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
Photo by Rapheal Goetter

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.

Top 9 Holiday Survival Tips for Pregnant Mothers

Tips while Pregnant During the Holidays

Having a little human being living and growing inside you can eat up lots of your energy and enthusiasm – in fact, it can totally drain any pregnant mommy of her vigor at times when it’s least expected. If you’re one of those pregnant women this year, you probably already know how even a short walk from the bedroom to the kitchen can flush all the wind out of you. It’s harder during the holidays, even if you’re one of the most balanced and even-keeled pregnant women ever. Add in a few dozen pregnancy hormones playing up to the mixture, and we’re headed for big trouble. With Christmas and New Years on its way, we thought it would be the perfect time to share our top holiday survival tips with the pregnant girls out there! These will make it much easier to get through the chaos and madness that comes with the holiday season.

  1. Chill, cut down, and relax! This should be the first and foremost on your thing at the moment. Cut your ‘to-do’ list into a quarter. All your cookies don’t need to be homemade from scratch. While you’re running from one store to another and popping into a dozen friends’ homes, do not forget to just sit down and catch your breath. Amongst the millions of holiday chores on your mind, take out some time to ‘chill,’ even if it’s just lying back in the car for a few seconds.
  2. Eat frequently and eat healthy. While hopping from one holiday party to the next, try nibbling on some crackers to keep away that morning sickness, which you must have realized by now, does not happen exclusively in the morning. Eat mini meals at regular intervals throughout your day, instead of scarfing down a heavy holiday dinner meal. You will thank us for this tip when that heartburn stays away next morning. Heartburn can be very bad during pregnancy.
  3. Be nice to yourself. This holiday is a fantastic opportunity to adopt some proper self-care routines. You’ve got time on your hands. Make use of it and set some health boundaries. Healthy Mom= Healthy Family. Furthermore, you will want to show your children the best way to take care of their health and body.
  4. Be selective when choosing which celebration parties to attend. Try to only accept that invitation that really matters to you. This will allow you to fully enjoy the occasion and prevent you from ending up burnt out. For the invites that you do give a nod to, keep your activities at bay and don’t overexert yourself. For example, rather than being worried about whether you’ll hurt your hosts’ emotions by taking your leave a few hours earlier than expected, remind yourself that your primary priority is to take care of you and your baby. In fact, even if the celebrations are being held at your own residence, feel free to put up your feet for a while. Instead of you waiting on the others, let them serve you.
  5. Say ‘yes’ to help. One of the most harmful assumptions of motherhood is the myth that ‘I need to be able to do everything by myself. It’ll show that I’m weak if I ask for help.” Believing in and acting according to this myth will build on your postpartum depression. Make it a habit to accept help. It’s good and healthy, and most definitely not any sign of weakness.
  6. Develop ‘temporary thick skin’ for your baby’s sake. Give your mind and body’s comfort precedence over what people think when it gets too tough. As you attend a number of holiday parties during this season, you will meet up with friends and relatives that might have not spoken to you in months or even years. It may be Great Aunt Edna who’s got an unbeatable habit of passing nasty comments. Simply ignore such comments, instead of getting worked up over it. The extra stress and tension is really something you can do without while pregnant.
  7. Gift Giving (with some extra thoughtfulness). A number of guests feel unusual walking into a holiday gathering without a gift. If you’re a member of that club, why don’t you bring in some sparkling juice to the party, rather than an alcoholic beverage you won’t be able to enjoy?
  8. Accept Support. With the holiday and hormones teamed up, your mood will shift gears from happy to depressed in seconds. Fight of this emotional rollercoaster by seeking and accepting the help you need – whether it’s personal or professional. Pay some visits to a certified therapist if you think they’ll be able to help you clear up the rough times you’re facing. Don’t be shy. If your ups and downs in mood are interfering with your regular activities, maybe the best choice to be made for both you and your baby’s sake is consultation with a health practitioner that you can place your trust in. It may be anxiety or pre-natal depression that you’re dealing with. Such conditions do require treatment although not always medicines. It could just be a concrete action plan to help you get back into your shoes again.
  9. Glamour up! Someday, you’ll again fit into that sexy formal glittery gown on New Year’s. For the time being, enjoy the pregnant glow no one else at the party’s got. Celebrate the growth (it means you’re well and healthy). Go out shopping and don’t be afraid to splurge on a dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident. Show off your gorgeous baby bump through a loose flowing or tight fitting top!

What’s your top holiday tip for pregnancy? What’s that one thing that gets you right through the holiday blues? Leave us a glimpse of your thought in the comment section below.

Can You Really Pick the Gender of Your Baby?

Baby Gender
Can You Really Pick the Gender of Your Baby?

A popular trend among couples is gender selection.  The theory behind gender selection is that methods can be used to choosing sex of the baby before conception.  Can you really pick a gender before becoming pregnant?  Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis or “PGD” is a scientific method that half of the fertility clinics in America are using to allow couples to choose the sex of their baby.  The process is also used to screen for genetic defects among embryos. Banned in several countries including Canada and Britain the practice is causing a major debate among experts. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The American Society for Reproductive Medicine oppose using the method for gender selections.

Some of the Craziest Methods Employed

Old wives tales tell us there are many ways to choosing sex of the baby without the use of modern medicine and are certainly more fun.  Conflicting stories are rampant among the old wives tales while one might tell you to eat meat for a boy another tale might say to eat meat to conceive a girl during pregnancy.  There is no hard evidence whether any of these methods work, although the internet poll takers seem to agree that they work in about 50% of cases.  Some of the most popular ways to pick a gender without the use of PGD are quite fun and, some, even amusing. Check them out!

Diet

  • For a boy mom and dad should eat red meat, for a baby girl they should eat fish and veggies.
  • For a girl both partners should eat avocado peels before the attempt, for a baby boy avoid them.
  • For a boy the male partner should consume caffeine, for a girl he should avoid it.
  • For a girl both mom and dad should partake in sweets during pregnancy, for a boy they should salty foods.

Doing the Deed

  • If the male initiates sex it will be a boy, if the women initiates it, a girl.
  • For a girl the woman should be on top, for a boy the man.
  • If the male has an orgasm first the baby will be male, if the female orgasms first the baby will be female.
  • For a girl, the male’s testicles should be cool to produce cool sperm, for a boy they should be warm to produce warm sperm.
  • For a boy do the deed when there is a quarter of the moon, for a girl do the deed on the full moon.
  • For a girl have sex in the afternoon, for a boy at night.
  • For a boy have sex standing up, for a girl use the missionary position.
  • For a girl attempt conception on an even day of the month, for a boy go for an odd day.
  • For a boy do the deed with moms head facing south, for a girl moms head should be facing north.  Not sure about east or west.  One of each maybe?

What experiences do you have with gender selection?  Have you had success in choosing gender or have the old wives tales failed you?

Share your thoughts with others.

10 Great Baby Books Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Read

Pregnancy is one of the most special times in the life of any woman.  Her body goes through a myriad of changes–a full-on, non-stop  package of changes for 9 months.

It comes with both anxiety and the unbounded joy of bringing forth a fresh new life into this world.  We also find out the growing discomfort of all the body changes presents an additional set of challenges throughout the pregnancy.

No woman will forget these 9 months of her life  ( I know I never will!),  no matter how many times she goes through it.  This can also be a time filled with questions, anxiety, and nervousness for the father-to-be.  So what’s the best way to deal with all these changes to your physical and emotional body?  The answer is simple: Information.  You’ll want to be backed with all the information and support you can get.  Now, the online revolution has made everything, including pregnancy information, very “digital”.  But I’m still going to say, nothing can beat a good old book, packed with wisdom and advice of childbearing.  So grab a copy, curl up with your partner, and settle down for a peaceful evening with two steaming mugs of coffee  (decaf, of course for the mom to be)!

To help you with some great information, we’ve put together our Lil’ Baby Cakes list of the 10 great pregnancy bestsellers (definitely not to be missed):

1. What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi E. Murkoff

What to Expect When Your Expecting

This one just had to make it to the top of our list.  It’s a book for the new moms of the new era.  It’s THE most thorough pregnancy book written in a friendly voice.  Dozens of questions like week-by-week fetal growth, pre-conception, and carrying multiples are answered.  Even issues with current trends in lifestyle like belly piercings, tattooing, and aromatherapy, are discussed in relation to your growing baby.

2. Your Pregnancy Bible by Anne Deans

Your Pregnancy Bible

It’s been around for years, and now it’s available in a new and revised version! It’s been written by an accomplished team of specialists and is filled with basically ALL that parents-t-be need to know – from the first trimester right down to the birth and care of your beloved newborn.  Emma’s Diary calls it, “The most comprehensive pregnancy manual on the market.”

3. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Lovine

Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy

In this one, the gun-loving author shares with her readers her personal experiences with pregnancy and also relays parts of her friends’ pregnancies. Definitely a good read if you’re looking for something a little toned down, yet still informative. She believes the best way a woman can learn and cope with all the challenges that come with pregnancy is through a fellow woman who has gone through the same process. Any questions an expectant mother may have from morning sickness to tender breasts have been answered.

4. Maitland Maternity by Marisa Carroll

Maitland Maternity

This is a fictitious and exciting story about a a mother and her pursuits for love. If you’re looking for a change from the regular informational tone, you should try this novel.  It tells the tale of a stubborn protagonist who ignores letters and heartfelt mementoes from a mother who gave her and her brothers and sisters up to adoption, 25 years too late. Simultaneously, Lana’s tribulations with raising her child with a foreign lover teach her how the decisions made in love aren’t necessarily easy all the time.

5. Baby 411 by Denise Fields and Ari Brown M.D.

Baby 411

This book is in its’ 4th printing. It contains over 500 pages of useful information to guide the new mom in the care of the newborn . Tips about health, sleep, and nutrition are covered using a question and answer format which makes it easy to maneuver through the book and pick out the most timely topics. You’ll keep this as a ready reference as you begin the transition from being pregnant to becoming a mom. Lastly, the book features a decent glossary of terms and some reference pages that contain growth charts and additional recommended reading material.

6.  Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy

Belly Laughs

You’ll simply adore this Jenny’s tone of writing. Fun, yet jam-packed with everything you need to know about pregnancy and child birth. Furthermore, this book has made it possible for women to discuss issues problematic issues such as hemorrhoids and bowel movements that occur during childbirth. Such topics have always been left unspoken in the dark ages, as it was not “lady like” or proper.

7.  The Pregnancy Journal; a Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy by A. Christine Harris

The Pregnancy Journal

This book gives mothers the opportunity to write down their experiences right from conception to birth. You get to see the physical changes as well as those of the unborn baby on a daily basis. I know women have different opinions about keeping a journal so this may not be the best choice for everyone. But for me, I personally think over the years, this can be a timeless resource to go back and read to revisit some years down the road.

8.  The Bloke’s Guide to Pregnancy by Jon Smith

Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy

Finally something for our expecting daddy! If you or your partner are looking for some information and advice from a male point of view, this is your book. It’s been based on real-life stores and interviews from more than a 100 fathers. It’s going to teach the father-to-be what to expect, how to deal with it, and maybe even love the experience along the way.

9.  Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

In this book, Ina May Gaskin, one of America’s top midwives, shares with you all the hidden secrets and wisdom relating to childbirth. Sharing a treasure box full of information that only comes from 3 full decades of experience, Ina gently takes you through everything from why the natural birth method is preferred to realizing the beauty of the experience. It tells you the true facts about what happens during labor and gives you invaluable tips. If you’re looking for those things your doctor didn’t necessarily tell you, this is a must-read.

10.  What to Eat When You’re Expecting by Dr Rana Conway

What to Eat When You're Expecting

With the help of this book, women learn more about the best foods to eat during pregnancy, not only better for her, but also to the advantage of the unborn baby. I know that nutrition can be hard to focus on when your body is doing “flip-flops” all the time but with some effort this book can really help with a critical part of your pregnancy.

I hope that these fantastic top-selling pregnancy reads help you and your partner to make your pregnancy journey as smooth and easy as possible. Maybe your favorite book is not on the list. If not, feel free to add a comment with your favorite and let’s make this post grow to be a resource for all the new moms-to-be out there. I know I had plenty of resources to read when I was pregnant, so I wanted to at least try to offer a starting list based on today’s most popular reads. Happy reading!