Bill Klein and Jen Arnold have endured a very long struggle to become parents, so not surprisingly now they've achieved their dream they are happier than anybody could possibly imagine! The proud parents recently completed the adoption of their son, Will—an adorable three-year-old from China who, like his famous folks, is a little person—now the reality stars are opening up about their joy at adding to their family, and in an exclusive interview with OKMagazine.com they critique each other's parenting skills and talk about work/family balance. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein are loving every minute of being mom and dad to adorable son Will Fans of TLC's The Little Couple will not be shocked to learn that easy going, big hearted Bill is an amazing dad, and according to wife Jen he has already earned the title of "fun dad!" Photos: Meet Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold's Son Will! "I knew Bill was going to be an awesome dad," Jen says. "He's wanted to be a dad as long as I've known him and you know, he is just that… and to be honest, one of the best things I love to see is Bill having fun and just horsing around with Will. Will made his TV debut on the Katie Couric show last month alongside his proud parents! "As you can imagine, Bill is a big kid himself—he's perfectly content to be the fun dad, and that's officially Bill's name.. he is fun dad.. and he always knows how to find the tickle spot on Will and he can always make him laugh. In fact, when Will is angry and trying to throw a temper tantrum—and all 3-year-olds have their moments—Bill starts laughing at him and then all of a sudden Will can't decide if he wants to laugh or cry, trying to hold back from laughing while he's trying to throw a temper tantrum which i think is great! But anyway, Bill is definitely fun dad and I am the mean maintenance mom!" Photos: The Little Couple Stars Show off Their New Son However, according to Bill, it's not all about "mean maintenance" there's plenty of fun mom in Jen too, and he's quick to give his 3'2" wife plenty of props when it comes to her juggling her devotion to work—Jen's a neonatologist at Texas Children's Hospital—with her obvious devotion to their son. Bill and Jen adopted three-year-old Will from China, he has a form of dwarfism just like his famous folks "Everybody that's watched the show knows that Jen's selfless," Bill says. "She's devoted to her family, she's devoted to her job—and you know, she's as cute as a button! But you know, what she's impressed me the most is with her ability to be.. what's the word… I mean, she's a patient and loving mom, and I really don't understand how she's able to do it the way she does! The Little Couple Hear Heartbreaking News Of Their Children's Possible Health Issues "But she does, she's able to juggle professional stuff—and stress from work—and when she comes home she somehow, she's able to shrug that stuff off and say 'you know what, this is mommy time and time with my son and I'm not going to be thinking about that stuff… I'm going to focus on my son, and when she does, it's like everything else, you know, with a laser beam and she's really, really good at everything. Not surprisingly, when Bill and Jen met Will for the first time it was love at first sight! "Jen's really good at getting Will to do those things, those things that most three-year-old's don't like to do, like, you know, brush your teeth, get ready for bed, and all that fun stuff.. and you know, just having fun with him. Because when he runs around laughing hysterically like his head is going to pop off, its because she's messing around with him, and he just… it's fun to watch, and I love being a part of it, but I'm almost just as happy, just as content to hide in the corner and let those two go at it!" Adding To The Family! The Little Couple Announce They Are Also Adopting A Girl! Meanwhile, the new parents are still working at finding the perfect balance between family life and work time, something Jen—as many working mothers know only too well, is finding a real challenge—whereas Bill, with his more flexible schedule, is adapting quickly to. Look at that smile! Bill and Jen say little Will is a super happy boy who charms everyone he meets! "For my part, you know, I run the pet shop, I have people that work of me, so for the most part my job is to make sure there's money in the bank, and orders are being placed and you know, we have product to sell and the employees are happy, so I have stress but I also have the flexibility to check out my son," Bill explains. "So I check on him during the day and I work sometimes from my home office, sometimes from the shop.. and when I have to go into the shop, it just sucks! The Little Couple's Emotional And Long Journey To Parenthood "I don't like leaving at all, I like hanging out with Will, he's like my buddy, we do a lot of stupid stuff together, you know, we play with the blocks, we play with the cars—we both have an issue with cars—you know, so we're having a lot of fun. But for Jen, because she's got more of the nine to five job, or the six to see you sometime tomorrow.. you know, I imagine it's more difficult, but she can probably speak for that better than I can!" Just like daddy! Jen tweeted a super cute pic of Will on the plane during his journey to his new home "I think it's about balance and I haven't achieved that balance yet, i'm working it out" Jen says. "Obviously, I love my job, the work that I do, but it's also very demanding and I now have a new priority, I have a son and I love him to death and I hate leaving for work in the evening and I love coming home at night, so i think it definitely makes me appreciate the time I do have with him because i've gone back to work but at the same time I find it a challenge to go to work. Watch Will Make His World Debut On Katie Couric's Show! "If i was independently wealthy would I work? Probably not, I'd stay home all the time being with Will, but we've found a wonderful nanny who is helping us out and you know, thankfully, i'm trying to do less thirty hour shifts as much as my work can allow it and it's just taking it day by day. You know, it could be three months from now I change everything and go part time, or maybe not, i think I'm just trying to play it by ear right now… there are no rule books, there are no guides, I wish someone could tell me the right thing to do because its definitely a challenge! Bill and Jen have struggled for years in their bid to become parents—now they have Will and are waiting for their little girl too! "I'm just trying to go with the flow until it doesn't feel right, and as long as he's OK and I still get as much time as possible with him, then i'm just going to go with the flow." Tune in to The Little Couple on TLC Tuesday 10/9 c to watch Bill and Jen head to China to finally pick up Will—you can watch an exclusive sneak peek right here on OKMagazine.com! Do you have any advice for the happy new parents? Sound off in comments below and tweet us @OKMagazine Photo credit: TLC/Splash/Twitter
FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two senior Federal Reserve officials on Tuesday played down chances that the U.S. central bank would signal a readiness to taper bond buying at its meeting next month, dampening speculation the Fed might soon dial back its ultra-easy policy.
As a mom, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars winner Melissa Rycroft knows how important it is to keep her loved ones sun safe while having fun this summer, so she's teaming up with Banana Boat to launch the Unconditional Fun Sweepstakes through which families can win a getaway to any one of the 10 Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark Resorts in the country. Watch: What Does Kim Zolciak Keep In Her Diaper Bag? Melissa chats with OK! about being sun smart, planning the ultimate family vacay and who just might take home that coveted Mirror Ball Trophy on Dancing with the Stars tonight. OK!: What are your tips for making sure everyone gets out the door wearing sunblock? Melissa Rycroft: Oh my gosh, you stand at the door with the sunscreen—that’s what you do! I’m lucky, my husband is actually really good about applying it because he’s a burner and he knows if he doesn’t he’s going to hurt. My little one has his skin tone so she’s really fair-skinned and she doesn’t put up much of a fight yet so as of now it’s pretty easy to get the family out in their sunscreen. Ask me again in a few years! OK! News: What's In Your Beauty Bag, Laura Marano? OK!: Any advice for getting sunblock on a squirmy toddler? MR: My number one tip for a toddler is to get the spray. The lotion…they just don’t have the attention span for it. These days the spray comes in either clear or white if you want to see where it’s going. I use the white and then I actually put the clear on her little scalp because her head burns so badly. The spray will follow the squirming so that should be an easy solution. OK!: What has been your favorite family vacation? MR: I have a feeling we’re about to go on it. We’re going to Europe in a couple months – all three of us. I’ve never been, obviously Ava never has but Tye has, I have a feeling that’s going to be fun. But so far Tye and I took a trip to St. Lucia a couple of years ago that by far has been better than anything I’ve gone on before. OK! News: 'The X Factor' Names Two New Judges OK!: What countries are you planning on visiting ? MR: My husband is planning the whole thing so I couldn’t even tell you! OK!: Make him do the work! MR: I’m usually the planner of the group so this time I’m like, wow, I get to sit back and enjoy. Watch: Kate Hudson's Chevron Mani Can Be Yours In Minutes OK!: What’s the funniest thing Ava has done recently? MR: Last time we were in New York, the three of us, I was out working for the day and right before I left Tye and Ava were in the hotel room together and she pooped in the bath tub. I was on a deadline so I left. I came back to the hotel room seven hours later to find the Do Not Disturb sign on the door, the tub empty and two little poo pellets sitting in the tub. I don’t know who that was more embarrassing for—my husband who didn’t clean it up or my poor little daughter who went to the bathroom in the bathtub. He left it for me to figure out seven hours later. He was in the doghouse a little bit that night. OK!: If you could arrange a play date with any celebrity kid, who would it be? MR: There’s so many cool little kids. Gwen Stefani’s little ones seem like really cool kids. I would want to set something up with one of them. OK! News: Get Jessica Biel's Stunning Cannes Hair Look OK!: Their style is amazing, too. MR: Not many kids can pull of a blue mohawk—let’s be honest. OK!: Who do you think will take home the Mirror Ball Trophy tonight on the DWTS finale? MR: I’ve said from day one Kellie Pickler is going to be putting up a pretty big fight. I think she’s been one of, if not the, front runner the whole time. I personally would love to see Aly (Raisman) come away with it just because she was kind of the underdog at the beginning but then had this huge surge of power behind her the past couple weeks. I think it would be really great to see her win. These guys are great – this final four. It could easily go to Zendaya, it could easily got to Jacoby (Jones). I still think Kellie’s gonna walk away (with it) but nobody would surprise me at this point. Where are you planning your family vacay this year? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @OKMagazine. Photo credit: Getty Images
Why rock one high slit when you can rock two? At least that's Alessandra's motto (and mine). This easy, breezy style is genius for a few reasons: it can be worn with sandals for a low-key boardwalk look or mega wedges or stilettos for a chic St. Bart's-channeled-nighttime-style. It's also sorta conservative (aka long) while still being sexy (via the slits), which makes it one of the most versatile skirt trends right now! Photos: Hey, Shortie! 9 Hot Celebs, 9 Hot Short Styles A few more styles I'm loving: Double-Slit Maxi Dress, $23, forever21.com Josefine Skirt, $198, rachelpally.com Silence & Noise Geo Print High-Slit Maxi, $69, urbanoutfitters.com Photos: Cannes Film Festival Fashion What do you think of this trend? Would you try it out? Sound off in the comments below or tell me which other trend you're loving this Tuesday @KelliAcciardo or @OKMagazine! Photo credit: INF
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