Dirty, rotten handbag snatchers would be well-advised to leave pregnant ladies alone. Some of those moms-to-be can really kick butt or maybe even break a robber's leg in a couple of places. One tough mama in Philadelphia did just that recently after a thief grabbed her purse and punched her in the forehead. This was no waddling pregnant woman -- no, she chased her assailant down and beat him up, even after he broke her wrist and punched her belly. The guy, who has been charged with several crimes, not only faces the prospect of being mocked by other inmates, but will also require two surgeries to fix his leg.
While the U.S. Women's National Soccer team is inspiring girls to play sports, team captain Christie Rampone is inspiring moms everywhere. The 36-year-old mother of two returned to the U.S. after the team's recent loss to Japan in the Women's World Cup Finals, and held her two adorable girls in her arms as she fielded reporters' questions. She said her kids put it all in perspective and that it was wonderful to see them smiling at her even after the tough loss. While it may have been a loss for the U.S. team, it was a definite win for the moms' team.
When a guy in New Zealand was caught speeding, he tried to dodge a ticket by saying his pregnant passenger was in labor. A couple months shy of her due date, she likely wasn't having so much as a Braxton Hicks contraction. The poor cops, trying to be accommodating, cordoned off part of the freeway and even arranged an ambulance transport for her. When she arrived at the hospital, she promptly discharged herself and sped away in a waiting car.
Should it always be a woman's right to choose adoption? One father, whose ex-girlfriend gave birth to their daughter, "Baby Emma," was shocked when he showed up at the hospital to meet his baby, only to find the mother had already relinquished their daughter for adoption. The father, who has been fighting for his parental rights ever since, was recently denied custody by the Utah Supreme Court. The dedicated dad said, “I am going to keep fighting for my daughter. Whether I have to wait until she is of age, I want to be a part of her life. There is nothing anyone or those people can do to stop me from being part of her life.”
One mom, who will not be nominated for any Mother of the Year awards, recently tried to sell her newborn at a Taco Bell. She allegedly walked into the restaurant and began soliciting bids for her three-day old baby, with an asking price ranging from $500 to $5,000. The cops were, of course, called and found her at a nearby motel. Despite eyewitness accounts claiming she seemed drunk or high, she insists she's been off meth for a year. Some say that her attempts to sell her baby, in a Taco Bell of all places, indicate that it's highly unlikely she was sober at the time.
Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.