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Monday, April 30, 2007
Tim and Elizabeth Hasselbeck Expecting Baby No. 2

It was announced today on The View that Tim and Elizabeth Hasselbeck are expecting their second child.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck has long been candid on The View about her desire to get pregnant again – and her wish has finally come true.

On Monday's show, co-host Rosie O'Donnell asked: "I was just wondering if there's anything new, Elisabeth?"

"Um, just a couple things," replied Hasselbeck, 29. "Like, I'm totally three months pregnant." Confetti then flew out of the studio ceiling.

"I figured that we're going to be lonely without you," Hasselbeck said to O'Donnell, who is leaving the show at the end of the season. "So, Tim and I thought we should get busy and maybe make a little co-host."

The baby is due in November, Hasselbeck added, prompting the show's star (and its executive producer), Barbara Walters to say, "And what is November?"

"Sweeps!" said Hasselbeck.

As for the baby's gender, Hasselbeck says she doesn't plan to find out until the birth.

Hasselbeck and her husband, New York Giants quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, also 29, will celebrate their five-year anniversary in July. They welcomed their first child, Grace Elisabeth, on April 6, 2005 – Tim's 27th birthday.

The announcement of Hasselbeck's pregnancy was released by ABC just prior to the show on Monday morning.

"Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 29, co-host of ABC's The View, will announce live on-air today that she is pregnant with her second child and is due in November," ABC said in a statement.

"Tim and I are incredibly thankful and excited," Hasselbeck said in the statement.


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A Revolution In Fetal Monitoring

New technology, the size of a mobile phone, which could save the life of an unborn child, has been developed by scientists from The University of Nottingham. The device monitors the baby's heart for signs of potential danger. It is small and easy to use so that mother's-to-be can keep a regular check on their baby's heart beat without having to go into hospital and be attached to a machine. No other technology allows them to do this.

It took 15 years of pioneering work and enterprise, with funding from Action Medical Research and Venture Capital, to develop the fetal heart monitor. Researchers believe the device has the potential to benefit 70,000 at risk babies a year in the UK alone.

Statistics show that as many as 10 babies a day are stillborn in the UK and 10 per cent of all pregnancies each year are high risk. The monitor lets doctors read signals produced naturally by the unborn baby's heart. They can then intervene if necessary and potentially save their lives.

Clinical trials should complete by July and the device should be available by October of this year.

Currently hospital based ultrasound is used to record babies' heart rates during pregnancy. While this technique has proven benefits, it needs to be administered by trained professionals and it is not suitable for routine, continuous, long-term monitoring. Dr Barrie Hayes-Gill and Dr John Crowe at The University of Nottingham recognised the need for a new technology that would fill these gaps.

One of the biggest obstacles in developing the fetal monitor was separating the baby's heart beat from the mother's signal. The team has successfully created a state-of-the-art device which can gauge both heart rates as well as fetal position. This unique home monitoring device could lead to a new approach in the management of pregnancy.

Dr Margaret Ramsay says it will play a key role in monitoring high-risk pregnancies. "For all these fetuses, the more we can monitor them, the greater the chance of us detecting that they are running into difficulties before it is too late to help them. This may involve urgent delivery of the fetus."

The device will be especially helpful in monitoring fetuses whose mothers have medical conditions like diabetes, autoimmune conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren's syndrome and obstetric cholestasis. It will also be useful in monitoring fetuses identified as growing poorly or where it is suspected that the placenta is unhealthy and hence the fetus may become compromised due to lack of oxygen."



Keisha Castle-Hughes Has Baby Girl

Congratulations to Keisha Castle-Hughes and boyfriend, Bradley Hull on the safe arrival of their first baby.

Felicity-Amore, was born Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. and weighed 7 lb., 6 oz. Keisha's publicist described the baby as beautiful.

Castle-Hughes, 17, and Hull, 20, have been dating for three years and are based in New Zealand.

The Australia-born actress first made waves playing the fiery Paikea in 2002's Whale Rider – a role for which she became, at age 13, the youngest Best Actress Oscar nominee in Hollywood history.

Since Whale Rider, Castle-Hughes played the Queen of Naboo in 2005's Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and was Mary in The Nativity Story.


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Eden And Savannah Out For A Stroll

Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney take twins Eden and Savannah out for a walk this morning. Both girls are being carried in the Baby Bjorn and Marcia has a Baby Bella Maya "Tangerine Dream" cover over hers.

Photos Courtesy of AND property of FLYNET(Thankyou!)

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St. Louis Park Couple Expecting Six Babies

Ryan and Brianna Morrison had been try to have a baby for a year. Infertility ran in Brianna's family so after they didn't get pregnant they turned to fertility treatments.

Brianna got pregnant after taking a drug that stimulated egg production in her ovaries. Doctors told her she had ovulated more than ten eggs. Six of those are now growing into healthy babies.

The Morrison's, both in their early twenties, were married less than two years ago. They learned of the news during an ultrasound in Brianna's sixth week of pregnancy.

Brianna is now 16 weeks along. Her orders are to eat and rest as much as possible.

"I need to eat about 4,000 calories a day and gain 75 pounds by week 26," Brianna said.

It's a race against time. Because doctors expect the babies to be born early, they want Brianna to gain weight quickly, so that the babies can also gain weight quickly.

"We saw their heartbeats at six weeks and heard them, which is incredible," Brianna said.

Their church has formed a committee that has already started planning for the babies' arrival. Doctors hope the babies won't come until at least the end of July.

"Can my body handle six babies at once and will the babies be healthy?" Brianna wonders.

"We took this step and this happened to us. We're keeping them. Even though it's risky," Ryan said.

But with help from their doctors, their family, and their faith, the Morrison's believe the odds are on their side.

"Some people would call it chance," Ryan said. "Some people would call it a tragedy. We really consider this a miracle."

I am not sure that this couple knows what they in for. Even if she gets all 6 babies to 26 weeks they will all have a lenghty stay in the NICU. Hoping and praying for one baby took EVERY stitch of energy I had. I could never imagine keeping track of the health of six babies at once.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007
Doctors Remove 2-Pound Tumor From Newborn Girl

Doctors removed a 2-pound tumor from the back of a newborn's neck and the baby girl appeared to be doing fine, her parents said.

"The first thing we want to do is hold her head," the baby's father, Joshua Whittington, a 31-year-old pharmacist from Denver, told the Rocky Mountain News.

Addison's story unfolded quickly when her mother, Kari Whittington, visited her doctor's office Monday and an ultrasound detected the fast-growing, grapefruit-sized tumor. No abnormalities were detected in the previous ultrasound a month earlier.

Pediatric surgeon Steven Rothenberg said the growth, called a cervical teratoma is rare and occurs in about 1 in 50,000 births. The blood-swollen tissue and veins made up 40 percent of Addison's weight.

Addison, five weeks premature, was delivered by Caesarean section Thursday and stabilized before a nine-person surgical team started working on her.

"The mass itself started to spontaneously bleed ..." Rothenberg said. "If we'd been short one pair of hands, she wouldn't have made it."

Addison faces up to a two week hospital stay. As for the scar on her neck and along her jaw line it should disappear over time, Rothenberg said.

"It was definitely overwhelming," said Kari, 28. "Everything happened so quickly."

We hope that Addison has a quick recovery and that the tumour doesn't effect her development. It is amazing that the doctor's were able to remove such a significant tumour without effecting her cosmetically.



Medela Introduces Limited Edition "Pump In Style"

Until now, the only case you could get for your double electric breast pump was a knapsack or "lunch box" style carrier.

Medela has launched a limited edition 'pump in style' double electric 2-Phase Expression® breast pump.

The bag is stylish and roomy, which is a bonus for moms who want to take their pump with them when they go out and keep its purpose discreet. Aside from being fashionable here are some other features:

  • Convenient shoulder bag allows mom to remove all the components and customize it, in a way that works best for her
  • Adjustable straps for her convenience

  • Completely removable internal parts, so the bag can be used long after mom’s done pumping

  • Removable work surface provides a clean place for mom to work with

  • Color-coordinated cooler bag keeps milk cool for 12 hours

  • Two mesh storage bags designed to hold loose pieces and parts in between pumping sessions

Medela is a leader in the breastfeeding industry. The limited edition shows that they are in touch with what moms are looking for in a portable pump.

Another bonus is that medela is the only breast pump manufacturer that uses Biosphenol-A free plastic in their bottles and collection kits.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007
Kingston's So Sweet

While out with mom in L.A. yesterday, Kingston, 11 months, dons a shirt that says " I'm so sweet I'll give you cavities".

PHOTOCREDIT Ramey Via People

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Wireless Computers May Be Harmful To Children

Children should be discouraged from putting their laptops on their lap when using wireless internet connections because of potential health risks, an expert has warned.

Youngsters should be monitored as public concern continues over emissions from wi-fi networks, Professor Lawrie Challis, who heads the committee on mobile phone safety research, told The Daily Telegraph.

Until more research is carried out, children should keep a safe distance from the embedded antennas on wi-fi enabled laptops, he said.

"With a desktop computer, the transmitter will be in the tower," he told the newspaper.

"This might be perhaps 20cms from your leg and the exposure would then be around one per cent of that from a mobile phone."

But if a laptop was placed straight on the lap when using wi-fi, people could be around 2cm from the transmitter, and receiving comparable exposure to that from a mobile phone, he said.

He added: "Since we advise that children should be discouraged from using mobile phones, we should also discourage children from placing their laptop on their lap when they are using wi-fi."

Prof Challis said the potential risk might be greater for children who were more sensitive than adults to some dangers, like UV radiation.

Jeff Hands, professor of imaging physics at Imperial College London, said: "If we are talking about health issues linked to localised heating of tissue then these will be insignificant at the power levels we are talking about here."

Alasdair Philips, director of consumer group Powerwatch,told the Telegraph it was not the heating of tissue that was the problem but the interference wi-fi radiation could cause to the electrical signals within a person's brain and nervous system.

A family friend has been telling me this for years. It guess that you don't believe it until it is right there in front of you in print...It almost seems to good that technology has made things so convenient, now I we find out it is.



Calgary Health Concerned At Rising Number Of Premature Babies

Health officials are trying to determine why Calgary has a growing rate of premature and low birth weight babies.

Premature babies accounted for 9.3 per cent of births in 2004. That's up from 8 per cent in 1999. Meanwhile, low weight babies accounted for 7.1 per cent of births, up from 6.3 per cent during the same time period.

Researchers from all over the world will gather in Calgary for a conference in May to help determine why this is happening and how to curb the problem.

Jodean Harrison's nine-month-old son Max was born premature. Harrison was 35, healthy and a non-smoker when her water broke on the way home from a camping trip.

"I was immediately just mad, because I'm like, this can't happen. At 34 weeks their lungs aren't developed yet. They're not ready. They can have problems. He's going to have preemie issues."

Max ended up staying in a special care nursery for 13 days before going home.

Doctors and researchers in Calgary are trying to piece together just why so many women like Harrison are giving birth to smaller and premature babies.

Suzanne Tough wrote a report on the issue for the Calgary Health Region. She said one factor is that women here are waiting longer to become mothers.

"Almost 20 per cent of women are over the age of 35 when they're having children, and that is higher certainly than other urban centres."

There are also regional differences within the city.

Tough said there are higher rates of premature and underweight babies in Calgary's northeast.

"We see higher rates of low birth weight in our lower-income neighbourhoods, where we also often have fewer physicians providing services [and] where we have more Calgarians with English as a second language who may not know how to access services in our city."


Julia, Hazel and Phinneaus Stroll In The City

Pregnant Julia Roberts, who is due this summer, takes her twins Hazel and Phinneaus for a stroll in NYC yesterday morning. The twins look adorable peeking out from their sunshade. Photo credit:Ramey Photo via Eonline

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Friday, April 27, 2007
Sean P and Jayden James Out With Britney

Sean P and Jayden James make a rare appearance out with mom, Britney Spears, while she trains at the Millennium Dance Studio for some upcoming performances. Sean P just keeps getting cuter and cuter! Jayden James is hiding under a blanket, as usual. Hopefully we will get to see what he looks like soon. I am sure there is a big cover spread in the works.

Britney should get the orbit baby car seat (pictured, right) it has that great canopy that covers the whole base. It would definitely give him more privacy and more space.

Photos Courtesy of AND property of FLYNET(Thankyou!)

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Jake And Ramona Spend Some Quality Time Together

Jake, Maggie and Ramona were seen taking a walk and enjoying some quality time yesterday. There are a lot of women out that would love to see Jake pushing their stroller. He looks so natural!

Photo Property of AND Courtesy of Splashnewsonline (Thank You!!)

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Multipurpose Crib With A Unique Look

This crib was designed by Sirch, a German company that has brought us many unusual ride on cars for kids and a doll house named Villa Sibi, that retails for $600.

I have to say, I'm on the fence on this design. The toddler bed is nice. The neutral colour is calming with easy access for your child and the fact that the castor's come off to allow the whole thing to rock is also a definite bonus!

The crib design is where I get lost. It seems confining to me. It would drive me crazy to not be able to see what my child is up to from the doorway. Cribs are made with spindles for a reason - to allow the air to flow freely while your child is sleeping. This design would make airflow an issue especially when the bed is lowered for older infants.

Design sometimes overlooks practicality and a crib that doesn't allow you to see your child unless you are standing over them, may not be practical.

Make the sides a strong mesh that lets some air and light pass through and I may be a fan.

This design is currently only available in Europe for 779 Euros.

SOURCE: Design3000 via Babygadget


Michael Flatley And Wife Niamh Welcome Baby Boy

Congratulations to Lord of the Dance Michael Flately and Wife Niamh on the safe arrival of their first baby.

The "Riverdance" choreographer married dancer Niamh -- who has performed in all of his main shows -- in a low-key Catholic ceremony in Ireland last year.

Speaking from the Cork University Maternity Hospital, Flatley said, "We are overjoyed. Both mom and baby are doing well. I cannot wait to get Niamh and our baby son home to Castlehyde.

"We would like to thank (our doctor) Professor John Higgins and all the wonderful staff at the hospital."

The baby's name , weight and time of arrival has yet to be released.

We wish them good luck!


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Daddy And Coco Time

David Arquette spends some time with his adorable daughter Coco, who will be 3 in June. David has such a goofy personality it probably makes him a fun dad!

SOURCE: STAR Apr.30/07 "From Bad To Dad"

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Jaime Pressly’s Cute And Tacky All At The Same Time

Jaime Pressly’s pregnancy hasn't been written into her sitcom, but producers have been using her shapely body to re-enact flashbacks from her previous pregnancies on the show. In this photo she manages to look cute and tacky all at the same time, if that's possible...

SOURCE: TV GUIDE April23 - May 6/07

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Study Finds That Organic Fruit Has More Vitamin C

Yesterday I did a post on the growing popularity of Organics for infants. A Neonatologist was quoted as saying that there was "no evidence that organic baby food is better or safer". Not 10 hours later I found this study.

Further evidence in support of the health benefits of organic fruit and vegetables has been published by an international team of researchers.

They found that organic carrots, apples and peaches contained higher levels of vitamin C and flavonoids, compounds with antioxidant properties said by some scientists to protect against heart attacks and cancer.

Last week, U.S. researchers revealed that organic kiwi fruit have significantly more vitamin C and polyphenols -- linked to reduced cholesterol, improved circulation and lower cancer risks -- than non-organic produce.

In January, David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, said the use or otherwise of pesticides made no nutritional difference.

Dr. Kirsten Brandt of Newcastle University, who led the EU-funded study, said: "If you eat 400 g (14oz) of fruit and vegetables a day you would get 20 per cent more nutrients in organic food."



Cardboard Crib?

Nothing screams "last baby" or "we weren't prepared" like a cardboard crib.

There is not one thing about this crib that appeals to me. I know that Album Di Famiglia is a talented designer, but I think that he missed the mark on this one.

Little Fashion Gallery calls it practical, different and stylish. It strikes me more like tacky, unsafe and overpriced. I can't see it being appropriate for use past 6 months due to the fact that your child could fall out and hurt them self.

The crib arrives flat-packed and is very easy to assemble. The company calls it "Safe and stable, with large wheels which make moving it easy".

Also included is a firm foam mattress, which complies with all the safety and comfort standards that you would expect for a baby’s bed.

You can decide to keep it plain - simply stamped with the brand’s logo on the side – for the super chic industrial living look. Or you can customize it, paint it, or simply decorate it with your child’s name.
The price tag for all of this? £149.76 This crib will set you back almost $300 U.S. For that price you could purchase a nice sturdy wooden crib from Walmart or Target, which will accommodate your child well into their toddler stage.

I know that this crib is probably supposed to symbolize a simpler, back to basics beginning for your baby. I just don't agree with it's lack of safety features and steep price tag.


Thursday, April 26, 2007
Could Your TV Be A Health Risk To Your Child

A psychologist is claiming that the television is "the greatest unacknowledged health threat of our time" with 15 separate risks to couch potato children.

Dr Aric Sigman is demanding daily viewing limits to help curb health problems ranging from obesity and short-sightedness to premature puberty.

He believes youngsters under three should watch no television at all and parents should banish all TV sets from bedrooms.

In a report in a science journal, Dr Sigman lists 15 ways that exposure to TV screens can harm youngsters.

These include raised risk of obesity and heart disease due to higher cholesterol and hormonal changes that disrupt sleep and even lower immunity.

Among other potential hazards are short attention spans and learning problems.

Dr Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, told MPs yesterday that ministers should TV viewing should be rationed with a system of "recommended daily allowances", similar to guidelines for salt intake.

Children aged three to seven should be limited to 30 minutes to one hour a day while seven to 12-year-olds should watch an hour a day.

This can be upped to one-and-a-half hours for 12 to 15-year-olds and two hours for over-16s.

THESE are the 15 harmful effects of TV on children:

• Obesity. A result of little exercise. • Disrupted hormones. Light from televisions suppresses production of the key hormone melatonin. • Lowered immune system. • Reduced melatonin may increase the chance of mutations in cell DNA, which causes cancer. • Premature puberty. Also linked to low levels of melatonin. • Sleep disorders. Over-stimulating the senses causes sleeplessness. • Autism. Linked to a lack of social interaction. • Increased body fat. Altered levels of the hormones leptin and ghrelin produce fat and boost appetite.

Everything in moderation is okay. Dr. Sigman found that by the time kids reach adolescence they spent an average of 7.5 hours a day in front of a TV screen. He wants excessive screen media to be considered a major public health issue and feels that reducing television viewing must become the new priority for child health.

"Most of the damage linked to television screen viewing seems to occur beyond watching one to one-and-a-half hours per day, irrespective of the quality of the programme, yet the average child watches three to five times this amount." Dr. Sigman

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Playground Safety

CPSC has a great article on Playground Safety. Now that spring is here parents are flocking to the parks and playgrounds. Here are some tips to creating your own play area that will keep your children safe.

Compare the playgrounds of 25 years ago to today’s modern playsets and the differences are striking – metal has been overtaken by colorful plastics and wood, homemade rope swings have been replaced by rope ladders anchored for safety, and single-level structures have been dwarfed by multi-tier castles. Yet with all the advances in playground designs, there are still far too many playground related injuries involving children – about 200,000 each year. In recognizing National Playground Safety Week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is encouraging parents to make sure backyard, childcare center and community playgrounds are safe and that children are always supervised while at play.

To assist in building and maintaining a safe playground, designers, inspectors and homeowners have been consulting CPSC’s Handbook for Public Playground Safety (pdf) for more than 25 years. The handbook provides specifications for creating safe play zones; what materials to use; and how to properly install climbing equipment, slides and swings. CPSC staff is undertaking a major update of this publication to reflect current safety standards and best practices. The new, updated Handbook is targeted for re-release later this year.

To help prevent injuries from falls and other hazards on public and home playgrounds, the following safety tips are recommended:

  • Never attach ropes, jump ropes, clotheslines, or pet leashes to the equipment. This can present a serious strangulation hazard to children.
  • Make sure children remove their bike or other sports helmets before playing on the playground. Helmets can become entrapped in playground equipment, posing a strangulation hazard.
  • Purchase play equipment that meets the latest safety standards.
  • Smooth sharp points or edges, and close open "S" hooks and cover protruding bolts.
  • Check for openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs. Spaces should be either less than 3 1/2 inches or more than 9 inches so that they don't present an entrapment hazard.
  • Always supervise young children to make sure they are safe.
  • Install and maintain at least 9 inches of wood chips, mulch, or shredded rubber (for equipment up to 8 feet high) or sand or pea gravel (for equipment no more than 5 feet high) as shock absorbing material under the playground. (Dirt and grass, which are the most prevalent surfaces under home playground equipment, do not adequately protect children from serious head injuries.)
  • Install protective surfacing at least six feet in all directions from play equipment. For swings, the surface should extend, in back and front, twice the height of the suspending bar.

In addition to the Public Playground Handbook, CPSC also has an Outdoor Home Playground Handbook (pdf), a Home Playground Safety Checklist (pdf) (available in Spanish - pdf), and a Neighborhood Safety Network poster (pdf) on playground safety.

For more information about National Playground Safety Week, visit the Web site for the National Program for Playground Safety at www.playgroundsafety.org/safetyweek/index.htm


Green Parents Love Organic Baby Foods

The environment has become a very hot topic these days, especially among parents who want to protect their children’s health and the world they’ll be inheriting. Parents like Amell-Nash are propelling a surge in organic baby food sales, and that has prompted more companies to either join or expand their offerings in the sector.

Organic food still accounts for a tiny portion of the overall baby food market, but it is definitely growing. Whole Foods Market Inc. said it has tripled the space allotted to organic baby products in the last five years. Last year, baby food institution Gerber Products Co. rebranded and broadened its organic line, while Abbott Laboratories introduced an organic version of its Similac baby formula.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture inspects food producers to ensure they meet its standards for organic products. They include banning the use of conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge for produce, and antibiotics or growth hormones for animals.

Organic baby food sales soared 21.6 percent to $116 million in the 52 weeks ended Feb. 24, after jumping 16.4 percent a year earlier, according to The Nielsen Company. Meanwhile, overall baby food sales rose 3.1 percent to $3.7 billion in the same period, after being essentially flat a year earlier. The data was gleaned from U.S. grocery, drug and mass market retailers, excluding Wal-Mart.

Gerber Products replaced its Tender Harvest brand last year with a line called Gerber Organics and added products such as cereals, juice and food for toddlers.

Doctors said parents shouldn’t feel guilty if they can’t afford the extra expense. The USDA doesn’t claim that organic food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has no official stance on subject.

Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, chief of neonatology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and a member of the pediatrics academy’s committee on nutrition, said there is no evidence that organic baby food is better or safer.

Raisa Lilling uses organic food in meals she prepares for her daughter Elliana because it is less expensive than buying pre-made products. She notes Elliana hasn’t had many of the stomach problems and ear infections common in other infants.

Raisa is not alone. Many parents believe that feeding their children organic food had led to less trips to the pediatrician for common illnesses.

I find it hard to believe that there is no evidence that organic food is better or safer than normal fruits and veggies grown with chemicals and pesticides. Sometimes you wonder if professionals stay safe in their assessments in order to not create extra controversy.

Price still remains the sticking point for parents. Organic foods can be 20-50% higher in price.

Producers say that adhering to the USDA regulations makes organic foods cost more but parents are willing to pay the difference.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Bridget Out Shopping

Pregnant Actress Bridget Moynahan, who is due this summer, does her shopping solo in Brentwood, CA.

Photos Courtesy of AND property of FLYNET(Thankyou!)

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Boy's Head Stuck In Toilet Seat

Here is one for the scrapbook!

Firefighters in Essex came to the rescue of a young boy who had a toilet seat stuck on his head.

The boy, aged two and a half, and his worried mother went to Braintree fire station after she was unable to get the small trainer seat off his head, reports the BBC.

Firefighter Chris Cox said: "We put some dish washing liquid on his head and ears and it slid off nice as pie.

"The boy was very brave and didn't make a fuss and once we had got the seat off he toddled away as happy as can be."

Mr Cox added: "The boy had put his head through it and couldn't get it out again, he came in here wearing it like a collar.

"His mum had tried to get it over his head but couldn't budge it so she walked him down here and asked us to have a look at it and we went to work and we managed to get it off in no time."



3-D Movies Of Developing Fetuses In Womb

Coming to a mall near you!!

Parents-to-be might soon don 3-D glasses in the ultrasound lab to see their developing fetuses in the womb "in living 3-D, just like at the IMAX movies," according to researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.

The same Duke team that first developed real-time, three-dimensional ultrasound imaging says it has now modified the commercial version of the scanner to produce an even more realistic perception of depth. Paired images seem to pop out of the screen when viewed with the special glasses.

The researchers created an updated version of the image-viewing software found on clinical ultrasound scanners, making it possible to achieve a stereo display with no additional hardware.

"To our knowledge, this is the first time it's been made possible to display real-time stereo image pairs on a clinical scanner," said Stephen Smith, a professor of biomedical engineering at Duke. "We believe all 3-D scanners could be modified in this way with only minor software changes."

The new imaging capability can improve the early diagnosis of certain kinds of birth defects of the face and skull and improve surgeons' depth perception during ultrasound-guided medical procedures, including tumor biopsies and robot-assisted surgeries done through tiny "keyhole" incisions.

The Duke team, which also includes Joanna Noble, an undergraduate student, and Matthew Fronheiser, a graduate student in Smith's laboratory, reported the findings in an issue of the journal Ultrasonic Imaging dated July 2006, but published in April 2007. The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Human depth perception is largely the result of stereo vision -- the slightly different perspectives of the same scene that are observed by the left and right eyes, Smith said. The brain processes the information to produce a sense of depth, a phenomenon that can't be achieved when viewing a single, flat image.

Stereoscopic images solve that problem by taking two "snapshots" of the same object from slightly different angles, mimicking the normal difference between left and right eye views.

Special glasses or goggles can then be used to fuse the two images into one, gaining a 3-D effect. This principle lies behind 3-D movies and the familiar Fisher Price View-Master toy. With practice, some people can "defocus" their eyes and fuse the paired images without the aid of any special viewing device. (Find out how at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereoscopy.)

To demonstrate the new capability, the researchers first generated stereo ultrasound images of a small metal cage. They then advanced to ultrasound images in living animals of a heart valve and blood vessels and needle biopsies of the animals' brains and esophagi.

The researchers have since recorded ultrasound images of a model human fetus that is traditionally used in the testing of fetal ultrasound imaging devices. (Watch the video, including paired images of both the cage and model fetus. See if you can fuse them without goggles.)

"Thousands of 3-D ultrasound systems in clinics could be upgraded with such new software, and stereoscopic goggles could be issued to them as well," Smith said. "Keepsake DVDs of the fetal exam could also be viewed at home in 3-D stereo."

The goggles would soon become obsolete, he added. New monitors capable of fusing stereo 3-D images without them are now in development.



RECALL: Magnetix Magnetic Building Set Expanded

Additional serious injuries to children reported following the March 31, 2006 recall announcement of Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets have prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Mega Brands America, Inc. (“Mega Brands”) (the new owner of Rose Art Industries, Inc.) to announce an expanded recall. In excess of 4 million units are involved. The recall includes all sets, except newer Magnetix sets sold since March 31, 2006, that are age-labeled 6+ and sets that contain the following caution label:

“CAUTION: Do not ingest or inhale magnets. Attraction of magnets in the body may cause serious injury and require immediate medical care.”

Mega Brands advises that sets currently at retail better retain magnets due to improved quality control, material and design changes. These products are not included in the recall.

To date, CPSC and Mega Brands are aware of one death, one aspiration and 27 intestinal injuries. Emergency surgical intervention was needed in all but one case. At least 1,500 incidents of magnets separating from the building pieces have been reported. Although the hazard was initially thought to be a problem primarily for children younger than six, it has since been learned that at least ten injuries involved children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old.

If a child swallows more than one tiny powerful magnet detached from the plastic building pieces or one such magnet and a metallic object, the objects can attract to each other inside the intestines and cause perforations and/or blockage, which can be fatal, if not treated immediately.

“CPSC is deeply concerned about the dangers that small, powerful magnets can pose to children if swallowed,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. “In order for any product recall to be effective in protecting consumers, we must significantly reduce incidents and injuries from occurring after the recall is announced.” Mega Brands has been cooperative in this expanded recall.

These older sets, which were manufactured in China, contain up to 250 plastic building pieces and 1/2-inch diameter steel balls. The building pieces include 1 1/2-inch squares, 1-inch triangles, cylinder rods, flexors, connectors, x-tenders, and curves and come in an assortment of colors such as metallic, primary, translucent, and glow in the dark.

Mass merchants and other toy and arts and crafts stores sold the sets nationwide for between $20 and $60, depending on the size of the set.

Consumers should stop using the recalled magnetic sets immediately and contact Mega Brands for a comparable replacement toy. If consumers are uncertain as to whether their product is being recalled, they can contact Mega Brands at (800) 779-7122 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.megabrands.com

The CPSC is urging consumers to immediately report any incidents of loose magnets to the CPSC Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or to the CPSC Web site at www.cpsc.gov

Picture of Magnets and Pieces from Recalled Magnetic Building Set Picture of Magnets and Pieces from Recalled Magnetic Building Set

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
4 Year Old Boy Tackled By College Football Player

A 4-year-old boy who was inadvertently blitzed by a college football player during a game has 30 stitches in his head, but he's recovering well, his father said Tuesday.

It was the spring youth football festival at Colorado State on Saturday, and Caden Thomas was wandering along the sidelines with his father during the team's intrasquad game. They were near the end zone when wide receiver George Hill, trying to catch a touchdown pass, didn't see the boy in time and crashed into him.

"Well, there's the sickening thud," Caden's father, Michael Thomas, said Tuesday. "I was just tremendously worried about the rest of his life. You make automatic assumptions there will be some damage when you see something that horrific."

The team's trainer and doctor rushed in to help Caden as his father held him and Hill waited nearby, worried about the little boy. Caden was bleeding from a deep cut on his head, but he was conscious, and his neurological exams were normal.

"He was saying he wanted to go home," Thomas said. "I think he had a pretty good idea that this was going to require a trip to the hospital, and he was none too excited about that prospect."

"To see he bounced back so quickly was really a blessing," he said.

A plastic surgeon stitched up the little boy's head at the hospital and sent him home.

The next day, Caden got a call from Colorado coach Sonny Lubick. He also got a football signed by the team, Thomas said. Caden himself talked a little bit about what happened.

"It was kind of scary 'cause I got bonked by the football," the boy said, hugging his own football. "It kind of hurted."

Fox News has the video, but I'm warning you...it's crazy! The poor guy goes down HARD and when the ref picks him up you can see where his head has been split.

This little man is lucky that stiches are all he needed. He will have quite the story to tells his friends when he gets older.



Introducing Angel Iris Murphy Brown

Melanie Brown has finally named her little girl who was born on April 3rd. Angel Iris Murphy Brown graces the cover of the UK edition of OK Magazine along with the caption "Eddie Meet Your Daughter".

"Melanie spent a while deciding on the baby's name," a friend of the singer tells PEOPLE. "It was inspired by a number of things."

On Tuesday, Brown, who lives in Los Angeles, explained the name in a brief statement released through her London reps.

"Angel, as she was my little angel through my pregnancy," she said. "Iris, as it's my grandma's name, Murphy because he's the dad and Brown because I'm the mum!"

Angel Iris is the second child for the former Scary Spice. She has an 8-year-old daughter, Phoenix Chi, with her ex-husband, dancer Jimmy Gulzar.

In March, Murphy's new girlfriend, film producer Tracey Edmonds, told Chicago's Power 92 radio station of Murphy: "There'll be a paternity test and if it's his then he'll be responsible."

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Ricki Lake's Documentary On Homebirths: The Business of Being Born

Actress and former talk show host Ricki Lake has turned executive producer for the documentary The Business of Being Born, which will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.

After having two different birth experiences, Ricki Lake decided to make a documentary on the subject of birth.

She felt like this was her opportunity to explore and question birthing practices in this country and perhaps be an advocate for mothers' rights and better maternity care.

After the birth of my sons, particularly my home birth with my second son, I thought I wanted to become a midwife. Then I looked at all the years of schooling and training that I would have to do and felt that the time could be better spent doing a documentary.

In most cultures throughout history, women have given birth at home. Currently, the majority of women around the world continue to birth their babies in non-hospital settings.

North America women seem to be fixated with cesareans, epidurals and heavy doses of pain medication. Women are denied feelings and experiencing birth through their bodies, plus the drugs can have adverse effects on mothers and babies.

The most successful homebirthers are those who have a strong commitment to it and who trust in their body's natural ability to birth. They are often willing to devote time and energy to finding the right birth practitioner, to doing their own research and to taking care of themselves.

Last year, I did an article on water births. There are some great benefits to delivering your child at home. I was surprised at the alleged reduction in pain when delivering in water, that fact alone could win me over!

The big issue is complications. No one wants to run into complications while not in a medical facility. The midwife is trained to recognize the early stages of complications and to take necessary action. Transport to the hospital during the course of the birthing process may be necessary for the health of either the mother or baby.

The rate of cesarean deliveries is very low for midwives and homebirths compared with hospital births. Part of the reason for this low rate is the fact that most homebirths are kept low risk by good care. Furthermore, midwives aren't in a hurry. They want to take time with their families. They generally don't hurry the birth either, which, ironically, often speeds it up.

The fact that Ricki Lake has been able to spotlight this subject is a positive step for alternative birthing options. Parents will be able to see that there are other choices available to them and make a better educated decision about their birth plan.


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Twin Bonding

Marcia Cross and Husband Tom Mahoney enjoy a sunny stroll at the Farmer's market with their two-month-old twins daughters Eden and Savannah on Saturday.

PHOTOCREDIT: Limelight Pictures via People

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Monday, April 23, 2007
Male Staff To Be Sent On Compulsory Breast Feeding Course

A council has been blasted over plans to send male staff on compulsory breast feeding courses.

Dozens of workers, including caretakers, will have to spend two days on the awareness course.

It will teach the benefits of breast feeding and how to make sure mums have privacy. There are also tips on bottle feeding and weaning, reports The Sun.

Bosses at Blackburn with Darwen Council in Lancashire say they want to improve care for mums who use the 13 nurseries and family support centres they run.

But the Campaign For Real Education branded it "crazy political correctness".

Chairman Nick Seaton said: "It is ridiculous and embarrassing."

Course teacher Michelle Atkin said: "They will learn to avoid a situation of embarrassment, like telling a mother 'you shouldn't be doing that'."

Breast feeding makes some men uncomfortable because they don't know enough about it. It is not ridiculous and shouldn't be embarrassing for a man to learn how and why children are fed this way.



Milla Jovovich and Paul Anderson Expecting a Baby

A baby is on the way for Milla Jovovich and her fiance Paul Anderson.

The models rep tells Eonline that the baby is expected this fall. No other details were available.

This will be the first child for Jovovich and Anderson. They reportedly began dating in 2002, when Anderson directed the Ukranian-born Jovovich in the movie Resident Evil. (He also wrote, and she starred in, the other two Resident Evil flicks—the third installment comes out this fall.) They reportedly were engaged in March 2003.

Jovovich was married to her Fifth Element director, Luc Besson, for two years, until they divorced in 1999.

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Suri, Tom And Katie Attend Grier's 1st Birthday

Suri, Tom and Katie were out to celebrate Grier Henchy's 1st Birthday. Grier and Suri were both born on April 18 at California’s St. John’s Medical Center.. I guess it's just fitting that they celebrate the day together.


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The Rescuing Hug

The received this story by e-mail this morning and did some checking to see if it was true. I guess hugs do help the healing because it is true!

Heidi and Paul Jackson's twin girls, Brielle and Kyrie, were born October 17, 1995, 12 weeks ahead of their due date. Standard hospital practice is to place preemie twins in separate incubators to reduce the risk of infection. that was done for the Jackson girls in the neonatal intensive care unit at The Medical Center of Central Massachusetts in Worcester.

Kyrie, the larger sister at two pounds, three ounces, quickly began gaining weight and calmly sleeping her newborn days away. But Brielle, who weighed only two pounds at birth, couldn't keep up with her. She had breathing and heart-rate problems. The oxygen level in her blood was low, and her weight gain was slow.

Suddenly, on November 12, Brielle went into critical condition. She began gasping for breath, and her face and stick-thin arms and legs turned bluish-gray. Her heart rate was way up, and she got hiccups, a dangerous sign that her body was under stress. Her parents watched, terrified that she might die.

Nurse Gayle Kasparian tried everything she could think of to stabilize Brielle. She suctioned her breathing passages and turned up the oxygen flow to the incubator. Still Brielle squirmed and fussed as her oxygen intake plummeted and her heart rate soared.

Then Kasparian remembered something she had heard from a colleague. It was a procedure, common in parts of Europe but almost unheard of in this country, that called for double-bedding multiple-birth babies, especially preemies.

Kasparian's nurse manager, Susan Fitzback, was away at a conference, and the arrangement was unorthodox. But Kasparian decided to take the risk.

"Let me just try putting Brielle in with her sister to see if that helps," she said to the alarmed parents. "I don't know what else to do."

The Jacksons quickly gave the go-ahead, and Kasparian slipped the squirming baby into the incubator holding the sister she hadn't seen since birth. Then Kasparian and the Jacksons watched.

No sooner had the door of the incubator closed then Brielle snuggled up to Kyrie - and calmed right down. Within minutes Brielle's blood-oxygen readings were the best they had been since she was born. As she dozed, Kyrie wrapped her tiny arm around her smaller sibling.


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Texan Boy Learns How to Drive Early

T.J. Tamius, 3, looks stressed as he gets a ticket for reckless driving from Denton County Sheriffs Deputy David Berry at Ann Windle School for Young Children in Denton, Texas. Tamius was given a ticket for driving over make-believe railroad tracks as students learned about transportation.


Peru's 'Miracle Baby' Walks On Her Own

After undergoing an operation to fully separate her fused legs, Peru's "miracle baby" walked around her nursery school yard Friday.

Milagros Cerron, whose first name means "miracles" in Spanish, with a rare congenital defect known as sirenomelia, or "mermaid syndrome," which left her legs connected from her heels to her groin.

The baby was born to a low income family who were not able to have an ultrasound during pregnancy because of finances. Everyone was surprised and horrified when she arrived with her legs fused together. After an appeal on tv. Dr. Luis Rubio Idrogo, executive director of the Solidary Hospital from the city of Lima, sent an ambulance to Huancayo to get Milagros and perform a reconstructive surgery on her legs.

The parents were confused and scared after her first surgery and didn't visit her for a few weeks, while she was recovering. The media caught wind of the story and the baby became a symbol of hope, because everyone doubted she could survive, but she did.

On her second birthday, after she opened her gifts, Milagros surprised her family by taking her first steps.

Her first word was not "momma" or "dadda", it was "doctor" showing how big her love is for her doctor Luis Rubio, who’s taking care of her rehabilitation and said that this little girl changed his life forever.

Dr. Rubio, invited reporters to see her progress on Friday. He said doctors have successfully reconstructed the child's hips, knees and ankles and that she is "doing well physically."

Her operations are not over, Milagros will need another operation in about two years to reconstruct and repair her urinary and sexual organs.

Milagros, who turns 3 years old next week, now takes ballet classes and runs around the playground with her classmates.

Tiffany Yorks, a 17-year-old American, is the only other person known to have undergone successful surgery to correct the rare congenital defect, which occurs in one out of every 70,000 births and is almost always fatal within days of birth.

Milagros' family comes from a poor village in the Andes mountains but Lima's municipal government has agreed to pay for her medical care.


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Sunday, April 22, 2007
Crown Prince Frederik And Princess Mary Welcome Baby Girl

Congratulations to Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary on the safe arrival of their new baby girl.

The Tasmanian-born princess was admitted to the Copenhagen University Hospital with her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, by her side earlier overnight.

Frederik, 39, said the birth took six hours and had been as beautiful and impressive as that of the couple's first child, Prince Christian, in October 2005.

"One wasn't as scared as the first time,'' he said.

The royal couple already have an 18-month-old son, Christian, but pundits were backing the princess to give birth to Denmark's first royal daughter since 1946.

They got their wish - Christian's sister is approximately 50cm long and all are in good health.

Mary, 35, was attended by the same team that delivered Christian, also born two weeks early.

The baby girl will be third in line to the Danish throne behind Frederik and Christian.


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Saturday, April 21, 2007
Cup Feeding Cannot Be Recommended As A Method Of Supplementation In Breast-Feeding Infants

Newborn infants who are cup-fed as at least part of their feeding regime, are more likely to be exclusively breast-fed when they leave hospital, but are no more likely to be breast-fed three or six months later, a team of Cochrane researchers have found. Moreover, cup-fed babies stay an average of 10 days longer in hospital. The lack of clear benefit, combined with the additional cost of the extended hospital, stay means that cup feeding cannot be recommended.

The optimal milk for newborn infants is their mother's breast milk, and the best way for them to get this is to suckle on the breast. There are, however, many situations where this optimum cannot be achieved and an alternative, or a supplement, is required. Ways of giving the supplement include gastric tube feeding, bottle-feeding and cup-feeding.

Cup-feeding has been suggested because the equipment is simple, inexpensive and easy to keep clean. There are also suggestions that infants who learn to lap milk from a cup will still be able to learn to breast feed in the future, while infants who learn to feed from a bottle often do not manage to switch to the breast. On the other hand, parents often find that cup feeding is very slow and difficult to manage.

Cochrane Researchers set out to see whether there was evidence for or against cup-feeding, and they drew their finding from four trials that met inclusion criteria.

"Cup-feeding cannot be recommended over bottle-feeding as a supplement to breast feeding, because it confers no benefit in maintaining breast feeding beyond hospital discharge, and may carry the unacceptable consequence of a longer stay in hospital," says lead researcher Andrea Flint, who works at the Royal Women's Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.

"Studies have indicated that when parents and practitioners try cup-feeding there is a high rate of non-compliance, suggest that there is little point in trying to do further research in this area," says Flint.

Recent Breast feeding Articles:

Breast feeding Offsets Cancer Risk For Older Moms
The Nursing Nest
More States Banning "Hospital Sample Bags"



Nicky and Georgina Byrne Join The Celebrity Twins Club

Congratulations to Westlife star Nicky Byrne and his wife Georgina on the safe arrival of their twin boys.

Non-identical twin sons Rocco and Jay Byrne were born at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin at 9.55am on Friday weighing 5 pounds 11 ounces and 4 pounds 8 respectively.

The highschool sweethearts are first time parents who were married in August 2003.

The couple released a statement saying:

"Nicky and Georgina Byrne welcomed with great joy the safe arrival of their twin sons Rocco and Jay born at 9.55am this morning in the National Maternity Hospital Holles Street, Dublin 2."

"The couple would like to thank Professor Mc Auliffe and all the wonderful staff at NMH Holles Street."

Georgina's father Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said this afternoon he is delighted about the news. Mr Ahern said he spoke to Georgina on the phone and hopes to visit her and the twins either tonight or early tomorrow morning.

The couple joins a growing list of celebrities that have had twins lately. Mia Hamm, welcomed twin girls on March 28, Marcia Cross, also had 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. Wow!

We wish them the best!


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The Incredible Folding Stroller

For parents who travel frequently, a stroller that is compact is a must. This week I posted a sneak peek of the Bugaboo Bee which has been designed to be more compact than it's sisters the Chameleon, Gecko and Frog.

The Mia Moda Cielo stroller is a traveler's dream. This lightweight travel stroller folds with one hand in less than five seconds and fits comfortably into all kinds of spaces.

  • Ultra-compact one-hand fold
  • Strong lightweight aluminum frame
  • Detachable storage bag
  • Front-wheel suspension
  • Easy one-touch brake
  • Freestanding when folded
  • Easy to carry when folded
  • 5-point harness
  • Adjustable seat recline

The Mia Moda Cielo is priced for the average family at $149.95. I found it at healthchecksystems.com


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Liv Tyler Talks About Her Post Pregnancy Baby Weight Struggle

One of the first thoughts that goes through every new moms mind after the baby arrives safely is how can I get this weight off?

The majority of women in the world do not have personal trainers that will whip our butts twice a day, nor do we have personal chefs or nannies.

It is hard to relate to a celebrity after they have had a baby because they rebound so quickly.

Liv Tyler spoke to You Magazine about her struggles after she had her son Milo in 2004. Liv has always been voluptuous and that makes her someone that most women can relate to. She reveals that she was not "one of those women who dropped pounds instantly when I was breastfeeding. Actually, I got so homely I was ravenous for things like doughnuts and cakes."

She was determined to be a stay at home mom for the first year and found herself "hibernating" inside the house, until she had a rude awakening about her weight.

I can remember walking down the street one day – I was going to the nail salon – when ... a photographer took my picture," she recalls.

"I was wearing a very unflattering shirt that I had worn when I was pregnant and a pair of sweat pants, and when the picture appeared in a magazine they ran a caption asking if I was pregnant again. When I saw it I said, 'I think the holiday is over.' "

Once focused on taking action, "I did a million different things," she says. "I would be on a strict protein diet and then a raw diet, and then I would do colonics and fasting. And I did Pilates, yoga and working out with my trainer."

As the face of Givenchy cosmetics, Tyler also admits to discussing moisturizers with an unlikely partner: her craggy-faced Aerosmith frontman father. "My dad, Steven Tyler, and I always talk about creams!" she says.

Still, for all her healthy habits, Tyler has one vice she knows she must conquer. "I'm afraid I smoke sometimes. I did give up for a long time when I had Milo, but on my last film my character smoked and that was bad for me," she says. "I don't like it, but I secretly love it. I know it's terrible."

It is important for all women to know that most new moms struggle with their weight and some celebrities who are brave enough to admit it!



Friday, April 20, 2007
Parrot Teaches Boy How To Speak

An autistic boy who could not speak has learned his first words with the help of his family's pet parrot.

Dylan Hargreaves, four, has severe learning difficulties and had never uttered a single word.

But after listening to macaw Barney, he can now say "Night, night", "Dad", "Mom", "Ta", "Hello" and "Bye", reports The Sun.

And experts think he is close to his first two-syllable word.

Mom Michelle, 33, said: "Barney has changed our lives. Before he arrived, Dylan would try to speak, but the sound came out as a noise.

"Then we got Barney and, a few months later, Dylan began to talk. It was only the odd word, but I could clearly understand what he said.

"Every time I gave the bird something to say, Dylan started trying to say the same thing. I think it's because the bird says things slower than me, which helps Dylan understand.

"Now when I put him to bed he says, 'Night, night, mom'. It means the world to me."

Michelle, was given three-year-old Barney by partner Rob Hargreaves, 33, last January.

Michelle reckons her son's first two-syllable word will be Barney, because he loves his pet so much.

Speech therapist Dr Hazel Roddham of the University of Lancashire confirmed: "If there's some enjoyment, a child is more likely to learn. And presumably this parrot has attracted the boy's attention."

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"Shower Shock" Caffeinated Soap Will Perk You Up!

This may be perfect for new moms who are barely able to get to their feet after a long night.

Inventors have created a soap infused with caffeine which helps users wake up in the morning.

The soap, called Shower Shock, supplies the caffeine equivalent of two cups of coffee per wash, with the stimulant absorbed naturally through the skin, manufacturers say.

“Tired of waking up and having to wait for your morning java to brew? Are you one of those groggy early morning types that just needs the extra kick?” ask the makers, thinkgeek.com.

Scented with peppermint oil, each bar is designed to provide a stimulant boost within five minutes for a clean buzz.

Shower Shock is an all vegetable based glycerine soap which does *not* contain any harsh ingredients like ethanol, diethanolamine, polyethylene glycol or cocyl isethionate. So it's a gently invigorating soap;) Scented with peppermint oil and infused with caffeine anhydrous, each bar of Shower shock contains approximately 12 servings/showers per 4 ounce bar with 200 milligrams of caffeine per serving. No, we're not kidding and no you don't eat it. The caffeine is absorbed through the skin...