Archive for April, 2011

Glass of wine OK while preggers?

Gossip sites are abuzz because a pregnant Kate Hudson was photographed sipping a red liquid from a wine glass during a meal with boyfriend Matt Bellamy in Argentina.

Hudson, 31, announced her pregnancy in January.

From The New York Daily News:

“In 2006, actress Rachel Weisz said it was “fine” for pregnant women to have a glass of wine after their first trimester.”

“That same year, Gwyneth Paltrow’s rep confirmed to the Daily News that she drank a Guinness even though she was five months pregnant with her second child.”

“Women are often instructed to abstain from alcohol while expecting or risk fetal alcohol syndrome, but a study released last fall suggested that drinking “lightly” (one to two drinks per week) did not increase a child’s risk of behavioral or cognitive abnormalities.”

It’s funny because I remember the midwives and gynecologists at the practice warning us pretty extensively about deli meats and soft cheeses (due to listeriosis) but I am pretty sure they were A-OK …

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1 in 5 American moms have kids with different dads: How to make blended families work?

A new study shows that one in five American moms have kids with different birth fathers.

Twenty-eight percent of moms with more than two kids come from at least two different men, according to Msnbc.com.  The Population Association of America looked at data from nearly 4,000 U.S. women who had been interviewed more than 20 times over a 27-year period.

From The New York Daily News:

“Earlier studies that looked at women with children from different dads focused only on young or inner-city mothers. The new data, pulled from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, show that this phenomenon is common despite income and education.”

“The reason: Divorce and remarriage, not just single motherhood, said the study’s author, Cassandra Dorius, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Data show 43% of the women with kids with multiple dads were married when their first babies were born.”

“Families where moms have kids from multiple dads are …

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Spousonomics: The Secrets to a happy marriage

Paula Szuchman, an editor at the Wall Street Journal and co-author of the new book “Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage and Dirty Dishes” (Random House, 2011 tells us the secrets for a happy marriage through the eye of an economist.

From the Wall Street Journal:

“A little background. I just co-wrote a book called “Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage & Dirty Dishes,” in which I take some well-established ideas from the dismal science and use them to show couples how they can improve their marriages. One of the first things people say when they hear about the book is something to the effect of, “Isn’t that kind of unromantic?” Well, yeah. But what’s romantic about dishes, laundry, diapers, bills, mortgages, in-laws, TiVo, company picnics, circular arguments, BlackBerries, hamsters, PTA meetings, and all the million other little things that go into a marriage and detract from the actual romance between two people who once loved each other so …

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What are your spring break traditions?

We like to take educational trips for spring break. We took the kids up the Pacific Coast Highway this year.

We like to take educational trips for spring break. We took the kids up the Pacific Coast Highway this year.

Rose marvels at all the seals sunning themselves at La Jolla.

Rose marvels at all the seals sunning themselves at La Jolla. The seals are all along the rocks behind her.

This seal on the right was born about 20 minutes before we took this photo. Animal groups keep track of the numbers of seals born on these beaches. They named him Luke.

This seal on the right was born about 20 minutes before we took this photo. Animal groups keep track of the number of seals born on these beaches. They named him Luke.

Rose really wanted to see Hollywood so we took her. This is the bridge where all the E! analyst talked about the Oscar attendees gowns. There were less hookers on the street than the last time I was there.

Rose really wanted to see Hollywood so we took her. This is the bridge where all the E! analysts talked about the Oscar attendees.

Walsh and Lilina swam in the 50-degree water. Rose and I stayed ashore and read books.

Walsh and Lilina swam in the 50-degree water. Rose and I stayed ashore and read books.

For many metro Atlanta schools this is spring break week, (Hooray!) and I am wondering what your family’s spring break traditions are?

I have friends that always go to the beach, friends that always go to practice rounds at the Masters and friends that are just thrilled to sleep in.

Spring break usually coincides with my birthday week, although our break was earlier this year. It …

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No wedding ring for Prince William: Should husbands have to wear one?

The Associated Press reported yesterday that Prince William will NOT be wearing a wedding band after he is married. They didn’t offer any detail about why. The article did say that his father wears his wedding band (to Camilla) under his signet ring.

My husband does NOT wear a wedding band. He didn’t want to wear one and has never had one, not even on our wedding day. We had a single-ring ceremony. To this day, I don’t think I understand the real reason why he didn’t want to wear one. (I think when Michael was younger he liked to be difficult.)

He gave me some excuse about his father not wearing one, but I am pretty sure that when his father remarried he started to wear one. (I don’t know if he did with Michael’s mom.)

It did upset me at the time but I decided a ring wouldn’t keep a man from cheating. It may ward off a woman with some sense of morals, but if some home wrecker is really after your husband the band won’t stop her. It won’t stop him either. I just had to get over …

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Are you the obnoxious ‘proud mother’ on Facebook?

Daily deal site Eversave talked to 400 women about their Facebook  “friends” and discovered a love/hate relationship.

A majority of the woman said they had at least on obnoxiously “proud” mother as a friend.

From Mashable.com:

“Most women — 83% of respondents in this survey — are annoyed at one time or another by the posts from their Facebook connections. For these respondents, the most off-putting post was some kind of whine; a full 63% said complaining from Facebook friends was their number one pet peeve, with political chatter and bragging coming in a distant second and third.”

“The respondents also said at least one of their Facebook friends tended to:

  • Share too many mundane updates too often (65%)
  • “Like” too many posts (46%)
  • Inappropriately or too frequently use Facebook to promote causes (40%)
  • Project false information or images of a perfect life (40%)”

“These kinds of Facebook archetypes have become part of the cultural lexicon. We recently covered …

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