Thursday, May 12, 2005

Thursday - Baby Naming Around the World

Here are some baby naming traditions from around the world. It explains why in some cultures, everyone and their brother has the same name. Even if you don't follow a naming tradition, it can be fun to figure out what your child would be named if you had to follow tradition. Europe If you were born in Elizabethan England (1558-1603), you may have been named by your parents just a few days after birth, at your baptism. Like many other newborns of the time, you were named after one of your godparents. Elizabeth, Anne, Joan, Margaret, Alice, Mary and Agnes accounted for approximately sixty-five percent of all girls names. John, Thomas, William, Richard and Robert accounted for approximately sixty percent of male names. Orthodox Greeks have customarily named their babies after the father's parents. The French often use a child's middle name to pay homage to a set of grandparents, using both grandmothers first names for a girl and both grandfathers names for a boy. In Spain, the first-born daughter is named after the father's mother, whereas the first son is named after the father's father. Native Americans Names are often inspired by natural conditions, animals and virtues. This is especially apparent in the Miwok tribes use of water names, often chosen by the way the stream looked when the baby was born. The Southwest Hopis had a mystic tradition of placing an ear of corn, representing Mother Earth, next to the newborn. Twenty days after baby's birth, the corn was rubbed over his body while the baby, held to face the rising sun, was named when the first ray of sun hit his forehead. The Navajos attribute great powers to their names. A Navajo name is considered so precious it's only used during ceremonies, meaning a day-to-day conversation in a Navajo family may go something like Mother, go get Son. The Salish tribe follows a naming trail in which the name given to a baby by his parents at birth (usually a virtue or trait the parents hope for the baby) is eventually replaced at adolescence with another name that is given by the tribal leader at a ceremony called the Jump Dances. Puritans Some families of the Mayflower age chose to name their children after virtues such as Charity, Joy, Mercy, Grace, Prudence and Hope. In more extreme examples, parents derived slogans to send a very direct message through their childs name: Fear-God, Jesus-Christ-came-into-the-world-to-save and No-Merit, for example. Hawaii Traditionally, Hawaiians believed that an ancestral god will mystically send a name to a member of the unborn child's family. They look for this name in signs, visions, and dreams, and believe that if the specified name is not used, it will cripple the child. Christian names are also used in Hawaii and have been altered to fit with the Hawaiian language, which doesn't pronounce many English sounds.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Pregnancy in the News

I was reading my pregnancy alerts today of recent pregnancy related news stories and this was an article I read. (I have cut some of it for length.) BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) -- A kindergarten teacher at private Christian elementary school has been placed on paid administrative leave until her contract expires because she became pregnant before she got married. Christine John, a first-year teacher at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School in Berrien Springs, said she was asked at a meeting with school officials last week why she was four months along in her pregnancy when she had been married just two months before. John, 24, said school officials told her that premarital sex is an act strictly forbidden by the school system and the Seventh-day Adventist religion. In the end, she was told her services were no longer necessary. Now she's considering legal action. To read the article at length, click here. While the article states that it is the school policy that "unmarried teachers who get pregnant can be fired immediately," I still find it an unfortunate case. Merging the lines of pregnancy and work is always tricky. I have heard many complain about problems with maternity leave or returning to work or even being compensated for maternity leave. Read the article and leave a comment - What do YOU think?

Pregnancy Quote

"If I had my own baby, I would have bigger boobs. That's one of the good things I can think of that would come out of it!" said Nicole Kidman. Well yes, bigger boobs are at least one good thing of pregnancy. Not to mention stretch marks, a big belly, nausea, bloating and lack of pain relief or sleep. But having a baby is the true cherry on top and perhaps, not bigger boobs.

Wednesday - Real Names of Celebrities

When I was growing up, I wanted to be called Jennifer. Later I changed my mind. So, bear in mind, no matter what you name your kid, he or she might want to change their name. Especially if they become famous. Here are few "stage" names of actors and musicians. The ones in bold are my particular favorites. Perhaps you will see a name you like for your baby. Alan Alda - actor, director: Alphonse d'Abruzz Jason Alexander - actor, singer from TV's "Seinfeld": Jay Scott Greenspan Muhammad Ali - former boxer: Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. Woody Allen - actor, filmmaker: Allen Stewart Konigsberg Jennifer Aniston - actor: Jennifer Linn Anastassakis Fred Astaire - actor, dancer, singer: Frederick Austerlitz Jon Bon Jovi - actor, singer, songwriter, musician: John Bongiovi George Burns - actor, comedian: Nathan Birnbaum Cher - actor, singer: Cherilyn Sarkasian La Pierre Truman Capote - author: Truman Streckfus Persons Jackie Chan - actor, martial artist: Kong-Sang Chan Alice Cooper - singer, songwriter: Vincent Damon Furnier Elvis Costello - singer, songwriter: Declan Patrick McManus Dido - singer, songwriter: Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong John Denver - actor, singer, songwriter: Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. Kirk Douglas - actor: Issur Danielovitch Demsky Jamie Foxx - actor, singer, comedian: Eric Bishop Kathy Lee Gifford - singer, TV host: Kathryn Epstein Goldie Hawn - actor: Goldie Jean Studlendgehawn Bob Hope - actor, comedian: Leslie Townes Hope Elton John - singer, songwriter: Reginald Kenneth Dwight Larry King - TV host: Larry Zeigler Ben Kingsley - actor: Krishna Banji Liberace - musician: Wladziu Lee Valentino Bernie Mac - actor, comedian: Bernard Jeffery McCullough Demi Moore - actor: Demetria Gene Guynes Toni Morrison - author: Chloe Anthony Wofford

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

What's Your Belly Button I.Q?

I become fascinated with my belly button when I'm pregnant. Going from an innie to an outie is kind of a neat thing. A friend of mine sent over a belly button quiz which I took just for the fun of it. I'm always looking for short fun things to do to procrastinate from actual work. ;) Want to test your Belly Button I.Q? Click here. See if you can beat my rockin' score of 6. (out of 10. hmm, maybe not that rockin')

Tuesday - Celebrity Baby Names

Want to know what your favorite celebrity named their kid? Here are a few. I know. Some of the names are a bit odd. CELEBRITY BABY NAMES Ella May Clapton: daughter of Eric Clapton and Melia McEnery Natalia Diamante Bryant: daughter of Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Laine Aurelius Cy Andrea Busso: son of Elle MacPherson and Arpad Busson Joaquin Antonio Consuelos: son of Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Julian Kal Seinfeld: son of Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Sklar Shaqir Rashaun ONeal: son of Shaquille O Neal and Shaunie Nelson Carys Zeta Douglas: daughter of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones Rowan Francis Henchy: daughter of Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy Chloe Murdoch: daughter of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng Isaiah Rahsaan Iverson: son of Allen Iverson and Tawanna Turner Reece Viola Hamilton: daughter of Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton Romy Lauer: daughter of Matt Lauer and Annette Roque Jaz Elle Agassi: daughter of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf Edmund Charles Spencer: son of Earl Charles and Caroline Spencer Finley Faith Sehorn: daughter of Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn Deacon Phillippe: son of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe Harry Joseph Letterman: son of David Letterman and Regina Lasko Charles Spencer Crowe: son of Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer Joe Mendes: son of Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes

Monday, May 09, 2005

I'm a big fan of the comic strip, Jump Start.
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Random PregnancyWeekly Stats

I was going over my statistics for the blog and it is always interesting to see what people have typed in search engines in order to get to the PregnancyWeekly blog. Should I continue taking prenatal vitamins after getting pregnant? Yup, you should. Talk with your OB or midwive about the prenatals you need. Can I drink my wife's breast milk? You could. But I wouldn't if I were you. Have your baby drink it. Kickball Pregnancy Yes, it does feel like someone is playing kickball. Or perhaps using you as a punching bag. How did you know you were pregnant? Hmm....common symptoms include sore breasts, exhaustion, loss of appetite, or feeling nauseous around smells or food. First OB Appointment One of the first posts on this blog was about your first OB appointment, click here to read it. Clever Ways to Announce Pregnancy to Husband Announcing to the world that you are pregnant is fun...sometimes anxous. For some clever ideas, click here.

Monday - Top Baby Names

This week on the PregnancyWeekly blog, we are devoting 5 full days to names, names and more names. After all, trying to figure out the perfect name for your baby is perhaps one of the most important decisions. Here are the most recent top ten names: TOP TEN (number in parenthesis is position on list last year) Girls 1 -- Emily (1) 2 -- Emma (2) 3 -- Madison (3) 4 -- Olivia (5) 5 -- Hannah (4) 6 -- Abigail (6) 7 -- Isabella (11) 8 -- Ashley (8) 9 -- Samantha (10) 10 -- Elizabeth (9) Boys 1 -- Jacob (1) 2 -- Michael (2) 3 -- Joshua (3) 4 -- Matthew (4) 5 -- Ethan (7) 6 -- Andrew (5) 7 -- Daniel (8) 8 -- William (11) 9 -- Joseph (6) 10 -- Christopher (9) TWINS 1 -- Jacob, Joshua 2 -- Taylor, Tyler 3 -- Matthew, Michael 4 -- Daniel, David 5 -- Faith, Hope 6 -- Madison, Morgan 7 -- Ethan, Evan 8 -- MacKenzie, Madison 9 -- Alexander, Andrew 10 -- Nathan, Nicholas What do the top names mean? Jacob: name of the biblical figure who fathered the founders of the 12 tribes of Israel. Emily: industrious or striving, with strong literary associations including authors Emily Dickinson and Emily Bronte. From an MSNBC article: What’s the staying power of Jacob and Emily? Hard to say, according to experts, but it has something to do with appealing to multiple ethnic or religious groups and having no widespread negative cultural connotations. Jacob, for example, is the name of the biblical figure who fathered the founders of the twelve tribes of Israel. “Jacob is number one because it has a long tradition,” said Cleveland Evans, associate professor at Bellevue University in Nebraska and president of the American Name Society. “Old Testament names are popular with both Christians and Jews.” Emily, No. 1 on the girls’ list since 1996, is harder to pin down. Meaning industrious or striving, the name has strong literary associations including authors Emily Dickinson and Emily Bronte. “The images of Emily are such that you can think easily of a woman who is both beautiful and smart,” Evans said.

Tomorrow, we discuss celebrity baby names.

Neither name has a negative association that could topple it, the way Jason became unpopular after the widely seen “Friday the 13th” movies featured a maniacal killer by that name, Evans said.