Friday, July 07, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Tracy Lewis, 42, of Poole, Dorset, already has 12 daughters and a son and is now 12 weeks pregnant.
Her husband, Pete, 47, a self-employed coach builder, is said to be looking forward to the birth in January.
"It wouldn't work for everybody. Our children are our life and it has worked for us and we are just so blessed and lucky," Mrs Lewis said.
"I've never had any help. My husband and myself work as a team."
The family, who live in a six-bedroom house, have said money is tight, but Mrs Lewis takes time out of her customer service job to look after her children.
"You're on the go all the time, there's washing, cooking, ironing or running around like a taxi service. You don't have much time to yourself, but I enjoy it, I love it, I thrive on it," she said.
The eldest child of the Lewis family is 23-year-old Carly, followed by Tracy Jnr, 21, who is a mother of two herself, and the youngest is Porsche-Mercedes, now aged three.
Although the family attend a Catholic church, the Lewis' said their large family is not connected to their religion.Source: BBC News
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
- Honey, you look terrific!
- Pregnancy becomes you.
- You need to gain weight, our baby's well-being depends on it!
- Honey, you just had a baby! You look great for just having a baby!
- You're having our baby! That automatically makes you beautiful!
- Wow, you're BIG for____months!
- Well, at least people know you're pregnant!
- Should you be eating that? You don't want to gain too much weight.
- Hey, try breastfeeding! That should take the weight off!
- Oh, I didn't realize you already had your baby!
- Let's take a breastfeeding class together.
- I know a friend who's breastfeeding her child. I'll put you in touch with her.
- Breastfeeding is a beautiful experience to enjoy with your baby.
- There are lots of great formulas out there for you to choose from if breastfeeding doesn't work out for you. Talk to your doctor to find out which formula will work best for your baby.
- Breastfeeding is for mothers who are too cheap to buy formula.
- I wouldn't breastfeed if I were you. I tried for three months and gave up because it was too hard.
- Formula is unhealthy for babies. He'll be sick all the time.
- Mothers who love their babies breastfeed their babies.
- Breastfeeding is "dirty" and perverted, especially if done in public.
- I would love to give you advice on anything you need. Just let me know.
- I've got some great books on parenting. Would you like to borrow them?
- Let's take a parenting class together. That way, we can be prepared.
- Parenthood is challenging, but I know you'll be great at it!
- Follow your heart. You know what's best for your child.
- Well, here is what I (my mother, Aunt Mabel, Dr. So-and-so, etc.,) think/thinks is best for your baby.
- This is the only book worth reading on parenting!
- Just you wait when this baby is born; you'll see how difficult parenting is!
- Always/Never pamper your children, give them time-outs, etc. (In fact, eradicate the words "always" and "never" from your vocabulary when discussing parenting!)
- Well, if I were you...
Monday, July 03, 2006
Authorities in the state of Chihuahua are enforcing a new set of rules — extremely specific rules at that — on what the baby-makers can call their kiddos, KVIA reports.
It seems the state was displeased with a rash of tots running around with odd, creative and foreign names, so it decided to issue a reminder of what’s considered appropriate and what isn’t.
Among the names deemed “improper” by the state are Lluvia, which means rain, Azul, which means blue and Kevin, which means … well, who knows.
The rules dictate that if parents must name their child a foreign-sounding name, then it has to be followed by a Spanish middle name, like Maria.
And there’s more.
Parents who dare to be different by tricking up the spelling of a name better think twice — only “common spellings” are going to fly.
But bewildered baby-namers should know: the government insists it's not out to steal their moniker-making thunder, rather they’re just trying to prevent the kids from a lifetime of ridicule and legal troubles.
Source: Fox News
What is everyone's thoughts? I can't imagine having restrictions and what names I can use to name my baby! That is just crazy! If I want my child to have an uncommon name that may cause ridicule, that is my choice!
Do you agree with the Mexican City, Chihuahua's choice? "Someone has to save these children from being made from of!" Or do you think if you carried your baby around for nine months you should name it whatever you please?
• Stay hydrated. Pregnant women in all states require more fluids, especially when they are exercising in the heat.
• Shoes that fit properly also are key, since pregnant women’s feet tend to swell, and grow even larger when they are warm.
• Wearing two sports bras might relieve some of the pain of exercising, as a pregnant woman’s breasts often grow larger.
• Be careful when stretching. When a woman is pregnant, a hormone causes the loosening of the ligaments of her body. It’s designed so the pelvis can open more during childbirth, but it also can loosen the ligaments of the knees and hips. She says pregnant women should avoid stretching to the point of resistance.
• Monitor your heart rate. Watch for signs of dizziness, excess heat release, increasing fatigue and a "racing" heart or irregular heart rate.
For more information, visit these Web sites: U-M Smart Moms: Exercise tips http://www.med.umich.edu/obgyn/smartmoms/EXERCISE/index.htm
Family Doctor: What You Can Do for a Healthy Pregnancy http://familydoctor.org/305.xml
NIH’s Fit for Two: Tips for Pregnancy http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/two.htm