On November 16, I gave birth to my third post-cancer child. When I was diagnosed — at 23 — I didn't know if I'd live five years let alone ifRead More »from What It's like to Have Kids After Cancer
- How lucky am I? Today I restart my cancer treatment after being off of it for over nine months. I've had chronic myelogenous leukemia (a slow-moving form of blood cancer) for 12 years and though the disease has been in a deep remission for 10 of those years, I still take meds every day. I am extremely lucky that those meds come in pill form and have almost no side effects for me. Gleevec, a targeted therapy considered a miracle drug for CML patients, was approved by the FDA just six months before I was diagnosed (it brought the CML survival rate from 50 percent to 95 percent — a miracle, indeed). But Gleevec is not a cure, which means I have to stay on it indefinitely. It also means I had to stop treatment and risk my life in order to have children (the drug is not pregnancy safe). I know some of you will think this next part is crazy, but…I did that three times.
- A study by Yale University psychologists finds that babies avoid plants for good reason. There's a dead, leafless plant in the corner of my living room. I haven't discarded it yet because its pot is heavy and hard to move. Besides, I have better things to do, like pose my baby next to said pot and snap photos, like the one you see here.
I never really gave much thought to the fact that my son is smiling in this photo. He's generally a happy guy and, being a baby, I figured he probably didn't realize that a dead house plant shouldn't necessarily warrant a grin.
But the results of a recent study gave me pause--maybe, just maybe, he was smiling out of relief. Maybe he was actually happy that the plant has met its maker... because he KNOWS that plants can't be trusted!
Yale University psychologists Annie Wertz and Karen Wynn have found that infants take an average of five seconds longer to touch plants than other objects put before them, according to a study published in the January 2014 issue of the journal Cognition.
Wertz and Wynn believe that this tendency hasRead More »from Why Do Dead Plants Make Babies Smile?
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 12:15 PM ESTMisguided Texas Principal Forbids Students from Speaking Spanish in Class
When people are whispering to each other and purposefully leaving you out of their private conversation, you might find yourself experiencing feelings of loneliness, embarrassment or frustration. So perhaps it's no wonder that Amy Lacey, the principal of Hempstead Middle School near Houston, Texas, might have felt left out often. Over 50 percent of the students at her school are primarily Spanish speakers, according to greatschools.org. Therefore, if Lacey doesn't understand what they're saying because she doesn't also speak Spanish, she might feel isolated, as if most everyone is in on the secret except her.
So Lacey did what any insecure playground bully would do - she forcibly shut them up. On Nov. 12, she announced over the school's intercom that students are no longer permitted to speak Spanish in class, according to the website of local news station, KHOU.com.
It took two weeks for the district to takeRead More »from Misguided Texas Principal Forbids Students from Speaking Spanish in Class
- Sick and tired of the ongoing obsession with "dropping the baby weight" as quickly as possible, these moms took a stand this year. It was a refreshing change of pace, which is why we're taking this moment to applaud… By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
In October, Kim told Jay Leno that all the criticism of her pregnancy weight gain "really hurt my soul." She responded to haters by posting an extremely revealing photo of herself on Instagram, and admitted to The Tonight Show host that the picture was her "big middle finger to the world and everyone that called me fat."
The actress posed for the cover of REDBOOK's September issue 11 weeks after giving birth to daughter Lincoln. Bell told us that she was still 15 pounds away from her pre-pregnancy weight, but she was in no rush to lose it. Twitter exploded with messages of support.
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- This baby seems happyTis the season for wrappings and trappings, trees and tinsel, candles and candy canes. All of it beautiful to look at, and even lovelier to grab onto - particularly if you're a toddler! If you have a little one in your home for the holidays this year, keep in mind that all of your holiday bling will be extra enticing to a kid that loves to crawl, climb, and explore. But that doesn't mean you need to pack up the tree and put away the menorah. You just need to take a few simple precautions to ensure that your seasonal goodies don't become a holiday hazard.
Holiday trees. Got a kid that loves to climb? That Christmas tree will be a prime target. Secure it to a wall using a fish hook and twine or block it off with safety gates. Be sure to sweep regularly to pick up any needles or ornament hooks that may fall on the floor.
Ornaments. If you have a little one prone to mischief, make sure to keep your breakable - and
by Megan Angelo
Courtesy of ABCBabycenter.com dropped a slew of super-interesting baby-naming reports yesterday. I say super-interesting not because I love babies--I mean, I do love babies, who doesn't--but because I just feel like naming patterns are such a fascinating look into our psyches as women and Americans. Taking the word you tag your offspring with from celebrity and pop culture is a tradition that dates back to...well, for sure at least the '80s. Right, various Lukes and Lauras of the world? Anyway, you should click over to Babycenter for its full coverage, but I couldn't resist sharing some of the stuff that captivated me.Let's talk about the Olivia chicken-and-egg thing.
Look guys, there are two things I spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking about: TV and baby names. So trust me when I say: While Olivia might be holding strong in the no. 3 spot in part because women are loving Scandal (and Law & Order! Let's not forget Mariska), I actually think the zeitgeist surge of the Read More »from The Hottest Pop Culture Baby Names of 2013
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 3:21 PM EST
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At a party last weekend, I got stuck with "That Mom." You know, the mom you dread seeing at birthday parties, Starbucks, school functions, PTA meetings ... the park? There are lots of "those moms", which is why I've written this handy list of the most annoying moms I've come across -- and how to deal with them. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be able to circumvent their traps or at least make yourself disappear faster than David Copperfield at a One Direction concert (I don't have insider info on whether David Copperfield dislikes One Direction in concert … I just imagine he wouldn't want to be there).
1. PMS Pam: Talking with this "depress-fest" is more sobering than watching an aged Gary Busey perform live. Her weighty chit chat will include talk of diseases that could strike at any time, children who were poisoned by school lunches, and Botox gone horribly, irreversibly wrong. After a few short minutes, you'll be sucked into an abyss of worry and despair that will haveRead More »from The 10 Most Annoying Moms - How Many of Them Have You Encountered?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 3:01 PM ESTThere's almost always a pretty steep learning curve for new parents. A few months back, I did a post on "8 Things I Had Learned in 8 Weeks of Being a New Mom." Now that our son has turned 9 months old, I thought it would be fun to get my husband's thoughts on some of the things he has learned and share it with you - naturally! It's always interesting to get a man's perspective. Here are 9 things my husband has learned in 7 months of being a new dad.
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