“I think that we can easily put expectations on our children just by comparing them to other children. I obviously want to know that my daughter is healthy, that I’m doing the right thing in taking care of her and she’s getting all the nutrients that she needs. But, I think that as parents, we do a lot of comparing and we don’t really focus on our child in their own individuality. Taking away all the comparisons is a really healthy way to parent — and not focus on the percentiles and all that kind of stuff. I think all moms just want to make sure that they’re doing everything right, especially first-time moms. You’re going into it really not knowing what to expect even though there’s books written on it and you can try and get all the information you can. You really don’t know until you have them in your arms and you take them home — what choices and decisions you’re actually going to be faced with every day. … I don’t have a nanny in the day, but we did have a night nurse in the beginning, and it’s really helped me stay sane. Anybody that can be there [helps] — even if it’s a relative who can help you so you can sleep in the first couple weeks of being home from the hospital. You have much more of a clear head. It’s really hard in the beginning and nobody can prepare you for it. But I really did get lucky: Maxwell is able to sleep through the night!”
So, see? She’s not the old “chicken of the sea” that we’ve come to know and love (and harangue). She’s a well-spoken, centered woman with a real sense of self and what it is to be a mom. And I don’t think I could love her any more than I do right in this moment, guys. Forever.
… But just in light of a new, happy Jess, let’s revisit that “chicken of the sea” thing, shall we?:
God. Isn’t Nick Lachey such a Class-D douchebag?
September 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm by Sarah
Mad because they’re so jealous!
But no, people are mad because Jessica Simpson showed everyone a picture of her painfully adorable little baby wearing a bikini when she made her appearance on Katie Couric’s new show. I guess because’s it’s bad or something:
Claude Knights, the director of Kidscape, said yesterday: “It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini. Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and behaviours are copied widely. It is to be hoped that parents will understand that ‘baby bikinis’ are totally inappropriate, and that they contribute to the sexualization and commercialization of childhood. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.”
Others condemned the bikini on Twitter after seeing it online. One wrote: “Jessica Simpson posts a photo of her 4-month-old baby in a BIKINI – wrong wrong wrong.”
Another added: “A baby in a bikini?! Dear God, some people are just wrong!”
A third wrote: “I just saw the most ridiculously posed photo of Jessica Simpson’s baby in a bikini. Just awful. Poor poppet.”
So wait, did I have a particularly scandalous childhood, or are people just freaking out over nothing? Because I’m pretty sure I remember my cousins and my friends and maybe even myself wearing bikinis when we were very young. And come to think of it, my mom does have photos of me and my siblings in diapers. Like, in just diapers. There are even some pictures of us taking baths. And you know what you wear when you take a bath. Nothing. Was that wrong? Or would it just be wrong if my mom had shown lots more people the photos?
September 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Emily
Yes, because we already saw Jess’s hot bod arriving in New York City for the taping of the premiere episode of Katie, which is Katie Couric‘s new televised talk show. She looks good, and it’s hard to imagine that she could look any better than she did in that picture, but she did. Oh boy did she.
Here’s another photo of Jess during Katie’s interview:
And while such life-changing events sometimes warp and twist celebrities into something that they’re not, Jess is still the completely honest, down-to-earth girl that we fell in love with all of those years ago. Here’s a few choice quotes from the show—Jessica on water weight:
“During pregnancy, I didn’t really think about it. I thought my doctors were telling me that it was just a lot of water and whenever my water broke my whole entire stomach would go down but that did not happen. All the weight did not come out with the baby.”
And Jess on her post-baby eating habits that kept tripping her up:
“I feel like what made me eat more is my hormones and breastfeeding. I’ve never wanted chocolate more in my life. I’ve had to really stay focused and focus on my diet and concentrate on what I’m putting in my body.”
And finally, Jess on the pressure that she’s been under to lose the weight:
“I’ve just had a lot of pressure on me and today was actually one of my goals. Getting here in a comfortable and beautiful dress. I’ve been pregnant for three years. I definitely don’t Google my name. I try to avoid it completely. But I still subconsciously know that the talk is going on so I think that every day that is a struggle for me.”
See, guys? For all of you out there shaming her for her weight gain, come on. She’s a real person with real feelings, and this hasn’t been easy on her. Yeah, she’s only got herself to blame, but seriously. In a world filled with Lindsay Lohan- and Peaches Geldof-types, we should thank our lucky stars that there are celebrities out there like Jessica, because she’s real-er than real.
Here’s some live-action stuff from the interview, too:
September 11, 2012 at 7:30 am by Sarah
Today, guys, Jessica Simpson will debut her new post-baby body on Katie Couric’s new show, which is aptly-named Katie, and this was a photo of Jessica arriving at the airport yesterday afternoon for filming, and my God, does she look good. Seriously, anyone who would say otherwise (aside from those who just don’t think she’s attractive, which is way, way beyond me) is completely crazy. I think it’s safe to say that Weight Watchers has put out another “success” story, right?
Will you guys be watching Katie today?
September 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm by Sarah
From USA Today:
“I let myself indulge in everything I wanted because it was the first time I was ever pregnant, and I wanted to enjoy it. I wanted to be happy and eat what I wanted. I didn’t realize it (the weight) didn’t all come off with the baby.”
Oh, girl. If I didn’t completely identify with what you’re saying (well, kind of; not the part about not realizing that the food weight wouldn’t just magically disappear), I’d shake my head, roll my eyes, and say, “Jess, Jess, Jess.” But I get what you’re saying, honey. During my first pregnancy, I took total advantage and ate what I wanted with no reserve. It’s no excuse to be “unhealthy,” but guess what—I put on a total of fifty pounds during my first pregnancy. And despite the fact that some people say, “Eeurgh! You can’t put on any more than twenty-five pounds during a pregnancy or you’re going to DIE and SO IS THE BABY you GROSS GROSS THING,” I was HEALTHY, my baby was just fine, the weight did eventually come off, and I was all the better for it.
So speaking from someone who’s, yeah, actually been there, don’t be so hard on yourself, girl. It’s not the end of the world, and I’m sure you look just wonderful the way you are (and were, doubtless).
September 5, 2012 at 7:30 am by Sarah
From Radar Online:
Katie [Couric] will premiere on September 10 with Jessica, who will talk about how she’s losing the 70 pounds she gained during pregnancy through her job as a Weight Watchers spokeswoman.
Her daughter, Maxwell Drew Johnson, was born on May 1, and she’ll open up to the veteran TV host about what life has been like since she arrived and how she’s juggling motherhood and still running her billion dollar fashion empire.
So I guess Jess must have gone and lost all that weight by now, right? Because I just couldn’t imagine the slave-driving execs at Weight Watchers allowing Jess to appear on national television with absolutely any of the baby weight left on girlfriend’s poor body.
I know, in the past, that we talked about how Weight Watchers just doesn’t even care about what Jess does (and they’ll still pay her the seven-figure contract amount, too, right?), but let’s be real. I’d place bets that it’s been WW who hasn’t allowed Jess to truly be photographed in public over the last few months. Who else would be behind that? It’s not like Jess herself cared about the negative things people said about her, or hid from the public in the past.
In any case, I’m positive that Jess is going to be just beautiful and glowing and sweet—and above all, HAPPY—and all of this “OMG 70 POUND WEIGHT GAIN!” business is just going to fall by the wayside, and hopefully those who condemned her for something that wasn’t their business to begin with (I know; me, up on the soapbox about judging people, but seriously—even I have boundaries, guys) will realize how silly they’d been acting this entire damn time.