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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Mylene Klass Does A Demi Moore

It seems to be the thing to do now. Get pregnant and then do the 'Demi' on the cover of a major magazine. Britney Spears did it while pregnant with Jayden and now Mylene Klass is following suit.

Miss Klass, 29, who was a swimwear-clad contestant on I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here!, appears naked save an engagement ring and gold butterfly-design necklace on the cover of the latest edition of Glamour magazine.

In the accompanying interview Miss Klass, the new face of Marks & Spencer, describes how she and her fiance Graham Quinn - a former bodyguard from her Hear'Say days - are preparing for the arrival of their baby girl, who is due in August.

"Last week I cleared a rail of my wardrobe and we went out and bought little pink outfits for the baby," she said. "I let Graham choose the first one because I thought it was an important bonding step - his daughter's first outfit."

She looks great. If my body looked that good, I'd pose nude while pregnant for a cover shot as well!!

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Husband delivers HIV-Positive Wife’s Baby As Doctors Refuse

An Indian husband was forced to deliver his wife’s baby after doctors refused to touch the HIV-positive woman, a report said Friday.

The husband told India’s NDTV news channel he carried out the delivery as doctors at Meerut Medical College and Hospital in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh shouted instructions from a distance. “They came but simply stood in a line and asked me to pull out the baby and cut the umbilical cord,” said the 28-year-old man, described as a poor painter, in Meerut town, 65 kilometres from the Indian capital New Delhi.

The hospital “asked me to clean up all the blood and burn the waste,” the man said. “The doctors were not coming,” his wife told NDTV, a day after the delivery of the couple’s fourth child. Hospital officials dismissed the couple’s complaints when questioned by NDTV. “How can I believe what he said?” said Abhilasha Gupta, head of the medical school’s gynaecology department. “These days those who have HIV think they will get media sympathy by blaming others.”

But officials from India’s National Aids Control Organisation (NCAO) expressed shock at the report and said it would be investigated. “In this particular case we have recommended stringent action against the doctors,” NACO chief Sujatha Rao told the channel. “Even if they were to touch contaminated blood, they are not in danger.”

It's amazing how dedicated this man is to his wife and unborn child.

Aren't there protocols that doctor's must follow if they come in contact with a person who is infected with HIV?

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Step 2 Writing Desk

This great desk may be the answer to my search for a place for my son to sit and play.

It fits our criteria in many areas.

It is compact enough for him to fit in comfortably, there are many storage areas for him to keep his toys and craft supplies in, easy to clean and the most important one...priced reasonably.

  • Comfortable integrated seat is attached and secure
  • Large drawing area with storage underneath
  • Elevated shelf for crayons, markers, glue, etc.
  • Seat lifts open for additional storage
  • Desk lamp shuts off automatically (4 - AA batteries not included)
  • Wipes clean easily
  • Minimal adult assembly
  • Art supplies not included

Available at step2.com for $39.99 U.S.


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Rubber Ducky Invasion

A fleet of 29,000 rubber ducks is set to wash up on Britain's shores after a 15-year, 17,000-mile epic journey.

They are expected on Cornwall beaches in late summer, reports The Sun.

The bath toys were set adrift in the Pacific after a container was washed off a cargo ship in 1992.

The sea corroded packaging, freeing the Chinese yellow ducks, plus blue turtles, red beavers and green frogs. Their colour has since faded to white.

Experts have tracked them across the world, spotting them in Alaska, Siberia, Japan, Iceland and Canada.

Oceans scientist Curtis Ebbesmeyer said: "They'll turn up on English beaches."

Collectors pay up to £500 for the toys which have The First Years stamped on them.

THE JOURNEY SO FAR:

10 JANUARY 1992: Somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean nearly 29,000 First Years bath toys, including bright yellow rubber ducks, are spilled from a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean.

16 NOVEMBER 1992: Caught in the Subpolar Gyre (counter-clockwise ocean current in the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Siberia), the ducks take 10 months to begin landing on the shores of Alaska.

EARLY 1995: The ducks take three years to circle around. East from the drop site to Alaska, then west and south to Japan before turning back north and east passing the original drop site and again landing in North America. Some ducks are even found In Hawaii. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) worked out that the ducks travel approximately 50 per pent faster than the water in the current.

1995 - 2000: Some intrepid ducks escape the Subpolar Gyre and head North, through the Bering Straight and into the frozen waters of the Arctic. Frozen into the ice the ducks travel slowly across the pole, moving ever eastward.

2000: Ducks begin reaching the North Atlantic where they begin to thaw and move Southward. Soon ducks are sighted bobbing in the waves from Maine to Massachusetts.

2001: Ducks are tracked in the area where the Titanic sank.

JULY TO DECEMBER 2003: The First Years company offers a $100 savings bond reward for the recovery of wayward ducks from the 1992 spill. To be valid ducks must be sent to the company and must be found in New England, Canada or Iceland. Britain is told to prepare for an invasion of the wayward ducks as well.

2003: A lawyer called Sonali Naik was on holiday in the Hebrides in north-west Scotland when she found a faded green frog on the beach marked with the magic words 'The First Years'. Unaware of the significance of her find she left it on the beach. It was only when she was chatting to other guests at her hotel that she realised what she had seen.

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Friday, June 29, 2007
Katie Price and Peter Andre Welcome Third Child

Congratulations to Katie Price (Jordan) and Peter Andre on the safe arrival of their baby girl.

The baby was born at 9:00 am this morning, London time, by caesearan section weighing six pounds, 13 ounces. Her name is said to be 'Crystal', but no confirmation has been given by the couple.

A statement from Jordan' spokeswoman reads, "Both Peter and Katie are absolutely over the moon with the new addition to their family and delighted to have a sister for Harvey and Junior - it is a dream come true!

Katie Price, commonly referred to as Jordan, is a fashion model in England while her husband, Peter Andre, is a pop singer whose 1996 album “Natural” hit number one in the U.K.

Price and Andre had their first child together in 2005 and named him Junior Savva. Price has a 5-year-old son, Harvey, from a previous marriage to soccer star Dwight Yorke.

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RECALL: Veggie Booty Snack Food Due To Salmonella Contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat Veggie Booty snack food, marketed by Robert's American Gourmet, due to possible contamination with Salmonella Wandsworth, bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illness.

FDA advises consumers to throw away any Robert's American Gourmet brand Veggie Booty they have in their home. Veggie Booty is sold in a flexible plastic foil bag in four ounce, one ounce, and one-half ounce packages.

Veggie Booty is often consumed by children, so parents are encouraged to watch their children, and seek medical care if they observe signs of illness.

Individuals who have recently eaten Veggie Booty and who have experienced any of the symptoms described below should contact a doctor or other health care provider immediately. Any such illnesses in persons with a recent history of eating Veggie Booty should be reported to state or local health authorities.

This warning is based on 52 reports of illness across 17 states, beginning in March 2007. Almost all the illnesses have occurred in children under 10 years old, with the most cases in toddlers. Most persons had reported bloody diarrhea; four were hospitalized. FDA learned of the illnesses on June 27 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted an investigation of the illnesses with state and local health officials. The outbreak is considered likely to be ongoing.

Salmonella typically causes diarrhea (may be bloody); the diarrhea is often accompanied by abdominal cramps and fever. Symptoms typically begin within one to four days after exposure to the bacteria. In infants, persons with poor underlying health and those with weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.

States reporting illnesses include: California (seven cases), Colorado (five cases), Connecticut (one case), Georgia (one case), Indiana (one case), Massachusetts (three cases), Minnesota (two cases), New Hampshire (two cases), New Jersey (two cases), New York (13 cases), Oregon (one case), Pennsylvania (three cases), Tennessee (one), Texas (one), Vermont (three cases), Washington (four cases), and Wisconsin (two cases).

Robert's American Gourmet, of Sea Cliff, N.Y., which markets Veggie Booty, and its contract manufacturer, are fully cooperating with FDA's investigation into the cause of the contamination. Manufacturing and distribution of this product has ceased, and Robert's American Gourmet is recalling all potentially contaminated product, including all expiration dates and lot codes. The product is sold in all 50 states and Canada at retail locations and over the Internet.

FDA will provide updates as the investigation progresses and more information becomes available.


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Naomi Watts: Still Growing And On The GO!

Pregnancy hasn't slowed Naomi Watts done one bit. She was seen headed out to an LA studio on Wednesday.

She apparently isn't due until August, but I cannot see how there is anymore room for her baby to grow. Celebrities like to give out a 'throw off' date so that they can have their privacy before the baby arrives.

I would be very surprised if she lasts 4 more weeks.

In the fall, Naomi, 38, will start filming a psychological drama, Need, which features the beautiful blond alongside best pal Nicole Kidman. She is set to play a psychiatrist whose patient, Nicole, is having an affair with her husband.

SOURCE:REXPHOTOS via HELLOMAGAZINE


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Play Puzzle Farm

This puzzle is unique in the way that it is able to be used for play in many ways. I love the attention to detail that was used while painting each individual piece and the fact that the characters are so bright and animated.

The set includes 11 wooden farm pieces, all of which have been hand panted and finished with 100% non-toxic varnish. The clothes line is connected by a piece of elastic string letting your child hang the wet clothes up to dry.

When play time is done, the wooden carrying case is then used to play a matching game so that all the pieces fit together, making clean up time a fun and positive experience.

The box this puzzle comes in is nice because it is able to be latched closed, eliminating the chance the the pieces will fall out if ever knocked over.

Skills Promoted:
Cognitive . Fine Motor . Sensory . Social/Emotional . Independent Play

Recommended for children Ages 3 Years +

Priced at $39.99 at oompa.com


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Recalled Thomas Toys Still In Stores

Earlier this month 1.5 million 'Thomas The Train' pieces were recalled due to lead exposure hazard.

One would think that once such a massive recall is issued, stores would pull all of the product off of the shelves so that no child can be further harmed by the lead in the paint. This, I guess, is not true.

MANY stores in the U.S. still have Thomas products, that have been recalled, on their shelves and some of the product that was not included in the recall may not be safe either.

A spot check of more than 100 retailers by state investigators showed that the toys still were on sale in a handful of stores and that numerous other stores had failed to post recall notices, the Illinois attorney general's office announced Wednesday.

Further, the investigators turned up packages of the toys that at first glance appeared not to be included in the recall but on closer examination were found to have a second wooden toy train piece inside that is part of the recall. Company officials later told state authorities that some toys subject to recall may be packaged with toys not covered by the recall.

As a result, the attorney general's office said the scope of the wooden train recall could be much larger than originally thought and that its investigators likely will conduct another statewide sweep to check whether those train sets are being pulled from store shelves.

The attorney general's office, prompted by a Tribune report Sunday of lead paint being found on a metal Take Along Thomas railway toy, also obtained about 20 samples and plans to have them tested. The story detailed how a Kansas City public health nurse complained to the Consumer Product Safety Commission last year after a check at the home of a child who had an elevated level of lead poisoning showed the train car was covered with paint containing lead. The nurse said she had never been contacted by the safety commission.

Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan on Wednesday expressed her frustration over what her investigation has discovered and lashed out at the safety commission.

"What we have found is that it is a disaster," Madigan said. "The entire process designed to protect our children from unsafe products is a disaster. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is understaffed and underfunded and uninterested. They don't do any testing. As a parent, what are we supposed to do, become amateur scientists?"

On June 13, the CPSC announced the recall of the Thomas & Friends wooden railway toys. None of the company's metal trains were included.

But when state investigators began purchasing packages of the Red James Engine & Red James' #5 Coal Tender that listed the toys as metal, they found that the coal tender was made of wood and subject to the recall.

Investigators purchased about 20 of the toys, and they will be sent to an environmental testing laboratory. Results are expected by next week, Madigan's office said.

"The fact that these mixed products would be overlooked is a problem," said Cara Smith, Madigan's deputy chief of staff for policy and communication. "I'm a lawyer and I can't figure this out. We may have a much larger recall problem than anyone thought in Illinois and across the nation."

Smith said information from the company indicates that the popular train toys in various combinations have been manufactured at three factories in China. Because of the confusion over the sets that contain both wooden and metal toys, she believes the state's survey may have missed recalled toys on the shelves, and that the investigators likely will be sent back to stores that reported they had none of the recalled toys.

"We only asked about the wooden sets, not any mixed sets," she said.

The investigators visited 138 retail outlets throughout the state and found 55 stores that carried the Thomas & Friends railway toys. Just under half of the stores, 24, had pulled the toy and posted the notice of the recall, Smith said.

Eight stores -- three Target outlets, two Kohl's, a Wal-Mart, a Kmart and the Chicago Children's Museum gift shop -- had failed to take the recalled items from the shelves or post the recall notices, she said. Three Toys "R" Us stores had posted the notice but left the recalled toys on the shelves.

Twenty other stores had removed the toys from their shelves but did not post the notice of the recall, Smith said.

The recall is one of the largest in recent years for toys containing lead, a toxic metal linked to brain damage in children. The company has said it discovered the problem but has declined do discuss how, when or where the discovery was made.

China, where the toy trains were made, is the source of more than eight out of 10 toy recalls since 2004 and the source of 72 percent of all recalls since 2004 for children's products, including toys, according to a Tribune analysis of CPSC recall data.

Just To be safe, it may be a good idea to put away ALL of your child's Thomas Trains until it is determined which are really safe and which ones are not.

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Trista's Baby Shower

The Sutters, who now live in Vail, Colorado, are expecting their first child, due August 23. "It took us a long time to get pregnant so it makes it that much sweeter," Trista tells Usmagazine.com. "It's my dream to be a mom."

She hosted 30 of her friends and family for a baby shower at Beaver Creek Resort earlier this month. In between opening presents and scrapbooking for the baby US Magazine was able to get her to open up about how things are going.

On not finding out the sex of the baby:

"I'm a huge planner...but even more so I'm a fan of surprises, so my love of surprises outweighed it," Trista explains. "For the first one for us, we just want a healthy baby."

On why she hasn't bought anything for the baby yet:

"Because we don't know the sex it's not like I'm seeing cute little girls and boy clothes and feeling like I have to have it," Trista says.

Trista kept her guests busy decorating tanks from the Hot Moms Club and designing scrapbook pages for the baby. She tells Us her favorite part of being pregnant is when the baby kicks. "I'm a worry-wart by nature and when it kicks, especially in the morning and before I go to bed, I think 'Good, you're in there and you're ok.'"

The birthing plan:
"My doctor said if the baby is big because I'm so small, she'll have to give me a c-section."

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Baby Zoe Get's Heart Transplant

Baby Zoe was placed at the top of the European heart transplant list after suffering six heart attacks and now she has a doner.

Zoe Chambers, 18 months, from Hull, had a heart transplant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital earlier yesterday.

A hospital spokeswoman said the transplant had gone quite well and Zoe was in a stable condition.

"We thank the donor family for thinking about another child during their sad time," she added.

The hospital said it would not be releasing details of the donor family. Doctors said that Zoe, who was born with a heart valve which was too narrow, had only weeks to live unless she had a transplant.

A heart became available last week but it was decided it was too large.

Her situation was so desperate, she was put at the top of a European waiting list for a donor last weekend.

Paediatric intensive care consultant at Newcastle Freeman hospital Yam Thiru said at the time: "We are becoming more and more desperate for an organ to become available for her."

Before the operation, her 33-year-old mother said: "She is desperate. She keeps getting infection after infection.

"She needs a transplant as soon as possible to give her the best chance."

It was unclear where the donor heart came from, but before the transplant hospital officials said Zoe's case was so serious that if a suitable organ was found anywhere in Europe it would be flown to Newcastle by private jet.

Zoe has been kept alive by an artificial heart and needed a transplant as soon as possible or she would have died.

Her age and size made the task of finding a suitable donor organ extremely difficult.

Her parents, knew their daughter's only hope was for another child to die and bring heartbreak to another family.

Hearts from donors up to five years old were being considered suitable for transplant surgery as long as they were a good enough tissue match.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Where Is Mel B Headed...The North Pole?

Melanie Brown was seen at The London Airport today with daughters Phoenix Chi, 8 and 2-month-old Angel Iris Murphy Brown.

In the picture, she is exiting the airport with Angel in her arms dressed in a snowsuit - yes! a snow suit.

I know that it is supposed to be cloudy and rainy in London today but a snowsuit. Wouldn't a sweater suffice?

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Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Kitchen

Ready to cook up some fun? This kitchen has all the ingredients—with plenty of learning on the menu! The magic starts when baby crawls through the doorway, triggering music, sing-along songs, dancing lights and fun sounds. Both sides are loaded with activities and playful discoveries for a full course of learning!

The newest edition to the Laugh & Learn family is the Kitchen. It appears to be a remodeled version of the house that we have, but with new activities and more to do.

The part I like best is that both sides have different activities that come in 3 different modes: learning time, music time and imagination.

1. Learning time
  • Learn the alphabet with music & crawl-through fun
  • Drop balls in sink for counting
  • Spin numbers on stove front
  • Sort shapes & discover colors
  • Opposites to learn—like up & down, on & off, open & close, in & out!
2. Music time
  • Sing along with 21 delightful songs, including classic favorites & fresh originals
  • Enjoy songs, greetings & fun phrases on radio stations
  • 25+ sounds & encouraging phrases with activities
  • 3. Imagination
    • Discover the joy of role play in the familiar comfort of a kitchen, with lots of idea-starting activities & realistic sound effects
    Assembly is required as well as 3 C Batteries. Approx. 41" L x 23" W x 28" H - $65 U.S.

    I love this line of Fisher Price Toys. My son has almost every one except maybe 2 things that he was too old for when I found them. Many of my friends who have children under 2 have the house and love it.

    The lights and songs keep them occupied and when they get bored of one mode, you can switch it over to another to make the toy fresh again.


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    Bridget Moynahan Still Pregnant and Staying Fit

    Bridget Moynahan was seen exercising in Santa Monica over the weekend. As you can see she is still VERY pregnant and looking great.

    Just like Jenna, it looks like her belly has started to drop...maybe we will have an announcement soon. I am getting a boy vibe from her as well. I guess we will wait and see.

    Photos Courtesy of AND property of FLYNET(Thankyou!)


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    Reese And Ryan Attend Deacon's Talent Show Together

    Separated star Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe set their differences aside to attend son, Deacon's talent show in Santa Monica, CA.

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    Quatar Newspaper Irresponsibly Reports On Birth Of Baby

    A Quatar Newspaper irresponsibly reported a story this week that I believe shouldn't have even made it to press.

    Since the arrival of the 22 week gestation sextuplets 2 weeks ago, the issue of prematurity and and the limit of viability has been pushed front and center in most news outlets.

    The vast population does not understand that 22 weeks gestation is the extreme limit of viability and that a baby born anytime before that has zero chance of survival. Lets be honest, 95% of babies born AT 22 weeks will not survive.

    That's why I was so frustrated to come across a story that I deemed irresponsible and misleading.

    The Gulf Times reported that a woman, who lives in the UK, delivered a baby at 16 weeks gestation in her home and that the baby was refused admission to the hospital because it was deemed to be a “miscarriage”.

    They go on to say that the baby was breathing and that it measured 5 inches long.

    A source, who witnessed the incident, said: “Paramedics had a baby struggling for life and were basically told, ‘Don’t bring it to us, we don’t want it.’”

    While I understand that this whole situation was probably devastating to the mother and that she will probably need years of therapy to begin to clear the images of her baby gasping for air out of her head, this baby would NEVER have survived.

    What should of happened is that the staff at the hospital should have taken the baby and then explained to the mother the early stage of development that the fetus was in and all of the parts that have yet begun to develop.

    Sadly, no one knows why babies decide to make such an early arrival into the world, and it was probably very scary for this mom to see such a small being needing medical assistance when none could be given.

    Many women have experienced situations like this without making it to press because unfortunately nothing can be done for these young angels.

    The article goes on to say :

    Babies under 22 weeks are not generally resuscitated or given intensive care under current NHS practice. Around 98% of babies born earlier do not survive. A Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman said: “A baby born before 22 weeks is considered a miscarriage. The likelihood of the baby living is negligible and a maternity unit can distress the mother.”
    So...if that's the case, why would they have printed the piece at all? Why lead people to believe that a 16 week old fetus should be admitted and treated when they clearly know the stats of survival at that gestation?

    I don't have the answers, but I do know that my heart goes out to this mom. I pray that she will become pregnant again that her next go will be successful. Hopefully carrying a healthy full term baby will help heal some of the scars that have occurred during this birth.

    *One thing to remember - most hospitals won't admit a pregnant women experiencing complications until she is close to 20 weeks. Anything before that is considered a miscarriage.*


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    Dream Kid Remote: Control A Kid

    Don't you wish that you could use a remote to control your child during less than eloquent moments?

    The Control-a-Kid remote has all the functions you will need to help keep those little monsters under control. Functions like stop sulking or tantrums, eat greens to do homework and more. What is even better is that this remote does not use batteries, but is powered by positive thinking. This way you wont lose control until they fly the nest, Nice!

    Please Note: This product in no way, shape or form controls the mind of any living thing.

    A cute gift to give to that friend that may have more than one rambunctious monkey. They will love it at first, but the love will fade when they realize that it can't really help their situation.

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    DRINKSTUFF via RANDOMGOODSTUFF


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    Mother Gets 30 Days For Leaving Baby Alone

    A Redwood City woman was sentenced to a month in jail Tuesday for leaving her infant home alone in March while she pillaged a local Target store for more than $600 worth of baby formula, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

    Kamara Vasilakos, 25, pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court in April to felony grand theft and misdemeanor child endangerment after getting caught stealing $620 worth of baby formula from a Redwood City Target store on March 25.

    Vasilakos reportedly told police she left her 8-month-old child at home with another family member while her husband was at softball practice, but a welfare check found the baby alone, crying in the crib, according to the district attorney's office.

    A subsequent investigation revealed that Vasilakos "had been on a binge of stealing baby formula and diapers" and then selling them on Craigslist, the district attorney's office reported.

    A judge sentenced Vasilakos to three years of probation and 30 days in county jail. She was ordered to report to jail on Aug. 11.

    Some people amaze me. There are parents right now praying for their children to get better or to survive another day and this women leaves her healthy full term baby unattended.

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    Wednesday, June 27, 2007
    Usher and Fiance Tameka Foster Expecting A Baby

    After denying that a baby was on the way last week, Usher and his fiance, Tameka Foster, have announced that they ARE, in fact, expecting this fall.

    "We are extremely excited at this point in our lives planning our wedding and the joy that comes with expecting our first child together," the couple said in a statement released to the Associated Press Wednesday. "We hope people will be happy for us and respect our privacy during this happy period in our lives."

    Their seven year friendship turned romantic over a year ago.

    This will be a first baby for Usher and fourth child for Tameka.

    SOURCE PHOTOCREDIT:VIEWIMAGES


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    Jenna Elfman

    Jenna Elfman was seen out over the weekend looking fit and very pregnant. The baby looks like it is sitting low which makes me think she is having a boy...just a guess. We will see in a few weeks when the little monkey makes his appearance.

    Until then, it appears that pregnancy hasn't slowed her down. She is seen here charging through a pack of photographers probably shopping on trendy Robertson.

    PHOTOCREDIT: SUPERIORPICS.COM


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    Giving Birth Is Expensive!!

    I can see why more people are opting for 'freebirths' in the U.S. Who the heck can afford the cost?

    At the turn of the 20th century, having a baby was dangerous, but not all that expensive: Women simply hired a midwife for a couple of dollars and prayed they wouldn't die on the kitchen table.

    Add another $8,800 to those two dollars and you get today's average cost of giving birth, according to a study released Tuesday by the March of Dimes.

    Nationally, a vaginal delivery cost $7,737, with caesarean sections averaging $10,958.

    Researchers examined insurance claims in 2004 for more than 43,000 deliveries, including prenatal care, delivery and newborn health care for three months after birth. The women studied had traditional employer-provided health insurance rather than HMO insurance and were not covered by government programs such as Medi-Cal.

    It's important to study childbirth costs because pregnancy and childbirth account for nearly a quarter of all hospitalizations in the United States, the researchers say.

    The researchers found that insurers covered most of the cost of childbirth, with the women paying an average of $463 out-of-pocket for vaginal deliveries and $523 for C-sections. Many consumers, however, report that their out-of-pocket costs are higher, depending on the care they receive and type of insurance they have.

    The price is different throughout the U.S. with Northeast coming in as the most expensive, mostly because of the higher cost of living. Western states are the next most expensive; it's cheapest to give birth in the South.

    Regardless of where you live, maternity costs can spiral even further if a baby is born prematurely: In another study conducted using data from 2001, the researchers found that a year's worth of health care for a premature baby averages $41,610, compared with $2,830 for a healthy, full-term infant.

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    Baby Girl Given 25 Names After Prize Fighting Boxers

    A mother and father who are diehard fans of boxing have brought a baby girl into the world and named her after 25 legends of Boxing. Baby Autumn Brown has been in fact tagged with over 25 names from boxing legends to make up her middle name. All of the names are of legends from the past.

    The girl's mother Maria decided to give her baby daughter 25 middle names all from the greatest legends of boxing, because both her mother and father are obsessed with the sport of boxing. That and she has a sense of humor.

    The girl's full name, which was registered in Perton, Wolverhampton reeling is: Autumn Sullivan Corbett Fitzsimmons Jeffries Hart Burns Johnson Willard Dempsey Tunney Schmeling Sharkey Carnera Baer Braddock Louis Charles Walcott Marciano Patterson Johansson Liston Clay Frazier Foreman Brown.

    Maria, the 33 year old mother told the city's Express and Star: "The whole thing came about because both my mum and dad are obsessed with boxing and have a bit of a daft sense of humour.

    She added: "When I was young I couldn't ever remember my name. It took me to the age of 10 to memorise it all."

    Maria hopes her daughter will have a sense of humor, stating: "I'm hoping Autumn has a good sense of humour with her name. It's never done me any harm though."

    Once again...the intention is good but the exectution - not so good. Why do parents insist on giving their children such unusual names? Do they not know that the kids in the school yard may have a sense of humour, but not one that is beneficial to them?

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    Tuesday, June 26, 2007
    Nancy Grace Married And Expecting Twins

    It seems to be the trend in Hollywood to have twins lately and Nancy Grace is continuing on with tradition.

    It was announced today that she was married in April in a small, private ceremony attended only by their families in Macon, Ga and that she is expecting twins this winter.

    Grace, 47, tells the Post that she wed David Linch, an investment banker in Atlanta, whom she met at Mercer College in the late '70s.

    According to Grace, she was never planning to marry. "We've been in touch all these years and a lot of time we were separated by geography and time," she says. "It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to get married. I told my family only two days before [the wedding]."

    Adds Grace: "I never thought it would happen like this. I thought 'mother' and 'wife' was just not part of God's plan for me."

    Grace, who is due to give birth in January, would not reveal whether or not she underwent fertility treatments. But the expectant mom does say finding "such happiness" at this point in her life should inspire people. "Tell women out there that there is hope," she says.

    The anchor plans to officially reveal her news on Tuesday's edition of her eponymous CNN Headline News show, the Post reports.

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    Tips For Potty Training

    There are some milestones in your child's life that are harder to achieve than others. Some moms find potty training especially difficult, enlisting the help of professional or enrolling their toddlers in potty training boot camps.

    Her are some tips that may help you in your diaper-free conquest:

    Your child may be ready to start trying to use the toilet if he or she:

    • stays dry for a couple of hours each day
    • takes an interest when you, your partner or older siblings go to the toilet
    • has bowel movements at regular times of the day, eg after breakfast
    • can demonstrate when a bowel movement is taking place, by squatting or making a grunting sound for example
    • lets you know he wants to be changed when his nappy is soiled

    It's usually best not to start toilet training your child during times of stress, such as:

    • the arrival of a new baby in the family
    • starting a new childcare arrangement
    • moving from a cot to a bed
    • moving house
    • family relationship problems
    • when a family member is ill
    1. Be positive and upbeat - show the change as something exciting.
    2. Give lots of praise whenever your child manages to do a poo on the potty. Stress how grown up and clever he is.
    3. Don't rush things. Sometimes if you start teaching later, it takes less time. Toddlers over two and a half may learn almost overnight.
    4. Expect setbacks. Learning to use the toilet is just like other skills your toddler learns - you expect a lot of falls before walking comes easily.
    5. Give your toddler clothes that can be pulled down or up easily. You may also want him to wear training pants at first, to cope with those inevitable accidents.
    6. Never force your child to sit on the potty. This will only upset him and won't make the process any faster.
    7. Some toddlers enjoy picking out their own potty and toilet seat.
    8. Many toddlers are afraid of the sound of the toilet flushing or don't like to see the poo being flushed away. If your child feels like this, just wait until he has run off to play, then flush.
    9. It always takes longer for a child to learn to stay dry at night. When he starts having the occasional dry nappy in the morning, it's a good sign that the time is right to try going without a nappy.
    10. Do your best not to be angry with your child if he has an accident. Just say, cheerfully, "Never mind, you'll get there next time. Let's get you some dry pants."
    11. Remember to get your toddler to wash their hands afterwards, so that using the potty or toilet is associated with handwashing from the word go.

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    Brothers Each Welcome Twins - Hours Apart

    A set of brothers in the UK welcomed two sets of twins, within 72 hours of each other - making it a double celebration for the couples.

    After learning that she was expecting twins, Michelle Bootle's first reaction was to telephone her sister-in-law with the good news.

    A few days later, Fiona Bootle returned the compliment - by announcing that she, too, had two babies on the way.

    David Bootle, 35, a chartiy press officer, said that he and his 33-year-old brother Steve had always done everything together. "So once we got over the shock it made sense that our wives were both going to give birth to twins at the same time."

    Michelle, 33, a solicitor, lives in Leeds with Steve, a photographer. It was in October that they discovered she was expecting twins.

    David and Fiona, who live in Gateshead, already had one daughter, two-year-old Ruth, but wanted another addition to their family.

    When Michelle rang with her news, Fiona, 32, who is also a solicitor, knew that she too was pregnant.

    "I didn't want to tell Michelle and Steve because they were so excited about their own news," she said.

    "We told them the following weekend and they were thrilled for us - but we didn't know that we were expecting twins too until a scan at 12 weeks. When the doctor told us I was expecting twins too, I nearly fell off the scanning table in shock. I just looked at David in complete amazement. When we got home we were still in shock, but we rang and told them about our twins too.

    "Every time I went for a scan I would ring Michelle and we would compare notes, and then she would ring me when she had her scan. We compared bumps too, to see who was growing faster."

    Michelle's twins Daniel and Lucy were born on May 16 weighing 5lb 8oz and 6lb 8oz. Fiona's twins Toby and John arrived three days later weighing 7lb 5oz and 6lb 9oz.

    Fiona said: "We will definitely consider joint birthday parties as they grow up."

    Both women delivered twins that were a healthy weight. Usually both babies weigh the same as a full term single baby.

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    Is Your Sunscreen Safe?

    Last week I posted some tips for keeping your children safe in the sun. The Envirnonmental Working Group (EWG) has done an independant study on the popular sunscreens that most families use and the findings are scary.

    If the sun doesn’t get you, your sunscreen might.

    A new study claims five of six sunscreens inadequately block harmful rays or contain substances with “significant” safety issues.

    The Environmental Working Group plans to report today that just 128 of 785 sunscreens studied offer “very good sun protection with ingredients that present minimal health risks.”

    The group gives 620 other products “Caution” ratings and lists the remaining 37 as “Avoid.”

    “Most people trust that the claims on a (sunscreen) bottle will ensure that the product truly protects their and their families’ health,” researchers wrote. “Nothing could be less certain.”

    EWG didn’t test sunscreens in a lab, but checked each brand’s ingredients against some 400 safety and efficacy studies.

    EWG Executive Director Richard Wiles said some products work great, but contain questionable substances like oxybenzone. He said some studies have shown oxybenzone mimics the hormone estrogen, which doctors have tied to certain cancers.

    Other findings:

    EWG gave only three of 10 top-selling brands good ratings: Blue Lizard Australian Suncream SPF 30/Baby, California Baby Water-Resistant Hypo-Allergenic Sunscreen SPF 30-plus and Aveeno Baby Sunblock Lotion Continuous Protection SPF 55. Well-known products like Coppertone Sport Sunblock Lotion SPF 15 and Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15 got “Avoid” ratings. Neutrogena did not immediately comment, while Coppertone would only say that it sells “a variety of different products for different needs.”

    54 percent of brands tested contain important ingredients that can sometimes break down after just minutes in the sun.

    13 percent block sunburn-producing UVB rays, but not UVA rays thought to cause cancer, premature skin aging and other problems.

    Dr. Hensin Tsao of Massachusetts General Hospital concedes well-known “Sun Protection Factor” ratings only refer to UVB, as experts don’t agree on how to measure UVA protection.

    “I wouldn’t want to call (current) labeling dubious, but I would say people should be careful reading labels,” the dermatologist said.

    Still, John Bailey of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, an industry trade group, rejects the study’s findings.

    “I think it’s very much a disservice to draw sunscreen usage into question based on piecing together scientific literature without going into a lab and doing tests,” he said. “Sunscreens are safe and effective in protecting people against UV radiation’s harmful effects, and I think people should use them.”

    This whole thing is very frustrating. Why has no one ever tested these products before. Parents trust what the labels tell them. They believe that there is someone policing what is written on these bottles and that the words are truthfull. I am one of those parents...

    Related Articles:

    Tips For Protecting Your Kids Against Excessive Sun Exposure


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    Monday, June 25, 2007
    Fourth Minnesota Sextuplet Dies

    Just 2 weeks after making her entrance into the world, 18 weeks early, Cadence Morrison has passed away.

    Four of the six Morrison babies born June 10 in Minneapolis have died, according to a statement released today by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

    Cadence Morrison died Saturday. Three of her brothers, Tryg, Bennet and Lincoln, died within one week of their birth. The remaining two children - one boy and one girl - remain in critical condition at Children's in Minneapolis.

    "Though our difficult time continues, our faith remains strong," said parents Ryan and Brianna Morrison in the statement. "Our families, friends, and churches have provided us with great comfort, for which we are deeply grateful."

    The sextuplets were born at 22 weeks, which is considered an extreme limit of viability. Their birthweights ranged from 11 ounces to 1.3 pounds. Health officials believe the Morrison babies were the first sextuplets to all survive birth in Minnesota.

    There are roughly a dozen sets of sextuplets to survive infancy in U.S. history. The Masche sextuplets, who were born in Arizona within 12 hours of the Morrison children, remain stable.

    Brianna Morrison, 24, had taken fertility drugs for the pregnancy. The Morrisons decided against selective reduction, a procedure that would have eliminated some of the fetuses in the womb but improved the odds of survival for the remaining ones.

    The Morrison's struggle has gained worldwide attention. Nearly 200,000 people have visited their web site.

    "I just wanted to say that I am praying with all my heart," said one writer on the site. "I check this site regularly 2 or more times a day praying to see that things are improving. I can't imagine what you both are going through"

    I am praying that this family will get to take these remaining twins home. After everything that they have been through it would be heartbreaking for them to not have a baby to take home in the end.

    This poor girl was on bedrest for weeks trying to stay calm so that the babies could grow. Her and her husband moved into the hospital, to improve the babies chances of survival.

    I cannot imagine how they are feeling right now...Our thoughts are with them.

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    Tina Fey and Alice On The Set Of Baby Mama

    Tina Fey and daughter Alice, 1 were seen on the set of Fey's new movie 'BABY MAMA' . Out in theatres next year Tina plays a single businesswoman who hires a surrogate mother (Amy Poehler) to carry her baby.

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    Introducing Sam Alexis Woods!!

    Tiger Woods posted pictures of his new bundle this morning on his website. Little Sam is seen sleeping comfortably in daddy's arms while Elin gives her some love.

    Many people say that Tiger is a different person socially than what you see on T.V. during tournaments. You can see here that Sam has already softened him and captured his heart.

    Related Articles:

    Tiger Woods And Wife Elin Welcome Baby Girl
    Elin Woods Looking Great In Florida
    Elin Woods and Emma Stenson At TPC Sawgrass

    PHOTOCREDIT:GRETCHEN DOW MASHKURI via TIGERWOODS.COM


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    'Tetris' Fashioned Bookshelf


    When I saw this book shelf all I could think of was my favourite video game...tetris!

    It fits together just like the exact pieces in the game.

    With wooden sides and a metal backing, the Tetrad Flat is a modular lightweight unit. Blocks can be attached to one another, to the wall or left free floating for life-sized, living room game play. Choose from a variety of exterior and backing colors.
    I like that this shelf will accomodate books of all shapes and sizes. No two books are made the same anymore, which tends to be a pain when you are trying to figure out the height of your shelf. There is a place for EVERY book on this shelf and then some...

    Shelf Depth: 9" Each set includes 1 each of 5 shapes

    Available at Moderntots.com for $750


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    Take Your Omega 3's While Pregnant and Raise Your Child's IQ

    Children whose mothers get enough omega-3 fatty acid during pregnancy may have sharper problem-solving skills in infancy, a small study suggests.

    Researchers found that 9-month-olds whose mothers had eaten DHA-fortified bars during pregnancy performed better on a test of problem-solving abilities than infants whose mothers had not added DHA to their diets.

    DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is one of the major omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon, sardines and tuna. Because of the fat’s vital role in brain development, experts recommend that pregnant women get 300 milligrams (mg) of DHA each day.

    However, research shows that few U.S. women meet this goal.

    The new findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that women who do get adequate DHA may aid their infants’ cognitive abilities.

    The study included 29 women in their 24th week of pregnancy. Half were randomly assigned to eat a cereal bar supplemented with 300 mg of DHA from fish oil, while the rest were given a bar with added corn oil to serve as a comparison. On average, the women ate five bars per week.

    Their babies underwent standard tests of infant problem-solving and memory at the age of 9 months. The problem-solving task tested the infants’ ability to retrieve a toy that was covered by a cloth.

    In general, the researchers found, babies in the DHA group performed better on the test than those in the comparison group. There was no difference between the two groups on the memory test.

    Omega 3's are normally found in fish and flax seeds. It is not recommended to eat much fish while pregnant due to the mercury content so you can take the oil instead.

    Udo's choice makes a nice omega 3-6-9 oil that you can take in liquid or pill format. It is reasonable priced and not that bad tasting. It is stored in the refrigerator section of mist health food stores.

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    Obstetricians Warn That Unassisted Home Births Are NOT Safe

    Canadian obstetricians are worried about a growing trend of parents who are opting to have unassisted homebirths or 'freebirths'.

    Proponents argue a freebirth is more relaxed and pleasurable, and a mother's own intuition trumps hospitals, drugs and medical experts. Opponents argue it is dangerous.

    Information about how to give birth alone has proliferated in books like Primal Mothering in a Modern World and online on websites like Bornfree!, maintained by Colorado-based Laura Shanley, a five-time freebirther. "If you want to do something right, do it yourself!" declares the site.

    In the U.S., where freebirth is believed to be the most common of any developed nation, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has handed out bumper stickers bearing the message "Home delivery is for pizza" and released a position paper opposed to home births.

    Dr. Guylaine Lefebvre, incoming president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, believes freebirthers are a small but vocal group.

    She has never heard of a mother or child injured in unassisted childbirth. Still, she is concerned about the safety of both freebirthing mothers and their babies.

    "The concept that you would choose to deliver unassisted goes against everything we have worked so hard for in this country," she said Thursday during a break at a conference of the society, which has attracted more than 1,000 specialists in women's health to Ottawa this week.

    On recent trip to Uganda, Lefebvre learned that 550 out of every 100,000 women die giving birth, and less than a third have a skilled attendant to assist. In Canada only six in 100,000 women die giving birth.

    "Our great-grandmothers gave birth at home. And many of them died. And their babies died," she said. "In obstetrics, dramatic emergencies can happen very quickly to women who have no warning signs."

    Unassisted birth isn't illegal, but the question of whether a baby injured during a botched freebirth might sue his own mother has been raised.

    Dr. Don Davis, the outgoing president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, said the society has no difficulties with women who want to give birth at home with the help of a midwife, as long as emergency back-up is available and the mother knows the risks.

    Around the world, about 500,000 women a year die in childbirth, said Davis.

    "That's a reflection that freebirth may not be the best way to go," he said.

    This is the craziest thing I have ever heard. As a mom, your job is to do everything in your power to keep your newborn safe. This is not about you...it's about your baby having every option available in case something goes awry.

    You have no way of knowing if the umbilical cord is around the baby's neck or if they are sitting in there breech. What do you do if you start to hemorrhage?

    I have no issues with home births supervised by a experienced midwife or a mom delivering in the hospital and then going home 2 or 3 hours later. The important thing is that the baby is properly checked over by a medical professional for any problems.

    During our stay in the NICU we saw MANY full-term babies that were admitted moments after birth due to unusual complications. Every pregnancy is different. Just because you have had smooth deliveries with you last 3 kids doesn't mean that this next one is going to follow suit.

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    NICU In London Closed Due To Outbreak

    Another NICU has been closed due to an outbreak of respiratory illnesses among several high-risk babies at London's only neonatal intensive-care unit.

    Seven of the 35 infants in the NICU at St. Joseph's hospital tested positive for parainfluenza type 3 or respiratory syncytial virus this week, and the unit has responded by shutting its doors to new patients.

    "When an outbreak occurs . . . you don't bring in new, premature babies. They're like sitting ducks," Dr. Michael John, medical director of infection prevention and control with London's hospitals, said yesterday.

    "These little babies are the ones that are most likely to do badly if they get infections, and particularly lung infections."

    Indications of an outbreak surfaced last Monday, when two infants recently released from the NICU started requiring more oxygen than before, which is a sign of a respiratory illness, John said.

    Both babies were screened -- plus two others they'd shared an NICU room with -- and results showed all four babies had viral respiratory illnesses.

    Three of those babies tested positive for parainfluenza type 3, while the fourth infant showed positive for both parainfluenza type 3 and RSV, John said.

    "After that, we decided to test all the babies."

    Three more babies tested positive for RSV or parainfluenza type 3 or both, he said.

    None of the babies are critically ill, he said.

    Both infections are common in young children -- John said 95 per cent of two-year-olds have already suffered from parainfluenza * -- and usually, they don't cause more harm than a few sniffles or croup.

    But in high-risk babies, such as the premature or unwell babies housed in the NICU, the viral respiratory illnesses can cause severe problems, he said.

    "These (illnesses) might be relatively trivial infections in others, but these little premature babies are at risk for serious complications" such as pneumonia and difficulty breathing, he said.

    All of the unit's 35 babies have been given an antibody designed to fight RSV, and special precautions are being undertaken to ensure there is no further spread.

    There is no antibody to ward off parainfluenza, John said.

    Doctors decided yesterday to close off the unit to new babies for a period of 24 hours, until the situation can be reassessed, he said.

    For now, the NICU is closed to any new preemies, and high-risk mothers who will be delivering may have to do so at other area hospitals if the unit remains closed, he said.

    "We can't afford to have new, very premature babies coming in," John said.

    Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa all have NICU units for high-risk babies.

    John added it's unclear whether any of the babies in St. Joseph's NICU are actually suffering from RSV because the first screening tests administered to the babies have been known to show false positives for the illness.

    It's also rare for RSV to present itself outside of the winter months, he said.

    All of the babies have been tested again to determine whether RSV is present, and the hospital hopes to have the results of those tests by 5 p.m. today.

    Doctors will decide at that point whether to maintain the unit closure or re-open to new babies, he said.

    Anyone whose baby has been discharged from the NICU within the last week and shows symptoms such as rapid breathing, cough or a fever is asked to go to Children's Emergency for medical care.

    The good news is that all the babies are alive. Women's College NICU was closed in March and Mount Sinai Hospital in May due infection outbreaks.

    It doesn't take much for infection to spread in the intensive care units. All it takes is just one or two parents to come in, not wash their hands properly and then pass their illness to everyone else.

    You are supposed to wash your hands for 2 minutes before heading to the bedside, but no one ever does...Maybe there should be a small timer by each wash sink so that everyone knows exactly how long 2 minutes is?

    Related Articles:

    Mt. Sinai Neo-Natal Unit Closed
    Study Suggests That Closing Smaller NICUs Could Save More Preemie's Lives
    Women's College Hospital - NICU Closed

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    Sunday, June 24, 2007
    Knitted Friends

    These knitted quirky looking dolls remind me of the ones that you would see at a craft sale made by a gramma for her grandchild.

    They are created by Blabla and are 100% cotton handknitted. Made from bright 'happy colors', these animals will be a treasure for years to come.

    Dolls are 22 inches long and come in 10 different styles.

    I found them at Blabla priced between $31 and $41


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    Will and Willow

    The Smith family was seen on set with daughter Willow earlier this week. The Smith kids are know for trying their hand at acting with Jaden co-starring with dad in The Pursuit of Happiness and oldest son Trey appearing on dad's hit single "Just the two of us".

    Willow is making her acting debut in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery alongside a star-studded cast currently filming in Toronto.

    Dressed in Thirties-inspired trousers, with her hair pulled back in braids, Willow got some on-set support from her dad on Sunday. The Independence Day actor spent Father's Day proudly watching his youngest child lens scenes for the new drama which is set during the Great Depression in Cincinnati. Mum Jada Pinkett Smith and older brother Jaden, eight, were also close by.

    While she could be forgiven for feeling first-time nerves in her debut acting role, Willow should be able to pick up some industry tips from the movie's star - child sensation Abigail Breslin, 11, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in Little Miss Sunshine.

    SOURCE:EBUZZNEWS.COM via HELLOCANADA.CA


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    Saturday, June 23, 2007
    Salma Hayek, Garcelle Beauvais Nilon and Samantha Harris Bond Over Big Bellies

    It was a meeting of the bellies at The Colette Jewerly first US Store opening.

    Dancing With The Stars host Samantha Harris and Garcelle Beauvais Nilon compared bumps, while Salma Hayek mingled and browsed the merchandise.

    All three women are looking great, with Garcelle glowing just a smidge more due two the fact that she is expecting two babies!

    PHOTOCREDIT:WIREIMAGE


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    Jayden James: Sean Preston Redoux

    Wholly cuteness!!!! The super smiley Jayden James was seen with his mom, Britney Spears.

    The little pudger looks EXACTLY like his big brother Sean Preston.


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    Toddler In China Has Surgery To Remove Pins From His Body

    A one-year-old boy in southern China is about to have surgery after doctors found he had six sewing needles in his body.

    Newspapers report the parents took the baby to a hospital because he had been crying for several days and not eating well.

    The child's parents, who are migrant workers, said they had no idea how the needles ended up in their son.

    The Beijing Youth Daily ran a color photo of an X-ray showing five needles throughout the boy's torso. The Beijing Morning Post had X-ray closeups including one that showed a needle that had apparently been pushed through the top of the child's head.

    The photographs showed the needles completely embedded inside the boy.

    The parents say no strangers have come into contact with him.

    How does a one year old get 5 needles in his body without anyone seeing? Could this be the world of an older sibling or a neighbourhood child? Let's hope there is no long term damage.

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    Another Set Of Sextuplets On The Way

    A women in Florida will set a state birth record if she successfully delivers her sextuplets later this summer.

    Patty and Jack Kiewra were 'stunned and speechless' when they found out that their daughter was expecting 6 babies.

    Karoline will be 20 weeks pregnant Monday, and doctors hope she can make it to at least 30 to 32 weeks before the babies are born by cesarean section.

    “The longer, the better,” said Patty, who is praying for a successful outcome for her daughter. Byler received fertility treatments this time around, just as she did before her first pregnancy when she delivered her daughter Zoe, who will turn 4 on Aug. 14.

    If all goes well, the families have learned, the births of the sextuplets will be a first in Florida history.

    Karoline learned from doctors at Bayfront Medical Hospital in St. Petersburg, where she and her husband plan to deliver, that the births would set a new state record for multiple births.

    The news, Karoline added, was confirmed by MOST Network, whose acronym represents Mothers of Super Twins, a group of mothers with three or more births, which Karoline has joined.

    “I was told no one in Florida has ever delivered six or more babies before,” Karoline said. “There have only been 15 cases of sextuplets in the United States, and only seven have survived infancy.”

    The families are praying for the babies.

    We wish these babies at least 10 weeks in the womb. I do not want to report next week that they have arrived!

    After covering this exact situation a few times it starts to frustrate me that all these couples talk about leaving things in Gods hands.

    These babies need a high calorie diet with a good prenatal vitamin to grow. They need low activity while in utero and a good NICU team to take care of them when they arrive.

    Once again, I feel like everyone has rose coloured glasses while viewing this situation. It is going to take a village to raise these babies if they are able to hold on for 8-10 more weeks to arrive.

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