I've been senior lifestyle editor at The Stir for almost two years after a short career freelance writing. I did stints at People, PopEater, AOL Health, The Huffington Post, and MyDaily. Before that, I was at FoxNews.com (don't gasp), where I covered fun stuff like the Oscars and style trends, plus heavier fare like Katrina and Casey Anthony. Not long ago, I was in the odd position of getting married at City Hall, planning what my mom called a "proper wedding," and having a baby all in the same year. I have a thing for watermelon, mystery novels, France, and trips to the Met.
All new moms want to do everything "right." They all want to be the perfect mothers to their little bundles of joy. But none of us succeed. We all make mistakes.
I am no exception. I think things have gone fairly smoothly in the first 16 months of my daughter's life, but believe me, I've had my share of new mom blunders -- some classic, some all my own.
Lucky for you, I'm about to confess to many of them, right here and now. If I had to do things over, I could have avoided at least some of these. But then I would have made others. So best to just learn from them and move on. Here are 8 new mom mistakes I'm a little ashamed to admit I've made.
Two players from Steubenville High School's legendary football team in Ohio were found guilty Sunday of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while she was extremely drunk. And you know what? The evidence at the volatile and highly contentious rape trial for teen defendants Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond says that verdict is exactly what the pair deserved.
The girl, who hasn't been named, testified that she didn't remember the attack but awoke naked in an unfamiliar house. Multiple witnesses said they saw her so drunk she was throwing up repeatedly and barely able to stand or walk.
Video and photos of the night of the assault were leaked online, including some of 17-year-old Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik carrying the victim. Obscene text messages, some written by Mays, also detailed what happened. The boys could be confined to a juvenile detention center until they turn 21.
Their lawyers even had the audacity to argue that since the victim didn't say no, the sex was consensual.
Miley Cyrus may be in the middle of breakup heartache and canceling wedding plans, but that didn't stop her from getting a bizarre heart tattoo this weekend. Symbolism, anyone?
The 20-year-old pop singer, who is rumored to have split from fiancéLiam Hemsworth, apparently found time to visit the infamous tattoo artist Kat Von D Friday afternoon. She now sports a copy of Da Vinci's famous drawing of the anatomy of the heart -- two chambers and all! -- on her forearm. Yay! And huh?
Kristina Quigley, a coach of Seton Hill University's lacrosse team, was the only passenger of 23 to die when the bus slid off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and slammed into a tree early Saturday morning. The 61-year-old driver was also killed.
The college girls' team was on its way to play a game at Millersville University. Quigley, who was six months pregnant and has a young son, was flown to the hospital but died later of her injuries. And honestly, just writing this story makes my eyes fill with tears and my heart break for this woman with so much ahead of her, for her family, and for her unborn baby -- who never had the chance to live.
Seems legit, right? With the former Dancing With the Stars pro's blossoming movie career and the American Idol host's crazy life as TV and radio personality, how did those two ever see each other? Like, ever?
But the buzz on Twitter and pretty much everywhere else online gives a much different reason for the pair going their separate ways. A far more sinister reason, actually ...