Pucker up, baby! Lips take center stage in infants’ brains

Researchers used brain imaging to gauge how the hand, foot and lips are represented in the brains of 2-month-olds — a much younger age than has been studied previously. It is believed to be the first to reveal the greater neurological activity associated with the lips than with other body parts represented in the infant brain. It also indicates how soon infants’ brains begin to make sense of their bodies, a first step toward other developmental milestones.
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Khloe Kardashian Says She Is ”Very Anxious” to Leave Baby True as She Returns to Work

Khloe Kardashian, True Thompson Khloe Kardashian is dreading the end of her maternity leave.
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WATCH: Tia Mowry-Hardrict Introduces Newborn Baby Girl, Cairo Tiahna Hardrict

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Actress and momprenuer Tia Mowry finally debuted her newborn baby girl on social media today. The 39-year-old took to Instagram, telling her followers her daughter’s first name “Cairo” means “victorious” and her middle name Tiahna is an ode to her namesake, Tia.

 

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This is the second child for Tia and her hubby fellow actor Cory Hardrict. Last November, Tia announced she was happily expecting after opening about her struggles with fertility and endometriosis.

“Endometriosis is a highly inflammatory condition, so I set out to remove foods from my diet that cause inflammation in the body,” Tia told Women’s Health Mag at the time.

“Once I changed my diet, I started to see change in my body. Not only did my symptoms literally disappear with endometriosis, but other ailments like migraines and eczema also went away. I started to see correlations with how food can be healing.”

Tia acknowledged that even though there were roadblocks in both her pregnancies, overcoming the trials made it all worth it.

“I find when you go through some kind of struggle, the reward is just so much greater. Now, I’m so overjoyed!”Tia said.

 

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Olympic diver Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black celebrate birth of their baby

OLYMPIC diver Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black have announced the birth of their first child with a notice in The Times.

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Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley are overjoyed at becoming dads to Robert Ray Black-Daley[/caption]

They said Robert Ray Black-Daley was born on Wednesday, after previously revealing they were expecting via a surrogate in the US in February.
At the time Tom, 24, hit back at critics who sniped at the use of a surrogate.
He said: “There are lots of people in this world that can’t have kids, whether it’s due to fertility issues or health issues, whatever it may be, I don’t think there would be as much drama if it was a straight couple.”

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The pair have not said which of them is the biological father but Dustin said they want to have “biological connection” to their child.
He said: “There was something for both of us where we felt deeply that we’d like to complete that connection first when creating our family, and to have a biological connection to our past, to bring that into our present and let that grow into the future. At least at first, for the first couple.”

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Earlier this year Daley, who has won two Olympic bronze medals, said the prospect of fatherhood had already changed him.
Dustin, 44, is an American film director and writer, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for the 2008 film Milk.

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of endangered species.
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5 ways to keep your baby smiling

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Ashleigh Evans

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Brand-new smiles are the most delicious baby milestone ever. That first big grin is enough to melt away some of the new-motherhood chaos you might be experiencing, and make you feel like you’re floating on air. It’s love! True love!

My youngest, Liam, has a grin that can light up the room…as well as a scream that can be heard around the block. (I mean, LOOK at that smile!)

5 ways to keep your baby smiling! via @Babycenter

Keeping Liam happy isn’t always easy, but when we have figured out a few tricks that make our lives so much easier.

1. Sound and movement. Music and dancing always makes babies smile. We sing all sort of songs to Liam, from nursery rhymes to invented songs using Liam’s name to ’90s hip hop (gotta love some filtered Biggie!). Musical toys like maracas or drums are always fun, too. I use music time to get in some extra cuddles too, which can be hard now that he’s on the move.

2. A comfy bum. Nothing makes a baby crankier than diaper rash or irritation. We always use Aquaphor Baby 3in1 Diaper Rash Cream during all changes to help keep redness at bay. The gentle formula spreads on quickly and cleans up easily. Aside from the diaper cream, I also love the Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment after bath time to keep his skin soft and smooth, and to keep drool-related redness at bay.

We also really enjoy the Aquaphor Wash & Shampoo for baths–and even my 6 year old’s showers. It’s a great all-in-one choice if your little one has sensitive skin and I love using the same brand across the board for Liam. We start off nice and clean after the bath, then use the ointment and 3in1 Diaper Cream. It’s the perfect combination of products!

3. Sleep. Every baby has their own sleep needs, and when they don’t get enough they always let you know. Liam is 9 months old and he gets two longer naps during the day, plus one cat nap before dinner. When he misses a nap, his smiles turn to frowns quickly. Having a quiet time daily is always helpful — try scheduling story time before naps.

4. A change of scenery. We keep different toys in each room, so when Liam seems bored, we move around. Even if we can’t get out and about during the day, I can keep him occupied with different toys or even the bowls in the kitchen. At school pick-up, Liam loves to sit in his stroller and look at the trees blowing in the wind. Inside, the front window is his favorite place to sit — he can see nature and spy on the cars driving by.

5. Make mealtime fun. Let’s be honest, baby feeding times can be rough, with messes and struggles to get them to eat. Try choosing foods that are fun for your baby to eat. When I put Liam in his highchair, he gets finger snacks before I spoon-feed him, which encourages his growing independence while I ensure he’s eating enough. Textures are always fun for babies too — try different foods and cooking methods to keep it fun. Since raw carrots are too hard to gum, we use boiled baby carrots. We also have a great mesh teether that we  put frozen fruit in, which cools his gums. Hands down, Liam’s favorite food is avocado with cinnamon–be sure to experiment with some spices too. When Liam has a full belly, he’s all smiles!

What tried-and-true ways do you get your baby to smile?

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Pregnant Cardi B’s Baby Registry Is Totally Over the Top!

To be a fly on the wall at Cardi B’s baby shower! The pregnant rapper, who is expecting a little girl with her fiancé Offset next month, registered for some over-the-top items according to a TMZ report published Monday, June 25.

The 25-year-old requested a $ 2,779 bassinet to be “completely covered in gold leaf” for an additional $ 839, per TMZ. Her list also reportedly includes a battery-powered mini Bentley.

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But the chart-topping artist also asked for more reasonably priced items, such as the $ 179.95 Beaba baby cook set. (The food maker — also a favorite with Lauren Conrad — allows parents to prepare purees and other meals for little ones in just 15 minutes.)

“Doing my registry but i wanna add gifts for myself,” Cardi B tweeted on June 21. “my baby think i need this Gucci dress. Let me stop . . . Ugh I’m so shleepy.”

The expectant mom, who had her shower this past weekend, according to TMZ, opened her presents in front of a large crowd. “I was planning to have 2 baby showers . . . One in NY and one in Atl but my doctor told me i can’t fly nomore,” she shared on June 20. “Now i have to fly 60 people to Atlanta. I always bragged about having 2 big families until now.”

Cardi B confirmed her pregnancy during a Saturday Night Live performance in April. While this is her first child, fellow rapper Offset is already father to sons Jordan and Kody and a daughter, Kalea, from previous relationships. 

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BAPE & Medicom Toy Pay Tribute to ‘Star Wars’ for New Baby Milo

Adding to the long line of collectibles in the Star Wars universe, BAPE and Medicom Toy have teamed up on a new Baby Milo vinyl toy that honors the pop culture phenomenon.

Notably, BAPE and Medicom Toy have come together for a trio of new Baby Milo figurines: two separate black and white Stormtrooper Baby Milo creations, and one standout Darth Vader iteration.

You can take a look at BAPE and Medicom Toy’s three new Star Wars Baby Milo figures above, and check out an Instagram post about the items below. For more information, check out the collaboration’s official website.

Back in November of 2018, BAPE and Medicom Toy also linked up for another collaborative figure collection involving Star Wars characters.

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7 baby carriers that won’t get too hot in the summer

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Joyce Slaton

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Baby carriers are so delightfully snuggly and cozy for infants — until the temperature soars. Then both you and the baby feel eaten alive by too-hot fabric. On the worst days, both you and your baby will be sweaty, clammy, and irritable, hardly the recipe for peaceful nap-inducing walks.

So if you have a carrying-age little one — or a summer due date — check out these cool and comfy carriers custom-made for warmer weather.

1. Moby Wrap Evolution: The Moby is arguably one of the most popular stretchy infant wraps out there, but no one’s going to accuse the original cotton knit fabric of being breathable. The Evolution changes things up with a lightweight blend of cotton and bamboo that won’t leave you misty and moist. Carry baby from 8 to 30 pounds safely.

Buy it: $ 46-$ 55

2. Ergobaby ADAPT Cool Air Mesh: Padded in all the right places and lined with moisture-wicking mesh that will keep things breathable even on the hottest days, this Performance iteration of the popular ADAPT carrier can handle babies from 7 to 45 pounds (with an infant insert for newborns), and carry babies comfortably on the hip, back, or front. We especially love the ADAPT’s large zipper front pocket, which is spacious enough to carry the holy triumvirate (wallet, keys, phone), a diaper, a spare paci, and a burp cloth.

Buy it: $ 140

3. Tula Coast Carriers: Inspired by the outdoorsy parents the carrier company sees every day at its (balmy) Southern California HQ, the Coast carriers are just like Tula’s traditional line, except the carriers’ main panel is constructed from breathable mesh rather than heavier woven fabric. Both Standard and Toddler carriers come in Coast varieties, meaning you can carry your baby in cool comfort from 15 to 45 pounds with the Standard (or from birth with an infant insert), or 25 to 60 pounds with the Toddler. Pictured: the Coast Meow Meow Standard carrier.

Buy it: $ 104

4. Baby K’Tan Breeze: Like the Moby, the Baby K’Tan is a simple-to-put-on wrap carrier that’s most popular with parents of infants. The K’Tan made its bones with the Original, a cotton knit with a one-way stretch that’s very comfy in cooler weather, but for warm spring and summer days, the Breeze is made of two fabric layers: cotton on one side, mesh on the other. You can rotate the fabric to put whichever you want next to your skin. The K’Tan works from birth to 35 pounds, no infant insert needed.

Buy it: $ 60

5. Beco Gemini Cool: Beco makes one of the most popular fabric carriers around, beloved for its cute patterns, comfort, and versatility. The Gemini’s Cool model swaps out traditional woven fabric for 3D mesh, which allows for plenty of cooling airflow. It handles infants from 7 to 35 pounds, no infant insert necessary.

Buy it: $ 129

6. LILLEbaby 6-Position Complete Airflow: Removable lumbar support and lavishly padded straps make the LILLEbaby a comfier-than-most structured carrier, suitable for long walks and day-long outings. Made entirely out of performance mesh — instead of just offering a zip-down mesh panel like the similar LILLEbaby All Seasons carrier — the Complete Airflow handles riders from 7 to 45 pounds, no infant insert required, with 6 different carrying positions on the front, back, and hip (including a front-outward carry, which many carriers don’t allow).

Buy it: $ 140

7. Evenflo Breathable Soft Carrier: If you’re used to paying $ 100 or more for carriers, Evenflo’s bargain option (also marketed under the name Marianna II) may seem to good to be true. Indeed, the straps aren’t padded as thickly as some, and the carrier’s not really comfortable enough for all-day outings. But for shorter trips, this value-priced carrier works just fine for infants 7 to 26 pounds, no infant insert necessary, while its mesh fabric keeps things cool.

Buy it: $ 26

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Mother’s attitude to baby during pregnancy may have implications for child’s development

Mothers who ‘connect’ with their baby during pregnancy are more likely to interact in a more positive way with their infant after it is born, according to a new study. Interaction is important for helping infants learn and develop.
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Baby might be first in UK to be ‘born without a mother’

A transgender man in the United Kingdom is fighting for his right to be identified as the father on his child’s birth certificate.

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Are Jordan Rodgers & JoJo Fletcher Trying To Get Pregnant? He Reveals She Has Baby Fever

JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rogers may not even have their wedding planned yet, but one thing’s for sure — kids are definitely in the picture for the ‘Bachelorette’ couple! Jordan even told us exclusively JoJo has ‘baby fever!’

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Brie Bella considering baby number 2

OHMYGOSSIP — Brie Bella is considering having another baby.
The 34-year-old professional wrestler and her husband Daniel Bryan welcomed their daughter Birdie into the world last year, and whilst Brie is just getting back in the ring after taking time off to raise her tot, she is already thinking about adding to her family once again.
Speaking about her family plans, she said: “I need to kick more butt in the ring still. [I told Daniel] next summer. In mom world that’s like really close. So, next summer.”
But the ‘Total Bellas’ star – who is the twin sister of Nikki Bella – couldn’t be happier with her life just the way it is, as she admits she’s “so lucky” to be Birdie’s mother.
She added to E! News: “I’m so lucky to have an incredible daughter, and I think it’s because I have an amazing husband. Our family is just laid back, but we just love each other so much and Birdie feeds off that.”
Meanwhile, Brie recently revealed that she would be raising her daughter on a vegetarian diet, but won’t stop the tot from eating meat if she requests it.
She said: “As of right now, I am [feeding Birdie a vegetarian diet]. The day that Birdie asks me to try meat, I won’t deny it to her.”
Brie doesn’t want to “push” her beliefs onto her daughter, and will let her make her own decisions when she gets older.
She added: “I’ll always let her know the things I believe in and why, but I’ll never push them on her. I was blessed to be raised in a family where they didn’t push a lot of stuff on me.
“I was able to find who I am today and I want Birdie to have that. I’ll educate her on why I live the lifestyle I do, but if she asks for it one day I won’t make her feel bad about it and I’ll let her try it for sure.”

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Naming a baby who died in utero can help parents heal

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Tara Shafer

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More than a decade ago, my son died in utero and I instantly shut down. I had a sense of watching myself leave my body as I prepared to deliver a baby who had died. I cannot begin to convey the contours of the sad land that day showed me.

In calm tones, a nurse asked if I wanted to name him, a question that sliced me more than any scalpel: it made my boy’s existence so real.

This idea of a name, almost above anything else, marked how far away our boy was from life. Perhaps you might be able to imagine how cavernous the emotional dissonance such a question could start, how clamorous and strange all the questions seemed, unhinged from time. Within the scope of the same conversation, I was being asked about baby autopsies and names.

As someone who has lost a child, I’m particularly moved by the complex act of naming a baby who did not reach term and died in utero. Longed for babies who were miscarried or stillborn.

It’s a buried question in the bereavement community: some parents choose to name, and others don’t. Some choose to share the name of the baby widely, others do not. My son has a name but I don’t share it widely, particularly. My reasons for this are complex.

I don’t think there is a right or a wrong thing to do, but I do think that thinking about the act of naming is important.

Why? Because unique weight lives in names. A name affirms existence and even a kind of permanence.

As we come to understand the many forms of trauma and the resilience of those capable of surviving it, we learn our stories about particular traumas evolve. No stasis applies to those living with trauma. Instead, survivors find a kaleidoscopic way to understand their experience in retrospect. Bits of glass fall in seemingly random ways and slowly a pattern can be discerned. When we move, the pattern changes again. As is true in so many other moments of life, essential truths contain multiple versions, especially truths as porous as existence.

As it happens, we ultimately gave our son a name which, had he lived, would likely not have been his name. In a moment of tragic and crushing beauty, considering a baby whom we already loved unequivocally yet who would never live among us, we gave him the name Dylan.

Writing it here, I note the great ambivalence I have both about naming and this name itself: a name which recalls his death. I note how carefully I share it here, fearing judgment about this boy, this moment, this name which I never use without care, wishing to guard some precious truth.

There is a real fear among loss moms that crucial people may not understand that a baby was named, let alone why. I fear too many references to my son’s name will reveal the rift between those who don’t understand what it means to hold a warm, dead baby and those who do. Since some might consider me morbid, I fear being stranded on a spit of land the baby-bereaved know well.

And yet this also is true: hanging on to slight memories of an ephemeral existence is harder than it seems. The banality of the everyday can wash over all. The ephemeral memories are more easily threatened than sturdier, less impermanent ones. Comb a mossy old cemetery and you’ll find lots of tiny headstones commemorating unnamed babies.

Another fear haunts me: those whose hearts have been as broken as mine will be confused by my ambivalence about his name. I am not ambivalent about the tragedy of Dylan’s loss. I have learned that happiness is hard won after loss, but possible. My heart pinches when I see incomplete family photos, yet the pinch does not steal from the joy in the life I have built.

Have you had cause to name a baby in this way? (Asking with respect and love).

Photographs courtesy of I-Stock.

 

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Chronicle Collectibles, purveyor of nifty Jurassic Park-themed toys, has unveiled the newest addition to its collection in the form of a life-sized baby velociraptor.

Baby Blue popped up in the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer and looked so adorable that Chronicle Collectibles made a life-size replica that you can pre-order today for $ 999.

The limited edition statue was made using “direct digital assets from Industrial Light & Magic” and is boasted to be the “most screen accurate representation that will ever be made.”

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In defence of Brigitte Nielson: why having a baby over 40 actually isn’t that big a deal

One older mum offers her advice to Brigitte Nielsen who is having a baby aged 54.

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So, Brigitte Nielson’s having a baby at 54. Congratulations, Brigitte! And welcome to the club for ancient mums. I’ve been a member for a while. I had my first child, Lucia, at the extremely average age of 34. Divorce and remarriage ensued, however, so it turned out that I had my second, Daisy, at 42. That already seemed pretty past it but wait for it, there’s more… Because I went on to have my third daughter, Matilda, at the grand old age of 45.

The chances of conceiving naturally – which Matilda was, in case you were wondering, which I know you were – were miniscule at that age. Using your own egg, even with assisted fertilisation, the odds are only 1 per cent (yes, you read that right. One. Per. Cent). The chances of staying pregnant were also slim – 60% of pregnancies at 45, I read fearfully, ends in miscarriage.

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But we made it and now, aged 50, I am the oldest mum in the classroom. There are more of us than ever, though – numbers of mums over 40 have doubled in the last 20 years. So Brigitte, here’s what you need to know:

1. While your friends are having grandchildren and/or affairs, you will be pushing a buggy around Co-Op (or Hollywood in your case, but you get the picture). The upside of this is that everyone will think you are younger than you are. The downside is that pushing a buggy demotes you to second-class citizen no matter what your age – although at least you do have somewhere to hang your shopping.

2. At a time when you might be expecting to focus on yourself – retrain as a landscape gardener, launch a start-up yoga app or write your long-awaited first novel – you will be learning a new skill. That of being very, very silly. This morning I had to pretend Matilda is a puppy called Fluffy who barks once for yes, twice for no, while Daisy imagined she was a cat called Mittens; I also had to talk to Matilda’s pet worm, called, um, Wormy. I know. It’s insane.

3. Exercise takes on a new meaning. Walking becomes meaningless at best, torture at worst, as you have to slow down to tortoise pace to accommodate the ladybird your child just coaxed onto her finger. You will make up for the lost calories chasing your child around with their knickers/tights/coat/shoes/hairbrush/toothbrush/flannel, however.

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4. You will lose some of your old friends who are discovering a second youth and partying too hard to be seen dead with you – quite reasonably, they will think you are too boring to hang about with any more as you have to go to bed at 9.30pm and believe that everything your child says is amazing and bears endless repetition (‘She was singing Frozen and she said “Let the strawberry jam” instead of “Let the storm rage on” – can you believe it???!!!’)

5. You will be tired. Yes, even more tired than if you were younger.

6. You will become obsessed with your own mortality – the thought that you will die before you’ve seen them all right in their lives is unbearable. This does mean you will be healthier – I now swim, run and cycle, don’t smoke and attempt to drink sensibly (although all the above does slightly drive me into the arms of Mr P. Grigio most nights, I do admit) in a bid to keep the Grim Reaper at bay.

7. There’s always an excuse to watch puppy, kitten and piglet Youtube videos, however, which is good.

Oh, and one last thing Brigitte. I don’t know if you get nits in Hollywood but if you do, Hedrin is your best bet.

Good luck.

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Cuban Doll ft. Lil Yachty & Lil Baby “Bankrupt,” DJ Mustard & Nick Jonas “Anywhere” & More | Daily Visuals 5.23.18

A few weeks ago Cuban Doll was the victim of domestic violence but luckily she’s strong enough to stay on her grizzly and today she continues to chug along on her road to riches

Linking up with Lil Yachty and Lil Baby, Cuban Doll turns a supermarket into her own personal playground in her visuals to “Bankrupt.” You kinda have to wonder if she did some grocery shopping after production on this video wrapped. We mean, might as well, right?

DJ Mustard meanwhile leaves the city life behind for a minute to link up with Nick Jonas and get turnt up in front of a 1000 inch flat screen in the middle of nowhere for the clip to “Anywhere.” Where’d they find a receptacle for that TV out in the woods?

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BIG SCOOP FT. TECH N9NE – “ON ME”

SKOOLY – “BACCSTREET BOY”

BLUEPRINT – “DON’T LOOK BACK”

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LOU PHELPS – “WANT TO (FOR THE YOUTH)”

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Kenya Moore Shares A Pregnancy-Related Post & Disables Comments After Haters Made Her Delete The Baby Bump Pic

Kenya Moore cannot think about something else, rather than her pregnancy. She even posted a photo in which she was showing a small baby bump, and she was together with her husband, Marc Daly.

But, unfortunately, after lots of haters left her horrible comments accusing her of faking her pregnancy, Kenya decided to take the baby bump pic down.

Now, she has another pregnancy-related post, but this time she made sure to disable the comments s that no more haters insult her and her family.

You can see the latest emotional post below and read the story that it shares.

#God

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This comes right after, Kenya had another message for her fans just the other day that she posted on the same social media account.

That message was supposed to help us feel encouraged and have more faith that good things will come for everyone. As we already said, she also deleted her baby bump pic after haters slammed her.

‘Keep dreaming God has your back. #god #love #peace’ Kenya captioned her latest post.

‘This speaks volumes to my spirit brought tears to my eyes THANK YOUR LORD I needed this inspiration!!!🖤🖤🖤’ one of her followers told Kenya.

‘U took ur belly photo down 😢 don’t let them haters get to u. Just shut off the comments,’ a disappointed fan noticed and advised Kenya not to care so much about the haters and their messages. It seems that she took the fan’s advice and shut down the comments.

We really hope that Kenya enjoys her pregnancy and has enough strength to not care about the haters and what they’re saying regarding her pregnancy.

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Everything you need to set up a nursing station before your baby comes

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Kelly Wilbanks

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I was four days postpartum and felt abandoned. Yes, “abandoned.” At least that’s how my hormone-induced emotional low left me feeling as I sat in the middle of my bed, a mere 15 feet from my showering husband and overly helpful mother-in-law in the kitchen. I felt alone.

I sat precariously on a hemorrhoid pillow, holding my barely sleeping infant, and felt my blood sugar crashing. I didn’t want to yell to my family in fear of waking my baby, but I couldn’t reach my water. I needed food like a starving captive and I felt trapped. I was in pain and moving an inch sent shockwaves through my throbbing lady parts. The tears fell fast and furious as I sat helpless on a donut pillow until my mother-in-law found me.

That was six years and three children ago. I’ve learned some things since then that helped me immensely with babies number two and three. Having a comfortable nursing station set up with everything you need within reach is essential.

Nursing station essentials

1. A comfortable chair: Have a designated nursing chair that fits your body size and type. The most comfortable chair in our house is my husband’s rocking recliner. The only problem is it’s built for a 6′ 3″ man and not someone a foot shorter than that. I liked being able to recline in his chair, but I don’t like that my feet don’t touch the floor.

Given that you’ll be using this chair daily it’s worth spending a little money finding something that fits you. You’ll appreciate being able to stand easily when you are stiff and sore after laboring. You’ll also want to be able to rock and snag a nap with your sleeping baby at times. I like that this one from Angel Line is wide and has an easy-pull lever on the side. (Amazon, $ 299.37)

angel-line-recliner

2. Support pillows: Everyone is aware of the Boppy pillow and I’ve loved mine. It was great not only for nursing, but later on for supporting my daughter when we did tummy time (when also I took a million pictures of her). It was also helpful when my older children were holding their new baby sister.

I’ve tried the My Brest Friend pillow and the Boppy. I didn’t like having to snap the Brest Friend pillow around my waist. I mistakenly thought that feature meant I could carry my daughter around with me, but it explicitly states on the packaging not to do that. So, for me the Boppy has remained a nursing station staple. (Amazon, $ 39.99)boppy-forest-print

3. Baby blankets: I gave burp rags a chance, but found I just reached for the closest thing available — often a baby blanket, and sometimes even the one my child is in. They do the job. I love the Aden + Anais brand because they’re breathable, and great for swaddling. They come in beautiful prints too. (Amazon, $ 34.95)  aden+anias-blanket

4. Shower caddy: Okay, this may sound a bit weird, but I like their size, shape, and portability. You could use a diaper bag, a cleaning caddy from the Dollar Store or even just a basket to keep your nursing supplies together. But whatever you use, keep it stocked with these items: water bottle, wipes, granola bars (or other easily eaten nonperishable items), binkies, nipple pads, nipple cream (coconut oil works great), and nipple shields, if you need them. The fact that it’s portable makes it easy to take to a second location, like the nursery you spent so much time perfecting.

I liked this one from mDesign because it doesn’t look like your typical shower caddy. It has firm walls, which I prefer to a bag or something that collapses when it’s less full. You’ll want to be able to easily see what you have in there. I like just having one caddy to restock. It’s easier to keep track of what you need. This one looks like it can hold all your essentials, and depending on what you need, maybe some supplies for your baby too. (Amazon, $ 15.99)

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5. A charging station: You’ll want your phone near you. Even if it’s just to capture a picture of your baby in various stages of sleep. Or maybe you want to catalogue your nursing statistics on the latest app. You’ll be thankful to have a spot to plug in your phone. Keep the remote handy too. I usually loved keeping the distractions to a minimum at times when I nursed my babies. But other times I just wanted to zone out with another episode of The Office.

This one allows you to charge multiple devices at once and includes a 4-pack of charging connectors. I like that there is a spot for my Fitbit and I could prop my phone, Kindle, or tablet up if needed. The bamboo looks sturdy too so it won’t get unbalanced easily. (Amazon, $ 25.99)

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These are my essentials. As your body (and your baby’s!) adjusts to nursing, you’ll soon be able to nurse anywhere. But be kind to yourself those first few weeks. You’ll be glad you did.

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What are your nursing station essentials?

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These little baby milestones are breaking this new mama’s heart

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Jamie Reed

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This morning I woke up to baby giggles. Not dream whimpers, not cries of discomfort, not even yells of hunger. Just sweet baby giggles and chatter. My 5-month-old was awake and was entertaining himself until I woke up. As precious as it was, I couldn’t help but feel a tiny twinge of sadness at the sight of my happy baby boy. He looked so big.

smiling baby

What was once a little baby (as little as an almost 9-pound baby can be), is now growing into a kid, and it’s so strange to see these changes take place. I’m certainly not complaining about my wake-up call, but it’s all a little hard to take sometimes.

There have been the milestones we were expecting, like sleeping through the night and rolling over for the first time, but there have been so many others, little skills and actions, otherwise insignificant moments that have surprised me and reminded me that my baby is growing up.

baby feeding himself with bottle

It’s in the way his tiny hands now reach up to hold his bottle. Those little hands that love to grasp my fingers and play with my hair, now are figuring out how to feed him and attend to his own needs.

The way he now pushes his legs to stand up. He grunts and groans until he’s up in the air and then grins so proudly. It’s adorable and wonderful and terrible all at once, this independence he’s longing for.

When he loses his pacifier but quickly finds it again, all on his own.

When he cries in the night but comforts himself before I can even reach for him, putting himself back to sleep.

All things he should be doing. All things I wanted him to do. All things that at some point in the middle of the night when he was a newborn I hoped and prayed he’d figure out so we could all sleep and function one day.

All things that are now slowly breaking my heart a little.

No one told me about these little milestones. The ones you don’t write down in the baby book, or even photograph. But I guarantee you, the first time I saw him hold his bottle on his own is forever etched in my memory.

These moments are so bittersweet. Of course I want him to grow and develop, and become more independent of me. But each new skill, each new milestone, is one step closer to my baby not being a baby anymore.

Everyone told me how fast time would go. How “the nights are long, but the years are short.” How right they were, and we’re just getting started! I blinked, and my little baby got not-so little anymore.

We’ll be approaching the 6-month mark soon. He’ll turn a year old in a heartbeat and I’ll blink a few more times to see he’s graduating high school and leaving my care. Which is just how it should be. But I think I’ll rock him a little longer tonight, just the same.

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Days after giving birth to her second child, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend introduced their little bundle of joy to the world. And to no one’s surprise, he is absolutely adorable!

On Sunday (May 20), the 32-year old posted a pic her newborn, Miles Theodore Stephens, on Instagram.

“Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens – We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles,” wrote the proud mom. “Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!” she wrote.

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Chrissy tweeted over the weekend that giving birth this time around.

That, and Miles came a few weeks early, but is doing just fine.

This is the second child for the couple. Their 2-year-old daughter Luna was born in 2016.

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My daughter recently celebrated her fifth birthday, so it’s safe to say my husband and I are pretty far removed from all of that baby human stuff.

Between a couple of moves and several attempts to clean out our garage, only one item remained from my daughter’s infancy: the stroller.

So when I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I did what any newly expectant mother would do: I panicked.

Those first-year essentials really do add up.

With our impending bundle of joy fast-approaching, I’ve made it my mission to buy eco-friendly, BPA-free, phthalate-free, non-toxic products at price points that won’t break the bank.

But unlike with my first child, when I loaded up my registry and hoped friends and family would cover costs, I’ve learned a handful of baby products are better to buy used.

To find cheap baby stuff and save nearly $ 800 on brand name products like Stokke and Baby Bjorn, I turned to second-hand sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and even the return section of Buy Buy Baby.

In total, I spent $ 310 thrifting my way on must-haves for baby No. 2 — pennies in the bucket compared to the $ 1,122 I could’ve spent buying everything at full price.

My Big Craigslist Find

Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair, retail value: $ 249

Purchase Price: $ 50

Murphy purchased the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair on Craigslist for $ 50. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

The Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair was at the top of my list. It’s European design caught my eye, but I balked at its hefty retail price. A few weeks into my highchair hunt, I stumbled across a nearby Craigslist post asking $ 200.

The price felt a bit steep but this was one I was willing to splurge on. I offered $ 160 but the seller wouldn’t go lower than $ 190 so I begrudgingly walked away. Fortunately, the key to a good deal is patience.

On a recent trip to Sarasota to visit family about two-hours from my hometown of Orlando, I bought the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair from a mom on Craigslist for $ 50.

Score! That’s a savings of $ 200.

Essentials on Facebook Marketplace

Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer, retail value: $ 168.99

Purchase price: $ 40 (Bonus: includes the Googly Eye Toy Bar, retail value: $ 59.99)

Purchased through the Facebook Marketplace, this Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer is gently-used and included the Googly Eye Toy Bar attachment for $ 60. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

With my first, we had an electric baby swing. I didn’t want to spend $ 150 or more on a bulky item I’m only going to be using for a few months, so this was my cost-saving, minimalist solution.

I found a gently-used version selling for $ 60 on Facebook Marketplace. Plus the listing included the Googly Eye Toy Bar attachment. I could see the item was listed a while ago, so assuming she didn’t have other offers, I again decided to go lower than the asking price.

My $ 40 offer was accepted. It never hurts to try for a better deal than what’s being offered!

Baby Bjorn Carrier Original in Dark Blue, retail value: $ 79.99
Purchase Price: $ 10

Murphy shows off the Baby Bjorn carrier purchased for just $ 10 on the Facebook Market place. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

This find was a straight-up steal. I purchased this item for $ 10 on Facebook Marketplace. No stains, no tears, and in excellent working condition.

That’s a savings of roughly $ 70. Talk about a bargain!

Primo Infant Bath Tub, retail value: $ 24.99

Purchase price: $ 10

The Primo Infant Bath Tub goes for a retail value of $ 24.99. Murphy was able to find it used for $ 10. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Bathtubs are another great item to buy used. I found a like-new tub for $ 15 on Facebook Marketplace, but my $ 10 offer was accepted. It never hurts to ask for a better price.

Ubbi Diaper Pail in White, $ 69.99

This Ubbi diaper pail retails for $ 69.99. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Purchase price: $ 25

A mom from the Cocoa Beach area was selling the Ubbi Diaper Pail on Facebook Marketplace. She just so happened to be passing through Orlando so we met up in a Whole Foods parking lot off of Interstate 4 to make the exchange. I like this item because it is made of steel so, in theory, it shouldn’t absorb stinky diaper smells like a plastic diaper pail. It also keeps in line with my goal of staying plastic-free/no BPA products.

Baby Bjorn Cradle, retail value: $ 349

Purchase price: $ 80

Murphy saved $ 269 on this gently-used Baby Bjorn cradle by purchasing it through the Facebook Marketplace. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

My biggest deal was yet to come. Between constant feedings and changes, having a bassinet by our bedside is a must.

I first went to buy this item in like-new condition for $ 200 on Facebook Marketplace. At $ 150 off the retail price, it was a good deal but not a great deal. Since it was the only one available in my area, I arranged the pick-up for the next morning but diligently kept searching for a better price.

That evening, I found another seller asking $ 80. For anyone keeping track, a few extra searches saved me $ 289. Persistence is key!

Scoring in The Return Section

The return, sale and clearance sections at children’s stores (think Target, Walmart, and other similar retailers) can be a gold mine for a good deal. At the Buy Buy Baby I visited, the return section was right up front.

Skip Hop Explore & More Activity Center, retail value: $ 119.99

Purchase price: $ 95

Murphy puts the pieces together for the Skip Hop explore & more activity center she purchased in the return section of Buy Buy Baby. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Aside from online deal hunting, I also perused the return section of my local Buy Buy Baby, where I saved $ 25 on this open-box item.

While these sections vary from store-to-store, check with a retail associate to find out exactly where it’s located. Just be sure you’re only buying cheap baby stuff you need, and not tempted to spend money on an item just because of the discount!

Not Every Deal is a Good Deal

Cautionary tale: I purchased a used Ubbi diaper pail from Mercari.com, but when the item arrived it was not as described by the seller and didn’t match the picture on the site. Mercari sent me a return shipping label and promptly refunded my money.

There’s no getting around it: Preparing for a new baby isn’t cheap. But my time investment — a few hours of online searches and in-store shopping — leaves me with an extra $ 788 to spend on diapers and wipes. I’ll take it!

Rachel Murphy is a former network TV news producer turned freelance writer. She lives in Orlando with her husband, two English bulldogs, curly-haired little girl, and is deal-hunting her way to prepare for baby No. 2.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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When is Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard’s baby due? Birth date and latest on the couple’s first child revealed

IT HAS been a huge year for Christine and it’s going to get even bigger as the Loose Women star is expecting a new baby.

Frank Lampard couldn’t contain his excitement as he revealed the news on Instagram – but when is the baby due? Here’s what we know so far.

Christine and Frank haven't yet revealed the due date for their first child together
Christine and Frank haven’t yet revealed the due date for their first child together
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When is Christine and Frank’s baby due?

Frank Lampard revealed that Christine was pregnant on May 16 on Instagram.

He said: “We have some exciting news we wanted to share with you. The Lampard family is growing!😀 My gorgeous wife @christinelampard is pregnant and we all couldn’t be happier!!!”

A family source said: “The family are very excited about this news.”

There is much speculation about the due date but nothing has been revealed as of yet.

Back in February 2018 that Christine spoke about the prospect of having a baby.

At the time Christine said: “If it happens, of course it will be wonderful. If not we have the two girls – and one is about to embark on her teenage years, so that is a whole other chapter about to happen.

“That is honestly where our heads are at, and we just enjoy life as best we can in between.”

"We have some exciting news we wanted to share with you."
“We have some exciting news we wanted to share with you.”

How long have Frank and Christine been married?

Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley got married on 20 December 2015.

The couple tied the knot in Knightsbridge, after meeting at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2009.

Christine, who took Frank’s surname, is now stepmum to Frank’s two daughter’s from his previous marriage.


Will it be a girl or a boy?

Frank and Christine have not confirmed any further details as of yet.

Usually, it is around the 20-week mark when doctors can tell the sex of a baby.

This probably means the couple have a little while longer until the gender of their tot can be revealed.

 

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5 things I’ve done since having a baby I was told I’d never do again

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Jamie Reed

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It’s a bit of a shock to realize my baby will be 5 months old this week. In some ways it feels as if he’s been controlling my life an adorable addition for much longer, and in other ways it’s like I only just found out I was pregnant.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all the “helpful” advice people gave me before the baby, telling me all the things I’d never do again, now that I was going to be a mom. (I wrote about that  here.)

Not only have I done ALL of the things, I’ve done them quite a bit. Moms-to-be, don’t panic. Here are the things you’ll still get to do after having a baby:

1. Go out to eat

Granted I did pretty much stay tucked away in my house for the first couple of months of my baby’s life, but that was really due to the crazy cold/flu season we experienced. Once my pediatrician said things were calming down, we broke out of the house and have taken the baby all over the place. I imagine eating with a toddler will prove challenging in other ways, but for now, he’s pretty easy to transport wherever we decide to go.

mom and baby in restaurant

2. Travel

While I haven’t taken the baby on any big trips yet, I have done a little traveling on my own recently. A few days in California were quite lovely and I was really refreshed when I got home. My husband and I also have a couple of weekend trips planned for the summer, both with and without the baby. Is it harder to travel with a baby? Sure. It helps that we have grandparents near by and a pretty content baby.

landscape from airplane

3. Sleep through the night

When I was close to the end of my pregnancy I was sharing some fears with a friend. So many people were telling me sleep horror stories (and just general baby horror stories) and they were getting in my head. My friend listened to my fears and said, “You know, some babies actually do sleep. You might get one of those.” Huh.

Even better than hearing those hopeful words? The fact that she was right.

So far, my son has always been a good sleeper. We had to wake him up in the beginning to eat. When he hit 3-4 months he was sleeping 4-6 hours at a time during the night and now that he’s 5 months old? He’s sleeping 7-10 hours solid a night! (And yes, I know that not everyone gets a baby who’s a great sleeper, but, pregnant moms, don’t panic just yet. It can happen to you!)

sleeping baby

4. Take a shower

Were there days in the beginning where I wore the same outfit for three days solid and couldn’t remember the last time I washed my hair? Definitely. But things settled down and now I’m bathing at least a couple of times of month. 😉

baby playing on mat

That play mat goes everywhere, including the bathroom while I shower and dry my hair! He’s not too sure about the hair dryer…

5. Wear something other than yoga pants

I wear sweat pants too!

Sure, some days are spent in the clothes I slept in, but in my defense that happened pre-baby too. (I work from home.) I actually like getting dressed for the day, even if the only person who gets to appreciate my outfit is an adorable drool-machine. Though I will say wearing heels again after months of flats during pregnancy has been an adjustment. I feel like I’m a kid playing dress-up.

mother and baby in clothing store

Proof I put on “real” clothes AND leave the house occasionally!

It’s been reassuring that so many things have returned to how they were. My husband and I spend our evenings making and eating dinner, catching our favorite television shows, and trying to make plans for the days ahead. As big as an adjustment a baby is (and yes, it’s a BIG adjustment), life will take on a new normal. You’ll eventually find some form of a routine, and carry on almost like you did before. Almost.

Have you managed to do any of the things people say you wouldn’t do post baby?

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You’re not alone if no one bought anything off your baby registry

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Joyce Slaton

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Practically the minute you announce you’re pregnant, as soon as everyone says a few too-personal things about your body and tells you every pregnancy/birth horror story they know, they immediately start bugging you to start a registry. Even when you say you’re busy, oh, anything they’d want to get you would be welcomed and lovely, your mom is calling you to ask “Did you get that registry set up?” and your aunties and cousins are all texting you asking for the link.

And then after harassing you to make it, nobody actually uses your registry.

Recent BabyCenter research from found that though 69 percent of U.S. moms set up at least one registry and ask for an average of 56 items apiece, yet get only half of what they register for.

Want to see in black-and-white that you’re not alone? Go to BabyCenter’s Community and search something like “nothing from my registry.” That particular combination of words gets 1.3 million results, page after page of woman saying things like “At my friend’s shower maybe 3 things were purchased off of a registry of 50 items. Everything else was clothes and blankets… So many blankets…” and “I didn’t get ANYTHING from my registry, and I ended up with a ton of bibs and Onesies that I never used.”

All that time that you spent reading online reviews of things like highchairs, car seats, strollers, baby carriers, and cribs seems totally wasted when each new visitor shows up with newborn baby outfits and a blanket. And it’s hard to be gracious when people who literally asked for what you wanted ignore your answer.

Your time wasn’t really wasted at all — you can buy anything or everything on your registry at a discount at most retailers (see our post What’s a completion discount and how can it save me hundreds on baby gear? for more on that) after a certain date has passed; and even if you don’t use a completion discount, you’ll still be glad you did your gear-shopping research when the time comes to buy whatever it is you researched.

BabyCenter’s registry trends research also found that 82 percent of first-time moms made registries, while only 59 percent of experienced moms did. Why? The most common answers given were “I don’t have to have a baby shower” and “Don’t feel comfortable registering for a second/third baby.” First-time moms were more likely to say they didn’t feel comfortable asking for presents.

First-time moms usually register for everything they need, including big-ticket items like strollers and car seats and nitty-gritty items like diapers and baby carriers, while experienced moms were more likely to have “restocking registries” asking for diapers, wipes, and bottles.

woman holding up a baby outfit

So what can you learn from all this? First, it’s fine to ask for anything you want. Even if no one gets you the big items (and only grandparents are likely to), you can still use a completion discount to get them for yourself.

Second, people mostly don’t use the registries, even though they bug you to make them. So think of them more like a shopping list for yourself, and smile politely as you open up gift boxes containing outfit after outfit your baby will outgrow in a few months. It’s truly the thought that counts — and the gift giver is thinking about welcoming your new baby and making you happy.

So enjoy your shower, enjoy your pregnancy, enjoy whatever gifts you get — and know that other moms are ready, able, and willing to commiserate with you about your registry woes.

How do you feel about registries?

This post was originally published May 24, 2017

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I’m leaving my baby for 3 whole days and I’m a nervous wreck

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Jamie Reed

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Flying 1,300 miles away this week from my tiny baby boy seems like the worst idea ever right now. But let me back up for a minute:

When I first made plans to attend this particular work conference I’m headed to, I was 8 weeks pregnant. (32 weeks away from knowing what I was in for.) At the time, I knew I’d be leaving a 4-month-old baby behind, but it didn’t seem like that big of a deal. Three nights away. Three whole nights of uninterrupted sleep. Days of adult conversation and networking lunches. Evening parties and room service. I can handle that!

And now all I can think of is whether I can actually, physically get on a plane in two days.

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I haven’t always been this way. When my birthday rolled around, 3 weeks postpartum, my husband was insistent we get out of the house to celebrate. He arranged childcare with my mom, made plans with some friends, and attempted to convince me to leave our brand-new baby home for the late afternoon and evening.

I didn’t need any convincing. I was ready to get out of the house, and, while I was a little nervous about leaving the baby, I was more concerned that I wasn’t all that concerned about it.

Was it OK to want to go to dinner and have a “normal” night with friends when you just had a baby? I felt a little guilty about my lack of worry that night, but I shouldn’t have.

The “leaving your baby” anxiety set in over the next few weeks, and now it seems like gets harder to leave him each time. I get knots in my stomach just meeting my mother-in-law to give her the baby for a few hours, knowing he’ll be an hour drive away from me should anything happen. When I drop the baby off with my mom (who lives approximately two miles away) I still insist she send me photo updates so I know my son is happy and healthy.

sleeping baby

Of course he’d have to be extra-angelic in the days before I leave. That helps a lot, kid.

There’s a part of me that’s excited for a few days away. A chance to get some rest, to spend some time focusing on myself and my work, and to know that my husband will get some extra bonding time. Then there’s part of me that pictures every possible scenario in which the baby gets sick, or hurt, and I’m over a THOUSAND miles away from him.

My head knows my son will be fine without me. He’s got two grandmas who are more than willing to pitch in so odds are he won’t miss me in the slightest. I, on the other hand, will probably be tossing and turning all three nights, hearing phantom cries and reaching into non-existent bassinets.

This isn’t the first time I’ve left my baby overnight, but the three-minute drive to my parent’s house sure sounds much more manageable for this mama’s heart.

Maybe once I get on the plane my fears will melt away and I’ll feel peace. Maybe I’ll feel confident and focused in my non-mom role for a few days. Or maybe I’ll be the lady showing baby pictures to strangers she meets in the elevator. Or the one who asks her husband to leave his phone by the video monitor overnight so I can Facetime just to watch my son sleep. (That’s probably a little extreme, right?)

baby staring out window

While the odds are slim (to none) that my baby will spend three days staring out the window looking for his mom, it’s heartbreaking just the same!

Right now, my suitcase is sitting in the middle of the living room floor, completely untouched. Taunting me like it knows it’s going right back in the closet without even being opened. I’m going through the motions of preparing to leave – cleaning, stocking up on groceries and diapers, writing lists of instructions for grandmas to follow, but there’s a big part of me that just wants to call the whole thing off.

suitcase

And yes, vacuuming that rug is on my to-do list.

I know I’d regret it if I didn’t go. I’d be missing out on something that benefits my career, plus, having a few conversations with people that aren’t about diapers or formula might be nice. This is the separation anxiety mothers of sweet, perfect, tiny babies get. And one of these days I’ll have a toddler and will probably be booking conferences left and right, just looking for a few hours to myself.

I’m 99 percent sure I’m getting on that plane. And I’m 100 percent sure I’ll cry at least three times before I do. And a few times in the air, so be warned, seatmates. Just pass me a tissue and tell me everything will be OK. I’ll repay your kindness by showing you 3,000 photos of the cutest baby on earth.

Was it hard for you to leave your baby for the first time?

All photos by Jamie Reed

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Reveal Their Royal Baby Boy’s Name!

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have revealed the name they’ve chosen for their baby boy.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles,” Kensington Palace said in a statement Friday. “The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”

While Will and Kate waited a few days before revealing their new baby’s name, that didn’t keep British oddsmakers from making predictions. William also teased his son’s name as he left the hospital. “You’ll find out soon enough,” he said with a smile.

And eagle-eyed fans even spotted a suspicious web page on the royal family’s official website with a URL containing the name Prince Albert (one of the top predictions).

Big brother Prince George was also given a name with special meaning. His full name, George Alexander Louis, was chosen with love and a nod to history.

The name George carries a lot of sentimental meaning to William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, as it was the name picked by her beloved father when he became King George VI in 1936. Alexander is believed to have been picked by the couple to honor the Queen, whose middle name is Alexandra. Louis is likely a tribute to Prince Philip, whose grandfather was Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg. Louis is also part of Prince William’s full name of William Arthur Philip Louis. It also has great meaning to William’s own father, Prince Charles, whose uncle and mentor, Earl Louis Mountbatten, was assassinated by the IRA in 1979.

 

When it came to choosing a name for their second-born child, Princess Charlotte, the royal parents paid tribute to William’s late mother, Princess Diana, and the almost 3-year-old princess’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Will and Kate represented the baby’s grandfather, Prince Charles, by going for the female version of his name. And they included Princess Diana, which was a popular choice with friends and admirers of her legacy. They also added the ultimate nod to great-granny and reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

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The baby prince was born on Monday at 11:01 a.m. at 8lbs, 7oz. Just seven hours after giving birth to her third childKate Middleton appeared (in heels!) on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital on Monday evening with Prince William by her side to introduce their new baby boy to the world.

Kate’s younger sister, Pippa, was one of the royal baby’s first visitors. Pippa, who is reportedly expecting her first child with husband James Matthews, arrived at Kensington Palace just one day after the prince was born.

Carole Middleton arrived at Kensington Palace on Wednesday to meet her newest grandson and to check in on daughter, Kate Middleton.

After the royal baby’s birth, Prince Charles released a humorous statement on behalf of himself and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

“We are both so pleased at the news,” Charles said in a statement. “It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.”

Queen Elizabeth celebrated the latest addition to her family with a quick horseback ride through the grounds of Windsor Castle, where she is staying with husband Prince Philip, who is still recovering from hip surgery.


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A joyous occasion for all! Michelle and Barack Obama congratulated Prince William and Duchess Kate on Monday, April 23, after the arrival of their third child, a baby boy.

“Barack and I are thrilled to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their newest arrival!” the former first lady wrote alongside a photo of herself and the former president meeting Prince George, who was getting ready to go to bed, back in April 2016. “We hope to meet him soon for a Kensington Palace pajama party. I’ll wear my robe!”

Former One Direction band member Liam Payne also sent his well wishes.  “Congratulations to her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge Kate and the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William on the birth of their baby boy! #RoyalBaby,” the English singer tweeted.

Ellen DeGeneres, Chrissy Teigen and Sarah Silverman also reacted to the royal baby news, but took a more comedic approach.

“It’s a boy! Kate Middleton’s new baby is now 5th in line to the throne, and season 43 of ‘The Crown,’” the Ellen DeGeneres Show host tweeted. “Congratulations to all!”

“Royal baby name pitches: Joseph, Michael, Henry, Idris, Sandy, Clyde, Butch, Grandpa Al Lewis, Jude, Bub,” Silverman wrote. (William and Kate have not revealed baby No. 3’s name, but the prince told reporters outside St. Mary’s hospital in London on Monday that they will announce the name “soon enough.”)

Pregnant Teigen, meanwhile, tweeted after the news broke that Duchess Kate was in labor: “Guys. It is time. For. VAGINA WATCH, 2018 (how WEIRD would this be???).”

Kate, 36, and William, 35, stepped out with their baby boy just hours after the duchess gave birth on Monday. The couple, who are also parents of Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, headed home to Kensington Palace.

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Alert: Kate Middleton Just Gave Birth to Baby #3—Get the Details

There’s a new royal baby in town: Kate Middleton has given birth to her third child. Kensington Palace confirmed the news this morning, stating that “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.” The new boy joins 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte. Congratulations to the new family of five! We can’t wait to catch our first glimpse at the mini royal. 

The royal family first confirmed the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy back in September, but Middleton didn’t debut her baby bump until mid-October. Since then, we’ve enjoyed her impeccable pregnancy style, from her royal trip to Sweden and Norway to her first joint appearance with Meghan Markle. (Side note: Who’s excited for the family’s next milestone, Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry?) Stay tuned as we learn more about baby #3. 

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Could you raise your baby without gender?

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Is it possible to raise a child without gender?

A recent story from New York magazine’s The Cut explores families who raise theybies — “babies whose parents had decided not to reveal their sex, who used they/them pronouns for their children, and whose goal was to create an early childhood free of gendered ideas of how a child should dress, act, play, and be.”

These are parents who know the anatomy their child was born with, which is biological sex, but reject designating the child’s gender, which is how someone identifies. (Want to know more about the difference between sex and gender? The Genderbread Person is super helpful.)

The article mostly follows one couple, Bobby McCullough and Lesley Fleishman, who were inspired by a news story about a Canadian baby born without a gender designation, and decided to raise their own baby in a more gender-creative way.

“Definitely the concept of not enforcing gender stereotypes was something that was on our radar, but we simply didn’t know or have the idea on our own to not assign the baby a gender,” McCullough told reporter Alex Morris.

The couple spoke openly to friends and family about their decision and answered questions. They found a midwife who was on the same page and was willing to not register a gender. They researched how to register a birth certificate without a gender listed and started referring to the baby only with neutral pronouns like their/they, not he/she.

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The goal was to allow the child to embrace their own identity, not to force one on them. 

“We wouldn’t tell somebody else how they should identify or who they should be or what they are,” McCullough said.

You should know that even if this idea feels new, it’s not. The classic feminist Lois Gould short story, X: A Fabulous Child’s Story, about a family who raise a gender-free child, first appeared in Ms. Magazine in 1972. The story reveals how uncomfortable people become when they don’t have a gender to assign to a person — in this case, a baby.

“When the (family) smiled and said, ‘It’s an X,’ nobody knew what to say. They couldn’t say, ‘Look at her cute little dimples!’ And they couldn’t say, ‘Look at his husky little biceps!’ And they couldn’t even say just plain ‘kitchycoo.’ In fact, they all thought the Joneses were playing some kind of rude joke.”

I read X: A Fabulous Child’s Story when I was in college, and it had a lasting effect on me. It’s also made me painfully aware of how often I say gendered things to babies. I remember one moment in particular, in which my friend’s son kicked his legs wildly, and I said, “He’s definitely going to be a football player!” — and then I stopped. If the baby had been a girl, would I have said the same thing?

It happens even with my own child, whom I’ve described on more than one occasion as “all boy,” even though I don’t know what that means exactly. I know many different kinds of boys.

A baby sits on the floor and plays with a red toy. It's unclear what gender the baby is.

I never considered raising my son in a more gender-creative way, although I’ve tried to avoid giving him obviously gendered toys and clothing. His preference is the color orange, which has made buying gender-neutral clothes easy, and I follow his lead for toys. He loves stuffed animals, unicorns and sparkly things, and he loves garbage trucks, monsters, and my old set of Hot Wheels cars too. None of those toys are inherently masculine or feminine, a point I’ve tried to drive home to him.

It’s getting more difficult the older he gets, however. My son is three now, and he likes to categorize things. He sees pictures of actresses and says, “Mommy,” and recently told a man on the street, “You are furry like my daddy.” He has already assigned genders to his own stuffed animals. Recently he said he didn’t want to dance, an activity he loves, because he said it was “for girls.”

I guess it’s just up to me to pose the question, “Why?” — then take his hand and encourage him to dance anyway.

Could you raise your baby without gender?

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What will Prince William and Kate Middleton name the royal baby?

Everyone’s placing their bets…

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s due date is this month and now the whole world is not-so-patiently awaiting the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s third baby – set to become fifth in line to the throne.

The Lindo Wing is ready, with barricades set up outside St. Mary’s Hospital in preparation for the Duke and Duchess’ arrival and their 23-strong royal birthing team is prepped and ready to go. That’s three midwives, two obstetricians, three anaesthesiologists, four surgical staff members, two special care staffers, four paediatricians, one lab technician for blood tests, and three or four managers.

The royal couple is said to be announcing the news that Kate is going into labour on Instagram for baby number 3, so until we get a social media update, royal fans have been busying themselves speculating what will happen after the birth.

Aside from predicting who the couple will appoint their new baby’s god parents (with fans campaigning for Meghan Markle to be god mother), the public’s attention has focused mainly on the royal baby name, with a lot of people placing bets.

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What will the new royal baby name be?

We won’t know the new royal baby name until after his or her arrival, but judging by the bookies, there are some top favourites to bet on. It’s hard to know where to put your money yet, as the baby’s gender is still unknown, despite some believing that Prince William may have let the gender slip earlier this week, overheard joking that he wanted to name the baby ‘Jack’ after an Aston Villa player.

According to the multiple sources, the most likely royal baby names are Philip for a boy and a toss up between Mary and Alice for a girl. All the names are traditionally royal, with a number of past Princesses and in some cases Queens bearing the names Alice and Mary, and Philip being a tribute to Prince William’s grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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What is the most popular royal baby name for a girl?

Mary 3/1

Alice 4/1

Victoria 8/1

Elizabeth 12/1

Alexandra 16/1

Grace 16/1

What is the most popular royal baby name for a boy?

Henry 8/1

Albert 12/1

Arthur 12/1

James 16/1

Philip 16/1

Frederick 16/1

Alexander 20/1

Edward 33/1

It looks like we’ll have to wait and see what they decide.

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Is space-saving baby gear worth it?

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Is space-saving baby gear worth it? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, YES!

I’m so over the baby junk taking up half of my garage, my whole family room, and the baby’s room. I think I would have a million kids if it weren’t for the baby gear. And maybe how pregnancy wrecks my body. Anyway, I wish I had bought all space-saving gear from day 1, baby number 1. Sometimes it’s a little more expensive, sometimes a lot more expensive, but I bet it would have all been worth it.

I have four kids and a car that only fits them all with the third row up. That leaves a trunk about 12 inches deep. With a stroller in the trunk there’s isn’t room for even one bag of groceries.

I found the perfect solution and boy is it worth every penny! The Doona car seat stroller is an infant car seat that becomes a stroller.

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It is so innovative that it’s hard to explain or even understand. The future in baby gear is so cool it’s hard to believe it’s real. Check out this video here to see it in action:

I get stopped multiple times a day by people of all ages to ask about this car seat stroller combo. While the baby is safe and comfy inside and out of the car, the true benefit is for the parent. After lugging three babies around in their car seats my back hurts regularly.

With the Doona, I am never carrying a car seat for more than the few seconds it takes to snap it into the car base. The wheels pop out so quickly and effortlessly that I wheel baby Daniela around everywhere. The only strange thing I had to get used to is that the baby is not at hip height like in other strollers. Instead, the car seat sits about knee high. The plus side to that is that the stroller is fun for my kids to push too!

With the car seat and stroller in one piece, I now have a trunk free to fill up with my weekly groceries and the older kids’ sports equipment. Win/win for everyone.

Other space-saving baby gear I love?

* BabyBjorn Bouncer (Amazon, $ 199.95)
* Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat (Amazon, $ 34.99)

I have earned my wings as a wise old mom now that I have four babes, and as a wise old mom I say buy the space-saving gear. Buy it even if you have a big house. Buy it even if you think you’d rather have 5 baby swings instead of one perfect baby bouncer. When you have to store those things between babies, you will appreciate not taking up your whole garage with it. If you end up with four kids and basically no trunk, you will be thankful to have the space-saving car seat stroller. I wish I knew then what I know now.

The Doona car seat stroller solved one problem in this busy mom’s life. Now if only I could find a machine to wash, fold, and put away all my laundry for me.

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Khloe Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl

Congratulations are definitely in order!

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It has been announced that Khloe Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl today, with multiple reports confirming the news.

This is the 33-year-old’s first baby with Tristan Thompson, with Tristan as well the Kardashian family said to have been present at the birth, which took place at a hospital outside Cleveland.

While Khloe is yet to confirm the news, it looks her show has, with the official Twitter handle for Keeping Up With the Kardashians posting a congratulatory message to the KUWTK star.

‘Congrats to our girl @khloekardashian on her baby girl! 🍼💕#KUWTK,’ read the tweet.

While welcoming a baby is a happy life milestone, Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have found themselves at the centre of some nasty ‘cheating’ speculation this week, with video footage appearing to show the NBA player getting pretty close to a number of different women.

Many as a result have since been questioning whether he has been unfaithful to Khloe, with reports that the Kardashian family have since been ‘rallying around’ Khloe for support.

Khloe announced the pregnancy back in January, when she was six months along, breaking the news on social media in true Keeping Up With The Kardashians style – and now that she has arrived, we can’t wait to see her!

Congratulations to Khloe!

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Travis Scott ‘Blessed’ To Have Kylie Jenner And Baby Stormi In His Life — Incredibly Moved To See His Mother Hold Her Granddaughter For The First Time

We hear that Travis Scott has a new appreciation for being a father and family man. The rapper was touched to see his baby daughter with Kylie Jenner, Stormi meet his family in Texas. One source explained that ‘Seeing Stormi […]
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How to become a morning person if your baby doesn’t respect night owls

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Maggie Downs

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I thought I’d always be a night owl. I imagined people were born either night people or morning people, and that’s just the way it was.

When I was in college, I regularly pulled all-nighters, and it wasn’t a big deal. I preferred it. I thrived on working through the silence and darkness, knowing that as the world slept, I was still awake and alive.

After college, I continued to live my life long into the wee hours. When other people yawned, I was just getting started. I had a membership to a 24-hour gym, and sometimes I’d work out at 3 a.m., having not gone to bed yet and not tired enough to sleep.

Then I had a baby.

But he wasn’t just any baby. He was a child who woke up at 5:45 a.m., as consistently as if I had set him like a clock. He was — GASP! — a morning person.

I tried blackout curtains, thinking that the morning desert sunshine was the problem. It wasn’t.

I tried messing with his bedtime. (Although I was reluctant to mess with it too much. He was going to bed easily and sleeping well, so why change anything?) No matter what time he went down, he stubbornly woke up between 5:45 and 6 a.m.

It was clear the thing that had to change was me. I had responsibilities as a mother that I couldn’t meet as a night owl — that is, a sleep-deprived zombie mom. A mombie. I had to start waking up early and not dragging through the day.

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So I became an early riser, something I didn’t even know could happen.

But it is. I’m here to tell you with confidence that it’s possible to make yourself over into a morning person. I’ve done it. And now I’m one of those disgustingly happy people who shows up early for breakfast. I haven’t even hit a snooze button in more than two years. (Then again, my child is my alarm clock. But still.)

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In fact, I often find myself waking before my son gets up, so I can still enjoy the silence and darkness of the night — only now I’m on the other end of it. I read, I respond to emails, I do some writing. It’s a quiet space that I’ve carved out for myself, and I have to admit it’s the very best part of my day.

For me, becoming a morning person was a matter of trial and error. I forced myself into bed earlier. I stopped taking naps. I tried various herbs and supplements that I am not qualified to tell you about. I also started drinking insane amounts of caffeine in the mornings. One time I made instant coffee by mixing coffee with instant coffee instead of water, which I do not recommend unless you enjoy heart palpitations.

What I really could have used is this article, “Is it possible to become a morning person?”, created by Mattress Advisor. (While you’re at their site, don’t miss their amazing sleep guide for parents. It’s pretty exhaustive, from how to establish a healthy bedtime routine for your child to sleep problems that arise with age.)

Among the morning-person makeover advice: Establish a bedtime routine for yourself, minimize nighttime commitments, and wake up to natural light. They even include motivation for rising and shining.

It’s something I wish I would have had back when I was snorting espresso. (Don’t do that.)

Are you a night owl or an early riser? Which one is your child?

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Kate Hudson Announces She’s Pregnant With Her Third Child, A Baby Girl

The 38-year-old actress is expecting a child with her boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa.
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This Time It’s Real: Tyrese And His Wife Expecting A Baby Girl

If you remember, during his full-fledged breakdown last year, Tyrese ranted about his wife being pregnant. Turns out, it wasn’t true. But now, Tyrese and his wife, Samantha Gibson, are expecting after a year of marriage. The couple told their story to People.com.

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“Both of our love and energy and magic and families are bonded forever because we’re going to have this child,” Gibson, 39, raved in a joint interview with his spouse. “It’s unbelievable.”

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Samantha, a 29-year-old social worker, learned she was pregnant with their daughter in late January, not long after they began trying to conceive. Minutes after her positive first test — and before she could even plan out a surprise for her husband — Gibson arrived home, and they celebrated together.

“It was me screaming and just being overly excited and just fired up about the news,” he says.

Friends and family were equally enthusiastic. Samantha and Gibson spread the news with help from a faux movie trailer, which Tyrese narrated, that transitioned partway through into footage from Samantha’s ultrasound.

“There was no greater reaction than her mom’s reaction,” Gibson says of his wife. “Samantha is her only daughter, and this has been prayers for years and years, for her to get married and find the right one and start a family.”

 

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Now in her second trimester, with their baby due in September, Samantha says she’s been in “full practicing mode” with 10-year-old stepdaughter Shayla, “[whom] I consider mine.”

And the spouses don’t expect any sibling rivalry. According to Samantha, Shayla’s “been asking for siblings since I’ve known her.”

Though Samantha plans to give birth in Los Angeles, where they also have a home, they will raise their new daughter primarily in Georgia, in the same house where they wed last February.

“We were able to conceive at the right time, I believe,” Samantha says. “There was a lot that happened last year — everyone is aware of that — and so to have the opportunity to … really start a new chapter in the way that has happened, I just look to God and I’m like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe that you would plan it this way and you do it so perfectly.’

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Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, has a problem and he is pretty sure that Jimmy Kimmel can help him solve it.

The Rock stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night to ask Kimmel for help. “We’re expecting probably within the next two weeks, so I’m on code red high alert,” he told Kimmel.

“As of now, the doctor said it looks like we’re gonna be OK. The baby should be born when it’s due, which is April 25.” There’s one small problem, though: The Rock is in the middle of a press tour for his new film Rampage and has to be away from home. If the baby comes early, as babies frequently do, Johnson is worried that he won’t make it back in time to be in the delivery room when his girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, gives birth.

Johnson needs someone on call to step in and lend a helping hand on his behalf if he can’t make it. That’s where Kimmel comes in. “I’m going to need a doula that’s going to help me deliver and, well, it’s gotta be you,” he told Kimmel.

Since no one says “no” to The Rock, Kimmel quickly agreed. “I’d love to be the doula,” the host said. “I’d be more than happy to fill in for you. I will wear one of your outfits—the whole thing.” That’s what friends — and late night talk show hosts — are for, apparently.


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The Easter bunny brought more than just Easter goodies for the kids because Lance Gross fans received the news that he and his wife Rebecca are adding to their little family.

A picture posted to both of their Instagram accounts shows the Lance,  little Berkley and a very pregnant Rebecca in a classic picture with the Easter bunny.

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With the caption, “#Andanotherthing Happy Easter From Gross Family 🐰🐢,” and a clever tag to Lance’s Instagram page placed on Rebecca’s tummy.

Fans were elated with the news; some commenting, “Awwww, I love it! Congrats! #blacklove,” or, “Congrats to you both! How exciting that lil Turtle will be a big sister.”

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Should you, would you, take your baby to a brewery?

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Laura Falin

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I live in Colorado, where we take our craft beer seriously. I even get annoyed with memes about moms and wine in part because some of us prefer a nice, hoppy IPA or a tasty chocolate stout instead. Denver is constantly opening new craft breweries and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Most breweries we frequent are low-key establishments. They don’t serve food, so you’re allowed to bring in your own from home or from a nearby food truck or restaurant. People sit at long tables, picnic-style, and chat or play games or watch the Rockies. It’s a great, laid-back way to spend a weekend afternoon.

And yeah – many of us bring our kids.

We usually pack the kids a snack, and we’ll order them a soft drink or house-brewed root beer if it’s available. And they hang out and play board games or cards. My 4th grader brought his homework once. Last month, we discovered Girl Scouts selling cookies at our neighborhood brewery. We never got to the point of having our baby’s birthday party there, but I can see the argument for it. If your child has no idea they’re turning one, and their friends also have no idea what’s going on (because they’re babies), shouldn’t the adults at least enjoy themselves?

Parents are starting to get some pushback now. Some adults would like breweries to only be for those old enough to actually drink the beer. And some breweries are even cracking down, with special kid hours and rules for parents.

I view breweries like I view restaurants. You can generally tell which restaurants are family-friendly because they have highchairs and kid menus and other children milling around. They have non-breakable glasses and wipeable tablecloths. And you can always check Yelp reviews to help you out if you’re not sure.

Breweries are much the same – kid-friendly ones have plenty of space for families, and board games to play, and soda offerings as well as the beer. They just have a kid-welcome vibe about them that establishments for adults don’t…and if you’re uncertain, a little online research can usually tell you in less than 5 minutes. I also think there’s a big difference between neighborhood pubs or breweries and bars – I can see the arguments for no babies in bars (though I did that once or twice, too!). But breweries are much more relaxed.

As long as we’re all being considerate, babies and kids in breweries are no big deal…and are actually a lot of fun. And if anyone’s having a children’s party at one, add me to the guest list.

Would you take your baby to a brewery?

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Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Dote Over Baby Stormi at Easter Party: Video

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So sweet. Kylie Jenner and her boyfriend, Travis Scott, marveled at their daughter, Stormi Webster, at an Easter party on Sunday, April 1.

In Snapchat videos posted online by a fan account, the Lip Kit founder could be seen sitting next to the rapper as he held the 2-month-old, who was born on February 1. At one point Jenner leaned over to touch her baby’s head before leaning into Scott.

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Another video showed the “Goosebumps” rapper cradling his baby girl before going in for a kiss. Stormi, who was dressed in a pale pink outfit, appeared to be transfixed by her daddy. “The way she’s staring at you —” someone could be overheard saying in the video.

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The Kardashian-Jenner clan, including momager Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian and her children with ex Scott Disick, and Kim Kardashian and her kids with Kanye West, gathered together for an over-the-top celebration that featured a table loaded with sweet treats, as well as rainbow-colored grilled cheese sandwiches, a petting zoo with bunnies and ducklings, and a giant slide.

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Videos posted to Snapchat by the siblings showed North West, 4, holding a duckling, while Penelope, 5, and Reign Disick, 3, took to the slide with their Auntie Kylie.

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The extravagant decorations included as a larger-than-life pink Easter bunny made of flowers by florist to the stars Jeff Leatham.

One person who was absent from the celebration was mom-to-be Khloé Kardashian. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, who is expecting her first child with Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson, is in Ohio, where she’s set to give birth to the couple’s daughter very soon.

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It’s not just leakage, I had a baby and pee my pants on the regular

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Becky Vieira

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I guess it wasn’t temporary. I pee my pants all the time since I’ve had a baby. Yes, it’s the sneeze-and-leak variety. But also the “Oops, I completely peed my pants and need to change everything from the waist down” type.

I knew my body wouldn’t escape pregnancy unscathed. Stretch marks. Varicose veins. My linea nigra never fully disappeared. It’s basically part of our family now.

And my poor bladder. With all that added pressure I was peeing frequently and leaking. I expected it to return to normal a few months after my son was born. This was nothing that time and some Kegel exercises couldn’t cure, right? Wrong.

I actually pee my pants. Often. 18 months after my son was born. And it’s not showing signs of improvement.

Laundry on bathroom floor

I’m embarrassed, feeling like the only one that still can’t control her bladder. And this far beyond postpartum? It should be under control by now. Can someone tell me when my bladder will stop evacuating itself involuntarily?

The reasons are twofold. Obviously, my bladder just isn’t what it used to be. You can’t put one of your body’s organs through what a bladder endures during pregnancy and not expect permanent repercussions.

Secondly, it’s due to toddler mom chaos. My time ceases to be my own. I’ll need to go, but get busy doing something with or for my son. Before I realize it two hours have passed. Suddenly that feeling is more of an urgent insistence from my bladder. Next thing it’s “Oops, I peed my pants.”

It makes me laugh, feel gross, want to cry…all of the above.

I’ve stocked up on panty liners and feminine wipes, which fill a pocket in my diaper bag right next to my son’s diaper wipes. I’ve almost confused the two on occasion.

Fortunately it’s not a daily occurrence. In fact, I’ve actually gone weeks without an accident. Yes, I refer to them as accidents, the same as a potty training tot would say. I hope I can appreciate the irony when the time comes to potty train my own son and we’re both peeing our pants.

The degree of embarrassment is determined by three factors:

  1. How much I pee
  2. Where I am when it happens, and
  3. Who is with me — or who am I unable to hide it from

The light bladder leakage — or LBL as the marketing folks cutely refer to it in ads for liners — is the best scenario. A sneeze or laugh are often the impetus. And it’s handled with a liner. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still horrible. But if it has to happen, this is how I want it to go down.

Anything beyond LBL can’t be sugarcoated. It means I’ve peed my pants. Hopefully it hasn’t gone beyond my underwear. Sometimes it does. In that case I pray the wet spot can’t be easily seen. Or I grab something to tie around my waist.

Like real estate, location is key in the pants peeing game. If I’m at home it really doesn’t matter if it’s LBL or a complete and total urine drench. My son is used to me saying “Mommy’s wet her pants…again,” before I head to the bathroom to get cleaned up.

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Out in the wild it’s another story. It’s not only where, it’s how far I am from home. How many hours into my outing. Did I just leave the house? Or is the day winding down? Either way, I’m hightailing it home. It’s just less frustrating at the end of a dinner out versus the appetizer course.

Then there’s the company I’m with. My inner circle knows. Luckily I haven’t had any incidents beyond that. I’ve become more strategic as to when I consume my daily water intake. And carry a spare pair of underwear in my diaper bag (all hail the multipurpose diaper bag).

I’m not accepting defeat. I’m keeping up with the Kegel exercises. Going straight to the bathroom when I feel the need, not hours later. Cutting back on caffeine and eating less spicy or acidic foods.

My ob-gyn is aware, and doesn’t think this will last forever. It just feels that way at times.

On the bright side, my bathroom has never been cleaner. At least I have that.

For more mom moments, follow me on Instagram at Witty Otter.

Have you had bladder problems after the birth of your child? What tips can you share?

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Images by Becky Vieira

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This is What Expecting Parents Need to Know About Toys R Us Baby Registries


It’s not just generations of Toys R Us kids who are bummed about the retailer’s upcoming closure of more than 800 stores.

Expectant parents are now realizing their baby registries are kaput.

As Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores around the country prepare to liquidate, people are rushing to adjust their methods of requesting baby registry gifts from family and friends.

Melissa Orseno of St. Petersburg, Florida, suspected something was wrong with her Babies R Us registry several weeks before Toys R Us announced its bankruptcy filing.

She spent three hours in the store scanning items she wanted. But she kept noticing things were being discontinued in the weeks to follow.

Then last weekend, shortly after Toys R Us announced it would close all its stores, Orseno logged back into her registry. Every single clothing item was out of stock. She checked again later; the diapers were out of stock, too.

Current Babies R Us registry holders may access their registries, but a press office email autoresponder noted, “We encourage you to save or write down the products on your registry as soon as possible so you will have a list of those products you wanted before the registry is turned off.”

While the store stated that new registries could not be created, the option to do so is still available on the retailer’s homepage.

Orseno said she hasn’t received any notification from Babies R Us about the status of her registry. In the meantime, she’s transferred everything over to Buybuy Baby and told upcoming baby shower guests — she’s due in June — that she’s moved her wish list.

New Parents Must Seek Registry Rewards Elsewhere

Shopping at Toys R Us and Babies R Us came with perks.

The “R”Us rewards program offered one point for each dollar spent at Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores. After earning 125 points, participants received a $ 5 reward coupon.

The chain’s press office noted that rewards coupons are no longer valid as of March 22; users may see points accruing in their account, although they’re not valid.

Meanwhile, Babies R Us shoppers could earn 10% back on purchases made through their registries. New parents automatically received an electronic gift card about 12 weeks after their baby’s due date.

Endless Earnings e-gift cards will be accepted through April 21. Orseno suspects she’ll never see the $ 124 she had already earned. She said the rewards program, along with store availability, had made Babies R Us the best choice for her.

Affected stores are notifying customers who have items on layaway, letting them know they have 21 days to pay the balance or get a refund on their deposits.

“If the customers don’t take any action, the liquidators will have the right to sell the product as part of the liquidation after the 21 day notice period,” the email stated.

Gift cards for both stores will be honored through April 21, but all purchases made during the liquidation process beginning March 23 are final sale.

Parents have several alternatives. Buybuy Baby is offering free pacifiers to those who transfer their registries to the store, which is a part of the Bed Bath & Beyond family. The Washington Post also noted that online registry hub Babylist is offering a $ 10 credit to those choosing their next best option.

Target, Walmart and Amazon also offer baby registries.

Orseno said that while BuyBuy Baby’s prices are slightly higher than Babies R Us, its registry is “so much easier to use. It’s fast,” she said, “and it provides a list for thank-you notes.” She said deliveries from Babies R Us had taken weeks to arrive.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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RHOA’s Eva Marcille Threw A Royal Baby Shower To Celebrate The Arrival Of Her Little Prince – Look At The Sweet Pics

RHOA’s star Eva Marcille celebrated the arrival of her baby boy, and she organized the sweetest baby shower this weekend. The party was indeed fit for a king. She and her beloved fiance Michael Sterling threw a royal baby shower, […]
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John Stamos Hilariously Shares Photo of Himself with a Faux Baby Bump: ‘Can’t Wait for Fatherhood’

John Stamos “can’t wait” to become a father as he shared a funny Instagram photo of himself wearing a fake baby bump.

The Fuller House actor couldn’t help but crack a joke with an old photo of himself on the set of Full House wearing a white T-shirt with the words “Bun in the Oven” written across it.

Stamos, 54, who is expecting his first child with wife Caitlin McHugh, expressed his humor and excitement at his impending fatherhood in a sweet caption, writing, “This is the longest 9 months of my life! #cantwait 4 #fatherhood.”

The couple tied the knot on Feb. 3 in Studio City, California, a source told PEOPLE. The reception was held at Stamos’ home in Beverly Hills.

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McHugh wore a white, strapless ballgown with a tulle skirt, while Stamos wore a black tux. A source told PEOPLE, “Caitlyn looked absolutely stunning in a princess dress.”

“They exchanged vows in front of family and close friends. It was a very touching ceremony. There were tears but mostly smiles. John and Caitlyn looked very happy.”

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Stamos proposed to McHugh after almost two years of dating in October 2017 at Disneyland — one of McHugh’s favorite places. She is an active Disneybounder, a superfan who dresses up in character at the amusement park.

“The happened. Then I said, I better have a ring on her finger because it’s the right thing to do, and I wanted to marry her anyway,” Stamos told PEOPLE exclusively in December. “So I called her parents to ask, and it was like, ‘You better!’”

“She loves Disneyland and , I got on my knee and asked her,” Stamos said. “I pulled the ring out. I don’t know how she did it, but she went to hug me and slipped her finger right in it. When the park closed, we ran around the park in our Disney onesies.”


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When did you feel like yourself again after having a baby?

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Maggie Downs

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A couple weeks ago I was driving home through the desert, listening to one of my favorite podcasts, “The Longest Shortest Time.”

The episode was called “The Parents’ Guide to Affairs,” and the guest was Esther Perel, a couples therapist.

About 10 minutes into the podcast, Perel said that most women who seek affection elsewhere are motivated by a search for the women they used to be.

“I can tell you that one of the main motives in female infidelity in families is the lost self. Now that doesn’t just occur around infidelity,” Perel says. “Often this person does not want to leave her partner. What she wants to leave is the person she has herself become. And what she wants to connect with is not just another person, but she wants to reconnect with another version of herself.

Instantly I felt as though I had been socked in the gut. I pulled the car to the side of the road. My eyes filled with tears.

I am not unfaithful, so what Perel said wasn’t relevant to my marriage. Rather those words resonated because it was the first time I’ve heard someone articulate how I feel as a mother.

The author stands on a beach with a wide sun hat and holds her baby, who is clad in a swimsuit and straw hat

Since having a child, I inhabit a different body. My days look dramatically different. My brain is consumed by an overwhelming sense of responsibility. I am stronger in some ways, but also more vulnerable in many others. Sometimes — okay, often — I forget the woman I used to be.

I assumed that after the baby, I’d revert back to the person I was before, the way the body snaps back to slip on an old, comfortable pair of jeans.

The author, skydiving

Now I understand it’s not that easy. The body always carries the knowledge of pregnancy, whether it’s through stretch marks, wider hips, or breasts that have taken on a new shape — and it’s the same for the mind, soul, and heart.

My son is almost 4 now, and I’m not anything like the version of Maggie I used to be. (Obviously. Otherwise I wouldn’t have pulled my car to the side of the road and cried when a therapist said that women grieve their lost selves.)

There are parts of me that I’d like to reclaim and that I will continue struggling to regain, and there are parts of me I’m happy to bid adieu. But at least now I know I’m not the only one who experiences this.

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BabyCenter recently posed a similar question to the people on our Facebook page: When did you start to feel like yourself again after your baby was born?

Here’s what some mamas had to say:

• When she turned 4 and was a lot more independent, I felt the “old me” coming back. Now that she turned 6, I feel like “myself” again….but it’s not the same self before I had her…a much More improved self of myself if you get what I mean? I am so scared of having another because it took so long to find myself once again.

• I scrolled too fast and read this as “When did you feel like a unicorn?” So … my first is 5, and I hallucinate unicorns apparently. So still not normal.

• Never. My son is six, and I feel like I am a completely different person. It’s not a bad thing — I loved me then, and I love me now, but life and its meaning changes so much when you become a parent.

• I feel like when you have a child, you yourself change so very much that you become a new version of yourself.

• It’s like you’re a born a new you. What helped me was getting back in routine slowly going out to stores again, getting dolled up things you used to do.

• I feel like I am a different person, but to be honest I kind of like this person. I am more active, organized, not as lazy, loving, even social. Kind of always kept to myself and could lay on the couch for hours. Now, I feel like I do so much more.

• Lol. People go back to feeling like their selves after having a kid? I still get no sleep even when my boys are sleeping, because I stay up either getting their stuff ready for the next day or I stay up watching them sleep, thinking to myself how lucky I am. I can’t go back to being myself because myself is now a mom to two wonderful boys.

• My daughter is gonna be 15 years old next month and I still don’t feel like the same person I used to be. But don’t get me wrong, I have never been a better person than I am now, and it’s all because of her.

When did you feel like yourself again after having a baby?

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Ex-NBA Player Glen “Big Baby” Davis Arrested For Selling Hella Weed

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Ex-NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis was arrested for allegedly selling a gang of weed out of a hotel room. The former NBA champion got popped at a Hampton Inn in Maryland. 

Per ABC Baltimore, Big Baby actually got pinched last month and that was the start of the struggle.

According to court records, the hotel owner smelled marijuana coming from Davis’ room on February 7th.

When the owner knocked on room 208, someone inside the room told him to “F*@# off!”

Aberdeen police then responded to the hotel and Davis gave signed consent to search his room

“They recovered 126 grams of marijuana,” said Aberdeen Police Lieutenant William Reiber, “In addition to that there was a brief case that contained 92,164 dollars of U.S. currency along with a ledger that contained language which is consistent with someone involved in the sale and distribution of narcotics.”

The ledger was of names of people of who owed money along with baggies for individual packaging of a quarter pound of marijuana.

The strains were called “Sour D” and “Berry,” all from a Los Angeles wholesaler court records show Davis told police he was in business with.

Davis was eventually charged with seven counts of drug possession and distribution, weeks later.

Big Baby says he is innocent and is due back in court next month. His last NBA action was for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015.

Since the news is out, Big Baby posted a response. See on the flip (Note: It didn’t really help his cause). But the Popeye’s did look delicious.

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Khloe Kardashian’s baby registry is just as extravagant as you’d expect

Two words. Baby. Couture.

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Khloe Kardashian’s extravagant and overwhelmingly pink baby shower took over the internet this weekend, with Amazon pulling out all the stops to give her the best sponsored baby bash ever. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star celebrated in style with gorgeous pink balloons, neon signs and naturally her beau Tristan Thompson, though it was her baby registry that really got tongues wagging.

The pregnant star revealed her Amazon baby registry in a sponsored post on Instagram, which was surprisingly down to earth. It was divided into ten different categories covering everything from nursery to bathtime essentials, with prices ranging from USD$ 10 for baby wipes all the way to $ 495 for a Dyson air purifier.

Although Amazon claimed that Khloe was exclusively using their registry service, Khloe’s more extravagant side came out to play after TMZ alleged she was using Couture Kids’ registry service – bring on the baby Versace.

See the highlights from Khloe’s registries below and where to buy them, if you’re so inclined. Anybody got a spare thousand pounds lying around?

Dyson Pure Hot Cool Link Air Purifier

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Priced at £439.99, available from Amazon

Buy now

Bambo Nature Nappies

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Khloe said, ‘I know I’ll go through wipes like crazy on my baby’s tushy so I wanted to make sure I had the best possible for her sensitive skin.’

Priced at £6.57, available from Amazon

Buy now

4moms Cleanwater Collection Infant Baby Bathtub

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‘I am so looking forward to the routine of winding my daughter down with a warm bath and getting cosy for bedtime,’ Khloe said.

Priced at £594.44, available from Amazon

Buy now

Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon

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Priced at £10.82, available from Amazon

Buy now

Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter

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Priced at £13.62, available from Amazon

Buy now

Givenchy Black Leather Jacket

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Priced at £1039, available from Couture Kids on Robertson

Buy now

Young Versace White and Pink Medusa Baby Blanket

Priced at £225, available from Child’s Play Clothing

Buy now

One thing’s for sure, the newest addition the Kardashian clan is going to be one of the best dressed tots around.

Do they make that Givenchy jacket in an adult’s size?

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Sam Faiers breaks down in tears as she worries baby Paul will feel left out over baby sister

SAM Faiers breaks down in tonight’s episode of The Mummy Diaries as she worries about son Paul feeling left out.

The former Towie star welcomed second child – daughter Rosie – in November last year, and has documented her life as a mother-of-two in the new series.

Sam Faiers bursts into tears in tonight’s episode of The Mummy Diaries
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But tonight, Sam will be seen in floods of tears as she breastfeeds Rosie as she frets about her eldest child Paul, two, being overlooked.

Tearing up, she says to boyfriend Paul Knightley: “I’m feeling for Paul. I don’t want him to feel…

“Not that he ever would as you’ve given him more attention than I think he has ever had…”

Paul does his best to reassure his partner, telling her: “He’s had your undivided attention forever.”

Sam tears up as she worries son baby Paul will feel left out now she’s had a second baby
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Sam breaks down as she chats to boyfriend Paul Knightley while breastfeeding daughter Rosie
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Sam frets her two-year-old son Paul will feel left out
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But his words make Sam burst into tears as she cradled her newborn daughter.

“I’m fine,” she says, adding: “It’s hard to talk about it because I love them so much.

“You don’t want them to ever feel left out.
“Then I look at her because I don’t want her to not have any attention.”

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Sam wants to make sure both her children get enough attention
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The couple welcomed their second child in November last year
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The preview clip comes after Sam shared a throwback picture to when she gave birth to Rosie.

Sam shared a snap from her home water birth last November, writing on Instagram: “I had such an amazing home birth with Rosie.

“The most precious indescribable time of your life, bringing a baby into the world.”

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The snap showed her cradling her newborn as her boyfriend Paul supported her from behind.

Sam recently admitted she thought she couldn’t get pregnant while breastfeeding.

However, in the first episode of the new series of The Mummy Diaries, Sam revealed Rosie was a surprise.

Sam Faiers admitted she thought breastfeeding was a contraceptive on tonight's Mummy Diaries
Last week Sam admitted she thought breastfeeding was a contraceptive on Mummy Diaries
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Sam said she thought nursing her son Paul a contraceptive.

Speaking to the camera alongside her partner, she said: “I didn’t think you could get pregnant while you’re breastfeeding.”

She also told OK!: “Yeah, she [Rosie] was actually [a surprise]. I honestly didn’t think you could, it is [breastfeeding] a natural form of contraception – they say.

The Mummy Diaries airs tonight on ITVBe at 9pm. 


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Clean up on Discounted Baby Supplies and Half-Price Diapers This Week


In my experience trying to frugally survive my first few years of parenthood, I’ve come to realize that many baby products marketed to parents are not really necessary.

Diapers, however, are a definite need.

Unless you have hand-me-down cloth diapers or your baby is a potty-training savant, the best way to save money covering your baby’s bottom is to take advantage of all the deals you can find.

The grocery chain Lidl is offering a weeklong sales promotion for 50% off its store-brand diapers. The sale starts Thursday, March 15, and lasts through the following Wednesday, March 21.

This deal is valid for size 2 packs of diapers, (which fit infants weighing 12 to 18 pounds), up to size 6 packs, (which fit toddlers 35 pounds and up). The discounted prices bring costs as low as $ 2.04 for a 44-pack of size 2 diapers — less than 5 cents per diaper!

The highest price during the sale is $ 3.18 for a 44-pack of size 5 diapers.

Lidl’s store-brand diapers already tend to cost less than popular brands like Huggies and Luvs. Parents who stock up on Lidl diapers during the promotion will get two packs for what they’d normally spend on one.

Shoppers can also take advantage of other related sales from March 15 to 21. An assortment of Lidl baby food, baby snacks, wipes and formula will be 30% off. Lidl’s “surprises section,” which changes weekly with rotating merchandise offered while supplies last, will feature Lupilu baby clothes and Nuby baby accessories starting at just under $ 2.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She will rejoice when she never has to buy diapers again.

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5 easy homemade baby foods to get you started

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Ashleigh Evans

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Is your little one ready for food? These tips and tricks to start making your own food at home may help you get started.

Quick and easy recipes for making your own baby food. These save time AND money, plus you know exactly what you're feeding the little one! via @babycenter

As a busy mom of 4, I absolutely love a semi-homemade approach to making baby food. Once or twice a week I make 2-3 different varieties for Liam to eat. Nothing crazy complicated and it saves tons of money.

If you’ve never made your own baby food before, all the information can be overwhelming. There are so many gadgets and so-called essentials sold on the market that you don’t really need. Everything you need is probably already in your pantry.

Quick and easy recipes for making your own baby food. These save time AND money, plus you know exactly what you're feeding the little one! via @babycenter

Some useful items:

1. A chopper or blender. We adore our Ninja chopper because it can make smoothies AND chop up foods. Two in one!

2. Fork or masher. Yup, most of the foods can me mashed with a fork.

3. Storage containers. We really love small, wide mouth mason jars (like these Ball jars) with reusable lids.

I really love that almost anything you could want is available in the freezer section now. It’s quite different than when I was first making food for my twins almost 9 years ago. My favorite frozen items to buy are peas, green beans, butternut squash, peas & carrots, broccoli, and vegetable medleys with quinoa.

To make the food, simply steam the frozen veggies in their bags or on the stove. I always recommend using filtered water when making baby food, just to be on the safe side. For carrots, I buy a bag of organic baby carrots, steam them with 1 cup of water, and blend. So simple!

Liam’s first 5 foods:

  1. Mashed bananas
  2. Peas
  3. Avocado
  4. Unsweetened applesauce
  5. Carrots

When you’re purchasing foods, sometimes when you stray away from the baby food aisle, you can save TONS of money. Here in Michigan, a small container (6 ounces) of baby food applesauce averages around $ 1, where a large container of unsweetened in the regular aisle runs around $ 2. Also consider canned fruit in its own juices or no sugar added to blend for food. I love to shop at Aldi for tons of deals.

Quick and easy recipes for making your own baby food. These save time AND money, plus you know exactly what you're feeding the little one! via @babycenter

Do you have any baby food making tips or favorites?

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These uncommon baby clothing brands will knock your socks off

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Sabrina Garibian

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I’m always on the hunt for unique and special baby clothing brands. I take a million photos of my children during the first year and like my kids to be dressed well yet comfortable and to look super cute. While I love Baby GAP, Old Navy, and Target’s Cat and Jack brand, I also like finding uncommon baby clothing brands.

I gave away all my baby stuff after my third child, so I have the opportunity this time around to shop fresh. It has been so fun, especially with all the new, different baby clothing brands out there. No more baby pink or baby blue!

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Here are some of my favorite less-common baby clothing brands that you need to know right now:

Huxbaby

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I love the trend toward more simplified lifestyles. Huxbaby embodies that trend with its minimalist fashion and simple designs. They use neutral colors in fun designs as you can see in the example above of cherry cats.

Polarn O. Pyret

This brand is completely new to me. They carry beautiful and very sturdy clothing that is made for children. In other words, your kids can play to their hearts’ content and you won’t have to worry about wear and tear.

Monica and Andy

I just can’t get enough of this brand and have bought multiple outfits from them already. If I had unlimited funds I would probably buy one of everything. The clothes are not inexpensive but the quality can’t be beat. I do wish they had some pieces that weren’t white, though, since I am not great at getting out stains.

Primary

With Primary I love that I can find colors not easily found elsewhere. The clothing cuts are simple and straightforward, and the colors are all bright and happy. Primary is also useful if you are looking for something in a specific color.

Mayoral

I have loved Mayoral since before becoming a mom. Mayoral is a European brand that clearly follows the European trend of dressing your children to the nines. My kids have had many special occasion outfits from Mayoral and always get compliments. I also love that they make many pieces under each line so my children can coordinate without having to completely match.

Finn + Emma

I find myself putting my infant in her Finn + Emma footie as soon as it’s out of the wash. That’s how perfect it is! It’s comfortable and so soft yet has unexpected beautiful details, making it the perfect outfit for a baby. I also like that they have lots of gender neutral outfits which make their pieces great baby shower gifts.

L’oved baby

If you want your baby to look funky and cool, check out L’oved Baby. Their clothing is organic and also super soft. I feel like this is a great brand for twins as they have lots of coordinating boy/girl and gender neutral outfits.

Kickee Pants

You won’t find more soft and comfortable clothing than Kickee Pants. What I love most about Kickee Pants is that their clothing is so versatile. Your baby will look good in one of their outfits for sleeping, going to the park, or even for a party. I love all the little details, especially the ruffles!

Tea Collection

Tea Collection is my absolute favorite kids’ clothing brand. Their designs are just so different from the typical options available. I love their bright colors and soft fabrics. They also have beautiful special occasion dresses.

I’m having so much fun shopping for a baby, we just might have another.. .okay, maybe not.

What’s your favorite baby clothing brand?

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Pregnant Khloe Kardashian Celebrates Baby Shower at Pink-Themed Party: Pics

So much pink. Pregnant Khloé Kardashian celebrated her baby shower at an over-the-top party in the Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday, March 10.

The mom-to-be, who is expecting her first child — a girl — with NBA player boyfriend Tristan Thompson, wore a stunning, curve-hugging blush-colored dress that was embellished with embroidery and crystals for the pink-themed party.

Her family, including mom Kris Jenner, grandmother MJ Houghton, sisters Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and friends like Real Housewives star Kyle Richards, shared images from the bash on social media, revealing a floor covered with pastel-toned balloons, giant topiary elephants, and a large round table surrounding a gigantic illuminated floral centerpiece. The table was set with pink plates topped with tiny wild animal figurines including lions and giraffes.

As fans of Keeping Up With the Kardashians saw on the Sunday, March 4, episode, Khloé wasn’t exactly excited when she learned her baby’s gender. “I don’t feel like I’m having a girl,” she insisted. “I’m, like, in a state of shock.”

She’d been convinced that she was expecting a boy, but has now come around to the idea of having a mini-me, and shared a photo on Thursday, March 8, of pastel pink and purple clothes she’s collecting for her little girl.

The Revenge Body star hasn’t chosen a name for her baby yet, but tweeted on Sunday that she might continue with her family’s tradition and give her little girl a name starting with K.

“I think a T but a K is an option as well,” she wrote. “That’s as far as I know.”

Scroll down to see pics from the lavish celebration.

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Messages From the Wild: Dave White’s Baby Gorilla

Artist Dave White’s animal kingdom has evolved once again – after his Chimp print swiftly sold out.

Various animals from Dave White’s menagerie/ studio have graced the artrepublic gallery recently, and now we are delighted to be able to share the artist’s limited edition Baby Gorilla print with you.

Available in small and extra large, the highly gestural giclee print – taken from the original oil and watercolour painting – depicts the expressive features of a young gorilla, an image that has extra pull as, on some level, we inevitably recognise something of ourselves in these primates. Not all that surprising, as they share 98.7 per cent of our genetic code (fun fact for you there!).

Baby Gorilla By Dave White

White is known for celebrating popular culture and interpreting emotive issues within his work, and this piece is no exception; more than simply depicting the cuteness of a baby animal, or hinting at the similarities between humans and gorillas, it highlights the complex theme of endangered species.

There are four species of gorillas living in the wild today, and all have either been classed as endangered or critically endangered. In painting these beautiful animals, White quite literally draws greater attention to them by confronting us with a face that we can’t (and don’t want to) look way from. It strikes us that, like the artist’s prints, baby gorillas are genuinely limited editions. How’s that for art that makes a statement?

Discover our latest Dave White prints to buy online or visit of Brighton gallery,
call 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

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Baby brains help infants figure it out before they try it out

Researchers are using new statistical analysis methods to compare how we observe infants develop new skills with the unseen changes in electrical activity in the brain, or electroencephalography (EEG) power. They found that most babies appear to learn new skills in irregular bursts, while their EEG power grows steadily behind the scenes.
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Lil Wayne Ordered To Take Baby Daddy Test

Lil Wayne performs live at Jay-Z's Made In America Music Festival

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Lil Wayne may or may not be the father of a 16-year-old boy. The New Orleans rapper has been ordered to take a paternity test to know for sure. 

Reports TMZ:

The rapper has been ordered to submit to DNA paternity testing to determine once and for all if he fathered a son with Keiotia Watson. We broke the story … Keiotia filed legal docs in 2015 to establish paternity and get child support.

Keiotia claims she had a sexual relationship with Wayne in 2001. The child, Dwayne Brown, is now 16. Wayne has denied he had a sexual relationship with her.

A Louisiana judge ruled in her favor and ordered Weezy to fork over $ 5k a month, but he never paid up … claiming he was never served with legal papers. The previous judgment was tossed and a new trial’s been ordered.

For those trying to keep track, Weezy already has four kids via four different baby mamas.

Will this make him have enough seeds for a proper basketball team? Continue to stay tuned!

So if the baby turns out to not be Tunechi’s will he be reimbursed for his lawyer fees or nah?

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Kylie Jenner Poses With ‘Angel Baby’ Stormi on 1-Month Birthday

Proud mama! Kylie Jenner is celebrating the 1-month birthday of her daughter Stormi, whom she shares with boyfriend Travis Scott, by sharing two adorable new photos of their child.

“My angel baby is 1 month old today,” the Life of Kylie star wrote on Instagram on Thursday, March 1. In the photos, Jenner, 20, is holding the newborn in her arms while posing in front of a white door. In the first snap, the baby is completely covered, but the second pic gives a more close-up look at the child. The new mom wore a black and brown tracksuit and white sneakers, while her daughter wore an adorable beige onesie with animal ears on the hood.

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Scott also shared a new photo of his little girl on Snapchat. “My lil mama 1 month today,” the “Butterfly Effect” rapper, 25, wrote. The photo zoomed in on Stormi’s pink sweater, which featured a red heart with the word “DADDY” in the middle. “Her favorite [parental] unit of course,” he quipped. The musician also showered the Lip Kit maven with flower arrangements on Thursday, just a few days after it was revealed that he bought her a black Ferrari as a push present.

Travis Scott Stormi 1 month birthday
Travis Scott’s photo of Stormi on her 1-month birthday. Courtesy Travis Scott/Snapchat

While Jenner is wearing a ring on that finger in the new Instagram photos, a source recently told Us Weekly that she’s in no rush to get engaged to Scott. “Kylie is doing great and is just so happy,” the insider told Us exclusively in February. “Engagement isn’t super important to Kylie. Travis could ask her, but it’s not something that is a major priority. She is just loving starting a family with this person.”

The couple welcomed their 8 pound, 9-ounce child at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at 4:43 p.m. on February 1. She announced Stormi’s arrival on Instagram on February 4, writing, “Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering, and life changing experience I’ve had in my entire life and I’m actually going to miss it. I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could. … I’ve never felt love and happiness like this i could burst! Thank you for understanding.”

The beauty mogul and Scott began dating in April 2017, just a few weeks after her split from longtime boyfriend Tyga.

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My Walmart baby haul: How I stretched $100 to buy all the essentials

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Kelly Wilbanks

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As a mother of three I’ve learned a thing or two about stretching my dollars. I’ve found I’m not a crazy coupon-er, although I use them when I can. I’ve learned to simplify things by shopping where I know I’ll find great selection, quality, and low prices. That is how I found myself at Walmart as I put together an essentials kit for a first-time mama friend.

As I walked the brightly lit aisles I noticed several brands on display I hadn’t seen there before. I found Ideal Baby swaddle blankets (made by Aden + Anais) for a fantastic price. There were some super cute gift box blanket sets from Bananafish and sweet nursery decor options. I also saw that Parent’s Choice now offers a range of great items, from bath accessories to crib sheets to their newly improved diapers.

I had a mission: to see how far I could stretch my dollars while still buying quality products for my friend. During my adventure I found some great things and I pinned a few items I’ll come back for later. Here is how I spent $ 100 to buy all the essentials (and some fun items) for this soon-to-be first time mama.

My haul:

1. Even though I am a cloth diapering parent I still like to use disposables for those first few weeks. In my opinion, new parents have enough to adjust to without throwing in extra loads of laundry. Walmart’s Parent’s Choice diapers have been revamped with many features I’ve depended on with my newborn, and their Premium line is brand new. My favorite feature will always be the pee line. Especially when the baby is still new and diaper changes are still “fun.” Another feature I appreciate is that the diapers are hypoallergenic – baby skin is so sensitive. I like to know I’m putting the gentlest materials I can on their little bums.

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2. I always buy sensitive wipes for newborns. It’s better to be safe than sorry. My first daughter had zero sensitivities, but my middle child needed products formulated for sensitive skin. These Parent’s Choice wipes are fragrance-free, super gentle, and super reasonably priced.

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3. I love swaddle blankets because you can use them in so many practical ways. There’s the obvious — swaddle your baby. Muslin blankets are the best for this because they are breathable and great for summer or winter. You can use also use these blankets as a cover on a stroller, car seat, or for nursing.

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4. These are the only pacifiers my children will use. I even tried other brands and was told they were yucky. Not every baby will take a pacifier, but these have been a staple in my home since 2012.

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5. I like to give a little sampler like this to future mamas because it gives them a chance to see how well they like the product before buying the big version. It’s also nice to just have this on hand if traveling.

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6. This is not an essential, but I think most parents are pretty excited to share that they have a baby — even if it’s to every driver they encounter on the road.

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7. These were a fun find — cotton crib sheets from Parent’s Choice, in gender-neutral patterns and colors. Perfect for mixing and matching with pops of color!

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8. There is some debate about how often we should bathe our babies. But there is no debate about how slippery they become when they are all soaped up. This is a simple sling that comes with two warmer wings to help keep your baby warm while bathing.

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9. I loved this cute unisex take-home outfit. It’s nice to have a few items like this that button in the front when your baby’s umbilical cord is healing.

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10. We haven’t always needed gripe water, but when we did, we needed it STAT. I like to provide parents with gripe water because it really helped our daughters when they had tummy troubles.

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11. Binkies get lost — like, all the time. Especially right now as we’re trying to steer our 2-year-old away from using them because she drops them everywhere. This Nuby Pacifinder keeps the binky clipped to your baby’s clothing — or at least makes the missing pacifier a lot easier to find.

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12. Baby hangers are an often-overlooked baby item, but they really help with organization. You can get 10 hangers for $ 1.00 in-store at Walmart. This really helped me stretch my budget while providing something super-helpful.

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13. This is a slow-flow bottle that has a sweet design. All the pieces pictured are included. I like the sleek design because they are easier to store.

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14. We use this rinse cup all the time in our house. It keeps the water from flowing down your baby’s face during a bath because the flexible side creates a seal. The two water compartments distribute water evenly so it doesn’t all come out at once.

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15. This last item I bought on a whim because it was just so cute, and appropriate. This is a “boy” plaque, but I just love it for either sex. My daughters are always having adventures too (Adventure Begins plaque, $ 3.97). You’ll find more sweet nursery options at Walmart Baby Nursery Decor.

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I chose these items because I found them really helpful the first few months with each of my girls. I chose to shop at Walmart because it saves me time and money — two things I don’t have a lot of with three kids 5 and under.

If I’d wanted to simplify thing further I could have shopped online too. My hubby just happened to be home the day I needed to shop, so I went out, but usually I’m stuck home with a morning and an afternoon napper. I love that I can just as easily shop online and receive savings whenever I choose the ship-to-store* option.

Guess how much all this was? My total was $ 99.66 before taxes. Walmart had great prices on a lot of name-brand items — not to mention their own new-and-improved brand, Parent’s Choice. I know from experience that this mama will use all of these items as she transitions into motherhood. I’m glad to bridge the experience-gap and bless my friend with fun finds.

What essential baby item do you give to new mamas?

This post is sponsored by Walmart.  All opinions are truthful and my own.

Photos by Kelly Wilbanks, Walmart

*On eligible items. Free store Pickup is based on store availability and is now available in all stores in Alaska and Hawaii. Not available in Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories

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