Thursday, April 24, 2008



How Depressing: It's a Boy
Study examines whether a child's gender factors into postpartum depression
By Lisa Farino for MSN Health & Fitness

Depression is one of the most common postpartum medical problems that new moms face. New research suggests that the risk is even higher for those who give birth to boys.

Most moms will readily admit that rambunctious little boys are a bit more challenging to parent than little girls, who are generally quieter and less physically active. But the impacts of gender on parenting don’t necessarily start once the little ones start toddling.

New research out of France found that women who gave birth to boys were significantly more likely to suffer from severe postpartum depression than women who gave birth to girls. The findings weren't limited to severe depression: Women who gave birth to boys were also much more likely to report a lower quality of life than women who gave birth to girls.

This study, published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, is the first to examine the impact of infant gender on postpartum depression for women in a Western country. Previous studies in China, Turkey, and India, found that rates of postpartum depression were higher among women who had given birth to girls. Researchers suspect the findings reflect the strong cultural preference for boys over girls in these countries.

But not everyone is convinced that the study really sheds new light on postpartum depression, which is estimated to afflict roughly 10% of new mothers in the United States. For starters, the research was conducted only on French women, whose social and cultural reality may be significantly different from that of women in the United States.

More importantly, it’s possible that the findings are just a statistical quirk since the study was conducted on a very small group of women.

“We’re talking about a very tiny sample size,” says Dr. Gail Robinson, a psychiatry professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “There were only 17 mothers with severe depression and 13 had boys. A study with such small numbers doesn’t prove anything.”

Why Mothers of Boys Might Be More Depressed

The French research team didn't set out to determine why women giving birth to boys might be more likely to suffer from postpartum depression. In fact, when they started the study, there was no reason to believe that the baby’s gender would influence maternal depression, since there’s no cultural bias in France for babies of one gender over the other.

Once they noticed a trend, however, the researchers did speculate about why mothers of infant boys might be more depressed.

Are infant boys more difficult to care for than girls?

Lead researcher Claude de Tychey, professor of clinical Psychology at Universite Nancy, cites studies showing that infant boys are “more irritable and more difficult to soothe” than infant girls.

Robinson agrees with this assessment. "At birth, girls are more neurologically developed than boys,” she says. “This can make it trickier to care for an infant boy—they're not as settled and are more likely to keep you up at night."

Do women prefer daughters to sons?

No one asked these women what gender of baby they had hoped for, information that would have been useful in teasing out the reasons for the study’s findings, as well as perhaps more clearly identifying who’s at risk.

Nonetheless, de Tychey speculates that women (at least in France) may prefer daughters to sons.

One of his theories: the growing narcissism of the modern world is leading new moms to desire mini-me’s (that is, girls) instead of boys. Therefore, when a woman doesn’t get the gender of child she desired, she is more likely to suffer from decreased quality of life or severe depression.

De Tychey’s psychoanalysis may strike Americans as a bit far-fetched. But you don't need to buy into the psychology of narcissism to suspect that women in Western countries (especially American women) may actually have a preference for girls. Take overseas adoptions by Americans, a process that’s typically driven by women. Overwhelmingly, adoption agencies report that adoptive parents declare a preference for a female child.

How to Spot Postpartum Depression

Whether your baby is a boy or a girl, postpartum depression is a common problem for new moms—and it’s a serious condition that requires medical attention. Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky to recognize and diagnose. Some typical symptoms of depression—like trouble sleeping through the night, difficulty concentrating and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities—can simply seem like symptoms of being a new mom.

Here are some key warning signs that you may have postpartum depression:

High levels of anxiety
Failure to bond with the child
Feeling guilty about not being a good mother, wishing you hadn't had the child or being afraid that you will hurt the child
Not sleeping well, even when there is someone else looking after the baby
The lack of any happy moments amidst the chaos of new motherhood. Being a mom to a new infant is often a tiring and frustrating task, says Robinson, but there should be times when you feel better. “When they’ve gotten some sleep and friends are visiting and the baby is bathed and cooing, moms should feel good,” she says. “If a woman feels crummy even when everything else is going well, there’s a problem.”
Unfortunately, some doctors will simply write off a woman’s symptoms as part of being a new mother, says Dr. Catherine Birndorf, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology at The New York Presbyterian Hospital. “If in your gut you know what you’re feeling is not right, make sure you find someone who listens to you.”

If you suspect you have postpartum depression and are having difficulty finding the appropriate medical professional, Birndorf recommends contacting Postpartum Support International. They can help put women in touch with local medical professionals who are experienced in treating postpartum depression.

Treating Postpartum Depression

Mild cases of postpartum depression can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, says Robinson. Many women can benefit from getting additional help—someone to assist with chores around the house and/or someone to watch the child while she gets some much-needed sleep.

For more serious cases or for women who don't respond to these treatments, antidepressants can be an important part of healing.

“A lot of women say they don’t want to seek help because they don’t want to stop breastfeeding,” says Birndorf. “But it’s not true that you can’t take medication when you’re breastfeeding. Nothing is absolutely safe, but there are certainly antidepressants that are more safe than others and are less detectable in breast milk.”

According to Robinson, the risks can be even further minimized with some simple changes. First, a woman can take a pill right after she breast-feeds, giving it time to work through her system before the next time she breast-feeds. Second, she can express her hind milk before each breast-feeding.

More importantly, Robinson stresses that failure to treat postpartum depression poses very real risks to both mothers and babies. “Mothers who don't get treatment are less likely to eat properly and less likely to bond with their baby. They are also more likely to neglect the baby and abuse
Health Tip: Postpartum Depression
What may be behind unhappy feelings after giving birth
-- Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) - Depression that follows the birth of a baby is common, as new moms are overwhelmed by the changes in their bodies and routines.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers this list of reasons for why postpartum depression affects some new mothers:

New moms can suffer from lack of sleep after the baby's birth, which can lead to fatigue, stress and depression.
New moms can feel overwhelmed by all of the new things to do, and by other changes in their lives. They may even feel unsure of their parenting skills.
New moms may set unrealistic expectations for themselves.
New moms have less time for themselves, with their partners, and less time to do what they want.
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From Healthwise
Call 911 or other emergency services if you think you cannot keep from harming yourself, your baby, or another person. You can also call the national suicide hotline, National Hopeline Network, at 1-800-784-2433 or the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.

Call your health professional immediately if:

You are not having symptoms of postpartum depression (listed below), but you have hallucinations involving smell, touch, hearing, or sight or have thoughts that may not be based in reality (delusions). Examples of delusions are fears that someone is watching you, stealing from you, or reading your mind.
You have severe symptoms of postpartum depression.
You have any symptoms of depression and have had depression or postpartum depression before.
You have had any symptoms of depression for longer than 2 weeks. You don't necessarily have all possible symptoms when you have depression. Call sooner rather than later, before your condition gets worse.
Symptoms of postpartum depression include:

Depressed mood—tearfulness, hopelessness, and feeling empty inside, with or without severe anxiety.
Loss of pleasure in either all or almost all of your daily activities.
Appetite and weight change—usually a drop in appetite and weight, but sometimes the opposite.
Sleep problems—usually trouble with sleeping, even when your baby is sleeping.
Noticeable change in how you walk and talk—usually restlessness, but sometimes sluggishness.
Extreme fatigue or loss of energy.
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, with no reasonable cause.
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions.
Thoughts about death or suicide. Some women with PPD have fleeting, frightening thoughts of harming their babies: these tend to be fearful thoughts, rather than urges to harm.
Watchful Waiting
If your symptoms are new and not severe, you can wait up to 2 weeks to see if they will go away. Otherwise, call your doctor as soon as you notice symptoms. The earlier you are treated, the more quickly you will recover, and the less your baby's development will be affected by your condition.5

Who To See
Your obstetrician may be the first health professional to note and diagnose PPD. This is one of many reasons why it's important to have a medical check 3 to 6 weeks after childbirth. Treatment for PPD ideally involves both medication and some form of professional counseling. To effectively treat depression, it's important that you and your counselor have a comfortable relationship.

Diagnosis and medication management of postpartum depression can be provided by a:

General practitioner.
Family doctor.
Physician assistant.
Nurse practitioner.
Professional counseling can be provided by a:

Social worker.
Licensed professional counselor.
Psychiatrist (all prescribe medication; many also provide counseling).

Just when i thought i had heard it all!Sex Change For Children!>>

happy Thursday everyone ,i hope it is going well this week for you...i brought nancy home the other night.She is doing much better but still a good ways to go.Rita is staying with her.I wish her a quick recovery.I took julie in for her prenatal checkup yesterday,still no baby but can be anyday!She says she is soooo too.Rita also had her prenatal yesterday.She will be having ultrasound sometime first of the week.It is one of the 3d one's...she is really looking forward to that.Will post a pic when we get them...Justin and shelby also still waiting on the little nephew of mine.They are due in a couple weeks...
Just when i think it has gotten weird enough,i come across a few stories i just have to share,,,,

Betty~ Simply Southern


Sex-change therapies on children 'beyond the pale'
Pete Chagnon - OneNewsNow - 4/23/2008 9:00:00 AM

Children's Hospital Boston, a world-renowned center for pediatric healthcare, is being criticized by a Massachusetts-based pro-family group for offering sex-change therapy to patients as young as ten years old.

The Boston Globe recently published an article on Dr. Norman Spack, who last year started a new clinic at Children's Hospital that, among other treatments, performs sex-change therapy on "transgendered" children. The Gender Management Service Clinic, as it is called, defines that group as "patients with no known anatomic or biochemical disorder who feel like a member of the opposite sex."

DOES THIS SURPRIZE YOU???????????????????????????????

A new report commissioned by four policy and research groups finds that high rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births cost American taxpayers a minimum of $112 billion annually. According to the report, national, state and local costs of family breakdown account for more than $1 trillion in the last decade.

The study -- released by the Institute for American Values, Georgia Family Council, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, and Families Northwest -- looked at the most accepted consequence of "family fragmentation," which is poverty. The economist who conducted the research examined the cost of government anti-poverty programs such as WIC, housing assistance, Medicaid, and child welfare, and the effect of poverty on crime, among other factors.

judge roy moore

you would think after katrina that new orleans would be happy about this...
faith,love hope...these things the bible teaches...
but just read this!!!!!!NEW ORLEANS SAYS NO!!!!



Sunday, April 20, 2008

Just Another Sunday In The South~~Contest roll everyone!!

Hope you are having a blessed one.The boys are with their mom for a few more hours so i thought i'd go ahead and start contest's blog early..It is such a beautiful day here in south alabama..Last night had the touch of coolness,perfect for raised windows! ;) Me and hubby went down to Florala today and went by the strawberry farms and picked 5 lbs of berries for the family to enjoy!They are sweet..Any ne in this area should surely drive over and get you some.At only 1.35 a lb. still very affordable.Next trip i will take the camera and get pics to share.They also have onions ready and tomatoes on the way.Just a fe wiles over the florida line in alabama...need directions? let me know!
Well no babies yet but each day we says it is
Hope you all have a wonderful day and make sure you tell the kids each day how much you love them...
contest below!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Betty ~Simply Southern

Tweedlebeebytone! win a quilt-see her creations!

Someone will be the owner of this lovely baby quilt when this contest is done! Just leave me a comment on this blog post, on May 31st, my 27th anniversary, I will draw one of the names out of a “hat” and send this Blue Garden quilt away to the Winner! Have fun, tell your expecting mom-to-be friends and have them tell their friends!
click to enter now..


5 minutes for mom giveaway!!!!
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For the next two weeks, we will be going toy crazy here at 5 Minutes for Mom. We will be featuring an assortment of toys for a variety of ages. We will have toys for babies, preschoolers and grade school kids. For the next fourteen days, the rule is FUN!

To enter the giveaways you just need to:

Add a comment on the giveaway you want to enter. PLEASE note: You need to enter each giveaway individually so we know who wants to be entered in what giveaway. So make sure you click over to each giveaway and leave your comment there.
Either link back to this post and include a “2 Weeks for Toys” Giveaway button in that post or on your sidebar (to get the code scroll to the bottom of this post,) or link to the individual giveaways you choose to enter. (If you post and include the button, either in your post or on your sidebar, and link back here, you are good for all the giveaways. No more linking required.)
As always, non bloggers are welcome to participate! We understand you can’t link - but please spread the word to your friends.
Some giveaways may be open to Canadian shipping addresses. Please check individual giveaways.
Click on each of the links below and comment on the giveaways you wish to enter:
Two Weeks of Toys - Giveaway Event

For our first giveaway, we are starting off with a huge giveaway from Playskool. We are giving away THREE Rose Petal Cottages, THREE Kid Motion Easy Dunk Basketballs, and TWO Made For Me Day To Dream Soothers.

For our second giveaway, we are celebrating LEGO® CITY by giving away a LEGO® CITY Police Headquarters.

Our third giveaway is for a bébéPOD® PLUS baby seat. Comfy, fun and oh so handy - this is an essential piece of Olivia’s baby gear. This contest is open to both Canadian and US shipping addresses.
Our fourth giveaway is for the fun, new, creation from Hasbro - Martian Matter. Kids can mold aliens and then play with them in the spaceship. Jackson loves this super cool toy.

In our fifth giveaway, your baby will be hopping and bouncing when they win their choice of either the ExerSaucer® 1-2-3 Tea for Me™ Active Learning Center™ or the ExerSaucer® Mega Farm™ Active Learning Center™.

The sixth giveaway, will have 30 winners! We’re giving away thirty Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6 Blasters! Do your kids want to burn off some energy? Enter to win one of these Nerf Blasters. This contest is open to both Canadian and US shipping addresses.

Our seventh giveaway will also have a ton of winners… 46 to be exact. We have one Easy Bake Oven to giveaway and FORTY FIVE Mix and Measure kits for 45 runner ups. (In honor of Easy Bake’s 45th anniversary.) This contest is open to both Canadian and US shipping addresses

The eighth giveaway in this event is for a Step 2 Canopy Wagon. You’ll love towing your tot in this sun-smart wagon. This contest is open to both Canadian and US shipping addresses

The ninth giveaway is again from Step 2. The prize is a choice of a River Run Waterpark with Umbrella or a Sand and Water Cart or a Fun Flow Play Sink.
This contest is open to both Canadian and US shipping addresses
Our tenth giveaway is for an award winning ride-on-toy called the Wheely Bug®. The winner can choose their style and size of Wheely Bug®. This contest is open to both Canadian and US shipping addresses
In our eleventh giveaway the winner will receive three adorable doll clothes outfits from Emily-Rose.
PLEASE NOTE: Entries for all giveaways will be closed Wednesday, May 7th at 5pm Eastern and winners will be announced in the afternoon of Friday, May 9th.

Make sure you check back at “5 Minutes for Mom” on Friday, May 9th to see if you won a prize.

5 minutes for mom giveaway!!!!

and while you are there!!!!!!!!!!!!
they are going to give away one Caboose Trailer Bike on Monday, May 5th. The winner will have the choice between the small or the large size.

Because we do not want to let anyone miss a single day of spring bike rides, you can go ahead and purchase a bike right now, and if you are the lucky winner on May 5th, we will simply give you a full refund.

We understand that often folks hold off purchasing an item during a giveaway waiting to see if they win it. So in this case, we’re offering to give you a full refund if you have already purchased below to enter this

5 minutes for mom~win a bile caboose!
win banana prints!
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About the Bananas
prints to give away--art...
They are prints of the original miniature drawings. The originals were drawn on acid free textured cream colored card stock using my favorite Pilot pens. You should go and read the comments left on Flickr for these. I’m still laughing!

I print and hand cut all my prints. They were printed with gorgeous Vivera Inks on heavy 170gm2 matte photo paper. They are crisp, clean and will last for generations to come. They will be safely placed into an acid free rigid sleeve and packaged into an unbending mailer for shipping.

An ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They always measure 2.5″ by 3.5″ and can be created in any medium. They are the exact size of a hockey, Magic or baseball card. Mat them and place into your favorite 5″ by 7″ or 8″ by 10″ frame. prints--enter here


Come, Fire-Drink with Me, Baby! now!
Put the link in any context you want, such as:

Who needs absinthe when you can fire-drink with The Spiritual Electic? Check out the story behind Come, Fire-Drink with Me, Baby!

Here’s where it’s a win-win for everyone, even if our randomizer doesn’t pick you link as the winner. We will give a link back to everyone who enters at the bottom of this post. If you sell items or services online, this is a great way to advertise to a tightly targeted market! Just leave a comment with a link to the page where your link is located. Let us know what page you would like us to link to and what anchor text (if any) you want us to use, such as Amazing Tarot Services or Willow Sue’s Healing Journal.

Giveaway Time! Let’s Celebrate Taurus
As the Sun moves into Taurus 20 April, it’s time to celebrate with a give-a-way. Why? Well, because CELEBRATE EVERYTHING is my personal theme for this year and if you look, it’s not hard to find good things in life.

The prize is a pretty orange and blue Balance-and-Expression necklace by a local artist, as seen in the pic above. (White onyx pyramid and 19th-century rare book not included!) According to the artist, the stones are carnelian (orange) and sodalite (blue), both of which are excellent for achieving emotional balance as well as creativity and self-expression. now!

Book Giveaway: “Firefighters to the Rescue
christian stay at home moms!!!

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Book Giveaway: “Firefighters to the Rescue”

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Firefighters to the Rescue is such a fun book with wonderful pictures. My kids absolutely adore this book, and it’s not just because their daddy is a firefighter ;), but because it is easy to follow along, and lets be honest what kid doesn’t love learning about the life of a firefighter!

This week we are actually giving away one of these books to one lucky winner. To win all you need to do is the following:

1. Make a post on your blog and link to this contest so others can join on the fun!
2. Post a comment here with a link back to your post about the contest, and you are entered!

That’s all you need to do!

Contest will end Friday April 25, 2008 at 11:59 pm EST! So hurry and get your comments in!

Be sure to check back in a couple of weeks for another giveaway, we plan to have a lot more of them around here!!
christian stay at home moms!!! now-

literary illusions!!win a Nintendo DS Lite Game Systems
Literary Illusions Summer Breeze Contest: Win a Red Nintendo DS Lite with Games

Literary Illusions is offering one of their best contests to date. This is for one of those slim, new Nintendo DS Lite Game Systems. You receive the game system and two games. They have a copy of Horse Life and a copy of Brain Age 2. You will have two months to enter the contest and because this contest is special, the requirements for entry are a little different than previous contests. Additionally, the winner of this contest will be emailed. Please leave a valid email address. IF YOU DO NOT YOU WILL FORFEIT YOUR PRIZE AND THEY WILL PICK ANOTHER WINNER.

One Grand Prize Winner gets it all!

One Second Place winner will win a copy of the Nintendo DS Game, Horse Life.


-Nintendo DS Lite System
-Nintendo DS Lite Charger
-Nintendo DS Lite Manual
-Nintendo DS Lite Stylus Pen
-Nintendo DS Game: Brain Age 2
-Nintendo DS Game: Horse Life
literary illusions!!win a Nintendo DS Lite Game Systems
literaryillusions!click here now!!!!

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Thymes Sweetleaf Baby Collection Giveaway **
was just over at mommy bits and they have a sweet contest going on...
a favorite among celeb moms such as Courteney Cox and Mariska Hargitay, Thymes Sweetleaf Baby is the perfect present for any new or expecting mom.
Want to try a couple of their products for FREE? I've got a 2.0 fl oz bottle of their Baby Lotion and of their Baby Wash & Shampoo to giveaway. Just leave a comment with your email address by Noon on Saturday, April 26. I'll randomly draw the winner's name out of a hat (OK, probably a bowl) and announce them here later that day.
mommy bits


the stylish

Win a stylish apron at The the stylish
courtesy of Flirty Aprons. Just commenting on her post is'nt going to help you win. You'll have to work for this for pretty apron by spreading the word about this contest in your own blog a linking to Flirty Aprons by April 22nd.
Their aprons are so cute and fun, it’s going to be tough for the winner to choose just one! Would you like a chance to win? Here is what you need to do:

Link to the website in a blog post. Also include a link to this post (this is how I will count your entry, so be sure you do this step).
This giveaway is open all countries.
Entries will be taken until Tuesday April 22st at midnight MST.
Winner will be chosen by random number generator and contacted by email on the day after the contest ends.
Good luck!
*Just to clarify, you have to follow the instructions to be entered into this giveaway. By request of Flirty Aprons, you have to link to their site in a blog post to be entered (and do a link to this post so I can count your entry).

now head over there to read more and enter! there and check em out!

win a pair of LEO’s

wanna win a pair of leo's??click here now!
You need shoes? Of course you do! Or at least your kid does! So, as I happen to have a children’s shoe store (Vincent Shoe Store), it is time for a new give away. You can win a pair of LEO’s. The same version Gwyneth Paltrow’s son Moses was spotted with, only LEO is the newest model. Leo is an all leather shoe with extra rubber sole to protect the leather extra from such activities as soccer play, driving a bobby car etc.