In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re interviewing our moms to find out how their lives changed when we were born and what they learned about love and life as a parent. Today, Kate’s mom.
My parents met the cutest way ever—waiting on line to see Shakespeare in the Park in New York City in June of 1967. They married a year and a half later, but their journey toward becoming parents was hardly a straight line between point A and point B. While I am the oldest of their two children (hey Lizz!), I was not their first baby. In 1978, they had a son named Matthew. At three months old, he died during a surgery to mend a heart defect. It was an incredibly sad period in my parents’ life, and one that I’ve never quite understood how they got through with such grace, poise, and hope. So I was very curious to ask my mom, Marianna DeMarco Torgovnick, what it was like becoming a mother again a few years later, when she had me. Keep reading »
Wronged wife Sandra Bullock dropped the bombshell-of-all-bombshells when she announced on the cover of People magazine yesterday that she adopted a baby boy in January. And while I’m happy as a clam for Sandra and little Louis Bardo Bullock, I also find the way the media’s handling the story to be quite odd.
The New York Daily News‘ cover today says “Sweet Revenge!” and teases an article on their website about Sandra’s adoption with the line, “She doesn’t need a big baby like Jesse — she’s got a real one now.” Metro (a free newspaper handed out in big cities) trumpets, “Sandy’s Trump Card? Her Secret Adoption.”
I’m sorry, but why is a newborn baby a “trump card” or “sweet revenge”? Keep reading »
“Wearing a pregnancy suit was so much fun. I loved the feeling of pretending to be pregnant and having little arms and legs and this big belly. I’ve been wanting to have a baby since I was 2 years old—I’m destined to be a mother. I can’t wait to be pregnant.”
—Alicia Silverstone on playing a pregnant woman in the Broadway play “Time Stands Still.” Let’s just hope hubby Christopher Jarecki is on board. [People] Keep reading »
Writing for the UK Times, Eleanor Mills declares that all those women who find themselves at 30-something and 40-something unmarried and without children have someone to blame: their mothers. And who do those mothers have to blame? Feminism. Keep reading »
Shocking, I know, but I had to break the news some time: Our fabulous funbags are actually biologically designed to feed hungry babies, not just to look tasty in a Body by Victoria C-cup. Alas, some Neanderthals can’t handle such a bombshell about breasts — namely, folks in corporate America who’ll do everything from tweet (and delete!) to kick a nursing mother out of a restaurant at the slightest hint of a snacking infant.
After the jump, two recent breastfeeding incidents that make us think we could all use a Biology 101 refresher course. Keep reading »
This originally posted yesterday at 6:30 pm, but then there was some sort of snafu and a bunch of text deleted. Anyway, here’s yesterday’s Lady News, uh, today. — Editor Amelia
- Charlotte Hanna, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs, is suing the company for setting her on a “mommy track,” which she says led to her getting fired while on maternity leave. Hanna was hired at Goldman Sachs in 1998 and promoted to vice president two years later. Her lawsuit claims, however, that she was demoted in 2005 after she returned from her first maternity leave and was fired while on her second maternity leave in 2009. “When Ms. Hanna decided to take the ‘off-ramp’ provided by the firm to devote time to her children, there was no ‘on-ramp’ that enabled her to return to full-time employment,” her lawsuit states. “Essentially, the ‘off-ramp’ was a direct path to a mommy-track that ultimately derailed Ms. Hanna’s career.” [Reuters]
- Today’s featured entry on Wikipedia.org is about “wife selling.” Interesting. [Wikipedia.org]
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I like art a whole lot. And I love living in a country where people can create any kind of artwork they want without fear of being thrown in prison or killed. I’m guessing Nina Maria Kleivan, a Danish-Norwegian photographer, feels the same way. Eleven years ago, Kleivan created a series of photos of her infant daughter dressed as the world’s cruelest dictators, like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Idi Amin, Benito Mussolini and Saddam Hussein.
It begs the question: why, oh why, would a mother dress her baby up like Hitler? Keep reading »
A few nights ago I met up with an older journalist for cocktails. We sipped our drinks and talked about work, men, the usual subjects. Then she mentioned she’s going to New Orleans for a week with nine of her friends from college to build homes. “That’s so cool!” I exclaimed.
“Oh, we’ve done a vacation together every year,” she explained. “We don’t all go every year, because when the first one of us had a baby, we made a rule that no children are allowed to come. Usually the ones with younger children miss a few trips. But most of us go each year and leave our kids home with our husbands.”
Color me flabbergasted. My stay-at-home mom never did anything like that. And my three sisters, who are moms, have behaved at times like they can’t go see a matinee with me without Navy SEAL-level advanced planning.
“I’m a bad mom,” my new friend smiled, sipping her cocktail while her two kids sat at home with a sitter.
“Oh, no!” I assured her. “You’re the kind of mom I want to be!” Keep reading »
“No one believes me when I talk about this, but I’m really maternal. I worry that because I’ve always wanted [kids] so much, as the world goes sometimes, I won’t be able to have them, even though I would be able to provide them with such an amazing environment.”
—Megan Fox tells W Magazine that she desperately wants to be a mama. We’re guessing that this “amazing environment” will include lots of visits to Red Lobster. [Best. Cheesy biscuits. Ever. -- Editor] Keep reading »