Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Beyonce Stuns VMAs With Pregnancy Announcement
Singer Beyonce Knowles chose Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards to announce that she’s pregnant.
“Hot sauce mom” spared jail time
An Alaska woman convicted of punishing her adopted Russian son by squirting hot sauce into his mouth was spared immediate jail time on Monday.
Judge: Kids Can Live With Child-Killer, For Now
Trisha Conlon’s teenage son will continue to live with a woman who shot and killed her own daughters 20 years ago, ruled King County Superior Court Judge William Downing in Seattle today.
Hurricane Irene spawns baby boom in some hospitals
Hurricane Irene’s sweep up the East Coast spawned a swath of damage from powerful winds and rains, but also a legacy of a happier sort — a crew of new babies born in the heart of a howling storm.
Moms-to-be get free advice by text
Through frequent cellphone messages, expectant and new mothers get advice on pregnancy and infant care.
Monday, August 29th, 2011
Don’t believe what you hear from most New York City residents about Hurricane Irene being a dud. Our corner of the city felt the storm’s wrath, and it left more fallen limbs, uprooted trees, and dangling electrical wires than I care to think about. Yet somehow, my older daughter declared yesterday “the best day ever.” And she’s got a point.
It didn’t start off that way. All of us were woken at around 4 a.m. Sunday morning by what sounded like a small army angrily marching across our roof. It must have come from a bunch of branches coming down all at once, but we frankly weren’t sure. Adira told us she was scared, and we admitted that we were a bit worried, too. I think she appreciated our sharing in and validating her feelings–and appreciated even more the super-rare invitation to sleep in our room. And then something near-miraculous happened: She actually slept, solidly, for a few hours. We expected her to be up, either worried about the storm or excited at the prospect of sleeping in our room, but we all got some needed rest.
The day picked up from there. We managed a morning walk around the neighborhood, and built a tent in her room, where she read books, played games, and had a snack. Thanks go to a Caillou episode for the idea. We cooked applesauce and baked cupcakes, something healthy and something not, and she pretended to open a restaurant. Our next-door-neighbor came over for a visit, and I got out for a late-afternoon walk with the baby.
We didn’t hear even once during the day the mantra so often repeated on other lazy days, “I’m bored.” Maybe we were better prepared, having expected to remain indoors all day. Or maybe when faced with the reality of the storm and the damage she saw, Adira knew on some level she needed to make the most of it and not complain.
The best day ever? Maybe not for us adults. But as things go, it was a pretty darn good one. I am proud of Adira for making the most of it, and will think back with some (tiny, begrudging) bit of fondness on angry Irene.
Monday, August 29th, 2011
Hospital Deluged with Births As Irene Battered North Carolina
Seventeen babies were born at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in North Carolina as Hurricane Irene made its way along the U.S. East Coast.
Mom’s Smoking Tied to Psychiatric Meds in Kids
According to a new study from Finland, mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have children who will end up taking anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants.
Pediatricians Seek to KO Youth Boxing
Pediatricians oppose boxing for any adolescent under the age of 19 because of the risk of concussions, and other serious injuries, but supporters promise that the benefits of boxing outweigh the negatives.
Miranda Rights For Children?
Despite the confusion following some changes made by The Supreme Court, school officials do not have to read Miranda warnings or wait for police officers before they question students about a weapon or contraband on school property.