I'm the mama of a sweet toddler girl; a lover of fine goods; and a big fan of summertime. My musings have appeared on many websites, including Huffington Post; The FashionSpot; and McSweeney's; and in another life, I lived in Los Angeles and worked on sitcoms. I'm constantly rearranging furniture; prefer my laundry to dry on a clothesline; and will never let go of the dream that one day my husband and I will own a quaint hotel somewhere on the coast of Italy. Kids stay free. Breakfast buffet included.
A baby with four arms and four legs was recently born in China. The baby, who also is suffering from pneumonia and congenital heart disease, is said to have had a "parasitic headless twin attached to his torso." In other words, the babies were supposed to be twins, but one never developed properly and became deformed.
The baby boy has thankfully undergone successful surgery and is in stable condition since the extra limbs have been removed. The father of the baby, only identified as Mr. Chen, has admitted to feeling guilty over the fact that he often chose work over taking his wife to many of her prenatal appointments.
But. That said, the mother did have at least five routine exams at local clinics during her pregnancy. And not one -- not a single one -- indicated there was anything wrong.
What would you do if your child sat on a wooden bench at school and got a splinter in his or her behind? If you're like most parents, you'd probably get out the tweezers, go to work, and give your child a lollipop for being such a good patient.
Not every parent shares this philosophy.
After a 7-year-old boy, who's now 11, got a splinter in his bum from a bench at school, hisparentssued. As in, they took legal action over a splinter. A court in Croyden, England, where the "incident" took place, awarded the boy almost $5,000 after they were told that the injury was going to leave a permanent scar.
Ohmahlord! A mother in Pennsylvania just gave birth to a 13-pound, 8 and 1/2-ounce baby. The not-so-little cutie, who was delivered via c-section, is doing fine and almost broke the state record for the biggest baby ever born! (There was someone bigger?!) The brave mama delivered her son, Waldo James Mysterious Dwyer, a few weeks after his due date.
A few weeks? Yowza! I'm kind of curious as to why this poor woman wasn't induced!
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks doesn't want kids. And she doesn't feel bad about saying so. The red-headed bombshell recently gave an interview with Health magazine in which she confessed that she and her husband, Geoffrey Arend, "decided they're not really interested in having children." But for some reason, people can't seem to wrap their heads around such a concept. It's almost as if when Hendricks tells people this, they casually laugh it off and then buy her a pack of Aden + Anais swaddling blankets.
Okay, so it's not really like that, but in the interview, Hendricks talked about how she and Arend recently got a puppy, and everyone's reaction has been similar: They think it's great practice for when they eventually have a baby. No. "We got a puppy, and that’s my idea of starting a family," the actress said. "People say, 'Oh, that’s practice for parenting,' but if it’s practice for anything, it’s to be a mom to another puppy." Preach.
When it comes to style, the Duchess of Cambridge rarely throws us any curveballs. She knows what works for her, so she sticks to that. Knee-length, solid-colored dresses with quarter-length sleeves and a pair of smart, neutral pumps -- that's the name of Kate Middleton's game. Until now.
On a recent outing to meet with rescue workers and residents who were affected by bush fires in New South Wales, Australia, Kate showed up wearing something she's never, and I do mean never, worn before. An incredibly bright-colored Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress (which, yes, sold out in minutes after she appeared in it).