Everyone knows that having a newborn baby is a hellish, sleep-deprived ordeal that is quickly forgotten when your baby grows into a “TV newborn” who smiles and laughs and melts your heart every time he does something, also known in the real world as a 3-month-old. Many kind people attempt to offer words of consolation to the sufferers during those first difficult months but get viciously snapped at for their efforts. Part of this is because new parents are irritable folks with half their brain functions temporarily disabled, and part of it is that these words of consolation are bad. Here I will explain how some common attempts to be helpful are in no way helpful. Read more on Cracked…
Germany is the first European country to have the option of choosing neither, leaving the gender spot on their newborn’s birth certificate blank if the baby’s sex can’t be determined. Read more on Newser…
My first instinct when holding an absurdly cute, especially chubby baby is obviously to try to take a bite out of its leg. Am I weird? Maybe. I don’t have the willpower to resist a roll of chubby, baby thigh. It must be nibbled on. I feel similarly about cupcakes.
According to new research, this does not make me a psychotic, cannibal baby-eater. A study published in the latest issue of Frontiers in Psychology found that the smell of a fresh baby activates all kinds of crazy pleasure centers in women’s’ brains. When two groups of women — those who had given birth in the last six weeks and those who had never given birth — sniffed the pajamas of two-day-old infants, they all went wild, but the new mothers brains lit up like pinball machines hitting the high score. Why? Because baby smell triggers the same part of our brains that make us think we’ve found a cupcake when we’re starving. Keep reading »
The royal uterus watch is over! After months (nine, to be exact) of speculation, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy today. Weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces, the new royal heir’s name is still unknown, but we’ll keep you updated the second we have more information. According to Kensington Palace:
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.
The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.”
Don’t you just love it when the British say “in hospital”? [Guardian]
Is it a girl?!
Kate Middleton may have let the sex of her unborn child slip today as she greeted well-wishers in Grimsby, England. As the Telegraph reports, the duchess was chit-chatting with fans when one woman handed her a teddy bear. Kate reportedly replied, “Thank you, I’ll take that for my d…” then stopped herself.
According to Us Weekly, another bystander asked her if she had meant to say “daughter,” to which the royal replied, “We’re not telling.” Not telling or don’t know? Because another bystander heard her say, “No, we don’t know.” The plot thickens…
Either way, this is exciting because we can finally start envisioning how amazing it would be if Kate and Will had a girl. No offense to baby boys, but think of the fashion potential!
In addition to inheriting a great sense of style, Catherine’s baby girl would also inherit the throne. This year, the British parliament moved forward with legislation to end the principle of male primogeniture, so that Kate and William’s first child can inherit the throne regardless of gender. Yes, Kate’s first born might one day become queen. Read more…
GUHHHHH. I need to know how a seven-month-old baby got a feather stuck in her neck. Mya Whittingon’s parents thought the girl had a swollen lymph node on her neck. The doctors agreed and sent her home with some antibiotics. The next day Mya’s neck swelled to the size of a golfball, so her parents took her back to the doctor’s office, where they plucked a two-inch long feather from her neck. They think that Maya swallowed it or inhaled it somehow from a down pillow and it lodged itself in her throat and travelled to her neck. WHAT?! TELL ME HOW! I personally think Maya’s a new kind of bird super heroine. This is an origin story. I can feel it.[Huffington Post]
Babies, man. They’re real terrors. Just check out Dan Milano’s infant daughter, dressed as a terrifying baby Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, wreaking havoc on the plastic people of her small hamlet. Where are the baby Ghostbusters when you need them? [Twitter]
If you’re not on the Spank Rock short bus yet, you probably should be: Rapper/singer Naeem Juwan makes sexy, catchy-as-hell tracks. For his latest video, “Baby,” Spank enlists a crew of adorable kiddies as his backup clappers/cheer squad. Too cute.
Hey, a baby is still a baby — even if that baby happens to weigh a couple hundred pounds. This is Pakak, one of two orphaned baby walruses who are being cared for by the staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. Palak, and his brother Mitik were orphaned after becoming separated from their herd, and are apparently really, really into cuddling. Local reporter Kate O’Malley visited the siblings and found them super endearing. “They lumbered right over to me and photographer Marc Lester and smacked us with their velvety bowling ball heads. Then they started barking,” she wrote. “They sounded like a couple of smokers hacking into a megaphone.” Smokers hacking into a megaphone! Adorable!
Sadly, the two will be separated — off to the Indianapolis Zoo and the New York Aquarium, respectively. But for now, they can cuddle with the staff — and each other. Check out one more amazing pic after the jump. Keep reading »