Thursday, October 16, 2008

Michelle Monaghan nervous about motherhood

Pregnant star Michelle Monaghan has confessed she's nervous about being a mum for the first time.

"Of course I'm nervous at the prospect of all of it, but excited too," says the star of upcoming Shia LaBeouf movie Eagle Eye. "It'll be a big change, but we're really looking forward to it."

Michelle and her husband, graphic designer Peter White, are expecting their first baby this autumn, after which, the star plans to take a break from acting.

"I don't know how long the break will be but it's definitely my next project," she says.

"It's my biggest project to date. This baby is going to be my next boss. It'll dictate when I next pick up a script again and start reading. But I'm going to enjoy motherhood for a while, definitely."

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mom Brings Rabid Bat To School

About 90 elementary school students in Montana have started a series of rabies shots after a parent let them touch a dead bat that was later confirmed to be diseased.

The mother of two students gave presentations in five classrooms and allowed the kids to touch the dead bat last week. She offered each student who touched the bat a sanitary wipe.

The exposed students will receive six shots of anti-rabies vaccine.

Stevensville Elementary School officials say they will use liability insurance to pay up to $70,000 for the exposed children to be vaccinated. The overall cost could surpass $150,000.

The school has since set a policy requiring that anyone visiting the school obtain a visitor pass.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Jerry O'Connell, Rebecca Romijn Get Nursery Ready

Impending fatherhood is turning Jerry O'Connell into a real man – around the house.

"We cleared out a bedroom, actually not a bedroom, it was my aunt and uncle's old stuff," O'Connell, 34, told People magazine at Saturday's The Hills: A Staged Reading at Hollywood's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

"I had my computer and video games in there. That got cleared out for the kids. So, I'm wondering what I'm going to do with my video game stuff. But, maybe that goes out the window when you have kids."

O'Connell (who played The Hills star Brody Jenner in Saturday's show) and wife Rebecca Romjin are expecting their first children – twins – come early winter. Learning about the early stages of parenthood has been a crash course for the pair.

"Baby-proofing the house, but it's mostly getting the nursery ready," O'Connell said about their activities. "It's another room. We've got a couple cribs and stuff, so that's about it."

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Pediatricians double vitamin D recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics has doubled its recommendation for a daily dose of vitamin D in children in the hopes of preventing rickets and reaping other health benefits, the group said on Monday.

"We are doubling the recommended amount of vitamin D children need each day because evidence has shown this could have life-long health benefits," said Dr. Frank Greer, of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which released the new guideline recommendations at a meeting in Boston.

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