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Friday, November 30, 2007
Kid Sized Robot Developed For Special Needs Kids

Parents of special needs kids know that finding creative ways for their children get around is challenging. Most parents usually find that they are limited to regular or motorized wheelchairs.

Researchers at the University of Delaware are providing safe mobility to children with special needs who are unable to fully explore the world on their own through the development of kid-sized robots that infants can drive using joysticks.

The work is important because much of infant development, both of the brain and behavior, emerges from the thousands of experiences each day that arise as babies independently move and explore their world.

The robot, UD1, is designed with smart technology to address safety issues so infants can be a part of the real world environment, and in this way uses technology to meet human need.

While it looks like something that my dad could of made in the garage, I am very excited that this robot could be responsible for children seeing the world the same way that other kids do.

PHOTOCREDIT: Kathy Atkinson/University of Delaware


Drea De Matteo and Shooter Jennings Welcome First Child

Congratulations to Drea de Matteo and boyfriend on the safe arrival of their first baby.

Alabama Gypsy Rose arrived on Wednesday night, a rep for the actress tells Eonlin's Marc Malkin.

Alabama is the first child for the couple, who have been dating for six years.

We wish them the best and look forward to seeing the first pictures of the happy family.



The Morrison's Talk For The First Time About Losing Their 5 Babies

For the first time since delivering her sextuplets, Brianna Morrison has spoken about the sadness of losing 5 babies and their delight in having Sylas home.

Ryan and Brianna Morrison welcomed 6 babies on June 10th at just 22 weeks gestation. At birth, the sextuplets ranged in size from 11 ounces and 1 pound, 3 ounces.

Sadly one by the babies started to pass away until there was only one left - Sylas.

He is home now and the family conducted their homecoming interview with Minnesota television station WCCO.

Brianna talked about each baby and their personality saying that Lucia was the first born, her name meant light. She had the most sparkly eyes that would just capture you when you looked at her.

Bennett was a mamma's boy.

Tryg was their all American boy. The nurse gave him a red, white and blue stocking cap. He passed away on Flag Day. Captain America they called him.

Lincoln was playfully renamed 'linky wink', she always thought he would be a poet, contemplate the things of God, and really know the heart of God.

Cadence was known as the sparkly baby. Every time the had an ultrasound, Cadence was just dancing, all the time. Her name means melody. And her middle name means beautiful. So beautiful melody. She was the smallest baby.

Brianna then tuns her attention to Sylas. He is cooing loudly and she calls him her man of many words. They hold him a lot and wonder if they're spoiling him, but decide it's okay because he's been through a lot.

She says that this is not the way they wanted it to be, but that this is what god wanted and they trust him because he is good. She also believes that they were given Sylas because they needed him. Without him she doesn't know how she would be able to get out of bed in the morning.

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One of The Baker Quintuplets Passes Away


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Thursday, November 29, 2007
Bloom Fresco Loft Highchair

We introduced you to the Bloom Fresco highchair last April. It's ability to adapt to your child's developmental changes has made it a parent favourite.

The company has recently released a sleeker more modern version that features black or ivory microfiber seat. The new colour combination is perfect for parents who prefer to have their baby gear fit in with their chic interior.

This new seat still has the same great features as the original Fresco Highchair such as:

  • super sized adjustable feeding tray and second play tray - removable and dishwasher-safe pneumatic-assist, easy-lift height adjustment allowing infinite positions
  • 5-point safety harness with height adjustable shoulder straps
  • multiple position footrest
  • enclosed castor wheels in base for easy 'lift and glide'

Available at Moderntots.com for $500. *It is not shipping until the end of December*

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Only One Is Mine...

A Chinese man is suing for divorce after discovering that he is the father of only one of his twins.

Liu Yuan of Nanjing city says he noticed the difference between the babies the day they were born, reports Longhu Network.

"The baby that came out first was much bigger than the second, who was very weak and sickly," he said.

The dad says he started to be suspicious when the second baby turned out to have a different blood type, paired with the fact that it doesn't look like him.

Liu had his own and the two babies' DNA tested - and discovered that he was the biological father of only the bigger twin.

"My wife admitted that she'd had sex with her former boyfriend after we got married," he said.

Doctors explain that it's quite rare, but possible, since a man's sperm can survive for 72 hours in a woman's body.

Believe it or not, there are actually statistics for this exact situation so it must happen more than most families are willing to admit.

National Georgraphic reports that:

for every 400 sets of fraternal twins, one set is made up of twins who will have different fathers.


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5 Week Old Baby Gets Heart Transplant

The parents of one of Britain’s youngest heart transplant survivors spoke yesterday of their gratitude to a German family who donated their dead baby’s heart.

Andrew McAskie, now 11 months old, had a heart attack at birth and was close to death when a family whose one-year-old baby had died made their offer. The heart was flown from Germany to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne and, five weeks after he was born, Andrew underwent a transplant.

The Freeman Hospital performed Britain’s first successful baby heart transplant more than 20 years ago on Kaylee Davidson, who was 5 months old. She is now a healthy young woman. Since then nine babies younger than Andrew have had heart transplants in Britain, including one in 1989 who was 5 days old. Of those still alive, Andrew is the second-youngest.



Unique Advent Calenders

The best part about getting ready for Christmas is the countdown!! Here are some handcrafted advent calendars that could start a new tradition in your house.

1. Luxury advent calendar from Lilliputians - measuring a spacious 85cm x 70cm. The 25 numbered pockets are spread around the calendar and each one holds a different fabric tree decoration with plenty of room for an additional chocolate should you wish to put a little treat in too (not supplied). The double thick felt fabric will last year after year and can be hung up by the three thick loops at the top. Due to the generous size you could even remove the days decoration and replace it with a small toy or gift for an even bigger treat. £39.99

2. LL Bean Personalized Log Cabin Calendar - This unique calendar is great for your outdoorsy child that can't miss a weekend up at the cottage. It is personalizable up to 10 letters and helps bring some enchantment to you Christmas countdown. $99

3. Wooden Advent Christmas tree - This wooden tree has 24 numbered doors. Behind each door there is room for small surprises (not included) such as sweets, toys, or other small gifts for your child to open each day as he or she counts down to Christmas. $76.99.

4. Wooden Snowman Advent Calendar - This wooden Advent Christmas scene has 24 numbered doors. With brightly painted snowman on the front, this calendar has enough room for a treat, toy, or other small gifts ro be found as Christmas grows near. $76.99.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Suri's Fancy Feet!

Ok! Magazine is reporting that Miss Suri Cruise will be the youngest client that Christian Louboutin has ever custom made shoes for.

The fashion house will, for $2,500, create a mold of your foot to hand-craft footwear to your exact specifications and for an additional charge of $500 to $5,000, will also create a pair of shoes for you from that mold.

Katie has apparently had a mold made for her feet and now so has Suri.

Could you imagine spend upwards of $5,000 on a pair of shoes for a child that will only wear them for 2-4 months? Me neither...

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Christina Bares Her Bump in Marie Claire

Mom to be Christina Aguilera shows off her flawless bump in Marie Claire.

The "Sexy Mama" shoot, featured in the January 2008 issue of Marie Claire, reveals that the baby was an unexpected surprise for the singer and husband Jordan Bratman.

The couple was planning on starting their family after her tour, but discovered she was pregnant when she still had a month left on tour. In order to take extra care of the baby she wore a heart monitor on stage during her performances.

I was paranoid," she reportedly admitted.

"There are so many things that could go wrong—somebody could slip, somebody could fall, I could fall. There was no way in hell I was going to jeopardize my baby for my show.

"I didn't want to make the audience uncomfortable, like, 'Pregnant lady onstage! Is she going to be OK?' But I had to announce it to my band and my dancers, because I wanted to make sure they had my back."

Aguilera also reportedly spoke on the fact that her pregnancy was announced to the world by the less-than-discreet Paris Hilton.

"Because I hadn't said anything, people thought I was trying to keep it this big, bad secret, and that's not the case at all. I just wasn't commenting. I'm not being like, 'Hey, everybody, I'm pregnant!' I'm not that girl."

She looks fabulous!!


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YouTube Bans Breast-feeding Video

It seems to be a growing movement to label breast feeding videos or photos as inappropriate.

Many high profile websites such as MySpace and Facebook have already started to ban nursing images, according to The League of Maternal Justice.

The League was upset when YouTube banned their clip, The Great Breast Fest Montage, which was viewed at least 68,000 times before disappearing.

"...I am surprised that YouTube continues to allow explicit videos of women stripping, physically hurting themselves, and starving themselves, all of which are easy to find using simple search terms," League co-founder Kristen Chase said in a statement on group's website.

The league asked why YouTube didn't just flag the video as explicit. YouTube stated is doesn't comment on specific videos, but offered an explanation.

"It is our community that polices the site and flags content they find inappropriate. Once it is flagged, YouTube promptly reviews the content and removes it from the system if it is in violation of our Community Guidelines," YouTube said in a statement sent to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

In an attempt to deal with any copyright issues the League of Maternal Justice is reworking the video and plans to resubmit its new version to YouTube.

I didn't find the video offensive, but you can see for yourself here:

We have been over this subject no less than a thousand times. Some people just don't get breastfeeding. They can't get past the fact that a breast isn't a sexual thing when a baby is hungry. These people should just keep that fact to themselves and work their own issues out privately.



Was Your Birthing Experience Positive?

If you answered yes than you feel the same as 54% of new Canadian mothers who rated their labour and birth experience as "very positive".

The survey - the first-ever national snapshot of maternity experiences in Canada, was conducted by StatsCan on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Birth happiness by the numbers:

  • 54 per cent of new Canadian mothers rate their labour and birth experience as "very positive"
  • 26 per cent said the experience was somewhat positive
  • 20 per cent ranked it as neutral or negative
  • 57 per cent described the year prior to giving birth as somewhat stressful or very stressful
  • 71 per cent rate their experience with their midwife as very positive
  • 65 per cent were very satisfied with the compassion shown by their caregivers
  • 62 per cent were happy with the information they provided



Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Wisconsin Doctor Delivers 4 Set Of Twins in 24hours

If you think that you see more multiples out at the mall or grocery store now, you are right.

This weekend in Wisconsin obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Kenneth Merkitch, delivered 4 sets of twins during his 24 hour on-call shift.

"I don't think I ever delivered two sets of twins on a call day," Merkitch said. "The odds of this happening are astronomical.

"It was hard to believe that everything was coming in twos, but after a while youre up all night, you might as well keep delivering babies," he said. "Its something I dont think Ill see again."

Merkitch delivered another baby during his shift. He couldnt recall ever delivering nine babies on a similar shift.

Another set of twins also was born at the medical center on Thanksgiving Day.

Earlier this year a Long Island hospital delivered 7 sets of triplets in one month.

Twin births have increased 30% in the last 10 years. The cool part is that they all decided to come at the same time. I wonder how many went full term??

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Usher & Tameka Welcome a Baby Boy

UPDATE: US Magazine is reporting that the baby, who weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces, was born at 9:55 p.m. Monday in Atlanta.

As rumoured, the couple has named him Usher Raymond V.

The new daddy was quoted saying:

"We are so happy and proud of our beautiful son. What a blessing!"
ORIGINAL POST:Congratulations to Usher and wife Tameka Foster on the safe arrival of their first baby.

The little boy, possibly planned to be named Usher Raymond V, arrived yesterday.

One 'source' says Usher was with his wife and new child Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital, and the family is expected to head home on Wednesday.

No further details are available.

We will update when the baby's name has been confirmed.


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Nancy Grace Welcomes Twins Home

New mom Nancy Grace welcomed twins Lucy and David into the world 3 weeks ago, 2 months early.

After many ups and downs, the twins have finally be released from the hospital, allowing the family to be together for Thanksgiving.

Nancy posted this message about the homecoming on her CNN page:

Am finally home with both twins and am so blessed. Your prayers and kind thoughts are so powerful, thank you.

I wish you could see the twins right now. Even in separate bassinets, they turn their heads the same way, make the same motions, the same sounds, the same expressions. They are so bonded after being together for all those months. it makes me happy to know they will always have each other, I pray!

Being in the hospital for those two weeks was really something, but leaving the twins behind when I was discharged was the worst. Then, after John David came home, I could hardly stand leaving little Lucy there alone each day.

I am the happiest person in the world now that we are all together again. They still quiet down when I sing to them, the same old songs. Today, I held them, alternating one then the other, for five straight hours! We spent the afternoon, them eating and sleeping, I just watched their faces.

They look so much alike, Lucy just a minature version of her big brother! He is older by exactly one minute. I hope to introduce them to you when I come back to the airwaves if they are up to it. They are so tiny and fragile. I think you will love them too!

What a Christmas this will be!!

I still can't believe something so wonderful happened to me! Dreams really can come true! Ngrace"

We look forward to the first photo of the family together!

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Pampers Silent Night Commercial

I loved this commercial last year and I still love it this year. Diaper companies make the best commercials...Enjoy!!

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Boon's New Feeding Line Shipping Soon!

Back in August I introduced to you to Boon's new feeding line. The funky baby gear company jumps in with both feet into the feeding market with a full line of exciting products.

Having a child that needs therapy to be able to eat properly, has made me more aware of exciting tools that could help make feeding time easier.

Boon's new line is filled with innovative products that were designed to make mealtime a breeze.

The Squirt baby food dispensing spoon allows for convenient feeding, one bite at a time. The easy-to-fill bulb holds up to 3 ounces of baby food and attaches firmly to the spoon end. Simply squeeze the bulb to dispense just the right amount of food. In addition, it comes with a protective cover to seal food in and keep the spoon clean between feedings. $7.99

Fluid no-spill toddler cup has an ergonomic, two-handed grip that is perfect for small hands. The angled spout requires less head tipping, making it more comfortable to use. $5.99

I think the product I am the must excited about is the snack ball. I can't tell you how may goldfish we have lost because the lid doesn't stay on. The rigid form protects snacks from crushing, making the Snack Ball great for travel. Two halves unscrew for easy cleaning and the lid snaps in place to keep snacks inside. LOVE IT!! $6.49

For more information on all of these products please visit Boon's website.

The Good News: All products are scheduled to ship at some point this week.

Added Bonus: 10% of the companies products are donated to children's charities.


Monday, November 26, 2007
Grier In The City

Brooke Shields is seen out in NYC with youngest daughter Grier.

Brooke is in town to film "Lipstick Jungle", a new show based on a book by "Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell.

She plays Wendy Healy, a powerful movie executive who, much like herself, is balancing her busy job with family life.

PHOTOCREDIT:Hector Vallenilla, PacificCoastNews.com VIA EONLINE.COM

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Salma Introduces us To Valentina Paloma Pinault

Salma Hayek gives the world a first glimpse of her daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault, born Sept. 20.

The baby's dad is Francois-Henri Pinault, the billionaire boss of the Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent fashion empire and PPR luxury brand.

The couple plans to get married early next year. Valentina is the first child for the actress and her boyfriend.

She was quoted saying that: "Motherhood is not for everyone. It is for me."


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Dannielynn Out Shopping With Daddy

Uber Cutie Dannielynn Birkhead heads to trendy Robertson Boulevard in LA to do some post Thanksgiving shopping yesterday.

The little princess shopped in Lisa Kline Kids and Kitson with a mob of photographers in tow.

She is pictured here admiring a pink dress shown to her by her daddy, Larry Birkhead.

PHOTOCREDIT: Andy Johnstone/Matt Symons/PacificCoastNews.com VIA USMAGAZINE.COM

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5ft Mom Shocked By 14lb 8oz Baby

First-time mother, Sara Herman thought it was normal when her baby bump was enormous after just five months.

Little did she know that she was going to give birth to a little giant.

When Jack arrived at 37 weeks he weighed an astonishing 14lb 8oz.

Health problems kept him in the hospital for 4 months after his birth.

Tests showed that Jack had grown so big because of a condition called hyperinsulism which causes the body to produce too much insulin, leading to weight gain.

His heart muscle had thickened since it had to work extra hard because of his size.

At the age of 14 weeks he had 95 per cent of his pancreas removed to treat his condition. The operation was a success and doctors allowed him to go home with medication.

Today, Jack weighs nearly 22lb, compared with the average weight at six months of 16lb, and wears clothes for a child aged 12 to 18 months.

Sara describes him as "such a happy baby, always laughing and giggling. People can't believe that he's only six months old when I take him out in his pram."

Related Articles:

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Recalled Aquadots Still Being Advertised In Sunday Circulars

The recalled toy beads, Aqua Dots, were pulled from shelves nearly three weeks ago for being coated in a chemical that can turn into the "date-rape" drug when swallowed.

So why did they appear in circulars for Toys "R" Us and Target this weekend? Toys "R" Us says Aqua Dots are not actually for sale, just that the circulars were printed weeks in advance.

I guess the biggest issue here is carelessness. It looks bad that a toy chain as big a Target or Toys "R" Us can't take the time to make sure that their flyer's are current and free of recalled products.

Nine children in the United States and three in Australia have gotten sick from the tainted kids toy.

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One of The Baker Quintuplets Passes Away

I am sad to write that one of the quintuplets born to Tim and Lori Baker last month has passed away.

Lori Baker tells 13news, Kailee Jo, the first of the five babies to be born last month, died on Friday.

Kailee Jo was just one month old.

On October 27, Lori Baker gave birth to the five babies at Cabell Huntington hospital. At birth, the three girls and two boys all weighed over two pounds.

Kailee is survived by her mother Lori and father Tim, siblings, Chloe Paige, Hunter Logan, Aiden James and Emma Lynn, as well as, big sister Whitney.

The babies were born at 30 weeks gestation, which is above average for quintuplets.

We hope that the rest of the babies are doing well. More information to come as it becomes available.

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Sylas Morrison Finally Home
Lucia Soldani Joins her Brother At Home For Thanksgiving
West Virginia's First Set Of Quintuplets Arrive


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Seal and Heidi Take Kids Shopping

Heidi Klum and husband, Seal shop in Beverly Hills this afternoon with kids, Leni, 3 (not pictured), Henry, 2 (with Seal) and Johan, 1.

PHOTOCREDIT: Stefan/INFphoto.com

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Sunday, November 25, 2007
Building Blocks Choo Choo Train

As you can tell from the toys I have posted lately, I am looking for stuff that won't bore my son after just 10 minutes.

The bells and whistles are sometimes only good for a little while because they are predicable. They do the same thing everytime you press the same button.

I like that this train has many different pieces that can be put together to create a new toy everytime.

There are wooden posts to help teach stacking skills and about 25 shapes that can be configured about a million different ways.

This nostalgic wooden toy is made in Thailand. A country known for its safe, beautiful woods and superior wood-working tradition, Thailand is an active member of the International Tropical Timber Organization, a group that's dedicated to forest conservation and the sustainable management of environmental resources.

$38 at Babystyle.com

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Uk Mom Wins The Right To Keep Pregnancy A Secret From Babies Dad

A UK woman who became pregnant after a one-night stand yesterday won the right to keep the existence of her baby a secret from its father.

In a landmark decision, three Appeal Court judges agreed that the 20-year-old single mother has "the ultimate veto" over whom should be told about the child, who is being put up for adoption.

The mother, who's identity is being kept private, hid her pregnancy from her family, colleagues and the father.

The baby girl, known only as E, was delivered in June and was left in hospital shortly afterwards.

The mother she asked for the child to be put up for adoption, but the county court ordered that her parents and the father should be told to give them the opportunity to apply to adopt.

Friday, the judges decided the father had no rights over the child, who is now in foster care, because "he was only a one-night stand".

And they banned the local authority and guardian from taking any steps to identify him or telling him about his daughter.

The mom is said to be 19 and didn't learn about the pregnancy until a late stage.

She was unable to bring herself to tell her parents she was pregnant and drove herself to hospital in the middle of the night to have the baby.

The judges heard that the pregnancy resulted from a "one-night stand" with a colleague while both were "on the rebound having broken up with long-term partners".

"He is now back with his fiancee, continuing with that relationship and he has no idea she has given birth to his or any other child."

This dad deserves to know that he has a baby. It is sad that no one even gave him the option to step up and take custody of her.

It is not the judges job to protect this girl from her mistakes. She is supposed to be a neutral body that is appointed to do what is best for the baby. Being in foster care until she is found an adoptive set of parents is not what is best for the baby. The ideal situation is always to be with a family member.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett, a champion of fathers' rights after his paternity case over his son by Kimberly Quinn, said: "We as a society should not be expected to be the father and mother of the child when at least one of them has been excluded from accepting responsibility."

"Perhaps the judiciary should take a collection to pay for the arrangements for care and subsequent adoption, because obviously someone pays in such circumstances."



Saturday, November 24, 2007
Pregnant Woman Rides In Two Ambulances And a Plane To Deliver Baby

Kam Davies began delivering her new baby in Basalt, near Aspen, on Thanksgiving Day, but ended up having him eight hours later in Denver.

The new mom was sent to Denver because doctors in Aspen said she was delivering too early for them to handle it.

Doctors at Aspen Valley Hospital prefer to deliver babies after 36 weeks, but Kam was only at 34.

In the end, it took two ambulance rides on mountain highways and an emergency plane flight to get her to Denver.

The couples first child, Ryder was born weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces and 17 inches. He is currently in the NICU and may have to spend a couple of weeks there for safety sake.

The new dad, Michael, said it was stressful at times, blissful at others, and in the end just perfect.

The thoughtful staff at the Hospital also made sure he got a turkey for Thanksgiving.


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Smoking Linked To Miscarriage

If your pregnant and you think it's okay to still smoke, than please read this.

According to Imperial College-based Prof. Philip Steer, the Editor-in-Chief of the 'British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology' chemicals in cigarettes change a pregnant woman's body chemistry and distort the results of screening for disability in the fetus.

This puts women at high risk of miscarriage as they then have to undergo a further screening test for abnormality.

"The findings were further proof of damaging effects of smoking during pregnancy.

"Babies of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are small for gestational age and tend also to deliver earlier.

This research indicates smoking may also cause over-estimation of the risk of Down's (Syndrome), thus exposing the mother to a higher risk of an unnecessary amniocentesis."

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Nancy Grace's Twins Expected To Be Re-united Today

Nancy Grace will take her daughter Lucy Elizabeth home from the hospital on Saturday to join her twin brother John David who was, her rep Patty Caruso tells People Magazine.

The CNN Headline News anchor "is thrilled" at her daughter Lucy's progress. "She is over four pounds and doing extremely well. Nancy is so happy to have both her children home with her," says Caruso.

This must of come as a surprise to her because she was just quoted the other day saying that she didn't think Lucy would be home for a few weeks.

We look forward to seeing the first pictures of the family.

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Friday, November 23, 2007
Mom Delivers Baby In Parking Lot After 24 Hour Maternity Unit Is Closed

It's one thing for a baby to decide they're going to arrive when you are stuck in traffic and can't get to the hospital. Can you imagine how mad you would be to get all the way to the hospital, just to find out that the maternity unit is CLOSED??

A UK dad was forced to deliver his baby in a parking lot after he and his girlfriend found the maternity hospital's 24-hour reception deserted and the doors shut.

The couple arrived at the hospital at 10:30pm to find no one there.

Philip Allison knew that they were in trouble when his girlfriend Vicky Kitching told him she could feel the babies head.

They were driven to the hospital in a friend's Renault Laguna - and Mr Allison had to return to the car where he helped deliver his daughter.

He said: "The cord was wrapped round the baby's neck, so I unwrapped it. I'd seen my last one born and I saw them clear the airways, so I cleared the airways too.

"I just felt scared. Once I could hear her crying and I knew she was awake, it was different."

After the baby arrived, the couple had no idea where to go next?

They were eventually able to get into the hospital and the baby is doing well, but after all is said and done Vickie described the experience on November 16 as awful. Can you blame her?

The hospital has since apologized, saying they are concerned that, "for a few minutes, it would appear the security guard was not at his desk".


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Second Hand Stores Overwhelmed By Recalled Toys

Charities across the US have been overwhelmed with the task of screening donations for recalled toys.

The volunteers must spend hours cross-checking every donated toy against the list, taking them away from service programs and fund-raising drives.

“It’s a tip on this, a wheel on that, a little sign on such and such, the bumper on that,” said Roger Miller of the Salvation Army branch in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. “T hey go nuts trying to get it all done as it is.”

The Salvation Army in Charlotte, N.C., had planned to give away at least 10,000 stockings filled with toys, but it says it faces a severe shortage.

“Our auxiliary this summer ordered items to put in those stockings, and more than half of them were recalled,” said Shelley Spillios of the Charlotte affiliate. “We are scrambling to find what we can put in the stockings to take the place of the recalled items.”

In Boise, Idaho, 15 Marines were detailed to sift through 27,787 toys collected by the Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign.

“We are taking every precaution we can at this point to make sure that every toy is touched and that we grab every recalled toy that is donated to make sure it doesn’t get into the hands of one of the children we’re trying to help this Christmas,” Marine Maj. Ron Storer said.

I think the bigger issues is that parents don't know what to do with all of these toys that are being recalled. When a recall is issued, most of the manufacturers offer a refund, or free replacement.

Try contact the company to find out what they want you to do with the toy, don't give it to charity.



Great Develpomental Toy: Groovy Blocks

These groovy blocks are great for teaching many developmental skills. They can be stacked like conventional blocks or interlocked using the grooves on the side. The sides can out placed together, like a puzzle, to make a pattern, explain a mathematic equation or show opposites.

They can be used to sorting, teaching colors, numbers and opposites.

Stacking a toy on top of another is a great way to teach them hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills such as color and size concept. You can start to introduce blocks and stacking toys as early as 6-7 months old.

Available at Sparkability for $34

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RECALL: Boppy Pillows Covers Due to Choking Hazard and Risk of Lead Exposure

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC), in cooperation with The Boppy Company is recalling 38,000 covers because the zipper pull on the slipcovers can break, posing a choking hazard to young children. In addition, paint on the zippers contains excess levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.

This recall involves velvet and boa slipcovers intended for use with the Boppy® Bare Naked nursing and support pillow.

Slipcovers recalled due to a choking hazard were sold in three color combinations and have the following UPC and date codes found on the California Flammability Law tag. Slipcovers sold in clear vinyl packages are labeled Boppy® Luxe.

Color CombinationUPC CodeDate Code
Blue/Green Velvet769662 30802 105/2006 and 06/2006
Pink/ Orange Velvet769662 30801 405/2006 and 06/2006
Pastel Blue Velvet769662 30705 505/2006
Picture of Recalled Slipcovers

Slipcovers recalled due excessive levels of lead paint were sold in four colors and have the following UPC and date codes found on the care instructions label and on the exterior of the packaging. Slipcovers sold in display boxes are labeled Boppy® Soothing.

ColorUPC CodeDate Code
Pastel Blue “Boa”769662 32544 807030
Bright Pink Velvet769662 32542 407030
Navy Blue Velvet769662 32542 407030
Sage Green Velvet769662 32709 107030
Picture of Recalled Slipcovers

For information on identifying and/or exchanging the recalled slipcovers, call The Boppy Company at (888) 713-3916 anytime or visit the firm’s Web site at www.boppy.com

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Thursday, November 22, 2007
Lucia Soldani Joins Her Brothers At Home for Thanksgiving

Today, Brian and Gracie Soldani had many things to be thankful for.

The couple welcomed sextuplets: Bruno, Santino, Joely, Lucia, Bailey and Briana on September 12 of this year.

Three of the babies were born alive and sadly, three were not.

The two boys came home the week of Halloween leaving their sister in the hospital to grow and learn how to manage without oxygen.

Lucia made a her surprise arrival home on Wednesday in time for turkey day, after she passed all of her tests.

Gracie wrote on her blog that as she was cooking in her newly finished kitchen, listening to her two boys cry, when she received a call from her husband - delivering the good news.

She continued writing:

When Brian and Lucia came in we put all three kids together for some family time and a huge silence came over the room. It was what is going to be the first of many sad feelings of what was supposed to be that isn't. I felt the loss of my others girls as did Brian. No words, but our emotion spoke louder than words. We have to remember that we do have three here, and three guardian angels looking out for Bruno, Santino and Lucia always.

The fun has just begun. Let's hope that friends and family are able to help them make an easy adjustment.

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Just In Time For The Holidays...Chop Chop Chicken

Teach your kids how to carve their own dinner with this "Chop Chop Chicken".

This delectable roast chicken can be cut into 5 parts using the wooden knife included in the set. The set also provides a roasting pan which can double as a serving platter.

Velcro veggies are very popular for kids, so I guess this chicken completes the meal!

Available at gummylump for $14.36


RECALL: Graco Snugride Carseats Due To Potential Choking Hazard

Graco Children's Products Inc. today announced a voluntary recall on the stand alone SnugRide® infant car seats. On some of the 304,675 manufactured August 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007, the backing of the seat pad may pull away from the seams in an area reachable to the child occupant, exposing the pad filling and posing a potential choking hazard.

This corrective action may affect SnugRide infant car seats with the following model numbers: 8609FOF2, 8609FOF3, 8616FOF2, 8616FOF3, 8643DDH2, 8643DDH3, 8643CDR2, 8643DH03, 8643SUP2, 8643SUP3, 8643JOS2, 8643JOS3, 8643MDW3, 8643PWC3, 8643SFJ3, 8645FMT2, 8645FMT3, 8645GLM3, 8645GLN3, 8645HEM2, 8645HEM3, 8645MYC2, 8646SML3, 8645MYC3, 8645MRG3, 8645PKR2, 8645SNY2, 8646SND2, 8645THR2, 8645THR3, 8646FIE2, 8646FIE3, 8646GRT3 and 8646RRY3.

The model number and date of manufacture can be found on the label on the back of the car seats. These seats were sold in the United States at mass merchandisers, specialty retailers and department stores from August 2006 through November 11, 2007. This does not include any SnugRide models made before August 2006, as these products have a different design. This does NOT affect SnugRide models sold as a travel system.

To receive a replacement kit, which includes a replacement seat pad; consumers should call 1-800-345-4109 Monday–Friday between 8 am & 5 pm ET or visit www.gracobaby.com 24 hours a day to determine whether their car seat may be affected. Parents should NOT return the Infant seat to the retailer.

*This matter does not affect the ability of the child restraint system to protect the occupant in the case of a motor vehicle crash. Product owners can continue use of the SnugRide® infant car seat as a child restraint. However, Graco® recommends that parents examine the seat pad on a periodic basis to ensure that the inner filling of the seat cover does not pull away from the seams and become exposed to a child and not necessarily wash the pad while they wait for the replacement cover.*

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Olive Baron Cohen at The Four Seasons

New mom Isla Fisher and daddy Sacha Baron Cohen show off their new addition at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Baby Olive is very stylish in her Converse high tops shoes.

Sacha carries a Jimeale Emily Diaper Bag and a Graco Snugride Infant carrier, which was recalled yesterday...

Isla looks so good, she could be mistaken for the nanny!


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What are G Diapers?

Since Julia Roberts spoke about G diapers in the recent issue of Vanity Fair, I have received quite a few e-mails from parents asking for more information.

This eco-friendly diaper is half cloth, half disposable. It consists of 3 parts. The outer part which is cloth (the g), the snap in liner(washable) and the flushable liner.

They go on opposite of conventional diaper (velcro in the back), so if your folding the tabs in the front - you have done it wrong.

The flushable can be disposed of 3 ways:

  1. Down the toilet- Tear both sides of the liner and wait for the center core to fall out. You then give the core a swish with the swish stick and then flush. As the waste goes down the toilet, let go of the rest of the liner.
  2. Compost - Simply deposit the liner into your compost container. It will breakdown between 50-150 days.
  3. Throw it in the garbage - Flushable refills are plastic-free, organic material. So they really will break down in the landfill unlike their disposable neighbors, which are chock full of plastic and take up to 500 years to break down in the landfill.

The materials in ‘little g’ pants, liners and flushables are designed with comfort and dryness in mind. Flushables are made of a water resistant, breathable outer material that keep bottoms dry and wetness away. It is made of all natural fiber and is 100% biodegradable. The interior uses elemental chlorine-free tree farmed fluff pulp and Super Absorbing Poly-acrylate to absorb wetness. These super absorbing lock away cells hold up to 100 times their weight in liquid.

Snap-in liners are made of breathable polyurethane coated nylon, not pvc like many diaper covers. They are easy to change and rinse out. The liners are also breathable which helps prevent diaper rash.

The ‘little g’ pants are made of a soft, breathable outer cotton/elastene fabric giving them a slight stretch.

We cloth diaper our son so I would be interested to see what the differences are between this system and the one I currently use...

Please visit the official site for more information www.gdiapers.com

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Nancy Grace's Twins Will Stay In Hospital A Bit Longer

UPDATE: John was released from hospital yesterday, Nancy's spokeswoman confirmed this morning. "They're just thrilled to have at least one of the babies home for Thanksgiving," Caruso said. Lucy still remains in the Atlanta Hospital the twins were born in. No word on her release date was given.

While Nancy Grace rests at home after being hospitalized last week, her twins still remain in hospital, something that may not change for several weeks.

"It's just killing me leaving them there," Nancy told People Magazine.

The Headline News anchor is spending "pretty much all my time" at the hospital so she can be with son John David and daughter Lucy Elizabeth, who were born Nov. 4. The twins, who have "golden blonde hair and greenish blue eyes," are sleeping in the same bassinet.

John David, who "just passed the five-pound mark," says Grace, will likely come home before his sister, Lucy Elizabeth, who now tips the scales at 3 lbs, 6 oz. Grace hopes to return home to New York by early December but says, "It all depends on when Lucy can travel."

While it may be hard for the new mom to understand, these babies were actually born big, as far as preemies go. The only thing left for them to do is grow, be able to maintain their own temperature and take all feeds by mouth.

Related Articles:

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All of the Byler Sextuplets Are Home

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the final Byler sextuplet goes home.

Charlie Craig Byler, was released from All Children's Hospital yesterday.

"He may have to be on a small amount of oxygen," said father Ben Byler.

To be released, babies must weigh at least 4 pounds and be able to eat and breathe on their own. Charlie now weighs about 6 pounds and is feeding a lot better now, Ben said.

Charlie will join the other sextuplets MacKenzie, Brady Christopher, Eli Benjamin, Jackson Robert, Ryan Patrick and 4-year-old sister Zoe.

Allkids.org reported today that:

While each of the babies had their individual challenges with breathing and feeding, Charlie faced the additional difficulty created by a vascular ring, an unusual formation of the aorta or surrounding vessels that encircles the trachea and esophagus. This can lead to breathing and digestive difficulties, and sometimes requires surgery. Thankfully, Charlie has done well enough avoid any need for surgery thus far, but will warrant close follow-up in the weeks and months to come.

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Quads Shocker For UK Parents

A couple in Derbyshire found out they were expecting quadruplets - four days before her boyfriend was due to get snipped.

Daniel Morley, 32, had booked in for a vasectomy as he and Dawn Tilt, 31, already had three children, reports the Daily Mirror.

They discovered she was pregnant four days before the op but had no idea they would be having quads until her 12 week scan.

Daniel was speechless and Dawn burst into tears!

The childhood sweethearts were not on any fertility drugs, meaning they have defied 729,000-1 odds to have quads.

The babies, all healthy, are due to be delivered by caesarean section in March, nine weeks before their due date.

This couple doesn't know it yet - but these babies really are a blessing. We wish them good luck!


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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Poppy Montgomery's Baby Nursery

Expectant mom Poppy Montgomery shows off her nursery in this weeks edition of OK magazine.

The Without a Trace star chose a bee-themed nursery for her son,who is due in December, and is now counting down the days for his birth.

"I'm so excited and ready," Poppy, who's expecting her first child with boyfriend Adam Kaufman, tells OK!. "I feel him moving and kicking and I want to see who he is."

The 35-year-old passed time designing a lemon-and-lime colored nursery with the help of Wendy Bellissimo and gave OK! a sneak peak of the "cheerful, peaceful and unique" room.

There is a Charm Plush Paddie Panda Rocker , a Wendy Bellissimo Honey Bee Moses Basket, and a Blabla Buzz doll in this cute nursery. Most of the products can be found at the Wendy Bellissimo website.

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Joey McIntyre and Wife Welcome First Baby

Congratulations Joey McIntyre and wife Barrett on the safe arrival of a healthy baby boy!

The ex-boy bander and his real estate agent-wife Barrett welcomed a 7 lb. 12 oz. son on Tuesday in Los Angeles. It's the first child for both. No other details were released.

"The family is happy and healthy," according to McIntyre's rep, who says the new parents are still deciding on a name. "Everyone's doing well and they're excited he made it here in time for Thanksgiving."

Barrett must have done well during the delivery because Joey was quoted saying that she was a Rock Star.

PHOTOCREDIT:Roger Karnbad / Celebrity Photo VIA PEOPLE

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Cedar Sinai Doctors Apologize For Accidentally Overdosing Quaid Twins

The doctors who were looking after the Quaid twins in the hospital have a statement apologizing for their error.

In the statement hospital officials say that the accidental overdose, which occurred on Sunday, was a "preventable error".

Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, were accidentally given a massive dose of Heparin, an anti-coagulant. Babies typically get 10 units. It is believed that they were each mistakenly given 10,000 units.

While the statement did not mention the Quaid twins specifically, it did say:

"I want to extend my deepest apologies to the families who were affected by this situation, and we will continue to work with them on any concerns or questions they may have," said Dr. Michael L. Langberg, chief medical officer at Cedars.

He added: "This was a preventable error, involving a failure to follow our standard policies and procedures, and there is no excuse for that to occur at Cedars-Sinai. Although it appears at this point that there was no harm to any patient, we take this situation very seriously."

According to Langberg, three unidentified patients had their IVs flushed with an overly high concentration of heparin, used to keep IV catheters from clotting.

"As a result of a preventable error, the patients' IV catheters were flushed with heparin from vials containing a concentration of 10,000 units per milliliter instead of from vials containing a concentration of 10 units per milliliter," said Langberg. "The error was identified by Cedars-Sinai staff, who immediately performed blood tests on the patients to measure blood clotting function."

Relates Articles:

Dennis Quaid’s Newborn Twins Accidentaly Overdosed By Hospital Staff


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Kingston's a Natural!

Gavin Rossdale teaches son Kingston how to play catch at the park in Beverly Hills on Sunday.


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