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Kevin James Is Getting Ready for Daddy Duty Again

He may be back on mall patrol next year, but Kevin James also has some new-daddy duties looming in his future! The Paul Blart: Mall Cop actor (who’s sequel to that film is due to hit screens next April) and his wife Steffiana de la Cruz are expecting their fourth baby. A rep for the actor has confirmed the happy news, but no additional details have been shared. James and de la Cruz are already parents to son Kannon (3) and daughters Shea (7) and Sienna-Marie (9).


Scott Foley Is a Dad Again
Marika Dominczyk & Scott Foley

Marika Dominczyk & Scott Foley

No scandals here; just good, old-fashioned happy baby news! Scandal star Scott Foley and his wife Marika Dominczyk have welcomed their third child. Son Konrad arrived on November 13th. Foley commented on his happy news on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for all of the well wishes! @TheMeanChick and I are truly fortunate. And tired. ;)” With three little ones ages 5 and younger (the couple are also parents to son Keller, 2, and daughter Malina, 5), it’s no wonder!


Bill Hader’s Third Daughter Has Arrived
Bill Hader & Maggie Carey

Bill Hader & Maggie Carey

Life is just awesome for Bill Hader! The Awesomes voice actor and his wife Maggie Carey have welcomed their third baby. Daughter Hayley arrived on November 15th. Hayley is the third daughter for the couple, who are also parents to Harper, 2, and Hannah Kathryn, 5.


Dr. Who Name

Jennifer,
I absolutely love your website! I was watching Dr. Who the other day and one of the characters names was Cathica. I can’t find any information on the n
cathicaame – if it is even a name used before or if it was made up for Dr Who. Do you know anything about this name?

Thanks and keep up the amazing baby name good work!
Tiffany

Dear Tiffany,

The name Cathica seems to have been created for the TV series. It is the perfect Sci-Fi name, as defined by my Character Naming Tips! It is easy to spell, easy to pronounce and is a combination of two recognizable, traditional names: Cathy and Jessica.

The character’s full name is Cathica Santini Khadeni.

Thank you for the addition! I have added Cathica to our database.

Sincerely,
Jennifer


Eureka! A new name.

Hi Jennifer!
I am a frequent visitor of your site, as I love looking up different names and getting story inspiration. I am currently reading a book with main character, Eureka, which I think is a beautiful and unique name. Would you mind telling me what it means and adding it to your site? 

Thanks!
Lauren

Dear Lauren,gold

I was surprised to see that Eureka wasn’t in our database when you wrote us!  I was sure we had added it. 

Eureka is an exclamation that came from an early 17th Century Greek word, heurēka, meaning “I Found It!” The ancient outcry is said to have been used by Archimedes when he hit upon a method of assessing the purity of gold. Eureka is also a TV series and a town in California gold country.

Hope that helps! Thanks for the name, it has now been added.

Sincerely,
Jennifer


Coco Rocha Is Expecting a Daughter!
Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha

Model mama-to-be Coco Rocha has spilled the beans on what she and husband James Conran will be having! The Study of Pose model recently shared with People that the couple will be welcoming a daughter this spring. And that news, apparently, has kick started the new-parent-shopping frenzy! “I had shopped for nothing, it was just one of those things where if you don’t know who, it felt funny,” she told People. “So now I know who you are, I’m so excited.”


Send those baby pics more simply

kidpost

Having a new baby introduces a lot of complications — including sending photos of your infant to all your friends and relatives, on all the various services they might be using.

A new service named KidPost aims to simplify that for you, by consolidating all the shots on all the sites, and sending them in one email message to those people such as your grandparents who might not be the most tech-savvy…

You can still share photos wherever you like — just add the hashtag “#kidpost” and those pictures are later consolidated into a daily message. The end result: “Everyone in the family — and only those folks — gets to see the photos you post automatically.”

The service is here.


Take a hike, baby!

Bitybean

Some baby carriers area almost baby-sized — but the Bitybean is an “ultracompact” carrier that can fit in purse when not in use.

It’s made of machine-washable nylon/polyester, with an optional fleece infant liner.

It weighs just 8 ounces and is “smaller than a water bottle,” but it will let you front- or rear-carry for infants 3 months old, from 8-40 pounds, with anatomically designed shoulder and waist straps. It’s “comfortable, convenient, and thoughtfully engineered,” the company says. “The versatility of this carrier allow parents the freedom to be ready for anything – from shopping to hiking, to travel or family adventures.”

It’s $60 here.

 


Thanksgiving Book Roundup

thanksgivingroundupsmall Thanksgiving is nearly here, and we all have so many reasons to be thankful.  For one, there are really great books for our children.  Another? There are really great books about Thanksgiving for us to sit and read with our children as the tryptophan coma wears off.  We’re featuring some books ranging from factual to fun for families to enjoy during this warm and cozy holiday season.

 

 

 

 

The Thanksgiving Story

by Alice Dalgliesh

thethanksgivingstoryThe Thanksgiving Story is a Caldecott Award-winning text that’s full of accurate and kid-appropriate information about the first Thanksgiving.  Dalgliesh shares the story of a pilgrim family’s difficult first year at the Plymouth Colony.  While many children will know the basics of the Thanksgiving story, Dalgliesh stirs up curiosities and gives additional details to satisfy them by sharing the experience from the children’s point of view.   The illustrations by Helen Sewell are warm, simple, and evoke primitive folk art, but they have a modern quality that appeals to modern youngsters (and their parents).  We see the seasons change as the Hopkins family endures a difficult year, and we learn how Chief Massasoit and the Wampanoag people were integral to the survival of the colonists.  This all ends, of course, in the first Thanksgiving feast.  Children will enjoy the really interesting details in the story and illustrations, and the children’s perspective really makes it all the more attainable to young readers.

 

giveandtakeGive and Take

by Chris Raschka

While not explicitly about Thanksgiving, Chris Raschka’s newest book, Give and Take, is the perfect setup for having a conversation about the holiday and what it means.  This harvest-time fable about a farmer and two little elves, named Give and Take, will teach children the benefit of sharing and finding the middle ground… and appreciating the results.   As always, award-winning author Raschka’s illustrations are bold and animated, but at the same time, they’re comfortable.  Give and Take are impish looking, and they both live up to their names.  The farmer is easily persuaded by each.  He gives away his entire crop at Give’s urging.  Then he takes a kind pumpkin farmer’s crop at Take’s urging, even though he doesn’t even care for pumpkin.  He sees how both extremes impact the farm and all creatures it supports, including himself.  That is, until he sees Give and Take fighting one another and has an idea for how to balance giving and taking in the form of working together and sharing.  All enjoy a tasty, tasty treat as the grand payoff, much like family and friends all enjoy a communal Thanksgiving feast!

 

thankyousarahThank You, Sarah:  The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Did you know that it was very likely that the celebration of Thanksgiving would have died out completely in the 1800s?  Imagine the sadness of no pumpkin pie, turkey, a couple days off work watching football or shopping for holiday gifts?  Well, you don’t have to, and it’s all because of one fiercely determined woman named Sarah Hale.  Thank You, Sarah tells this little-known and interesting story.  It took Hale nearly 40 years leading a movement and writing many letters to Congress and other politicials, but she was determined not to let the Thanksgiving holiday die out.  In 1863, President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, phew.  This text is full of interesting history and shared it with great humor and fun, making it a really fun way for kids to learn about what the country was like and how this one tough woman’s perseverance paid off.  It’s also a great opportunity to reflect on the historical timeline between the first Thanksgiving and our current celebrations, with sociological/anthropological and political changes on all points of the line.  Bonus points to this book for demonstrating a woman’s ability to make change even when society wasn’t very friendly to women.  Reading this book with your kids will surely inspire them to think of Sarah Hale while they’re hiding a piece of pie under a mountain of whipped cream.

 

petethecatthanksgivingPete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

by James Dean

Yes!  Even this cool cat celebrates Thanksgiving.  Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving is a great lift-the-flap book featuring this holiday.  It’s a lot of fun for kids, but this is not your usual, silly Pete book.  It’s a little more serious, and it’s got some little kid-friendly history and facts.  You won’t be walking around singing whatever new song Pete has shared (because there isn’t one), but your preschooler or kindergartener will learn about history and the holiday with a favorite blue feline friend.  This is a great introduction to the history of Thanksgiving for the younger set, and it’s sure to please with the surprises hiding behind flaps on every page.


Poppy Montgomery Welcomes a Son
Poppy Montgomery

Poppy Montgomery

These are the days to remember! Unforgettable actress Poppy Montgomery has welcomed her third child. Son Gus Monroe Deveraux Sanford arrived on November 11th. Gus is the second child for Montgomery and her husband Shawn Sanford, who are also parents to 19-momth-old Violet Grace. Gus has a few more older siblings to keep him entertained, though: Jackson (Montgomery’s son from a previous relationship) and Haley and Braydon (Sanford’s children from a previous marriage).

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