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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Suri Out For A Stroll

Miss Suri Cruise was seen out for a stroll with her Mom Katie yesterday in Germany. This little monkey has been all over the world lately, flying from Germany last week to NYC and then back so that she can be with her dad, Tom Cruise, who is currently filming a movie.


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UPDATE: No Baby Yet For Duggar Family

I have been receiving many e-mails from readers asking whether or not the Duggar Family from Arkansas has had they baby.

I spoke with Michelle Duggar this morning and she has not had the baby yet. There were a few contractions last week, but nothing that showed the baby was ready to arrive.

Jennifer will be delivered at the hospital au natural and like the other children, Michelle is planning to breastfeed.

The Duggars are very excited about their new arrival and hope she will make an appearance in the next few days!

I will keep you updated on any changes.

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Heaven Rain Is A Ray Of Sunshine

Actress Brooke Burke and daughter Heaven Rain Charvet arrive at the Summer On The Pier Benefiting "The Rock" Foundation Event over the weekend in Malibu.


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States Crack Down on Parents and Caregivers Who Leave Children Alone in Cars

Well it's about time that someone actually stepped up and did something about this HUGE problem. There are about 4 or 5 kids a week that are being reported left in hot vehicles for longer than 20 minutes. Some are saved, but a good majority die from extreme temperatures and dehydration.

A Florida mom who faces misdemeanor charges for leaving her 2-month-old son in an idling Pontiac is just the latest example of the nationwide crackdown on parents who leave their kids alone in cars and then face fines — or worse, jail time.

Twelve states have laws specifically prohibiting leaving young children alone in cars, some making it a traffic violation with a penalty of a ticket and a fine, and others — including Florida — making it a misdemeanor, with the possible punishment being a prison sentence as well as a hefty fine.

In the case of the Orlando mother, Whitlene Loussaint, police got involved because the car with the baby boy inside was stolen in the few minutes it took Loussaint to run back into her church to grab an umbrella. The car turned up blocks from the church parking lot where it was taken, with the doors wide open and the baby unhurt.

The Florida children-in-cars law has just been amended to make it a second-degree misdemeanor to leave a youngster under 6 alone in a car for more than 15 minutes or for any amount of time if the car is running. The new regulations went into effect July 1, and if Loussaint is prosecuted, she could face 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Ironically, many of the moms and dads who leave their young kids alone in cars aren’t neglectful or abusive parents, according to Kids and Cars founder and president Janette Fennell.

“In most cases, it’s very good parents,” she said. “It tends to be for that person’s convenience — they’re not thinking of the safety of the children. For some reason they think, I’ll just be a minute — and it’s never just a minute.”

In addition to Florida, the other states that have specific children-in-cars laws include Connecticut, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

Fennell said Kids and Cars is also working on getting a federal bill passed that regulates safety devices on automobiles. The law would mandate that all vehicles have the following three features:

• a standard and wide range of rearview vision when the car is in reverse to prevent children from being backed over; • a feature on power windows that cause them to automatically reverse if they hit an obstruction, making strangulation of children peering out impossible; • a brake shift interlock that stops a car from being thrown into “drive” unless someone has a foot on the brake.

Fennell said she thinks each case should be analyzed individually in terms of what sort of punishment is appropriate.

But taking a case-by-case approach can be a problem.

Currently, mothers who leave children alone in the car are treated much more harshly than fathers — with moms being 26 percent more likely to do time than dads and their average sentence being two years longer, according to a study done by The Associated Press.

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Chandra Wilson and Kids Do Folgers Commercials

Chandra Wilson and 2 of her 3 kids Joy, 8 and Michael, 1 filmed a commercial for Folgers coffee. The ads show Chandra going through he morning routine getting the kids ready for the day. I like the natural way that the spots are filmed.


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Race Plays A Role In Neonatal Survival Rate

Researchers have uncovered ethnic differences in the risk of neonatal mortality and morbidity (disease) in the neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Of grave concern is the noted elevation in mortality rate in the NICU among infants of South Asian (East Indian) origin, which is over three times that of Caucasian infants. It was also found that Aboriginal males and East Asian females had significantly greater odds of survival.

Interestingly, 'small for gestational age' was noted as a significant factor only among Caucasian infants, while only 'gestational age less than 29 weeks' was found to be a significant risk across all ethnic groups.

"Understanding these differences is important so we can determine what specific areas to target in order to improve health-care delivery and reduce these disparities," said Dr. Shoo Lee, Scientific Director of iCARE at the University of Alberta.

As the number of premature births in North America has increased over the last 20 years, questions have emerged about how best to care for newborns and their mothers, particularly in immigrant populations where inequalities in health outcomes may already exist.

In the United States, prematurity has been reported as the leading cause of neonatal death among African-American newborns, but the research team has found that neonatal sepsis (infection) was the strongest predictor of mortality among African-American infants, even greater than being born at 28 weeks of age or younger.

"Our results suggest that reducing neonatal infection among African-Americans newborns may help to lower these differences in mortality," said Lee.

When we found out that our baby was coming early the nurse told us that we wanted our baby to be a girl. They apparently have better survival statistics and fight harder to stay alive....

We ended up making out okay, but you can imagine our fears when we found out that I had just delivered a boy - at 24 weeks.


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Monday, July 30, 2007
Jenna Elfman and Her Husband Bodhi Welcome a Baby Boy

Congratulations to Jenna Elfman and Her Husband Bodhi on the safe arrival of their first baby.

Story Elias, was born on July 23 in Los Angeles weighing in at 7 lbs. 2 oz.

Jenna's publicist says that:

"He is already a fan of "classical music, a clean diaper, mom's boobs and long naps." adding that "Story wants to give big props to his mom for all the hard work."

Despite her pregnancy, Elfman made time recently to star in a short video on the humor Web site funnyordie.com – in which the pregnant actress schooled several players in a pickup basketball game.

This is the first child for the actress, 35, who played Dharma Finklestein Montgomery on the 1997-2002 ABC comedy and went on to star in the CBS sitcom Courting Alex, and Bodhi, 38, also an actor. The pair have been married since 1995.


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Wyatt Not Enjoying The Concert

Wyatt Crow does not look happy at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, Saturday. He is being held in a Baby Bjorn Sport Carrier wearing a set of headphones to protect his delicate ear drums.

While the music may be good, he seems to not be fond of the gear attached to his head and that soother his nanny is stuffing in his mouth is NOT helping.


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1/4 Adults in NYC Found With Elevated Blood Mercury Levels

The issue with mercury in fish is bigger than people realize, especially if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

According to survey results released by the Heath Department 1/4 of adult New Yorkers have elevated blood mercury levels and the elevations are closely tied to fish consumption.

Asian and higher-income New Yorkers eat more fish, and have higher average mercury levels, than others both locally and nationally. These mercury levels pose little if any health risk for most adults, but may increase the risk of cognitive delays for children whose mothers had very high mercury levels during pregnancy.

These findings are the latest presented from New York City's Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC-HANES), the first such survey ever conducted by a U.S. city. It's possible that other cities have similarly high levels, or higher ones, but haven't yet documented them. Because mercury is a concern for the health of newborns, recommendations on mercury exposure are most important for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

* Among women 20-49 years old in New York City, the average blood mercury level is 2.64 µg/L (micrograms per liter), three times that of similarly-aged women nationally (0.83 µg/L).

* Approximately one quarter of New York City women in this age group have a blood mercury level at or above 5 µg/L, the New York State reportable level.

* People who eat fish three or fewer times each week have, on average, levels of mercury below the reportable level, while average readings exceed the reportable level among those who eat fish four or more times.

* Higher-income New Yorkers have higher mercury levels; New Yorkers in the highest income bracket average 3.6 µg/L, compared to 2.4 µg/L among the lowest income group.

* Average blood mercury levels are considerably higher among New York City Asian women (4.1 µg/L); nearly half (45%) have blood mercury levels at or above the State reportable level.

* Among Asians, foreign-born Chinese women have particularly high levels compared to the rest of New York City. Two thirds (66%) have mercury at or above the reportable level.

* Foreign-born Chinese New Yorkers eat an average of three fish meals per week, compared to about one among New Yorkers overall. About one quarter of Chinese New Yorkers eat fish five or more times each week, compared to fewer than one in 15 overall.

Health officials emphasized that fish is an important part of a healthy diet, and that moderate fish consumption has many health benefits. "For most people, frequent fish consumption is not a concern," said Daniel Kass, the Health Department's Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Surveillance and Policy. "Fish is a good source of protein and heart-healthy fats, and it's low in calories and unhealthy fats."

During pregnancy, however, mercury can pass from a mother's bloodstream to a developing fetus. Small amounts can also pass into breast milk. And exposure to significant amounts of mercury early in life may cause learning problems because the brain is still developing. "No one needs to stop eating fish, but some people may need to change the type and amount they eat," Kass said. "Young children, breastfeeding mothers, and women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy should eat fish that are lower in mercury and limit fish that are higher in mercury."

In case you do not know which fish are low in mercury I have attached a poster that was produced by Health Bureau in Maine.

All fish have some levels of mercury in them. Some fish have more mercury than others. Fish that eat other fish, or fish that are long-lived tend to have more mercury than smaller less predatory fish.

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Mark Consuelos and His Kids Hit The Carnival

Mark Consuelos hit the children’s carnival at the InStyle Super Saturday charity event with daughter Lola and son Joaquin for rides, games and yummy cupcakes.

Mark gets the job of watching the kids while wife Kelly shopped all the designer booths.

She must have done a great job because the event raised over $2 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.


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Shaken Baby Syndrome Simulator

I have never posted anything on Shaken Baby Syndrome(SBS) because the issue frustrates me and there has never really been anything out that could help prevent it.

I came across this 'simulator' today and had to post it. This doll should be a mandatory part of Lamaze class so that parents can SEE the effect that shaking their baby has.

Shaking the life-sized infant simulator is disturbing. Watching the damage progress across the brain through illuminated LEDs is powerful. Hearing the piercing cry abruptly stop is devastating. There’s no denying the instant and permanent effects of shaking a helpless baby when this new, electronic simulator is in your hands.

Combined with a curriculum that helps establish a plan for coping with an inconsolable baby, an experience with the Shaken Baby Syndrome Simulator™ will stick with participants for a lifetime.

The life-sized electronic simulator is equipped with accelerometers that measure the force on the brain when shaken. A see-through vinyl head reveals LED lights that indicate the damaged areas of the brain in real time. Real infant cries stop abruptly as shaking continues and permanent brain damage occurs.

Approximately 25 percent of shaken baby victims die from their injuries. Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is underreported because the effects on the brain aren’t always immediately seen, the abuse may not be reported, and perpetrators often lie to medical personnel about the cause of a baby’s injuries. Experts agree that awareness of SBS is critical for everyone who cares for an infant, responds to family emergencies, or trains future parents, babysitters and child care providers.

No one would EVER shake a baby is they knew what happens to them and the extent of the damage that they could cause.

In extreme cases, the child need to be hospitalized and hooked up to machines to assist with breathing. Some of these children will never walk or talk due to the extensive damage that was caused in the heat of a moment.

Every bit of awareness helps. If this simulator prevents any babies from being shaken than it was worth the research.

Please visit the OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Realtityworks.com They have downloadable worksheets on preventing SBS and what happens if you do shake your infant.

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Breast Feeding is Encouraged in Phuket City.

I wish more cities would plan these kinds of events. There are still MANY new moms who are not aware of the benefits of breastfeeding.

Young babies or children who are being breast fed by their mothers are invited to enter a contest activity to be held on August 12th, Thailand’s Queen’s Birthday, which is also recognized nationwide as Mother’s Day. The activity organized by the Office of Phuket City aims to promote breast feeding among moms as scientific studies confirms that breast-fed children have higher development in both physical and mental health plus EQ. Moms with 6 months to 2 year old children are invited to participate.



Elizabeth Hasselbeck Dazzles At 'Super Saturday' Charity Event

Expectant mommy, Elizabeth Hasselbeck dazzles in a Pucci-esq dress at the InStyle Hosted Super Saturday in the Hampton this weekend.


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Sunday, July 29, 2007
Seal is a Superdaddy!

Seal was seen out with 2 of his kids, Johan , 8 months and Leni, 3 (stepdaughter) in NYC. You can always spot a good parent a mile a way from their 'double holding' skills.

Seal was quoted as say that

"My favorite thing to do right now is to just be with my family as much as I can because we have pretty busy schedules."


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Hearing Test May Predict Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has been a mystery to doctors and researchers for years. Every few months new recommendations are presented to parents to further reduce their baby's chance of dying suddenly while they sleep.

A new study has found that newborn hearing tests may hold the key to predicting which babies are at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

The study, published in the July issue of Early Human Development found all babies in a Rhode Island study group who died of SIDS shared the same distinctive difference in their newborn hearing test results for the right inner ear, when compared with infants who did not have SIDS.

The study was conducted by Dr. Daniel D. Rubens of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle.

It is the first time doctors might be able to identify newborns at risk for SIDS by a simple, affordable and routine hearing test administered shortly after birth.

In the study, medical records and hearing tests of 31 babies who died from SIDS in Rhode Island were examined and compared with healthy babies. Rhode Island has a particularly robust database of newborn hearing test data.

The cause of SIDS, known around the world as “crib death” and “cot death,” has eluded physicians and grieving parents for centuries. Responsible for many previously unexplainable deaths of infants usually two to four months old and striking boys more than girls, SIDS causes tragic, sudden death in approximately 1 in 1,000 newborns worldwide, making it the largest cause of death in young infants.

In the United States approximately 3,600 deaths each year were attributed to SIDS from 1992-1999, according to an April, 2004 article in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Death occurs during sleep, seemingly with no warning and no previous symptoms.

Changes in infant care have been promoted including the “Back to Sleep” program discouraging sleeping on the stomach, and avoiding exposure to cigarette smoke. Various causes have been suggested, including disturbances in respiratory control and infant overheating, but to date nothing has proven conclusive.

It is known that the inner ear contains tiny hairs that are involved in both hearing and vestibular function. Rubens proposes that vestibular hair cells are important in transmitting information to the brain regarding carbon dioxide levels in the blood.

He postulates that injury to these cells will disrupt respiratory control, playing a critical role in predisposing infants to SIDS.

The SIDS infants in Rubens’ study showed a consistent four point lower score in their standard newborn hearing tests, across three different sound frequencies in the right ear, when compared to babies that didn’t die from SIDS.

Additionally, healthy infants typically test stronger in the right ear than the left. However, in each of the SIDS cases studied, the right ear tested lower than the left, reversing the test results of healthy babies.

“This discovery opens a whole new line of inquiry into SIDS research,” said Rubens. “For the first time, it’s now possible that with a simple, standard hearing test babies could be identified as at risk for SIDS, allowing preventative measures to be implemented in advance of a tragic event.”

“We must now fully explore all aspects of inner ear function and SIDS, and analyze testing frequencies higher than those currently tested by newborn hearing screen centers,” he said.


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Cool Quintuplet Ultrasound!!

Jayson and Rachelle live just north of Austin in Cedar Park Texas with their two kids, Riley and Kaiya.

Rachelle is 33 weeks pregnant with quintuplets and the babies expected to arrive next week, probably by caeserean.

The babies will be delivered at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, which is the same hospital that delivered Jenny Masche's sextuplets almost 2 months ago.

As expected, Rachelle is on bed rest keeping comfortable and eating everything she sees!!

On her blog she updates everyone on her latest ultrasound stating that the babies current combined weight in on target to break a quintuplet birth weight record of 21 lb 1.2 oz.

The babies have been estimated to weight 4 lb 11 oz, 4 lb 12 oz, 4 lb 12 oz, 4 lb 8 oz and 5 lb 9 oz, which is almost 25lbs of baby.

Before the babies were crowded in utero the couple video taped one of their earlier ultrasounds.

They had a great tech who allowed them to see the babies doing some cute stuff. It is neat to see them scroll through each baby trying to figure out the sex of the babies.

The video is a bit long (just over 5 minutes), but worth the watch.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007
Eva Herzigova In Paris Match Magazine

New Parents Eva Herzigova and boyfriend Gregorio Marsiaj introduce their new son Georg Marsiaj Herzig in Paris Match this month.

She PROUDLY breast feeds him during the photo session and the photos are included in the magazine.

Eva looks like she could be the baby's nanny not mommy when you see her HOT body!

Motherhood suits her, she glows through the whole photoshoot, gazing at the baby and cuddling with her boyfriend.


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HiLo Kids Chair

This last year has been a great year for highchairs. The design has been solid and innovative, with the HiLo continuing on the trend.

HiLo is a Montreal-based Age Design company started by husband and wife industrial design team, Patrice Guillemin and Geneviéve Grenier.

They have created a children's chair that combines contemporary design with simplicity and functionality.

This colourful, duo-height kids chair satisfies your modern aesthetic, while keeping toddlers well-seated from six months to six years.

On first impression, the HiLo kids chair looks simple - a one piece molded plastic seat held together by cherry wood legs punctuated by a two-button aluminum adjustment mechanism - and yet its subtle design features and multi-function go further than most highchairs. With the easy pull-out side buttons, the seatbelt and crotch bar, the chair moves seamlessly from highchair to an under-table kids chair.

Available in four refreshing colours - Asparagus, Carrot, Portobello and Raspberry. Designed and manufactured in Canada. I found it at modernkid.com for $425

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Kingston Down Under

Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and son Kingston were seen at the airport in New Zealand. Gwen is preparing for her Australian tour and her son is racking up some airmiles along the way.


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Mom Gives Birth To Quintuplets in South Carolina

Wholly Multiples Batman!!! Does anyone just have one baby anymore?? There is a boom in mega multiples lately with a South Carolina mom adding to the stats.

Friday at Palmetto Health Richland's Storks' Landing was a special day for Temekia Harris and Ivan Smith of Columbia, who became parents to a healthy set of quintuplets.

Hospital officials say Temekia Harris and Ivan Smith of Columbia became the proud parents of a set of boy quintuplets.

Under the care of Doctor Anthony Gregg and Doctor Alfredo Gei with Maternal Fetal Medicine division at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Department of OB/GYN, the boys and their mother are recovering well.

Born on July 27, at Palmetto Health Richland Stork's Landing, the quintuplets whose names are not final include:

• Baby A, 2 pounds, 3.1 ounces, 13.5 inches long, born at 8:27 a.m.
• Baby B, 2 pounds, 2.9 ounces, 13 inches long born at 8:27 a.m.
• Baby C, 1 pound, 6 ounces, 11.75 inches long born at 8:28 a.m.
• Baby D, 1 pound, 14 ounces, 13.75 inches long born at 8:28 a.m.
• Baby E, 2 pounds, 6 ounces, 14 inches long, born at 8:29 a.m.

The boys are just the fifth set of quintuplets born in the state in the last three decades.

My guess is that these babies arrived at about 28-29 weeks. No gestation was given or whether or not fertilty was used. I think it's a safe assumption that these are not natural quints. That part would have been written in the headline if that were the case...

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Milla Sexy in Jane Magazine

Expectant Mom Milla Jovovich tastefully posed for this months Jane Magazine.

The model-turned-actress, who is expecting her first child, admits she has been piling on the pounds since falling pregnant.

She said in an interview with InStyle magazine: "I used to smoke cigarettes, drink champagne - I was a big champagne person - but now eating is the only vice I have left!" Although she's still got four months to go Milla - who has been in a relationship with film director Paul Anderson since 2002 - knew she would pile on the pounds at an alarming rate. She said: "I have a very addictive personality. They say you're supposed to gain 30lbs when you have a baby and I'm nearly there already! All those stories that you see on TV - 'I eat when I'm upset!' I totally get it now."

Milla is due to give birth to a baby girl in November and is worried about the trouble her daughter may cause. She added: "I'm 90 per cent sure it's a girl. I know I'm in for it, at least if my own relationship with my mother says anything!"

After the baby arrives Milla will be happy that she did these shots. They are a nice reminder of how cute she looked while growing her baby

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Trista And Ryan Welcome Baby Boy

Congratulations to The Bachelor's Trista and Ryan on the safe arrival of their baby boy.

Maxwell Alston Sutter arrived yesterday a few weeks ahead of schedule weighing in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces.

"He's perfect and beautiful, and everyone's doing great," Trista, 34, told US Magazine of her firstborn.

Trista, 34, and Ryan, 32, had been trying to conceive for two years before announcing their pregnancy in February.

The couple did not want know the child's gender, the new mom said.

"I'm a fan of surprises, so my love of surprises outweighed it. For the first one for us, we just want a healthy baby."

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Friday, July 27, 2007
Isla is Pretty in Pink

Expectant actress Isla Fisher was out at the 'Hot Rod' premiere without her fiance Sacha Baron Cohen.

Isla is due to have her first baby this fall. The couple was slow to confirm that they were expecting, but the star couldn't keep her excitement in for much longer.

She recently gushed during an interview that "I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life."


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Isabella Damon Strolls With Gramma

13-month-old Isabella Damon strolls through the gardens of the Beverly Hills Hotel with Matt's Mom Nancy.

Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso attended the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, where he received the 2,343rd star.

Just Jared has all of the pictures.

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Violet and Jen Out In LA

Jen and Violet were out today running errands in LA.

Violet sits in a Britax Carseat waiting for her mom to take her out and drinks out of a Gerber soft starter fun grip cup.

Just Jared has more photos.

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Twist On Designer Duds

Pink Olive Boutique has some VERY cute onesies that spoof some high end designer names. Louis Spitton, Burpberry, Pradada, and Gucci Coo (not pictured)

Made of 100% cotton. Each design retails for $32. Available in 3-6 months and 6-12 months.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Naomi Watts And Liev Shreiber Welcome Baby Boy

Congratulations to Naomi Watts and Liev Shreiber on the safe arrival of their new baby boy.

Alexander Pete Schreiber arrived this morning weighing a healthy 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 22 1/2 inches long.

He is the first baby for both parents who met on the set of The Painted Veil.

The news of Watts' pregnancy unintentionally slipped through her fingers back in February, when a press release circulated by Italian design house Escada—which provided Watts, 38, with her Academy Award duds—prematurely spilled the beans.

"The Escada gown sets off her most precious new asset—the baby she is expecting with longtime boyfriend Liev Schreiber," read the statement sent to various media outlets, including E!, on Oscar eve.

Watts didn't address the news on the red carpet, but Schreiber confirmed their expectant status the following night during an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

The duo celebrated their impending arrival last week with a coed baby shower at their Los Angeles home,

We wish them the best. I am sure that they will be great parents!!!


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ET ONLINE has some exclusive shots of Dannielynn and daddy Larry Birkhead.

"Every day she does something new, and now she's sharing her bottle with me," Larry tells our own MARK STEINES. "So if I say, 'Give daddy a drink,' she'll toss it over her shoulder. It's cool being a dad."

The former boyfriend of the late Anna Nicole and the father of her baby came out to the big Hollywood premiere of 'The Bourne Ultimatum' Wednesday night with his nephew, and said that the requirements of being a new dad are almost the same as being a super spy.

"If Matt Damon drops out of the next movie, maybe I'll be available," he jokes. "I've been punched and kicked and slapped by my daughter, so I'm in defense mode. She's using me as a teething ring."

But there was one hitch on the way to the red carpet: "She actually spit up on my jacket I was going to wear, so I had to take it off and do a quick change."

Dannielynn is going to have her first birthday in September, and Larry says he's weighing his options for the special day.

Those eyes look like they've been photoshopped, but you know after looking at her daddy that they haven't been...

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Military Bases See Baby Boom

Different events throughout the year will trigger an increase in birth rates.

A couple of years a go when I was on bedrest in the hospital I was in awe of the number of pregnant moms delivering babies at our hospital. For four nights in a row there were up to 15 deliveries each evening. When I asked the nurse what the reasoning was behind the boom and she said that because there was no hockey on the previous winter they had seen an increase in births.

Many military couples at Fort Campbell celebrated when about 20,000 soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division came home last fall, because the military hospital here is now seeing a baby boom.

The hospital expects to deliver 210 babies a month soon, nearly twice the usual number of deliveries, and more are expected at other nearby hospitals in Tennessee and Kentucky.

"You go around town and there are these big bellies everywhere. It's kind of fun to have all the babies around," said Kerry Luckey, who lives in Clarksville, near this Army post.

A temporary increase in births is not uncommon after soldiers return, but the boom this year is the biggest the post has seen in decades, said Lt. Col. Diane Adams, chief of women's health at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

The base is seeing "a lot more folks with family on the mind when they returned this time around," Adams said.

About 19,000 soldiers returned to Fort Stewart, Ga., in the first months of 2006, and the hospital there saw a baby boom nine months later, delivering more than 100 babies a month, compared with 76 per month the previous year. Fort Hood in Texas saw deliveries peak at 289 in March 2006, well above the 213 average.

Lt. Trena Buggs, a labor and delivery nurse at Blanchfield, got pregnant herself not long after her husband, a Special Forces soldier, returned from Iraq in early 2006, and she gave birth in May. She knew what to expect when the 101st Airborne came back between August and December of last year.

"We knew that any time the soldiers are deployed, we knew the one thing they liked to do best when they come home is get a little bit of loving," she said.

In many cases, the father was back in Iraq by the time the baby arrived; many soldiers have heard their children's first cries via cell phone.

In the Fort Campbell hospital's busy maternity waiting room, many new mothers do not even seem to notice when Brahms' lullaby starts playing over the public address system — the signal that another baby has just been born.

Adams hears the lullaby about seven times a day.

"We should be close to 2,300 for the year," she said. "Last year we delivered 1,352, to give you a comparison."

The baby boom at Fort Campbell is expected to continue through December, which also happens to be when three units from the 101st Airborne are set to return to Iraq. Another three units are scheduled to leave for Afghanistan early next year.

About 20 percent of the new mothers at Fort Campbell are active-duty soldiers themselves, Adams said.

New mothers are exempt from deployment for four months. But after that, husband-and-wife soldiers have to arrange for child care if they are both sent overseas. Often, relatives or close friends take care of the children.


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RECALL: Pacifiers Decorated with Crystals Due to Aspiration and Ingestion Hazards

This recall is a NO BRAINER... Who is giving their baby a pacifer that has rinestones on it??? There goes that $18,000 paci that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt received as a gift when Shiloh was born.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms 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: Pacifiers

Units: About 1,000

Retailers: Dara Linda’s Baby Bling and Jewelry Design, of Davie, Fla.; Bling Toes, of Cherry Valley, Ill.; Baby Bling Things, of Appleton, Wis.; PeaNaPod Bling and Accessories, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and MJM Crystal Designs, of Boca Raton, Fla.

Hazard: These pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards for pacifiers. The pacifiers’ crystals can separate easily, posing an aspiration and ingestion hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves pacifiers that were purchased from stores, decorated with Swarovski crystals, then resold to consumers. The crystals were glued on the pacifier's handle and guard. They come in different colors and designs. The chart below lists additional information about the products sold.

Company Name/ContactName of ProductSold At
Dara Linda’s Baby Bling and Jewelry Design www.jewelryandbabyblingbydara.com Call collect: (954) 600-8988 Email: lkkcreations@yahoo.com Baby Bling Swarovski Crystal Pacifiers Ebay.com and Etsy.com from June 2006 through March 2007 for between $1 and $40.
Bling Toes www.blingtoes.com Call collect: (815) 718-1280 Email: april.marsh@insightbb.com Baby Bling Swarovski Crystal Pacifiers Etsy.com from January 2007 through February 2007 for about $35.
Baby Bling Things Call collect: (920) 832-9161 Email: Blingthings4you@yahoo.com http://www.myspace.com/babyblingthingsbowtique Bling Swarovski Pacifiers Ebay.com and Etsy.com from July 2006 through March 2007 for between $15 and $35.
PeaNapod Bling and Accessories Call collect: (260) 422-3630 Ebay Web site: PeaNapod Bling and Accessories Email: cjehyde@verizon.net Bling Pacifiers Ebay.com from September 2006 through February 2007 for between $10 and $30.
MJM Crystal Designs Call collect: (561) 715-9591 Email: realta@aol.com Binkies by Bossman Ebay.com from December 2006 through March 2007 for between $10 and $12.
(Note: Although these products were advertised by third parties as Swarovski products or containing Swarovski crystals, Swarovski does not manufacture these products or endorse their use.)

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should take these pacifiers away from young children immediately and contact the firm for instructions on obtaining a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact the firm above.

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Kimora Lee Launches New Clothing Line For Her Two Princesses

Kimora Lee Simmons along with her daughters Ming and Aoki debuted a collection of what looks like a girls tween clothing line.?

Ming and Aoki always escort their mom down the runway to close each Baby Phat show. I guess their mom figured that they should have their own line to model or an event to be the centre of attention at.


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Introducing Ava Priestly

New parents Jason Priestley and wife Naomi Lowde-Priestley introduce their new baby to the world on the cover of Us magazine this week.

It wasn't the storybook beginning the new parents had hoped. Four days after the July 2 birth, 7-pound, 4-ounce Ava cried all night.

Luckily for the Priestleys, Ava has adjusted wonderfully to her new home and the first-time parents couldn't be happier. "She is very mellow," Naomi gushes.

It helps that Priestley, 37, has gone from 90210 to Nanny 911! "You gotta be involved," says Priestley, whom his wife, 31, describes as a "very hands-on" dad. "The other day I had her on my chest and she peed on me. But babies are like bunny rabbits. When they pee on you, it means they like you."

Priestley adds, "The first time I saw her, time stood still. It took my breath away."


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2 More of Masche Sextuplets Go Home

More good new for the Masche family. Parents Jenny and Brian were able to bring two more of their sextuplets home yesterday, leaving just two babies in the NICU.

Savannah and Bailey Masche left Phoenix Children's Hospital yesterday and join Blake and Grant who are already home.

A hospital spokesperson says Cole is still being monitored after having surgery earlier this week.

Molly is doing well and will probably get to go home soon, say officials.

The family is staying with relatives in the Valley until the last of the babies are released.

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'Every Baby Has a Story' March Of Dimes Contest

"Every Baby Has a Story," a new nationwide contest for a user-generated video public service ad (PSA) with a grand prize of $5,000 and possible placement on TV stations, was announced today by the March of Dimes.

"The March of Dimes celebrates all babies, those born healthy and those who need our help to survive," says Doug Staples, Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Communications, at the March of Dimes. "And we want to give more people the chance to get involved in our efforts. That's why we're inviting the public to help us create and choose a 60-second TV spot that tells a compelling story about babies."

Go to http://marchofdimes.com/videocontest for Official Rules and eligibility criteria and to learn more about the PSA contest. Entries should interpret the theme "Every Baby Has a Story" to raise awareness of a serious health issue like premature birth, or lack of affordable health care coverage for pregnant women and babies, or to tell a dramatic personal experience of a baby.

Unfortunately, this contest is only open to US residents, which is crappy because I know many Canadian moms who could contribute some VERY interesting stories to the pile.

For rules and specifications on how to enter please visit the March Of Dimes website.

I hope to be able to post some of the entries on the site, if a link is available.

Good Luck to all of the moms out there!! The March of Dimes is right...Every baby does have a story and I look forward to watching some of the submissions.

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Rod and Penny Share Their Wedding With Alastair

Hello Magazine has photo's from the newly married couple wedding including a few with baby Alastair.

From the looks of the cover shot, the biggest fan at the wedding was their 1 years old son Alastair.

HELLO! was given an exclusive opportunity to see inside the big event and publishes 38 pages of stunning images and an in-depth look at the romantic nuptials.


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