Friday, August 25, 2006

Oops! JLo Is Preggo!

Jennifer Lopez is pregnant! Well, their is no statement from JLo, but her friend says so. Former "American Idol" star Jess McCartney accidentally spilled the beans during an interview at a radio station in Atlanta. When the Star 94 DJ asked McCartney why Lopez pulled out of the movie 'Dallas,' McCarteny responded, "She didn't get fired, she's pregnant." Wooo Hooo! More Celeb pregnancies! Once Jess McCartney realized what he said (after everyone's reaction), he turned to his personal assistant and asked, "Was I not suppose to say that?" I have to say that was a great Oops. Poor JLo now has to deal with the press and paparazzi. Honestly, doesn't everyone know that you should watch what you say around a 19-year-old boy. I'm sure he never even realized that she was trying to keep that a secret!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Dear Abby Can TRY To Help!

Woman finds no joy in being a Mom The only thing I have to say is that I feel bad for the baby. If the Mother despises her baby girl, then I think it's best for her to be put up for adoption. The baby doesn't deserve not to be loved. I'm sure their is a family out there who would really love and appreciate her. Read the article to see what I'm talking about... ---------------------------------------------------- Dear Abby:

I'm 26 and have never wanted children. Last year, however, two lines appeared on a pregnancy test, and 41 weeks later a girl was born. I begged my husband throughout the pregnancy to sign adoption papers with me. He refused. He is in the military and was gone through most of the last seven months. We now live thousands of miles from my family, and I am miserable, stuck with a colicky baby who still doesn't sleep through the night.

I find no joy, no pleasure and no love being a mother. I can't sleep knowing I must wake up to a crying baby and the same routine of feeding, diapers, baths and bottles. I have become more and more detached from the girl and have nothing to enjoy. Showers are short. Dinners are rushed and usually cold. I can't even enjoy a cup of coffee. I can barely hide my revulsion when I have to pick her up.

I am exhausted beyond belief, and my thoughts are turning darker every day. It's not the girl's fault she was born, but I can't help feeling resentment and anger toward her. We can't afford day care, and we have no friends or relatives close by. These long stretches of crying have my nerves shot and my hands itching to shake her until she shuts up. (I have never shaken her.)

What's wrong with me? Why can't I love my child? Should I put her in foster care? My husband can't stand her, either, but he's adamant that we keep her. Yet I'm suffering, and so is she. She deserves a mother who loves her.

GOING CRAZY in San Diego

Dear Going Crazy:

It is not a crime not to feel maternal — not everyone is. In a case like yours, adoption might have been the better option. I wish you had included your name, address or a phone number so I could have contacted you directly. Because you didn't, I can only recommend that before another day goes by, you contact the doctor who delivered your daughter, or her pediatrician, and repeat what you have told me. You may be suffering from postpartum depression, a hormonal condition that is treatable, and you may need a respite from motherhood.

Once your chemistry is balanced again, consider making a trip to visit your family for a few weeks. If you leave the baby with your husband, and he must assume responsibility for her care, he may begin to see the wisdom of placing her with a family that wants her and is willing to accept the responsibility that goes along with having a baby.

Please don't wait.

www.DearAbby.com

Another Reason Why Traffic Sucks

Woman gives birth in car on way to Miami hospital It must have been really hard on the Mother, giving birth in those conditions inside their Chevrolet Cavalier. Luckily, the 9-1-1 dispatcher helped guide her husband through the delivery. The Mom and baby are doing great. That would be my worst nightmare... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Miami, Florida - A husband helped his wife deliver the couple's baby after they got stuck in rush hour traffic and then got lost on the way to a Miami hospital. Bumper-to-bumper traffic delayed Lilliam and Gerardo Miranda's trip to Jackson Memorial Hospital yesterday morning Gerardo Miranda says he was so nervous he made a wrong turn about a mile from the hospital. His wife told him there was no more time and he needed to pull over. A 9-1-1 dispatcher guided him through the delivery and told him to use his shoelaces to tie off the umbilical cord. Seven-pound, Five-ounce Fabio was born inside the couple's Chevrolet Cavalier. He was more than one week early. Both mom and baby were taken to a hospital in good condition. Source: tampabays10

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Pregnant Spears ad too "stimulating" for Tokyo metro

Could it be that the latest pregnancy photo of Britney Spears on Harper's Bazaar be too much for Tokyo? It seems so! And this is something that I don't agree with. I think it's okay to post a picture of a pregnant woman in a metro station. What do you think? Tokyo's subway has refused permission for an advertising poster featuring a nude and heavily pregnant Britney Spears, branding it "too stimulating" for young people. The picture of the pop singer -- nude but covering her breasts with her arms and crossing her legs at the knee -- appeared in the August issue of Harper's Bazaar and will be on the cover of the magazine's Japanese edition in October. The publishers had hoped to display the cover photo for a week at a subway station in a trendy part of central Tokyo, but ran into resistance. "We thought some of our customers would find it to be overly stimulating", said a Tokyo Metro official. Harper's Bazaar could not be reached for comment. But this is what is really ridiculous: Not all was lost. The Metro and the publishers agreed to display the poster after all but masked the picture below the former teen idol's elbow with a statement reading: "We apologise for hiding part of a beautiful image of a mother-to-be". Tokyo can't handle a little pregnancy photo in their metro station? But thinking more about it, I don't think Americans could handle it either. After the controversy about the breast feeding cover on BabyTalk Magazine I'm not sure if Americans can grasp much more! Source: Reuters

Pregnancy Weekly Guest Writer- Becky

Tip for Newly Pregnant Moms One sunny Saturday morning I had gotten up not feeling well and decided to take a pregnancy test. I got tired of waiting for the line and thought to myself "I'm not pregnant" so I threw the test away and went back to bed. A few hours later after I had gotten up and eaten some breakfast, my husband had just gotten up and he is a man who needs his coffee in the morning. I got a feeling and something told me to go back into the bathroom and look at the test - I did, and there was the second line! I was so happy and then I walked into the living room and showed my husband the test. He looked at it and then looked at me and said "what the heck is that?" I said it's a pregnancy test, he looked at the lines and said "what the heck does that mean?" I told him we were pregnant and he sort of looked at me through weary eyes and said "great!" Moral of the story is, if your husband is a coffee drinker, make sure he has had at least one cup before you share your joyous news, he will never let me forget that!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A Little Bit About Me

Here's something that I stole from Emmakirsten's Journal. Thanks! (She has a great blog, by the way, I recommend checking it out!) 1. How tall are you barefoot? 5'8'' 2. Have you ever been cheated on? Not that I know of... 3. Do you own a gun? No way! 4. What do you think of hot dogs? Actually it sounds pretty yummy right about now. 5. What's your favorite Christmas song? I don't think I really like any! 6. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? A cold glass of water, then coffee 7. Do you do push-ups? I don't think I can't even do 1! 8. Have you ever done ecstasy? No. 9. Do you like Disney World? Don't know, I've never been there. 10. Do you like the rain? Yes, only when I'm inside. But most of the time I hate it! 11. Do you own a knife? Yep, got lots of them in the kitchen 12. What do you smell like? Bananas. 13. Do you have A.D.D.? I think I do. 14. Full initials? DSC 15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. I'm hot, but I'm to lazy to take off my sweater; tomorrow is Wednesday; and I should get off the computer 'cause I've been on it all damn day! 16. Name the last 3 things you have bought today. Insoles, bananas, and coffee 17. Name five drinks you regularly drink. water, coffee, milk, and sometimes a coke... thats about it. 18. What time did you wake up today? 1:30am, 3:30am, and finally got up at 6:30am 19. Can you spell? Depends on the time of day. 20. Current worries? Main concern- How am I going to get this baby out of me? aaahhh! 21. Current hate? BILLS and road rage 22. Favorite place to be? Anywhere with family and friends 23. Least favorite place to be? Outside in the cold 24. Where do you want to go? On a vacation, anywhere!. 25. Do you own slippers? Of course, who doesn't? 26. Where do you think you will be in 10 years? Hopefully, in a more comfortable situation. 27. Do you burn or tan? Tan. 28. Yellow or blue? BLUE 29. Would you give up your current life to be a pirate? Hmmm... that sounds tempting, Ha-ha! 30. Last time your cell rang? 2 minutes ago 31. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't sing. 32. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child? The spirits that haunted my house. 33. How much cash do you have on you? $18 34. Last thing that made you laugh? Writing this thing 35. Best bed sheets you had as a child? Mickey and Minnie Mouse 36. Worst injury you've ever had? Burned my hand really badly. 37. Where have you been out of US? Europe 38. Who is your loudest friend? Lendawg! 39. Who is your most silent friend? Hmm... Don't think I have one 40. Does someone have a crush on you? No one, oh, my hubby 41. Do you wish on stars? You should never stop :) 42. What song did you last hear? Sheryl Crow on a commercial... sell out! Ha! 43. What song do you want played at your funeral? Wow! That's something fun to think about. "Ain't No fun" No, just kidding 44. What were you doing at 12:00 last night? sleeping 45. First thought upon waking up this morning? It's only Tuesday, my God.

? OF THE WEEK: Did You Or Will You Circumcise Your Son?

I'm getting closer to my due date, September 15th, (Yay!) we don't officially know the sex of the baby. I have a feeling that I am having a boy. If it's a boy we agreed on naming him Anthony. For some reason I've always loved that name. ANYWAY, if it's a boy, we've talked about whether or not to circumcise him. With lots of discussion, we finally came to the decision that he will not be circumcised. I am wondering whether other mothers have or will circumcise their son and why? I know that the decision to whether or not circumcise our son (if we have one) was a difficult choice. All parents who have sons have faced this issue. In our case we have looked at the benifits of circumcision and couldn't find enough substantial evidence to do it. 60% of baby boys are circumcised in the first few days or weeks after birth. When a parent decides to circumcise their son many factors are considered, such as: benefits, risks, culture, religion and personal preference. When making your decision, which factor played into your decision-making? Familydoctor.org shows studies that have conflicting results on the benefits of whether to circumcise or not:

"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says the benefits of circumcision are not significant enough to recommend circumcision as a routine procedure and that circumcision is not medically necessary. The American Academy of Family Physicians believes parents should discuss with their son's doctor the potential benefits and the risks involved when making their decision.

A recent AAP report stated that circumcision does offer some benefit in preventing urinary tract infections in infants. Circumcision also offers some benefit in preventing penile cancer in adult men. However, this disease is very rare in all men, whether or not they have been circumcised. Circumcision may reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. A man's sexual practices (e.g., if he uses condoms, if he has more than one partner, etc.) has more to do with STD prevention than whether or not he is circumcised."

I feel that it is important to keep my baby the way he is and not "fix" anything. Where do you stand? Will you put your little one under the knife to help reduce health risks later in his future? Or will you leave it and let it be?

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ For more information check out PregnancyWeekly, and for steps on how to care for you baby's penis if circumcised or not please check out familydoctor.org.

Monday, August 21, 2006

BABY OF THE WEEK

Renzo Luke
Renzo Luke is 6 months old; he was born on 1/18/06. He's a very happy baby!
Starting this week, every Monday I will be posting a Baby Of The Week. This week it's Renzo Luke! Look how cute and happy he is. I just love baby bottoms. Ha! If you would like your 'bundle of joy' to be the "Baby of the Week" please email me at, pregnancy_weekly@yahoo.com. Be sure to include your babys name, birth date, and a brief description of what makes him or her special. By sending us your child's photo and information, you give us full rights to publish this material in our baby gallery or anywhere within the BabyWeekly or PregnancyWeekly Web sites. For guidelines on photos, read the Flickr FAQs.

Five easy steps to a happy baby

While searching online I came across this article that talks about 5 steps to a happy baby and I just had to share. What do you think? Could taking care of a baby be that easy if I just knew the five S's?

The Five S's

The method became the talk of parenting circles in 2002, when California pediatrician Harvey Karp released his book "The Happiest Baby on the Block."

It involves five techniques, or "the Five S's," which Karp learned by watching parents in primitive cultures: swaddling, side- or stomach-lying, shushing, swinging and sucking. Done properly, these induce what Karp calls the "calming reflex."

Here's a brief explanation of the technique:

1. Swaddling -- Wrap the baby very tightly, like a little burrito, using a large square blanket. This prevents her from hitting herself in the face and waking up or getting upset.

2. Side- or stomach-lying -- Babies generally are more calm and comfortable on their sides, Karp says. After swaddling, shift the baby to her side or slightly toward her stomach, with her face looking away from you.

3. Shushing -- Shush loudly into the baby's ear. This simulates in-utero sounds, which Karp says are about the volume of a vacuum cleaner.

4. Swinging -- Holding the baby's head in the palm of your hand, gently swing or jiggle your arm from side to side until her head wobbles like Jell-O. This simulates the motion babies feel in the womb. (It should not be confused with severe back-and-forth movements, which can cause shaken baby syndrome.)

5. Sucking -- Offer the breast, bottle, pacifier or even your finger. Sucking is one of a baby's primary needs.

Source: Kansas