Friday, June 24, 2005
In 1997, a Vanity Issue came out with Demi Moore posing naked while 7 months pregnant. I remember that particular issue and thought the photos were lovely. Of course this was before I was pregnant. Now that I have experienced one pregnancy and am pregnant again, I'm not sure how I would feel to be photographed naked especially while pregnant. I waddle, I have veins, stretch marks and my bladder won't let me sit still enough to have the lightbulbs flash. But I suppose with makeup and hair and soft lighting, a beautiful picture is possible.
Britney Spears is reportedly in talks with Vanity Fair to also be photographed a la Demi. Now I know that there has been speculation about her pregnancy - some of you say "What?! is she nuts?" while others are saying, "Go Britney, go."
I think Britney is a pretty gal and hopefully knowing that this photo shoot will be in the nude, that will inspire her to maintain a healthy pregnancy, taking care of her body, eating right and enjoying these 40 weeks. Well, I suppose less than 40 weeks by now.
Could YOU pose naked for a national magazine?
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Welcome baby with a beautiful, soft blanket made just for newborns. There is nothing that can help a baby feel more secure and relaxed than being swaddled in a warm receiving blanket.
Receiving blankets come in a variety of materials, textures, colors, and prints. The size of receiving blankets varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some blankets are 30 x 40, large enough to cover a toddler while others may be only 30 x 34.
It's only a few inches but it can make a big difference. You can choose from lightweight brushed cotton for summer to cozy cotton fleece or a boxed thermal weave for the winter months. A new favorite is the cotton jersey knit receiving blanket. which is buttery soft.
Some receiving blankets are designed with a hood attached at one corner of the blanket. This is similar to the way a baby bath towel is designed. Using a hooded receiving blanket helps to keep your baby extra warm because the hood reduces the amount of body heat lost through your baby's head. This style of blanket would be the best choice when you take baby out on a crisp morning to run errands or head to the grocery store.
Receiving blankets are very comforting for your little one and they're just the right size to use to swaddle your baby. Swaddling is a way to snugly wrap a baby in a blanket for warmth and security. It will also keep babies from being disturbed by their startle reflex. Swaddling can also serve as a way to help keep your baby warm and toasty for the first few days of life until the body's internal thermostat fine tunes itself. Most important, swaddling can help a baby calm down.
Most likely you'll be given a lesson in this ancient mothering skill before you the leave the hospital. Try swaddling your baby after you've made sure your baby isn't hungry, wet or tired. Swaddling can help settle a baby. Many times babies will become overstimulated and swaddling can help them cope by giving a baby the opportunity to feel something close and tight like the security felt in the womb.Here are step-by-step instructions to swaddle your baby: Lay a blanket on a flat surface and fold down the top right corner about 6 inches. Place your baby on his back with his head on the fold. Pull the corner near your baby's left hand across his body, and tuck the leading edge under his back on the right side under the arm. Pull the bottom corner up under your baby's chin. Bring the loose corner over your baby's right arm and tuck it under the back on his left side. Some babies prefer to have their arms free, so you may want to swaddle your baby under the arms so there is access to hands and fingers. A baby should not be swaddled after they are one month old since it can interfere with mobility and development as your baby grows older. By this time, most babies are routinely kicking the covers off anyways.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Monday, June 20, 2005
I received this press release from a friend of mine today about a new kit that can tell you what's your baby's sex will be as early as 5 weeks. It guarantees a 99.9% accuracy.
If anyone out there buys this ... let me know because I'm curious as to know how it works and if it's true!
As for me, I'm content on waiting for the doctor to either see a body part that indicates a boy or lack thereof which indicates a girl.
A new kit can tell parents a baby's gender as early as five weeks after conception. With the Baby Gender Mentor(TM) Home DNA Gender Testing Kit, available from PregnancyStore.com, women no longer have to wait until their 18th week of pregnancy for an ultrasound test to possibly determine their babies' gender.
"Parents-to-be want to plan ahead; fifty to seventy percent of couples want to know if they're having a boy or girl rather than waiting for the delivery room 'surprise'," says PregnancyStore.com President Sherry Bonelli. "With Baby Gender Mentor, about the time a woman finds out she's pregnant, she can also find out whether she's having a boy or a girl."
With the kit, a woman tests to confirm her pregnancy, then registers the kit online and pays a testing lab service fee of $250. Next, she'll take a finger-pricked blood sample and mail it to the lab along with the registration card in a pre-paid FedEx envelope. Within two business days upon receiving her blood specimen, the mother will receive the gender test results online.
Baby Gender Mentor Home DNA Gender Test employs cutting-edge, patent- pending technology to attain the earliest gender detection with unprecedented sensitivity and unsurpassed accuracy. The technique traces the amount of Y chromosomal DNA in the maternal blood to determine gender. If the Y chromosome DNA is present in the maternal blood sample, it's a boy; if the Y chromosome DNA is not present, it's a girl.
Baby Gender Mentor/Acu-Gen Biolab, Inc. guarantees that test results are 99.9% accurate. If the test result is incorrect, Baby Gender Mentor/Acu-Gen Biolab will refund double the amount paid for both the lab service and the $25 kit. Some restrictions apply.
Under no circumstances should the Baby Gender Mentor service replace a woman's visit to a doctor during pregnancy for ultrasounds and other pregnancy-related tests.