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Friday, August 31, 2007
Shiloh is Pretty In The Park

Shiloh made a rare appearance with her mom in NYC yesterday.

Home from her trip to Iraq, Angelina heads to Central Park, getting hands-on with daughter Shiloh, 15 months, at the petting zoo.

Is it just me or does this baby gets more beautiful as she gets older?

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PHOTOCREDIT:Dan Callister/Pacific Coast News VIA PEOPLE

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Baby Born Breach On A Shrimp Boat

This may be the most primitive birth story I have ever heard.

Baby Brian Edward Mawhorr is known in Florida as "The Big Shrimp", but his parents Cindy and Edward Kiesel call him their Miracle Baby.

Brian arrived unexpectedly, Wednesday while his parents were out on their boat fishing for shrimp.

With a first aid book and very few sterile items to assist them, the baby came out feet first not breathing.

The new daddy started CPR and finally sucked some fluid out of the baby's mouth and he started breathing.

Using a shrimp scale on the boat, Edward weighed the baby, who tipped the scales at 7 1/2 pounds.

The boat sailed out of Fort Myers, Fla. and had been shrimping off Freeport since the Texas season opened on July 15.

"There were three of us when we went out and four of us when we came in," Kiesel said.

The baby's first bottle was an emptied and boiled soy sauce bottle with a nipple made from the finger of a rubber shrimper's glove. He was swaddled in paper and cloth towels.

Friends met the boat with blankets, diapers, bottles and other things to outfit the baby.

The new parents predict their son will never suffer from seasickness.

"He was conceived on a shrimp boat and he was on a shrimp boat all the time I carried him and he was born on a shrimp boat," she said. "He's used to moving around."

The most sterile thing they had on board was Cindy's breastmilk. I have no idea why they didn't just latch him on. Who uses a soy sauce bottle and a glove tip to feed a baby when you have breasts that are full of MILK!!!



August At The Airport

Mariska Hargitay and husband Peter Hermann were seen strolling through New York's JFK airport earlier this week with ADORABLE son August.

He looks like his day of traveling has gotten the best of him, but his mom manages to look fabulous!

August rides in a Maclaren Quest Sport in Charcoal/Flame Orange.


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Brooklyn Baby Born With 12 Fingers and 12 Toes

Jeshuah was born in Brooklyn on Tuesday, healthy, weighing just over 7 pounds. He has a rare condition, called polydactylism, which caused him to have 12 fingers and 12 toes at birth. The condition is genetic and his dad was born with an extra finger on his left hand.

Jeshuah's mom, Quana Morris, said she'd had an ultrasound image taken during her pregnancy and knew he'd have extra fingers.

"We were counting them on the sonogram," she told the Daily News.

The extra toes, though, were a surprise.

Jeshuah is getting a hand from his doctors to deal with the bonus digits, which are outside the pinkies and little toes and serve no purpose. He'll have them surgically removed in a couple of weeks, his mom said.

Related Articles:

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*Photo is of a child born with the same condition*

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Ohio Mom Has Second Set Of Triplets Without Fertility

Woo Hoo! Could you imagine having two sets of triplets? NO!!

An Ohio mom has delivered her second set of triplets in 4 years without fertility drugs.

The babies arrived at 34 weeks gestation Wednesday each weighing over 4lbs.

The chances of this happening is about one in 8,000 for a woman to have triplets naturally, and about one in 64 million of her repeating the feat, according to Hofmann and Dr. Sherif G. Awadalla, medical director of the Institute for Reproductive Health in Cincinnati.

The Lasitas welcomed 4-pound, 2 1/2-ounce Casey Alexander into the world at 1:57 p.m. Wednesday, followed seconds later by 4-pound, 13 1/2-ounce Caden Bradley, and 2 minutes later by 4-pound, 9 1/2-ounce Carson Charles. All were between 17 1/2 and 18 inches long.

"Everybody seems to be doing well," said the father, 48, who watched the Caesarean-section births in a delivery room filled with 18 medical personnel.

It's still unclear when the triplets will go home to live with Jessica, Jillian and Brian, who will turn 4 in December.

Those three were born at 28 weeks, and all weighed less than 3 pounds at birth. Lung problems contributed to "a little rocky start," Victoria Lasita said, but overall, they're healthy.

The Lasitas said the new triplets will mean about 300 diaper changes a week, and about 168 bottles.

"You take what God gives you," she said. "And this is what he's decided we can handle."

The Lasitas have been married six years and have three grown children from previous marriages.

A New Brunswick, N.J., woman gave birth to her second set of naturally conceived triplets in May 2006.

Well the good new is that they already have 3 of everything...The bad news is that she only has 2 breasts and 3 mouths to feed.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007
Father Abandons Son At Walmart After Being Stopped For Shoplifting

A young boy aged 2 or 3 was left at a Walmart in Oklahoma after his dad or caregiver was stopped by security on suspicion of shoplifting.

The boy is apparently unable to identify himself, and no one has reported him missing.

He has been in Department of Human Services custody since Friday, when he was left inside the Wal-Mart store on west Reno.

A man was pushing a shopping cart with the boy in it when security personnel spotted the man shoplifting and confronted him, Knight said. The man then fled the store, leaving the boy behind.

I cannot believe that this toddlers mom has not come forward.

This poor kid is probably SO scared.


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Twins Reunited After Being Separated For 21 Years

Brothers in China have gone before the court demanding redress from a hospital they said 21 years ago mixed up Xiang with another baby, the Beijing Times reported yesterday.

That baby grew up as Wang Yiwu, believing he was Wang Yiwen's twin brother.

The two families lived in the same semi-rural district of Beijing and Xiang and Wang Yiwen met briefly two years ago when mutual friends brought them together, struck by their similarity.

They dismissed the likeness as coincidence until late last year, when neighbors complained that a young man they thought was Wang Yiwen often ignored them.

"Often people said that when they saw Wang Yiwen in town he ignored their greetings," the paper said. "When his parents told Wang Yiwen he mentioned Xiang Nan."

Medical tests have now shown that Wang Yiwu has no blood relation to the brother and parents he grew up with, while Xiang Nan was 99.999 percent certain to be one of the biological twins.

The boys and their parents are demanding a total of 1.16 million yuan ($154,000) in compensation and an apology from the hospital, which has said too much time has passed for any court case and the families' claims are "hypothetical."

This is probably part of the reason why the nurses don't take newborns out the room anymore.

I bet if they checked there are more babies that have been mixed up in the nursery than we know.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Myleene Klass Shows Off New Baby Ava and Feels Stress To Slim Down

Miss Ava Quinn arrived just two weeks ago weighing 5lb 9oz, but her mom Myleene is feeling the pressure to slim down.

A source close to Miss Klass said: "Myleene is going to have one more week of gluttony and then will work on losing her baby weight from September.

"She is not on a diet as yet but will start with a vengeance on a number of gruelling sessions." Miss Klass, who models for Marks & Spencer and was a member of the pop group Hear'Say, is already finding motherhood exhausting.

A friend said: "The baby squeaks rather than cries at the moment but it is enough to keep them up."

I am not sure who is expecting Myleene to slim down so quickly? ALL new mothers know that it takes time for baby weight to come off.

We would never expect someone who has just had a baby to be a size 0, 4 weeks postnatal.

She should embrace her curves, eat healthy and take some time off to be with her baby.

At Miss Klass's request, all newpapers posting this photo were asked to give a donation to the National Children's Home for the use of the baby photograph.

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Dannielynn The Covergirl

Dannielynn Birkhead lands herself on the cover of US Magazine this week.

She will be celebrating her first birthday in Kentucky next weekend so US did a piece on her journey so far.

Dannielynns personality is starting to evolve more as she gets older. Larry's family says that she is showing that she gets her sense of humour from her mom.

While in a restaurant recently Larry recounts that

"she looked around at the table and grabbed this big Alaskan crab leg off my plate and started swinging it around, making all of these crazy noises. Everyone in the restaurant was laughing."
On her new skills:
"She's got all these new teeth and she's gotten fabulous with her crawling. She's very fast. She's trying to get up on one knee to stand."

On Larry Dating:

"My only dates are to the toy store. People always say, after dating Anna Nicole, how could you? I really haven't had time to grieve, so thinking about dating is tough for me. It'll come in time, but for now my daughter is the only lady in my life. " His sister added that Larry doesn't have much of a social life. Maybe when things calm down, maybe he can move on"

This photo was taken not long after Dannielynn's arrival.

Dannielynn cruises around in her Push Around Buggy by Step 2.

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Larry Birkhead and Dannielynn
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Iranian Parents Welcome Set Of Quintuplets

The mega multiples just keep coming. No has just one baby anymore.

A 30-year-old woman gave birth to quintuplets in Mashhad.

Mashhad Medical University announced that three of the newborn babies are girls and the rest are boys. The newborn babies are in good condition and kept in incubator.

The infants weight is between one and one and a half kilogram (2 - 3lbs) and this was the first pregnancy of the woman who was undergoing treatment for infertility.



Daddy Date

Ben Affleck and Daughter Violet, 1, head out in LA to run some errands.

Jennifer Garner, Ben's wife, recently said that he will be taking over as Violets primary caretaker because she is going back to work.

She will be appearing alongside Kevin Kline on Broadway this fall, in a new production of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac.

I think it's cute that Violet is missing a pigtail. Daddy's never notice this kind of stuff...


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Etsy Find: More Rocker Baby Gear

I love the cute rocker gear that is designed for babies. There is always a cute twist that goes along with the hard rock edge.

These onesies are perfect for your Metallica or Seether loving offspring.

Applique's are cut out, ironed on onesie then hand stitched.

All of the white shirts are priced at $18 and the black is $28(It includes a cap). They are sold by seller BORN2WILD

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
How Do You Feel About Your Infant being Diaper Free?

There is an increasing movement happening in the parenting world that does not include diapering your infant.

My girlfriend just returned from China where she noticed that the kids there don't wear diapers. They wear pants without the crotch area sewn so that their bodily fluids can just escape whenever necessary.

I would like to think that if given reasonable information that I will consider most unconventional parenting solutions, but this whole thing seems unsanitary.

In a "diaper-free" world it is believed that babies are born with an instinctive ability to signal when they have to answer nature's call. Parents who practice the so-called "elimination communication" learn to read their children's body language to help them recognize the need, and they mimic the sounds that a child associates with the bathroom.

Experts at the Child Study Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center say children younger than 12 months have no control over bladder or bowel movements and little control for 6 months after that.

But some parents begin going diaper-free at birth, and the infants can initiate bowel movements on cue as young as 3 to 4 months, said Elizabeth Parise, spokeswoman of DiaperFreeBaby.org, a network of free support groups promoting the practice.

And unlike some methods of toilet training, there are no rewards or punishment associated with it.

Dr. Mark Wolraich, professor of pediatrics and director of the Child Study Center, said the practice essentially conditions young children to go to the bathroom at predictable times or show clear signs when they must go.

"To be truly toilet-trained, the child has to be able to have the sensation that they need to go, be able to interpret that sensation and be able to then tell the parent and take some action," said Wolraich, who is also editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics' book on toilet training.

I don't know...those exploding baby poops that my son had when he was 4 months old didn't seem like they could have been controlled.

Could you imagine being at a restaurant and something happened that you couldn't control?

I do the cloth diaper thing - that's all your getting out of me! I will let the rest of you have your diaper-free kids to yourselves.


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The Byler Sextuplets Get Extravagant Shower

Karoline and Ben Byler are expecting Florida's first set of sextuplets in just two weeks, so in preparation for the big event their community threw them a lavish Baby Shower.

The event, that has been advertised on the Byler Family Website, was attended by 2,000 people, news crews and Inside Edition.

Karoline herself was not able to attend the circus themed event because she is in her 28th week of pregnancy and on mandatory bedrest. She was however available via video to see all of the festivities.

The business of babies must be good because the family received a year of free dinners from Let's Eat, a year's supply of baby formula from Enfamil, six months of in-home wellness care, and even a $7,000 back up generator.

The couple is expecting five boys and a girl in addition to their four-year-old daughter, Zoe.

Ben said that:

"Karoline is doing very well and they're not going to let her go past 32 weeks with the delivery. Their brain development is done, their lungs are close to fully developed and we're right up on what they consider a good time for the babies at 30 weeks."
We hope that Karoline has a safe delivery and that all of the babies arrive healthy. Related Articles:

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Wilkinson Quintuplets Birth Video
Mexican Mom Gives Birth To Quintuplets Naturally


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Boon's New Innovative Feeding Line

It has been almost a year since we have seen any new products from Boon. They are the same company that brought us the 'Frog Pod' bath organizer, Flair, the pneumatic lift highchair and the animal bag, a stuffed animal storage baby that doubles as a 'bean bag'.

Boon’s Design Principal, Rebecca Finell has been very busy because yesterday it was announced that the company is launching 3 new product lines for infants.

As the mom of a baby that has feeding difficulties, I am very impressed with the products that are being offered in the feeding line.

Boon has created 'Fluid', a no-spill toddler cup that has an ergonomic, two-handed grip - perfect for small hands. The angled spout requires less head tipping, making it more comfortable to use. It is intended for kids 9 months and up.

The 'Snack Ball', a sphere-shaped snack container. 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.

This ball would be perfect hauling cheerios or crackers to the mall or on an airplane. The orange lid pivots open for easy toddler access.

'Groovy', the interlocking plate and bowl. It is a fun way to serve meals in a customizable configuration. Unlike the standard baby food bowl, this interlocking plate and bowl set includes a toddler-sized plate with two separate compartments plus two small bowls that attach to the edge of the plate in a variety of positions. The small bowls are perfect for dipping—always an engaging activity at mealtime—or for serving small portions. Made from scratch-resistant, dishwasher-safe materials, with a slip-resistant base.

Please visit Boon's site for more information.

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Monday, August 27, 2007
Alexander Out For A Stroll

Alexander Shreiber took a stroll with his parents yesterday in sunny Los Angeles.

The couple have been out quite a bit showing off their little man. Liev looks like he is getting the hang of this dad thing. He carries Alexander in the Maya Wrap Sling.



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Doctors Calling For A Ban On Smoking In Cars Carrying Children

In order to prevent young lungs from the dangers of second-hand smoke, Canada's doctors are calling for a nation-wide ban on smoking in all vehicles carrying children.

The recommendation won resounding support Wednesday at the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) annual general meeting.

"The risk of second-hand smoke is quite clear to everyone in this room," Ottawa doctor Atul Kapur said. "There are few areas where children are still exposed; however, one of them is vehicles.

"They don't have a choice about whether to be exposed or not and because of the concentrated atmosphere and the enclosed space, the risk is much higher."

"This is a child protection issue," said Sandra Luscombe, a pediatrician from St. John's, adding later in an interview that a law would also be educational and would be no more difficult to enforce than those requiring seat-belt usage and prohibiting drivers from talking on cell phones.

I still pass cars on the road where both parents are smoking with young kids in the backseat.

You sometimes wonder what people are thinking...


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A Day At Central Park

Angelina spent the day in Central Park with her 3 adopted children Zahara, Maddox and Pax. The children enjoyed the carousel and some ice cream.

Brad and Shiloh were missing from the outing, but they were replaced by a bodyguard who helped Supermom with her three kids.

Angelina seems to have mastered the 'double hold'. That's what happens when you have more kids than arms, you need to carry more than one at once.


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1,000 Moms In Vietnam Set Mass Breastfeeding Record

In an attempt to promote the importance of breastfeeding 1,000 moms in three cities set a mass breastfeeding record.

"Breast milk is a precious source of nutrition for infants. That's why we organise this event," said Nguyen Tuan Hai, the northern regional executive manager of Vietnam Dairy Joint Stock company.

Breast milk, which contains the appropriate amounts of carbohydrate, protein and fat provides essential vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and hormones for infants' requirement to grow.

"By breastfeeding my baby, I not only give her the important nutrition, but also give her my love and she knows that," Nguyen Bich Huyen who was breastfeeding her 8-month old daughter.

I couldn't have said it better myself. I loved breastfeeding my son because it was time that only the two of us spent together. It is nice when they cuddle right in. You just can't get that bonding with bottle feeding.



Masche 6 All Doing Well

Ever since the six babies made their appearance just over 2 months ago there has been a lot of interest in how Masches are doing.

Now that all 6 of their babies are home, Jenny and Brian are settling into a routine that includes 38 bottles of milk, 18 changes of clothes, two loads of laundry and 50 diapers a day.

The sextuplets were born at 32 weeks gestation on June 11th. Jenny had been bed rest for an extended period by then and was ready to meet her new family.

The babies were lucky enough to only stay in the NICU for about 5 - 6 weeks (each one went home at a different time) and now they have settled into their own home 3 1/2 hours from Phoenix.

The Daily Mail has a few photos of the family all together as well as a shot of Jenny in the later days of her pregnancy.

They also asked the couple if they will be trying for any more children. The response cleared the colour from both parents faces as they both echoed "no". Bryan has booked an appointment for a vasectomy next month.

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Jessica Seinfeld Creates Meals That Are Deceptively Delicious

Baby Buggy Founder and wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica Seinfeld has created a cookbook that presents some 'Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food'.

The book, that arrives in stores on September 18th, offers recipes that have veggies hidden in them to increase our child's nutrition without

With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has developed a month's worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. She also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear–out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that "must have" the latest sugar bomb cereal.

This book provides parents with an wealth of information related to kids' nutrition so parents understand why it's important to throw in a little avocado puree into their quesadillas.

She discusses the critical importance of portion size, and the specific elements kids simply must have (as opposed to adults) in order to flourish now and in the future: protein, calcium, vitamins, and Omega 3 and 6 fats.
During her recent interview with Vogue Magazine, Jessica said:

"One day I just stopped. I could not argue with my kids anymore at mealtime. Everyone know that children mimic their parents. I realized that if I whined at them about their vegetables, they'd whine back about that - and everything else. Meals are a time when we should be enjoying one another."

Her trick is to hide the vegetables in the kids favourite dishes. Cauliflower sneaks its way into chicken nuggets, butternut squash in macaroni and cheese and spinach gets hidden in individual sized pita pizzas.

She even suspects that her children think that carrots and spinach belong in brownies.

I think that more parents would try to secretly include more vegetables in their meals if they knew how.

This book gives them a starting point and a good base of recipes to start with.


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Sunday, August 26, 2007
"Kids Connection" Benefit at The Beach

The celebrities brought their kids out for a nice day at the French Connection Beach house to benefit "Kids Connection".

Alison Sweeney and son Benjamin, 2
Antonio Sabato Jr with Daughter Mina, 5 (on wednesday)
Grier Henchy, 1 meets Sam Sheen, 3
Lola Sheen, 1, Brooke Mueller (Charlie's fiance), Charlie Sheen and Sam Sheen, 3

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Havin Fun With His Dad!

John Stewart's son Nathan, 4, spins around NYC on his Kettler Kettrike Junior Tricycle minus the bucket.

His dad has the push bar attached to the back so that he can control his little speed demon, which doesn't seem to be working because only one wheel in on the ground.


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Having A Baby In New Zealand Just Got Better

The Families Commission in New Zealand will this week recommend the Government significantly beef up paid parental leave.

Commission head Rajen Prasad told the Herald on Sunday the commission's research suggested greater incentives would encourage Kiwis to have more children.

It comes as Laila Harre, the ex-MP who brought New Zealand paid parental leave, is arguing conditions are ripe for the leave period to rise to 12 months.

Kiwi women had 61,610 babies in the year to June, up 3360, or 5.8 per cent, on the previous year and the biggest baby harvest since 1972, according to Statistics New Zealand. The rise in our fecundity drove the largest population boost by natural increase - when births outnumber deaths - since 1992.

Prasad said the recommendations, if adopted, could turn what may yet be a blip into a lasting boom. The commission will release recommendations to Government on Tuesday for significantly extending and increasing paid parental leave provisions. Prasad said, "We are pretty certain [the report] will receive very good consideration."

Currently, parents can claim 14 weeks' paid parental leave at up to $391.28 a week.

Harre said the entitlement was "very minimal" by international standards, and wants to see it extended to 12 months at higher weekly payments. "That sort of length of time is starting to look more realistic."

A year would make it more practicable for fathers to use some of the leave whereas, now, mothers are likely to use up the whole 14 weeks.

This would also increase the length of time that Kiwi mommies breastfeed.

Related Articles:

UK Moms Will Now Enjoy 9 Months Paid Maternity Leave
Longer Maternity Leaves Boosts Breast Feeding



New York Baby Recovering After 5 Organ Transplant!!

Yesterday I wrote about a 13 month old boy who lived for 120 days with an artificial heart outside his body, today we hear about Elijah Moulton who is recovering in hospital after doctors transplanted five intestinal organs to cure a rare congenital ailment.

Elijah is only 8 months old and his condition has only been seen once before in the United States.

He is headed for rehab at a Queens hospital now that he's recovered from surgery that replaced his liver, small bowel, pancreas, colon and stomach.

"This was a really sick kid with no hope of survival," said Kara Ventura, a nurse practitioner at New York-Presbyterian who oversaw Elijah's care.

Elijah's surgeon, Dr. Dominique Jan, said that without the surgery Elijah would have died of malnourishment and infections. "Everything was abnormal," Jan said.

Elijah was born Oct. 15 with total intestinal atresia, a malformation of the gastrointestinal tract that Jan said was once reported in a child in Nebraska. Because of the ailment, Elijah took all his nourishment intravenously.

His doctors in Burlington, Vt., referred Elijah to New York-Presbyterian, where he was first admitted in January. New York state troopers flew him to the city on the governor's plane, Ventura said.

It took several months to prepare Elijah for surgery. "With the help of his parents, we reached a point where the baby was healthy enough to undergo a successful transplantation," Jan said.

After the July 10 transplant, his abdomen was kept open for several weeks so his body could get used to its new organs. Elijah had another operation to close the wound.

"It's amazing how quickly he's recovered," Ventura said - noting that he's already eating through his mouth, "which he'd never been able to do his whole life."

His mom and dad hope that in a week or two, Elijah will be headed home - where his 3-year-old sister, Chloe, and 5-year-old brother, Gavin, eagerly await his return. "They haven't seen him since his transplant," Heather Moulton said.

I love posting stories that have such an amazing outcome.

Just because it hasn't been done many times before, it doesn't mean that it won't work for you.

This little boy has an amazing drive to live. His spirit is a good portion of his success!


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Saturday, August 25, 2007
Liam's Big Smile!!

Tori and Dean Posted this photo of their son Liam on their Myspace page.

He is so cute and smiley, I couldn't resist posting it!!


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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's....Mico?

Lately, some of the coolest toys that are being introduced are without purpose. Many are being designed to be versatile and promote creative play not being just one toy.

Mico follows these lines with it's chameleon like characteristics.

Your children may decide to use it as a chair, as a desk to write or paint, as a rocking chair or in any way their imagination permits. Mico is a rotational moulded polyethylene therefore great for outside too.

I found it at spunkysprout.com for $316.00 - red only.

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Amazing Baby Lives 120 Days With Artificial Heart

Every time I find an amazing baby story I think that it can't be topped, somehow another amazing baby comes along and shows us that they have what it takes to survive through ANYTHING!

Jack Vellam, 13 months old, left hospital today after undergoing a life-saving treatment in which he was kept alive by an artificial heart for 120 days.

He became the youngest patient to be connected to such a device for such a length of time as he recovered from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

The boy, from Pitsford, Northamptonshire, was listed for a heart transplant after suffering a heart attack in March that left him so ill his mother initially agreed that his life support machine should be switched off.

After being transferred to the Freeman hospital, in Newcastle, Jack was placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which acts as a temporary heart and lungs for those awaiting transplant.

But doctors decided to see if Jack could pull through without a transplant because around one in three children recover on their own. He was put on a device known as a Berlin heart - an external artificial heart, connected to his chest by four tubes, which pumps blood around the body.

The device stayed on for 120 days before it was removed in a complex operation 15 days ago. The longest period a Berlin heart has been used at the hospital is 150 days, but the patient in that case eventually had a heart transplant.

The consultant paediatric cardiologist Richard Kirk said: "He [Jack] would have died without the Berlin heart. You can realistically live on the ECMO life support machine he was using for four weeks - that would not have been enough time for a transplant or for him to recover from the myocarditis.

"What is unique about Jack is that he is the youngest patient ever to have this myocarditis and be kept alive on a Berlin heart for so long."

I can't imagine what these parents went through for the 4 months their child was being kept alive by a device that was outside of his body.


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Friday, August 24, 2007
RECALL: Sleepi Crib Foam Mattresses Due to Entrapment Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing a recall on aprroximately 1,000 Sleepi Crib Foam Mattresses. The crib mattresses are not properly sized, creating a gap, posing an entrapment hazard to young children.

No incidents have been reported.

Only oval shaped Sleepi cribs with foam mattresses sold under the following model numbers are the subject of this recall: 660321, 660320, 660301,660305, 660318, 652268, 652269, 652246, 652247 and 652248. The cribs were sold in a variety of colors, including white, walnut, natural, cherry and whitewash. The model number can be found on the packaging and underside of the crib.

The cribs were sold at many different Juvenile product retailers nationwide and via the Internet from September 2006 through March 2007 for between $750 and $850.

Parents are asked to stop using the cribs immediately and contact Stokke LLC to receive a free replacement mattress.

For additional information, contact Stokke toll-free at (877) 978-6553(between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.M-F), or visit the firm’s Web site at www.stokkeusa.com

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RECALL: Priddy "Trucks" Shaker Teether Books Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing a recall on 35,000 Priddy "Trucks" Shaker Teether Books.

Small pieces of the teether can break off, posing a choking hazard to young children. Two reports of children biting off pieces of the teethers were received with no injuries reported.

The recalled cloth teether book entitled "trucks" has a yellow dump truck on the front cover on a blue background. Attached to the top of the book is a yellow rattle with a green teether attached on the right side of the rattle and an orange teether attached to the left side of the rattle.

The book was sold at Barnes & Noble and other bookstores and retailers nationwide from January 2006 to June 2007 for about $7.

Parents are asked to take these toys away from young children and contact St. Martin's Press for instructions on returning the product for a free replacement product.

More information is available at St. Martin's Press phone number (800) 347-9411 (8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. M-F) or visit the firm's Web site at www.priddybooks.com/recall

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Dannielynn Turning 1 In Two Weeks

In two weeks, Dannielynn Birkhead will turn one. It has been a big year for her, with many changes.

A Celebration is planned in Kentucky at the home of family friend Tricia Barnstable Brown. Larry is expecting 200 guests including Dannielynn's favourite singer Dolly Parton.

Knowing that Dannielynn will have many questions about her mom and brother, Larry keeps Anna Nicole's memory alive by hanging lots of pictures of her around the house.

“Larry says that it’s important Dannielynn knows about her mom,” his older sister, Judy Birkhead tells Us.

“He’s always telling Dannielynn how much he loved Anna and how great she was.”

Birkhead, 34, has put photos of Dannielynn’s mom everywhere. “He’ll point at pictures and show Dannielynn videos of her too,” Judy says.

Smith also set aside keepsakes for her daughter – including letters she had written for her – that Birkhead is saving for when the baby grows up.

Longtime friend Jane Rose-Zupetz tells Us, “When Anna was pregnant, she painted a lot for Dannielynn. Larry will give her those, also.”

I like Larry Birkhead. There is something about him that makes you want him to do well.

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Recalled Toys Still Available On EBAY

Recalls get lots of press and create plenty of worry, but what happens to all of those toys after they are pulled off of store shelves?

MSNBC is reporting that a good percentage of recalled toys are ending up on EBAY and receiving bids from unsuspecting parents.

The recent toy recalls by Mattel, Fisher-Price, and RC2 (Thomas & Friends) were so big they were splashed on the front pages of newspapers across the country and were on national news broadcasts for days. But most recalled children’s products — indeed most of the 400 products of all kinds recalled each year — get little or no news coverage. That could be a major reason why fewer than 20 percent of these potentially dangerous products ever are returned.

What happens to them? In most cases, they remain in use, their owners unaware of the danger. Others are sold at garage sales or donated to thrift stores. They are also available on the Internet, which makes it possible for them to be resold at much higher prices.

According to a study published in this month’s Injury Prevention journal, a significant number of children’s products, including toys, are listed for sale on eBay. In many cases, these items had been recalled years earlier. Potential hazards include cuts, bruises, burns and and lead paint poisoning.

Researchers randomly picked 141 children’s products recalled between 1992 and 2004 and searched for them on eBay. They included bassinets, baby walkers, dolls, infant furniture and riding toys.

Kirschman and co-author Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Columbus Children’s Hospital, found recalled items for sale at 190 different auctions.

Once the items were located, the auctions were tracked for 30 days. Here are the key findings from the study:

  • Most of the items had multiple bids, suggesting parents were not aware of the problem.
  • Nearly 70 percent of the recalled items were sold, placing other children at risk of injury.
  • Sellers were experienced and reputable. Most had been registered with eBay for an average of 20 months and had 99.5 percent positive feedback ratings.

EBAY's Position:

“We have been working very closely with the CPSC for a number of years now to educate buyers and sellers about recalls,” eBay spokeswoman Nichola Sharpe told me via e-mail. "If the CPSC asks us to remove an item we will take it down."
The average parent doesn't make the time to stay current with recalls. If something they want is a good price - they will buy it.

Unfortunately, it takes a tragic event to create awareness about unsafe products.

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Kelly and Hermes at The Park

Kelly Rutherford and son Hermes spent the day out at the park in NYC.

I love how great Kelly looks au natural.

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P'kolino Fun Seats

P'kolino makes some of the best and most creative kids products. They have introduced these 'silly fun seats' for you toddler to climb on and reconfigure as they see fit.

This modular Silly Seating is comprised of three soft, sturdy, light weight pieces that can be configured in a myriad of ways; from seats of varying heights to tiny tables.

These many variations, and the capacity for children to do the configuring, are great for their creativity and gross motor development.

With no hard surfaces, sharp edges or loose pieces they are also safe for those early developmental stages when toddlers really toddle. So, climb on it, sit on it or drool on it; the snuggly fabric is durable, removable and washable.

Designed for children age 1 and up. Made from Plush Micro fiber. $58.85

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Thursday, August 23, 2007
Mommy's Little Girl

Katie Holmes and 16 month old daughter Suri were out shopping in Paris yesterday.

She has seen most of the world this summer and has looked adorable the whole way, even being touted as a 'fashion icon' of the playdate set.

Suri has become such an independent little girl except for the fact that she needs to have her blankie.

Katie has been toting this creme satin lined blanket all over.

I believe that the blanket is made by little giraffe and is part of the satin chenille collection.


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25 Week Old Baby Born On Airplane: Still Thriving

No one expected mom-to-be Nicola Delemere to go into labour 15 weeks early on a flight to Crete four months ago. The family is lucky that a stewardess came to the rescue, helping with the delivery and resuscitation of the baby.

Alfie - who later weighed in at just 1lb 1oz - was barely alive and desperately needed specialist hospital care.

The plane was 30,000 ft up in the air and the baby's only hope of survival was flight supervisor Carol Miller's basic medical training.

Fortunately the quick-thinking Miss Miller saved the day. She used a drinking straw to clear Alfie's lungs, before carrying out mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and heart massage for half an hour as the pilot diverted to Gatwick Airport.

After landing, the baby was rushed to hospital but doctors told Mrs Delemere, 31, and husband Dominic, 28, their son probably wouldn't make it because he had been without oxygen for so long on the flight.

When things began to improve after a few days doctors still feared Alfie would be brain-damaged and after four weeks in hospital his life was threatened when he caught E.coli.

The First Choice flight from Manchester to Heraklion in Crete on 17 April began like uneventfully, but by the time the plane was over Germany Mrs Delemere's waters had broken and she was soon giving birth.

"The pilot diverted the plane after my waters broke and I gave birth to Alfie over Dusseldorf," she said.

"All the staff on board were shocked but they were brilliant."

She described air hostess Carol Miller as 'Alfie's angel' after she took control of the delivery and immediate post-natal care.

Miss Miller said: "I'm delighted to learn Alfie is going home after surviving against all odds.

"He was born very quickly and at first we weren't sure he was breathing so I just applied my medical training, cleared his lungs gently using a straw and then carried out mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

"We were also lucky to have the support of a retired nurse and ambulance driver on board until paramedics arrived."

The baby still requires oxygen, but is at home with his parents.

Like most airlines First Choice Airways allows expectant mothers to fly up to 28 weeks. At 28-34 weeks the company requires prior notification and a medical certificate giving fitness to fly and the stage of pregnancy for the homeward journey.


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Charlotte Church Planning A Water Birth

It is being reported today that, 8 months pregnant singer, Charlotte Church is going to deliver her first child via water birth.

The 21-year-old - pregnant with her and rugby star boyfriend Gavin Henson's first child - has purchased a birthing pool after a friend convinced her it was the best way to deliver.

Charlotte's mother Maria revealed: "Her friend had a water birth and told her how great it was, so she's going for it.

"They are all the rage at the moment and there are a lot of benefits with them too."

Maria also revealed the Welsh singer and 25-year-old Gavin - who have been dating for two years - have decided not to find out the sex of their unborn baby until the big day.

She added: "She can't sleep and is tired all the time. But she and Gavin are both so excited now and can't wait to find out if they have a boy or a girl."

Meanwhile, Charlotte has splashed out £30,000 to increase security at her country mansion before the baby's arrival.

The Voice of an Angel star is said to be erecting a massive fence to guarantee privacy at her £800,000 estate in the Welsh village of St.

Brides Major, near Cardiff, which is located close to a busy public footpath.

One friend said: "She bought the house to get away from the attention so won't feel happy until it is 100 per cent secure."

This is a very ambitious step to take with your first birth.

In England, a water birth has become so common, it is considered an option for childbirth and not an alternative. Most English hospitals are now equipped to accommodate the request.

In North America, attitudes are not quite so forward thinking, but an increasing number of hospitals are recognizing the growing demand by women to give birth in water. Some hospitals do have birthing pools or, at the very least, Jacuzzis and hot tubs that are designed for elderly or disabled people but can easily be used by pregnant women. However, be aware that in many hospitals, while it is fine to remain in water during labor, actually giving birth in water is discouraged. If the hospital you plan to attend does not have a birthing pool, they may still have the facilities available for you to bring in your own pool.

Here are some benefits of delivering in water:

  • Buoyancy promotes more efficient uterine contractions and better blood circulation, resulting in better oxygenation of the uterine muscles, less pain for the mother, and more oxygen for the baby.
  • Helps mother to conserve her energy. Immersion reduces opposition to gravity; supports the mother's weight so that her energy can be used to cope with the contractions.
  • Promotes deeper relaxation. As a woman relaxes deeply in water, her hormones kick in and she starts progressing faster and with more rhythm; labor becomes more efficient.
  • Water minimizes pain so effectively that for most women other pain control methods are no longer needed.


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