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Audrey Roloff Chronicles Emotional Breastfeeding Journey

When it comes to motherhood, Audrey Roloff is doing her best to keep it real.

Yes, the Little People, Big World star is beyond grateful and happy to have given birth to her first child on September 10.

But, no, the experience so far has not been easy.

Roloff has been an open book when it comes to this unfortunate fact, admitting weeks ago that she was even suffering from bouts of postpartum depression.

This was largely linked to a diagnosis of mastitis, which is a condition that makes breastfeeding painful.

Like, VERY painful.

Like, so painful that Audrey compared it to natural childbirth.

How is she doing these days when it comes to providing sustenance for her daughter?

Audrey just updated fans with an emotional Instagram post.

“I always thought breastfeeding was a choice,” it begins.

“People would often ask me if l was going to breastfeed when I was pregnant and l always answered with a determined yes.

“But after Ember was born, l realized that for some people, it’s not a choice.”

For some people, the reality star realized, it’s too painful to continue doing.

“My breastfeeding journey has not been easy,” she added.

“After sharing with you all a little bit about the struggles l have had feeding Ember, l realized that so many of you have gone through, or are currently going through, similar pains, heart aches, and challenges.”

Audrey drew strength from her faith and from a supportive husband during her lowest times.

She went into detail about those times in this post:

About 24 hours after Ember was born, l became severely engorged. The nurses at the hospital admitted to it being the worse case they’d ever seen.

l couldn’t put my arms at my sides or hold Ember – except to feed, and feeding was so painful because l was also badly blistered/bruised (we later found out Ember had a significant lip and tounge tie).

Not to mention, what they had to do to “get me flowing” was excruciating. l thought the pain was supposed to be over once they laid her on my chest?

But people just don’t talk enough about the after labor pains…

It’s true.

People often assume that once a baby is born, the rest is a piece of cake.

Physically, at least.

“Three days after coming home from the hospital, l came down with mastitis,” Audrey explains.

“The antibiotics for my infection, stress, Ember’s lip and tounge tie, sleep deprivation, and some misguided medical advice caused my milk supply to completely tank.

“l was devastated and even told by a pediatrician and lactation consultant that l would probably not ever be able to exclusively breastfeed Ember.

“She was having trouble gaining weight and they were concerned. They also thought l had insiffienct granular tissue.”

Over the past few weeks, though, as evidenced by an influx of Ember Jean photos, it’s clear that things have taken a positive turn.

Mom, Dad and Daughter have figured things out and are doing a lot better.

Ending her Instagram note on a positive message, Audrey wrote of the first photo shared above:

“Here we are two months later and Ember has been exclusively breastfeed for the past 5 weeks!!! So much hard work and prayers have come to fruition.”

This is great news!

We’re so happy to hear it!

Concludes the star:

“Two days ago l came down with mastitis again… but l was reminded that even though this journey still poses its challenges, being able to feed my daughter from my own body brings me incomparable joy.

“l will defintely be sharing more about this journey on my blog eventually.

“But l just wanted to share this here and now in case there are other new mamas out there that could be encouraged and filled with hope by my testimony.”

We very much appreciate Audrey sharing her story with us.

We continue to wish her luck and we continue to appreciate all the pictures she posts.

Ember is adorable!

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Francia Raisa Saved My Life, Selena Gomez Says in Emotional Interview

Selena Gomez is speaking out about her kidney transplant for the first time.

And she isn’t doing so alone.

The artist has sat down for her first interview since undergoing this major procedure, talking to The Today Show about all it entailed… while sitting alongside the best friend who made it possible.

That would be Francia Raisa.

About a month ago, Gomez stunned the celebrity gossip community when she confirmed Raisa actually gave her a kidney.

The beloved singer was in rough shape due having Lupus, devastating illness in which a person’s own immune system attacks their healthy cells.

In a preview of a sit-down with the close pals that will air on Monday, Savannah Guthrie Tweeted the following on Friday morning:

“Next week on TODAY: @selenagomez & @therealfrancia speak out together for the 1st time since the kidney transplant that saved Selena’s life.”

Is the co-host being extreme or hyperbolic?

Not really, Selena says.

“I got to the point where it was really kind of life or death,” Gomez says in the interview, growing emotional, adding:

“I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. And she volunteered and did it.”

For her part, Raisa – an actress best known for her role on The Secret Life of the American Teenager – previously shared on Instagram that the experience changed her life as well.

“I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process,” Raisa wrote last month.

She also told Selena in this same post that she loved her and she’s so happy the two could share “this journey together.”

For Gomez, of course, the feeling is quite mutual.

“My kidneys were just done” Gomez tells Guthrie, emphasizing the severity of the situation.

Gomez broke the shocking news of her operation a few weeks ago with a sweet photo of herself and Raísa holding hands from their hospital beds, along with photos of her stomach following the surgery.

“There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,” Gomez wrote in the post., expounding as follows:

“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed.

“I love you so much sis.”

The star also went into a bit of detail regarding what led to the procedure and why she needed it:

“I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of.

“I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”

The full interview with Raisa and Gomez will air across two Today installments on Monday and Tuesday.

This really is a pretty amazing story.

We’ll be tuning in to hear more about it.

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Teen Mom 2 Recap: An Emotional Rollercoaster Ride

Monday on Teen Mom 2, Kailyn Lowry’s St. Thomas vacation got all kinds of dramatic, while Briana DeJesus learned news about Stella.

Meanwhile, Jace’s b-day raised tension between Jenelle and Barbara Evans, and Leah Messer struggled to give the twins’ equal attention.

When Teen Mom 2 Season 9 Episode 16 got underway, Kailyn was enjoying vacation in St. Thomas with her kids. Sounds nice, right?

It was, until her hands and feet started to swell badly, and at 35 weeks pregnant, Lowry feared she might have to give birth right there.

“Imagine giving birth and there’s still sand on my feet from the beach,” she said, not losing her sense of humor throughout this ordeal.

Everything turned out fine, but the saddest side effect of all this was that Chris Lopez did not even respond to her messages about it.

“He’s with his other girlfriend,” Kail joked.

It’s not clear if she was serious about that, but then again, nothing is ever clear when it comes to the status of Kailyn and Chris Lopez.

Meanwhile, Jenelle was trying to make Jace feel involved in her wedding, which he was excited about at first … before getting uncomfortable.

“I don’t want you and David [Eason] to get married,” he said, and while he claimed he was kidding, it hit a nerve with Jenelle.

When she dropped him off at her mom’s, Barb said, “I didn’t really want to discuss the wedding thing since I’m not invited.”

Never a dull moment with the Evans contingent.

In South Dakota, Chelsea Houska met with her lawyer to discuss hyphenating Aubree’s last name to include her married name DeBoer.

The lawyer reached out to Adam Lind’s lawyer to try to work it out, but couldn’t get ahold of him, so the Housk prepared to go to court solo.

It eventually worked out, and Chelsea was excited, telling her friend regarding her daughter, “I’ve never had the same last name as her.”

Elsewhere, Leah Messer decided to take the girls to Florida on vacation, and as always, struggled to find time for each of the three.

Ali’s muscular dystrophy limits her ability to do certain things, and also requires additional care, putting everyone in a difficult spot.

“I just want to be like everybody else,” Ali cried, breaking Leah’s heart into a million pieces as she struggled to care for the others, too.

“I don’t want you to ever feel left out,” Leah said.

Finally, Briana DeJesus’ baby Stella has holes in her heart, a condition she can live with, but will require extra care and caution.

Again, the saddest part might have been that Stella’s father Luis didn’t even show up to the hospital or to Bri’s house to see the baby.

“She needs a father in her life, you know. It’s the reason why we kept her,” Briana brutally told Luis when he finally made a rare appearance.

“You hardly even ask how she’s doing.”

Briana tried to keep things civil despite this obvious tension, but her outspoken mother, Roxanne, didn’t hold back in the least:

“You didn’t even have the decency to f–king call … Meanwhile, God knows if she would’ve had a f–king heart attack. You’re a punk.”

Not the best timing perhaps, but she’s not wrong. It’s one thing to not be involved romantically with the other parent, but c’mon dude.

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Javi Marroquin Prepares For “Emotional” Trip With Kailyn Lowry

There might not be a more complicated relationship in the entire reality TV landscape than the one between Kailyn Lowry and Javi Marroquin.

As fans of Teen Mom 2 are well aware, Kailyn and Javi have been divorced for quite some time.

However, due to the fact that they not only have a child together, but also share a number of professional commitments, they’re still very much in one another’s lives.

For most divorce couples, that probably sounds like hell on earth, but Kail and Javi don’t seem to mind the arrangement.

In fact, they recently doubled-down by collaborating on a yet another project together.

Last week, Lowry and Marroquin announced a book deal with a unique twist.

Each of them penned a separate memoir offering their version of what led them to divorce, with the idea that the books would be released on the same day.

Now, Javi is opening up for the first time about the origins of the unique project.

“Out of respect for Kail, I wanted her to read it and she needed to read it,” he told Radar Online in a recent interview.

“She wasn’t happy with what was in it. We were figuring out a way to compromise. It came down to, why don’t you just write your own book? Leave my book alone. You do your thing and I write my book.”

Javi says that from there, it became clear that the only fair way for both parties to tell their stories was to publish two separate books.

“People are going to believe what they want to believe,” Marroquin said.

“As she writes and I find out what she’s putting in there, more things pop into my head. I’m like, ‘Okay, if you’re going to go there, I’m going to go here.’”

Following photos of Javi and Kailyn kissing in public, rumors of a reconciliation began circulating on social media last week.

But Javi says it was a purely platonic moment, and he and Kailyn are committed to maintaining amicable co-parenting and collaborating relationships.

In fact, the former couple is soon to embark on a book tour together, and while Javi is aware they may be some emotional moments, he says he and Kail are committed to keeping their relationship professional.

“We try not to get emotions involved and just kind of realize the past is the past,” he said.

“Emotions get involved so quickly because it was so heavy for both of us. We find ourselves arguing over something that happened such a long time ago.

“Hopefully we can be professionals and go on this book tour,” he concluded.

We think that might not be as easy as Javi thinks.

Watch Teen Mom 2 online to relive Javi and Kailyn’s tumultuous romance.

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Delilah Mourns Son’s Suicide in Emotional Tribute: My Heart is Struggling to Beat

Beloved radio host Delilah is speaking out about the loss of her son, Zachariah, who tragically took his own life earlier this month.

Delilah says her “heart is struggling to continue to beat” after the death of her child, who succumbed to a battle with depression.

The 57-year-old posted a number of childhood photos of her late son, along with a poem by Mary Jean Irion, in his memory.

She writes, “Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.”

“Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.”

“One day I shall dig my nails into the earth,” she adds.

“Or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”

“There will not be another ‘normal day’ with my Zack-Attack, at least not in this life time,” Delilah wrote in her emotional post.

Delilah Tribute

“No more cooking his favorite foods or bringing home gallons of his favorite juice, no more laughter around the bonfire or Christmas mornings.”

“My heart is struggling to continue to beat.”

“Thank you for your prayers, love and support. Please pray for his grandparents, his siblings, his dad and his friends,” she added.

“We are all doing our best to focus on his joyful heart, his wild free spirit and his smile,” she concluded, still reeling from the pain. 

Fans first learned of Delilah’s son’s suicide after she shared the sad news with her friends and fans on Facebook on October 7.

She wrote that he was “being treated, counseled, and embraced fiercely by family and friends while battling depression for some time now.”

My heart is broken beyond repair and I can not fathom how to go on… but I have to believe he is at peace with the Lord.”

She hopes “that God will get us through.”

Delilah revealed that Zachariah left a suicide note behind, though she did not reveal its specific contents for obvious reasons.

The “Queen of Sappy Love Songs” also announced that she would be taking some time away from work in light of all this.

“I will be absent from the radio and on social media for a time as I grieve and try to process this loss with my family,” she said.

“Please pray for my beloved Zacky, and I will pray for all suffering from this debilitating disease called depression.”

Delilah

Delilah’s radio show, simply known as Delilah, based in the Pacific Northwest, regularly reaches more than eight million listeners.

It’s unclear when that will resume.

Sadly, Zachariah isn’t the first child the mother of 13 – yes, she has 13 children, 10 of whom are adopted – has lost already.

One of her adopted sons, Sammy, tragically passed away back in 2012 from complications from sickle-cell anemia.

On her Facebook page, Delilah also shared the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

We urge anyone who may be considering such action – or who knows someone who may be – to call it immediately.

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Brittany Kerr and Jason Aldean Mark Emotional Return to Las Vegas

Very tastefully, Saturday Night Live had Jason Aldean on to play a moving tribute to the Las Vegas shooting victims.

Now, his wife marked their somber return to Las Vegas with a powerful photograph.

Remember — Jason and Brittany aren’t just symbols of the shooting because so many victims were Jason’s fans. They themselves are survivors.

First, we have to talk about Brittany’s harrowing experience during the shooting itself.

This was doubly — actually, triple-y scary for Jason Aldean’s wife. She wasn’t just worried about herself or her husband or the crowd.

Brittany Aldean is pregnant, you guys.

In the aftermath of the terrorist shooting, Brittany posted about her experience to Instagram — and it’s clear that her pregnancy and her unborn child loomed heavily in her mind.

“When the gunfire started, I was not with Jason, but with some friends in a tent close to Mandalay.”

As if a shooting isn’t bad enough already — not being with your loved one but knowing that they’re out there is even worse.

“As you can imagine my first instinct was to run to him and his was the same.”

Of course it was!

“As we laid behind equipment onstage with some of our road family, bullets flying past… all I could think was ‘I never even got to hold my baby.'”

A terrifying thought.

We get that she’s famous and so some people don’t want to feel sorry for her, but remember that everyone experiences terrorist attacks the same way. It’s a war zone.

“We all made sure the others knew we loved them and then ran for cover where we stayed for the next couple hours. (Not knowing if there were multiple shooters, where the bullets were coming from… NOTHING)”

Remember, we know a lot about the shooter now, but at the time they didn’t even know how many attackers there were.

“We were the lucky ones. I can’t put into words the pain and heartache we feel for the ones who are no longer with us.”

We all understand.

“Took me a while to be able to write these words… thank you to everyone who has reached out to Jason and I… Means the world to us.”

Some people never find the words. And that’s okay.

Now, Jason and Brittany have returned to Vegas and shared a photo that would almost seem innocuous if you didn’t know the context.

Brittany shared this caption:

“Feels surreal being back in Vegas today. Visiting some of the strongest people we have ever met… fighting the toughest battle of them all… for their lives.”

She thanks the fellow survivors in Vegas.

“You have helped us try to begin the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have. Thank you for today. We will never forget. #vegasstrong”

That’s a moving message.

She kept it short, but that seems appropriate. She’s already shared her experiences. And we’re sure that she doesn’t want to talk over other survivors.

The couple’s response in general has been very encouraging. 

Jason Aldean went onto SNL, as we mentioned, to perform Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”

That surprise performance was powerful, emotional, and a very appropriate tribute to the victims — those who made it and those who didn’t.

It’s all part of the long, long healing process.

Quite frankly, though, until we know a lot more about the shooting and resolve some of the public’s unanswered questions, we don’t know how anyone can truly heal.

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