George Clooney recently released a statement that put paparazzi on alert. His message? The kids are off limits. Period.
On June 7, George and Amal Clooney joyfully welcomed their twins Ella and Alexander into the world. The babies were born just minutes apart. Alexander, being the oldest was born at 12:54 p.m., followed by his sister Ella at 12:56.
The babies were born in London and the family has reportedly moved to Aberlash House, a mansion located in the picturesque village of Sonning-on-Thames in Berkshire, England.
The couple has been very careful to keep their newborns away from the prying eyes of the public, but recently, a member of the paparazzi broke onto their property. The photos were published in a French tabloid, which enraged George.
Read his response to the invasion of their privacy on the next page.
Last week, a French magazine, Voici, published fuzzy pictures of actor, George Clooney and human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, carrying their 7-week-old twins, Ella and Alexander.
The photos of the new babies were clearly taken without their parents’ permission and were obviously taken in such a way that clearly violates the family’s privacy.
In a statement obtained by CNN, George Clooney criticized the French magazine for putting his children’s safety at risk:
“Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home,” George Clooney said.
“Make no mistake the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The safety of our children demands it.”
Out of respect for the Clooneys, we will not publish the offending photo.
Heading in the labor and delivery room can be one of the most memorable moments of your life.
As a first-time father waiting for the birth of their child, they can nervously be pacing up and down the hallways of the hospital or sitting by the mother-of-their-child’s bedside, coaching her through the contractions.
While mom may be going through the pain of contractions and finally birthing the baby, dads are often along for the ride with her, also experiencing no sleep and trying to help where they can.
These celebrity dads are no exception.
When Blake Lively was in labor with baby James, Ryan Reynolds played her a motivational song to get her through.
He sang Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”
Blake’s reaction? “It was like steak knives came out of her eyes. … Yeah. Real bad,” Reynolds said.
After a couple of curse words, she was just fine.
“My doctor was laughing so hard that I thought she was going to drop our baby,” Lively confessed.
McConaughey also got musical when his wife-to-be Camila was in labor.
“Contractions started kicking in, and we found a great rhythm,” McConaughey told OK! “We had a 14-hour session, her and I did. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it. We danced to it. I was DJing this native Brazilian music.”
After the birth McConaughey got baby Levi all to himself while medical staff took care of Camila.
“I had him for the first 15 minutes because they had to take care of Camila,” he relates. “I said, ‘Come here, little man.’ I saw the pecker and screamed that we’d been right all along about him being a boy. Then I brought him over to her.”
“I have it all chronicled,” he explained. “Becoming a dad is something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was 10. Becoming a father felt very, very natural. We were jamming!” he said.
While he can dance, he didn’t bust any moves while his wife Jenna was in labor.
“I probably went to the bathroom four times and had a crying fit,” Tatum said. “Like, I’m just like, ‘I don’t know what to do!'”
“It’s like someone’s hurting someone that you love, and you can’t do anything about it,” Tatum continued. “You physically cannot help.”
“I’m still not helping — and the baby’s out!” Tatum added. “Men are useless, but we are really useless during this. The baby’s gonna come out whether you’re there or not.”
How would you deal with the mother-to-be saying you can’t leave the room for her 27 hour labor? Time to get creative.
Miranda Kerr wouldn’t let Orlando Bloom leave the room during her 27-hour labor, which forced him to pee in a bottle.
“I wouldn’t even let him leave during it. He had to pee in a bottle. He stayed there the whole time, he is a wonderful father and I am really blessed,” Kerr said.
Kerr had decided to have a natural birth, refusing drugs including an epidural, which Bloom offered to take in her place.
“And he said, ‘Give me the epidural! Seriously, if you don’t want it I’ll take it because right now I’m dying watching you go through this pain’,” she said.
She had underestimated the size of baby Flynn, who is named after Kerr’s teenage boyfriend who died in a car accident suddenly when they were young.
There was no doubt that Mariah Carey’s birthing process was going to be anything less than a production.
“[The most diva thing I’ve seen her do is] have twins,” Cannon shared. “She shut the whole hospital down.”
When Carey gave birth to twins Morocco and Monroe, Nick Cannon played a live performance of her song “Fantasy”, so that they would come out to applause. After the twins arrived, he played “We Belong Together”.
After 33 hours of labor, Kristen Bell wanted an epidural- and so did Shepard.
“She got an epidural hour 14 — as you should — and I think dads need something,” Shepard said.
“I deserve something because I was along for the ride,” he said. “It’s still a car crash and I’m in the passenger seat. I’m playing Katy Perry and I’m breathing and I’m rubbing her back and I have fatigue and I think, ‘I need something for this, help me.’”
After a harrowing 33 hour later, she was wheeled in for a C-Section.
“So there’s a sheet and then they go, ‘The baby’s here!’ Then you peek around the sheet and they’re lifting out the baby, but then you notice your wife is completely disassembled,” he continued. “I can see inside of her.”
He was so excited about their daughter Delta’s arrival, but he had trouble looking away at the aftermath of the birth.
“I was like, ‘It’s a girl! Your liver’s out, I think. And those are definitely your intestines. And she has your eyes! Oh my God, put her back together correctly,” Shepard said.
“Guys, I need medication if this happens again,” he said.
Olivia Wilde’s labor was going so slowly that Sudeikis went to grab dinner, which caused him almost to miss the birth of his first child.
“I’m going to Taco Bell because I’m about to be a dad. I get my two chicken soft [tacos] and a Pepsi, I’m ready to go. I take a photo of it send it to her she’s going ‘Hahahaha,'” Sudeikis recalls.
But he didn’t finish there.
“I’m like what would a dad from the Fifties do? He’d go to a bar. So I wander into a bar,”he said.
He ate 2 chicken soft tacos from Taco Bell and a couple of shots at a local bar, while Wilde was preparing to give birth.
While in the bar he missed a call saying the baby was on its way.
Sudeikis returned just in time to see Otis being born.
“Within 20 minutes, three pushes, there’s little Otis,” he said, making it sound easy.
Do you have any crazy birth stories? Share with us in the comments.
That’s exactly what this pair of officers from Hurst, Texas did when they pulled over Jared and Nikki Wright last month. Jarred, a US Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, was behind the wheel when a cop car pulled up behind him and flashed their lights.
Wright, who didn’t have his ID or driver’s license with him, was concerned about why he was pulled over and how much the ticket would cost, but it turned out he had no reason to worry. The cops weren’t there to give him a ticket, instead they wanted to break some happy news.
When the police officers approached Wright’s window, he was surprised to see that he recognized them. Wright suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, and these officers had assisted him during his last panic attack.
That’s why his wife asked them to help her break some good news: the couple are expecting a baby! The officers even had a creative way to reveal to the news.
They told Wright he was being ticketed for driving with a child out of the car seat. When a confused Wright told them he didn’t have a child, they asked “are you sure?”
That’s when Nikki showed him a positive pregnancy test.
The officers also surprised Jarred with a onesie for his baby, a teddy bear and a note revealing that the child is due on his birthday.
For Jarred, who’s been struggling with mental health issues recently, good news like this was very welcome.
“I’ve been struggling with my psychological disorders; being admitted to an inpatient hospital twice within the last 6 months and numerous Emergency Room visits,” he told BuzzFeed.
If you want to support this happy couple, you can donate to a GoFundMe to cover the costs of Jarred’s mental health treatment.
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For years it’s been conventional wisdom that you are what you eat. And when it comes to pregnant women, your baby is what you eat as well.
You were probably told the classic rumor that eating bananas during your pregnancy would guarantee you’d give birth to a boy – maybe you’re one of the unlucky women who actually scarfed down one of them every day hoping that would really happen.
Well as it turns out, bananas are real super-fruits, and you should probably be eating them anyways. But there’s also a kernel of truth to that old myth: bananas really do make baby boys, and so do a few other foods.
Researchers from Britain did a groundbreaking study of 740 women during their first pregnancies. Their findings, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that there is a link between diet and your baby’s gender.
While they also shot down a few classic old wives tales – drinking milk won’t make your baby a girl, in fact it could have the opposite effect – they proved that a lot of conventional wisdom has been right all along.
Click the next page to learn which foods will affect your baby’s gender.
According to researchers, the reason why moms who eat bananas have sons is because a diet high in potassium makes you more likely to birth a boy (and bananas are loaded with potassium).
In general, the study shows that women who bulk up during pregnancy can expect a boy. Diets higher in calories, sodium intake, and calcium all made women more likely to have a boy.
But the biggest influence of all was surprising: a healthy breakfast. Women who started their day with a bowl of cereal were 59 likely to have a boy, compared to just 43 of women who didn’t eat cereal regularly.
Earlier this week, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and husband and wife pair Chip and Joanna Gaines revealed on social media that they are expecting their fifth child.
“Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT) @joannagaines,” Chip captioned the adorable announcement posted on Instagram.
The couple have been teasing fans about the happy news in the days leading up to the announcement.
“New year, new hope… Be expectant,” Joanna wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. “There is just something about fresh faith and unwavering trust that brings life to our souls. May this be your best year yet. #2018.”
Some people were caught off guard by the baby news, but many of the couple’s fans weren’t as shocked because both Joanna and Chip have talked about the possibility of growing their family of six in the past.
“I would love another baby — or twins! The kids are always asking me, ‘Mom, can you have another baby?’ But Chip thinks we’re done,” Joanna said back in June. Later in the year, Chip admitted in another interview that he changed his mind and that he’s “really excited to go back and try to maybe…try to make some more babies.”
As we already know, the couple succeeded, but not everyone is on board the baby train. Chip and Joanna’s pregnancy announcement made its way to Facebook, and there were some awful comments among the well-wishes.
So what has people so angry over the exciting news?
The expecting parents certainly couldn’t have predicted that the their happy news would get so much backlash, but unfortunately, when you’re a celebrity almost everything you do is met with criticism.
Turns out some people think the Gaines have enough children as is and do not need to expand their brood.
“I like them ok but enough with the kids already,” wrote one user. “Their own children begged them not to have any more children on a previous episode already+overpopulation.”
Another chimed in, writing, “Thank you for contributing to the over population of the planet. I hope this one will be your last and you will use wiser judgement.”
There were a few who were more concerned about Chip and Joanna’s rocky marriage than the overpopulation issue. Over the last few months, there have been rumors about Chip and Joanna’s marriage falling apart. Although Chip recently clarified the situation, it wasn’t enough to stop people from assuming they’re having a baby to save their relationship.
“The ‘We’re back together sex kid’ never fixes a marriage, ” wrote one Facebook user. “Just means one more kid, the marriage is still broken, and now the kid has to do pay for broken marriage sex.”
The couple have not responded to the negative comments, but some fans have already come to their defense.
“I don’t usually comment but WOW . . . what a way to take a special moment in someone’s life and use it for a mean spirited rant,” one person wrote.
Unbelievable! This type of scrutiny is definitely uncalled for.
Do you think these people are taking things too far? Let us know in the comments!
In December, tennis superstar Serena Williams faced off against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko at the Mubadala exhibition event in the United Arab Emirates. Williams lost the game, but on a personal level, that was a winning moment in so many ways.
See, the game was Williams’s first match after giving birth three months prior and taking nearly a year-long break from the sport.
The 36-year-old and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed a daughter, Alexis Olympia, on September 1, 2017, but apparently, Williams had a rough start at motherhood.
When the family first shared photos of their new addition with the public, Williams hinted at the fact that there were some complications after the baby’s birth, and that they had to spend six additional days at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“It’s been a long time, but we had a lot of complications, but look who we got — we got a baby girl!” Williams said in a video, which included a short montage of her journey to motherhood.
It’s been four months since Alexis, made her debut, and she landed her first magazine cover alongside her mom. The pair are the cover stars of Vogue’s February issue, and during their interview, Williams got very candid about the major health complications she suffered from during the birth process.
Williams explained that it all started even before the baby was born. She recalled her heart rate dropping to alarmingly low levels during contractions, so doctors had to perform an emergency c-section. Thankfully, it was successful and she finally got to meet her first child.
“That was an amazing feeling,” Williams recalled. “And then everything went bad.”
Following the birth, Williams thought recovering from the surgery while nursing a newborn would’ve been the hardest part of the process, but she turned out to be wrong.
In the six days that followed, the new mom experienced a number of health scares, including sudden shortness of breath, which occurred right after holding her baby.
Williams, who had previously suffered from blood clots, knew that the shortness of breath she was experiencing was likely due to another pulmonary embolism (blocked artery in the lung often caused by a blood clot.)
As she started to grow more concerned, Williams asked the nurse for a CT scan and an IV heparin. Since she was under painkillers, she was thought to have been confused and instead, they performed an ultrasound of her legs, but nothing turned up.
They eventually went through with the CT scan, and found several small blood clots in Williams’s lungs.
“I was like, ‘Listen to Dr. Williams!'” Williams jokingly said.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t even the worst of it.
Although she was given blood thinners, Williams still had coughing fits due to the pulmonary embolism. This caused her surgery wounds to open and she had to once again go under the knife.
During the procedure to repair the rip, doctors found a large hematoma in her abdomen caused by hemorrhaging. This meant she needed to return to the operating table for a third time in order to prevent more clots from getting into her lungs. Doctors inserted a filter into one of her major veins as a solution.
Williams was finally able to go home, but was ordered to remain on six weeks of bed rest. She was unable to care for her new baby to the capacity she would’ve liked, but Ohanian was more than happy to carry out his daddy duties.
“I was happy to change diapers,” Ohanian told Vogue. “But on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder. Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you’re trapped in it.”
Williams admitted that although the situation isn’t as awful as it was at the start, these last few months have been both rewarding and testing.
“Sometimes I get really down and feel like, man, I can’t do this,” Williams confessed. “It’s that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I guess that’s just who I am. No one talks about the low moments — the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.”
She credits her strength for helping her carry through the hard times. She’s also totally smitten by her daughter, whom she calls “Olympia,” and jokes that they’re “not spending a day apart until she’s 18.”
Williams may have only been half-joking because she recently withdrew from the Australian Open so she could focus on her baby and family a little longer.
We can’t wait to see this adorable mother-daughter pair on more magazine covers.
When Brittany Harris first met her husband Christopher, she knew right away they had a connection.
The couple met through a mutual friend, became close right away, and tied the knot last year. But sadly their love story was cut short. Christopher was a U.S. Army Specialist serving in Afghanistan, and he was killed in August by a suicide bomber. It was a tragic end for the soldier, who was only 25 years old.
Brittany remembers her husband as a humble man who “treated everybody the same” and “never hesitated when it came to helping and would do anything to help others.” In fact, Harris was recognized by the Army after he saved the life of a man who had been stabbed.
But while Brittany was grappling with her husband’s death, she took comfort in the “little miracle” he left behind. Just six weeks before Christopher’s death, Brittany found out she was pregnant with their first child. Thankfully, she was able to share the news with her husband before he passed away.
A week before the bombing, Brittany face-timed her husband and showed him a custom onesie that read “Chris you’re going to be a Dad!” along with a pair of positive pregnancy tests. “When I told him,” Brittany remembers, “it was the happiest I’d ever seen him.”
And while he’s gone, Christopher’s fellow soldiers found the perfect way to remember him…
We’ve shared a few memorable gender reveals before, but none of them measure up to the surprise Harris’s fellow soldiers planned for Brittany.
The other members of the 82nd Airborne Division helped the widow reveal her baby’s gender in an awesome video, taped while they were still in Afghanistan. We won’t spoil how it turned out until you watch the video below.
Warning: This clip contains strong language.
It was a touching moment for Brittany, and not just because she found out whether she was expecting a boy or a girl. She calls her late husband’s Army buddies his “family,” and says he would appreciate them remembering him like this.
“I cried tears of joy for the first time since Chris passed away” she told CNN about watching the video, “I felt excitement.” She also admits that she “watched it 100 times myself.”
Brittany plans to name her daughter Christian Michelle Harris, after her father, and promises that her “miraculous little princess” will learn all about her namesake. “I want her to know that she’s her dad’s legacy,” she said.
While Brittany is spending her first wedding anniversary alone this month, Christian is expected in March.
Taking your toddler to the zoo can be an amazing experience.
Seeing their expressions as they get close to the glass and watch the animals can make for some photo-worthy moments.
This family decided to make a picture-perfect experience when they brought 11-month-old Aryeh to the Atlanta Zoo.
Aryeh, which means lion in Hebrew, went to visit his real-life namesake during their trip.
His mom packed his lion costume and when the lions stepped out of their exhibit, the family was surprised at what happened next.
Check out the video of this amazing moment of a toddler and lions at the zoo.
“The lions were immediately interested in our little lion cub, and it wasn’t long before they couldn’t stand their curiosity any longer and came right up to the glass! Aryeh was completely unfazed and interacted with the lions for a few minutes!” wrote Cami Fanning, Aryeh’s godmother, on the YouTube video post.
I’ve never seen a lion behave like this before!
What a great experience that must have been for the whole family.
Do you have any memorable zoo moments with your kids?
Lots of expecting mothers have to balance work with the demands of their pregnancy, but Nayzia Thomas was in an even tougher situation.
The 19-year-old college sophomore learned she was pregnant this summer, and most of her friends and family expected she would put her education on hold during the pregnancy. But the dedicated student said she had no plans to take things easy.
In fact, Thomas worked a full time job while continuing to study psychology and neuroscience at Johnson County Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.
Thomas stayed in class until she was 39 weeks pregnant, just days before the fall semester ended. She expected to finish the entire course, but her delivery was a little earlier than she expected.
As in, she was still finishing a paper when she went into labor, and a photo of her in the delivery room proves it.
“I was at 2 centimeters when I was finishing the paper,” the determined mom said, “The contractions were painful, but I have a high pain tolerance. I thought ‘Before this gets unbearable, let’s get this done.’”
In fact, Thomas had three more days to submit the assignment, but realized she would have no time to finish it after the baby was born.
“It wasn’t due until the end of the week,” she told People, “[I thought] ‘before all this gets crazy let me hurry up and finish this final.’”
Not only did Thomas pull it off in time, she also dealt with a grueling delivery as soon as she handed the paper in.
Thomas spent the first two hours of her eight-hour delivery finishing the paper, but the other six hours didn’t go so smoothly.
“Luckily, I was done with my paper,” she said. “The contractions are all bad. They get worse as you go along.” Thomas gave birth to a healthy six pound, eight ounce baby boy named Anthony (AJ for short) but the delivery was intense.
As Thomas cuddled with her new baby she started feeling “really lightheaded and really woozy.”
“I wasn’t feeling right, and I blacked out.”
Doctors assumed the young mom’s symptoms were a side effect of her late epidural, but then she started experiencing severe chest pain, and had trouble breathing. “My chest was hurting really bad,” she explained, “and when I moved, I [couldn’t] really breathe.”
A blood transfusion helped get Thomas back on her feet, and doctors concluded that she probably went into shock after her delivery.
After all that trouble, at least she got a happy ending. Thomas revealed she earned an A on her paper, and finished her tough semester with a 3.5 GPA. As people fell in love with her story on social media, Thomas said she hopes it will inspire other young mothers.
“You can do it,” she tells other young women. “A lot of things in life [are] mind [over] matter. You have to be strong and you have to fight through it.”
What an incredible story! Congrats to this amazing new mom!
Celebrity moms have given birth while in the most unusual or uncomfortable circumstances.
Some of them wanted it that way, but for others, it was simply out of their hands.
Seth Meyers revealed on his titular late night show that his wife, Alexi Ashe, gave birth to their second son, Axel Strahl, in their New York apartment building’s elevator.
The expecting 35-year-old mother went into labor before they could reach the lobby of their apartment building.
“My wife just says, ‘I can’t get in the car. I’m going to have the baby right now. The baby is coming.’ I’m just trying to calm her down,” he explained to the laughing crowd. “My wife is saying, ‘That baby is coming! The baby is out!'”
Seth said his wife “looked like someone who was hiding a baby in a pair of sweatpants. It was like someone was trying to sneak a baby on a plane!”
The Duchess of Cambridge looks cool, calm, and collected when she’s out taking photos with her two children, but most of us have no idea what she had been though before she conceived them.
Most people would call what Kate suffers from morning sickness, but doctors say it’s much more serious than that.
Prince William’s wife has struggled with hyperemesis gravidarum during each of her pregnancies.
This condition can make you so sick that you have to be admitted to the hospital! Kate was admitted twice for severe dehydration.
Many people believe this is the reason why she had to give birth before her due date.
Now the royal couple are expecting again. It seems like Kate is suffering from the same illness, but hopefully she’ll give birth to a healthy baby!
Mariah Carey and her former hubby Nick Cannon welcomed twins, Moroccan and Munroe, in 2011.
The pop diva reportedly showed up to the hospital wearing “bling” before she gave birth.
If that wasn’t over the top, the vocal sensation blasted one of her pop songs when she held the twins in her arms for the first time.
“My wife wanted to make sure that when the babies came out, that they came out not only to a Mariah Carey song, but a live performance from Mariah Carey – her Madison Square performance of Fantasy – so they came out to a round of applause,” Nick said.
The stories just get crazier from here…
John Travolta and his wife, Kelly, have had three kids. Each one of them was born using the controversial Scientology practice of silent birth.
This is how it works, according to Kelly:
“Everyone attending the birth should refrain from spoken words as much as possible … chatty doctors and nurses, shouts to ‘PUSH, PUSH’ and loud or laughing remarks to ‘encourage’ are avoided. Silent birth is basically just no words as much as possible. But, it’s just bringing them in, in a peaceful and gentle a way as possible.”
If you’re wondering how her kids turned out, Kelly said they’re “amazing.”
“My kids have always been … very calm, very peaceful, happy and I absolutely know it’s very much because of that,” the mother of three told the Today show.
The famous Baywatch actress didn’t have a typical pregnancy in a hospital. She chose to give birth to both of her sons in a pool of water at home.
“I gave birth at home both times — natural — with a midwife, in water, with nothing,” Pamela told Larry King.
That’s not the only thing the mother of two revealed to the former television show host. Pamela didn’t even take Tylenol!
It’s estimated that 80 of women in labor choose some kind of pain reliever, so the fact that Pamela opted out is quite impressive. I had to beg for epidural anesthesia.
If you’re an avid watcher of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you’ve definitely seen the episode where Kourtney gives birth to Mason.
Viewers were able to watch the reality star pushing and pulling her baby out with her own two hands.
Her sister, Khloe, turned and said, “Kourtney just loves to pull out her own children.”
If that wasn’t too graphic for you, then you’ve also seen the video where she gave birth to Penelope. Again, it was all filmed for our entertainment.
The mother of six gave birth to three of her own children: Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.
For the birth of her first child, Shiloh, Angelina was in Namibia. Her doctor had to be flown to the country from Los Angeles to deliver the baby.
Angelina knew she had to have a C-section, because her daughter wasn’t coming out headfirst. If the actress didn’t schedule a C-section, she may have never known that she needed one, since the hospital didn’t have proper resources.
“I needed a C-section, and I knew I was in breech because I had had the money to have an ultrasound. But I found even the local hospital with many, many people, many women — and this was a good hospital — did not have an ultrasound machine.”
Here’s the interesting part: According to her obstetrician, Jason Rothbart, “Brad was with Angelina in the operating room the entire time and cut the umbilical cord of his daughter.”
These next stories are the strangest of them all…
The Fantastic Four actress had quite a rare delivery. It even stunned her doctors.
In an interview with OK!, Jessica revealed the details of her second daughter Haven’s unusual birth. She also opened up about her husband, Cash Warren’s, hilarious reaction.
“The doctor had never seen anything like it before. He grabbed the nurse and said: ‘Look at this!’ I was in the middle of pushing and he told me to hold on a minute and not to push!” Jessica said.
Haven was born still inside the amniotic sac, which is the fluid-filled sac that contains and protects a fetus in the womb.
“He was wearing basketball shorts and a T-shirt and said: ‘Oh I have to get my scrubs on for this!’ The sac burst on its own after she came out. It was a trip,” she added.
Serena Williams, the professional tennis player who seems invincible in the eyes of many, almost died while giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
Not too long after she gave birth, Serena was rushed to hospital after suffering from dangerous blood clots.
“[Giving birth] was an amazing feeling,” Serena told Vogue. “And then everything went bad.”
Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism before, which is a blocked artery in the lung, and she had a hunch that she had another one.
She asked for a CT scan, but nurses performed an ultrasound of her legs instead. Nothing turned up, and they eventually listened to her and gave her a CT scan, where they found several small blood clots in her lungs.
The worst of it wasn’t over yet!
Serena was coughing so much that her surgery wounds opened up. When doctors attempted to repair the tear, they found a large hematoma in her abdomen caused by hemorrhaging. This resulted in Serena having to be operated on again.
Talk about a nightmare!
The Big Bang Theory actress let her firstborn son, who was three years old at the time, watch the birth of his little brother.
Before Miles saw little Frederick sliding out of his mother’s womb, his mother let him watch birthing videos at home for preparation purposes.
When it came time for Mayim to give birth, she was at home while Miles was on his high chair watching the whole thing happening right infront of him.
One of the most pivotal moments in a person’s life is when they have a child. Not only are you adding to the next generation of future leaders, but you’re also gaining someone new to love and treasure.
Unfortunately there devastating situations where expecting fathers never get the opportunity to meet their precious child. This rings true for U.S. Army Spc. Chris Harris, who was killed last August while serving in Afghanistan.
A suicide bomber attacked his NATO convoy, just one week after he got the happiest news of his life.
His wife, Britt Harris, had just told the soldier that they were expecting their first child over FaceTime, where the then 25-year-old showed him her handmade onesie, which said, “Chris you’re going to be a DAD!”
“I was devastated, to say the least. I felt like I couldn’t breathe; my heart literally and physically hurt,” Harris told PEOPLE.
“I didn’t want to eat, sleep or speak to anyone, but I made myself get up and keep going to make sure my pregnancy was healthy. I forced myself to be as healthy as I could no matter how bad I wanted to just lay in bed and cry,” she explained.
But despite her husband’s untimely death, Harris made sure his presence would be felt during the course of her pregnancy.
Back in October, Harris had enlisted her husband’s “army brothers” (from the 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82 Airborne Division, also known as the “Devil Brigade”) to help reveal the gender of her unborn child in the sweetest announcement possible.
After one of the soldiers posted the video on YouTube, it became flooded with kind and supportive comments for both the soldiers and the expecting mother.
“This breaks my heart but makes me happy at the same time. I love how excited these soldiers are for their fallen brother! Take care of that mama, she’ll need it. ❤️,” Lacey Kopera wrote.
“Thank you all for your service. May you rest in Paradise, Chris Harris. My heart goes out to his Widow, little girl and family,” Yliana Vera, also commented.
“Thank you all for being so incredibly brave. Sending love from home. God bless you all, as well as Chris Harris’ wife and baby girl,” another user wrote.
On March 17, Harris gave birth to her daughter, Christian Michelle Harris – who she named after her late husband.
“The moment I saw Christian I cried and held her to my chest. I couldn’t believe she was finally in my arms,” Harris shared. “I finally had something so beautiful that brought me the most amazing feeling.”
While Harris took her own pictures to celebrate her newborn’s arrival, she wanted to take professional photos of her precious baby girl – and incorporate her beloved troops in all of the shots.
Coincidently, the Devil Brigade returned from their mission in Afghanistan on the day of Christian’s birth, which made the occasion even more special.
“Knowing that we could come home to a baby girl, that was awesome,” Sgt. Nathan Arthur Bagley told CBS. “When everyone came home, that was the day she was born so that made it ten times better.”
Harris decided to hire North Carolina-based Pinehurst Photography to capture the heartwarming meeting between Christian and her father’s army brothers, which came out absolutely stunning.
On May 29, the newborn was dressed in a onesie with the words “My Daddy’s My Hero” written on the front with and “SPC Chris Harris” underneath, while the 20 soldiers in attendance were adorning their full uniform.
“They’ve been a part of her life before she was even born and I know they’re going to be around for the rest of her life,” Harris told USA TODAY. “No matter where the army takes them all I will be able to show Christian how they all came together for her.”
Harris took the photo shoot as an opportunity to reflect on the life of her cherished husband, whose legacy will surely live on through his daughter.
“Chris was wonderful,” she said. “His happiness was contagious and everyone that met him wanted to be his friend. He was full of life and never knew a dull moment.”
“I want Chris to be forever remembered. I want his name mentioned as often as possible. I want people to tell stories about the good times they had with him,” the proud mother added.
When asked on what advice she’d give to other individuals who’ve lost their partner under devastating circumstances, Harris said even if it seems impossible, you can move on with your life, while still honoring the person you’ve lost.
“Just keep waking up every day. Keep doing the things you want to give up on,” she said.
“Do whatever it takes to keep moving forward because I promise someone out there is looking up to you,” she added. “Someone else sees you as an inspiration even though you might feel like your life is falling apart.”
Remembering Specialist Harris with a very special reunion. ❤️
One of the memorable moments in a woman’s wife is when they walk down the aisle. After months of careful planning and typically thousands of dollars spent, they’ll (hopefully) have the perfect day they’ve always imagine.
The only thing that trumps this day is having a child, but ideally it wouldn’t happen on the same day, especially to two close sisters.
But that’s just what happened to Emily Chell, 27, and her sister Katie, 28.
On June 9, Katie was set to tie the knot and have Emily by her side as her bridesmaid. However on that fateful morning, the younger Chell delivered her son Brody three weeks early at 7:10 a.m.
“It was about 10 p.m. and my mum drove me home because my neighbor is a midwife,” Emily shared. “[At] about midnight my neighbor told me I should go to hospital so she drove me and I just kept telling the doctors I had to go to the wedding.”
After Emily had rushed to the Royal Stoke University hospital in Staffordshire, England, she gave birth to her son without any complications, and took a few hours to rest.
However, Emily was adamant she wouldn’t miss her older sister’s big day, and made sure to make an appearance.
“We left the hospital at 11.15 a.m and drove 13 miles back to the wedding venue,” Emily said. “We’d called ahead and someone had brought my bridesmaid dress there so as soon as I got there I put Brody in his crib and jumped in the dress.”
“It was pretty mad because my mum hadn’t even met Brody until we made it to the church,” the new mother continued. “I was 10 minutes late but people had waited for me so I walked down the aisle holding Brody. Everyone cheered when we walked in. It was a lovely moment.”
The new bride was also thrilled Emily and her new nephew could make the ceremony, and said she was thrilled at how the day turned out.
“It was a crazy day and I was completely overwhelmed by everything,” Katie shared. “Emily tried her hardest to get to the wedding and I was glad she made it in time.”
“We’ll now always share our anniversary with Brody,” the proud aunt added.
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