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 June Babies

June, the month of the summer solstice, is a perfect month to bring a new life into the world.  While June marks the end of spring and most new beginnings, it also marks the beginning of summer when life flourishes.  There are two possible origins of the name of this month.  The first is a reference to the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno (Hera in Greek mythology).  The second reference bears more relevance to your new baby—the Latin word iuniores.  The translation of this word is “younger ones!”

There isn’t really a lot in the way of June holidays, but some important days in June include D-Day and Flag Day in the UK, Denmark, Argentina, and Romania.  Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday in June in Luxembourg only, but Father’s day falls in June in Belgium, the US, the UK, Mexico, Canada, and several other countries.

The birth flowers for the month of June include the honeysuckle and the rose.  Honeysuckle traditionally stands for bonds of devotion, love, fidelity and generosity.  Few flowers have as many meanings attributed to them as the rose.  Depending on the type of rose, roses can indicate romantic love, secrecy, desire, gratitude, mourning, impossible hopes, modesty, joy, love at first sight, innocence, sacrifice, and much more.  In the traditional language of flowers, roses are among the most important flowers.

June birthstones are the pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite.  Alexandrite represents health and longevity.  Moonstone represents change, new beginnings, and the shifting tides of emotion.  Moonstone can help a wearer to alleviate stress, especially due to sudden changes in life.  Moonstone is also believed to increase intuition and aid in lucid dreaming.  Pearls symbolize purity of heart and faith, as well as growth and transformation through trying circumstances.

Babies born between June 1 and June 21 are Gemini signs.  If you are a Gemini, you are a mutable air sign and your characteristics tend toward high energy and a thirst for new things.  Your talents may include consolidating information and people and using what you learn to charm and inform other people you meet.  Geminis sometimes struggle with repetitive tasks, but excel at communication.  Gemini children often forget to finish their chores, but learn quickly.  You can help a Gemini child to thrive by constantly providing new activities to keep him or her engaged at school and outside of it.  Some Gemini celebrities include John F. Kennedy, (May 29), Marilyn Monroe (June 1), and Judy Garland (June 10).

If you were born after June 21, then you are a Cancer sign.  Cancer is a water sign, and the center of a Cancer’s life is usually home and family.  Cancers are deeply rooted, almost like earth signs, but have a strong emotional current in their souls.  They are often sensitive to slights, but have an inner sanctum within themselves which they can retreat to when threatened.  Cancers look for stability, which means if your child is a Cancer, you will want to make sure your home life is as stable as possible.  Later in life, Cancer will prefer stable jobs and relationships, and will notice immediately if something is amiss.  Cancers have a deep emotional connection to the people and world around them.  Two famous Cancers were Princess Di (July 1) and Nelson Mandela (July 18).

Both Gemini and Cancer are passionate signs which belong to individuals who connect strongly to others around them, so in your new Gemini or Cancer baby you should find a loving child with a deep nature.

Fun Facts About March Born Babies

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Due in March by Cafe Press

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 to share your thoughts.