Fun Facts About November Born Babies

November Born BabyNovember is the 11th month of the year. In Latin, “novem” means nine, which makes sense since November was the 9th month in the Roman Calendar. However, when January and February were added, November moved to the eleventh spot.

November is the last month of Autumn. As the month falling right before winter, November was known for the storage of food harvested during October. It was in November when farmers could determine whether their year had been successful or not. In fact, Thanksgiving is based on the success of the Pilgrims during the month of November.

The zodiac signs for November are Scorpio (Oct 23- Nov 21) and Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21). Scorpios are known to be calm, cool, and collected, though perhaps a bit mysterious. Those with a Sagittarius sign are often curious and looking towards the future.

The birthstone for November is the topaz, which comes from the Sanskrit meaning fire, probably due to the fire-like colors of the stone including 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 the 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. It is also used to relieve a sore throat, fever, and headache. In China, the chrysanthemum is used in many different dishes.

Historically, November is known for football, as it should be. The first college football game in the US was played in November of 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton. November also is a time for exploration, it seems, with the Spanish reaching the San Francisco Bay in November of 1769, as well as expansion with the addition of both North and South Dakota in November of 1889. Finally, November is a political month, with the US electing its president every four years and the delivery of the famous Gettysburg Address in November of 1863.

For those who prefer something to celebrate other than football and Thanksgiving, never fear. November is a month filled with holidays. You can celebrate Veteran’s Day which falls on November 11th which commemorates the end of WWI when the guns stopped firing on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. You can also celebrate with Peanut Butter Lovers Month, Aviation History Month, or even National Sleep Comfort Month. Perhaps this will help November babies sleep well early on!

Babies born in November have sharp minds and are full of incredible ideas. Although not terribly talkative, they do make great friends. Singers like Lyle Lovett, adventurers like Daniel Boone, royalty, like Marie Antoinette, actors like Charles Bronson, chemists like Marie Curie, and sports players like Fuzzy Zoeller are all born in November, meaning a child born in this month can be anything they choose!

Fun Facts About October Born Babies

October born babyOctober, the tenth month of the year, is the eighth month of the Roman calendar. “Octo” means eight in Latin. However, October moved to the tenth position once January and February were added.

October is a beautiful time to be born. In areas where autumn leaves are changing, the sights are breathtaking. However, even in warmer climates without colorful foliage, the temperatures are just right for enjoying the out-of-doors. However, October is the month used most to determine the kind of winter we will be having. If a large number of acorns fall to the ground, if wooly caterpillars are more black than brown, and if deer have a gray coat, then you can expect to have a hard winter.

Babies born in October are either Libras (Sept 24- Oct 23) or Scorpios (Oct 24- Nov 22). Libras are known as peacemakers and have a strong need for justice. Finding harmony is a big part of a Libra’s makeup. Scorpios are known to be calm and cool, as well as a bit mysterious.

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 luck of the opal, then the beautiful tourmaline is for you. According to an Egyptian legend, tourmaline comes in blues, greens, reds, pinks, and even yellows because it passed over a rainbow on its way journey from the center of the earth.

The birth flower is the Calendula commonly known as the marigold. Though common in gardens throughout the US, 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

October has had its share of historically significant events. The Postal Service was created in October of 1896, the first presidential telecast happened in October of 1947, and the Berlin Wall came down in Germany in October of 1990. October is also well-known for its Halloween celebration on the 31st, but did you know that you can also celebrate National Cookie Month, Chili Month, Pizza Month, and Dessert Month? If you like to eat, then October is the month for you!

If you have hopes that your October baby will someday be President, then you may just be in luck. More American Presidents have been born in October than any other month including Adams, Hayes, Arthur, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Carter. But even if you prefer actors, writers, or business moguls, October has you covered with people such as Julie Andrews, Katy Perry, Angela Lansbury, and Bill Gates.

Longevity also seems to run in the genes of those born in October. Research has shown that those born in the months of September through November are more likely to reach the ripe old age of 100. Just think, the October baby may eventually be a centenarian!

5 Baby Shower Themes for 2014

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I believe that the best baby showers reflect not only the excitement of the parents-to-be but also their passions and personality. In 2014, baby shower themes will no longer just be about the colors pink, blue or pale green. These showers will be events that tell the story of the past of the parents and their future hopes for their new bundle of joy.

5 Baby Shower Themes for 2014

  • The Hot Air Balloon Shower — The hot air balloon is one of the hottest nursery themes and baby shower themes of 2014. This theme is filled with whimsy, and is perfect for parents who have sky-high hopes for their new baby. Use cake pops that look like balloons for dessert and decorate with plenty of real balloons.
  • The Gender Reveal Shower — Many couples today find out whether they are having a little boy or a girl long before the baby is born. Announcing this big news at the shower can be great fun. Plan a shower game that requires guests to guess the gender of the baby. Have the parents-to-be open up a box filled with either pink or blue balloons to make the announcement.
  • The Shower with Elephants — Forget the owl — 2014 is all about the elephant. This nurturing yet strong creature is the perfect symbol for a new life, and best of all it is gender neutral.
  • The Heritage Shower — I’ve found that many couples are starting to honor their past as they plan for the future. A heritage shower is a great way to celebrate a baby’s background. For instance, a Scottish shower can be filled with tartan decorations and shortbread can be served for dessert.
  • The Vintage Shower — Go back a few decades and throw the perfect vintage shower for that special mom-to-be in your life. Play old-fashioned baby shower games and use the pram and vintage baby rattles as decorations for this shower.

Whether the mom-to-be is expecting a little bouncing baby boy or a tiny sweet baby girl, she deserves the celebration of a lifetime. This is a big moment in any person’s life, and I have found that friends and family love to share in the joy of this exciting time. In 2014, expect to see expertly-planned baby showers that are inspired by symbols of hope for the next generation.