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Kate Hudson’s Gender Predicting Pendulum Test Failed

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Kate Hudson pregnantKate Hudson and fiance Matt Bellamy welcomed their new addition on Saturday night — a baby boy. The couple decided not to find out the baby’s gender during her pregnancy, but Hudson was convinced she was having a girl thanks to a few gender predicting old wives’ tales. Wrong! Even though gender predicting tricks like the Ancient Chinese Birth Chart are fun ways to ponder whether a boy or a girl is on the way, it seems they really are nothing more than old wives’ tales.

Hudson tried the pendulum test on the Today show back in April. She held a ring tied to a piece of hair in front of her bump and it went in a circle, supposedly indicating that she was expecting a girl. She also said she was carrying the baby differently than she did when she was pregnant with her first son Ryder, now 7 years old. Hudson used the pendulum test during her first pregnancy, too, and back then it predicted a boy correctly.

So is Hudson disappointed with baby boy number two? We doubt it. Hudson did tell Entertainment Tonight, “If it comes out a boy … to see the look on Ryder’s face. I mean, forget it.”

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Do Parents Regret Wacky Baby Names Later?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

baby namesYou’ve probably felt buyer’s remorse, but what about namer’s remorse? A unique name like Mowglis or Boulevard might sound like a good way to set your child apart from all the Jacob‘s and Isabella‘s when you name him, but once your baby starts to develop a personality and go to school with his unique name, will it still sound so perfect?

According to a British study sponsored by parenting site Bounty.com, one in five parents regretted their name choice after finding a more fitting one later or realizing it was too unusual.

Celebrity parents continue to lead the wacky baby name charge. Or should we call it a competition? Alicia Silverstone named her son Bear Blu; Mariah Carey called her twins Monroe and Moroccan; and Antonio Sabato Jr. just gave his newborn the Hawaiian middle name Kamakanaalohamaikalani — at least it’s a middle name.

TODAYMoms even found a name-happy mom who gave her daughter seven unusual names instead of just one. The list includes Astravaganza and Angeletta, but not the name her 15-year-old daughter goes by today — Lola.

Perhaps your kids will thank you later for if you give them a popular name.

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Alicia Silverstone Welcomes Baby Boy, Bear Blu

Monday, May 9th, 2011

alicia silverstoneAlicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki welcomed a baby boy last Thursday, May 5, just in time for the first time mom to celebrate her first Mother’s Day.

Mom and Dad are completely in love with their beautiful baby boy, according to a statement from Silverstone’s rep. At birth he weighed in at 7 lbs., 15 oz.

The couple named their son Bear Blu, joining the ranks of celebrity parents opting for a super-unique baby name rather than a classic or popular one. Knowing that Silverstone is a major animal lover, PETA activist, and vegan, maybe an animal-themed baby name shouldn’t surprise us.

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Top Baby Names for 2010

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

top baby names of 2010, most popular baby names, 2010 baby namesThe U.S. Social Security Administration just announced the top 100 baby names for 2010 and Jacob and Isabella are the most popular baby names for the second year in a row. While the top 10 girls names of 2010 include the same mix as 2009′s list, two new names made it into the top 10 list for boys: Anthony and Aiden.

Top 10 boy names for 2010: Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Jayden, William, Alexander, Noah, Daniel, Aiden, Anthony

Top 10 girl names for 2010: Isabella, Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Madison, Chloe, Mia

Try our baby name finder to find your own top baby name, and read on to see the full list of the top 100 boys and girls names for 2010.

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April Showers

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

I know, I know—it isn’t April anymore. But the baby shower I attended in Arlington, VA. this past Saturday was on April 30, so I feel this title still applies.

I have to preface this post by saying I had only been to one baby shower before this past weekend, so admittedly I have very little expertise in the field. Still, I feel pretty confident in saying that this one was fabulously fun. The party throwers (sister of the Mom-to-be, Lisa, and best friend of the Mom-to-be, Bailey) made sure to add plenty of personal touches and surprises for Alison, so that the day really felt special, and not generic.

Another post preface—I am not now, nor have I ever been, a crafty person. However, this past weekend I crafted like my life depended on it. And let me tell you, I feel quite ready should another baby shower appear on the horizon (I’m talking to you, sister!).

Read on to see some of the personal touches Lisa and Bailey came up with, and feel free to steal them for your own party planning.

And check out the Etsy shop that created the banner above here.

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Kate Hudson Uses the Pendulum Test to Predict Baby’s Sex

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

pregnant kate hudsonPregnant Kate Hudson revealed her gender predicting trick on the Today show yesterday morning, saying she used the pendulum test to predict whether she’s having a boy or a girl. So what is the pendulum test and what does it say about Hudson’s baby-to-be?

The exact process differs depending on who you ask. But basically you dangle a chain with a charm over your palm or your belly. If it swings back and forth it’s a boy, and if it goes in a circle it’s a girl. Hudson used a ring tied to a piece of her hair instead, and the pendulum test revealed she’s having a girl. But for believers of gender predicting tricks associated with how you carry your baby — Kate says she’s carrying no differently than she did with her son Ryder. Maybe she should try our Ancient Chinese Birth Chart to predict her baby’s gender next.

“I keep saying ‘she,’ but she’s so nuts in here, she’s so wild. I kinda feel like it’s got the Hawn gene — my mom’s lineage for sure. Dancing every day,” Hudson said.

So is it a boy or a girl for Hudson? We’ll have to wait until July to find out for sure. The Something Borrowed star also recently announced that she is engaged to the baby’s father, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy.

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Participate in a Survey About Autism and Pregnancy

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

In an ongoing effort to understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Interactive Autism Network is launching another online survey (the Pregnancy and Birth Questionnaire) about the pregnancy and birth experiences of mothers raising children with autism.  Researchers will analyze any “potential links between prenatal, pereinatal, or neonatal factors” and autism, such as specific medications, foods, fertility treatments, ultrasounds, pregnancy and birth complications (including illness or infection),  and induced labor.

IAN is looking for mothers  in the U.S. with children (between ages 0 to 17) who do and don’t have autism to participate in the survey.  Mothers who do have kids with autism must have given birth directly to the child. Register for the online survey on the Interactive Autism Network’s website.

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Mariah Carey Shares Her Easter Egg Painted Belly

Monday, April 25th, 2011

mariah carey easter egg bump, belly art, pregnancy belly, pregnancy belly art, mariah careyMariah Carey showed off a new painted belly over the weekend. This time she sported a giant Easter egg belly featuring a blue and a pink heart as a nod to “Dem Babies” as Carey likes to call her twins-to-be. As with her previous butterfly belly art, she posted the photo on Twitter saying “HAPPY EASTER! Ummm.. READY!!!!!!!!!!!! Done and done.”

Carey is due to deliver her twins any day now, so it’s no surprise she’s ready to meet her babies, but we’ll miss her painted bellies.

Did you you paint your belly for Easter?

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