Thinkstock / The BumpBy Kylie McConville for TheBump.com
Just over a week ago, a judge in Tennessee ordered that parents change their 7-month-old baby boy's name from "Messiah" to "Martin" because the name Messiah is a title that has "only been earned by one person and that person is Jesus Christ."
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Following the court ruling, the baby's mother, Jaleesa Martin, told reporters that she plans to appeal the case, saying, "I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God and I didn't think a judge could make me change my baby's name because of her religious beliefs… Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else." The news made headlines all over the country, with some in firm support of Jaleesa, while others agreed that stricter laws should be enacted on baby's names.
Martin's appeal will take place on September 17th, but in the meantime, we opted to take a
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How to capture baby's first We've been watching and waiting for months, wondering when we'd get a glimpse of our baby's first smile. And then, when we least expected it, Judah surprised us with a beautiful big grin just last month! Capturing this important (and most adorable) of baby's firsts on camera, however, has proven a challenge.
If you've asked yourself, "When do babies smile?" the answer is a bit variable. Babies smile reflexively almost as soon as they're born; it's not until about 6 to 8 weeks that babies begin to smile socially. Since Judah was born early, we knew that his first smile might come a little bit later than other babies. We'd been watching him, waiting for that special moment, and we were rewarded with such a pleasant surprise right at week 10.
Since then, Judah's been smiling like a champ. Our favorite moments are when we come into his room when he first wakes up and he looks up at us with the sweetest smile of the day, as if to say, "Hiya,Read More »from 3 Sneaky Ways to Get Baby's First Smile on Camera
For a kids' book that won't have you nodding off mid-sentence, try these wonderful newbies. They'll remind you of old favorites.Read More »from These Will Be Your Kids' New Favorite Books
If you love Goodnight Moon…
Rich watercolors add to the dreamy feel of Susan Meyers's Rock-a-Bye Room, in which a guitar-strumming mom helps her daughter tuck everything in her room in for the night. You'll find yourself sing-reading this to the tune of your favorite lullaby. (Ages 3 to 5)
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If you love Harold and the Purple Crayon… Hear the crayons' point of view in Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit. Pink feels neglected, and blue begs for a break-he's worn to a nub, literally. Some imaginative drawing saves the day, of course. (Ages 3 to 7)
If you love Max and Ruby…
Try Peanut & Fifi Have a Ball by Randall de Sève. It's got charming retro illustrations and a gently-put message for little kids: Playing well with a sibling is all about give and take. (Ages 3 to 5)
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By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com
Celebrate Grandparent's Day on September 8 by spending multi-generational quality time together. Here are several ideas for things kids can do for grandparents, grandparents can do for kids, and grandparents and grandkids can do together. All are either cheap or free.
Teach the Grandkids Something. What do you remember learning from a grandparent? I remember my grandfather teaching me how to skip, a simple memory that always makes me smile. Creating such memories with grandkids on Grandparent's Day can be joyous. Maybe there's a favorite recipe you can prepare with your grandchildren or introduce them to a treasured hobby. The point, really, is not what they learn but how they learn it and how it becomes part of their history, something to recall later in life. And you don't have to spend much, if any, money to do this.Celebrate Grandparent's Day!
Organize Family Photos. As a child I loved going through my grandparents' store ofRead More »from 5 Cheap or Free Activities for Grandparent's Day
- BabyZone | Team Mom – Wed, Aug 21, 2013 11:44 AM EDT
pastaThere might be something wrong with me. I keep doing the same thing and thinking things will turn out differently. In this case, I make dinner for my family every night, but like someone who's certifiable, I'm still waiting for the evening when I get to enjoy a warm meal in peace. If you've ever cooked for a crew of kids, you probably know what I mean. As soon as those plates hit the table, that's when my four-year-old bounces up. "Potty!" Then its our two-year-old following suit, "I hab to go potty too!" She actually wears pull-ups right now, but that doesn't deter her from this gotta-leave-the-table emergency. So I turn my attention to the baby, and see my husband carefully laying out tiny bite-size portions of things like cheese, bread, grapes (no, he's not French but this actually sounds quite nice, right?). That's when the little guy starts flinging it right off the highchair tray.Read More »from Why I Make Dinner Every Night... And Why It's Worth It
Dinner at our place is nuts.
And it probably will be for years.
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Why I let my toddler take risks
My older daughter, who came to us at the age of three-and-a-half years old, has been cautious since the day we met her. If something was hot, she stayed far away. If a slide or climbing structure seemed a bit too high, she didn't even try it. Her diligence regarding staying away from bodies of water was unmatched. We had it easy, really. Then along came Elvie, and we found out what "polar opposite" really meant. Not only is Elvie unafraid to try new things, sometimes she'll try things that hurt her a bit before a second time. She wants to conquer things, and she doesn't factor my anxiety level into whether or not she wants to do something. She will not be stopped, and I finally realized that I need to lighten up on the little things. We've always been cautious about safety when it comes to things that are major risks - we're not going to send her into a backyard with an unattended swimming pool, for instance - but I've come to discover that for her, sometimes a little bit of allowedRead More »from 4 Reasons Why I Let My Toddler Take Risks
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Wed, Aug 14, 2013 3:34 PM EDT
Geeky baby gift ideas.Are you a totally tech savvy parent-to-be? Register your baby's domain name online! Learn more about how to buy a domain name, domain name lookups, and securing your little one's future online presence.
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A domain name (also called a domain URL) is basically a website address. My personal website for my own name is simply www.keikozoll.com. When researching your baby's domain name, it would look something like www.yourbabysname.com.
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As we live in an ever-connected, always-online world, it's important to stake out your online territory. You don't want your name appropriated online by someone else, do you? The same goes for your baby, whether your little one has a common or unique name. The cost of most .com websites is fairly cheap on an annual basis; usually, the more years you buy at once, the cheaper the annual renewal cost each year. Domain
7 ways having a baby brought us closer
We thought we were a pretty solid couple before having kids, but having a baby changes everything. And this time, I'm talking about it changing for the better! We have found so many ways that having a child has brought us closer. Here are my 7 favorites…
1. Watching Each Other Be Goofy
Now, my husband is a really funny guy. But he's always been funny in an intelligent-and-witty sort of way. Now I get to see him be funny in a goofy-and-childlike way. Which is just so full of joy. Big smiles.
2. Quality Time
We spent a lot of time together when it was just the two of us. But I'm not sure we ever put as much effort into spending quality time and making family memories before. Our son inspires us to go out and have fun together.
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3. Learning to Be More Selfless
If there is anything having a baby teaches you quickly, it is how to be more giving to someone else and more selfless. That type of loving generosity in our house has brought us allRead More »from 7 Ways Having a Baby Brought Us Closer
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Wed, Aug 14, 2013 3:49 PM EDT
7 simple ways for mamas to get In the hustle and bustle of the everyday, many mamas tend to lose sight of themselves and their needs. Being a parent is a selfless (and often thankless) job and there is always something that needs to be done. A load of laundry to do, errands to run, snacks to be made, work projects to finish…some days it seems never-ending.Read More »from 7 Sneaky Ways Any Mom Can Get Some Time for Herself
But, even when it seems like there's no hope for finding any "me time" in your busy schedule, it is so important to squeeze it in. Sometimes your "me time" may involve leaving the house, but sometimes it may be something small, yet perfectly indulgent, being squeezed in during nap time. Whatever the case, finding "me time" as a mama is an important part of staying balanced, and even though it may feel like it is taking way from your motherly "duties," it will actually help you come back refreshed and better able to be the best mama you can be. Here are a few ideas for squeezing in some "me time" as a mama - things that I like to do and that you might too!
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Thu, Aug 15, 2013 12:23 PM EDT
"Many of my friends on Facebook are having babies. Nearly every time I log on, I see (in my news feed) many pictures of these babies, almost to the point of oversharing. Now, I love babies and feel it's acceptable to post a photo from a holiday gathering or a first picture of a newborn. But when this happens every day from a specific acquaintance, is it a violation of the baby's privacy? The baby did not sign up for a Facebook account, does not understand the concept of Facebook and obviously was not asked permission to have its pictures on the site."
It's an interesting question. At what point does a child have a right to privacy and are we violating that right by sharing pictures?
During my son Eli's first year, I posted one picture each week to my Facebook friends. There were a few weeks where I shared two, but those were holidays etc., and I saved most of my photo dumping for Twitter. Privacy-wise,Read More »from Do Babies Have a Right to Privacy on Social Media?
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