Fun Facts About May Babies

Is your baby going to be born in May?

Congratulations! May is a wonderful month to bring a new life into this world, and there are lots of fun facts about May that might interest you. In this post, we look at what makes May a special month for childbirth and what it means for your new bundle of joy.

Summer’s Just Around the Corner

May is a spring month in the northern hemisphere, one of the warmest spring months just before the heat of summer sets in. In most places, the chill of winter is officially gone by May. In the southern hemisphere, May is a pleasant autumn month and offers a relief from the hotter months.

If you like planning ahead, note your baby will be about 7 months old by the holiday season—a wonderful age for baby’s first holiday.

What does “May” mean?

May takes its name from the Greek goddess Maia, whose Roman equivalent is Bona Dea. Maia was considered a symbol of spring and fertility, both themes relevant to your childbirth.

Maia was a nurturer, whose children included Hermes—a brilliant but mischievous infant. On his first day home, Hermes matured rapidly. He snuck off at night, stole his half-brother Apollo’s cattle and made a lyre out of a tortoise shell, which he then used as a bargaining chip to convince Apollo to let him keep the cattle. Sneaky!

So be ready, parents. You could have a smart (but rascally) baby on the way!

Holidays in May

There’s plenty to celebrate in May, in addition to your newborn. Here are some of the most well-known holidays this month:

  • May Day (May 1): This is a celebration of spring, or a day to honor workers, celebrated in many countries around the world. In Ireland and Scotland, these festivities are also known as the Beltane festival.
  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5): A celebration of Mexican-American culture, or more specifically: the observance of the Mexican army’s defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
  • Mother’s Day: One of the odd surprises of being a new mom is the sudden realization that you’re able to celebrate Mother’s Day—for yourself—because now you’re a mother, too! Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
  • Memorial Day: A day to honor fallen military servicemen, this U.S. holiday is celebrated on the last Monday in May. It’s also considered the unofficial start of summer, as many families celebrate with backyard BBQs or by going to the beach.

May is a heritage month for South Asians, Asian Pacific Americans, and Jewish Americans. There are also some fun pop culture events like Zombie Awareness Month and the annual Eurovision contest!

May Birthstones & Flowers

If you’re a May baby, your birthstone is the emerald and your flower is the Lily of the Valley. Lily of the Valley symbolizes sweetness, innocence and purity. Emerald symbolizes love and fortune. Emerald is considered a deflector of negative energy and an attractor of abundance, harmony, and love. Emerald is worn to bring inspiration and to provide healing, patience, truth and wisdom in relationships. If worn with a diamond, the power of emerald can be amplified. In folk remedies, emerald is recommended for blood and heart problems, childbirth, and detoxification. It is a stone loved by ancient cultures for thousands of years.

Zodiac & Astrology

Your baby’s zodiac sign will be either Taurus (April 20-May 20) or Gemini (May 21-June 20).

• If you are a Taurus, you are an earth sign, and you share the stability of the earth. You may tend toward conservative choices, but you make a loyal and lasting companion. In intense situations, you keep a level head, but if pushed over the line, you can explode. If you have a baby in May who is a Taurus, you can expect him or her to perform well in school and later in work, particularly if a stable environment is provided which matches the Taurus personality.

• Gemini is a mutable air sign, and in many ways quite the opposite of Taurus. If you are a Gemini, odds are you are energetic, fast paced, and constantly striving to learn new things. You draw information and people together and can entertain and inform others. You may become easily bored with tedious tasks or leave tasks unfinished unless they are very compelling. If you have a Gemini baby in May, you can look forward to a child who will master the skills of communication early and learn at an incredible rate. Your Gemini child will have a magnetic personality, but may neglect school tasks or chores (or relationships) unless constantly given new, exciting aspects to keep him or her engaged.

Whether your baby is an energetic Gemini or a grounded Taurus, he or she will bring a unique inner strength to life as a child and later as an adult.

Personality Traits Proven by Science

Don’t believe in astrology? That’s okay. You can also use science to predict the future personality of your May baby.

According to Time magazine, a growing body of scientific research has found patterns in personality traits among people born in various seasons. Here’s what we know about those born in May:

Optimism: People born in May rate highest for optimism and positivity (also known as hyperthymia). Other spring babies, born in March and April, score high in hyperthymia too, but May tops them all, according to a 2012 study of 58,000 people.

Depression: The flip side is that people born in May are also most at risk of depression, according to the same study. Unfortunately, those born in May were more vulnerable to dark moods than people born in other months.

But don’t put too much weight into these studies, which were focused on adults (not babies). Personality traits are influenced by many other factors. And we’re certain you’re going to have a happy baby no matter what!

Famous May Babies & Birthdays

There have been numerous celebrities and notable figures born in the month of May. And if you’re into astrology, you can see how some of these figures fit into the zodiac personas above.

Here are a few notable May birthdays to know:

  • Wes Anderson: May 1, 1969
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: May 2, 1972
  • Audrey Hepburn: May 4, 1929
  • Karl Marx: May 5, 1818
  • Chris Brown: May 5, 1989
  • Orson Welles: May 6, 1915
  • George Clooney: May 6, 1961
  • Enrique Iglesias: May 8, 1975
  • Florence Nightingale: May 12, 1820
  • Tina Fey: May 18, 1970
  • Janet Jackson: May 16, 196
  • Mr. T: May 21, 1952
  • Drew Carey: May 23, 1958
  • Bob Dylan: May 24, 1941
  • John F. Kennedy, May 29, 1917
  • Clint Eastwood: May 31, 1930

When will my baby … ?

Since you know when your baby is due, you can make some educated guesses about when he or she will reach important milestones over the coming months and years.

If your baby is born in May, he or she will …

  • Start smiling: Likely between July and August (6-12 weeks)
  • Start laughing: Probably by around September (4 months)
  • Start eating solid foods: Likely between September and November (4-6 months)
  • Start crawling: Probably between December and March (7-10 months)
  • Start walking: Most likely by February to August of next year (9-15 months)

Your Conception Date

Let’s face it – we all want to know exactly when we became pregnant. After all, the conception date was the beginning of Baby’s journey (and your journey as a parent). But as time goes by, it’s easy to forget how and when things happened on that fateful day.

The good news is, you can always approximate your conception date with a little math. Even if you don’t know the exact date, the month and the season of conception tells you a lot. Was it hot outside? Was it during a blizzard? Was something big happening in the news?

If your baby is due in May, your conception date was probably between Aug. 1 to Sept. 1 of last year.

Historic Events in May

What can history tell you about your May baby? Well, it may not be able to predict personality traits, but you can win some trivia points by knowing which historic events happened on your baby’s birthday.

Here are a few significant events that happened in May:

  • May 5, 1961: Alan Shepard became the first American in space, experiencing weightlessness for about five minutes inside the Freedom 7 spacecraft, then returning to earth and parachuting into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • May 7, 1945: V-E Day – World War II ended in Europe as Germany surrendered in France (the entire war ended in September).
  • May 8, 1794: The United States Post Office was established.
  • May 10, 1869: The final “golden spike” was hammered into the First Transcontinental Railroad, completing the connection of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.
  • May 18, 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte became emperor of France in an extravagant coronation that was referred to as a “masterminded piece of modern propaganda.”
  • May 20, 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Congratulations on Your New Bundle of Joy!

We’re so excited to hear about your May baby. Leave a comment below when your bundle of joy arrives, and feel free to post a picture too!

Know someone else who is having a baby? If so, be sure to check out our collection of unique handcrafted diaper cakes, which make great gifts and adorable centerpieces for baby showers.

Congratulations to all expectant moms due in the month of May.

Know someone else who is having a baby?

If so, be sure to check out our collection of unique handcrafted diaper cakes, which make great gifts and adorable centerpieces for baby showers.

 

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.

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.