• Thanks to Twitter, people all over the world can get real-time updates on everything from the earthquakes in Chile to the elections in Afghanistan. But the social media platform also works on a smaller and more intimate level, as one of the company's very own employees recently illustrated.

    Claire Díaz-Ortiz works as the Social Innovation Manager for Twitter. As a crucial member of the microblogging site's team, she has more than 333,000 followers and exclusive dibs on the @claire handle. So it seemed only natural that when Díaz-Ortiz went into labor, she broke the news — where else? — on Twitter.

    "Currently googling: did my water just break?" Díaz-Ortiz, who lives in Argentina, tweeted on April 5.

    Her Google search evidently yielded a "yes," and Díaz-Ortiz began making her way to the hospital. However, it was a comedy of errors. She didn't have time to pack a baby bag, and her cab overheated

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  • The royal family arrives at Wellington Airport in New Zealand. Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImageThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in New Zealand on Monday morning to kick off a much-anticipated three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia — the couple's first official trip with Prince George. And though it's only day one, there's already been a swirl of information to keep up with. Here's what you need to know so far:

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    Why is this a big deal?
    Besides the fact that any royal movement is always a major event, this trip holds particular significance. That’s because, while the British monarchy still reigns in New Zealand and Australia — both are part of the Commonwealth of Nations — it’s unclear how relevant the monarchy still is in both countries, and this trip will provide insight into that. Recently, a former prime minister of New Zealand noted that it was “inevitable” for the country to become a republic; in Australia, meanwhile, recent surveys have found that a third of citizens would be upset if

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  • Children will bloom with creativity when making these seasonally inspired crafts.

    Painted Umbrella

    Coaxed open by raindrops, umbrellas bloom like flowers in spring. Your child can turn hers into the prettiest of them all by painting it with a fanciful pattern. It only takes a few supplies and a child-size umbrella. Give kids this absorbing activity, and on the next wet day, they can show off their handiwork in the rain.

    Materials
    Nylon umbrella
    Paintbrushes
    Permanent waterproof paint
    Newspaper
    Smock

    1. Follow the paint manufacturer's directions: Some fabric paints require the addition of fixative; others require ironing the umbrella after painting.

    2. Carefully cover the work surface with newspaper before you begin, and have your child wear a smock.

    3. Once finished, keep the umbrella open overnight; the paint must dry completely before you close it or use it.

    Related: 35 Pantry Staples for Healthy Eating

    Canvas Checkerboard

    Kids who learn

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    We got new dads to dish on what they wish their partners knew. So, listen up, mamas!

    By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com

    Let's be honest: a new baby, a whole new lifestyle and a postpartum mama aren't exactly the easiest things for most new daddies to get used to. Though they usually try to be helpful, it's still a big adjustment. So, after hearing what moms wish their partners knew, we decided to pull a 180 and ask dads to share what they wish the women in their lives knew. Some of the answers may shock you.

    More from The Bump: What moms wish their partners knew

    #1. They miss you -- and your attention.

    "After baby was born, I did my best to help with everything my wife needed. And while I don't mind doing it, I need a hug or a 'good job' every once in a while -- some kind of appreciation for what I do!" -- Jake B.*

    "I really wanted to take a trip with my wife, just the two of us. Even if we went away for a day together or were able to get a family member to stay

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  • (Photo: Emely/Corbis)The other night I heard something very disturbing come out of my 4-year-old daughter’s mouth. It wasn’t a four-lettered word beginning with F (been there, said that), it wasn’t inappropriate enough to get her thrown out of pre-K, but it was jarring nonetheless. The offending phrase: tennis shoes. Oh, the horror!

    You see, I am from New York, and we currently live in New York, but my husband is from Michigan so certain Midwestern phrases and pronunciations have made their way into our home. And I’ve had to correct them, obviously. For example, my name is Ehr-in, not Ear-in; we drink Ar-ange juice not Oar-ange juice, and we wear sneakers, not tennis shoes. Call it regional dialect pride or linguistic snobbery, but I like the way we say things here. And, like most people, I think our way is the right way. (Check out this awesome map of all the different ways people speak in the U.S.)

    I was raised on the north shore of Long Island, then went to the University of Tennessee for college (let’s

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  • What's in your baby's mattress might give you pause.It's a parenting challenge that's endured through the ages: getting our babies to sleep. Oh, we've heard the stories about "dream babies" who slumber through the night starting at two months old, who lie in the crib for six or seven hours at a stretch while their lucky parents catch the same uninterrupted, blissful zzzs. For most of us, however, that's more of an urban legend than a reality--at least in the beginning--and we're lucky when our little one agrees to a one-hour nap, tucked away in her nursery, in the middle of the day.


    But these challenges--should we sleep train? Ferberize? Cry it out?-- are not what Richard Corsi, chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, is talking about when he says that "understanding the sleeping environment is important to the health of infants and adults." Corsi, in an important piece by the University of Texas at Austin, is concerned with the pollutants present in a child's sleep space, based on a study's

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  • 10 Parenting Truths I've Learned10 Parenting Truths I've Learned

    Lately I've been feeling a bit down on pregnancy. I know it's a wonderful blessing to be able to grow a tiny human, but it's also super exhausting doing so while chasing around a toddler and working from home. So, in order to boost my spirits, I decided to take the time to focus on the positives…the lovely, unexpected perks of pregnancy if you will. Yes…I promise there really are some!

    10 Unexpected Perks of Pregnancy

    1. Hair growth can slow

    Now, this doesn't happen for everyone, but it does for me! During my final trimester of pregnancy my hair growth slows to a near standstill which means less shaving. A definite perk, since it's not always so easy contorting my pregnant body to shave these days!

    2. People are so nice!

    People are generally nicer and friendlier when they notice you're pregnant. Strangers will open up doors for you and chat you up like never before. It's like everyone wants to be a part of the tiny everyday miracle that's happening and I find it really

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  • Dear Son: I Hope You Fail

    Dear Son: I Hope You FailDear Son: I Hope You FailDear son,


    Looking at you - my 5-year-old boy, months away from stepping into your kindergarten class - I'm overwhelmed with wishes and hopes for your future. As any mother is. I hope you make friends in a leadership-type way, rather than being herded along against your better judgment. I hope you retain this incredible excitement toward learning new things. I hope you find something that sparks a passion inside of you, and I hope that you believe in yourself enough to pursue what makes you happy.

    I also hope you fail.

    I hope you experience moments of struggle.

    I hope you feel disappointment and live through difficult times.

    Now that might be jarring to read, as it's hard to write - to feel. I have this primal urge to throw my arms around you as a shield from anyone or anything that might knock you down. Anything that might hurt you. You're my baby.

    But I'm also your mother.

    My goal is to help you develop into a good, empathetic, productive person who brings more

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  • Censoring Violence in Animation: Have We Taken One Step Forward or Two Steps Back?Censoring Violence in Animation: Have We Taken One Step Forward or Two Steps Back?About a week ago, a good friend and I took our children to go see Frozen once again for the sing-along version of the movie. While both of us (and our children too, of course) absolutely love the film, I didn't give much thought to the Disney short Get a Horse!, which preceded it. While it's an eye-popping 3D-flick that has won critics over with rave reviews, my friend wasn't keen on it.

    "Don't you think it's very violent?" she asked me while we were sitting in the cinema with our popcorn and our children beside us, glued to the big screen. She explained that she didn't like the kidnapping of Minnie Mouse, the violent outbursts, and the cat-and-mouse nature of the film.

    I hadn't really given Get a Horse! much thought since first seeing it back in November, other than realizing that Mickey and Minnie's frenemy Pete seemed to have really mellowed down since his heyday in late 1920′s animation. In comparison, the Pete we see today in Disney Junior's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse seems very

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  • 10 People You Hate When You're Trying to Get Pregnant10 People You Hate When You're Trying to Get PregnantNext month marks two years since I started my journey to motherhood. It's not an anniversary I'm eager to celebrate. I thought, for sure, I'd be gearing up to celebrate a first birthday by this time, and not a "still no baby" post.


    If you've followed my story from the beginning, you know that I keep a positive attitude - about 99 percent of the time. I think one of the reasons I'm able to stay so upbeat through this all is because I allow myself to feel the crappy days, the defeated moods. But sometimes, the day just gets you.

    I write this today with a light heart, and I very loosely use the word hate. I actually don't hate anyone. But, more times than one, I've found myself rolling my eyes - or totally cringing - at these 8 types of people you learn to hate when you're trying to get pregnant. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

    1. Women With Four or More Kids
    A single child is understandable. Two makes sense. Three is actually quite nice. But four? Or more? Today?

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