If you've been anywhere near social media this week, then you're no doubt aware that Kim Kardashian has welcomed her third child.
You're probably also aware that she gave that child a very strange name.
Yes, the moniker Chicago West is dominating all other Kardashian news this week for the simple reason that it's an unusual name for a baby girl, even by Kimye standards.
Kim and Kanye would probably appreciate it if most critics would hold their damn tongues, but they're probably not too upset about the fact that Chicago is dominating the entertainment news cycle.
For one thing, Kim and Kanye are of the opinion that everything they do is deserving of the public's full attention and that's doubly true when they do something that's actually newsworthy, such as welcoming a child and naming it after a major American city.
And as a bonus, the name distracts from the weird news coming out today about Kim and Kanye's surrogate:
As we reported yesterday, Kim's surrogate was reported to have been very well-paid for her services.
That would make perfect sense, of course, as being a surrogate is a major commitment and Kim and Kanye are very wealthy.
Today, however, Radar Online is reporting that the surrogate (who remains anonymous) was paid much, much less than initially thought.
The site claims that the surrogate received a mere $68,850 in compensation “for all discomfort, pain, suffering, and inconveniences, for pregnancy and pre-birth child support expenses and post-birth expenses.”
It's a sizable sum, to be sure, but a mere fraction of what was expected as payment from one of the wealthiest couples in entertainment.
In addition to the flat fee, Kim and Kanye agreed to cover “obstetrical, nursing, hospital and maternity care, pharmaceutical, pediatrics, or other costs,” as well as covering all “medical expenses, fees, costs and services relating to the pregnancy and the birth of the child.”
Generous, sure, but also a standard part of most surrogate agreements.
The Wests even went so far as to put a clause in the contract ensuring that they would not be held responsible if, for any reason, the surrogate's husband was forced to miss work during her pregnancy:
“The Intended Parents shall have no responsibility to pay the gestational carrier’s husband’s lost wages under this agreement,”
We should note that none of this comes directly from the surrogate, as according to the terms of her contract, she's not permitted to speak to the press.
The surrogate's parents spoke on her behalf earlier this week and assured the public that all is well.
“She is doing well,” her mother told Radar Online.
"Everything went well. As a matter of fact, she’s at home resting," said the surrogate's father, when asked if there were any complications.
Both parties declined to offer any further information for fear of giving away their daughter's identity.
An anonymous source says the mother-of-two is happy with the arrangement, as she was never really in it for the money:
“Neither she or her husband have asked for a nickel more from Kim or Kanye” said the source.
“They just wanted to bless someone’s family with the gift of a child.”
That's nice and all, but if the family you're blessing happens to be insanely wealthy, might as well ensure that your own kids are taken care of, right?
Just sayin' ...