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The Baby Name Simone is Ranked #821 in Popularity in the US, But that will Change Soon


A lot of people are predicting that Simone will be a very popular baby name soon. Thanks to the two Simones who made history yesterday.

Last night, at the Olympics American Simone Biles won gold in the All-Around Women’s Gymnastics finals and Simone Manuel won a gold medal in the women’s 100 meter freestyle finals and became the first Black woman in history to earn an individual Olympic medal in swimming.

(Manuel also earned two silver medals with the US 4×100 Freestyle and the 4×400 Freestyle relay team earlier this week and Biles holds the most Gold Medals in World Championship in gymnastics history (10) and the most medals World medals in US History (14) and is not yet done making Olympic history.)

Before yesterday’s trailblazing moments, the name Simone was actually slowly declining in popularity in America.  It is ranked 821 in baby names according to US Census Bureau and Social Security Administration data.

      • The name is of Finnish, French, Icelandic, Italian, Scandinavian, and Spanish origin.
      • It was most popular in Denmark in 2001 when it made the top 200 list at number 44.
      • In 2015, of all states the name was popular in New York and Washington State.

But as a lot of people on the Internets have already said, we too anticipate its stock will be rising pretty soon! Check back with us next year when we confirm!

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Finally! Single Parent Emojis are Here

Well it is about time! Bustle reports:

According to the Apple Newsroom press site, the iOS 10 emoji updates will add new family options, which include single-parent families. You can choose a family with just a mom or just a dad, and have multiple options with the number of children. The newest batch of emoji families will still only come in the standard yellow option.

The choice to feature a single-parent emoji is especially important in terms of representation. According to a study from the Pew Research Center, less than half of kids in the U.S. have a “traditional family,” and at least 34 percent of children live in a household with an unmarried parent. The study also clarified that in most of these cases, the unmarried parent also does not have a partner.

I’ve been avoiding updating to the newest operating system but now I know about this, I might actually update tonight! Good job Unicode!

Sadly, Zika claims Life of Texas Baby

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The Zika virus has claimed the life of a Texas baby,health officials reported Tuesday.

The baby, whose mother had traveled to Latin America during her pregnancy, died shortly after birth. The infant was born with microcephaly,  a condition in which a baby’s head is abnormally small and, in most cases, brain development is incomplete.

The baby was born in Harris County, which includes Houston. It’s the first Zika-related death in Texas.

Zika-related brain damage in fetuses “is one of the saddest congenital birth outcomes imaginable,” said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “The case highlights that ZIka is not just producing babies with small heads.  . . .We should expect many similar deaths, and also stillbirths.”

Fifteen babies in the U.S. have been born with Zika-related birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seven women have lost pregnancies due to Zika. Those numbers could grow. Nearly 1,000 pregnant women in the continental U.S. and territories have been infected with Zika.

Miami is battling a local Zika outbreak in the Wynwood neighborhood that has infected 21 people, according to the Florida Department of Health.

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Rio Olympics: The 10 Moms On the US Team

Being a mother is said to be a full-time job; so is being an Olympian. The thought of trying to be both would sound like a daunting task to most people.

These 10 Olympic athletes have proven that they can excel in both roles. Meet the 10 Team USA moms who are going for gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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This NBC Commentator Doesn’t Think Simone Biles’ Adopted Parents Should be Called ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’

One NBC commentator is catching a lot of heat from the Adopted families community. Al Trautwig repeatedly refers to the adopted parents of US Olympic gymnast and Gold-Medal hopeful Simone Biles as her grandfather and his wife. While true, after finalizing the adoption, they got a new familial title.

Trautwig doesn’t seem to understand that it doesn’t matter what a family member was to you before adoption, once a child is officially adopted, the parental units on the adoption form become their mom or dad. End of story.

There really is no reason to ever refer to an adopted mom or dad of a child as anything other than that child’s mom and dad.

Biles grandad and his wife adopted Biles and her sister when the girls were taken away from their drug-addicted mom.

Yet, Trautwig defended his rude on-air characterizations after one Twitter member called him on it:



I can appreciate Carrie Goldman of Chicago Now‘s response:

As a journalist and also a mother through adoption, I think that NBC should do a better job of educating their commentators. When Trautwig publicly denies that Ron and Nellie Biles are Simone’s parents, it is a terrible blow to adoptive families everywhere. It threatens the legitimacy of Simone’s own self-identity. It is not Al Trautwig’s place to say whether or not Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents. His tweet brings back the pain that adoptees feel every time they are told that their mom and dad are not their real parents.

My daughter was born to another mother. She, like Simon Biles, lived in foster care before she came to us. Her dad and I are her parents. To every adoptive mother or father out there, you ARE a parent. You are validated. You are real. Your love and devotion and time and sweat and unconditional love make you a parent. Don’t ask Al Trautwig. Go ask the sons and daughters who love you, who call out your name when they are scared or excited or lost or hopeful or sick or joyful. Adoption is about love and family and so much more than 130 characters in a Tweet.

Trautwig has since deleted the offensive tweet after being dragged by parents and adults who were adopted as children all across the internet. As when I last checked, he is still responding to people on Twitter coming for him. Good luck, dude.

He is the same guy who called another Twitter user’s mom in Israel because he didn’t like what the guy tweeted at him. ‘Can dish it but can’t take it’ much?

And, this is not the first offensive gaffe from an NBC commentator this Olympics which is only a few days old, might I add.

After Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú blew away her competition in the  400-meter individual medley, broke the world record and scored a gold, commentator Dan Hicks credited her husband for the win.  After she won, the camera cut away to her enthusiastic husband/coach, Shane Tusup. That’s when Hicks added “and there’s the person responsible for her performance”. He too got roasted afterwards.

When will they learn? sigh

Photo: Getty/Courtesy Biles Family

These Sisters Took the Same Photo Each Year for 4 Decades


Remember our post about the Swedish photographer who took a photo of his now-teens every week of their lives starting at infancy and turned those projects into photo exhibits in a museum?

Here is another one:  Nicholas Nixon snapped his wife and her sisters every year from 1975 to beyond 2010. That’s over 40 years!

The idea came to Nixon when he visited his wife’s family in the summer of 1975.  He asked all four sisters – left to right: Heather, Mimi, BeBe, and Laurie – to pose for a photo with each other. Next year, at one of the sisters’ graduation, he asked for another photo in the same order. After that, Nixon has taken snapshots of the siblings every year to document their growing up and aging together.

These photos were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in a a collection that went along with the publication of the museum’s book, The Brown Sisters: Forty Years, that was released in November 2014.

 Take a peek at this amazing photo series documenting these siblings’ aging over nearly 40 years together.
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Study: Women who have had appendix or tonsils removed get pregnant easier

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Women who have had their tonsils or appendix removed in the past are more fertile, a new 15-year study finds.

The pregnancy rate of an average woman is 43.7%. The rate of women in the study who had an appendectomy or tonsillectomy was around 54%. For women that had both procedures, that rose to 59.7%.

These findings came after researchers pored over medical records of more than 530,000 women in the United Kingdom to find a connection between fertility and the removal of an appendix or tonsils.

“Our first study produced such a surprising result – that women who had had their appendix removed actually appeared more likely to become pregnant – that we wanted to look at a wider group to establish whether this was really related to the removal of the appendix, which if left can be a cause of inflammation,” Shimi Sami, co-author of the University of Dundee, U.K., study told Medical News Today.

The study authors actually think the link is because of behavioral changes women in these categories make after their surgery. The link could also be traced to the removal of inflamed organs.

Interesting. Going to check to see what those behavioral changes were and report back!

The Pregnancy Test Hack Giving TTC Women False Hope

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So…the new thing in women’s online parenting and pregnancy forums is a practice called pregnancy test “tweaking”.

It entails a woman who is trying to conceive posting an image among other members of the online or bulletin board community of a recent pregnancy test that doesn’t’ definitively indicate she is pregnant. There is usually a very faint second line or indicator that could be perceived to be indication that she is pregnant.

Afterwards, members of the community use digital imaging tools to enhance the photo so they can decipher better if there is a second line.

The “tweaking” process give women false hope, some critics say. They worry it could be a damaging practice that toys with the emotions of  women who are struggling to conceive.

Some tweakers defend the practice.

“We can NEVER bring something out that IS NOT ALREADY THERE,” says Brandy Linex, who says she tweaks photos on BabyCenter.com  “We do not create positive tests out of negative ones. It’s either already positive or it isn’t and we are VERY up front and honest about that.

There is a common explanation for the faint line that is seen after the tweaking: It could be residual indication of an early miscarriage.

Doctors warn that some tweaked photos may actually reveal a chemical pregnancy, which often times go undetected and women recognize them only as a late menstrual period.

Only a follow up test at a doctor’s office, usually a blood one, can confirm the home-based test.

The tweaking process is just an exercise that lasts only until the obvious is confirmed a few days or weeks later when there is either positive confirmation of an active pregnancy or not.

What are your thoughts about “tweaking”?

h/t Dr. Drew at HLN

Pregnant and Scared in Miami’s Zika Hot Zone

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waited 36 years to have her first baby. Her parents will visit in two weeks to watch their grandson’s ultrasound. There are cribs and car seats to shop for, a nursery to decorate, and bottles, diapers and clothes to buy.

And now, on top of everything else, there is Zika to worry about.

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My Face When I saw Cosmo’s Article about one of the ‘Best Butts’ on Instagram


This is my face when I scrolled past a Cosmo article with the title, “The Woman Behind One of the Instagram’s Best Butts Now Has the Cutest Baby Belly.

I don’t know why I expected to see Kim Kardashian, 22-year old  fitness fanatic Jen Selter who has close to 10M followers or maybe even Asha Soltan from BravoTV‘s Shahs of Sunset (who arguably has one of the best derriere’s on TV)


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Nope! It is fitness trainer and Instagram celebrity Brittany Perille Yobe who has close to 1M followers and fans on Instagram. She is expecting her first child with her husband since last December. The couple have dated for 10 years. Congrats to them. And Cosmo wasn’t kidding, she does have an amazing bum. 


I’m in awe that you can use body building to grow the “perfect butt” because this is what she looked like before.

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