Julia Stiles has only been a mommy for a little over a month, and has done her best to protect her little one from the public eye ... including withholding the gender of her baby.
Although she announced the birth of her child (a month after the birth), she gave the name, but no more details. Fans commented that the baby's name, Strummer Newcomb Cook, possibly sounded like a boy, but it was hard to know.
But a few days ago, Julia posted a picture with her carrying Strummer in a baby carrier.
One particularly harsh commenter said, "Your caption, Julia speaks volume [sic] about your parenting skills, the way you compare your child to books to some sounds you're emotionally detached to your newborn. Lacking in motherly instincts of a new mom to her first born. Everyone expected to see you with both arms wrap [sic] around your baby, cuddling the child like it's precious. Not like books where you don't have to support it with your hands, like a typical New Yorker, you're laid back, badass mom and wants to show the world you're gonna raise your kid with your own rules. A non-conformist. One who would breast your baby in public and up until the baby boy is 6 yrs old. Am I wrong?"
Fortunately, thousands came to Julia's defense.
And she had the perfect comeback — in which we all found out some very exciting news: the gender of her sweet Strummer.
She wrote, "It was brought to my attention that in the previous photo I am not holding my baby correctly. Wow, I didn't expect that. What was supposed to be a shout out of products I like, suddenly becomes an invitation to comment on my baby, and my ability as a mother. That's the internet for you, the carnivorous plant from 'Little Shop of Horrors.' I was trying to keep much of my son's image private, including, I guess, his little feet. And it was just a photo taken at home, not how I normally carry him around. Thanks for the concern, anyway.
Yes, Mothers, always read the safety instructions. But also, Instagrammers: instead of writing snarky comments about a 5 week old, try dancing around your living room to a Clash record. It's way more fun."
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