August Baby Fun Facts

August is the third month of summer, and like July, it originally bore a different name before being renamed for one of the great Roman emperors, Augustus. Augustus had a number of military triumphs in the month of August. It was the month that he expanded the empire by conquering Egypt.  Babies born this month have some interesting facts associated with their birth month.

August is celebrated as a harvest month in the pagan festival of Lughnasadh. It is also International Beer Day (not great for your baby—but fun when he or she grows up!), Independence Day in several countries, and also a month marking many important events which ended World War II. The middle week of August is the high point of the Perseid meteor shower, a beautiful event which lights up the night skies with falling stars.

The birth flowers for August are the gladiolus and the poppy, and the birthstones for this month are the peridot and the onyx. The gladiolus represents strength of character and takes its name from the Latin word for sword—another August connection to ancient Rome and martial power. Poppies bear a more ominous interpretation of sleep and death—but also of resurrection. They remind us that all things change, and that the coming months will bring autumn and winter, but that spring will come again. Your new son or daughter will go through ups and downs, as every growing child does.

Peridot relates to health and wealth and allows the user to fend off negative emotions by enabling a deeper understanding of relationships. In traditional remedies it has been used to cleanse the heart and open the heart chakra. Onyx is a grounding stone which centers and calms the mind, reducing emotional energy. It promotes reticence and self control.

Babies born in August are either Leos or Virgos. If you are a Leo, you are a fire sign and a natural leader who is generous to others and wants to provide and to lead. You have the capacity to help others, especially if they are willing to follow your lead. You may struggle with anger should others seem unappreciative of your efforts, and you will need to carefully check that trait if you are to lead others successfully. You probably will do best in relationships and workplaces where you are allowed to make most of the decisions. Famous Leos include Bill Clinton (August 19) and Jacqueline Kennedy (July 28).

If you are a Virgo, you are a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury. Virgos tend to be reliable hard workers who are committed to their tasks. Virgos excel to meet the highest mark in work and in relationships, but can be overly critical of others. Virgos favor constancy and stability, so if your baby is a Virgo, make sure you provide a stable home for him or her to grow up in. Famous Virgos have included Mother Teresa (August 27) and Michael Jackson (August 29).

August is a month associated with change, growth, and accomplishment. If your child is born in this month, he or she may grow to change the world and others.

July Baby Fun Facts

July, the second month in summer, is the warmest month of the year in the northern hemisphere. The hot days of summer invoke memories of childhood fun and games. If your baby is born in this month, his or her birthday will be among those wonderful childhood memories. Life flourishes in full force in mid-summer. Flowers are in bloom and trees are green. July takes its name from Julius Caesar, who was born in this month and ushered Rome into a new era.

July features Independence Day and revolutionary celebrations in over a dozen countries, making it a global month of commemoration steeped in history. July brings together the old and the new, marking change and growth. It is also National Ice Cream Month in the United States.

If your child is born in July, his or her birthstone will be the ruby. The July birth flowers are the larkspur and the water lily, and the horoscope signs for this month are Cancer and Leo. The water lily is the national flower of several countries, echoing again the themes of independence and growth. The larkspur symbolizes openness of the heart and attachment and love.

The ruby is a warm, deep red stone which symbolizes wealth, love, passion, joy and power. It is wonderful for strengthening the heart chakra and for revitalizing emotional energies. This is a stone of leadership which intensifies the emotions. It also can be used to heal the root chakra from associated illnesses.

If your birthday falls after June 21, then you are a Cancer. Cancer is a water sign with a deep emotional current. If you are a Cancer, your life probably revolves around your home and family. You may be sensitive to insults, perhaps even remarks or actions not intended as such. You have a home within your own soul that you can always curl up in when you feel threatened, and the home you create around yourself will feature stability and emotional connectedness. A couple of famous Cancers include Princess Di (July 1) and Nelson Mandela (July 18).

If you were born after June 21, then you are a Leo, which is a fire sign ruled by the sun. Leos are usually ambitious but generous, and make excellent leaders. As a Leo, the happiness of others is always a prime concern, and you will probably put yourself in a position to be a provider. Watch out for your ego though; sometimes if Leos feel underappreciated, they can throw quite a tantrum! Leos tend to take charge in the workplace and in their personal relationships, and do well in positions where they can care for others. Famous Leos have included Jacqueline Kennedy (July 28) and Bill Clinton (August 19).

As you can see, a child born in the month of July could follow a path toward leadership, much like Julius Caesar, the warrior and ruler for whom this month was named. If you were born in July, and particularly if you were born a Leo, take care to keep your ambition in check and you will be sure to thrive and lead and inspire others.

Fun Facts About March Born Babies

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Are you expecting a baby born in March?  If so, this is a fabulous month to have a baby.  March is the month which marks the end of winter and the start of spring.  Yeah!  Easter usually falls in April, but sometimes in March as well so throughout your baby’s life you will be able to celebrate their birthday as well as Easter and the start of spring.  These special days make March a month of renewal, rebirth and new life – a very fitting theme for your baby’s birth month.

March is named for Mars, the Roman god of war.  In ancient Rome, not only was March the beginning of spring, but also the start for many military campaigns.  As such, Mars is a beginning not just in nature, but traditionally a beginning for great human endeavors.  Great Britain and Russia and other countries traditionally began their old calendars in March, not January.  New Year’s celebrations are still held worldwide in March in many cultures.  March is definitely a time for beginnings.  Since your March baby will be starting their life’s journey, this too is obviously a new beginning.

March also marks a number of other festive holidays including Saint Patrick’s Day, Pi Day, and the tail end of Mardi Gras.

For the month of March, the traditional birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone.  Aquamarine is believed to be a soothing stone which can quell fears, protect, provide foresight, courage, and happiness.  As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety and in the Middle Ages it was thought to reduce the effect of poisons.  Bloodstone represents fortitude and strength and is believed to attract abundance and wealth.  The flower for March is the daffodil, representing rebirth since it is one of the first flowers of spring.

If your baby was born before March 20, their Greek zodiac sign is Pisces.  For babies  born after March 20, they’re an Aries.  Pisces is a water sign and a mutable sign (meaning it is a sign of restlessness).  Pisces are usually believed to be shy, romantic, aloof and sensitive.  They are deeply emotional creatures with great capacity for empathy with others.  Pisces children are usually pliable, kind, and crave some extra affection.  Their passion remains with them throughout life.  Well known Pisces include Michelangelo (March 15), Albert Einstein (March 14) and Dr. Seuss (March 2).  Aries on the other hand is a fire sign.  Aries are considered to be curious, energetic and restless.  They are confident and direct.  Aries children are very competitive, a streak that usually remains with them throughout their future careers.  Well known Aries include Thomas Jefferson (April 13) and Leonardo Da Vinci (April 15).

March is a wonderful month for a baby to be born.  Under such fortuitous signs of courage, strength and renewal, and with either of two very different but very powerful zodiac signs, March is indeed a wonderful month to be born in.  If you were born in March yourself, it would be interesting to note if you can relate to any of these traits described for March born babies.  Feel free to post your comments.

Fun Facts About February Born Babies

Winter is always a great time to have a baby and February is no exception. Above the equator winter offers expectant mother’s an opportunity to stay cool and refreshed instead of hot and sweaty like those humid summer months. February is the shortest month of the year so it would only stand to reason that fewer babies are born during this month. February has only 28 days, except for the leap year thrown in every four years. The true term is intercalation which is the insertion of a time interval, one day, to align the phases of the moon and seasons. For all you February babies, the Latin for your month is februum and it is translated as purification. This is due to a purification ritual that was held in Roman times on the 15th of the month, always on a full moon.

Some of the events around the world shared with babies born in February are Black history month, the Chinese new year, and of course our favorite, Valentines Day. February children have the birthstone of the amethyst and their flower is the primrose although some would disagree and say it is the violet. It is not a surprise then that the color for February is purple. Purple is he color for the season of Lent and Advent which makes sense because these seasons usually begin in February. Pancake Day, fat Tuesday or Mardi grass are all events that normally fall in the month of February but sometimes end up in March.

The Zodiac sign for February is Aquarius until mid month, the 18th and then it changes to Pisces. For the Aquarians, this sign literally means water carrier and it is the eleventh astrological sign of the zodiac. The babies born in the first 18 days of February posses strong and attractive personalities. Buying any books on a strong willed child might help in understanding your little Aquarian. These guys are frank, speak what is on their mind and very self assertive. The Pisces on the other hand are very compassionate, selfless and sympathetic. Pisces means circle of life and is the twelfth astrological sign of the zodiac. Two fish are the symbols for this sign. They are more weak willed and are easily led. There is quite a difference in the two zodiac signs of February children.

For a few fun facts about February, it is the national cherry and chocolate month, which is good for the celebration of Valentines Day. Several of the founding fathers of the United States of America were born in this month. George Washington, the first president of the USA and Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president were just two of them. And finally, February 2nd is ground hog day where thousands of people gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to see if the ground hog produces a shadow when he crawls out of his hole. For some reason people believe that if he does produce a shadow there will be six more months of winter. Go figure.

Did You Know These Facts About December Born Babies?

December Baby
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December is a traditionally special and romantic month, and obviously includes Christmas. Although a month renowned for high levels of expenditure, December is also one of the most celebratory and enjoyable for both children and adults alike. Quite aside from its spiritual and religious implications, December also sees the ritual of present exchange at Christmas and the end of one year before the beginning of another. There are numerous facts associated with birth and children born in the month of December, from popular names for newly born babies to the number of children conceived through its duration.

Here’s six for you to share with anyone you know that is having or had a December baby:

  1. The birth flower for December is Holly, and as a festive symbol of Christmas this is one of the most popular names given to female children born in this month. There is a strong festive influence in the names given to both girls and boys each December, as names are sourced through their religious and Chrsitmas fable connotations. Aside from Holly, Mary and Tasha are popular for girls born during this period, whereas Noel and Christopher stand out with regards to boys names.
  2. There are two signs of the Zodiac that occur during December. Sagittarius and Capricorn are the two specific birth signs, and are symbolized by a centaur and a goat respectively. The traditional birthstone for children born during the month of December is Turquoise, and represents prosperity and success in the face of adversity. These birth signs and their teachings are used by many to determine aspects of their life and even influence decision making processes.
  3. Typically, fewer children are born in December than during the months of the summer and early autumn. December forms part of a four month cycle between November and February where the birth rate worldwide drops, and this large decrease is influenced by couples who plan their pregnancies keen to avoid giving birth during the already financially tough festive period. Though this trend is occasionally modified it is often reflective of family planning concepts and ideals.
  4. Although many family units plan the births of their children so that they do not coincide with Christmas, this means that more children are conceived during the months of November and December than any other. In order for couples to have a baby in August or September, they must be created during the winter months and this fact ensures that December remains one of the most romantic months of the calendar year.
  5. On average, there are 220,000 thousand children born in the USA every day. On Christmas day, the average number of births recorded is 172,000, and this reflects the reduced level of births through December and the festive period in particular. Christmas babies are considered to be rare and special, especially amongst Christian groups and faith, as children born on December 25 share their birthday with Jesus Christ.
  6. In terms of the US, a majority 51 percent of all babies born annually are boys. This trend is reflected in worldwide statistics too, where 55 percent of all children born are male. This trend fluctuates month on month, and December sees that approximately 52 percent of children that are born are boys, and just 48 percent are girls. This figure has varied over the last 40 years, as in 1960 the statistics showed that the split was 50 percent each worldwide and through the month of December.

Happy Holidays from Lil’ Baby Cakes and congratulations to all parents blessed with a December born baby.