Jillian Michaels Welcomes Two Babies
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
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Jillian Michaels is well known for being the hard-nosed fitness trainer on the popular show The Biggest Loser. In the past Michaels has been berated by women for claiming she didn’t want to be pregnant because of what it would do to her body. Michaels later came out and said that her comments were twisted and she really meant she would not want to go through the numerous surgeries and treatments it would require for her to become pregnant due to her medical condition of PCOS. So instead of putting her body through numerous medical treatments, she went about it another way. Michaels’ partner Heidi Rhoades delivered their son, Phoenix, May 3rd via a C-section. Michaels tells People, “Watching her was awful. You can’t relieve the person. You can’t do it for them. You just have to stand there and watch.” Just four days after Phoenix was born, Michaels had to leave her partner and new son to board a plane to Haiti to pick up their 2 year old daughter, Lukensia, who she adopted. The pair plans to have Michaels adopt Phoenix and Rhodes will adopt Lukensia, making their family complete.
While I can’t imagine the stress and adjustment that accompanied the welcoming of these two children, I am thrilled that both Michaels and Rhodes will get to experience the great joy that motherhood will bring. Sadly not everyone feels the same way. Internet commenters are angry – some that Michaels didn’t have the child herself, some that they adopted a child internationally when there are so many that need homes here, and some that Michaels and Rhodes are lesbians, somehow making them ‘unworthy’ to parent children.
While I write this blog and sometimes criticize the celebrity parents I write about, I would never begrudge someone’s right to become a parent. I know the great joy being a parent can bring, why would I ever wish that someone never have that joy? It isn’t like these two women are abusive or ignorant; they seem to be two loving human beings who will help raise wonderful children.
So, how would you handle suddenly going from no babies to a two year old and newborn? Are you happy for them?