She Didn’t Know the Baby She Bought Illegally after Faking Her Pregnancy Would Be Half Black

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Police arrested an Italian woman who faked her pregnancy, bought a baby and then returned the baby after discovering it was half black.

The 35-year old woman suffered two miscarriages after she previously got pregnant with her boyfriend, who is in prison, according to officials in a town south of Rome.

She told police she wore a fake latex belly bought online to trick her friends and family into thinking she was pregnant.


The woman, who has not been named, allegedly paid a little over $21,000 for the baby girl but gave her back three days later when the baby delivered was of mixed race.

She told police she would have no way of explaining the baby’s skin color to her man, her fam and friends so she gave her back.

Thing is–surrogacy is illegal in Italy and punishable by two years in prison and heafty fines.

Authorities got suspicious when someone called the birth registry office asking how to register a baby born home but that person  failed to show up for the scheduled appointment to register the baby.

Police found the baby in good health with her  biological father, a Mali man who works in Rome.

That African man apparently had a brief relationship with a 25-year old Romanian woman who is the baby’s biological mom, the supposed surrogate.

That mom and a Moroccan man who helped broker the sale of the baby were also arrested along with the fake mom.

The one-month-old baby girl is believed to have been placed in foster care.

h/t The Irish Sun

The Amazing ‘Bucket List’ Feat This Soon-To-Be Blind 6-Year Go To Do

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Before 6-year Cailee Herrell goes blind from a rare genetic disease, she created a Bucket List of things she wanted to accomplish. One of them was to create her own fashion line.

With help from the folks at FabKids, Herrell, who was diagnosed with FEVR at age two,  got to experience each step in the process of designing and producing clothes from conceptualizing the designs, selecting the colors and releasing them to sale.


The result is a very adorable line of three t-shirts that shows Herrell’s optimistic and uplifting spirit. Herrell is already one step ahead of the inevitable outcome of her condition. She has already started learning braile and age 3, she started learning how to use a can with an orientation and mobility instructor. Brave and Tough Girl, she is!

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And quite fitting of her personality, the empowering T-shirts have phrases like, “Girls are tough,” and “Brave” on them. Another has hand-stitched emoji patches – all of Cailee’s faves on it.

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The cute shirts are just $14.95 each and net proceeds from all of Cailee’s Tees will go towards  a goFundMe account so she can accomplish the other things on her Sightseeing Bucket List. Very nice!  

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Here are some of the items on her list, including those completed, and those yet to complete!
1. Sand Dunes (Completed)
2. Sea World (Completed)
3. Beach (Completed)
4. Disneyland (Completed)
5. Snow
6. Horseback riding
7. Camping
8. California Redwoods
9. New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Fesitival
10. New York Fashion Week
11. Nutcracker
12. Cooking classes
13. Crayola Factory
14. Hershey Chocolate Factory
15. Art Classes
16. Braille Camp

Very nice! Good luck, Cailee! She really is brave and inspiring!cailee-land-desktop-10-2

 

Study: Childhood Cancer Survivors Face Future Pregnancy Complications

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Women who manage to conceive after surviving childhood cancer may encounter treatment-related pregnancy and labor complications if they got radiation for their malignancies, a recent study suggests.

Female cancer survivors who got abdominal radiation are more than three times more likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy as their peers who received different tumor treatments, the study found. After radiation, these cancer survivors are also more than twice as likely to develop anemia during pregnancy.


Survivors of Wilms tumors, a rare type of childhood kidney cancer, had more than three times the risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy when their treatment included abdominal or pelvic radiation.

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You and Baby Will Get Better Sleep with This Inventive Tech Swaddle A Mom Invented

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Innovation around products for moms and new babies never stop. The inventive and creative solutions that are released regularly are truly amazing.

The latest on our radar is a swaddle blanket that takes the guess work out of swaddling a new born and adds technology of “touch” so baby can feel even more secure when sleep. It’s called The Zen Swaddle and it was created by a desperate mom who came up with an ingenious solution for some long sleepless nights.


They do say necessity is the mother of invention and as we’ve learned time and time again, mothers are great inventors! That’s the case here as well.

Back in 2010, Manansi Gangan had just given birth to her second born child  who would only sleep in her arms under the touch of her palm. One day, Gangan discovered that if she placed a beanie baby in the place of her hand, her son slept soundly! It was the perfect substitute to mimic her loving touch. It is said that touch is the way we intuitively connect to our loved ones that we care. Also, there’s plenty of research about the emotional connection babies that are touched often feel compared to those in orphanages with limited access to touch, and how touch impacts development.

In 2011, Gangan took her concept to the design stage and came up with the Zen Swaddle. She put it under rigorous tests, had pediatric pulmonologists review it and made it so it was constructed to 8 times the safety standards before taking it to market.

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HOW DOES THE ZEN SYSTEM™ SLEEP WORK?

The Zen Swaddle® and Zen Sack mimic your touch with lightly weighted pads on the chest and sides.

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As a result, your baby sleeps better feeling your reassuring touch. The company, Nested Bean, reports that moms who have used it say their babies sleep better in 1 to 3 nights.

The Zen Swaddle® is made for newborns thru 6 months. And for those that are too big for a swaddle, yet not quite prepared to quit it altogether, Nested Bean created the Zen Sack™. 

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It is reversible and features a zipper making it super easy to place baby in and take him out.

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And the design is award winning. The Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association awarded the Zen Swaddle with an innovation award for its ingenious design and The Zen Swaddle was chosen as one of the finalists in the competition for ” Swaddles”Snuggliest. Nice!!

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The Zen Swaddle retails starting at $28.99 and the Zen Sack starts at $33.99 and has different designs. And the best thing is shipping in the US is absolutely  FREE! Yes! That’s a deal if you factor in the value of the sleep you and your baby will regain using this system and it works!

ICYMI: Our Best Parenting Posts, We Got You! (LINKS)

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In case you’ve been busy or under a rock and missed some of our top quality parenting posts from the past few months, we’ve compiled the best of the best for our recent newsletter. And in case you missed that, here it is one more time for your reading pleasure and at your leisure! Enjoy!

Hey friends!!

It’s a new year and we’ve been busy cranking out top quality posts and many full of parenting tips, suggestions, hacks and other ideas to help your life run smoother.


Here is a list of our top parenting posts we’ve curated just for you to check out at your leisure:

  • Before you go out and buy new clothes, try mixing and matching what your kids already have in their closet with these 1o tips.
  • Getting baby to settle down at night can be a chore but these 10 techniques may save you some sleepless nights.
  • For the first time in history, that 24-count box of Crayola crayon retired a color. Learn More!
  • If you’re heading on a road trip for Spring Break or during the Summer Break, here are 6 tips to make the trip go smoother.
  • Want to know which are the best and worst states in America to raise a family according to one survey? Here are the results!
  • You don’t need a magic bullet or fancy gadget to make baby food and we’ve got tips on how to do it using a simple blender.
  • Before even planning to have a baby, there are things you need to consider. Here are 6 of them.
  • Helicoptering kids may be tempting but kids who already have anxiety could be damaged by all that micro-parenting. Read More!
  • You’ve hear of GPS trackers to help parents keep up with their kids when away. Learn more about how they work.
  • So there’s a study you might want to read about women who don’t take their husband’s last name after marriage. Yeah read up on that one.
  • Who knew?! It’s better to have a dirty baby if you want to lower their asthma risk, this study says.
  • Over the years, moms of color who have biracial babies have had to defend themselves and over 15 penned essays about it.
  • If you’ve ever thought of throwing your baby a carnival or circus-themed birthday party, you can start with these suggestions.
  • Help your kids grow to become a more creative thinker. This road map is your key!

Next time, we’ll share the top celebrity, news, fashion, pregnancy, red carpet stories and reviews you might have missed.

Thanks for Reading!

Until next time….

SEE YOU NEXT TIME! Have a great holiday!!!

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Viral: This Batman-Themed Pregnancy Announcement is All Sorts of Creative

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A couple on Reddit has gone viral with their Batman and Bat girl pregnancy announcement.

In the set of pics, shared widely on the social bulletin board site, after getting her positive pregnancy test, Batwoman tells her news to her man by placing a tiny Robin size outfit on her belly.

img_4932My wife and I have a sidekick on the way,” the redditor, ocularis01, shared.


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In a series of other pics, Batman reads the famous parenting book,”What to Expect When Expecting”, and downs cans of beer while Batgirl eats junk food.

So cute and quite creative!

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Families Earning Six Figures Are Considered ‘Low Income’ in San Francisco

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In the high-priced Bay Area, even some households that bring in six figures a year can now be considered “low income.”

That’s according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which recently released its 2017 income limits — a threshold that determines who can qualify for affordable and subsidized housing programs such as Section 8 vouchers.


San Francisco and San Mateo counties have the highest limits in the Bay Area — and among the highest such numbers in the country. A family of four with an income of $105,350 per year is considered “low income.”  A $65,800 annual income is considered “very low” for a family the same size, and $39,500 is “extremely low.” The median income for those areas is $115,300.

Other Bay Area counties are not far behind. In Alameda and Contra Costa counties, $80,400 for a family of four is considered low income, while in Santa Clara County, $84,750 is the low-income threshold for a family of four.

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Authors: Sorry to Rain on Your Twin Obsession Parade, But Twins Are Risky, Period

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Twins are always considered a blessing and lately, they’ve been getting even more glorification, especially with celebs like Beyonce and Amal Clooney making recent headlines for the fact they are carrying twins.

But as with any celebration, there are those who will swoop in to offer a reality check. Like one Daily Mail columnist, Jill Foster, herself a mom, who wrote about how twin pregnancies are high risk and come with a boat load of additional concerns, cautions and care that mom (and dad) must undertake.

“Multiple births are fraught with risk, no matter how rich you are,” Foster writes in a recent column. “Carrying my twin girls was the most arduous and terrifying thing I’ve done — and the professionals agree with me.”

She quotes consultant obstetrician and gynecologist Shazia Malik, a sub-specialist in reproductive medicine at London’s Portland Hospital, who said that “people underestimate the risks of a multiple pregnancy.”

There is a risk “of miscarriage, stillbirth or pre-term birth is around five times higher than a singleton pregnancy. Once premature babies are born, they may spend several weeks or even months in Special Care and may have growth restriction, brain damage, problems with vision and later have developmental delay,” Malik said.

She adds: “There’s a higher risk to the mother, too, of developing gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, which could lead to death.”

Foster says her identical twin daughters were conceived without medical intervention but that she went thru her pregnancy in fear because her twins developed in the same sac, increasing the chances of dual death were something to go wrong.

“At 11 weeks’ pregnant, I’d learned that the babies were growing in the same amniotic sac. Called a mono-amniotic pregnancy, it meant their umbilical cords could easily become entwined and strangulated.

“Not even one baby would survive if this happened. They would live or die together, and death would be sudden or spontaneous. I lived my pregnancy on a knife edge. It seemed sensible to only tell my closest family and friends.”

She also thinks she suffered post partum depression which is common among moms of multiples.

According to the Twins and Multiple Birth Association (TAMBA), mothers of multiples have almost twice the average risk of postnatal depression and it tends to last longer and can still require treatment up to seven years after the birth.

Then there are the myths of twin pregnancies.  In a new book Twin Mythconceptions: False Beliefs, Fables, and Facts about TwinsDr. Nancy L. Segal attempts to bust over 70 myths regarding twin pregnancies.


Here are some of the top 10 Myths, (many of which we have blogged about before here on Bellyitch), Dr. Segal has identified:

the “Top 10” myths or beliefs about twins, which include:

  • Identical twins can communicate by extrasensory perception or ESP (False)

o   There is no scientific evidence that twins exchange thoughts or ideas by reading each other’s minds—identical twins’ social closeness is better explained by studies showing that their common genes underlie their within-pair communication skills.

  • Older mothers are more likely to conceive fraternal twins than younger mothers (True)

o   Since releasing two eggs at the same time is not typical, this is possibly a reflection of the aging process.

  • Identical twins have identical fingerprints (False)

o   These features, which develop between the 10th and 25th gestational week, are affected by factors such as temperature, intrauterine position and density of amniotic fluid near the fingers.

  • Your consumption of yams and other dietary choices increase the chances of conceiving fraternal twins (True)

o   It is thought that the white yam contains fertility-inducing properties that trick the female body into releasing hormones that promote ovulation–this may partly explain the high fraternal twinning rate among the Yorùbá of western Nigeria.

Dr. Segal is currently Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton and Director of the Twin Studies Center. She has authored more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters, as well as four highly acclaimed books on twins.

The moral of the story is celebrate twin births. Admire them. Dote on moms carrying twins. Offer help and support to family and friends who deliver twins, especially afterwards, given the higher PPD risk. But certainly, be very aware that they are risky pregnancies and deserve extra care and consideration before venturing into IVF in hopes of carrying them if you cannot conceive a set without medical intervention. Don’t let these celebrities out here lull you into a fairy tale la la land.

Trend: Parents are Giving Their Kids Posh Easter Baskets

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Posh parents are foregoing the traditional Easter baskets  filled with candy, plastic toys, and bubbles and opting for baskets with more expensive items inside.

One New York City mom, Laura Rolston, told local station CBS that she is having her son Christopher’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny at Roosevelt Field Mall and then giving him a basket of clothes and more elaborate gifts.

“Stuffed animals and bath toys and stuff like that,” the Patchogue resident told the station. “Little clothing for him. It’s definitely a little more than when I was a kid. I’m a new parent and I’m excited and I don’t mind spoiling my little boy a bit.”


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It’s part of a new trend to make Easter baskets that rival the best birthday and Christmas presents — complete with clothing, toys, and even electronics.

Some parents say the extravagant and gift filled Easter basket are a result of parents’ tried to steer their kids away from eating so much candy. Still, others say it’s gone too far.

“We hear that these baskets, parents are putting them online and saying, ‘Look at my basket, my basket is bigger and better than the other basket’ and again, at the end of the day, it should be about tradition, should be about a holiday, shouldn’t be about who has the biggest, better, most awesome, expensive basket,”  Lyss Stern of the DivaMoms.com blog told a local Fox station.

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“We hear that these baskets, parents are putting them online and saying, ‘Look at my basket, my basket is bigger and better than the other basket’ and again, at the end of the day, it should be about tradition, should be about a holiday, shouldn’t be about who has the biggest, better, most awesome, expensive basket,” Stern told MyFoxZone.

VIRAL: Australian Mom Delivers 13 Pound Baby Boy with No Epidural

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Very exciting to hear that Australian Natashia Corrigan welcomed her third child, son Brian Liddle Jr, without an epidural. The mom, who also has two daughters, is making news recently because of the fact that her baby weighed 13 pounds and 4 ounces at birth and she delivered him without the use of an epidural!

Wowza!

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Brian compared to another newborn around his age.


According to CBS News., Corrigan’s two daughters weighed around 8 pounds at birth. On a Facebook post on January 24 with photos after the birth at Mercy Health, she said she “never dreamed he’d be this big, thought he’d be an 11 pounder at the max! But we’re blessed with a safe delivery of a 13.5 pounder! I’m still in shock!”

He is a beauty. We love a baby with lovable rolls. More to love!