Thursday, March 12, 2009

First pregnant athlete to grace ESPN magazine cover

Candace Parker is wearing a simple white dress and the biggest smile imaginable. She is cradling her belly, which carries her unborn child, as she poses for this cover of a magazine aimed at readers who expect to see LeBron or Manny.

"We don't do a lot of female athletes on the cover," Belsky said. "Candace has made it more interesting. She's got Adidas, McDonald's and Gatorade as sponsors; that's a pretty strong big three. But it's still tough to put a woman on the cover for us.

"But ESPN is participating in women's sports month in March, so we thought this would be a good way. But when we found out she was pregnant we had to call and say, 'We can't run these pictures in March.' "

So photo editor Catriona Ni Aolain reconceived the photo and spoke to Parker. "She was a little nervous," Ni Aolain said. "She wanted to know we wouldn't make fun of her in any way."

"Response to my pregnancy from people in my circle of WNBA fans has been positive. I hope the readers see the cover and then read the story."


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Jeremy Sisto and Fiancée Expecting First Child

Photo: smithsoccasional
Law & Order’s Jeremy Sisto shared some news with the paparazzi taking his photo while he was out and about in NYC over the weekend — his fiancée Addie Lane is pregnant!
The Six Feet Under and Clueless star shares that Addie is seven months along with a girl. “We haven’t picked a name, but we’re open to suggestions!” he told the snappers.
This will be the first child for Jeremy, 34.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Drinking at a Baby Shower?

I caught up on this season of The L Word this weekend in time for the series finale and was enthralled by the episode where Jenny throws Max Sweeney a baby shower (yep, you read it right, they went for the pregnant man plot!).

It was a touching and painful episode to watch because Max was in the process of transitioning from being a woman to becoming a man when he got pregnant and is completely and utterly overwhelmed by the prospect of motherhood and very female changes happening to his body. Despite all the drama, and the tears that welled up when I considered his trauma, I was distracted by the fact that everyone at the baby shower had a Bellini, beer or glass of white wine in their hands.

I've been to my share of non-traditional showers (heck, I have even been to one in a rented out lounge), but I happen to think it's a lil awkward for guests to knock back a six pack or shots while playing diaper games. I'm curious: do you think drinks at baby showers are a do or a don't?