Sunday, November 30, 2008

GG Walking This Weekend

She's getting to be a little pro! That's my smart little girl! Excuse the sideways thing. I can't figure it out. And yes, that is a Tent in our living room. The boys were camping "in" this weekend.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

baby sis beautiful Belly

for Tanyetta who loves beautiful preggers bellies. This is baby sister when she was like 6 months preggers I think.
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Friday, November 28, 2008

The one thing you must do before you give birth!


Find one song, any song, that you like. Could be soothing and mellow Bach overture or some upbeat Soca song or a saucy raucous merenge tune! Whatever floats your boat. Play it to your baby in utero and play it often. A good time to do this is in the car.

Without a doubt, you will be able to use that song to sooth the child when s/he cries and/or is uncontrollable and inconsolable (especially during long drives in the car) and even up until 10 months. We did it with all three kids. With my eldest it was Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. With my second son, it was calypsonian The Mighty Sparrow's Sugar Bum Bum. And GG will calm down in a second, even up to now at age 10 months, if she hears Bill Withers' Aint No Sunshine

I swear by this Trick! You'll be sorry if you don't do it. I think it will work wonders for collicky baby. It is the best for long car drives and especially for first time moms who would want to pull over in the highway to get out and hug their crying baby. ha!
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving 2009

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

FROM THE FOLKS AT BELLYITCH

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'm An Auntie Again (and the Pregnant with Sickle Cell Story)



my baby sister (really, I was just changing her diapers yesterday it seems as she is 15 years my junior) delivered her first child, A boy, yesterday!! A healthy 7 lbs 3 ounces. I can't STOP smiling this morning!

She had a very grueling and challenging pregnancy because she has sickle cell disease. For most of her life, the disease did not interrupt her life AT ALL. She had been blessed because we know of several people with the disease who have suffered horrible crises all their lives. Famous sickle cell patients include TBoz of the now-defunct top selling girl group TLC. An estimated 80,000 Americans are living with the disease which is common among black people. It is in my family because we are from Africa and in Africa, having the genetic blood cell mutation, which is what sickle cell anemia is, means that you can fight Malaria, an even worse disease that plagues tropical areas in Africa. It's a given that with two parents carrying a sickle cell trait (as with my parents) one in four children would be at risk of contracting the actual disease. Too bad for baby sister that she had to be that fourth child born to my carrier parents to prove that GENETICS are a fascinating thing and can very much come true!!!

Unfortunately however, one of the side effects of the disease, where it attacks organs and joints, is often triggered by certain conditions, one of them being PREGNANCY!! ACK!!

So, we (the family) have spent a better part of my sister's pregnancy taking her back and forth to the hospital. She has been admitted numerous times for long stints too. She's had blood transfusions and blood transfers. Toward the end, she even had to have a version (where they manually turn the baby from the outside to be head down) to increase the odds of her delivering vaginally. Surgery, for someone with a horrible blood disease would be the absolute worst thing. As the stars and charts would have it, we believe the version, which worked in record 5 minutes by the way, caused the cord to wrap around baby's neck. So last night, after being induced, the monitors showed that every time she had a contraction, the baby's heart rate would drop.

America, being the lawsuit conscious and of course out of natural concern for the well being and safety of the baby, she ended up getting a C-section anyway. So....we are blessed this Thanksgiving holiday season to be able to welcome a healthy baby into this world!!

Because my sister had this baby at a relatively very young age, compared to recent trends and not planned at all, she was just starting college, we are all counting our blessings and thanking God she was able to pull this off. Had she been older and perhaps in a better position financially and mature-wise, as we would have hoped, the flip side is she may not even had been able to carry the child to term. She may have had an even more difficult time coping because of a more advanced age. I say that because after doing some research, I've learned that women with Sickle Cell Disease have a difficult time getting pregnant, maintaining a pregnancy, carrying a child to term and when they do get pregnant are often saddled with the extra excruciating pains and pangs associated with the disease. Her body was literally attacking her on account of that foreign invading fetus she was carrying. Fortunately for me, just having the trait, I wasn't susceptible to that same kind of problems.

The National Institute for Health has an excellent Report on the management of the disease including an in depth section pregnancy that seems to be a worthwhile read. Luckily, there are studies and foundations working towards learning more about this hereditary blood disease.

All is well. I am very excited she is okay. I won't get into the fact that she used to complain about the hospital where she was treated until I reminded her that she could have given birth in our native Sierra Leone where these days 1 in 8 women DIE during childbirth! What a sobering reality check! She and we are blessed indeed!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Mariah Carey is DEFINITELY Pregnant!

Yes! She is Finally! I do not care how much she denies it, all the signs are there...behold...EXHIBIT A:
EVERY WOMAN, especially EVERY PREGNANT woman (or anyone who has spent a lot of time with a pregnant woman), knows that a SURE FIRE SIGN that someone is carrying a child is THAT ever present hand on the tummy!!! and some gossip sites are reporting that during her recent Mexican vacation, Carey was spotted relaxing outside her hotel room. And the usually scantily-clad Mimi was almost fully covered up!

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

How to look Old Money, whether you are new money or have no money


This week, I'm on a hunt to find a new coat although there is a slight possibility that the coats I have stored at Public Storage may be fine and could last me this winter season. I'm striving to save money, but I got a gig recently that requires me to cavort with a bunch of "old money" folks. I have to fit in, right? ha! At least one year ago, I shared with some friends my suggestions on what one needs in one's wardrobe to pull off the savvy and chic business woman look. I am the boss when it comes to looking quite moneyed indeed. I've fooled them all from Beverly Hills, to Park Avenue to Cayman Islands. Rarely questioned and often welcomed into the fold! Smart am I, the quick thinking, quick study and did I mention slightly narcissistic and cocky diva-ette I am! From examining and studying the stylings, habits and movements of the company of folks I've had to keep for the past 10 years working in the legal field, I believe I have come up with the formula for blending in:

Step 1: Stick with the classic colors, if you can. Khaki, Navy, Blue, Dark Brown, Grey, Black, Tan and maybe Pink. Nothing says, "Matilda, call security" like a bright orange and blue tie or a multicolored Pucci-style pair of leggins underneath your sheath dress. If you wanna blend in, keep it simple.

Step 2: No shabby, washed out and worn out stuff and definitely no pills! Synthetic fibers pill rather easily even after one wash. On those days you have to fake the funk, you've got to avoid any blended fiber products. Your clothes don't have to be new, but at least not look old. That is a given.

Step 3: Manicured nails that are not over 3 centimeters above your nail bed. Fake nails can work, but they have to be natural tone or French manicured style. By all means, no designs on your brightly colored index finger please. Old money has in fact discovered, in the past year, designs on the toes, so you can do those, but only on the big tone and in toned down neutral hues. Like you can do an orchid or a bonsai tree or a cherry blossom. Not the stars and stripes. That would be a wee bit too much. On the other side, no dirty, chewed nails. Excessive exposure of cuticle is a sure clue that you don't have enough free time (and money) to have weekly manicures.

Step 4: Polished shoes are a must. Scuff marks are a no-no. So are ratty exposed strings. They give away that you are not savvy and sophisticated enough to no that such outward evidence of sloppiness are nt allowed.

Step 5: Invest in a few quality pieces. While you don't necessarily have to spend the kind of money that old money people have on your clothing budget, there are a few key pieces that you should get in a high quality caliber if possible. That means well constructed. A sure sign of poor construction is the hems and seams. If they are flimsy, that is a good indicator that much time and effort wasn't put in creating a quality garment. Another indicator is durable This is where discount stores that sell "name brand" merchandise for much less like Loehmann's, TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, Ross, Filene's Basement and Syms come into play. Must have quality items include:

  • A quality constructed durable handbag or briefcase. No logos necessary. Logos are an obession of the "common" man/woman. Kate Spade, Coach, Marc by Marc Jacobs and even some styles of Guess come in the $100-$150 range in retail. Michael Kors and Dior are pricier, but you can find vintage or discount pieces that are genuine. Chanel, Yve Saint Laurent and Fendi are favorites of old rich women, but are a bit too frousy for my taste, though they are classic.
  • The classic black dress. Should be knee length or calf length. Again, in a good quality construction. I think Ralph Lauren makes great dresses and can be found in many discount stores. ABS, Alexander McQueen and Anne Klein make decent priced dresses I like.
  • A wrap dress for business casual functions (Diane Von Furstenberg would do. Her stuff can be found aplenty at Loehmann's)
  • A nice pair of riding boots. Cole Haan, Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole have a nice selection of well constructed, durable and fashion forward boots that when maintained (read: polished regularly and not worn too often) will last you years!
  • A wool coat. I like Searle, but they are a bit pricey, but you can get a good bargain at discount stores for like Calvin Klein or Anne Klein brands.
  • A cashmere or Angora wool sweater.
  • A string of pearls or faux fresh water pearls
  • A pair of diamond studs or a good quality cubic zirconium
  • A tailored suit or one that fits you to a T.
  • A blazer. I've lucked out in getting nice expensive looking blazers at consignment stores located in wealthy areas
  • A nice multicolored scarf or two made with geometric shapes. When you have a so so outfit on, nothing more can have you standing out than a great scarf wrapped or draped around you or tied on your neck. H&M sells great scarves for cheap!
  • A classic white long sleeve collared shirt. I like the make that Brooks Brothers sell. Calvin Klein makes a good classic shirt that works well too.
  • A silk black turtleneck is great to wear under a blazer.
  • Tiffany style chunky jewelry like the classic toggle bracelet or charm bracelet. A fat chunky ring and some long costume jewelry from top lines. Not the crap they sell at Express, NY & Company, and definitely not the teenie boppy stuff that stores like Claire's sell.
  • Smell good. If you go with a nice fragrance that works with your body chemistry, invest in the bath gel and lotion that way the scent will last almost all day on you, versus if you just spray it on your pressure fragrance points (wrist, behind ears, naval, back of neck, ankles). Carry a handbag mini diffuser version in your purse.
Step 6: Don't talk about money. Especially not your money woes. Only new money folks brag about how much they have in their bank account. They want everyone within ear shot to appreciate and respect them for the mere fact that they have money. New money people boast about what their nannies did or that they've called for a car to come fetch them for their weekend trip to the Hamptons or Martha's Vineyard or the Outer Banks. Daaahling. They talk nonstop over their new stroller, that the Bugaboo was just not cutting it and they had to get the MacLaren double for the twins. They go on and on about their extensive art or jazz album collection or their love for expensive wines. Blah Blah blah blah! Give it a rest, will ya! Nobody cares! Your new money is showing.

Old money folks have had it for years and have nothing to prove to anyone. They exude a certain confidence which comes from years of having access to whatever and whomever they want. You can't buy that stuff, though you can fake it! I've found old money folks, sometimes, to be more genuine and friendly. They are not competing with you to the top of the ladder nor see you as a threat. They are already, or have been at the top, and they are not threatened by your ambition. They are more likely humored by it.

Step 7: Practice good posture. If you are a man, that means no haunching over and if you are a woman, try pilates or ballet class to have you standing stronger higher. You don't have to have your nose up in the air, but there is a ginormous difference between the way a wallflower walks into the room and the way an heiress sashays in a room. Heads turn. People stop and think to themselves, "who is that? should I know him/her?"

and all of these is presumed on the fact that one has the educational pedigree if not the bloodline pedigree to pull it off. A command of basic grammar, an understanding of current events and a world view that expands beyond the borders of your hometown is good for starters. A decent knowledge of common phrases, places and cultural issues affecting your wannabe circle of friends would do just fine.

Famous posers whose lives have been turned into plays/movies:

David Hampton (April 4,1964 – July 18, 2003) was an American con artist who gained infamy in the 1980s after milking a group of wealthy Manhattanites out of thousands of dollars by convincing them he was Sidney Poitier's son. His story became the inspiration for a play and later a movie, titled Six Degrees of Separation. This is when I realized Will Smith had pure acting chops!

Catch Me if You Can is a 2002 black comedy film loosely based on Frank Abagnale Jr.'s autobiography. Before his 19th birthday, Frank successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and Louisiana prosecutor. Leonardo diCaprio did an excellent job protraying Frank.

Other ConMen...women must be too slick to get caught! hahaha
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Must Have Serum for Keeping Baby Free of the Sickies when you are Ill

By GEORGE, I THINK I DISCOVERED the ULTIMATE remedy to keep your baby free from contracting whatever case of ickies is weighing you down!!!

For the week while I had the flu, we gave the baby this serum of propolis, bugambilia, mullein, eucalyptus and honey and she was able to remain ill free --Like she became totally immune to all my germs that were surrounding her constantly! Amazing!!

Propo what? Buga-who? Mull-huh? what is all that?

Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. Propolis is marketed by health food stores as a traditional medicine, and for its claimed beneficial effect on human health. Old beekeepers recommend a piece of propolis kept in the mouth as a remedy for a sore throat. Though claims have been made for its use in treating allergies, propolis may cause severe allergic reactions if the user is sensitive to bees or bee products.
bugambilia: is a flowery plant, pink in color, from Mexico thought to have medicinal healing properties

mullein is a plant, with a yellow flower, consisting of coumarin and rotenone, with the highest concentrations of these compounds present in the plant's seeds. The plant has a long history of use as a medicine, and is an effective treatment for asthma and respiratory disorders. Extracts made from the plant's flowers are a very effective treatment for ear infections

Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of trees. The nectar of some eucalyptus produces high quality monofloral honey. Eucalyptus oil is readily steam distilled from the leaves and can be used in very small quantities in food supplements; especially sweets, cough drops and decongestants.

Because I am not an herbalist and do not naturally cultivate these products, we bought a bottle of Eucalin which does the trick because it is made up of all those ingredients! Ha! This stuff is sold at drug stores like Walgreens and international supermarkets. Maybe one day the herbalist, vitamin shops and the Trader Joes and World Markets of the world will sell it soon

I highly recommend it!! Thousands and maybe millions of moms from Mexico and the Latin America use it and can't be wrong.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Video of GG Walking

If it wasn't for her brother toppling her over she would've walked farther! My smart little girl. That is my sister's voice you hear.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

so you say you want your fetus to come out speaking French?

no problem. The makers of The Babbler, Neurosmith, has a fun toy that all three of my kids have used that babbles in French, Spanish and Japanese! The thing has won many awards and is the best thing since slice bread in my book.

What's the big deal?

A person might know 60,000 words but can't make 60,000 sounds. We only make a limited number of sounds. Linguists call these sounds phonemes (/fo-nemes/). We combine and recombine groups of phonemes to make all the different words we use.

The English language has approximately 42 sounds that combined creates over 250,000 different words. Guess what you arrogant Americans?? That leaves roughly 100 phonemes that are used in all of the world's languages that we English speakers don't use. Doh!!! That is what makes learning a new language difficult...because other languages contain a lot of sounds that are unfamiliar to us.

Spanish uses 10 other phonemes that we don't use in English. French has another 10 unique ones and the Japanese language has 6 unique ones.

Bad news for us adults, Good news for fetuses (in utero) and babies who are just learning language.

So how do you "hard wire" your fetus or newly born baby or toddler to learn these phonemes?

I'm thinking the womb is a good place to start. (wow, who says "womb" anymore?) Listen to books on tape of another language. Rosetta Stone anyone? In the car, while asleep, get your daily dose of Mandarin or Cantonese a la sublimial placenta messages. woo saaah. While baby grows in her teeth buds and hair follicles, she can be learning a little Konichi wa or Guten tag.

Or you can just search and find The Babbler. The idea is the Babbler helps brand-new minds get a grip on various foreign-language building blocks while they are young and truly open minded. My middle boy pronounces Spanish words with eerie precision and very naturally. The eldest recalls his spanish flashcard words like a pro. I took 3 years of High School and 4 years of College Spanish and if you drop me in Madrid, Havana or any other random Spanish-speaking country or Miami, Florida, I'm doing alright, but probably gonna be suckered unknowingly into paying $75.00 for my dulce de leche ice cream cone!

Unfortunately, the product isn't sold any longer and it is hard to find. And it was pricey to boot at $49.99. You can find it at some auction sites much cheaper or if you get lucky, you might strike it rich at a consignment shop or a thrift store... but only those in neighborhoods where you'll find neurotic obsessive, over educated and finicky anal moms like I am was. I'm going to pass mine down to generations in my family, though I may be persuaded by the right offer! hahahaha!

From a 2000 G4 Review: Having the appearance of a cuddly toy about the size of a small pillow with bright colors and interesting textures, the Babbler proclaims "hola" when first touched or gently moved. Keeping the child's attention with multicolored lights and touch the device continues to cover sounds unique to non-English languages such as rolling Rs in the word "rana" or the "ko" sound in the Japanese word "koto." The unique phoneme is then repeated three times before the word is given to reinforce retention. If the infant waits five minutes, the Babbler will move onto from Spanish to French with an upbeat "Bonjour" followed by Japanese and so on. The essential idea of the Babbler is very simple. It provides repetitious reinforcement of those basic sounds needed to develop the neural pathways to future language learning. Since children develop millions of synaptic connections in their first few months of life, providing exposure to sounds and basic language building blocks early can be helpful to cognitive learning in the future.
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

I am Cow, hear me moooo

hey...wassup. It's me. JJ! yeah. you didn't recognize me huh? well, I guess you might not have known that I am still a COW! yes, I'm still nursing GG. nearly 11 months into it. I figure I have a couple of more months to go until FREEDOM!!

what is FREEDOM? Freedom is getting to be selfish again and consume whatever I want. Pop whatever diet pill, drink booze or other take in any other legal vice I want without fear of it possibly affecting GG. I'm proud of myself for dropping over 40 lbs the natural way through exercise and dieting alone. I've managed to tighten and tone a great bit by running and training for road races. But some stuff just won't bounce back through diet and exercise alone. Saggy stretched out skin for example. That will take a visit to my local Dr. 90210. I am a poor narcissist. I'm old school money in a wanna be new school money frame of mind. Ha!

So....Until, I can put in my telephone call to Dr. 90210 for my mommy lift and tummy tuck.( No. I'm serious.)
I'm trying out this product, called Anew, that Avon makes to smooth and erase stretch marks. I gained so much weight for my first pregnancy that I got marks not only on the usual tummy and buttock areas, but on my arms too! EEK!! Three kids later, I think it is finally time to start "OPERATION GET MY FAB PRE BABIES BODY BACK"

I have been too cheap to drop the $100 or so for the Strivectin D (see left) the much buzzed about stretchmark cream that thousands rave about and that is sold in Department stores and at a discount at some online outlets.

My trainer told me his wife uses this and its working. It's a comparably modest $25.00. So far, after like 3 weeks of use, I can say it is actually fading them and making them lighter. Here's what else is said about the product in a site that sells it.
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Description: 9 out of 10 women have stretch marks... now you don't have to be one of them ... regardless of the age of the stretch marks...regardless of their color. Each stretch mark is actually visible discolored scar tissue caused by stretching and a breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin. Moisturizers, vitamin E, aloe or cocoa butter alone can't fade stretch marks. Avon's new revolutionary treatment, with patented technology, can. Patented Trilaser technology formulated to help, Stimulate collagen to correct the look of stretch marks. Boost elastin to help prevent new stretch marks from forming. Plus, powered with Butea, a natural plant extract to help lighten & fade stretch marks. Apply AM and PM to stretch mark areas. For use on thighs, hips, arms and buttocks. 5 fl. oz. In 2 weeks, 75% of women showed a visible improvement in length & depths of their oldest stretch marks . In 4 weeks, 86% of women showed an improvement in the skin tone of their stretch marks. In 8 weeks, 91% of women showed an improvement in the appearance of cellulite. Results not comparable to professional procedures.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

GG on the Move


We knew the day would come, when our little active mischiefmaking babushka GG would walk!!

Yes sir, ladies and gents, GG is walking!!! First she took 3 tentative steps. These days she'll take 5-8 at a time before plopping on her cushy diapered bottom. It's the cutest thing, but unfortunately, her walking development has coincided with her new found skill of climbing stairs.

Yup, no longer can we leave her on the first floor to run up to check the computer or change clothes or anything. Twice already we found her on the fourth step. I'm going to look for a gate that can attach to our bottom stairs to match the one we have had on the top of the stairs since she learned to crawl.

Her climbing is not limited to climbing up stairs. Oh no! She climbs on the tiny steps that we have about the house for the boys to brush their teeth on the sink or climb onto our California King bed which is pretty high off the ground. She'll just climb on top and stand there and dance. So that means, we have had to round up all those little stair stools and chuck them under the bed temporarily until this phase passes. She climbs into laundry baskets and toy chests. She climbs down from sofas and beds.

So not only do we now have to do a better job at keeping the floor clean. Every other hour, we find her with some inanimate object in her mouth and thank God we get it out just in time, but now we have to be extra vigilant with this climbing kick she's on.

Oh and she's also vocalizing a lot these days too. She said her first word, "Bye" today and she repeats sounds. I think she is an early talker too because there are so many people talking around her. I love to talk a lot and am always talking to her dad or on the phone. Her brothers jab all day. I listen only to talk radio and so she's getting pretty comfortable with phonemes and is practing all the time. Everyday, I make an effort to look her face to face and repeat sounds she makes to reinforce them. I think I will start with the picture books and start naming objects now. She seems ready for that step. What a smart lucky Girl!
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tiger Woods expecting Baby Number 2


I know I'm late.

"I have some wonderful news to report," the 14-times major champion told his website (www.tigerwoods.com) in September. "Elin and I are proud to announce we are expecting our second child in late winter."

The couple's first baby, daughter Sam Alexis, was born on June 18, 2007.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rapper Lil Wayne had a baby with this woman


who is waaaaaaay cuter than Lil Wayne (see below). Must be for Love or Money, I say!According to my fav site to "borrow" news and pics from, Blackcelebkids.com: Rapper Lil Wayne spoke to Power 105.1 fm on Tuesday about the birth of his son. The rapper says that he was in the delivery room when his first son Dwayne Michael Carter III was born: “I delivered him. I held the left leg the whole time.It was nasty, very nasty, but it was wonderful.” Lil Wayne says that his son was born on “Oct. 22, 9:25 a.m., 7 lbs., 12 oz” and he adds, “He’s the best thing to ever happen to me, next to my daughter.” In all,Lil Wayne has two children:Dwayne Michael Carter III and Reginae Carter, 9, with ex-wife Antonia ‘Toya’ Johnson.
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Lisa Bonet's Bump Watch

Cosby Show and 80s wild child, Lisa Bonet is expecting her second child with Jason Momoa, an actor noted for his roles in the television shows Baywatch and Stargate Atlantis. Pictured here with Zoey,19, and 16-month-old Lola.
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Barack drops the girls at school




awww!! (photo credit)
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

recognition


Bellyitch, thanks to those who find it doing various google searches, is listed as a top mom and pregnancy blog on Mommy Blips and AllTop.com! yay! I feel obligated to fix up this blog and put permanent links to the most popular posts. hmmm...there's a project for tonight!
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The Most Expensive Baby Clothes

Please see the Updated 2009 Most Expensive Baby Clothes Here:

Seeing as how popular my
"Most Expensive Strollers" post is and has become, I think people have an appetite for knowing what the celebrities and the rich and famous purchase for their kids and how they outfit them. I know I'd like to know. Luxury for me is Gymboree. Gap is a treat. Old Navy and Target are standard. I go to consignment and thrift stores in the wealthy areas for some vintage finds for myself and I will peruse the children's aisles to see if I can get lucky. But someday....

So...without further ado, my researched list of the most expensive baby and children's clothes makers. Feel free to drop a comment and let me know of a retailer or couture shop to add.

In no particular order.... (Click on a designer to be taken to the official company website)


This dutch company apparently is known for its high quality fabrics, its meticulously crafted clothes and for suspender dresses with full skirts for girls who
love to twirl. The designer sells this cute three piece dress for $280.00. I perused this site and found the clothes a bit quirky, yet fun. I am certain the quality is such that these clothes are probably lasting investments.

The exclusive designer makes gorgeous clothes for infants and children. I believe most of the stuff it sells are for fancier events like formal dinners, christenings, and other events where your kids have to show up looking like a Bradgelina twin or a Suri Cruise.


pride itself on producing excellent quality clothes for all occasions, with an eye for fine detail. Again, the child models on the company's websites are cute and wearing clothes that look like princes and princess wear. No, like the real royalty ones, not just the term of endearment you use to refer to your own children. You can find some of this designer's clothes being sold on Ebay and third party retailers sites for much less than retail prices. They are not out of the ballpark, but still quite pricey for the average Joe and Josephine six pack!


This Swedish designer's clothes are not really expensive, per se, but the clothes are on the pricier end of the scale. I have several items I purchased for my first child and they last and the colors are vibrant and stay true wash after wash. The clothes are playful and do in fact look quite Swedish.

is a Spanish fashion designer, whose original bright-colored designs are very popular. She uses motifs of moons, stars, suns or hearts in them. She designs furniture, carpets, crockery, lamps, pens, pencils, lip balms, scents, sleeves, towels or bed linen as well as clothes for children, men and women. Her stuff seems colorful and quirky and probably priced for the high end consumer's child(ren). She reminds me of designer Betsy Johnson who also has a line of children's clothes, though she doesn't make baby stuff and thus is not included in this round up.

Oilily is a famous Dutch brand that has designed clothes for babies, toddlers, boys and girls. This designer has a good range of colorful, quality crafted clothes. The retail stores are scattered about the states and can be found for cut rate prices on Ebay and other auction sites. This pretty blue tops sells for over $65.00 at some outlets.


is a contemporary collection of cashmere clothing for babies and toddlers. It combines a refreshingly modern approach to color, with an uncomplicated style and luxurious soft touch. I just love the colorful hats with attached scarves this line creates. I'm sure you can find these products at high end department stores like Neiman's and Bloomies.




The high end designer has an exquisite line of baby clothes made of soft supple and superior materials. The design house, known for clean lines, parrots the same style in its baby line as well. Check this very cute jogging set which retails for a modest $65.00. Compared to some other couture designers, Ralph Lauren is pretty good about selling his clothes to discount retailers like TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, and Burlington Coat factory stores in the U.S. You can get good quality RL items if you take the time and look.





a fine quality French collection with a unique style easily recognized. Using both vibrant and neutral colors, with a collection from sportswear knits to luxurious linens and silks, this brand covers their bases for clothing with originality and creativity. I went to this company's website and discovered it had a mix of classic, quirky, conventional and unique. My eye stopped at this cute little number that I am certain my little GG would look oh so cute in. It retails for $76.00!
High End Escada Baby sells very beautiful and pristine line of clothes that mirrors the Escada adult line.
Baby Dior sells exquisite refined clothes and shoes like these faux fur snow shoes that retails for $130.00!!!! Yup, they are fly, but baby will be wearing those boots for like a half a season. Like its adult com padre, the Baby Dior line seems quite extravagant, and not the type of clothes baby can play and frolic in unless she's the baby of some celebrity. What I need to do is move to Beverly Hills and rummage through the Good Will stores in the 90210 zip code!


Berlingot is a classic and detail-oriented brand from France. The designer offers wonderful quality clothing for boys and girls in sizes for babies, toddlers and children up to age 10 years. This cute little orange dress and pants retails for $104.00. I'm thinking it's probably looks and feel rich in person. Love it!

Jacadi is a chidrenswear retail company whose collections include clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture and nursery items in newborn thru size 12 years for both boys and girls. The merchandise is a European style which adapts the latest trends to classic designs.


Armani Baby
is a couture designer that makes fabulous and phenomenal clothes for babies

Burberry
Where else do they sell a onesie for $75.00?!! This cute boy's vest can be found at Bloomingdale's for $120.00. Okay. Moving along..






For 30 years, Aletta Baby has designed unique precious garments. This Italian designer manufactures superbly with very special fabrics too. Aletta fabrics are exclusively made in Tuscany where every single item is the result of expert hands of those who have manufactured them with care and love, with experience.

Minimiu s clean, simple lines create understated elegance for little girls and boys from 1 to 10 years. Practical yet smart, simple yet chic. Clothes designed to look good on important occasions and withstand the rough and tumble of everyday life. Today, these comfortable, sturdy, stylish clothes also have the fragrance of childhood. Minimù puts passion and dedication at the service of special creations. Like the children who wear them.

was found in 1980 by a mother of 3 children under the age of 5 who amused herself by creating her own bibs and clothing. From season to season sales
grew and today Il Gufo has stores t
hroughout Italy and has distributors worldwide. I haven't personally seen this designer's stuff, but I do know for a fact it is featured in many magazine spreads and is favored by celebrities.


Dolce and Gabanna Junior follows the ethos of D&G and embodies youth and fun with the styles of its clothes. Each season follows a set-named trend and is named separately for boys and girls.Certainly if I had $92.00 to spare I would jump on the opportunity to purchase this hat and bib set.





Founded in 1968 in Castelfidardo (Ancona) Italy, Baby Graziella has always dedicated its collections to children with a lot of tendress and capacity. There are plenty of Baby Graziella originals floating on wholesale sites and auction sites for much much cheaper than the originals. The stuff looks too cute for words!

According to company website, this designer ame to life in 1980 with the aim to make children's clothes more attractive, more amusing, and to free children from any kind of restrictions. Indeed, this style page exemplifies style and comfort. I loved the neat style pages and the eclectic mix of styles.

The Monnalisa brand name was established in 1968 and has grown into The Monnalisa group that today distributes its brands to over 50 countries worldwide through a large network of prestigious Boutiques and Department Stores, with corners and shop-in-shop, and in Monnalisa Flagship Shops.


Founded by Renzo Rosso in 1978, Diesel is an Italian based designer clothing company with over 200 retail outlets worldwide. I just love Diesel the brand for jeans and so far the kids variety seem just as rugged and long lasing

Cantimi boasts that it creates upscale garments for kids in exclusive fabrics and trendy refined colors. This is one of the very expensive lines out there. The clothes are bright and look comfortable, but for the price, unless money is not an object, I'm only having my kids wear this to photo shoots and for visits with the Obamas! (smile)




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Monday, November 10, 2008

is it too soon to give up?

...on being able to mold this WILD CHILD into a prissy, frilly princess girly girl? The child is only 10 months old and her face is scratched up from so many topples and tumbles. She loves to climb and wrestle with her older brothers. She's not afraid of heights, being tossed and tossled about and she bounces back pretty easily when they push her down. I realize part of her "socialization" is from me too because most of her toys are hand me downs or current toys her brothers play with, and so I shouldn't be surprised that she would not care to play with her cousin's dolls and girly toys. She literally threw them aside to get to the collection of trucks, balls and cars in the same room. It's probably too soon to give up. I'm just biding my time until she's old enough for Ballet lessons! ha!

*sigh* I keep thinking of NO DOUBT song, "I'm just a Girl" which starts with they lyric, "Take this pink ribbon off my eyes..."

Listen to the song and check the other lyrics here!
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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Breakfast at Bellyitch

i got GG a pet squirrel. We call her KoKo. She lives in the backyard and eats pumpkins.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

YES WE CAN! YES WE DID!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA!!!

As a mother of two young black boys, it means so much for me to see them have Barack Obama as a president. I mean this historic occasion is important for my baby girl too, but the image of black men and "the black man" is so often negative that it is a challenge to know whether your boys are self-aware and acknowledge that there are no limits to what they can be if they try and put their minds to anything...WOW!

Today, and these last 18 months have been a true testament to that ideal. I mean, for a man, to come from such humble beginnings and from such a disadvantaged background to build himself up, without the traditional political machines that create other public figures, and to learn from his mistakes and past failures and perfect the game....WOW!!

He's no Messiah and by all means I am well aware that he has a long road ahead of him and change will certainly NOT come overnight. Nonetheless, it is truly awe inspiring to witness the way he has been able to mobilize and energize so many people in this country and around the world. For 18 months, he has been at the center of many debates and discussions in my various email circles and around the water cooler. He's turn apathy into empathy and political action for many who had been educating themselves, getting involved, volunteering, spreading the message, and doing whatever they could to usher the much needed CHANGE that we need in this country.

I am hopeful for tomorrow and prayerful for his safety because Lord knows the seeds of hate sewn by the RNC, McCain, Palin and the Hannerty's, ORileys and Limbaughs of this world are also out there festering.

I was privileged to have made my small contribution to the cause when I traveled down to Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday with a friend. We endured an all day steady downpour of rain and getting soaked. I had to sneak little naps sitting on the toilet in the bathroom of the precinct I was assigned to monitor and just hang out in the warm bathroom to stay dry. I and the other 4,000 attorneys who volunteered to monitor voting practices for the Obama campaign did it because we did not want a repeat of Florida 2000 or Ohio 2004.

After 16 hours (including driving up there and back and spending 12 hours at the precinct), I was so elated to learn from a friend who woke me up at 11:05 pm last night, that it was the oringial confederate state of Virginia, good old Dixie, that delivered the deciding vote for Obama!

wow! That is all I can say. WOW!
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Monday, November 3, 2008

GG, the baby Diva

I mean I get "accused" of being a diva all the time, but I am not the one with the matching umbrella and Umbrella carrier to go with my HAT! HA!
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