Fun Facts About January Born Babies

Although we know January as the first month of the year, it didn’t even exist in the Roman calendar where the first month was March! However, January was eventually added to honor Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings, which is perfect given its position in the calendar year.

Janus was often depicted with two faces because he looked both forward and backward. The month of January also has two “faces” depending upon your location. If you are in the northern hemisphere, then January is the coldest month of the year. In the southern hemisphere, January is the hottest month. To those living in Europe centuries ago, January became known as Wulfmonath (wolf month) because the wolves would come down from the mountains into the villages to search for food. In Germany, January is known as schneemond or snow month because of the record amounts of snow falling during these 31 days of the year.

As the first month of the year, it is fitting that January is a month of firsts. The first Super Bowl game was in January of 1967, the first heart transplant was in January of 1964, the first national flag of America was unveiled in January of 1776, and the first female governor of the US was inaugurated in January of 1925.

Babies born in January are Capricorns if born by the 20th and have the sign of Aquarius if born in the latter part of the month. As such, you can expect your January baby to have many wonderful traits including intelligence, patience, self-motivation, and determination.

January babies have the garnet as their birthstone. Though the most common color is red, garnets can come in a rainbow of colors. Garnets symbolize peace, prosperity, and health. Some legends suggest that a person wearing a garnet will have eternal happiness, health, and wealth.

Continuing with the theme that January has two “faces”, we find that January has two birth flowers: the snowdrop and the carnation. The snowdrop, a delicate white flower, symbolizes hope and beauty. The carnation adds love, fascination, and charm to the list.

January is best known for New Year’s Day and the ensuing resolutions. However, there are more reasons to celebrate. January is the month for celebrating hobbies, blood donors, books, and thankfulness. During the month, you can also celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr (third Monday), World Peace (1st), J.R.R. Tolkien (3rd), Three Kings Day (6th), Winnie the Pooh (18th), and Rubber Duckies (28th) to name just a few.

If you are hoping to have a doctor in your family, you may just be in luck. Statistics show that a high number of General Practitioners are born in January, along with accountants. Hoping for a different profession? Never fear, January is also full of celebrities like Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, and Justin Timberlake, as well as famous author Tolkien, politician Alexander Hamilton, scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

No matter what occupation your child chooses, those born in January are usually successful because of their attitude to persevere. Don’t be surprised if getting them to change gears from one activity to the next is difficult, but be ready to see great things from your January baby.

Fun Facts About December Born Babies

Christmas babyDecember is the 12th and final month of the year. At one time, though the last month, it was the tenth month, as the Latin Decem denotes. However, when January and February were added to the calendar, December fell to the twelfth position.

December has the shortest daylight hours of any month and marks the beginning of winter in the US on December 21st or 22nd. Known as the Winter or Southern solstice, this date is the shortest day and longest night of the year, though those waiting for Santa Claus on the 24th might beg to differ.

Although not the coldest month, December can bring snow. Folklore suggests that if it snows on Christmas Day, then Easter will be warm, green, and sunny.

Babies born in December are born under the zodiac signs of Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 – January 19). Those born under the sign of Sagittarius love to ask questions and live for the future. Little Junior may enjoy the question “why” quite a bit. Capricorns are very determined, practical, and helpful. A study in the UK found that babies born in December were better behaved than kids born in others months – something to make December parents smile.

The birthstone of December is turquoise. Considered one of the oldest stones in history, this blue-green stone is mined all over the world, including right here in the US. Known as the symbol of wisdom and protection, turquoise was used in jewelry to provide power, luck, and protection. One legend suggests that those who wear turquoise will always have a friend.

The birth flower of December is the narcissus, also known more commonly as the daffodil. Though it may seem odd that a Spring flower represents December babies, it won’t seem so odd when you understand the Victorian meaning of the flower – rebirth and revival – which is the perfect flower for those thinking about the future, like Sagittariuns.

Most people know December for Christmas and New Year Years Eve, however, those of the Jewish faith celebrate Chanukah and African Americans often celebrate Kwanzaa. If this is not enough celebration for you, you can also celebrate Human Rights, National Read a New Book, or even pay attention to which Nobel Prizes are awarded. If chocolate is your food of choice, then definitely mark December 27th on your calendar – it’s National Chocolate Day.

December seems to be a month of big events, as the upcoming birth of a baby might suggest! For instance, the first newspaper was printed in December of 1791, the Bill of Rights was passed in December of 1791, the Wright Brothers flew an airplane for the first time in December of 1903, and the first heart transplant was completed in December of 1967.

If you have your heart set on having a dentist in the family, your December baby may just be the ticket. A 2011 study found that more dentists have birthdays in December than any other month. Their personalities also allow them to do well in law, communication, language and teaching. But December is also the birth month for other occupations such as singers, golfers, journalists, Olympians, and inventors, as famous people such as Bette Midler, Lee Trevino, Stone Phillips, Katerina Witt, and Eli Whitney would attest.

No matter what, it seems that those born in December are always surrounded by friends, so parents of these babies, get ready for lots of guests.

Fun Facts About November Born Babies

November Born BabyNovember is the 11th month of the year. In Latin, “novem” means nine, which makes sense since November was the 9th month in the Roman Calendar. However, when January and February were added, November moved to the eleventh spot.

November is the last month of Autumn. As the month falling right before winter, November was known for the storage of food harvested during October. It was in November when farmers could determine whether their year had been successful or not. In fact, Thanksgiving is based on the success of the Pilgrims during the month of November.

The zodiac signs for November are Scorpio (Oct 23- Nov 21) and Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21). Scorpios are known to be calm, cool, and collected, though perhaps a bit mysterious. Those with a Sagittarius sign are often curious and looking towards the future.

The birthstone for November is the topaz, which comes from the Sanskrit meaning fire, probably due to the fire-like colors of the stone including red, orange, gold, yellow, and brown. The red and pink topaz were often used in Russian royal jewelry. During the Middle Ages, topaz was rumored to heal people and prevent them from dying. Greeks even believed that the topaz could make the wearer invisible.

The flower for those born in November is the chrysanthemum. Originating in China, there are over 40 species of mum with colors ranging from white to red to yellow to purple. This flower symbolizes happiness, joy, and love. It is also used to relieve a sore throat, fever, and headache. In China, the chrysanthemum is used in many different dishes.

Historically, November is known for football, as it should be. The first college football game in the US was played in November of 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton. November also is a time for exploration, it seems, with the Spanish reaching the San Francisco Bay in November of 1769, as well as expansion with the addition of both North and South Dakota in November of 1889. Finally, November is a political month, with the US electing its president every four years and the delivery of the famous Gettysburg Address in November of 1863.

For those who prefer something to celebrate other than football and Thanksgiving, never fear. November is a month filled with holidays. You can celebrate Veteran’s Day which falls on November 11th which commemorates the end of WWI when the guns stopped firing on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. You can also celebrate with Peanut Butter Lovers Month, Aviation History Month, or even National Sleep Comfort Month. Perhaps this will help November babies sleep well early on!

Babies born in November have sharp minds and are full of incredible ideas. Although not terribly talkative, they do make great friends. Singers like Lyle Lovett, adventurers like Daniel Boone, royalty, like Marie Antoinette, actors like Charles Bronson, chemists like Marie Curie, and sports players like Fuzzy Zoeller are all born in November, meaning a child born in this month can be anything they choose!

Fun Facts About October Born Babies

October born babyOctober, the tenth month of the year, is the eighth month of the Roman calendar. “Octo” means eight in Latin. However, October moved to the tenth position once January and February were added.

October is a beautiful time to be born. In areas where autumn leaves are changing, the sights are breathtaking. However, even in warmer climates without colorful foliage, the temperatures are just right for enjoying the out-of-doors. However, October is the month used most to determine the kind of winter we will be having. If a large number of acorns fall to the ground, if wooly caterpillars are more black than brown, and if deer have a gray coat, then you can expect to have a hard winter.

Babies born in October are either Libras (Sept 24- Oct 23) or Scorpios (Oct 24- Nov 22). Libras are known as peacemakers and have a strong need for justice. Finding harmony is a big part of a Libra’s makeup. Scorpios are known to be calm and cool, as well as a bit mysterious.

Those born in October have the choice of two birthstones: the opal and the tourmaline. Rumor has it that it is bad luck to wear an opal if you weren’t born in October, and some believe that the opal is bad luck altogether. If you worry about the luck of the opal, then the beautiful tourmaline is for you. According to an Egyptian legend, tourmaline comes in blues, greens, reds, pinks, and even yellows because it passed over a rainbow on its way journey from the center of the earth.

The birth flower is the Calendula commonly known as the marigold. Though common in gardens throughout the US, the Calendula was used by Romans and Greeks in ritual ceremonies, early Catholic events, and Hindu decorations for deities. In many cultures, it is known for its healing properties

October has had its share of historically significant events. The Postal Service was created in October of 1896, the first presidential telecast happened in October of 1947, and the Berlin Wall came down in Germany in October of 1990. October is also well-known for its Halloween celebration on the 31st, but did you know that you can also celebrate National Cookie Month, Chili Month, Pizza Month, and Dessert Month? If you like to eat, then October is the month for you!

If you have hopes that your October baby will someday be President, then you may just be in luck. More American Presidents have been born in October than any other month including Adams, Hayes, Arthur, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Carter. But even if you prefer actors, writers, or business moguls, October has you covered with people such as Julie Andrews, Katy Perry, Angela Lansbury, and Bill Gates.

Longevity also seems to run in the genes of those born in October. Research has shown that those born in the months of September through November are more likely to reach the ripe old age of 100. Just think, the October baby may eventually be a centenarian!

Fun Facts about September Born Babies

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September is the 9th month of the year and marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern hemisphere. Here are some fun facts about babies born in September.

The equinox (Mabon (autumn) or Ostara (spring) in the pagan wheel of the year) falls between the 21st and 24th. It is a wonderful time to have a child and can be a magical birth month in either hemisphere. Autumn is a time of change; as colorful leaves fall from the trees, refreshing breezes stir the still, hot air of summer, promising possibility. Spring is also a time of change and carries with it the seeds of renewal and new life. The name September comes from the Latin septem for seven, since this was the seventh month of the Roman calendar. September is a time for fun; the American football season begins in September, and September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  (I’m not kidding!)

September has several birth flowers, the forget-me-not, the morning glory, and the aster. Forget-me-not represents love and memories, aster represents love as well, and morning glory represents unrequited love. These are all very passionate flowers. The birth stone for the month is the sapphire. Sapphire is usually envisioned as a blue stone but also comes in green, pink, purple, and clear. The blue sapphire in particular represents clarity of thought, intuition, and peacefulness. In traditional medicine it is used to treat fevers and reduce inflammation. Black sapphire is seen as a grounding and protecting stone. Sapphire reduces anxiety and procrastination and gives the wearer luck. So to sum up, the birth flowers and stone for September represent both passionate emotion and clarified thought.

The zodiac signs for September include Virgo (August 23-September 22) and Libra (September 23-October 22). Virgo is a mutable earth sign which is ruled by the planet Mercury. Virgos are well known for their industrious, reliable natures. If a Virgo is given a task, as a child or as an adult, he or she will work toward completion and excellence of that task. Virgos seek the same excellence in their interpersonal relationships as they do in their work and studies, but do tend toward being more critical of other people than they are of themselves. What do Virgos look for in others? Virgos seek stability, and this is true in the workplace and in the home as well. If your baby is a Virgo, it will be your job to provide a stable environment as he or she grows up. When your child becomes an adult, that stability will be carried on to his or her own home. A couple of famous Virgos include Mother Theresa (August 27) and Michael Jackson (August 29).

If your newborn is a Libra, he or she will have very clear ideas of what is right or wrong, and will seek for balance in interpersonal relationships. Libras work toward harmony at home and at work, and are very interested in the people around them. If you have a Libra child, make sure to remember that he or she may not express everything in the interest of preserving the peace—so you should take extra care that he or she is truly happy. Famous Libras include John Lennon (October 9) and Truman Capote (September 30). Both Virgos and Libras are very harmonious signs, so you can look forward to a balanced and personable child!  I hope you have enjoyed reading this month’s baby fun facts.