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Renowned Hollywood actor Eddie Murphy has become a father for the tenth time, welcoming a beautiful baby boy with his fiancé Paige Butcher on Friday.

Murphy's publicist released a statement on the couple's behalf, saying that their new bundle of joy Max Charles Murphy weighed 6lb 11oz.

The 57-year-old Beverley Hills Cop actor has nine other children, and Max is his second child with 39-year-old Paige Butcher.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple have been dating since 2012, and their second child, an adorable little girl named Izzy, is now two-years-old.

Max Charles Murphy is 29 years younger than Eric, his eldest half sibling, who Murphy had with former partner Paulette McNeely. 

The actor and comedian has five other children were with his ex-wife Nicole Murphy, who he spent 22 years with, and had Bria, 28, Miles, 25, Shayne, 23, Zola, 18, and Bella, 16.

His son Christian was born while Murphy was with Tamara Hood, and his daughter Angel is from his relationship with Spice Girl Mel B.

The statement also commented that both Paige and Max are healthy and doing well.

How does he keep track of them all, it's legit Cheaper By the Dozen.

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It has been a roller coaster week for Jessie J, that's for sure.

The singer first revealed devastating news during a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London where she told fans that she was told she couldn't have children.

She said on stage, ''So four years ago, I was told that I couldn't have children, and it's OK, I'm going to have children, trust me. When the doctor told me, my reaction was, 'Oh hell nooooooo.''

''I wanted to write this song for myself in my moment of pain and of sadness. But, also to give myself joy and give other people something that they can listen to in that moment when it gets really hard."

Since then, her fans have been showering her with love and support, and Jessie too to Insta to thank them for their encouragement and kind words. 

The 30-year-old took to Instagram stories to say that, "The love and support I have received has been overwhelming. I was told 4 years ago I won't be able to have children. I was also told I would need a hysterectomy immediately and to be put on medication."

Jessie also revealed that she "refused" the procedure.

She continued, "I'm off all medication through natural medicine and diet change. I haven't given up hope. I am doing all I can to make it happen the best way my body will allow."

Then the singer crafted a beautiful message about motherhood and her own plans for it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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She wrote, "My journey is just one in millions that exist. I stand with you ladies. Strong in our emotional pain. To turn it into joy."

She continued, "I will be a mother. As will you. I believe in miracles. But if it doesn't happen naturally. Then that wasn't meant to be the journey. But a mother is within all of us. That inspires everyday. We are strong! Time will tell."

She concluded with, "Thank you for your kind words. Truly. It has been scary to be so vulnerable. But it's real.''

We are in awe of her sharing this painful but hopeful story.

So many women experience fertility issues and if we all stand together and talk candidly about them, we can help each other.

Fair play, Jessie. 

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London Fashion Week 2018 is not know for having breast pumps on it's catwalk but that all changed when model Valeria Garcia stepped onto it.

The mother-of-two took to the runway clad in the world's first wearable breast pump, underneath a black bra and trouser suit at the Marta Jakubowski fashion show.

The pump has been designed to be put inside the bra and enable women to express the milk silently and privately –  no matter where they are.

Valeria, who gave birth to youngest son Anton in June, wore a hi-tech pump which connects to a smartphone app.

It is fantastic that breastfeeding is being normalised in this way and that new mothers don't have to worry about being uncomfortable in public – it's an important step towards the future.

Valeria's statement is not the first of it's kind – model Mara Martin breastfed her five-month-old daughter on the runway while modelling Sports Illustrated swimwear earlier this year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

These two pictures might be my favorite ones of last weekend! There is more than one message that we all can take from these. One being, I hope to normalize breastfeeding because it’s a natural thing women can do for their babies. I think women should be able to feed their babies how they want, when they want and where they want. End of discussion! Another message I hope comes out of this is that women need to be confident in themselves no matter what. There is no one shape, size, age, or ethnicity that defines beauty. We are all beautiful! Look at the final 16 girls that were chosen. All different. All beautiful. Thank you @si_swimsuit and @mj_day for celebrating that year after year. Lastly, never give up on your dreams and goals, even when it may seem like there are many barriers in front of you at times. You are stronger than you think! We can do it all! So my #wcw today is every woman out there!!!! WOMEN CRUSH WEDNESDAY! 1st: @quinn_willoughby 2nd: @theimagesniper #girlpower #siswimsearch #normalizebreastfeeding #bodypositivity

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“I hope to normalize breastfeeding because it’s a natural thing women can do for their babies,” Mara wrote. 

“I think women should be able to feed their babies how they want, when they want and where they want. End of discussion!”  

We say hear, hear!

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Kathryn Thomas is one busy woman, that's for sure.

The TV presenter might have only given birth to her adorable daughter Ellie six months ago but she is already back in work-mode – as well as mum-mode, of course.

The 39-year-old welcomed her first born in March this year with her fiance Padraig McLaughlin and was back to work filling in for Ray D'Arcy on his RTE Radio 1 show in August.

Kathryn has opened up about how things are going and the fact that Ellie is a fantastic baby. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ellie lashin’ into mashed banana like a boss….. well not really….Most of it on the floor and the face. #bankholidayhappiness

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"I know how lucky we are because I have a couple of friends who's had really tough times with babies with colic or they don't sleep.  But so far she's really chilled out and doing everything she should be," she said.

Kathryn explained that because Ellie is sleeping 12 hours an night and because of this, she has been able to get back to work "a lot sooner than I thought I would". 

"I know that there are probably mothers out there who won't want to hear that, and I get that, but it's the truth.  I just know how lucky we are because I just know without sleep that things would change completely, but so far so good," she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dreaming of blue skies……and maybe unicorns but most likely mashed banana #travelswithellie

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As well as enjoying time with her little one, Kathryn has landed a new role as the presenter of Ireland's Fittest Family, as previous presenter Mairead Ronan has recently given birth to her second baby. 

As well as keeping busy with her wellness bootcamp business, Pure Results Bootcamp, Kathryn is hosting a one day event, KT Fit Fix, about food and fitness on September 30 at The Pavillion, Leopardstown Racecourse.

It is each woman's decision regrading when she wants to go back to work after having a baby, and we wish Kathryn all the best with her jam-packed schedule and, of course, gorgeous baby Ellie. 

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It's Strictly season again and last night gave us our first look at the 2018 couples.

Among them was Kate Silverton, the energetic BBC newsreader who scooped the fab Aljaz as her partner.

She may be getting ready to dive into the most glittery experience of her life, but Kate has had to deal with a few unpleasant comments as a result. 

The 48-year-old has had online trolls accuse her of ditching her children to appear on the dance program.

Kate is mum to two kids – six-year-old Clemency and four-year-old Wilbur – with husband Mike Heron. 

Kate told Hello! at the Strictly press launch reason why she had put off appearing on the show – and it has to do with motherhood.

''The reason why I have never done Strictly before is because I have two children. My kids are too young, now they are four and nearly seven – I just thought now it would be a good time to take part,'' she said. 

However, she was forced to reply to nasty comments on Twitter about hw she planned to juggle Strictly and her kids. 

The outraged broadcaster tweeted, "Mr 'anonymous' I take my time with my children very seriously – my children will both be at school when I am training – it's the reason I have agreed to do #Strictly this year. I agree mothering is the most important job – but I would never seek to preach."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The sequins are calling… not long now !! #bbcstrictly

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Kate will be more than able to juggle her home life and the show – and she has explained how everything is all starting to blend together.

''My husband also works away a lot, so we are 'juggling juggling' the situation a lot between us. But the nice thing is, I took Wil to a photo shoot, which is hilarious – so I had to get Graziano [Di Prima] to babysit. They were wrestling on the floor at one point."

"So you know, I can get the children involved which is great,'' she added. 

Good luck Kate and ignore those haters – we can't wait to see those dance moves on Saturday night!

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Sam Faiers is a busy young mum, that's for sure.

The former The Only Way is Essex star is mum to two-year-old Baby Paul and nine-month-old Rosie with her partner Paul Knightley, who she has been with since 2014. 

When it comes to the pressure to snap back to her pre-baby body, Sam says she isn't fazed.

She told Now! magazine that being a mum to two small babies isn't easy.

''In the early stages it was like, ‘Wow, this is hard!’ But everything is kind of falling into place now,'' she says. 

 

My beautiful family

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When it comes to juggling the two of them, there has been a few tricky moments.

''When I was breastfeeding Rosie, I felt guilty because I didn't want Baby Paul to be left out. I think me and Paul just over compensated and that came down to my hormones. I was very emotional. Now Rosie’s bigger, it’s nice because they can play together!'' 

The Mummy Diaries star was open about what she's doing to get back in shape after having Rosie, though she's put herself under no pressure. 

''I started training three times a week with a personal trainer two months ago. When she’s on holiday I don’t really do anything because I find it really difficult to motivate myself, but I’m trying to get back into it. I like toning exercises, swimming and team sports.''

 

Thursdays my darlings

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As for having another baby? The 27-year-old definitely wants to expand her brood. 

''I'm going to wait until Baby Paul is in school because I think three under three would be too much, but I do want more,'' she says. 

We're sure any future babies will be just as gorgeous as Paul and Rosie. 

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Khloé Kardashian has been incredibly honest about the ups and downs of motherhood since welcoming her baby girl True into the world in the April of 2018.

The businesswoman has now opened up about her desire to have a baby boy in a Twitter Q&A. Khloé admitted that she longed to have a son, but “god blessed her with” baby True.

Khloé tweeted about why she hoped to have a son: “I wanted a boy so badly because Mason and I are so close. I love our bond.”

 

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The mum continued: “I felt confident in having a boy but God blessed me with my precious True and now I wouldn’t know what to do with a boy.”

“True has made me sweeter and more gentle. God gives you what you need,” Khloé shared.

She gushed about the bond she shares with True, calling her “My BFF 4Life.”

Motherhood isn’t an easy journey, but Khloé shared that the best thing about being a mum is having the opportunity to “raise a beautiful, strong and intelligent young lady.”

Khloé may be loving every moment she shares with her daughter, but she did admit there is one thing she’s not looking forward to.

She told one fan: “The teenage girl part I don’t think I’m that excited about LOL I remember how I was as a teenager,” she joked.

 

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Luckily, Khloé has plenty of time to get ready before those dreaded teenage years.

“Oh my goodness! Thank God I have a couple years to prepare for this,” she said.

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Chrissy Teigen, social media queen and recent mum to her second child is serving up yet another brilliant dose of parenting relatability in her latest Instagram post.

This weekend, Chrissy shared a photo of herself breastfeeding. But it wasn't just seven-week-old son Miles she had to contend with feeding, because Chrissy has a baby on each breast

How we love you Chrissy.

The other baby? One of Luna's dolls, because Chrissy is that kind of mum. The hands-on, multi-tasking mum (basically, ALL mums) who ensures her daughter doesn't feel left out of the attention her baby brother will receive.

 

Luna making me feed her babydoll so I guess I have twins now

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"Luna making me feed her babydoll so I guess I have twins now," Chrissy captioned the photo.

But more than just #ParentingGoals, the behaviour that Luna is displaying here is actually an important developmental milestone.   The Mayo Clinic recommends parents give kids Luna's age a doll when a new baby brother or sister enters the picture "so that he or she can be a caregiver, too".  And even though Luna isn't the one 'feeding' the baby here, studies suggest that toddlers of a similar age "were interested in 'real-world' materials and wanted to use those materials rather than toy items," and that "[If] They were able to distinguish between play and real materials, and they would choose the real items."

Most of her fans identified with the snap -and thanked her for continuing to use her huge social media following to normalise breastfeeding, but for those that took issue with it, she had this to say:

We couldn't agree more!

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