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Photo from Life & Style

Photo from Life & Style

Nicole Sullivan, actress, comedienne, and star of the show Rita Rocks (best known for her roles in MadTV and The King of Queens), is expecting another boy with actor-husband Jason Packham! (Her co-star Tisha Campbell-Martin is also expecting Baby No. 2.) The new baby will be written into the Rita Rocks storyline.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be an actor working for such a wonderful group of women at Lifetime. They have been incredibly supportive, and we are looking forward to the viewers coming along for the ride with us.”

Source: Celebrity-Babies.com

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Who would be comfortable with a belly this size?!

Who would be comfortable with a belly this size?!

About two months ago I was complaining about my last trimester. Well, I should have been enjoying it back then instead of complaining about it, because the last MONTH of pregnancy is even worse!

This weekend I realized that I’m SO DONE with this pregnancy! All because I can’t find a comfortable position to sleep in. I’m supposed to lie on my left side for better circulation. But when I do, I wake up in the middle of the night with all my right fingers numb! I can’t even form a fist. (My doctor said that this is absolutely normal. It happens.) So I turn over and lie on my right side, only to wake up  an hour later with my right leg in pain. (My doctor said that this is absolutely normal, too. Cripes!) So, I roll over to my left side again and, once again, my fingers are numb. I do this so much throughout the night that I feel like a rotisserie chicken!

But the pregnancy blues don’t stop there. Every time I roll over, I have to get up and pee. Or if I do finally fall asleep, I get woken up by a massive leg cramp! To top it off, I’m swelling everywhere! I can’t wear my wedding ring, I can’t wear my watch, and my left foot is bigger than my right. (This better go away after pregnancy because there is no way I’m going to buy two pairs of shoes in different sizes.)

I’m counting the weeks left. I have five more but I’d be happy to deliver at 37 weeks. Oh, to be comfortable again.

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i_wonWe have another Secret Contest winner! Hanh P. commented the most this past month. Hurray! and THANK YOU, Hahn for reading and participating!

I noticed that someone won for most comments before, so I kept coming back and commenting as well. I really enjoy visiting and reading your blog. It’s got a lot of different and interesting topics!

We have many on-going Secret Contests for different prizes. You’ll never know what the contest is (it’s a secret!), but staying involved and particiating will reveal them one by one. It could be for submitting photos, sharing a story, recipe or funny quote, or maybe…just for commenting. So, keep coming back and sharing with le•top blog because you might win just for letting us know you’re out there! Stay tuned to see what Hanh won…we think it might be something really adorable from the le•top Spring 09 Collection. 😉

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Kaitlin M., our le•top blog Secret Contest winner last week, won an adorable Anchors Aweigh dress/pant set with matching booties and beret from our le•top baby Spring ’09 Collection. We just want to show off this collection a little more because it’s too cute to keep it a secret “below decks”, and also to let you know that Anchors Aweigh is also for baby boy sailors, too. This collection is available in sizes 0-3-6 months and is in stores now. Use our handy store locator to chart a course to your nearest le•top retailer for these precious treasures!

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Top (L-R): Long sleeve footed stripe coverall, two-piece short-sleeved shirt with sailor collar and sailor pant. Center (L-R): One-piece open front romper with collar, stripe sunsuit romper & shirt set. Bottom (L-R): Double-sided stripe sailor blanket (30x36), pull-on sailor cap with ties.

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mel_c150When I first read about this, I thought…I didn’t even know Mel was pregnant! But, I realized my mistake…it’s Melanie C. (Sporty Spice), not Melanie B. from the Spice Girls who just gave birth to her first child, a girl! She and her partner of six years, Thomas Starr have named their daughter Scarlet.

Source: celebrity baby blog and Melanie C

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mandmomI’m at 35 weeks and may have less than a month before my little munchkin arrives. It has been an easy pregnancy for me, despite the gestational diabetes, but it has been very difficult for my daughter. She has started seeing the difference since two months ago. I can’t do the things that I used to do with her. I can’t carry her, help her tie her shoes, or ride our bicycles to the park. Her Daddy has to do all of that. She has also noticed that I don’t have a lot of patience these days. When she has spilled yet another glass of water or has dropped her snack all over the floor, I have to take a deep breath and ask her to go somewhere else before I lose it. She cries because I’ve hurt her feelings, and I cry because I feel guilty for hurting her. (I’m crying just writing this!) It just isn’t right, and I want to make it up to her.

This week is, what our household calls, “Mommy and Miranda Week!” It’s a 5-day event where my little girl and I will do something fun each day – just the two of us! (Daddy’s jealous.) I have been planning and researching our daily excursions for weeks now and it’s finally here! Obviously, this post has been written prior to this week because Momma ain’t working this week so I can devote my time with my precious first born. (I might sneak a post every now and then, if you’re lucky. ;-))

Here’s a list of some of the things that we’ll be doing:

  • Miranda loves the “Wizard of Oz” so I’m taking her to San Francisco to see “Wicked.” We’re even going to ride the BART train. That’s an excursion in itself.
  • She enjoys learning about how things are made, so I’ve planned a trip to the “Jelly Belly” factory.
  • We’ve had a couple of tea parties with her friends before, but she’s never been to a real tea house. For lunch one day, I have made reservations at a local tea house where we will be served sandwiches, crumpets, scones, and, of course, tea! We’re even going to get dressed up for this occasion.
  • She has always been fascinated with outer space, planets, stars and rocket ships. She and her Daddy could look at the night sky for hours! So I have arranged to visit the Chabot Space and Science Center and see a show in the planetarium.

Hopefully, spending an entire week together and giving her my undivided attention will help her feel more secure, as well as reassure her of  how important she in our lives. Our family may be growing, but our love for her will never change because a new baby will be entering our world.

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No, I did NOT say that!

No, I did NOT say that!

When my husband Aaron was about 5, his mom took him with her to go shopping in the lingerie section of Macy’s.  He looked at the bras and innocently, but loudly, proclaimed:

Titties, Titties, Titties!”

His mom immediately grabbed him and ran out of the store, in utter embarrassment! Where on earth, you ask, did he hear that word? We don’t know…we are still left wondering 20 years later.

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Photo from justjared.com

Photo from justjared.com

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are expecting Baby No. 2! (No due date has been given yet.)

Madden said, “I am so happy to tell everyone that Harlow is going to be a big sister! God has truly blessed my family. Hope you’re all feeling as good as I am right now.”

Source: GoodCharlotte.com

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Memory lane visits through scrapbooking!

Memory lane visits through scrapbooking!

…submitted by: Dawn in Logan, UT

Ever think about how you have such great photos of your precious children, but now – would they just give you a free moment to do something with those photos?!? I got into scrapbooking when my daughter was just a newborn. Despite the time-thief a baby can be, it was easier to get photos into albums when she hadn’t started crawling! I loved doing things the old fashioned way (this was 2000) with colored papers, stickers, and photos. I was fortunate that someone introduced me to the home based business of Creative Memories, and I soon got lots of supplies and ideas from my Creative Memories consultant. Soon after, my daughter was crawling, and I had my hands full only taking photos and just keeping her out of trouble! My scrapbooking time became limited to when I could leave the house to participate in scrapbooking crops, or when she was asleep (though I never trusted her that I’d leave out my supplies!)

Over the past eight years, the scrapbooking industry has boomed and changed. Now one can do digital scrapbooking pages, send them to a local printer and slip the colored printed pages into an album, or even pay a company to print out an entire album for you. There is software (both free and for sale) from various companies to aid in the process of digital scrapbooking…you don’t have to use scissors, just a mouse! I haven’t totally converted to this new age of scrapbooking, as I still have a closet full of scrapbooking paper, stickers, pages, and tons of photos!

My scrapbooking time is still limited, but at least (most of the time) photos don’t go bad! And whenever I finally get photos into albums, my family loves them!

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No, I did NOT say that!

No, I did NOT say that!

…submitted by a loving aunt in California

Big Brothers Aaron and Paul keep telling him to “shut up!” (bad kids!), and finally James (poor guy!) says back:

Don’t call me ‘shut up’!”

– James, age 5

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