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Monday, July 21st, 2014
“I can’t wait to hop in the car and run errands with my child,” said no parent ever. If you’re not trying to snap your baby out of a crying jag with a one-handed backwards version of “Twinkle Twinkle,” then you’re mouth-breathing while an explosive poop fills up her diaper. (Side note: what’s up with the timing of those?) Oh, and yeah, you’re also trying to remember to keep your hands at 10 and 2, give people the right of way and always use your turn signal.
I mean, really.
Apparently, the engineers at Toyota are no strangers to the perils of traveling with kids and have designed what can only be described as every parent’s dream car. It’s a Sienna minivan, yes, but it’s a minivan that’s going to help you get from Point A to Point B without feeling like you’ve just run a marathon. That’s because it’s equipped with two magical features, the AP reports. The first, “Driver Easy Speak,” lets you speak into a built-in microphone that will amplify your voice through speakers in the backseat, making hollering over your shoulder a thing of the past (though feel free to continue shouting back there if needed). Best part? The feature only works for the driver, meaning your baby’s shrieks won’t be any louder than normal.
The second bell and whistle sure to win over parents is the “pull-down conversation mirror,” which lets you check on the kids without having to turn around. The feature is optional, but I can’t for the life of me imagine why a parent wouldn’t spring for it. Sparing yourself the agony of twisting around in the middle of a traffic jam to deal with a baby tantrum has got to be worth the extra cost.
But you’ll have to endure the road trips and errand-running without the high-tech help for now. The 2015 Sienna doesn’t roll into showrooms until this fall.
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Image of 2015 Toyota Sienna interior courtesy of Toyota
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Thursday, July 17th, 2014
This morning was a rough one for me. My son woke up twice last night, picked at his breakfast and practically had to be dragged to camp. Catching my breath outside after drop-off, I wondered if this motherhood thing is all it’s cracked up to be. (Ever have one of those moments?)
Then I read about three miracle babies who are beating the odds and I snapped out of my mood immediately. The first story was about conjoined twins Owen and Emmett Ezell, who were born joined at the abdomen. It took a complex, nine-hour surgery to separate the boys, and nearly 10 more months recovering in a Dallas hospital, but the two are finally at home with their parents and two older siblings. In fact, on Tuesday, they celebrated their first birthday. (Happy birthday, guys!) The against-all-odds babies aren’t out of the woods yet — they still require close medical supervision, according to Today. Still, parents Jenni and Dave Ezell said that “knowing friends and strangers are praying for them will help them conquer the many challenges ahead.”
As if the Ezell twins weren’t inspiring enough, I then learned about Tessa Evans, an 18-month-old Irish girl who was born without a nose. The congenital facial condition, known as arhinia, is so rare that there have been only 47 cases recorded in recent medical history. To say she’s a fighter is a serious understatement: She spent the first five weeks of her life in the NICU, has undergone two surgeries (one of which left her blind in one eye), and is scheduled to have a third, where doctors in London will give her a nose mold. Tessa’s parents, Grainne and Nathan Evans, are just as tenacious. They’ve gone public with their story to help raise money for their daughter’s care, but also to raise awareness about arhinia and to give hope to other people living with the condition.
As difficult as it may have been for the Ezell and Evans families to talk about their families’ ordeals, many thanks to them for sharing their amazing stories — and for helping to give this mom some perspective.
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Photo of the Ezell twins courtesy of Prayers for Owen and Emmett via Facebook
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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Talk about Boston Strong! Jeff Bauman may have lost both of his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, but that hasn’t slowed him down. In just a year, he’s gone back to work, written a book about his experiences, and proposed to girlfriend Erin Hurley. And on Sunday, the couple welcomed their little girl, Nora Gail, Today reports.
The happy news was first announced on Facebook and included an adorable picture of the new parents and their daughter. It was a stark contrast to the last time the world saw Bauman, when an Associated Press photographer captured him being rushed from the bombing scene in a wheelchair, a makeshift tourniquet wrapped around his leg. Bauman was later heralded as a hero for giving authorities a description that helped them find suspected bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The birth of any baby is cause for celebration, but as the trials get under way for Tsarnaev and his friends, Nora’s arrival seems especially sweet. Congratulations to Jeff and Erin!
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Image of Jeff, Erin and Nora courtesy of Jeff Bauman via Facebook
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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Notorious oversharer Jason Biggs has spilled yet another can of beans about his personal life, this time revealing on Conan that he once sampled his wife’s breast milk.
“I just wanted to see what the fuss is about. My kid loves it,” Biggs explained to the comedian on Monday, according to People. “I have a right to it as well, don’t I?”
Well, no, actually. You don’t. That’s for your adorable son, Sid. But I’m not surprised curiosity got the better of the new dad. After all, when you’re breastfeeding, it seems like your whole life revolves around the milk you’re producing: Has it come in and do you have a good supply? Is baby latching on and taking in enough during feedings? Is it leaking all over your shirt? Again? So it only makes sense that your partner would be just a little interested in what’s coming out up there. (Even Kim Kardashian couldn’t resist taking a sip of sister Kourtney’s breast milk.)
The Orange Is The New Black star has been called out on his, um, transparency in the past. And sure, some of the stuff he and wife Jenny Mollen have revealed does feel a little like TMI (see: the time Mollen hired a prostitute for Biggs’ birthday). But in this case, he sounds exactly like what he is: a normal, first-time dad.
Tell us: Would you let your partner try your breast milk?
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Image of Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen courtesy of Shutterstock
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Monday, July 14th, 2014
Pump your fists in the air — JWoww’s baby is finally here!
It took a little longer than expected, but on Sunday, one day after inducing labor, the “Jersey Shore” star and fiancé Roger Mathews welcomed their baby girl. Meilani Alexandra Mathews weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, according to E! Online.
It’s a happy ending to what has been a tough nine months for the first-time mom. JWoww (real name, Jenni Farley) has made no secret of how difficult her pregnancy has been. First, there was the epic case of morning sickness, where she lost a whopping nine pounds in three weeks and needed Zofran to keep food down. Then, she suffered from painful sciatica and, while icing down the area, a nasty case of frostbite. But the setbacks didn’t seem to dampen her enthusiasm over meeting her little girl. She titled her latest blog post “I love her so much already!” and wrote that she “cannot wait to meet my lil nugget hopefully this week!!!!”
Mom and baby are both happy and healthy, and in fact, a rep for the reality star says the “newest guidette” is “already looking to trade her baby bottle for barbells.” No word yet on when her first GTL sesh will be.
Tell us: What was your third trimester like? A piece of cake or a very long final stretch?
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Photo of JWoww and Roger Mathews courtesy of Shutterstock
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