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Friday, March 30, 2007
Arizona Police Search for 3-Year-Old Abducted Boy

Police in Mesa, Ariz., are asking for the public's help in finding a 3-year-old boy who was reported kidnapped.

Police say Isaiah Amari Vargaswas last seen about 9:45 p.m. Thursday night in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 550 East McKellips.

Isaiah's father told police that a family acquaintance had just arrived at the complex with his son inside the vehicle when a dark green Volkswagen Jetta pulled up next to it.

The father said two black males assaulted the family acquaintance, grabbed Isaiah and took off n the Jetta, which was driven by a third person. Police said in a press release that the gender and physical description of the driver is unknown. The Jetta drove off in an unknown direction.

Isaiah is described as 3 feet tall, weighs 29 pounds and has brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a red sports jersey with an unknown number on the front and the letters FUBU on the back, and blue jeans. The boy has a slight scar on his right forehead.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.



Woman Gives Birth At 66

An Austrian woman had her second child when aged 66 after becoming a first-time mother at 61.

A spokeswoman at the hospital in southern Austria where the birth took place said that mother and child were doing fine.

According to media reports the pregnancy was made possible by artificial insemination that had been performed abroad. The hospital released no further information on the patient.

Austria’s oldest mother is also one of the oldest women worldwide to have given birth to a healthy child.

In December 2006 a 67-year-old woman from Spain became the world’s oldest mother.

Congratulations to this women for being about to carry a baby to term at 67, but what happens when the poor kid is 15 and his mom is 82. Do they live together in the old age home?

Women need to consider what the future will be like for a child who's parents aren't able to do things that young parents can do. These little monkeys use a lot of energy and parents who are MUCH older than their children will not, at some point, have the the energy to keep up with their kids.

There is a reason why there is a cut off age for fertility. The clinic should have considered all of this before performing any procedures on this mom!



Woman Faked Being Pregnant With Quints

A Chinese woman has admitted she faked being pregnant with quintuplets to please her husband.

A Chinese woman has admitted faking being pregnant with quintuplets to please her husband /Lu Feng

Qiao Yubo, 23, of Songyuan city, Jilin province, became quite a star in the Chinese media for her pregnancy.

But she was exposed as a fake when a doctor called at her home to do a check-up and she ran away, reports Xinhua News.

"The pregnant mom jumped from a window and ran away," says Mr Li, president of Changchun Puji Hospital.

Qiao later admitted she had stuffed clothes under her dress to fake her pregnancy to please her husband, Liu Defu, who had been in a car crash.

She was originally pregnant with twins but miscarried them after falling. She didn't tell her husband because he had his leg fractured in a car accident.

He knew she was having twins, but just assumed that there were more in there.

"Since I knew she was pregnant with multiples, I dared not touch her, even in sleep."

Liu has now forgiven his wife: "She was taking care of me when I was injured, and she didn't want me to get hurt again by learning about the miscarriage," he said.

Who fakes being pregnant with quints? One maybe... but not 5. Some people are ridulous!


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Washington Children Found Safe After Amber Alert

Remi Baugher and her 2-year-old brother, Lars were found safe just outside Denver after an Amber Alert was issued.

John Baugher, the children's father, was arrested shortly after noon in Idaho Springs, Colo., while the three were traveling on a Greyhound bus.

Law enforcement officers boarded the bus about 35 miles outside Denver after it developed mechanical problems and stopped on the side of the highway, said Laura Laughlin, Seattle FBI special agent in charge. The bus was bound from Salt Lake City to Hartford, Conn., via Denver, she said.

The FBI was reuniting the children -- 4-year-old Remi Baugher and her 2-year-old brother, Lars -- with their mother, said Agent Larry Carr.

John Baugher, 34, was charged Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court with custodial interference for failing to return the children to their mother after a visit. A warrant was issued for his arrest. He was held at the Clear Creek County Jail pending his return to Washington.

The Amber Alert was issued in Walla Walla for the children on Sunday. Baugher's van was found Monday in northeast Washington and the father and children were seen Tuesday at a fast-food restaurant and a department store in Missoula, Mont., where they were taped on surveillance cameras. He also was spotted Wednesday evening at a Salt Lake City bus station.

The FBI said it appeared that Baugher altered the appearance of the children, cutting Remi's hair short and dressing her like a boy, and dyeing both children's hair darker.

Officials had said they were concerned for the children because Baugher has mental health problems.

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Jennifer Garner Allure Magazine Interview

Jennifer Garner is on the cover of Allure magazine this month. She discusses her marriage to Ben Affleck and being a mom to Violet. Here are some highlights of the interview:

On nursing:

All I ever heard was everyone bitch about it - nobody ever said, 'You are not going to believe how emotional this is.' It's like, I'll say I'm going to stop, and then I'm in there, feeding her.

On losing weight while nursing:

It happened to a lot of my girlfriends and sisters, and I really thought, 'This is the ticket, the best diet in the world' - and it just wasn't. I kept waiting, and I just didn't lose weight. It took six months before I did. I also, though, used breastfeeding as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. I've always had a flat stomach, and now everyone's just always going to think I'm two months pregnant for the rest of my life.

Enjoying her new found curves:

I could not motivate myself to work out. I wasn't going to give up that time with Violet, and if she was asleep, I wanted to sleep, because I was working. It just didn't seem important. [And] my body felt so much more balanced out. Because I've always had a biscuit [her term for her small breasts] and I've never had boobs, and so I finally felt like, 'Oh, this is how it's supposed to be.'

I like Jennifer Garner. What you see is what you get. She brings her own child to the park, plays with her in the dirt, lets her get dirty and kisses her after the day is done.

The average woman can relate to her because she is a real mom, not a made up image that puts on an act while out in public.

SOURCE: Allure via Celebritybabyblog

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Thursday, March 29, 2007
David Caruso & Liza Marquez Expecting Second Child

CSI: Miami star David Caruso and girlfriend Liza Marquez are expecting their second child together.

David, 51, and Liza are the parents of 18-month-old Marquez Anthony and he also has a 22-year-old daughter, Greta, from his second marriage to actress Rachel Ticotin.

Last year, David spoke to Entertainment Tonite about Marquez saying, "We're very, very lucky, and it's nice to have that little sanctum to go home to everyday and to have this fresh little guy there. He's amazing."


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RECALL: Stuffed "Fun Balls"

Regent Products Corp. is recalling stuffed "Fun Balls." The stuffed balls contain lead paint, which is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

The Fun Ball is an orange stuffed ball toy that measures 4 inches in diameter and designed to look like a basketball. The ball is printed with colored numbers, letters and ?Reg. #PA-10623(HK).

The balls were sold at Dollar stores and other discount stores nationwide from June, 2006 through March, 2007 for about $1.

Consumers should take these balls away from young children immediately and return the toy to the store where purchased for a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Regent Products at (800) 940-4869 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.regentproducts.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).


Heidi and Johan's Lunch Date

Heidi Klum enjoys a lunch date with 4-month-old son Johan at The Grove in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He is so cute with his little tongue sticking out.

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Parents Warned To Protect Toddlers From 'Toppling' Televisions

Last week I did a post on baby proofing you home and in that article I spoke about tethering your furniture to prevent young ones from being injured.

There is a study out now that finds that more than 100 children visit those emergency departments each year with television tip over injuries.

Parents need to be more aware of the hazards posed by televisions that can easily topple onto small children, say two Halifax researchers who conducted an unusual hospital study.

Their study, which appears in the current issue of Paediatrics and Child Health, was sparked by the injury of a child they treated. "A little guy was playing at home just like all little guys do," said Dr. Stephanie Dotchin of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

"And mom stepped away from the room and she heard a big crash and noticed that her child had a television fallen on top of him."

The youngster required neurosurgery, spent months in hospital, and still has difficulty walking and speaking because of brain damage.

Once the researchers started to look at televisions in the home, they also started to examine the sets within the pediatric hospital. After building a model that simulated a young child who are at an age most likely to climb and want to fiddle with a television, they found that it was actually quite easy to pull over TV sets in a pediatric hospital.

Ninety per cent of the televisions were found to be tippable by a child four years of age or younger. Following the study, they were all made secure.

"We'd like parents to be conscious that this is a risk in their homes and give thought to where they're placing their televisions," said Dotchin.

She advises anchoring televisions to a console or a wall to make them more safe "so that we don't have any more of these terrible accidents."

The study suggests standards be set for the anchoring of televisions.

Dr. Kevin Gordon of IWK's pediatrics department noted that most TVs come with an anchor at the back that will fit into the console intended to be purchased with that brand of television.

"My suspicion is that when you spend $500 or $600 for a TV, you balk at spending the extra $80 for the console that was made with the special seatbelt in the back for that TV."

"TVs are getting larger and larger all the time, and so this is really getting to be even more of an issue," she said.

"The other challenge is that people tend to put televisions on top of dressers, or they put televisions on top of things that are not necessarily TV stands, and kids climb. And therefore they get access to them, and with them being front-heavy we do see these kind of incidents."

It is recommended that televisions be placed on stands that are lower to the ground, steady, and ideally brace or anchor them to the wall.


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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
German Hospitals Set Up 'Baby Drops' as Infanticide Cases Increase

Desperate mothers are being urged to drop their unwanted babies through hatches at hospitals in Germany in an effort to halt a spate of infanticides that has shocked the country.

Already this year there have been 23 infant deaths, many of them beaten or strangled by their mothers before being dumped on wasteland and in dustbins.

City councils have launched an advertising campaign to highlight the problem and to promote greater use of what are being called Baby-Klappe hatches that allow women to drop off their babies to be found and cared for without having to give their names. Posters were being put up in cities and towns across Germany yesterday, urging women to make use of the Baby-Klappe, with the slogan “Before babies land in the rubbish bin . . .”

The campaign has already drawn criticism from senior clergymen and from charities, including Caritas, who argue that it could actively encourage mothers to dump their children. But there is agreement that something must be done to address what appears to be an infanticide epidemic.

Professor Mechthild Neises, head of the Psychosomatic Unit at the Medical University in Hanover, agreed: “Such women have usually lied about their pregnancy for so long that they have stopped believing that they are actually pregnant. When the baby suddenly arrives, they panic and just want to get rid of it.”

But the baby-drops, modeled on foundling wheels that were first used in Italy in medieval times, are not seen as the final antidote to these killings. “Often the mother is under such psychological pressure that she doesn’t even register alternatives like the Baby-Klappe,” Dr Neises said.

But they do offer an alternative for some mothers. The drop-off point is usually hidden from view, shielded by trees and away from security cameras. The baby is put on to a tray that slides through a hole in the wall and is gently lowered into a heated cot. An alarm bell alerts nursing staff — but only after the mother has been given sufficient time to make a getaway. The baby can be reclaimed, usually up to three months later, should the mother change her mind.

In Berlin the posters, giving full addresses and phone numbers of three hospitals with baby-drops, are sponsored by Hans Wall, a businessman whose company maintains bus shelters and public lavatories. A baby was dumped in one of his shelters on a cold night last January. He became its godfather and will finance its education.

Political support for the campaign has come from the Green party, but the government is more wary, fearing legal problems. On occasions children with severe disabilities or babies aged over 3 months have been dumped: both in breach of the law.

“There are serious legal and professional arguments against baby-drops,” a government spokeswoman said. “But we cannot ignore the fact that they can save lives.”

Italy recently re-introduced this same concept at a few hospitals in a lower income areas. I applaud these countries for standing up and doing something about this issue. It has obviously become an epidemic and these moms need safe places to bring their babies if they are feeling overwhelmed.



Soccer Star Mia Hamm Welcomes Twin Girls

Congratulations to Mia Hamm and husband Nomar Garciaparra of the Los Angeles Dodgers on the safe arrival of their twin girls.

"Both babies are healthy," says Josh Rawitch, spokesman for the Dodgers.

Hamm, 33, played on the U.S. women's national soccer team for 18 years. When she retired after the 2004 Athens Olympics, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native had won two World Cups and two Olympic medals.

She met Garciaparra at a 1998 charity event and wed in Santa Barbara in 2003. They live in Los Angeles.

Garciaparra, 33, is the Dodger first baseman. He previously played for the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox.

Mia is the fifth celebrity to have twins in the last few months. Marcia Cross welcomed twin girls on February 21st, Patrick and Jillian Dempsey had twin boys on February 2nd, Diddy and Kim Porter had twin girls on December 21st and Diana Krall started the whole thing off on December 10th with the arrival of her twin boys.

We wish them good luck!


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Kisses For Sadie

Adam Sandler takes daughter Sadie, 10 months, to the park for some fun in the sun and lots of KISSES!


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Eating Red Meat During Pregnancy Could Effect Your Son's Sperm Count

Women who consume large amounts of beef while pregnant give birth to sons with low sperm count. Researchers believe that pesticides, hormones or contaminants in cattle feed may effect the future sperm count.

"In sons of 'high beef consumers' (more than seven beef meals a week), sperm concentration was 24.3 percent lower," the researchers wrote in their report, published in the journal Human Reproduction.

The team at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York studied data on the partners of 387 pregnant women in five U.S. cities between 2000 and 2005, and on the mothers of the fathers-to-be.

Of the 51 men whose mothers remembered eating the most beef, 18 percent had sperm counts classified by the World Health Organization as sub-fertile.

"The average sperm concentration of the men in our study went down as their mothers' beef intake went up. But this needs to be followed carefully before we can draw any conclusions," said Shanna Swan, who led the team.

Researchers were surprised when they found this out, but there was a very strong association.

She admits the study is limited — this type of study, called a retrospective study, is not as powerful as a study that follows people in real-time.

But she believes that women can remember fairly accurately what they ate while pregnant.

"When you are pregnant you are very aware of what you eat — you are watching your weight and some things make you sick and you need to get enough of x and y so you focus on that," she said.

The mothers of the men were asked only if they ate beef more than once a day or less — something Swan believes they could remember accurately.

Swan now wants to test young men living in the European Union, where hormones have been banned in beef since 1988.

There it is ladies!! It's all about organics while you are pregnant!

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Children and Anorexia

The dailymail has an interesting article about children as young as six being diagnosed with eating disorders. The shock findings come from the first national study into eating disorders in those under the age of 13.

The condition is more severe in young children as anorexia can permanently stunt growth, affect future fertility and damage bones.

Over a 13-month period from March 2005, 206 preteenage children across Britain and Ireland were newly diagnosed with serious disorders ranging from bulimia and anorexia to binge eating.

Half were admitted to hospitals for in-patient treatment. Some were showing symptoms of starvation such as a low temperature and a slow heart rate, while 10 per cent had to be fed by tube.

The youngest child diagnosed with an eating disorder in that period was just six years old and was showing signs of anorexia. An eight-year-old girl was the youngest to be newly diagnosed with anorexia.

Becoming a vegetarian was a first step as well as cutting out anything perceived as being fattening such as chocolate, sweets and puddings. Half of the girls in the study also exercised excessively to keep their weight down.

The good news is that nearly 60 per cent of the children have since improved.

Experts said younger children tend to be more body aware and take a greater interest in fashion and celebrity culture. They are also likely to be influenced by parents on diets and exercising excessively. Research earlier this year showed anorexia may have a genetic link.

Parents are warned that young children with eating disorders can become ill very quickly but it can still be months before the signs are picked up.

Tips for Parents:
  • The key is recognizing a change in the child’s level of satisfaction with themselves and their body (in weight, size or shape), change in self acceptance or self-view or a change in social interaction. The main warning sign is to look for change. Not all changes your child will go through are concerning or negative. However, it is important to notice change when it is persistently negative towards the child’s own looks, size, and self.
  • Encourage your child to eat healthy, regularly and have a variety of foods. You can promote needed changes in menu choices but not dieting.
  • Parents can be modeling healthy eating and regular physical activity while setting expectations of valuing people for their internal worth rather than for their physical appearance. It is not about parents saying or not saying something, it is more about parents leading by example.

When I was six I wasn't worrying about my weight. I worried about about my little brother getting more attention than me and what I was do at recess the next day. The world has definitely changed for young people!


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Glowing Jillian Barberie

Jillian Barberie and husband Grant Reynolds, who are expecting their first child on July 7th, attended the Frankie B. Fall/Winter 07 Dinner Party over the weekend.

The couple announced they were expecting in December, Jillian is due June/July.

The pregnancy was especially good news for Barberie, who was unsure if she could conceive at 40 after a 2004 miscarriage. "I was pregnant a couple of years ago with a guy that I was dating, and I thought, well, I'm 38, and I'll keep the baby because who knows if I'm going to have the chance," Barberie says.

"When we got married I said, you know, I think this is something we're going to try at. But (Grant) is very laid back and he said it's just going to happen. He's infectious with his positive thinking. And sure enough, it did! We got pregnant on our first try. I'm very blessed. I would have gone the route of treatment if I had to."

She looks fabulous and is glowing from head to toe! We wish her the best in the last few months of her pregnancy.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Gwen And Kingston

Gwen Stefani and Kingston were seen out in L.A. this weekend probably preparing the Idols for their performances tonight. Gwen mentored the Idol hopefuls this evening and then performs during the results show tomorrow night.

Photo Property of FLYNETONLINE via Popsugar

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Choosing A Bottle: Some Biosphenol-A Free Choices

After my son was born I went through the impossible task of trying to find a bottle that he liked. We purchased 6 different kinds of bottles before he decided on the one he like the best.

The big issue when choosing a bottle, besides compatibility for your newborn, is the plastic used to make them. Many bottle manufacturers use Biosphenol A in their bottles. The debate has been ongoing for years concerning the side effects of such chemicals and I have to say the findings are scary.

Bisphenol A leaches from baby bottles with regular washings, even if the bottles are not heated. And in low doses, BPA has been shown to affect the reproductive system of rodents. Other studies have linked low doses of BPA to cancers, impaired immune function, early onset of puberty, obesity, diabetes and even hyperactivity.

Here are some bottles that are manufactured without Biosphenol-A:

1. Classic Glass Bottles - Your mom probably used glass bottles when feeding you and they are still available for you to use for your newborn. While glass bottles are sturdy, the can break; sudden temperature changes can cause such breakage.

The Evenflo® Sensitive Response™ Clear Glass Bottle is designed with Micro Air Vents™ that let baby get an even flow of liquid and help keep air from entering baby's tummy. Due to the recent articles that have been written concerning BPA's Evenflo has been sold out of this line of bottles. They have increased production by 1000% and hope to have more available in the near future.

2. Born Free - Guaranteed to be free of the hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol-A, Born Free™ bottles are made of Polyamide PA, a form of nylon.

This bottle utilizes a proprietary venting system which helps reduce vacuum pressure, which helps eliminate gas and spit up. The venting systems have also been shown to assist in the reduction of risk for middle ear infections (Brown and Magnuson, 2000).

These products are made from a honey-colored plastic that is dishwasher safe (top rack). Born Free™ products are endorsed by the Children’s Health Environment Coalition.

3. Medela - All Medela products that come into direct contact with breast milk, including all our breast shields and bottles, have always been made with BPA-free polypropylene plastic. They do not have a marketing hook attached to their bottles. They are good old fashioned bottles that have a silicone nipple. This company also offers an orthodontic "slow-flow" nipple, which is recommended for breastfed infants.

Medela bottles resist scratches, cracking and splintering and are compatible with all Medela breast pumps for pumping right into the container.

The Adiri Natural Nurser Ultimate Bottle is 100% polycarbonate-free and bisphenol-A free.

It retains the features babies and parents love in the Breastbottle® Nurser, as well as offers the latest high quality materials, a graceful design, and the new Fill, Twist and Feed™ system, engineered so that a parent or caregiver can quickly prepare a bottle, even with a hungry infant under one arm.

The Adiri Natural Nurser comes in three stages for three different flow rates. Each stage holds 8 oz. of fluid and is dishwasher safe! Adiri Natural Nursers can also be boiled or sterilized using a basic sterilizer.

Green To Grow - I love that this bottle is safe and cute all at the same time. These bottles are made from PES plastic, which gives them a natural golden color. They are free of phthalates and free of bisphenol A.

  • Bottles are tested in the U.S. to ensure they meet the highest standards for quality and safety
  • Free of lead and PVC
  • Includes a Beginner (slow flow, 0-3 months) nitrosamine-free silicone nipple
  • 100% recycled packaging
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack)

Thinkbaby - Like the green to grow, this bottle is also a natural golden color and free of Biosphenol-A, PVC Phthlates, Lead and Nitrosamines.

It has a patented venting system that was designed to reduce colic and comes with a travel cap to reduce spillage.

A high grade silicone nipple can provide and easier transition from breast to bottle.

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RECALL:Baby Trend Back Pack Carriers Due to Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Baby Trend Back Pack Carriers

Units: About 4,000

Importer: Baby Trend Inc., of Ontario, Calif.

Hazard: The stitching on the strap of the carrier can loosen or detach, causing the carrier to shift, posing a fall hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: Baby Trend has received one report of a child who bruised their forehead after falling out of the carrier. Baby Trend also received 17 reports of shoulder straps loosening from the body of the carrier.

Description: The product is a green/silver infant back pack carrier made of heavy duty nylon with a lightweight steel frame. Only carriers with style number 2512 and 2592LX are included in the recall. Style numbers are printed on the metal frame of the product. The carrier has a 5-point safety harness, padded shoulder and hip straps, padded leg openings and heat support. The carrier also has a top canopy and large diaper bag which attaches to the frame. “Baby Trend” is printed on the back of the seat of the carrier. The backpack folds into its own diaper bag for storage and travel.

Sold at: Discount department and juvenile products stores nationwide from March 2002 through November 2006 for about $50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact Baby Trend for return instructions and a free replacement carrier.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Baby Trend at (800) 328-7363 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.babytrend.com

Picture of Recalled Back Pack Carrier

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Elin Woods Looking Great In Florida

Tiger Woods Pregnant Wife Elin walks the course during the fourth and final round of the WGC-CA Championship held on Sunday at the Blue Course at Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Doral, Florida.

The two announced they were going to be parents at the end of December. Elin is due in the summer. She looks great and is definitely staying in shape by following Tiger's game!


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Jennifer Meyer And Ruby Go Shopping

Jennifer Meyer, Tobey Maguire's Fiancee was seen out teaching Ruby, 4 months, how things are done at Fred Segal in Los Angeles. The part I LOVE about this shot is how she gives her the "mommy loves you" kiss.

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Rare, Semi-Identical Twin Discovered

Twins can be identical, fraternal and apparently semi-identical, scientists now report.

Researchers discovered twins who are identical on their mom's side of the equation but share only half their genes from dad.

Here's how it happened: Two sperm cells fertilized one egg—an event assumed to be very rare—then split into two embryos.

"Their similarity is somewhere between identical and fraternal twins," said geneticist Vivienne Souter, of the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. "It makes me wonder whether the current classification of twins is an oversimplification."

The finding was detailed in the Journal of Human Genetics.

Identical twins are created when one fertilized egg splits into two embryos. They share the same placenta and are always of the same sex. Fraternal twins result from two eggs being fertilized at the same time, each by a different sperm. Each has its own placenta, and they can be the same sex or not.

The semi-identical twins only came to the attention of Souter and her colleagues because one had ambiguous genitalia. The child was born a "true hermaphrodite" with both ovarian and testicular tissue. The other twin is a male, anatomically.

The twins are now toddlers, according to the report. They were conceived and born normally and appear to be mentally normal and are growing normally.

Cool Twin Facts:

  • The window for an egg splitting to form identical twins is very short. If the egg doesn’t split into two separate but identical eggs within the first 14 days after conception, it never will.
  • The record number of fetuses in a human womb at one time is 15.
  • It’s estimated that for every 400 sets of fraternal twins, one set is made up of twins who will have different fathers.
  • At birth, single babies on average weigh more than twins.
  • Movements such as kicking, pushing, and what looks like kissing are all documented in twins.
  • Interaction between twins may be beneficial, helping to accelerate their development.
  • About half of twins are delivered by Caesarean section (or C-section).


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Monday, March 26, 2007
AMBER ALERT Issued for 2 Washington Children Who Disappeared With Father

Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for two children and their father, who disappeared from Waitsburg in Walla Walla County in southeast Washington.

They were last seen about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Waitsburg.

Authorities say the children, a 2-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, may be in danger because of mental-health issues involving the father, John Baugher.

The car the three were believed to be in is described as a 1978 brown Volkswagen van with Washington license plate 349 NRK. However, the vehicle was found unoccupied in Stevens County earlier Monday morning. County deputies are checking the surrounding areas for the children and their father.

Four-year-old Remi Baugher has blonde hair with hazel eyes and stands at 3 feet, 1 inch tall. She was last seen wearing a pink jacket with a heavier yellow jacket over the top, blue jeans, and Strawberry Shortcake shoes.

2-year-old Lars Baugher also has blonde hair with green eyes and is 2 feet, 7 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a brown or green jacket, blue jeans, and black Converse shoes.

The father, John Baugher, 34, has brown hair with green eyes. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the children should contact Walla Walla County police at (509) 527-1960.


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Meet the Robinsons Premiere

Melissa Joan Hart, husband Mark Wilkerson, and their son Mason attended the premiere of Meet The Robinsons this weekend. Mason is seen her demonstrating the BEST part about being a mommy...Getting the kisses!! So Cute!

Photo Courtesy of AND Property of Splashnews. Thank you!

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Another Miracle 23 Weeker

Everytime I read a story about the odds these babies have overcome, I am amazed at the strength such a small person has.

Kaven Simmons arrived at 23 weeks, weighing just over 1lb and doctors put his chances of survival at nil.

He was so fragile that his ribs broke with the effort of breathing, and both of his legs fractured as his nappy was changed.

As he hung on to life he suffered a flesh-eating bug inside his stomach, and he underwent a gruelling six operations and 50 blood transfusions.

But after six months in hospital, Kaven - one the most premature babies ever born in the UK - was finally allowed to go home.

His mom knew the moment he put his tiny hand on hers, he was going to be all right." "He is such a little fighter."

It was in May last year that Victoria Simmonds went into labour. Doctors could not halt it and frantically administered steroid injections to try to develop the baby's lungs. "I prayed that he would hang on," said Miss Simmonds.

Kaven - the name means "handsome" in Gaelic - was born within minutes of his mother's admission to Heath Hospital, Cardiff, and doctors did not think he would last through the night.

At five days old, he was diagnosed with the flesh-eating bug Necrotising-Fasciitis and needed emergency surgery to remove part of his bowel.

"We were so frightened for him," added his mother, whose 25-year old partner Lawrence Gainey is an IT project manager.

"We had him baptised before the operation, as the doctors didn't think he would be coming back. We just had to sit and pray that he would hang on."

The operation took nearly three hours but Kaven's battle still wasn't over. Scans revealed his ribs and legs were broken.

Miss Simmonds said: "He was so fragile, the doctors thought his legs had been broken just by lifting his legs up to change his nappy.

Kaven had an operation to close a heart valve in July, followed by laser treatment to save his sight after blood vessels failed to develop his eyes.

He is now ten months old and weighs 15Ib. He has just moved into clothes for three-month babies, and he will have to have physiotherapy until the age of five.

Miss Simmonds said: "He is so tiny that some people think he is new-born. But he's doing fantastically well and we are so thrilled with his progress."

Kaven was born only eight days later than the world's most premature surviving baby, Amillia Taylor, who was born last year in Florida at 21 weeks and six days.

Their survival will further fuel the debate over abortion laws, which still allow pregnancies to be terminated for non-medical reasons up to 24 weeks.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007
Massachusetts Man Dives into Freezing Harbor to Save 5-Year-Old Girl

A man leaped into Barnstable Harbor to rescue a 5-year-old girl moments after she lost her balance and fell in, officials said.

Gary Richard was eating lunch with his girlfriend in their car Saturday afternoon near the Ocean Street docks when they saw the girl fall in the water. She had been throwing rocks from a dock into the harbor.

Richard, who moved to Yarmouth from Fall River six months ago, looked down from the edge of the dock and saw the girl in the water about 6 feet below.

"I saw her face and I just jumped," Richard said, describing the water as freezing. "It was so cold, it was painful."

The girl reached for him and Richard grabbed her under one of her arms. Richard held her up as the boyfriend of the girl's mother, who had been working on a boat nearby, took the child into his arms, police said.

Autumn Campinha, 5, of Barnstable appeared to be uninjured but was brought to Cape Cod Hospital as a precaution.

Police said Richard's fast action likely saved the girl because the water was murky and cold.

"I guess I saved somebody's life," he said. "It feels great."

Just when my faith in mankind was vanishing...this Noble gentleman comes along and restores it!


Kentucky Couple Charged After Trying to Sell Toddler for Cash, Car

I am shocked at the things people will do for money:

A couple are charged with trying to sell a 15-month-old girl for $3,000 and a sport-utility vehicle.

Charles G. Hope Jr., 32, and Amber M. Revlett, 26, both of Owensboro, planned to use the money to pay off his fines for previous criminal charges, said Daviess County Sheriff's Lt. Bill Thompson. They were arrested Friday.

Thompson said it started out Wednesday as a joke between the couple and two women, but it became apparent that Hope and Revlett weren't kidding.

"This is one of those things that worked out, and, luckily, we were able to do this before they were able to sell the child to someone who may not have contacted law enforcement," Thompson said.

Hope told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer that he wasn't trying to sell his girlfriend's little girl.

"I love her babies, I love my babies, and people don't have enough money to get any of my kids," he told the newspaper.

Hope said the two women he's accused of trying to sell the baby to were just trying to get the child for themselves.

"They said something to (Revlett) about giving us $500 for temporary custody to take her to New Mexico and I said, 'Well, give me $3,000 and your truck,"' Hope said. "The next thing I know, I'm sitting here accused of trying to sell my kid ... . I know they don't think I'm serious, they just want her."

Thompson said Revlett's three children were placed in the custody of child protective services. Selling a child for adoption is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.


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Legislation Introduced To Provide Paid Maternity Leave For U.S. Senate Employees

Last week I posted an article on Washington Post Columnist Examining Maternity Leave Policies Of Large Corporations. The U.S. currently offers pregnant moms 12 week UNPAID maternity leave which has left it in the bottom 5 of out of 168 countries.

This week it was announced that Senator Ted Stevens from Alaska introduced legislation to provide 8 weeks of paid maternity leave for female senate employees. In that legislation he also suggested that dads receive 1 week of paid leave.

The legislation would amend the Congressional Accountability Act, which follows FMLA guidelines. To qualify, employees would have to work one year in a Senate office, including at least 1,250 hours of employment during the year prior to the leave (Brotherton, Roll Call, 3/20). Adoptive and foster parents would be entitled to one week of paid leave after the placement of a child in their homes (S 880 text, 3/14). The bill would apply to employees of the Government Accountability Office and the Library of Congress but will not apply to the House. The measure is similar to legislation (S 80) Stevens introduced in January that would provide paid leave for executive branch employees, Roll Call reports. Both bills also provide parents eight hours of paid leave to take a child to a physician appointment, to meet with a child's teacher or attend a school function (Roll Call, 3/20).

What I can't figure out is, why the senate employees deserve 8 Weeks of paid maternity leave and the rest of the country, who pays the Senate's salary, does not. This guy has a lot of nerve introducing a bill that does not benefit the working moms and dads of the rest of the country.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007
Crazy Texan Senator Proposes To Pay $500 For Unwanted Babies

A Texas legislator has proposed that pregnant women considering abortion be offered $500 not to end their pregnancies.

Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick, who also is a conservative radio talk show host, said on Friday the money might convince the women to go ahead and have babies, then give them up for adoption.

He said during a legislative conference in New Braunfels, 45 miles south of Austin, there were 75,000 abortions in Texas last year.

"If this incentive would give pause and change the mind of 5 percent of those woman, that's 3,000 lives. That's almost as many people as we've lost in Iraq," Patrick said.

Patrick has filed legislation to make the payment state law, but the legislature has not yet voted on it.

His proposal calls for giving any woman going to an abortion clinic the $500 option, to be paid no more than 30 days after the baby is born and given up for adoption.

Critics say the proposal would violate Texas and federal laws against buying babies, which Patrick rejected as "the typical ridiculous criticism."

Heather Paffe, political director of Planned Parenthood of Texas, said Patrick's proposal "is very cynical and insulting to women and their families."

"It's insulting to think women would make that kind of decision so easily," she said."

This is very sad. Babies are not for sale. I know what he is trying to do, but it is being executed terribly!


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Friday, March 23, 2007
Does This Crib Fit Your Style?

Designer John Greg Ball is expecting his first baby in May. When thinking about his first newborn, environmental design, and design’s influence on all of us- beginning the moment we are born. He designed this crib call the x-crib. This is his way of creating options for expecting parents to find good creative design.

I think that this crib is colourful and fun, but is not practical at all. It is important to be able to see you baby from any place in the room so that you can always make sure that they are safe. From the baby's perspective, this crib may be scary to them because of the lack of light and ability to see what is happening around the room. John's child, if he chooses to use this design for him/her, may feel trapped and probably won't sleep well.

I did an article last year on many choices of cribs out ther for new parents. Check out the post if you are in the market for a crib.

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New Flooring In The Nursery? Consider Cork

When decorating your baby's nursery instead of choosing hardwood - consider cork.

Cork flooring is becoming an increasingly popular – and its many benefits may surprise you.

Unlike hardwood flooring, produced from felled trees, cork flooring comes from the bark of the tree only. The bark is harvested every nine years, and then grows back with no harm to the tree itself.

Cork flooring is made by grinding the bark into small pieces, which are coated with a non-toxic resin binder. It’s manufactured as tiles or planks in various thicknesses.

Surprisingly, cork flooring doesn’t resemble the bulletin board material at all. Because it’s processed from tiny pieces, manufacturers can achieve an amazing array of patterns and textures.

Colors also vary – but not from stains or dyes. During the manufacturing process, cork is baked in ovens – the longer it bakes, the darker it becomes. Unfinished cork can be painted or stained as well.

One of the greatest benefits of cork flooring is the environmental impact – because it’s made from bark, the cork trees are simply peeled instead of cut down.

Because of its unique cellular structure, cork flooring is extremely resilient and quiet. Fifty percent of the volume of material is air, which acts as a natural shock and sound absorber.

The air pockets in cork also make it a great insulator – cork floors stay warm even when installed over cold concrete floors. It’s also a great covering over radiant floor heating.

Other benefits include:

  • Cleanliness: Cork is naturally anti-allergenic and anti-static.
  • Insulating: The air pockets in cork flooring slow the transfer of heat. This allows the floor to have and even temperature.
  • Design choices: Cork is available in a huge variety of colors and patterns, and comes in planks or tiles.
  • Durability: Urethane-sealed cork floors are extremely durable, usually outlasting most hardwoods or vinyl. The floor is resilient to active babies. It can with stand toys being thrown at it and cars being run across it. This floor is also more forgiving to babies that are learning to walk.

Cork flooring is soft so you may need to use furniture pads underneath the legs of the crib and dresser.

When you are choosing flooring for your baby's nursery, cork is definitely something that should be considered. Coming from someone who chose bamboo and will probably need to replace anything that isn't covered by a rug, cork is the way to go.

Everyday I cringe when my son plays in our living room due to the fact that he is an active baby and LOVES to thrown everything. We have so many scratches and chips in our floor I had to ban hard plastic toys to the basement.


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James Denton And Son Having Fun At Disneyland

This is a cute shot of Desperate Housewives James Denton and his son, Sheppard, 4.

Daddy looks like he is having more fun than his son as the two ride on Gadget's Go Coaster at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on Wednesday. It was a family day at the theme park for the Denton's. The occasion? To celebrate daughter Malin's 2nd birthday.

Happy Birthday Malin, we hope you enjoyed Disney as much as your big brother!


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Japanese Billionaire Opens Mansions to Homeless Single Mothers

Dorie-Ann Kahale and her five daughters moved from a homeless shelter to a mansion Thursday, courtesy of a Japanese real estate mogul who is handing over eight of his multimillion-dollar homes to low-income Native Hawaiian families.

Tears spilled down Kahale's cheeks as she accepted from billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto the key to a white, columned house with a circular driveway, a stone staircase and a deep porcelain bathtub. Her family will live there rent-free, but must pay utility bills.

"I'm shocked. I'm overwhelmed," Kahale said. "From the little box we had to what we have today."

Kawamoto, whose own eyes started welling up as Kahale cried, handed over two other homes Thursday to homeless or low-income families.

Kawamoto, one of Japan's richest men, said he plans to open eight of his 22 Kahala homes to needy Hawaiian families. They will be able to stay in the homes for up to 10 years, he said. He also gave each family 10 $100 bills to help them move in.

Native Hawaiians are disproportionately represented among the state's homeless and working poor.

Kawamoto owns dozens of office buildings in Tokyo under the name Marugen and his been buying and selling real estate in Hawaii and California since the 1980s.

He has been criticized for evicting tenants of his rental homes on short notice so he could sell the properties, as in 2002 when he gave hundreds of California tenants 30 days to leave. Two years later, he served eviction notices to tenants in 27 Oahu rental homes, mostly in pricey Hawaii Kai, saying they had to leave within a month. He said he wanted to sell the houses to take advantage of rising prices.

Kawamoto selected the eight low-income families from 3,000 people who wrote him letters last fall after he announced his plan. He has said he tried to pick working, single mothers.

Giving away mansions shows more dedication to helping Hawaii's homeless than just handing out wads of cash, he said. Asked whether he was concerned about losing money on the effort, he laughed and said: "This is pocket money for me."

Kahale's new house is worth nearly $5 million, an average price for the mansion-like dwellings on Kahala Avenue. It is one of the more modest homes in the neighborhood, many of which feature ornate iron gates, meandering driveways and sculptured gardens.

Kahale became homeless two years ago when her landlord raised her rent from $800 to $1,200, putting the apartment beyond reach of her salary as customer service representative for Pacific LightNet, a telecommunications company. She first stayed with relatives, then moved to a shelter in September.

The neighbours on the street are not happy with Kawamoto's plans. they think he is trying to drive down real estate prices so that he can snap up more homes. They believe that the Waianae Coast, a heavily Hawaiian community on the other side of Oahu that has been hit hard by homelessness, would have been a better place for Kawamoto to carry out his charity work.

Whatever the reason are for his charity, I like it. Hawaii is seen by the world as a paradise dream vacation, but the locals on the west side of the island are living in extreme poverty. When we visited there a few years ago we were shocked by the hundreds of families living in tents on the beach.

The families there need this hand up and I am glad that this gentleman helped them out. It's too bad that more than one family couldn't make use of each house.




3 New Commerative Baby Coin Sets

This coin sets are a great gift for new babies to celebrate the year they were born. I love the different coin sets that the Canadian Mint creates. They seem to out do themselves each year.

2007 Baby Keepsake Tins and Sterling Silver Dollar

This set includes a unique baby-themed sterling silver dollar featuring baby blocks alongside special tins for Baby’s first curl and first tooth. $34.95 CDN

2007 Premium Baby Coin Collection

With a unique sterling silver dollar featuring a baby rattle enhanced with gold plating, it’s obvious this coin set was designed with Baby in mind. This 7-coin set also comes with an exclusive baby-themed bronze medallion and a Certificate of Authenticity with space to record baby’s details, housed in a beautiful leatherette case. $89.95 CDN

2007 Baby Coin Set

Welcome Baby with this commemorative set of Canada’s traditional uncirculated coins featuring a heartwarming touch - a coloured design of a baby rattle on the 25-cent coin. Record the details of Baby’s arrival with the insert card provided. $19.95 CDN

These sets are available for purchase at www.mint.ca/baby

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RECALL: Infantino Infant Sling Carriers

Infantino is recalling about 100,000 SlingRider infant carriers. The plastic slider on the fabric strap can break. This can cause the strap supporting the carrier to release and infants to fall out of the carrier.

Infantino has received 10 reports of plastic sliders breaking, including eight reports of babies falling out of the carriers. There were four reports of impact injuries where the child was taken to the emergency room. One of these children fractured her skull.

This recall involves the Infantino SlingRider carriers with item numbers: 141-210; 151-210; 151-528; and 151-534. The SlingRider consists of a fabric carrier with a strap attached that is worn by the user to carry an infant up to 20 pounds. The carriers are sold in black or khaki. 'Infantino' is printed on the plastic slider located on the strap. The item number is printed on a label inside the SlingRider.

Products labeled 'Made in Thailand' or 'New 2007 Design' are not included in the recall.

The carriers were sold at Target Stores, Babies R Us, BJ's Wholesale Club, Modecraft and other retailers nationwide, by catalog and online from July 2006 through February 2007 for about $30.

Consumers should stop using these carriers immediately and contact Infantino to return them and receive a free replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Infantino toll-free at (888) 808-3111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or go to the firm's Web site at at http://service.infantino.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Thursday, March 22, 2007
Bridget Moynahan Talks to Martha About Her Pregnancy

Bridget Moynahan taped an appearance on The Martha Stewart Show this morning to promote her show Six Degrees.

In true Martha fashion she commented on Bridget's expanding belly by saying, "Now wouldn't you like to look like that?" to her studio audience while taping the interview, set to air on Monday. "What month are you in?"

"This week [it'll be] five months," said the Six Degrees actress, 35, who announced in February that she's expecting her first child with her ex-boyfriend, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

"Five months pregnant!" Stewart said. "Are you excited about being a mom?"

"I am. I'm a little nervous, 'cause I haven't done it before," said Moynahan. "But, you know, I have little nephews, and it's always nice to spend time with them, especially around the holidays."

Brady and Moynahan split late last year after three years together, but a spokesperson for the football star said last month: "Tom and his family are excited about the pregnancy."

And a friend of Moynahan's told PEOPLE that the actress is "so excited about the pregnancy – she knows she'll be a great mom."


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NY Fertility Clinic Used Wrong Sperm

A couple can proceed with a lawsuit against a fertility clinic they filed after the wife gave birth to a daughter whose skin they thought was too dark to be their child, a judge has ruled.

Thomas and Nancy Andrews, of Commack, N.Y., sued New York Medical Services for Reproductive Medicine, accusing the Manhattan clinic of medical malpractice and other offenses. They claim the Park Avenue clinic used another man’s sperm to inseminate Nancy Andrews’ eggs.

Three DNA tests — a home kit and two professional laboratory tests — confirmed that Thomas Andrews was not the baby’s biological father, state Supreme Court Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam quoted the couple as saying.

The couple says that they have been forced to raise a child who is “not even the same race, nationality, color ... as they are,” the judge said in the ruling.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, came to light Wednesday after the judge issued a decision that allows them to proceed with parts of the lawsuit while dismissing other parts.

The judge quoted the couple as saying that after their daughter, Jessica, was born Oct. 19, 2004, they knew something was wrong because of her physical appearance.

They say that “while we love Baby Jessica as our own, we are reminded of this terrible mistake each and every time we look at her; it is simply impossible to ignore,” the judge’s decision said.

This is sad, but they should look at the brighter side. The baby arrived happy and healthy. She may not be their full biological child, but she's theirs and they should just focus on that.


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Grampa Picks Up Wrong Child From School

A short-sighted Croatian pensioner sparked a police manhunt when he mistakenly picked up another boy instead of his grandson from a kindergarten.

Luka Karlovic, 70, arrived at a kindergarten in Zagreb to pick up his five-year-old grandson Petar.

But when an employee called for the boy to come and meet his grandfather another Petar stepped forward, and Karlovic drove off with him.

The mistake was only realised half an hour later when the missing boy's father turned up at the kindergarten to take him home.

Karlovic said: "My eyesight is getting a bit poor now and this was the first time I had seen my grandson for six months.

"I thought he looked a bit different, but I just put it down to the fact that kids can change a lot at that age in a short space of time."

I think Grampa should maybe spend more time with his grandson. I can't believe the mistaken kid went with a stranger??



Brooke Shields On The Cover Of Life

Life magazine has an interview with Brooke Shields where she talks about her postpartum depression, her beautiful daughters, marriage to Chris Henchy and her career.

Brooke, who was very open about her postpartum depression after giving birth to Rowan, said she didn't have it after delivering Grier. She believes that her body was different biochemically because her second child was conceived naturally and not through IVF.

Here are some highlights of the interview.

On Postpartum Depression:

Depression is so smart—it uses all your references and patterns. From childhood, my MO was “Study until you can’t keep your eyes open, and you’ll get an A.” That’s what I did—I’d win the prize. [But with motherhood] I felt like I was getting F’s across the board. It was all so clear: [Rowan] wasn’t going to love me, I had to go away and not come back.

On her relationship with Tom Cruise:

I’ve known Tom since I was 15; he was in Endless Love. I don’t think I let anyone down by reconciling [with him]. I never changed my beliefs. I stand by what I wrote. So when Kate [Holmes, Cruise’s wife] called me herself to invite us to the wedding, it would have felt like a slap to say no. Our daughters were born the same day in the same hospital, so they’re connected too. We went because we’re friends, and it was an unbelievable event. And now we can go on with our lives.

On Her daughters:

Rowan has a sharp wit. She came out looking like a shark—she cased the joint. And Grier came out like “La-la-la!” With little fairies flying around her head. But I’m careful to not label them, because I don’t want to set them up as [those people]. But 24/7 with the kids? I don’t know how people do it. If my main job was just to be with the two of them, I would not be as effective. I would be short-tempered; I would be less appreciative. Like when they tell you how to play: “Be the princess, but not like that. Say this. No, say it this way.” After a while I’m like, “I don’t even have directors do that to me!” Some people just revel in it, and that’s beautiful. I revel in a different way.

Please visitLife's website for the rest of the interview.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Cool New Place To Take Your Kids

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a designated World Heritage Site, and one of the “Crown Jewels” of the National Park System. Declared a national park in 1919, the mile-deep, 277-mile long gorge draws over four million visitors annually to the lofty rims and world-class whitewater that await the active traveler.

The 1.2 million acre park is home to numerous animals (from cougars and the endangered California condor above, to rattlesnakes and Gila monsters below), over 1,500 species of plants, archaeological sites dating back thousands of years, and one of the most complete geologic cross sections visible anywhere on the planet. Sustaining these plant and animal communities, as well as carving the Canyon ever-deeper, is the powerful Colorado River, the lifeblood of the desert Southwest.

The Grand Canyon is on most families list of places to go. The sheer enormity of the canyon is amazing. There are lots of things to do there including camping, white water rafting and hiking. Opening March 28th, Grand Canyon West, will debut it's main attraction is The Skywalk, a cantilevered walkwajavascript:void(0)y which sits 4,000 feet above the bottom of the canyon.
The open-air skywalk extends 70 feet out from the rim of the canyon, where it's anchored deep in the rock landscape. It will be open from dawn to dusk, and the price of admission is $25 per person. (No word on whether that price includes an airsick bag.) As many as 120 people will be allowed on the bridge at any given time; each will have to wear special shoe covers to prevent slipping and scratching.

The skywalk and Grand Canyon West are owned and operated by the Hualapai tribe, which is hoping for an economic boost from the new landmark. The site is in Arizona, about 70 miles northwest of Kingman, and about 120 miles east of Las Vegas. DuPont, which provided the 2-inch-thick glass floor in conjunction with manufacturer Saint Gobain, says the U-shaped structure is rated as safe even in the face of 100 mph winds.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was one of the first to walk out onto the structure.

Grand Canyon has been on my list for many years, but it is always too hot when we visit Phoenix to sit in the car for 4 hours there and back. Not to mention that Mr. 18 month old would not appreciate the views..yet!

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New Label: Crappy Parents!!

Everyday I see so many examples of the bad parents while looking for articles for this site.

It really is depressing to hear about parents taking the safety of their children for granted while they fill their own selfish needs!

A mom has been arrested after dumping her baby with a tramp while she went shopping.

The woman put the homeless man in charge of the eight-week-old girl after spotting him outside a Sainsbury's store and then wandered off with her boyfriend, reports the Daily Mirror.

After waiting outside the supermarket for more than an hour, the concerned down-and-out handed the child to shocked store staff - who called police. The pair were arrested at the scene.

As officers were interviewing staff, the 35-year-old woman and her 26-year-old partner finally returned looking for the baby.

After examining the baby in the office of the supermarket in Bromley, Kent, ambulance staff took the child to hospital for a check-up before putting her in the care of social services.

A Sainsbury's spokesman said: "The baby was taken care of in the store until the police were called."

The mom's boyfriend was later released without charge.

This is another parent that I hope never gets to see their baby again and maybe spends sometime in a cell on their own. The government needs to come down harder on parents who endanger the welfare of their children.



New Test Reduces Risk Of Multiple Births

Researchers at McGill and Yale universities say they have found a safe way for women to use in-vitro fertilization which reduces the risk they'll bring home enough babies to fill a nursery.

McGill chemistry Prof. David Burns led the team which designed the test, a non-invasive procedure which will allow clinicians to choose only the healthiest, most viable embryos to implant in the womb.

"I don't know that I'd call it a eureka moment, but I'm always happy when a hypothesis I think might work turns out," said Burns, who has specialized in biospectroscopy - molecular analysis of living tissue and fluids - for 20 years.

Over the last 25 years, the number of multiple births in North America has skyrocketed, largely as a result of so-called "fertility" twins, triplets and quads born to mothers who conceived with help of assisted reproductive technology.

In the United States, for instance, the number of twin births soared by 42 per cent between 1980 and 1997, while reports of triplets and more was five times higher. According to statistics compiled by Multiple Births Canada, 60 per cent of triplets, 90 per cent of quads and 99 per cent of quintuplets in Canada are the result of infertility treatments.

Fertility specialists often implant three or more embryos in their patients, knowing that only one-third of procedures normally result in pregnancy. Yet of those that do take, half result in multiple births.

And while most couples are thrilled with their long-awaited bundles of joy, more babies often means more complications, such as low birth weight, premature delivery, and greater risk of infant mortality or complications.

"IVF can be an emotional roller-coaster," said Dr. Hing-Sang Hum, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at McGill.

"With this breakthrough, it means we may soon be able to implant just one embryo, one that is showing strong signs of viability, while preserving other good embryo candidates for later if needed."

The technology awaits approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but Burns said he hopes to see ViaTestTM-E in production before the end of the year, replacing current screening methods, which hinge on a visual inspection of embryos through a microscope.

"The successes of in-vitro fertilization often result from simultaneous transfer of multiple embryos with the hope that at least one will lead to a pregnancy."

Building on earlier findings by McGill colleagues Kristine Koski and Hyman Schipper, the team established a metabolic profile of what constitutes a healthy embryo. Burns developed software to examine the molecular composition of fertilization fluid. This allows scientists to identify healthy eggs without interfering with them.

Right now there are many moms who will be doing IVF that are breathing a sigh of relief!


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