Sunday, March 22, 2009

Celeb Baby Bump Watch


ER's Dr. Neela, Parminder Nagra's Baby is due this summer 2009.



Singer Kelis and her husband, rapper Nas were spotted recently shopping at Pottery Barn for kids for baby furniture (above) and the next day leaving Mr. Chow's restaurant. The couple are expecting their first child, a baby boy, at the end of the year. source
Nicole Richie at the “What Comes Around Goes Around” Fall 2009 Collection Launch at Space 15 Twenty on March 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. She looks like she and baby could use a little bit more food. source

WNBA player Candace Parker became the first pregnant woman to grace the cover of ESPN Magazine starting March 13, 2009. source

Jill Scott, who's baby with Lil’ John Roberts is due next Month, April 25th, is photographed at a recent event. She's in Botswana filming her HBO series these days. source


Real World:New Orleans alumni Melissa Howard now Melissa Beck at 8 months pregnant. Melissa’s baby girl is due at the end of this month. This will be the first child for Melissa and her husband Justin Beck. She looks absolutely radiant! source
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

18 Fierce and Chic Diaper Bags


To update my Chic diaper bag post which gets dozens of hits weekly, I scoured the internet and came up with these ultra sleek, trendy, classic, cosmopolitan, eclectic, fashion forward diaper bag styles. I hope you guys appreciate this post as I had to balance a toddler and a whiny middle child antsy to start his online bumble bee game as soon as mom finished her post. Oy vey! It's a work in progress and maybe I will clean it up later and add or subtract. As always, please send me any additions that I may have missed.


If none of these diaper bags tickle your fancy, I suggest you check out Belly Dance maternity for a wide variety of chic, trendy and fashion forward diaper bags from top brands. Or scour through ShopStyle.com's listing where you can find dozens of bags in every price range. Edited to Add commenter Suzy's suggestion to check out Spacify for nice bags! Thanks Suzy!


Let's start with the most expensive diaper bag in the world:

For a whopping $2,200 Louis Vitton sells its Monogram Mini Lin Diaper Bag. Made of calf leather, the bag features brass hardware, an adjustable and removable leather shoulder strap and a diaper changer, oh and the bragging rights to say yeah, " i am carrying the most expensive diaper bag in the world!" LOL! Get it at eluxury.com



The Celebrity A-List Mom: Everyone from Angelina Jolie, Denise Richards, Courtney Cox, Catherine Zeta Jones and Tori Spelling are sporting the Suzy by the Hammitt Collection. It features loads of storage, magnetic cargo pockets, extra long handles and a changing pad. It's one of those bags you can keep and use as a travel bag after the baby gets big. I've seen this sold as much as $720.00 at LaLa Boutique on Stylehive.com




The Logo Mom: Nothing says, "hey check out my designer diaper bag" than this Coach logo. My very first diaper bag was a coach Hampton bag which I got for a discounted $250 at an outlet store. I used that long after I no longer needed a big bag, and with all three kids. The problem is it is very heavy when empty and so it sits in my closet. This logo bag is $398.00 and can only be found at stores if you are lucky but can call





For the professional mom: Storksak makes this cute Diaper Bag Tote available at Nordstrom.com You can carry it as a tote or attach the comfortable web shoulder strap and keep your hands free. It comes with a coordinated changing pad, pouch and bottle bag. And retails for $325.00





For the Chic Urban Fashion Professional: Reese Li 'Lexington' Diaper Bag is laminated canvas tote easily converts to a stroller bag and features eleven pockets plus enough room for a laptop computer. What's neat about this is the magnetic flap closure and hard bottom metal feet.
This item is available online only at Nordstrom.com for $150.00




For the Classic Designer Mom: Burberry's Check Diaper Bag includes a diaper mat and retails for $545.00 and is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.



For the Cosmopolitan Mom: You can find this Skip Hop 'City Chic' Diaper Bag at Nordstrom . It has a removable clutch purse at the front and costs $150.





For the Baby Matching Mom: Pink or Blue. For a reasonable $34.99 you can get Carter's Everyday Tote in Blue. Available at Babies R Us




For the No-Nonsense Mom: This Drew bag is funky and functional. The drawstring closure makes it easy to access supplies with one hand, and it comes with a machine-washable changing mat and lots of pockets to keep everything organized. It retails for $390.00 Get it at Giggle.com





For the Young Mom: Check out this velour Juicy Couture for $295.00. It includes crown changing pad, "Couture Baby" burp cloth, and "Couture Baby" bib. Imported. Get it at Saks Fifth Avenue.





For the Quirky mom: This Pistachio Leisure Tote Diaper Bag costs a modest $72.00. Fun, funky and full of personality! This tote is ideal to use as a diaper tote, take to the gym, carry on a plane or simply use as a stylish handbag. You will not have a problem keeping it clean as the interior and exterior features a wipeable fabric. The interior has one insulated zippered pocket for bottles or snacks. There is one exterior zippered pocket as well as a zipper closure for the bag which helps keep your belongings safe. Get it at Posh Tots




For the Hipster Mom: Kitson sells this Not Rational - Berry Hansel Diaper Bag made of lamb leather, this patent leather bag comes with a matching changing bag, a bottle and pacifier. It features antique brass hardware. It costs $595.00.







For the Designer Traveling Mom: The Timi & Leslie Le Petit Voyage Overnight Baby Travel Bag is equipped with a very large interior pocket that includes the following essentials: a carry-all case, one insulated bottle bag, one clutch for personals, a dirty clothes bag and a matching changing pad. The handles are thick and durable and the bottom has an all-around zipper for additional storage and maximization of interior space. It also includes a leather luggage tag. Get it for $ 229.99 at Buy Buy Baby





For the Fashionista Mom: Timi & Leslie also make this Black CJ Satchel Diaper Bag. The outside features a shiny pleather-like material with bronze hardware, while on the inside, it houses two large sections and the following essentials: a diaper wipes case, one insulated bottle tote, one wristlet for personals, an easy-access key FOB, a dirty clothes bag and a matching changing pad. The inside has multiple hooks for adding keys or attaching to a stroller. Shoulder strap is removable. It includes removable stroller straps as well. It costs $169.00 and you can get it at Bed Bath and Beyond




For the Environmentally conscious mom: This Botanical Azure Lexie Tote Diaper Bag, features custom hardware, environmentally friendly faux leather trim, a seam sealed and waterproof lining, fleece-lined interior pockets, spacious end pockets, non-skid tote handles and a universal stroller attachment called the Slip Not™. It can be carried as a shoulder tote, stroller bag or messenger style. The bag is built out of PVC-Free™ Green-LAM™, an environmentally friendly polyurethane laminate featuring superior attributes like moisture–repellency, UV-resistance, and overall durability. Get it at Posh Tots for $165.00




For the Ecclectic Mom: This Abstract Messenger Diaper bag in black and white is constructed of canvas and comes with a Red micro-fiber changing pad, insulated bottle holder and reusable trash bag also included. It retails for $120.00 and is available at Posh Tots



For the cosmopolitan mom: This Chocolate Ice Diaper bag which retails for $98.00 includes a matching cosmetic bag, key-chain coin purse, and changing pad (if used as a diaper bag). Microfiber bag features a magnetic snap for bag closure and a mom-friendly, wipeable interior. The interior pockets of this diaper bag make this bag ideal to tote to the gym, carry on a plane and keep you and your family organized! The interior features five pockets including bottle pockets. Dry clean only. Wow! A Drycleanable bag. Took the easy practical momness out of it in an instant with that function. Get it from PoshTots



For the Martha's Vineyard Mom: Potter Barn's Seacliff Canvas Diaper tote retails for $149.00 . Crafted of herringbone cotton-canvas with vegetable tanned leather details, it easily transforms into an everyday bag once your baby has grown. Includes a removable changing pad, magnetic and rivet snap closures, comfortable shoulder straps, reinforced bottoms and plenty of interior and exterior pockets. Get it at Pottery Barn Kids Seacliff Diaper Tote.



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Friday, March 13, 2009

What's GG Up to These Days!?

GG is still very much rough and tumble. Loves being tossed in the air and rough play.

She is your quintessential tomboy. Loves climbing on things. Fearless. Brave. Confident.

These days she loves to spin and twirl around and around until she gets dizzy and falls down.

Erasers are her favorite delectable these days. I can't let her get her tiny mits on a pencil and its Off with the ERASER in 2.4 seconds flat. I have to scramble to pull the tiny rubber pieces out of her mouth when I catch her. Otherwise, its poop-filled erasers for us.

She loves to talk and chat. This I am finding is a very girly thing to do because girls are very vocal. (though her brother, the middle child, is quite a talker now)

I am also very happy to see that she enjoys books, especially pretend reading!!! woo hoo!
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

How to Teach Your Baby How to Count & the Alphabet


neat thing I spied from eHow.com:

Things You’ll Need:

  • Index Cards
  • Colored Pencils
  • A Black Marker
  • A CD With Classical Music
  • Different Colored Toys
  • Food With Different Tastes (ex: Sweet, Salty, Sour)
  • Yourself
Step1
Draw the letter of the alphabet and numbers 1-10 on your index cards using different colors and outline them in black.

You can also draw pictures and decorate with ribbon, sparkles or anything your creative mind can think of...

Step2
Play the classical music, in a low but audible volume in the background while your baby plays.

(The music is mathematical and will sooth and keep your baby calm and the chances of your baby becoming irritable will be slim.)

Line up toys in front of them with your new flash cards in hand.

Step3
Each toy your baby picks up show them the letter that the toy starts with and the number of how many of those toys he/she has.

* If you have drawn pictures on your flash cards; show the picture of the toy your baby is holding and slowly and loudly say the name of the toy.

Tips & Warnings

  • The music in the background triggers your baby's senses, so use it every time you do this exercise with your baby.
  • Give your baby a special treat after you're done playing with them; the snack, this will show your baby the rewards of learning, soon they will want to do it more and more.
  • Keep it bright! A brightly colored flash card will grab your baby's attention and a well lighted room will make it easy for them to see.
  • Keep your voice high and loud. This will keep your baby's attention on you while you are speaking.
  • Reward them when they get something wrong. Remember, this is a baby and even though they don't get it right away you should show them they are doing a good job trying. NEVER punish your baby for getting something wrong!
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Monday, March 9, 2009

Celebrity Round Up: Preggers & Recent Birth Report

This past December, Jermaine denied reports that Janet was pregnant, as Bellyitch reported.
Guess we were also wrong, as previously reported, unless Mariah and Nick suffered a miscarriage (which is very likely) she and Nick are not expecting.

Usmagazine.com had pics of Mariah and Nick drinking red wine, and eating oysters - things a pregnant woman should not be doing while in St. Bart's in January.

With their advanced maternal age, it is possible that they both may have had losses. Who knows.

Rapper Taboo, of the Black Eyed Peas is going to have some new material very soon - he is going to be a dad again! He and his new bride, Jaymie Dizon, are expecting their first child together, he confirmed exclusively to Usmagazine.com.

“We’re very excited,” he told Us. The baby is due later this summer. No details regarding the baby’s sex were revealed yet, but the couple may not know this information yet, either.

The 33-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jaime Gomez, and Jaymie married last July in Pasadena, California. Taboo is not new to the daddy game, however. He has a 15-year-old son, Joshua, from a previous relationship.

source: Celebrity Pregnancy

Remember gymnast, little Dominique Moceanu? She's preggers with baby number 2.
Moceanu and her husband, former Ohio State gymnast Mike Canales, gave birth to their first child, Carmen, on Christmas day 2007.

saw this on YBF: Tia Mowry hit up the Essence Pre-Oscarbrunch last month in Beverly Hills looking like she is hiding a baby bump
Erykah Badu and Jay Electronica have named their baby Mars Merkaba which Blackcelebkids.com says she announced Sunday(February 1) via twitter, a couple of weeks before I joined I think! Darn it! Because you know I am following her on twitter too! This is Erykah’s third child and the the first for Jay Electronica. Erykah’s children Seven Sirius and Puma Rose are with rappers Andre 3000 of Outkast, and West Coast rapper the D.O.C, respectively.
Kimora Lee looks fabulous and glowy here at a February 6 event.

Word on the street, is that Lauren London is four months pregnant.Lailah Ali's baby 6-month old
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Friday, March 6, 2009

bizarre celebrity baby names

OMG! Yahoo was one of many news outlet to wrongly report that M.I.A. named her child Ickitt...but opened up a space to comment and vote on what Celebrity baby name is the strangest

Which celebrity baby name do you think is the most bizarre?


I think JERMAJESTY WINS!!! at least he's cute (pictured above with Jermaine)
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Soca Superstar Fay Ann Lyons Gave Birth


Repost From I955fm.com
Fay Ann Lyons Gives Birth To A Girl.

March 2nd 2009.
12:00pm

Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez has given birth to a baby girl.

Minutes after noon on Saturday, the four-crown 2009 "
Soca Queen"-Soca Monarch, Groovy Monarch, People's Choice
and Road March-successfully gave birth to her firstborn at the
Mount Hope Maternity Hospital via caesarean section.

Husband and three-time International Power Soca Monarch Ian
"Bunji Garlin" Alvarez missed the greatest show of his wife's life,
only managing to arrive at her bedside later in the evening from Tobago where he had gone to fulfill contractual obligations.

In the days leading up to the birth, both parents had said they did not know the gender of the baby. But there was some indication when, during Lyons-Alvarez's winning performances at the Soca Monarch finals last weekend, she placed the microphone to her belly, and a digitally-created voice of a baby was heard chanting that (she, the baby) and her mommy were putting a lyrical beating on Bunji.

Lyons-Alvarez was admitted to the hospital on Friday, suffering from pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia usually results in the swelling of the feet, hands and the face. Ten per cent of women experiencing their first pregnancy may develop this condition, and studies have indicated that this is often very dangerous for mother and child, but especially so for the mother.




And from Newsday


ay-Ann Lyons is now the proud mother of a babygirl. She had the baby today at the Mt Hope Hospital, Trinidad and Tobago. Stay tuneded for further updates.
Well its official, Fay-Ann had her baby!
SOCA’S ROYAL couple, Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez and his wife Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez are now parents of a baby girl, as Fay-Ann gave birth yesterday afternoon at the Mount Hope Women’s Hospital.
Up to late yesterday Fay-Ann, winner of this year’s Soca Monarch and Road March competitions, and her newborn babe were said to be resting comfortably at hospital with Alvarez by their side.


Sunday Newsday was told by a medical source that Fay-Ann gave birth via C-section given the fact that her blood pressure was high. The baby came shortly after midday and Alvarez was there at hospital to witness it.

Fay-Ann is currently warded in Room 106 of the hospital under tight security. Sunday Newsday was reliably informed that there was a security guard stationed outside her room door and two additional guards on the floor. Security at the hospital was also beefed up. Persons visiting mothers at the hospital were asked to produce their national identification card as well as state the name of the mother they were visiting. When this was done the security officer double- checked a listing in which all warded mothers’ names were printed.

The source said that Fay-Ann was closely being monitored, “Mrs Alvarez experienced some minor complications but it is not life threatening. It is just normal for us to keep her in close watch.”

Speaking with Newsday yesterday via cellphone Alvarez’s manager, Ian Pantin, confirmed that Fay-Ann had a C-section. He also assured that mother and baby were in “fine condition”.
When asked if the couple had given their first daughter a name, Pantin replied: “That will be Bunji’s or Fay-Ann’s decision to disclose that right now. It will also be their call whether they want to meet with the media right now or later on at probably a press conference.”
On Friday at about 7 pm Alvarez dropped off Fay-Ann at the hospital for what he claimed was for only observation purposes. Alvarez along with his band “The Asylum” then subsequently left Trinidad to perform at a show at Pigeon Point in Tobago. Alvarez returned to Trinidad yesterday morning where he made his way straight to the hospital to be with his wife.

Despite her pregnancy Fay-Ann chose this Carnival season to carry on with her duties as a soca artiste, performing in some of the country’s top Carnival fetes. She also entered various competitions making a clean sweep victory after copping the titles in the Groovy and Power Soca Monarch competition with her hits “Heavy-T Bumper” and “Meet Superblue” respectively. She won the People’s Choice Award as well.

She also copped the Road March title with her hit “Meet Superblue” making it her third time in winning the title.

In an exclusive interview with Newsday on Wednesday Fay-Ann expressed excitement in becoming a mother and assured that whatever she and Alvarez do from now on will be for the baby “because we were chosen by God to bring this child into the world.”
Several efforts to reach Alvarez for comment yesterday proved futile as all calls went unanswered.





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