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Rosie O’Donnell and her wife Michelle Rounds welcomed a daughter they have named Dakota, US Weekly is reporting. The baby, who O’Donnell and Rounds adopted after her January 5 birthday, is the first for the couple and the fifth for O’Donnell, whose older children are named Parker, Chelsea, Blake, and Vivienne. The four older kids are under a shared custody agreement with O’Donnell’s ex-wife, Kelli Carpenter.
Parents.com’s In Name Only blog explores the meaning of the name “Dakota:”
The baby name Dakota is a Sioux name that means “friendly one,” a sweet choice for a little girl. It’s been in the top 500 baby names in the U.S. since the early 1990s, and is currently hovering around the 300 mark for both girls and boys. While in the past it’s been considered a unisex name, I’m feeling like this one is being taken over a bit by the girls. In addition to being the name of two U.S. states and tribes of Sioux Native Americans, it’s the name of actress Dakota Fanning (lately of the Twilight series), and infamously, the name of the building where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived—and where he was shot to death in 1980.
Image: Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds, via @rosie/instagram.com
First and foremost, big thanks to Erin O’Donnell for the terrific job she did guest-blogging while I was in blissful away-land these past 2 weeks. I enjoyed visiting PNN as a reader, and I certainly learned a lot from what I read.
It was an eventful two weeks in the world of parenting news. Stories ranged from the controversial new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics concerning circumcision to the births of celebrity babies toreality TV stars Snooki and Giuliana and Bill Rancic.
We were alerted to new warnings as well, including the dangers of colored laundry detergent gel-packs and the deceptiveness of products that claim to teach babies to read.
Perhaps the most interesting and intriguing story, though, was about the parents of twin newborns who were making their first airplane flight with babes in tow. The parents passed out candy to all the other passengers on the plane, apologizing in advance for any crying or disruption their babies might cause, and offered earplugs to anyone who was bothered. The debate that ensued was fascinating!
So again, thank you Erin for such smart coverage of such a wide spectrum of parenting news stories.
Oh, and thank YOU, readers, for taking the Parents News Now Facebook page to a thrilling milestone – we’ve surpassed the 1,000-follower mark! If you don’t follow us yet, “like” PNN on Facebook by clicking here.
Image: Thank you note, via Shutterstock
Happily, dear readers, I am heading off for two weeks by the late summer seashore. Equally happily, in my absence Parents News Now will be in the wise and talented hands of my friend and colleague Erin O’Donnell.
You’ve seen Erin on PNN before (click here to read some of her past posts), and I hope you’ll join me in looking forward to keeping up to date on parenting news through her excellent posts.
Welcome back, Erin!
While I was away on vacation these past two weeks, I can’t say I did much “work,” but I did enjoy visiting PNN as a reader, thanks to Erin O’Donnell’s great news eye. Here are some of the posts that most grabbed my attention:
- Study Finds Arsenic in Organic Infant Formula and Cereal Bars
- Johnson & Johnson Recalls Infant Tylenol
- School Says Turkey Sandwich Not Healthy, Gives Child Cafeteria Nuggets
Thanks again to Erin for keeping all of us in the know so beautifully!
Your intrepid PNN blogger will be away for the next couple of weeks, so please join me in welcoming back Erin O’Donnell, who will be bringing her excellent writing and sharp news eye to the blog as guest blogger.
Get to know Erin by checking out some of her posts from last summer.
Welcome back, Erin!