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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Yesterday, we posted some of the strangest or worst things people told you while you were pregnant. Those were really bad, and there's more.
Considering pregnancy is a very hormonal and emotional time of someone's life, it's NOT the time to tell anyone that they look BIG or ask if they are expecting twins (what if they aren't?). But there are some brutal people out there!
Size seemed to be a recurrent theme in lots of the stories we received. Here are a few...
- Towards the end of my pregnancy (it had to be around 34-35 weeks), I was at work on the postpartum floor. I saw one of the OB docs who had not seen me in quite a while. He said, "Wow! You got twins in there??" He was completely serious, and I was devestated. When I told him no, he was embarrassed of course. I went home depressed that I apparently looked so huge! I delivered at 37 weeks a 5lb 9oz baby! - Adrienne
- I was about 18 weeks pregnant (and measuring right on track). As I waited for an elevator SHE walked up and said, "Gosh Amanda, when are you due?" I told her March. I think her mouth hit the floor and she said, "MAN! You are really big! Are you supposed to be THAT BIG at this stage?" As I'm clenching my fist wanting to punch her and I'm trying to keep my cool, she has the nerve to continue, "I mean, you are REALLY, REALLY, BIG!!!" I was stunned!!!! I didn't know what to do. I had always sworn that I would have some amazing "come back" the day that someone made comments like these to me but I was speechless! - Amanda
- I am 19 1/2 weeks pregnant with my second child. I've heard that you seem to show quicker with the second child, which must be true since I had a lady at work ask me, "Are you sure you aren't having twins?" What do you say to that? - Sara
- When I was pregnant, I took a dance aerobics class. Most of the ladies in the class were older (40ish). When I was around 27 or 28 weeks, they asked me if I was due the next month. When I said no, they giggled and asked if we were having twins. - Bridget
- Let me start out by saying I only gained 19 lbs in my pregnancy and weighed 125 when I got pregnant, so I was not very big. I had a lady at work ask me if I was having twins and I also had a lady at a gas station ask me how far along I was. When I told her she said oh you look bigger than that. I wanted to say, you don't know me and you should not say that to a pregnant lady. - April
Thanks to all of you who shared your stories. We'll pose another pregnancy/parenting-related question soon.
A few days ago, we asked for the strangest or worst things people told you while you were pregnant...and you responded. There are some brutal people out there!
I would venture to say that our readers are smarter and more sensitive than the people on the other side of these stories. Everyone reading this should make a mental note NEVER to say any of these things to a pregnant woman.
Here are some of the most shocking:
- I heard A LOT of them when we told people that we were pregnant with quadruplets but THE WORST was when I told a lady at my work and she replied, "Guess that shows you what to pray for!" and then she walked away. Believe it or not, I can laugh about it now. - Jen (Mom of the Murray Crew Quads)
- My due date was August 6th, so I was pregnant in a hot, Louisiana summer. When I went to drop off some dry cleaning, the lady at the counter asked how I was doing. When I responded with, "Feeling good, just really hot" she told me that I should have thought about that before I got pregnant. - Michele
- Pregnant with twins, I was appalled when a Target employee asked me if I had done fertility treatments. I hadn’t, but couldn’t even answer, I thought it was so intrusive! -Aimee
- How about “let’s see if this one sticks.” After 2 miscarriages, we announced our 3rd pregnancy to my in-laws in the future nursery of the house we had just closed on. My mother-in-law casually says “let’s see if this one sticks.” I started to cry and walked out the room. Anything else that was said to me paled in comparison to that! - Kerri
- With 5 weeks left to go, all my girlfriends at a mutual friends baby shower told me I looked like I was going to blow. I said, "thanks & shut-up. I have 5 weeks to go and I am pregnant!!" My water broke 4 hours later...maybe not so funny in writing! - Melanie
Stay tuned for more tomorrow...
Monday, January 28, 2008
The creators of "The Business of Being Born" think that after viewing their film, "You will never look at giving birth the same way." After watching the trailer and reading about the film on their site, I can believe it.
Here's the synopsis: Birth: it’s a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to examine and question the way American women have babies...
Here's how you can check it out:
- Community Screenings are being held throughout the country through mid-February. Check to see if there is a viewing in your area.
- The film is also being released in six select theaters.
- On February 12, 2008, Netflix will release the DVD for rental and online viewing.
- The DVD will be available for purchase at the end of March 2008.
Check out the trailer:
Gap has finally announced the winners of its annual casting call that generated 800,000 entries.
Congratulations to this year's winners! You can tell they are cute kids with cute personalities. Check out the video reveal on today's Rachael Ray show.
Jaron, 7 years old from Beaumont, TX
Kenadi, 3 years old from Dakota Dunes, SD
Samantha, 7 years old from Clayton, NC
Parker, 2 years old from St. Cloud, MN
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Check out this ad on Craig's List for a "unique changing table with bath tub built in for $20". I'm posting the ad here in case it's deleted before you get to see it, because it's definitely worth seeing.
The seller says..."this is a pretty nifty bath tub. it has a changing table on the top decorated with bears but when u open the lid it's a bath tub on the inside. has a hose on the side for easy draining. has storage cubes in the front to hold all your soaps, rags and lotions. has storage underneath for diapers, towels or whatever essentials you need for your baby. The top is padded and it folds up for easy storage. I used it one time but my 1 month old son hates it...he likes the sink getting sprayed with the hose :) as soon as i sell this i will delete the ad. thank you for looking."
Here are my thoughts. Does this look like something out of the 70's or what? There's a "hose on the side for easy draining"...easy draining into what? A bucket? Or do you set it up next to a sink or bathtub...then what's the point? Have you ever seen anything like this?
Feel free to send any funny or ridiculous baby ads our way. We'd love to post more.
Friday, January 25, 2008
We are receiving some great submissions for "What you shouldn't say to a pregnant woman." There seems to be a common theme so far of strangers not holding back when commenting about how big you look pregnant.
Send in your stories through this Sunday, 1/27, to email@example.com and we'll post our favorites next week.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The "reports" cited in this story come from Star Magazine, so take them for what they're worth...
Jamie Lynn Spears has apparently agreed to let her mother Lynne bring up the child in a bid to retain her career and grow up like a normal teenager.
A source tells Star magazine, "After several weeks of personal soul searching and talks and discussions with her mom Jamie Lynn reluctantly agreed that giving up the baby is the right thing to do. Lynne says Jamie doesn't understand the life-long consequences of having a baby.
"She still wants her daughter to be able to be a teenager, go to parties, hang out with friends and have a career. So she'll take the front seat of caring for the baby and take the pressure off her daughter."
We wonder if Lynne Spears covered something like this in that parenting book she planned on publishing.
If you are looking for a low fat side, skip this one. But if it's comfort food you want, try this Hash Brown Potato Casserole.
1 – 32 oz. pkg. Shredded frozen potatoes
½ stick melted butter (4 Tbs)
1 can cream of chicken soup
12 oz. grated American cheese
1 – 8 oz. carton sour cream
1 tsp. salt
½ small onion, chopped
2 c. crushed cornflakes
½ stick melted butter (4 Tbs)
Mix ½ stick melted butter, cream of chicken soup, cheese, sour cream, salt and onion together in a large bowl. Pour over shredded potatoes in a 9"x13" baking dish. Spread crushed cornflakes over mixture and drizzle with ½ stick melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, uncovered. Serves 12.
For a lower fat version, use low fat or fat free soup, cheese and sour cream.
For more recipes from Baby Blog Addict, click here and scroll through.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Check out the Mommy Doodles Daily Blog. They host lots of giveaways, including this crayon caravan giveaway with a deadline of Monday, 1/28, and all that's required to enter is a positive comment on that post.
She also has some recipes mixed in like this Crock Pot Chili. I'm a huge fan of the crock pot. I don't use it enough, but when I do, I always say I should use it more often, because it's so easy.
Melanie's profile sums up her site but saying that she is, "Blogging all about the places we go, things we do, people we see! Showcasing products & services relating to parenting & family."
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
If you are pregnant and know you will have a dressy outing at some point - a wedding, dinner or party - check out this little black dress from Ann Taylor Loft Maternity. It started out at $104, was on sale for $54.99, but now it's an additional 40% off the sale price which makes it just $32.99 (reduction appears in your shopping bag)! It's still available in most sizes and it's machine washable.
In fact, all of their previously reduced maternity and regular styles are on sale. The ultimate sale takes an additional 40% off! Pregnant or not, check it out!
We've already featured a few pregnancy tickers for baby blogs: the lilypie ticker, the baby-gaga ticker, the babystrology ticker and the countdown ticker widget from 3D pregnancy.
Here's another option for you, the tickers from families.com. They offer a pregnancy ticker, TTC ticker, adoption ticker, breastfeeding ticker, birthday ticker and more. Access to the tickers is free, but does require a quick log in.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Coveting another couple's baby name is a fairly common occurrence for new parents. Either that, or we're just bad people. Check out The Poop for the rest of the story including a reference to the "Seinfeld" episode where George announces that he wants to someday name his son "Seven."
One of my favorite things to see in a recipe is the word "easy" in the title. Another is less than 5 ingredients. This one has both. It's from the Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing Mix. You can buy individual envelopes or a small box of 4 envelopes. Here's the recipe for the Easy Parmesan Garlic Chicken:
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 envelope Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 lbs.)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix cheese, salad dressing mix and garlic powder.
2. Moisten chicken with water; coat with cheese mixture. Place in shallow baking pan.
3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (170 degrees).
Jazz it up: For a golden appearance, after chicken is cooked through set oven to broil. Place 6 inches from heat source. Broil 2-4 minutes or until chicken is golden brown.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
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Sunday, January 20, 2008
People say the strangest things to pregnant women. What's the strangest or worst thing someone told you while you were pregnant and who told you? Was it your husband, mother, friend, doctor or a stranger? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll compile a list of our favorites that is sure to make you laugh and think, "No way, how could they ask that?!"
Here's one of mine. I was 34 weeks pregnant when someone at Lowe's asked me if I was about to deliver. When I said I had another six weeks to go, she said, "Oh no you don't!" I mean did I look THAT big?
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Friday, January 18, 2008
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Love My Baby Jewelry is a line of jewelry for moms and grandmothers. What a great way to wear your baby close to your heart!
Their initial necklaces are available with one, two or three charms and are accented with your choice of glass bead dangle. Check out the stylish Love My Baby birthstone necklace too. They just added some new necklaces and earrings and will continue to add new things which are sure to be just as cute.
At just $25 - $35 for the initial necklaces, they make great Valentine's, Mother's Day and birthday gifts for mom and grandma.
For the ladies reading this, send a link to your husband as a gift idea for you. For the men, surprise your wife with a custom gift for her after delivery, for a special occassion or just because.
I love the Albee Baby site. It offers great deals on baby gear including car seats, strollers, high chairs, diaper bags, etc. It's a must to include this site in your comparison shopping. They offer free ground shipping on orders over $100 and reasonable shipping on everything else.
Check out this deal on the Fisher Price Safe Voyage Stroller in Circus Plaid Red on sale for $39.99 from the regular $139.99 price. Also available in Circus Dots or Tan/Black for the same great price. (Thanks for the tip, Becky.)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
A growing number of couples are turning to spas to increase their chances of conceiving.
Instead of taking hormone injections, prospective mothers are submitting to acupuncture needles. Meds are being traded for massage. And in place of a cold doctor's office, couples enjoy feng shuied rooms, cascading waterfalls, and enough New Age music to turn a pit bull into a poodle.
It's all part of the philosophy that relaxation is the drug-free path to reproductive success.
Click here for the rest of the article including acupuncturist Leslie Ring-Adams' quote, "The worst thing you can tell a woman who's trying to get pregnant is that she just needs to relax." Ring-Adams does not advocate abandoning medical treatments for couples trying to conceive, but believes a woman's best chance is to use acupuncture as an adjunct to assisted reproductive technologies.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Looking for some inside activites since we're in the dead of winter? Check out PBS Kids Sprout Craft Ideas. They have some fun ideas to keep kids entertained and most of the supplies are things you have around the house.
My son made the rainstick, but improvised a bit since we had a toilet paper roll instead of a wrapping paper roll, so it was more like a music shaker. He had so much fun coloring it, putting stickers on it, adding rice to it and of course, shaking it! I think the pretend binoculars will be our next project.
If you have a baby/toddler, keep a box for empty toilet paper, paper towel and wrapping paper rolls. You will definitely use them for lots of projects.
Before buying or registering for the matching ottoman for your nursery's rocker or glider, check out the Medela Nursing Stool. It's a great alternative to an ottoman, whether or not you are nursing, for a few reasons:
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Hurry and send in your baby's picture or babies' pictures! The deadline for Live's Beautiful Baby Search is today, January 11 at 5pm ET. You still have until then to send in your pictures. Good luck!
*Update - The deadline has passed. We'll keep you posted when we hear that the finalists are announced.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Little Sweet Potato offers handpainted onesies, frames, bags and buckets! Her personalized buckets would be adorable for Easter egg hunts. (Easter is March 23rd this year.) The buckets also make cute and practical packages for themed gifts for baby showers too.
Don't miss Little Sweet Potato's handpainted onesies personalized with the baby's name and a baby face painted on the "bottom". They are just adorable.
Check out Lieele Sweet Potato's creations, then go to her contact me page to place your order.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
A few months back, we featured BabyCheapskate.com, a fabulous resource for "saving big bucks on baby stuff".
With the start of the new year and planning your family's 2008 budget (what can we cut where so we can take that vacation to Disney World next year or I can become a SAHM?), here are some tips you might want to put into play if you are expecting. Everyone else can take away some great ideas too. Check out Baby Cheapskate's 7 Money-Saving Steps to Saving Big on Baby Stuff....and maybe that Disney vacation or becoming a SAHM will be attainable!
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Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Check out Nature Moms Blog where Tiffany blogs about random thoughts and experiences of a mom trying to live a more natural family life, for health and for the planet. She offers great tips for all of us to put into practice including her Top 5 Green New Years Resolutions.
Monday, January 7, 2008
We've highlighted a few pregnancy countdown tickers in the past - the lilypie ticker, the baby-gaga ticker and the babystrology ticker. Here's another one to check out when you are expecting. It's the Pregnancy Countdown Ticker Widget from 3Dpregnancy.com.
It will count down the days to your due date and show a new image of your baby's development every week. Add it to your blog's outside column so you and everyone else can keep up with your baby's development. Check it out.
Click here for more baby blog tips from BBA.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
If you are looking for the perfect sippy cup to transition your child off the bottle, look no further. The Nuby No-Spill™ Spout was recommended to me for my son and now I recommend it to all parents too. Nuby says it's for babies 6 months+ (although my son didn't make the transition until 12 months).
The Nuby No-Spill™ Spout is made of soft silicone which makes the transition off the bottle much easier than going straight to a hard top sippy cup. They are reasonable at about $2 each and easy to clean with only two parts - the cup and the lid.
Let us and your fellow Baby Blog Addicts know what you think about the Nuby or if you have any other sippy cup suggestions on the Product Reviews section of our forum (registration required for log in) or in the comments section below.
We've reopened the Baby Blog Addict Forum. In an attempt to keep it spam-free, we are requiring you to log in to view and comment on it. If you already registered in the past, your log in information is still the same. If not, you will need to register a new account which is really easy.
The forum is a great resource to ask other parents for advice and share parenting tips you've learned along the way.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to The View tomorrow morning and is bringing her baby son with her for a special appearance! Tune in or set your DVR if you are an Elisabeth fan.
Elisabeth left for maternity leave on October 23, 2007. On November 9, she and husband Tim welcomed a son, Taylor Thomas Hasselbeck, into their family. The couple also have a two year old daughter, Grace.
Check out this interview with Elisabeth where she talks about life since maternity leave, becoming a mom for the second time and her pop culture withdrawl.
>> Also: Nancy Grace returns to CNN tonight after giving birth to twins.
Welcome to the brand new Baby Blog Addict! We thought since we're at the beginning of a new year, it was time to spruce things up around here a bit. Look around, check things out and let us know what you think in the comments below. The redesign is still a work in progress, so your feedback is welcome. Among the improvements so far: a new logo, search box and subscription service. We've also widened the page to three columns (let us know if you have any viewing problems).
In the next few weeks, you'll see some great new ads and more parenting tips, humor and baby news. Stay tuned!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
A Gettysburg, PA couple is celebrating the New Year with a new baby for the second year in a row.
Becky and Kyle Armstrong rung in the holiday at Gettysburg Hospital, where shortly before 5:30 a.m., Becky gave birth to the hospital's first baby of the year, Faith Lynn Armstrong.
"We're amazed. What are the odds? We were tickled to death last year. The first baby in the county and everyone was teasing her all along. Sure enough, she did it again," said the baby's grandmother, Rose Collier.
Faith is the couple's second child and the second to claim first-baby honors. Their firstborn, Kaden, was born Jan. 1 2007, and was the hospital's first baby of last year. The Armstrong children also share a birthday with their great-grandmother.
Blessed Baby offers "uniquely-faith inspired products". Their onesies, hats, bibs, blankets and burp cloths are available online and at several locations in Texas.
Check out the adorable chocolate brown "blessed baby" onesies and the "love is patient" onesie - a reminder to us as parents that we need to be patient with our children :)
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Would you like to see your baby on the cover of Parenting magazine and win $125K toward a college education?
Live with Regis & Kelly is searching for beautiful babies again. The entry deadline is just nine days away (5pm ET January 11, 2008), so send in your photos.
Nominees must be between the age of 6 months and 48 months as of December 18, 2007. Photos must have been taken in the last month and cannot be the product of a professional photographer. Entries will be judged by representatives of the LIVE and Parenting magazine staffs. Potential semi-finalists will be notified by telephone during the week of February 4th and will appear on LIVE in New York during the week of February 11, 2008.
Good luck to all of your beautiful babies!
We featured the finalists during the voting period back in November. Now here's an update on the 2007 Gap Casting Call.
According to their site, they are calculating all the votes received and say to come back in January 2008 to see who the babyGap and GapKid winners are! I guess it will be any day now. We'll let you know when we hear who wins.
If you haven't done so already, please forward our web address to every Baby Blog Addict you know. We know a lot of you have already because our site hits climb daily. Thanks for your support...and the links to us from your baby blogs.
As always, we can be contacted at email@example.com. Send us any great stories, links or products that you come across and it may be featured here.
We're looking forward to a great 2008!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
The past year has been amazing. We launched BabyBlogAddict.com with this post in May (logging 360 posts in 7 1/2 months), moved our family to Florida in August and watched our son turn two in October, and we've managed to chronicle it all on our personal Baby Blog (logging 253 posts on our own baby blog in 2007).
We've had the pleasure of following so many pregnancies, which turned into births announcements, which turned into baby milestones throughout the year...all because BABY BLOGS exist. I'm sure I added another 30+ baby blogs to my favorites list throughout the year. How about you?
Here's to another year of following the lives of family, friends and strangers (a.k.a. "blog friends") on Baby Blogs...and to another year of parenting advice, blog tips, humor, headlines and reader interaction on BabyBlogAddict.com.
Topping WebMD's 10 Top Health Stories of 2007... #1 -Deadly Kid Stuff: Toy Recalls and More
WebMD's top story isn't just one story. In more than a baker's dozen of stories, month after month, WebMD reported an astonishing wave of unsafe-product recalls, most of them children's toys. For a recap of the year of recalls, click here.
How to handle embarrassing pregnancy symptoms? Can you exercise -- and what should you eat -- while pregnant? And how do you get that pregnancy skin glow?
You'll find those topics on this list of the 10 most viewed pregnancy health stories on WebMD for 2007.