Fun Facts About November Born Babies

November Born BabyExpecting in November? Congratulations! November is a wonderful month to have a baby – and with the holiday season coming up, it’s an especially joyous time.

Did you know that Winston Churchill and Marie Antoinette were born in November? And that’s only the beginning of many fun facts about November-born babies. Continue reading below to discover what astrology, science and other indicators can tell you about your November baby’s personality and so much more.

November at a glance

November is the final month of autumn and the last full month before winter, which is why November was historically known as the month for storing food harvested during October. It was November when farmers could determine whether their year had been successful or not. In fact, Thanksgiving is based on the idea of giving thanks for a year of successful farming prior to November.

Today, the month of November is strongly associated with the start of the holiday season. For many in the United States, you can’t think of November without also thinking about Thanksgiving, food, family, and of course the shopping craze of Black Friday. For moms and dads, there’s nothing more special than celebrating these traditions for the first time with your newborn baby.

For many, November is also known for American football. The first college football game in the U.S. was played in November of 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton.

November is a political month in the United States, as elections are held every year in the first week of the month. The U.S. elects its president every four years in November. The delivery of Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address was also in November of 1863.

What is the meaning of “November?”

In Latin, “novem” means nine. Fun fact: the original Roman calendar had only ten months, from March to December. November was named so because it was the ninth month.

Of course, the calendar eventually changed with the addition of January and February. But despite the reordering, the names of the final four months never changed. So, even though November became the 11th month, its etymology is rooted in the number nine.

November Holidays to Know

Most people think of November—specifically Thanksgiving—as the start of the holiday season. But there are some other holidays this month, as well as a few fun facts about November you may already know about:

  • Veterans Day (Nov. 11): A national holiday in the United States, Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The holiday is usually observed on November 11, which marked the end of World War I in 1918 (it’s often said that WWI ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). Other countries have also celebrated the day as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day.
  • Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November): Thanksgiving originated as a day to give thanks for the blessing of the year’s harvest. It was designated as a federal holiday in 1941.
  • Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) & Cyber Monday: While not an official holiday, Black Friday is a uniquely American tradition of going shopping for holiday gifts the day after Thanksgiving, when many people have off from work and retailers entice shoppers with deals. Cyber Monday, the following Monday, is the online version, commonly believed to be the day that people do most of their online shopping when they return to work after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Did you know? November is also Peanut Butter Lovers Month, Aviation History Month, and National Sleep Comfort Month — so let’s hope that also means your November baby sleeps well early on, so you can get some rest!

November Zodiac Signs & Astrology

The zodiac signs for November are Scorpio (Oct 23- Nov 21) and Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21). Here’s what astrology tells us about their personalities and what it could mean for your baby:

  • Scorpio: Scorpios are known to be calm, cool, and collected, though perhaps a bit mysterious. They are also known to be passionate about their beliefs, which also makes them a bit hardheaded at times. Their assertiveness tends to make them great leaders.
  • Sagittarius: Those with a Sagittarius sign are often curious and looking towards the future. They tend to be more idealistic, though sometimes a bit impatient. Sagittarius is known for a desire to travel, seek to understand his place in the universe and not be constricted.

Birthstones & Flowers for November

The birthstone for November is the topaz, which comes from the Sanskrit, meaning fire. Many believe this is due to the fire-like colors of the stone, which include 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 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. In many cultures, it is also used for medicinal purposes and is believed to help relieve a sore throat, fever and headache. In China, the chrysanthemum is used in many different dishes.

November Personalities: What Science Tells Us

Not everyone believes in astrology. But real research has shown that there are indeed patterns in personalities among those born in the same month. Time magazine explained how several studies have researched links between personality traits and birth seasons.

So, what do we know about November-born babies? Research has found that those born in November and other fall months tend to have more balanced emotions, lower levels of depression and a lower likelihood of developing severe mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder.

Some scientists believe this may have something to do with evolutionary nutrition: more plentiful nutrients at harvest time may have contributed to healthier November babies.

But, don’t put too much stock in these studies. Your care, attention and unconditional love are the most important factors for a happy baby!

Famous November Babies

Which historical figures and celebrities were born in November? Here are just a few big names you may recognize!

  • November 2, 1755: Marie Antoinette
  • November 3, 1921: Charles Bronson
  • November 4, 1969: Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs
  • November 7, 1867: Marie Curie
  • November 9, 1841: King Edward VII
  • November 11, 1974: Leonardo DiCaprio
  • November 13, 1955: Whoopi Goldberg
  • November 20, 1925: Robert F. Kennedy
  • November 23, 1992: Miley Cyrus
  • November 27, 1942: Jimi Hendrix
  • November 30, 1835: Mark Twain
  • November 30, 1874: Winston Churchill

Other Significant November Dates in History

History may not tell you anything about your baby’s personality, but it can be neat to know that historical events happened on his/her birthday.

Here are some dates to know:

  • 3, 1968: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is established, though does not begin broadcasting until 1970.
  • 9, 1989: Fall of the Berlin Wall, which had divided East and West Berlin for more than 30 years.
  • 11, 1918: End of World War I (which we now celebrate as Veterans Day to honor all military veterans).
  • 19, 1863: Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, during the middle of the American Civil War.

Amazing Milestones!   When will my baby … ?

Expecting parents love to know when their newborns will hit their biggest development milestones. If your baby is born in November, here’s when you can expect them to achieve these amazing feats:

  • Smile: 6 to 12 weeks. Some gassy smiles may happen within the first couple weeks. But in just a couple more months, those smiles will be real signs of a happy baby.
  • Laugh: 4-5 months. Get ready! Your baby could be giggling before spring. And when it happens, it’s the cutest thing ever!
  • Crawl: 7-10 months. Every baby is different, but look for your baby to begin crawling sometime between June and September of next year. But be careful what you wish for: once they start moving, they can get in all kinds of new trouble!
  • Talk: 6-7 months. Let’s face it. The first “mama” or “dada” might not be a real expression of words, per se, especially if it happens within the first couple months. But by next summer, your baby’s vocalization will really be coming along
  • Walk: 9-15 months. There’s a pretty wide range for when babies take their first steps. But generally speaking, a November baby can begin walking as early as August the following year.

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We hope you enjoyed our list of fun facts about November-born babies, and congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

Fun Facts About October Born Babies

October born babyCongratulations on your special October arrival! Whether you’re still expecting or already caring for your newborn, this is truly a special time for you and your family.

Equally special is the month your baby is born! There are lots of neat facts about October babies, and you may even be able to learn a little bit about their future personality, based on their birth date. In this post, we take a close look at all the unique and interesting things that make October a special month for childbirth.

Breathtaking fall color and a change of the seasons

October is the first full month of fall and it’s a beautiful time to be born. In areas where autumn leaves are changing, the sights are breathtaking. In the United States, for example, peak fall foliage typically occurs in October across a large swath of the country. Even in warmer climates without colorful foliage, the temperatures are just right for enjoying the outdoors – no more summer heat and too soon for winter’s cold.

Historically, October has often been used to determine how harsh the upcoming winter season will be.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, you can predict an especially “hard winter” by these signs: a large number of acorns falling to the ground; wooly caterpillars appearing more black than brown; deer displaying a grayer coat.

Also, in North America and increasingly all over the world, you can’t talk about October without also thinking about Halloween, cozy fall sweaters and pumpkin spiced lattes – yum!

The meaning behind “October”

“Octo” means eight in Latin – just as octagon stands for eight sides and octopi have eight legs.

So, what does October have to do with the number eight? In the original Roman calendar (which lasted until as late as 153 B.C.), October was the eighth month of the year. Later, when January and February were added to the calendar, October’s name remained the same, even though it became the tenth month.

Holidays in October

It’s always neat when your baby’s birth falls on a holiday, or near it. And as they get older, they may begin to associate the two special dates with each other, depending on the holiday. For example, late October-born adults say that Halloween is their favorite holiday.

Here are some of the noteworthy holidays you should know if you’re having an October baby:

  • International Coffee Day (Oct. 1): Started in 2015, this “little” holiday celebrating coffee has taken off in recent years, as many major coffee retailers now use the day to offer a free cup of Joe.
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday of October): While Christopher Columbus himself is a controversial figure, Columbus Day is a federal holiday in the United States, and many get the day off from work. Columbus Day celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
  • Sweetest Day (3rd Saturday in October): This obscure holiday is little known in most parts of the United States, but in select areas of the Midwest it is extremely popular. It’s a celebration of love and kindness for giving candy to the people you appreciate in your life.
  • Halloween (October 31): Once known as “All Hallows’ Eve,” Halloween was originally a Christian holiday for remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the departed. Today, in the United States especially, it is a day for costumes and children going “trick or treating” for candy at neighbors’ homes.

Did you know? October is also known as National Cookie Month, Chili Month, Pizza Month, and Dessert Month!

October Zodiac & Astrological Predictions

Babies born in October are either Libras (born between September 24 and October 23) or Scorpios (October 24 to November 22). Here’s what the stars say about each of these signs and what it might mean for your October baby’s personality:

  • Libra: Libras are known as peacemakers and have a strong need for justice. Finding harmony is a big part of a Libra’s makeup. They put others before themselves and they make excellent diplomats, helping others to find common ground and resolve conflict. Libras also tend to be artistic and often go onto creative careers. While not necessarily social butterflies, they are most content when surrounded by trusted friends and family. As such, your Libra baby may be very attached and clingy throughout childhood, and your unconditional love is what will help their independence blossom in later years.
  • Scorpio: Scorpios are known to be calm and cool, as well as a bit mysterious. Part of the mystery comes from the simple fact that Scorpios can be fiercely independent. They don’t need social circles to feel content or know which decisions to make: they prefer to go their own way. As such, Scorpios tend to attract more conflict than other zodiac signs. They aren’t afraid to voice their opinions and they tend to wear their heart on their sleeves. If you have multiple kids, you’ll probably notice that your October-born Scorpio expresses their emotions much differently (and with greater passion) than their siblings.

October Birthstones & Flowers

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 misfortune associated with the opal, then the beautiful tourmaline is for you. Tourmaline comes in blues, greens, reds, pinks, and even yellows—and according to an Egyptian legend, this range of colors is possible because the stone passed over a rainbow on its journey from the center of the earth.

The birth flower is the calendula, commonly known as the marigold. Though common in gardens throughout the U.S., 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

Research-Backed Personality

Don’t believe in astrology? That’s okay – not everyone does. But you might be interested to know that your month of birth does partially dictate your personality. Science proves it.

It has to do with the seasons. While researchers don’t have all the answers yet, they’ve found significant patterns among people born in the same months and seasons.

So, what does October tell us about your baby’s future personality? Interestingly, the research backs up what conventional astrology tells us about “well balanced” Libras. Scientists found that a key pattern among October-born men and women was their low likelihood of severe mood swings and bipolar disorder. However, despite their steady emotional state, they tend to be more irritable than those born in other months.

Famous October Babies & Historical Figures

Who else was born in October? Lots of celebrities and notable figures! There are way too many to list here, but here are some of the most recognizable names of famous October-born babies:

  • October 1, 1924: Jimmy Carter
  • October 2, 1869: Mahatma Gandhi
  • October 9, 1940: John Lennon
  • October 16, 1854: Oscar Wilde
  • October 17, 1972: Eminem
  • October 21, 1980: Kim Kardashian
  • October 22, 1952: Jeff Goldblum
  • October 25, 1881: Pablo Picasso
  • October 26, 1947: Hillary Clinton
  • October 28, 1955: Bill Gates
  • October 28, 1967: Julia Roberts
  • October 29, 1971: Winona Ryder

If you have hopes that your October baby will someday be president, then you’ll like this fun fact … More American Presidents have been born in October than any other month. October-born presidents include Adams, Hayes, Arthur, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Carter.

October Milestones: When will my baby … ?

As an expecting Mom or Dad, you’re probably already thinking about your baby’s biggest development milestones, like walking and talking. And since you know the due date is in October, you can make some pretty good predictions for when these milestones will happen.

Here’s approximately when your October-born baby will:

  • Crawl: 7 to 10 months. Your baby will probably be crawling between May and August of next year (and then you’re in trouble!).
  • Walk: 9 to 15 months. Babies begin walking at different ages, but chances are good that yours will take his/her first steps between July and the New Year.
  • Talk: 6 to 7 months. Sure, you’ll hear an occasional “mama” or “dada” as early as two months. But your baby’s first real, post-babbling words probably won’t come until next spring or so.
  • Smile: 6 to 12 weeks. Aside from those little gas smirks, your baby should be smiling for real after the New Year, if not sooner.
  • Eat solid food: 4 to 6 months. Solid foods will become much easier for your child to eat between February and April of next year.
  • Laugh: 4-ish months. Ready for cuteness overload? Baby’s first giggles should come before the end of winter.

Significant October Dates

You don’t have to be a history buff to like knowing that your baby was born on the same date as a significant historical event. Here are some notable dates in October:

  • October 1, 1908: Ford’s Model T car went on sale for the first time.
  • October 3, 1863: Thanksgiving Day was officially designated for the last Thursday in November by President Abraham Lincoln.
  • October 13, 1775 – United States Navy was established with the purchase of a fleet of ships by the Second Continental Congress.
  • October 29, 1929 – The great stock market crash of 1929, which was followed by the American Great Depression.

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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!

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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.