Christina Milian Talks Starting a Baby Line, Homeschooling amid Pandemic and Her Newborn Son


Four months after giving birth to her second child, Christina Milian says "life is good."

The actress and singer, 38, welcomed son Isaiah in January with her boyfriend, Matt Pokora. Isaiah joined 10-year-old big sister Violet Madison, whom Milian shares with ex-husband The-Dream.

Milian tells PEOPLE in a new interview that despite the ongoing coronavirus global health crisis, she is grateful to be able to spend quality time with her family.

"I'm super happy. I have a really happy baby," she says. "And honestly, with all this stuff going on, it kind of was a blessing in disguise to be able to spend so much time together, and to not be forced to rush right back to work. It's been nice to just be home and be with my daughter and have this bonding experience."

"Hopefully this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing that's happening [and] not something that will happen often," Milian adds of the pandemic. "But whatever the case may be, I'm an optimistic person — I look at the positivity in it all."

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Milian has been keeping busy since having Isaiah, recently debuting a baby line with Your Babiie titled AM:PM by Christina Milian.

The collection, which includes a range of strollers, high chairs and diaper bags, is meant to "really stand out" and appeal to "modern moms," Milian says.

"I wanted to provide a really cool and kind of stylish baby gear line because everything else is pretty basic," she tells PEOPLE. "I just wanted to do something different."

The Bring It On: Fight to the Finish star has also been helping to homeschool her daughter Violet while schools remain closed amid the pandemic.

"I thought it would go better than what it is," she says, laughing. "I'm actually having a great time working with her and going over her school stuff."

"I think the parents all think we're doing a good enough job, but then you almost take it personally if she's not getting straight As because you're like, 'Wait, hold on, I'm helping do all of this,' " Milian adds.

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Milian says that Violet's personality "really shines" when the mom of two films for her Facebook Watch series, What Happens at Home with Christina Milian.

"She's just a light bulb — when she turns on, she turns on. She's so funny," Milian raves. "She's got a lot of facial expressions and hand motions and things that sometimes I'm like, 'Where did this character come from?' "

"But I love that she can really express herself and has fun, and doesn't feel uncomfortable," she adds.

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Tanner Tolbert Jokes He's Taking the 'Blame' for 'Surprise' Third Baby on the Way with Wife Jade




In their conversation with ET, the former reality stars say that Emmy "had no idea" what to expect when Jade was pregnant with Brooks, but "she gets it now. She gets that there is another kid coming."

"She is so sweet with him. I feel like they are great," she says of her daughter's relationship with her baby brother, Brooks. "She loves to make him laugh and he lives for it. He absolutely adores her, and she likes being the center of attention, so that's great for her."

Tanner told the outlet he has "a strong feeling" that baby No. 3 will complete their family — but "never say never, of course, as we have learned."

"When we first got married, we put it out in the universe that we wanted four children, so who knows," Jade added. "This might be totally out of our control. But I think three is a really good number.

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America Ferrera Opens Up to Katie Lowes About Anxiety She Felt Towards End of Second Pregnancy



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Adds the actress, "For me, I could feel my heart rate, my anxiety, my blood pressure go up. And also not being able to close my eyes and go to sleep at night because I'm sitting there with all these news stories swirling in my head and just realizing very early on I had to be very disciplined about what I let in because it just doesn't serve you. Especially in a time where you just don't need that added stress when you're pregnant."

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star announced the birth of her second child, daughter Lucia Marisol, on Instagram for Mother's Day.

"LUCIA MARISOL WILLIAMS arrived on May 4th to give me my Mother's Day hugs and kisses herself. Mama, Dada & Big Brother are over the moon to welcome her bright light to our family," Ferrera wrote along with a photo of her newborn's tiny hand.

The star and her husband Ryan Piers Williams are also parents to son Sebastian, a.k.a. Baz, who turns 2 on Monday.

"The most exquisite little creature graced us with her presence on May 4, 2020. Please meet the newest member of our family, Lucia Marisol Williams. She came just in time for Mother's Day. Everyone is healthy and happy!" Williams, 39, wrote on Instagram.

Now, as a mother of two, Ferrera says her outlook on body image has shifted — for the better.

"I've struggled with body image my whole life," she says. "I feel like I've gotten to such a place, like f— that s—. What a waste of time and energy. F— the patriarchy and f— what my body is supposed to look like and also, f— you even more when I just brought life into the world and then my body is supposed to look like something. F— all of it."

Ferrera adds, "I was so in that place, that like post-baby [place], I didn't really struggle with it because I was just like, 'I f—ing dare someone to tell me to lose weight!' "

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Speaking with PEOPLE, Lowes, 38, says she's grateful the third season of Katie's Crib is being released during this time — a time where everyone could all use a little support.

"I feel so lucky to have the guests we've had, whether they be experts or mom friends who are going through the same thing," says the Scandal actress, who shares 2½-year-old son Albee with husband Adam Shapiro.

"It's just very helpful in this time. I talked to America five days before she gave birth to her daughter," says the actress. "There are a lot of pregnant women who are not only going through the anxieties and fears of childbirth, you had a global pandemic on top of it. The anxiety is there."

"It's a very open, honest talk," Lowes adds of the third season. "We have amazing guests and I just feel really proud of the work and really proud of the Katie's Crib community that we've built. I hope it provides moms … feel less alone [and] get a little bit of advice should they need it and at the very least or most, they laugh."

Continues Lowes, "I just feel like it's really important to find joy and laugh at yourself, your kid and your family because at the end of the day we're just covered in pee, poop and spit-up. The whole ride is wild!"

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Pregnant Hilaria Baldwin Takes 'Baths Morning and Night' to Help with Feeling 'Overwhelmed'

Hilaria Baldwin might be a busy mom of four, juggling parenting and homeschooling her children amid the coronavirus pandemic as they continue to social distance together, but she still finds the time for self-care.

In a video for Verizon Media/Yahoo's "Reset Your Mindset" virtual event, the fitness instructor and Mom Brain podcast co-host, 36, reveals a few of the ways she is "spending 'me time' " during the crisis.

"I close myself off in my bathroom and I love to exercise and do breath work," she says. "I take baths morning and night — that really, really helps me."

Of course, sometimes she is joined by her "little people" — sons Romeo Alejandro David, 2, Leonardo Ángel Charles, 3½, and Rafael Thomas, 5 next month, plus daughter Carmen Gabriela, 6½ — but she doesn't mind, and just appreciates "the warm water on [her] skin."

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Pregnant Hilaria Baldwin on "Nonstop" Day While Social Distancing with 4 Kids amid Coronavirus

Hilaria, who is sheltering in place with husband Alec Baldwin and their kids while pregnant with their fifth child together, says that when she's having a tough time mentally, "I always think about how much worse it could be."

"How much worse it could be all of a sudden makes my situation seem not as bad, and with that, it pulls me up a little bit," shares The Living Clearly Method author, "and allows me to have a lightness and a strength to be able to attack my problem."

But she certainly has her moments when she just needs to let it out, too. "I cried the other morning, and it was over a bunch of really silly little things," Hilaria recalls. "And I don't typically do that, and my kids were [taken aback]."

"I wasn't freaking out on them — I just had tears," she clarifies, laughing. "There were just tears because I was so overwhelmed."

Hilaria — who suffered a miscarriage last April and another at four months along in November, while expecting a baby girl — recently chatted with PEOPLE about how she and her family are looking at the big picture amid the global health crisis.

"Alec and I were complaining about it a week or so ago and Carmen was asking about it and I said, 'Carmen, nobody wants to be doing this right now. It's frustrating for us all to have to stop our normal lives,' " she said in late March. "And she's like, 'I don't know what you guys are talking about, I love this. I love spending time with you. All I want to do is spend time with Mommy and Daddy and my brothers.' "

"And it kind of stopped us in our tracks and our mouths were open and we were like, 'Okay, let's go with that mentality, because that sounds so much better than complaining, which is what we've been doing!' " Hilaria added.

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Meet Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner's Son Hendrix Douglas: 'Beyond Thankful I Was Able to Have Him'




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Afterwards, the labor-and-delivery nurse says she felt an immediate bond with Hendrix that she hadn't initially experienced with their daughter Henley "Gracie" Grace, who turns 3 in August.

"I felt so connected to him. I did not get that type of connection with Gracie," says Otis. "I birthed him in the corner, then literally walked to my bed with my placenta still inside me, him attached, and was able to start just doing skin-to-skin for six to seven hours."

Adds Hehner, "Jamie wouldn't let him go!"

While Gracie is still adjusting to having a new baby brother ("She tried to hold him and got a little scared," says Hehner), the Hot Marriage, Cool Parents co-hosts are confident she'll be a "protective" older sister.

"She's definitely going to be bossy. She bosses us around, and I think she's definitely going to be loving and nurturing as well," says Otis. "She always rocks her little baby dolls to sleep. She's going to be the best big sister."

After welcoming Gracie, the couple — who lost their first son, Johnathan Edward, at 17 weeks gestation in 2016 — struggled to conceive, experiencing a chemical pregnancy in 2018 and a miscarriage at 10 weeks along in 2019.

"I didn't think we were going to have any issues [getting pregnant] because we lost our first baby in the second trimester," says Otis. "I was almost thinking God wouldn't do that to us again. Then we had those two losses back to back, and I was like, 'Are we going to even be able to have a baby?' "

Just as they were about to visit a fertility specialist 18 months later, the couple discovered they were expecting.

"It's magical to see him. I just feel like [Johnathan's] spirit is with us with this little guy," says Otis. "I'm beyond thankful I was able to have him."

Married at First Sight: Couples' Cam premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

For more on Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner's new bundle of joy, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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26 Couple Games That Will Add A Little Romance To Your Date Night

JSYK, not all couple games need to lead to sex, and there are plenty of romantic (and free!) games that can help bring you and your partner closer together or at least make for an interesting date night.

“Games trigger novelty, which can help you avoid a relationship rut,” says Maggie Dancel, PsyD, a couples therapist who hosts the podcast Full Disclosure. Not to mention, playing games with your S.O. can be a fun way to learn more about each other. The couple games here will help you do exactly that.

1. One Word One Answer

If you want to go down memory lane, this is the game for you. Dancel says that, in couples therapy, she often asks couples how they met to remind them why they fell in love. Remembering the good times can not only remind you of why you made your person your person, but also “build connection and increase fondness for one another.”

To play One Word One Answer, start with a word, any word. The other partner replies with another word that helps build on the sentence. The goal? Use the words and answers to tell your love story. Awww.

2. NudgeText

This is one of Dancel’s go-to recommendations for couples looking to mix up their dating life. It’s a free service that suggests fun things to do in a city near you, along with creative ideas for homebodies.

3. The Dating Divas

The Dating Divas are another one of Dancel’s go-to game sites. The Dating Divas will send you a whole box of stuff you can do with your partner, as well as date ideas that come from all around the world. For example, their Paris box contains recipes to create your own Parisian picnic, French love notes to share with your partner, and more.

4. 36 Questions

These 36 questions were first published in a 1997 study. Six months later, two of the participants were married. Since then, the questions have been rumoured to make people fall in love. A new question for couples: Can it make you fall more in love? The questions start light, then get a little more ~intense~. 

5. Twenty Questions

Learn about your partner’s favourite pop culture figures (or favourite anything). One person thinks of a famous person, and the other asks 20 “yes or no” questions to guess who it is.

6. Write Poems

Do you have an artsy partner? Or do you ever wish you could get a chance to show off your creative side? Maybe you just want to pretend to be living inside a Shakespearean sonnet for a bit? No shame. Try making an erasure poem from a magazine article or a page of a book. All you have to do is black out (erase) any words you don’t want in your poem.

7. The Gottman Institute Quiz

How well do you know your partner? It’s a question that the Gottman Institute is qualified to answer. The institute was founded by Dr. John and Julie Gottman—pioneers in the study of human sexuality. Combined, they’ve published over 200 academic articles on the subject and almost 50 books. Take their quiz to see if you really know everything about your partner.

Btw, no topic should be off-limits. 

8. Stare Off

To play, look into your partner’s eyes without blinking for as long as you can. Often, this leads to kissing, maybe ~more~. Play anywhere, any time.

9. Sushi Go Card Game

For a laid-back game that’s fun, entertaining, and a bit competitive, consider this popular card game. Not only does it go super fast, but it’s easy to learn. The goal is simple: Collect as many cards as you can to create your “sushi meal.” The player with the most points wins. Bonus: The game pairs perfectly with takeout. Find it here.

10. Dare Duel

In Dare Duel, you take turns drawing cards and selecting words or phrases to create fun and romantic dares. Once you’ve created a dare, battle it out to see who will rise to the challenge. Because there are hundreds of different words and phrases to choose from, the combinations are almost endless, making every game unique. Find it here.

11. Adult Loaded Questions Game

With 308 questions, how could you *not* learn something new about your partner? While there’s no “winner” of the game, the lighthearted—and sometimes sexy—questions are sure to make for a good time. Find it here.

12. Exploding Kittens

Do you happen to love kittens, laser beams, and goats? What about fast-moving card games? Yeah, same. Be sure to check out their NSFW edition card deck. Find it here.

13. Find Out What Kind of Couple You Are

Are you the Too Adorable Couple or the Train Wreck couple? This short quiz will let you know. Find it here.

14. Copy Cat Movie

Want to mix up your movie night? Put on a rom-com or one of your other fave films, and act out a scene. While it can be something steamy, you can also just reenact your best “I’m Flying” scene from the prow of the Titanic (or, you know, your bed). 

15. The Sing-Along Challenge

Start singing a song and challenge your partner to continue with another song based on the last word you sang. It doesn’t matter if you have a good singing voice! Not hitting every note just gives you something more to laugh about.

16. The Pretzel Challenge

Yes, this couples game involves literal pretzels. Find your favorite pretzel recipe and enjoy each other’s company in the kitchen. Then, see who is faster at twisting the dough into pretzels. No matter who wins, you both get a tasty homemade snack.

17. Nexci Scrimish Card Game

A beloved card game, Scrimish is classic and fun. Each deck has 25 red and 25 blue cards. Work as quickly as you can to reveal your partner’s crown card. If you can keep up and do it first, you win! The lightning-quick rounds help create a fun sense of competition between you and your partner. Find it here.

18. Origami Challenge

If you’re looking for a way to do something creative together, origami can be a great pastime. No worries if you’re not already an origami expert. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that will walk you through how to get started. Once you get the hang of it, turn the activity into a fun game by making it a timed challenge.

19. Marriage.com Quiz

Marriage.com has pages and pages of quizzes to take with or about your partner. Should you move in together? What is your couple personality? Find out for free on their website, here.

20. Scrabble, But With a Twist

Bored of playing normal scrabble? Try playing it with this twist. The person who completes a word first asks the other person to choose truth or dare. It’s is the perfect opportunity to talk, have fun, and put your vocab skills to the test. Find it here.

21. Off Topic Adult Party Game

Get to know what’s on your partner’s mind with this adult party game. Draw a card to set the topics, and roll the die to set the letter that your responses must begin with. Flip the sand timer and you’re off! Warning: Your answers might get a little ~off topic~. Find it here.

22. Quiz Each Other

This quiz is designed to be played with your partner. You can remember how you met, and what you always like to do together. If you want to get creative, you can always extend the game by creating your own questions at the end. Find it here.

23. Twister

Just because you’re all grown up doesn’t mean you can’t have fun twisting it up. Remember what it was like to have fun playing as a child…and bond with your favourite adult. Find it here.

24. Yes or No

This game is similar to two truths and a lie, but better. You can play with your favourite alcoholic drink. You and your partner take turns asking each other questions. Taking two sips of your drink means “yes” and one sip says “no.”

25. Karaoke

No worries if you don’t have a karaoke machine. If you want to enjoy singing with your partner, you can simply download a karaoke app on your laptop or search up your favourite songs on YouTube and enjoy belting out your favourite hits. Try Karafun, which is free to download and gives you access to their library of over 28,000 karaoke videos.

26. Guess The Movie

This is one of the easiest games that you can make yourself. Each of you creates a PowerPoint with screenshots from your favourite movies, then guess away! You might find your next flick for movie night.

This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US. 

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Meet David and Charisse, the Couple Navigating Disability and Pregnancy on Courteney Cox Series


David and Charisse Hogan Shumate have a beautiful son, 2-month-old Jessie, but their journey to (and through) pregnancy wasn't an easy one.

The story of David and Charisse, who has cerebral palsy and ataxia, is documented in the second season of 9 Months with Courteney Cox, a Facebook Watch series. The show, hosted by actress Courteney Cox, focuses on couples like the Shumates who have endured a variety of fertility struggles and subsequent successes.

"I think the main reason for both of us wanting to share our story on the show was because [Charisse] has cerebral palsy and ataxia, and we wanted to share our personal challenges and struggles on her end," David tells PEOPLE. "We just wanted people to know what it's like to have a disability while being pregnant."

Charisse, who documents her life with cerebral palsy through her own social media pages, adds that they hoped appearing on 9 Months would help to dispel viewers’ preconceived notions about disabilities.

"There's a misunderstanding with that too," Charisse says. "Some adults even think that people with cerebral palsy can't get pregnant."

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Throughout the series, which is self-shot by the couples, David and Charisse endure their own unique struggles, including David's frequent traveling for work and Charisse's increased pain during pregnancy.

Once Jessie was born, however, the new mom says it was "a dream come true."

"I was happy and overjoyed," Charisse shares. "In the past, even though I always wanted to be a mom, I didn't know that would happen to me. So it really was a dream come true."

"I couldn't stop smiling — I had this huge smile plastered across my face and it was stuck there for at least a good 10 minutes if not more," David adds of the moment their son was born. "I was so full of joy."

Cox, who suffered from "quite a few" miscarriages before conceiving her now-15-year-old daughter Coco through in vitro fertilization (IVF), says she was drawn to the show because of how "raw and intimate" it is in telling the stories.

"I wanted to get involved because I've never seen a show about pregnancy that was as real, raw and intimate as the concept of 9 Months," says the actress, 55. "It's self-shot so there's nothing sensationalized in any way, and people expose their most intimate details and share it with the world."

"I think that pregnancy is one of the most incredible moments in anyone's life but it can also be scary and unpredictable," Cox adds. "9 Months showcases the many faces of pregnancy, and I hope that it enlightens and entertains the audience."

The first episode of 9 Months with Courteney Cox season 2 is streaming now on Facebook Watch. New episodes air Sundays and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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Pink Calls Coronavirus Battle with Son Jameson 'Most Physically and Emotionally Challenging Experience'

Pink is opening up about her experience battling the coronavirus alongside her 3-year-old son, Jameson.

Ahead of the Mother’s Day holiday on Sunday, the singer, 40, wrote an essay for NBC News reflecting on the current coronavirus pandemic and what it means for mothers around the world.

“Mother’s Day is this weekend and I have been reflecting on the wonderful, yet challenging gift of time that life in COVID-19 quarantine has meant for me and my children,” she begins in the essay. “To be a mom, a teacher, a cook, a confidant, and a badass dream chaser all at once is no small feat. Mamas everywhere, you are doing amazing.”

The mom of two also details how parents are currently “defining a new normal” for their children, adding that “the virus knows no boundaries” and parts of the world may be just beginning to feel its effects.


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Pink, who revealed in early April that she and her son battled the coronavirus, also reflects her own experience with the respiratory illness in her essay.

“Battling COVID-19 along with my 3-year-old son was the most physically and emotionally challenging experience I have gone through as a mother,” Pink writes. “Weeks after receiving our test results, my son was still ill and feverish. It was a terrifying time, not knowing what might come next.”

The star adds, “But our story is not unique; there are mothers all over America, and the world, that are facing this same uncertainty every single day. Not every family, especially those living on reservations, or in refugee camps, slums, or favelas, are able to practice social distancing. In many parts of the world it can take hours just to access water, and even then, soap may be an impossible luxury.”

Shortly after revealing her and Jameson’s diagnosis on Instagram, Pink said that although they were both feeling better, the young toddler “had the worst of it.”

“Jameson has been really, really sick,” she said during an Instagram Live chat with her friend and author Jen Pastiloff on April 4. “I’ve kept a journal of his symptoms for the past three weeks and mine as well. He still, three weeks later, has a 100 temperature. It’s been a rollercoaster for both of us, but Carey and Willow have been perfectly fine.”

In her essay, published on Saturday, the “Beautiful Trauma” singer also urges fans to “put ourselves in the shoes of moms around the globe and consider doing what we can to help keep their babies safe.”

“How can we partake in ensuring their access to the basic human rights that so many of us are afforded each and every day?” she asks.

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Kelly Clarkson Says Son Is Finding His Personality After Singer Initially Thought He Was 'Deaf'




"The one qualification that most people don't have to be a teacher, it's not even the education as much as it is the patience," she adds. "It's so hard to keep your mind and emotional state together. We're used to going to a place of business and working and then coming home and that's your relaxed place, and that's where you have fun. The same thing for kids [with school]."

"On top of that, we thought we were going to be here for a minute, but we didn't know we were going to be here this long and we don't have a home here. So we've been staying in a cabin," Clarkson shares. "We've been in really close quarters and it's been kind of nuts, I'm not going to lie."

"At the end of the day, I know people who have had coronavirus and I'm just very lucky and we're very blessed to not have been sick," she notes. "We keep reminding our kids of that and we keep reminding each other of that. But we definitely have some cabin fever going on."

Moms-to-be can enter for the ShowHER Love event at showherlove.carters.com.

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