Friday, June 13, 2008

Josh Gracin Expecting Baby No. 4

Clay Aiken isn't the only American Idol alum who's a dad-to-be. Season four finalist Josh Gracin and his wife of seven years, Ann Marie, are expecting their fourth child together, the singer's rep tells OK! magazine. "We're all excited about the new addition to the Gracin clan," Josh says.

Their children, Briana, 6, Landon, 2, and Gabriella, 1, he adds, "can't wait to meet their new brother or sister." No word on a due date for the couple.

A former Marine, Josh, 27, finished in fourth place on Idol and has since found success in country music. His 2004 self-titled debut album was certified gold and spawned three top 5 hits. His second album, We Weren't Crazy, was released in April.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Woman unaware of pregnancy gives birth at party

Ally Ashwell of Newcastle, England, was bar-hopping — in a bumblebee costume — when she began to feel sick. She returned to her hotel room to find she was in labor, and the contractions came so fast she was forced to deliver in the hotel.

Ashwell’s baby, Owen, was born prematurely at 26 weeks, but doctors at the Lancashire hospital where he is being cared for are optimistic about his future. "It is very unusual for a baby to be born in this situation," a spokesman for Blackpool Victoria Hospital told BBC News. "I think Owen surprised us all by the progress he has made."


Father's Day Gift Idea: "Dad" T-Shirts

For stylish weekend comfort anytime, dads will want to live in Cafe Press' fitted tees. Lightweight for summer comfort or winter layering, he'll grab attention with the vintage fit that loves to hug skin.

But the best part? They offer over 2,000 dad-to-be-related designs, any of which can be transferred on to t-shirts, tank tops, sweats, mugs, tote bags and more. The perfect gift for the new or expecting dad!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Father's Day Gift Idea: Custom Stroller

Dads everywhere will love this. Kid Kustoms has created a range of strollers inspired by classic automobiles for your Tot. The Roddler is a new release borrowing its design cues from the glitzy grandeur of automobiles from the 1950's. Choose the style, Signature, Classic, or Kustom that suits your taste and budget.

See them all at

US life expectancy tops 78 as top diseases decline

For the first time, U.S. life expectancy has surpassed 78 years, the government reported Wednesday. The increase is due mainly to falling mortality rates in almost all the leading causes of death, federal health officials said. The average life expectancy for babies born in 2006 was about four months greater than for children born in 2005.

However, the United States continues to lag behind about 30 other countries in estimated life span, according to World Health Organization data.

Japan is No. 1 on the list, with a life expectancy of 83 for children born in 2006. Switzerland and Australia were also near the top of the list.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Father's Day Gift Idea: Diaper Dootie Tool Belt

Everything dad needs to help out with diaper dootie! The Daddy's Diaper Dootie is an embroidered three-pocket canvas tool belt filled with useful items:

* 3 Disposable Diapers/Size Newborn up to 10 lbs.
* 1 Pair of Rubber Gloves
* 1 Clothes Pin for the Nose
* 1 Pair of Goggles
* 1 Disposable Diaper Changing Pad
* 10 Pack Cottonelle Moist Wipes
* 1 Huggies Brand Soapless Washcloth and Bath Gel
* 1 Pacifier
* 1 Tylenol Caplets, Extra-Strength 500Mg/2 pack
* 1 Johnsons Baby Powder
* 1 Johnsons Baby Lotion
* 1 Ear Plugs
* 1 Boudreaux's Butt Paste Zinc Oxide Ointment for Baby's Bum
* 3 Individual Hand Sanitizer Packs
* 1 Key Rattle or similar item
* 3 Pocket White Embroidered Canvas Apron

$36.95 at

Monday, June 09, 2008

Pregnancy is linked to forgetfulness: Study

Many women believe they become more forgetful when pregnant -- a new study reveals they are right, for researchers have discovered that a hormone linked to Alzheimer's spikes during that period.

Until now, only widespread anecdotal evidence from mothers-to-be supported claims that pregnancy actually caused forgetfulness. Now, a team in Australia has replicated the effects in the laboratory.

Read the full story here.

Father's Day Gift Idea: Photo Printer

Of course your father appreciates the photos of the grandkids you e-mail daily, but he’d like them even more if he could print them out and show them off. This printer hooks up to any digital camera and — at 7.5- by-5.4-by-3.2 inches — is small enough to cart along to events. Photo paper and ink cartridge included.

$149 at Dell

Method for treating cervical lesions may pose pregnancy risks

A popular type of surgery for removing abnormal cells from the cervix -- a problem that could lead to cervical cancer if left untreated -- may put women at risk of pregnancy complications.

Women who had this procedure, known as loop electrosurgical excision procedure, or LEEP, were at greater risk of delivering preterm babies or having a low-birth-weight infant, according to British researchers.

Read the full story here.