Michele Zipp


I'm a high heel wearing writer, magician, sleuth, and twin mama with tattoos. My not-so-secret past includes doing time as the Editor of Playgirl magazine. I get personal on Mommy With Tattoos and mouthy at Daily Momtra. I'm obsessed with taking naps, 70s vintage, chocolate chip cookies, reality TV, and Mexican food (not too spicy, please).

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    An Australian couple wanted to have a baby but were experiencing issues so they did what many do and went to a surrogate for help. In many cases, surrogacy is an incredibly beautiful thing. It builds families. But this wasn't what happened for this unnamed couple. The surrogate was from Thailand, and the surrogacy was set up through an agency. About three months into the pregnancy, the surrogate, 21-year-old Pattharamon Janbua, learned she was carrying two babies for this Australian couple. Twins! I would think that this couple was ecstatic. I'm a mother of twins and remember when the doctor told me there were two babies -- it was so exciting. I felt blessed.

    When Janbua was in her fourth month of pregnancy she got the news that it was believed one of the twins had Down syndrome. That's when the Australian couple asked her to abort. She did not. And when the twins were born -- a girl and a boy with Down Syndrome -- the Australian couple only took the girl.

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    I've just learned that I don't have to exercise daily or finally figure out how to run without getting a pain in my side to live a longer life. All I have to do is get my kids to go to college. This is all for selfish reasons, of course. In fact, I have to figure out how to get my kids to go to college for way longer than the four, five, or six years they typically do and have them invest in maybe a decade or so in order to up my life expectancy.

    A study has revealed that parents whose kids go to college live longer. The kids' college fund just got a bigger jar because this is an investment with extra benefits.

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    Some moms-to-be tell everyone everything about their pregnancy. Others keep things secret. There are many who keep the sex of the baby and the baby's name private or unknown until birth. And that's what it seemed Kelly Rowland was doing until she had a big slip-up during an interview on television.

    Kelly and husband Tim Witherspoon knew if they were having a boy or a girl -- they even have a name they like. But they weren't telling anyone. So when Kelly accidentally revealed some details on TV, she asked her rep to call Tim right away to let him know that the world knows what they were going to keep secret. Before I do the big reveal, take a guess ... boy or girl?

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    We all know that Chris Pratt -- Mr. Anna Faris and semi-professional hair braider -- is a funny guy. His character on Parks & Recreation supplied us with plenty of laughs and plenty of eye candy. Yes. That too. But no one knows more about that "candy" than Amy Poehler. Wait. What?!

    Pratt wasn't happy with the reaction he was getting from Amy during a scene in Parks & Rec in which she was supposed to be shocked by the sight of a naked Pratt in the doorway. He was at first wearing nude underwear and the editors of the show pixelated the area for TV. After a few takes, Pratt decided to do what he shouldn't have done. He got naked and surprised Poehler. He spilled the beans about this on last night's Late Night With Seth Meyers.

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    It's hard to believe we live in such barbaric times that women are forced to have c-sections against their will and are being shackled during pregnancy. Even though there is a law against the latter, pregnant inmates are still put in restraints. We have to remember the baby growing inside any pregnant inmate's body. That child has rights. That child didn't commit a crime. That child deserves to be protected. That cannot happen when a mother is shackled. Imagine wearing hand- and ankle-cuffs and trying to walk when pregnant. Imagine being shackled to a bed unable to sit up properly or move around to accommodate your baby bump.

    Yet restraints are still being used on incarcerated mothers-to-be.

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