This week, a woman in Texas gave birth to a terrifyingly large 16.1 lb. baby named JaMichael Brown. JaMichael’s way-larger-than-average size is being attributed in large part to his mother’s gestational diabetes which causes her to produce extra insulin. “Although insulin does not cross the placenta, glucose and other nutrients do. So extra blood glucose goes through the placenta, giving the baby high blood glucose levels,” explained the American Diabetes Association. “This causes the baby’s pancreas to make extra insulin to get rid of the blood glucose. Since the baby is getting more energy than it needs to grow and develop, the extra energy is stored as fat.” And JaMichael was delivered — thankfully via C-section so your vag can quit with the sympathy pains — a week early, even. Whoa. We weren’t sure we could fully fathom what a 16.1 lb. baby was really all about, so we decided to create this helpful chart of items that weigh just as much as JaMichael does. Keep reading »
This weekend, a friend of mine posted the following on her Facebook wall:
Just witnessed a new low in parenting. We were waiting in line for the ferry when the dad in front of us announced his kid had to go to the bathroom. Instead of, oh, I dunno, going to one of the many port-a-potties in the area, the mom whipped out her own port-a-potty and sat the kid down in it. Right there!
This experience, as it turned out, was not an aberration. Further research on her part, and then mine because I was utterly fascinated, revealed that “kids pooping and peeing in public” is a trend in potty-training called “elimination communication.” Keep reading »
Mazel tov to Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied. The “Black Swan” duo are now the proud parents of a baby boy and together have made the world a degree more gorgeous. [People]
So now comes the hard part—what baby gift should we send them?!?! Some ideas after the jump.
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Common knowledge says that men can’t breastfeed. But … can they? In a kind of awesome article over at Slate.com, writer Michael Thomsen decided to see if he—a 33-year-old male—could lactate after reading that Charles Darwin said it was possible for men to produce milk and looking up a Bible verse (Numbers 11:12, which reads, “Carry them in your bosom, as a nursing father bears the sucking child”) implying that men breastfeeding was once common. Keep reading »
Here is your cute porn for the day. Dog (who just so happens to look like my parent’s pooch) loves baby. Dog jumps for baby over and over again. Dog will not be deterred from mission. In other news, Osama Bin Ladin is dead. Gonna watch this video again. [The Daily What
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