Meet Arthur. Arthur’s mom, Emily Cleaver, is a photographer and she likes using him to reenact classic scenes from movies. Here he is, rocking a solitary tear, in “The Blair Witch Project.” Consider this reason #3872 that I want a baby: using said baby as an adorable prop in my creative endeavors. Click onward to see Arthur in classic scenes from “The Godfather,” “Alien,” and “Rambo: First Blood,” amongst others. And check out his mom’s blog — with tons more photos of Arthur working the camera — here. [Flavorwire]
I probably won’t win too many fans with this statement, but it’s been on my mind for the past few years. I don’t think second-, third-, fourth-time etc. moms should have a baby shower for every pregnancy. The baby shower should be reserved for new moms only!
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If only babies came with an exchange policy, then we’d never have to hear about another mother trying to sell her newborn for $15,000. Bridget Wismer is the latest baby seller to get caught. She allegedly planned to take a trip to Disney World with the bank she made from her baby. Her asking price seems a little low, doesn’t it? Disney World is not that fun.
Click through to see some more mothers who tried to sell their babies. I’m sad that there are enough of theses stories for a full slideshow … but, alas, there are. [USA Today]
Aww! Remember when you were little and anything your daddy did was automatically hilariously funny? That moment is captured on tape here with one guy fake sneezing for this delightfully giggly baby. Wait until this kid discovers farts! [YouTube via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Things a 12-year-old boy should not have to see up-close: his mother’s vagina, specifically his mother’s vagina while giving birth. Gaelen Edwards saw stuff that most boys his age have never seen. When his mother Danielle started crowning, he had no choice but to delivered his baby brother, Caynan, at home. “I said, ‘Gaelan, when I push next, I need you to grab the baby by the shoulders and I need you to pull him out.’ And he — just like by instinct, I couldn’t even believe it — grabbed the baby by the shoulders, with the head on his wrist, and eased him out, kind of wriggled him from side to side, and pulled him onto the bed,” said Danielle. Good thing Gaelen had been reading all those medical books and watching hospital dramas in his spare time. Keep reading »
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 »