the three nannies each rotate in eight hour shifts.

They are additional help because their daughter 5-year old Blue Ivy has two nannies of her own.

If The Carters are able to close on a $140 million Bel-Air mansion they have been renting, then they’ll be golden.

A report in  the Los Angeles Times claims the 10,000 square feet, six-structure property may go for “just” $90m in the coming weeks. It features spas, a media room, four outdoor  swimming pools and a 15-car garage, where we’re sure the twin European trucks for the twin babies will be parked.

photo: Not Beyonce’s Twins

Jay Z Joins Beyonce in Baby Weight Shedding SoulCycle Class

Beyonce is wasting no time getting her pre-baby body back after giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir on June 13.

The 35-year-old superstar is already back to taking vigorous SoulCycle classes and was joined by husband Jay-Z in Santa Monica on Friday.

Showing that their marriage is stronger than ever after heavily implied cheating allegations on their respective albums Lemonade and 4:44, the power couple looked to be sharing a kiss on their way into the class.

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Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s Beyonce and Jay Twins’ Names Segment (VIDEO)

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Jimmy Kimmel has already tricked audiences into thinking he scored first awareness of Beyonce and Jay Z‘s twins official names when he released a fake story.

But he has taken the prank to the streets. This time, as part of his infamous man on The street interview with random Californians, his correspondent asked passerbys to send good wishes to the twins, adding made up names like Pantene and Neosporin and Zumba and Zika.

“Celebrity baby names are so unusual now,” Kimmel said while introducing the segment. “The rumor actually is JAY-Z and Beyoncé named their kids Rumi and Sir… I hope that’s not true, but we don’t know the names of the twins and I wanted to have some fun with that. So this afternoon we went out on the street and we asked people to congratulate Beyoncé and JAY-Z on their recent arrival with some baby names we made up.”

Watch!

After Extended Hospital Stay to Cure Jaundice, Beyonce’s Twins Go Home to Malibu

Beyonce’s twins, reportedly named Shawn and Bea (or not), have been moved home to a $400,000 a month rental home in Malibu, California, a source close to E! News reports.

The babies had an extended stay in the hospital because they were born slightly early and had a condition called “jaundice” requiring them to spend time under photolight theraphy, according to sources close to the couple, TMZ reports. 

Jaundice occurs because your baby’s body has more bilirubin than it can get rid of. Bilirubin is a yellow substance that’s made when the body breaks down old red blood cells. It leaves the body through urine and stool. When you’re pregnant, your body removes bilirubin from your baby through the placenta.

Phototherapy is the most common treatment for reducing high bilirubin levels that cause jaundice in anewborn. In the standard form of phototherapy, your baby lies in a bassinet or enclosed plastic crib (incubator) and is exposed to a type of fluorescent light that is absorbed by your baby’s skin.

The Daily Mail first reported about the mansion, and claimed the family, which includes hubby Jay Z and big sis Blue Ivy, will stay there for the remainder of the summer.

The property, which features 6.3 acre grounds, features a rose garden, tennis court, pool house and viewing deck. The property, which is referred to as La Villa Contenta, is currently on the market for $54.5 million. According to The Daily Mail, Tina Knowles Lawson was spotted visiting the compound on Sunday.

Nice!

Photo collage source: Courtesy E!News