Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pampers versus Huggies - THE BLOGGERS DEBATE


The two most popular diaper brands in the US are Pampers and Huggies. The Luvs brand which is much cheaper is a distant third.

Most people prefer one brand or the other. With my two boys we used and preferred Pampers because we found they leaked less. I spoke with moms of boys and they too validated me and also stated that they felt Pampers worked better for them. I spoke with moms of girls who said they prefer Huggies. So I thought it was a gender thing. Who knows.

However, after having like the 100th accident with Huggies and my baby girl, I'm convinced perhaps my babies bulloubopus brown bottoms don't hold up well in Huggies AT ALL!

And so we are back to Pampers. I really liked the Pampers Baby Dry brand, but can usually get excellent results with any Pampers brand.

Notwithstanding all of this, diapers in general are horrible on the environment because the materials they are made from take ages to biodegrade.

Good thing I hear girls potty train faster because my solution is to start GG potty training as soon as possible. I did entertain the idea of getting and using reusable "nappies" but I 'inixayed" that idea cause my girl has toxic caca that I just can't muster up the cohones to like regularly play in....ick!

In any event, the topic has been broached (the Huggies v. Pampers debate) in various forums in the past by

From all these sites, Pampers is the hands down winner.

And from Black Glenn whom I borrowed this above photo from, he has to say this as a comment to that photo:

Huggies. Suck. They are for skinny babies with no ass. My baby is fat and has a big ass. No thanks Huggies
HILARIOUS!!!
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Top100 Blogs for Expecting Mothers

Bellyitch is # 6 on The Healthy Pregnancy Blog's Top 100 Blogs for Expecting Mothers!!

This is a very resourceful list that I will add to my blog lists of resources.

woo hoo!! When Bellyitch became an "AllTop Pregnancy" blog, I fixed up the resources a bit, now I am motivated to update my resources listing and actually consider doing some research on Tweet and technoratti and all that other technical blog stuff Bloggers use to measure and drive traffic to their sites.

yup, my motivations are purely driven by others, what else is new! ha!

hmmmm....
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Woman births surprise 8th child! Octuplets

From the UK Guardian

A woman has given birth to eight babies in southern California, the world's second live-born set of octuplets.

The mother, who was not identified, gave birth to six boys and two girls weighing between 1 pound, 8 ounces (680 grams) and 3lb, 4oz (1.474kg), doctors at Kaiser Permanante Bellflower medical centre said.

The hospital had scheduled a caesarean section for seven babies, but doctors were surprised by the eighth.


My eyes were wide," Dr Karen Maples said, explaining her reaction to the last birth.

Doctors said the babies were born nine weeks premature but are in stable condition. Two newborns were placed on ventilators and a third needs oxygen.

There were forty-six hospital staff and four delivery rooms used for the births. After a baby was born, staff rushed the newborn into another room and waited for the next, the hospital said. But despite weeks of preparation, doctors did not expect the eighth child.

"It is quite easy to miss a baby when you're anticipating seven babies," said Dr Harold Henry, chief of maternal and fetal medicine at the hospital. "Ultrasound doesn't show you everything."

Maples said the babies would probably remain in the hospital for at least two months. She said the mother should be released in a week.

Kaiser spokeswoman Myra Suarez said she could not release any information about the mother, including her condition or whether she used fertility drugs. Such drugs make multiple births more likely.

"They are all doing the best they can," Suarez told the AP.

The first baby was born at 10:43am; the eighth one at 10:48am.

"They were all screaming and kicking around very vigorously," Dr Harold Henry said.

The first live-born octuplets were born in Houston in 1998, and one baby died about a week later. The surviving siblings girls Ebuka, Gorom, Chidi, Chima and Echerem, and their brothers Ikem and Jioke celebrated their 10th birthday in December.

Their Nigerian-born parents, Nkem Chukwu and Iyke Louis Udobi, said they are astonished and grateful that their children have grown up to be healthy and active kids who are now in the fourth grade.

Chukwu told the AP that the parents of the newest octuplets have much to look forward to.

"Just enjoy it. It's a blessing, truly a blessing," Chukwu said. "We'll keep praying for them."

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Hip Hop Crooner Kelis is Pregnant



Kelis, 29, and her husband, rapper Nas, 35, are expecting their first child together. She's in her first trimester though.

The two have been married since January 2005 and I thought they were on the rocks, according to rumors. I wonder whatever happened to the MTV series they were filming about their lives together. When I heard they were on the verge of splitting up, I assumed it was the old MTV curse that have befallen Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey; Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro; Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler, etc...(also, though its on VH1 Hulk Hogan and his wife's marriage fell apart after a couple seasons of TV series)

Only the old heads like Ozzie and Sharon Osbourne and Rev Run and his wife Justine can take the stress of having your relationship on television, I had thought.

I guess I was wrong! Congrats to them. I'm sure that hip hop baby is going to be gorgeous and destined to be a hip hop rocker him/herself.
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Recommended for Pregnancy Acne and Beyond


I swore by Dr. Gross's Daily Face Peel to keep my face free and clear of blemishes and to ensure that pregnancy related acne that popped up due to increased hormones was kept in check.

These pads sold in two jars of 30 day supply (or 60day supply) are the equivalent to a facial in a jar. You wipe your face with step 1 and then let that dry and two minutes later follow up with the toner and replenisher in step2.

It is quite pricey (it retails for $78.00 for a 30 day supply and $128 for a $60.00 supply) however, but worked(s) for me every time.
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Skinny Jeans for Babies?

Yes, imagine, someone who wears a diaper too can be divalicious in the trendy skinny jeans.
Gap and Old Navy sell them.
check out GG in a pair of Baby Gap brand skinny jeans her godmother bought her for Christmas.

and look, I found a mom blog with a bunch of commenters lamenting the "skinny" jeans for toddlers! Get over it people. I am in awe in the amount of simple stuff people can get indignant and "high horsey" about.
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'ER's' Dr. Neela is Preggers

from Zap2It:

Parminder Nagra may be unlucky in love on "ER," but in real life she's about to take a big step in her relationship.

The English actress and her photographer boyfriend James Stenson are expecting their first child this summer, reports Usmagazine.com.

"We are thrilled and overjoyed at the prospect of becoming first-time parents," says Nagra, 33.

The couple has been together for nearly seven years and will continue to live in Los Angeles after they wed.

"Yes, our plans are to get married but there's no confirmed date yet," she explains. "The plan is to stay in L.A. We still have a home in London, so eventually the plan is to be bi-costal, but who knows what the future holds? We are just taking it one day at a time."

Thus far, there are no plans to write the pregnancy into the show or for Nagra to take time off from work.

With the departure of Maura Tierney, Nagra is currently the most senior regular cast member on "ER." She plays Dr. Neela Rasgotra, a surgical resident who has had previous romantic relationships with the characters played by Shane West and John Stamos, among others.

Nagra is also known for her breakout role in the soccer coming of age comedy "Bend It Like Beckham," costarring Kiera Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
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Friday, January 23, 2009

GG's Holiday Photos

hello darlings! it is I, GG, the tiny dive--ette reporting on my fabulous Christmas Holiday.

It started with me enjoying a wonderful Christmas Pageant and Piano Recital of one of my Big Brothers that my parents hauled me off to...I didn't watch much of it because I was busy being my flirty playful self mingling amongst the audience. This is me above taking a break from my social butterflyness.
I missed my flight to my dad's native Trinidad because of horrible ticketing agent mistake, but we salvaged the Christmas Eve and day by camping out with dad's cousins in Brooklyn. This is me opening one of my Christmas presents: my very own Piano!
After a day of charming the pants off of everyone in that joint, I was ready to go home and settle down a bit before jetsetting off to sunny Trinidad and Tobago.
The plane ride was uneventful. This is me and one of my big bros cheesing for teh camera. Oh gosh, did I say "cheese"? I still only have 3 and a half teeth that have come in...And we landed, just in time for me to celebrate my FIRST BIRTHDAY! This is me at midnight. The family surprised me with an applause as they burst in a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday." All I could say is "FOR ME?" yayayayay!!!

And of course you just know that I had to hit the beach while I was on that island. Now, this is a muddy beach right, but beggers can't be choosers correct. This mud did a fabulous job exfoliating my calloused heels.
and of course, I could not shake my fans and the papparazzi. They were EVERYWHERE! Can't a girl hang on the beach without being harrassed?Back at home, the folks planned a pool party, but with my developing cold, I was not going anywhere near that water with those grossy boys! yuck! They had a blast though, it seems.And by evening, they gathered my guests to sit and eat cake, homemade ice cream and to serenade me again. But did they have to wake me from my nap to do that? *sigh* Now I don't want to seem ungrateful, but when can I expect the big 1 year old birthday bash?

Ha! True Baby Diva style- I'm off to plan her second birthday bash. Boy can baby divas be demanding! Ha!
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Witnessing History TODAY!!

if you are looking for me...

you can find me somewhere in this crowd witnessing history!!!

(been MIA doing work with some inaugural events. will be back in posting mode this week. thanks for bearing with me guys)
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Back to Back Pregnancies: Celebrity Round Up

So, I hear Nicole Richie is pregnant with child number 2! Already! Wow.
But I think Angelina has her beat with the Back to Back pregnancy Award, don't ya think? To just got through the grueling ordeal of carrying twins and to be knocked up again that soon? Wow!! That can't be good for the body and that is coming from a woman who is obsessed with pregnant women!other bump and pregnancy news Lisa Bonet, AKA Lilakoi Moon (apparently Bonet changed her name in 1995) is getting much buzz not because she recently (gave birth to her third child, but for what she named him Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. The culturally insensitive comments are coming from folks claiming she just made up the name out of her own narcissicm and ignoring the fact that her husband, Jason Momoa, is of Hawaiian ancestry and it sounds as though they contemplated the name around the circumstances of the baby's birth and the culture and tradition of his parents.

Come on folks, the president's name is "Barack Obama". Isn't it high time we realize that all Americans don't have to be name Joe and Becky?

Joining the celebrity mothers-to-be club, Ana Ortiz is reportedly pregnant with her very first child with husband Noah Lebenzon. According to People magazine, the 37-year-old “Ugly Betty” actress and her Half Life rocker hubby will be welcoming their newborn in late July.
Brought into the spotlight upon her mother’s recent vice presidential run, Bristol Palin welcomed a healthy baby boy named Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston into the world on Sunday (December 28).
According to a People magazine report, the 18-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin delivered her and boyfriend Levi Johnston’s son (who weighed in at 7 lb., 4 oz.) in Palmer, Alaska.
I know I'm late, but Jessica Alba gave birth to her daughter Honor Marie on June 7.
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Saturday, January 10, 2009

the #1 thing you must get clear with any nanny before she starts work


If I can impart one lesson to new mothers of infants and other small children who are hiring a nanny or an in home child care provider that will care for their child(ren) alone that is this:

SET THE PARAMETERS OF YOUR EXPECTATIONS FULLY UP FRONT!!

I mean write down everything that is important to you regarding their care of your child(ren) and give it to them in writing and explain your expectations, demands, requirements that come with the job up front.

For me, I didn't explain well enough with our first nanny that light housekeeping was expected and so later when I added that to her duties, she was quite reluctant and eventually stopped altogether and I think she felt she was underpaid. She eventually quit. Perhaps it is true, that it wasn't part of the bargaining for the pay upfront, understandably so. With that, you really need to make all of this clear up front. Do not take anything for granted.

Then, for GG's second child care provider, I didn't make clear my expectations and values regarding what I expected of her up front (e.g. I wanted my daughter to be read to regularly and to be allowed to play with her toys that are age appropriate; and I wanted the nanny to ask permission before administering any medicine or foods that I have not approved of; and I wanted her to take my child outdoors regularly for some fresh air). She does none of those regularly and the signs are there and when I confront her, I think she bends the truth as to whether she is complying with my desires. I could tell she is clearly lying. It is a shame, but I think I did not make it clear that these wishes were mandatory. Hrmpf!

These aren't major demands, but when you are working with or hiring someone with different value sets or from a different culture, you will definitely come across resistance to some of your wishes if you do not make it clear up front and in the beginning that you will not compromise.

Okay, I am done my vent and as I write this, I am taking steps to move GG into a day care environment where she will at least interact with other children and have appropriate play and stimulation during the day. I know I complain about the woman and do so often. She has her pluses and minuses, but I think this is it and I am really going to make a change.
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Friday, January 9, 2009

obama overload


Okay, I can not get over all the OBAMA crap merchandise people are pimping on Ebay THESE DAYS...

i think the worst is the folks trying to sell worthless commemorative Subway tickets. Obviously, some employee was stuffing their handbag at work one day....

craziness!!! a friend of mine and I were chatting and saying it is probably the worst thing for the person(s) who do not like the man to see all this merchandising all over the place. But look, there is even someone marketing to the Obama haters.

We were talking about this in the grocery store as we glanced over and looked at the "Yes We Can" buffet display...yes and I thought the grocery store was a safe nonpartisan place to visit! LOL!!

Too frickin funny!!
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Thursday, January 8, 2009

how to raise a child who loves to read

I think this is an excellent article from BabyCenter.com.

It's never too early to steer your child toward books. But for toddlers, the goal is not to make sure they can read the classics before they're out of preschool. "The phrase to remember is 'developmentally appropriate,'" says Roni Leiderman, associate dean of the Family Center at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "Parents often come to me wanting to push academics too much, too fast, too soon. In fact, children learn best through play. Make reading a joyous event for them."

There are many developmentally appropriate — and fun — ways to help your little one learn to love books and stories. And, surprisingly, not all of them involve sitting down with an actual book.

Use books to bond
"It's not about reading the words," says Leiderman. "At this age it's about learning to love the interaction with Mom, Dad, or a caretaker." When your child sits in your lap as you read aloud, she doesn't just enjoy books, she also enjoys the security of your undivided attention.

Set up a ritual
A regular reading time establishes a calming routine young children love — that's why the bedtime story is a time-honored tradition. But don't forget that many other daily events also provide good reading opportunities. Once in a while try establishing a new ritual with a breakfast story, a bathtub story, a just-home-from-daycare story. Some toddlers (and older children) who are heavy sleepers are much better able to face the day when their parents "read them awake" rather than hustle them out of bed.

Choose appropriate books
Toddlers love board books, bathtub books, and pop-up books — any type they can hold easily and manipulate themselves. They love stories accompanied by bright, clear, realistic pictures. And of course they love rhymes. That's not to say your 2-year-old won't appreciate the stories her big brother chooses — who knows, Rocks and Minerals may end up being her favorite book. Just make sure she has access to simpler books as well.

Repeat, repeat, repeat
Stifle your yawns if you've read The Very Hungry Caterpillar every night for the past month and your child still asks to hear it again. Repetition is a hallmark of the toddler years. "The reason children love to read the same stories over and over and over again is that they're so thirsty to learn," says Leiderman. You'll soon find that your toddler has memorized her favorite passages and is eager to supply key phrases herself — both signs of increasing reading readiness.

Ham it up
Lose your inhibitions when you read to your child. Growl like the Papa Bear in Goldilocks, squeak like Piglet in Winnie-the-Pooh. Kids love drama as much as adults do — in fact, your youngster may love to pretend to be the scary wolf in The Three Little Pigs. Encourage her, even if it slows the story's progress. She'll get more out of the story if she's participating actively.

Follow her interests
Choose books about her favorite activities — visiting the zoo, swimming, playing ball. Back up your kids' favorite videos and TV shows with books about the characters. You may be mystified by the appeal of Teletubbies, but if your child loves the cheery little creatures, she'll love the books about their exploits as well. Follow her lead, but do experiment with a wide variety of books before you decide you know exactly what your child will like. Your little girl who loves dress-up and dolls may, to your surprise, also be the one who asks to hear Godzilla Likes to Roar or Monster Bugs over and over.

Go to the library
Even babies like library story-hours, and they're wonderful adventures for toddlers. Your child may well discover a new favorite when it's presented by a beguiling librarian with a soothing voice and perhaps some pictures or puppets to illustrate the action. And, of course, libraries let parents — and kids — try out countless stories without spending a bundle.

Push play
Many wonderful books exist on cassette or CD. Your toddler may not be interested in them because what she really likes about books is the interaction with you, says pediatrician Laura Jana, a national trainer for Reach Out and Read. But if your toddler does happen to like them, great. She may want to sit with the picture book while she listens to the recording, or you may want to put it on while the two of you do other things. You could also record yourself — or another relative or friend — reading stories. Just remember, says Jana, that recorded stories can't take the place of sitting down together.

Don't make books a reward
Don't tell your child she can listen to a story if she finishes her dinner. When reading is associated with systems of reward and punishment, it isn't a positive experience. Instead, pick times to read that feel natural, such as when you want your toddler to quiet down before her nap.

Dealing with the wigglers
Some wiggly youngsters just won't sit still through all of Blueberries for Sal. What to do? "Sit down and leaf through something short for just 30 seconds, and then say, 'Wow, we read this whole book!' Then let them go," says Leiderman. The next day you can try a little longer session. "Some children will always be more interested in motor activities than in reading," she says. "Respect that, and don't make reading a negative experience." If your toddler is the physically active type, she may respond best to the non-book-related activities described below.

Make storytelling a part of life
"Promoting reading readiness is more than reading a traditional book," says Leiderman. While you're at the dinner table or in the car, tell stories — standards like "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" anecdotes from your own childhood, or stories that feature your child as a central character. Make books of your child's drawings or favorite photos, and tell stories about them — or ask her to be the narrator.

Point out words everywhere
Wherever you go, you can show your child that words are an important part of everyday life. Even the youngest toddlers quickly learn, for example, that traffic signs say STOP. Alphabet refrigerator magnets are staples in many homes. Other families label objects around the house, such as the shelves that house BLOCKS, DOLLS, and other toys. If your child is in daycare or preschool, slip a daily note into her lunchbox. Even if she can't yet read CAT, seeing the word printed on a piece of paper, along with a drawing or sticker of a cute kitten, will be a high point in her day and help excite her interest in reading. If this seems too ambitious, try drawing a heart or smiley face with a simple "I love you," which will help get your toddler excited about the meaning behind words.

Talk
Children from families who converse at the dinner table have larger vocabularies, according to researchers at Harvard University. Talk with your toddler, and don't be afraid to use complex words and phrases. Encourage her questions and explanations. Toddlers are curious and wonder endlessly about the world, so don't be shy about trying to explore her interests with her.

Demonstrate your own love of books
Your child wants to imitate you. If she sees books all around the house and knows that you like to settle down with one whenever you have a moment to yourself, she'll learn that books are essential to daily life. Modeling your own love of reading is more powerful than making your child sit through a rigid story time.

Books for you
Numerous books have been written for parents who want to nourish a love of reading. Try Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook, E.D. Hirsch's Books to Build On, Elizabeth Wilson's Books Children Love, and Bernice Cullinan's Read to Me: Raising Kids Who Love to Read.
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best books for infants to one year olds

from babycenter.com

Somewhere between 12 and 18 months, your child will realize that those sounds he's been hearing you read — words — actually mean something. The more you talk and read aloud to a child at this time (and from the start, for that matter), the better her vocabulary will be. Look for books with a wide variety of visuals, words that repeat often, and clearly labeled objects, both common and unfamiliar. When you read aloud, pause frequently to ask your child questions about the objects you see, answer her questions, and talk through the book's action and images. You don't need a big book budget for this age group. Hearing three or four titles over and over is better for a child than trying to introduce lots of new books.

Bellyitch recommends

So Much by Tricia Cooke - Children will appreciate ethnic diversity and the fun story about the anticipation of arrival of guests at a party for a young baby's dad. I love this book so much, I buy it for friends I know who have kids.



between newborn to 6 months old

With very young babies, what you read isn't nearly as important as that you're reading. Reading out loud to a newborn gives her time to listen to her favorite sound — your voice. And if you hold her warm and snug in your lap while the two of you share a book, she may just associate her happy feelings with reading for the rest of her life.

between 6months and 12 months old
At this age, your baby's vision has developed to the point where she can recognize quite a few images. You'll have fun introducing her to simple illustrations and bold photographs — if you can get her to sit still, that is. Older babies are always on the move, and they love to grab books and turn the pages. That's why the experts suggest that you read to babies this age in three-minute increments several times throughout the day. That way you won't have to fight for your 8-month-old's attention
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Monday, January 5, 2009

Welcome to DC!! Malia and Sasha start school Today

at the elite private school for the well-connected, wealthy and political power weights, Sidwell Friends, Chelsea Clinton's former school.

I wish them luck. Smart girls. I'm sure they'll do fine. I almost went to school like that when I was 12 years old and tested high enough on a city-wide exam to qualify for a full 6 year scholarship to the very prestigious National Cathedral School in DC. Only if, though I think I like my life the way it turned out nonetheless. Soon and very soon, I'm going to do a post on the type of questions that are asked on those entrance exams for those elite schools. Inquiring minds want to know...I know I do!

by the way, I'm back in the States and busier than ever but am excited to have my high speed internet access back!
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