Baby Feet Casting

baby feet castingForever Baby Feet

Parents, have you ever looked at your baby and thought “I wish I could preserve this time forever”?  Well, there is a way to remind yourself every day of those precious few months of your new baby’s life.

You can get a casting made of your baby’s feet. That way, years down the road, when the child is driving you crazy, you can gaze at the cast of him/her’s tiny feet and be reminded that that child is your baby.

Another reason to get a cast made of your baby’s feet is to give it as a gift to the proud grandparents, which would be especially touching if they’re first time grandparents.

Convinced that getting a baby feet casting is the way to go? Or too worried that it will be hard and time consuming?

Here’s some more information.

There are two ways to go about getting your cast. If you’re a real do-it-yourselfer than more power to you.

The first step is finding a provider. You can most likely find a kit at your local craft store or you can buy one on-line. The main thing you need to look for is the amount of impression powder and casting powder the kit provides. For first timers making the actual cast can be pretty tricky and you want to make sure the kit provides enough materials for several trials. The moulding mix is completely safe for your baby’s skin so there’s no need to worry about that.

The basic casting kit can run around nine dollars and it can go up from there depending if you want anything special like a base to display the casts, any special finishes like bronze or silver, or if you want 2-D or 3-D casts. Another aspect of this to consider is your baby’s age. Many kits and reviewers recommend that you get your baby’s feet cast at the age between zero and eighteen months.

It’s the same if you get it done professionaly. The advantage of hiring a professional to cast your baby’s feet is obviously the wealth of experience that the professional has in this area. Then you have to find a location. The up side is that sometimes the professionals will come to your home.

The down side, of course, is the cost. Some professionals can cost a few hundred pounds. It all depends on what you want to have done.

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Christina Aguilera Celebrates Baby Shower With Graphic Cake: Pictures, Details

Counting down to baby No. 2! Christina Aguilera, who is expecting a baby girl any day now, was the guest of honor at a baby shower in L.A. on Saturday, July 12, Us Weekly can confirm.

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The “Beautiful” singer celebrated her second pregnancy at an evening co-ed bash at a private residence. She wore a fitted Lattice maxi dress by Tees by Tina in cream and accessorized with a matching jacket and flower wreath headband. At one point, the Voice mentor went barefoot and fiance Matthew Rutler sweetly kissed her growing baby bump.

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“It was very romantic with candles everywhere,” an insider told Us. “Christina looked so happy and excited.” During the shindig, 33-year-old Aguilera gushed about her daughter-to-be, noting that the baby’s pink nursery is finished.

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Guests at the bash sipped on pink champagne, Ole Smoky Watermelon and Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine cocktails. Some ladies in attendance even concocted their own “Mommy” cocktails, which mixed Ole Smokey Moonshine, fruit juice, lemon, and simple syrup.

The party got a bit more “Dirrty,” however, when Aguilera was presented with a graphic cake. The sweet treat was decorated with a blonde woman giving birth on a hardwood floor — with the baby’s head making an appearance.

Aguilera's baby shower cake

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Us broke news in February that Aguilera and Rutler were expecting their first child together. The singer already shares 6-year-old son Max with ex-husband Jordan Bratman.

Article source: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/christina-aguilera-celebrates-baby-shower-with-graphic-cake-pictures-2014297

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Baby delivered by Marin dad on Highway 101 offramp 'a gift'

Novato’s newest resident made quite an entrance Saturday, coming into the world with the help of his father on the Highway 101 landfill offramp thanks to Marin’s notorious traffic congestion.

Jesse Renteria, 5 pounds, 15 ounces and the fourth child of Lucia and Luis, was born at 12:06 p.m. in the front seat of the family’s Volkswagen Jetta five minutes after Luis called 911.

“Daddy did the delivery. He did a great job,” said Lucia “Lucy” Renteria, 25, who came through the delivery in fine shape and was resting at her Novato home Monday. Marin General Hospital kept mom and baby Saturday through Sunday night, and they were pronounced healthy and released Monday morning.

Baby Jesse Renteria sleeps peacefully at home in Novato.

The saga began around 7:30 a.m. Saturday when the pains started, Lucy said.

“I called the midwife,” the Novato resident said as she relaxed in her living room with baby Jesse, husband Luis, 29, son Luis, 10, daughter Valery, 6, and son Michael, who is 18 months.

The couple had arranged for the birth to take place at the Santa Rosa Women’s Health and Birth Center. “I was having two-to-three-second contractions 10 minutes apart. By 11:30 I couldn’t handle it any more.”

“We said a quick prayer and got in the car,” said Luis, who is a contractor. “We prayed as we left the house. We said, ‘God, it’s in your hands.’”

When they got on 101 northbound for the birth center in Santa Rosa, traffic was barely moving, with only two lanes going north because of construction.

“She had her second really strong contraction and then I knew there was no way we were going to make it to Santa Rosa,” Luis said.

The two decided to turn around and drive to a closer facility. But Jesse had different ideas.

Though Lucy had to have her water broken in her previous three births, all of which took place in medical facilities, “we made it to the top of the offramp and my water broke,” Lucy said.

Luis parked the car, and, while on the phone with 911 dispatch, grabbed a blanket from the back seat and ran to his wife’s side.

“As soon as he opened the (passenger) door, the baby came out,” Lucy said.

“The feeling of life in your hands,” Luis said. “I was excited, scared, happy. It was a great experience.”

Jenny Ellis, the dispatcher with the Marin County Communications Center, coached Luis over the phone in how to take care of Jesse, clean off his nose and face and wrap him in the blanket.

“He did everything I told him. He was perfect,” Ellis said.

Minutes later, a Novato Fire District engine and ambulance arrived and firefighter/paramedics, who had faced the same traffic jam, checked out the mom and baby. Both were taken to Marin General, where they stayed until Monday morning.

Luis Renteria holds hands with his new son Jesse on Monday at the familys home in Novato.

While this is standard procedure in such a birth, it doesn’t mean anything is wrong, according to Jennifer Voss, a doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at Marin General.

“There are probably several hundred deliveries every year in the US that are precipitous,” meaning that labor lasts three hours or less, the doctor said. “Generally, the outcomes of these deliveries are good.”

Voss said women who have had a baby before “have a higher likelihood of quick labor. The muscles of the pelvic floor are more relaxed and it takes less time to dilate and expel the baby.”

Voss said of the birth, “It’s pretty exciting.”

Novato Mayor Eric Lucan agreed.

“Congratulations to Lucy and Luis on the birth of their son Jesse. What an incredible job by Jenny Ellis, the dispatcher who coached the parents through the delivery, and the firefighters/paramedics who responded as well,” Lucan said.

The mayor added, “I understand the family was on their way to Santa Rosa for the delivery, but it sounds like baby Jesse was insistent on having his official place of birth be Novato, California.”

“The name ‘Jesse’ means ‘a gift,’ and that’s what he is,” Lucy said

Article source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_26236489/baby-delivered-by-marin-dad-highway-101-offramp?source=rss

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Baby delivered by Marin dad on Highway 101 offramp 'a gift'

Novato’s newest resident made quite an entrance Saturday, coming into the world with the help of his father on the Highway 101 landfill offramp thanks to Marin’s notorious traffic congestion.

Jesse Renteria, 5 pounds, 15 ounces and the fourth child of Lucia and Luis, was born at 12:06 p.m. in the front seat of the family’s Volkswagen Jetta five minutes after Luis called 911.

“Daddy did the delivery. He did a great job,” said Lucia “Lucy” Renteria, 25, who came through the delivery in fine shape and was resting at her Novato home Monday. Marin General Hospital kept mom and baby Saturday through Sunday night, and they were pronounced healthy and released Monday morning.

Baby Jesse Renteria sleeps peacefully at home in Novato.

The saga began around 7:30 a.m. Saturday when the pains started, Lucy said.

“I called the midwife,” the Novato resident said as she relaxed in her living room with baby Jesse, husband Luis, 29, son Luis, 10, daughter Valery, 6, and son Michael, who is 18 months.

The couple had arranged for the birth to take place at the Santa Rosa Women’s Health and Birth Center. “I was having two-to-three-second contractions 10 minutes apart. By 11:30 I couldn’t handle it any more.”

“We said a quick prayer and got in the car,” said Luis, who is a contractor. “We prayed as we left the house. We said, ‘God, it’s in your hands.’”

When they got on 101 northbound for the birth center in Santa Rosa, traffic was barely moving, with only two lanes going north because of construction.

“She had her second really strong contraction and then I knew there was no way we were going to make it to Santa Rosa,” Luis said.

The two decided to turn around and drive to a closer facility. But Jesse had different ideas.

Though Lucy had to have her water broken in her previous three births, all of which took place in medical facilities, “we made it to the top of the offramp and my water broke,” Lucy said.

Luis parked the car, and, while on the phone with 911 dispatch, grabbed a blanket from the back seat and ran to his wife’s side.

“As soon as he opened the (passenger) door, the baby came out,” Lucy said.

“The feeling of life in your hands,” Luis said. “I was excited, scared, happy. It was a great experience.”

Jenny Ellis, the dispatcher with the Marin County Communications Center, coached Luis over the phone in how to take care of Jesse, clean off his nose and face and wrap him in the blanket.

“He did everything I told him. He was perfect,” Ellis said.

Minutes later, a Novato Fire District engine and ambulance arrived and firefighter/paramedics, who had faced the same traffic jam, checked out the mom and baby. Both were taken to Marin General, where they stayed until Monday morning.

Luis Renteria holds hands with his new son Jesse on Monday at the familys home in Novato.

While this is standard procedure in such a birth, it doesn’t mean anything is wrong, according to Jennifer Voss, a doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at Marin General.

“There are probably several hundred deliveries every year in the US that are precipitous,” meaning that labor lasts three hours or less, the doctor said. “Generally, the outcomes of these deliveries are good.”

Voss said women who have had a baby before “have a higher likelihood of quick labor. The muscles of the pelvic floor are more relaxed and it takes less time to dilate and expel the baby.”

Voss said of the birth, “It’s pretty exciting.”

Novato Mayor Eric Lucan agreed.

“Congratulations to Lucy and Luis on the birth of their son Jesse. What an incredible job by Jenny Ellis, the dispatcher who coached the parents through the delivery, and the firefighters/paramedics who responded as well,” Lucan said.

The mayor added, “I understand the family was on their way to Santa Rosa for the delivery, but it sounds like baby Jesse was insistent on having his official place of birth be Novato, California.”

“The name ‘Jesse’ means ‘a gift,’ and that’s what he is,” Lucy said

Article source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_26236489/baby-delivered-by-marin-dad-highway-101-offramp?source=rss

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Gaza Baby Born After Airstrike Kills Mother

A baby girl has been born through a posthumous Caesarean section after her parents and brothers were killed by an Israeli airstrike, according to Palestinian medical officials.

The girl’s mother, Shaymaa Hussein al Sheikh Ali, 24, was killed by shrapnel after the roof of her family home on Thursday.

Her daughter, also named Shaymaa, weighed 5lbs and was said to be in a stable condition in Al Aqsa hospital on Monday.

Dr Wajdi Qeshta said: “They brought the mother and she was in the last month of her pregnancy.

“The doctors operated on the mother when they found she [the baby] had a heartbeat. Now the condition of the baby is not so good, she is still on a respirator.”

Doctors said the baby girl was likely to remain in hospital for five weeks after suffering from a shortage of oxygen.

The girl’s grandmother, Mirvat Qanan, was at the hospital to watch over her.

“While they were inside the house, two floors collapsed,” she said.

“What is her fault? She wanted to hug her daughter, she was waiting for the day that she will hold her daughter.”

Mrs Qanan’s husband, Ibrahim Sheikh Ali, reportedly works at a radio station belonging to militant group Palestine Islamic Jihad.

He was injured in the strike along with seven others.

News of the girl’s birth came after Israel accused Hamas of misfiring two rockets – one which struck Gaza’s main hospital and another which hit a refugee camp, killing nine children.

Article source: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/gaza-baby-born-airstrike-kills-mother-201157237.html

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Doctors 'pronounce baby dead moments before he took his first breath'

  • Nikkita Pereira gave birth to baby Ziah by emergency Caesarean section
  • After 28 hours in labour the baby’s heartbeat was fading because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck
  • Eight minutes after his birth medics ‘declared the newborn dead’
  • But moments later Ziah took his first breath, bursting into tears
  • His mother said: ‘Just as I was about to give up, a miracle happened’
  • Royal Free Hospital in London said Ziah’s death was never officially recorded

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A new mother straining to hear her baby let out his first cry instead heard doctors declaring the newborn dead, eight minutes after he was born.

Nikkita Pereira said she struggled to breathe herself, believing she had lost her first child.

But moments later Ziah ‘came back to life’, gasping his first breath and letting out a cry.

Miss Pereira said: ‘Just as I was about to give up, a miracle happened – Ziah drew a deep breath and burst into tears.

Nikkita Pereira said she heard medics at The Royal Free Hospital in London declare her newborn son Ziah dead just eight minutes after his birth by emergency C-section. But moments later her son took his first gasp for breath, bursting into tears

Nikkita Pereira said she heard medics at The Royal Free Hospital in London declare her newborn son Ziah dead just eight minutes after his birth by emergency C-section. But moments later her son took his first gasp for breath, bursting into tears

‘I
felt the blood rush through my veins as it hit me that my boy wasn’t
dead. When I heard him cry it felt like I was breathing again.’

Miss Pereira, 22, was thrilled when she discovered she was pregnant with her first child in June 2011.

The expectant mother started making plans to have a natural birth at home.

But in February 2012, she was taken to hospital after experiencing complications during the early stages of labour.

After 28 hours, doctors were forced to carry out an emergency Caesarean section, detecting baby Ziah’s heartbeat was fading.

As medics removed him from the womb, they discovered the newborn was not breathing.

A terrifying eight minutes passed before Miss Pereira claims she heard doctors declare her son dead.

‘The silence was deafening as doctors spent eight minutes frantically trying to get him to breathe.

‘Then I heard the doctor announce his time of death as 11.02am.

‘I felt as if my own heart stopped
that very instant too, I was completely crushed. It’s difficult to
express in words how painful it was – I couldn’t bare the thought that
I’d never get to know my son.’

But a split second later, Ziah miraculously burst into tears.

Baby Ziah was born in February 2012

Medics delivered Ziah by emergency C-section after detecting his heartbeat was fading as the umbilical cord became caught around his neck

Medics delivered Ziah by emergency C-section in February 2012 after detecting his heartbeat was fading because the umbilical cord became caught around his neck

Miss Pereira said she heard medics declare Ziah dead at 11.02am, but just a moment later and the newborn took his first gasp for breath

Miss Pereira said she heard medics declare Ziah dead at 11.02am, but just a moment later and the newborn took his first gasp for breath

Miss Pereira, of Wood Green, north
London, said: ‘Now, there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t thank
my lucky stars for Ziah.

‘He’s two-and-a-half now and every day feels like a miracle.’

Miss Pereira and her partner Neil Buchanan, 26, had always planned to have a natural birth.

She said: ‘When I fell pregnant I was elated – I couldn’t wait to become a mum and made plans for a perfect natural birth.

‘I hoped to go through labour without any painkilling drugs, but when I started feeling contractions I could tell something was wrong.

‘Just as I was about to give up, a miracle happened – Ziah drew a deep breath and burst into tears. When I heard him cry it was like I was breathing again’

- Nikkita Pereira

‘After 20 hours of contractions I was
still only dilated by two centimetres so my mum took me to hospital in a
taxi where I was hooked up to a monitor for observation.

‘Doctors
quickly discovered that my son’s heartbeat was fading with every
contraction and before I knew it there were around 20 people in the room
talking about an emergency Caesarean.

‘The umbilical cord had wrapped around his neck in the womb. Doctors had just minutes to get him out alive.

Newborn Ziah was rushed to the neonatal unit where he spent the next eight days.

She
said: ‘He was taken to a completely different floor to mine. I had to
spend the night surrounded by other mums with their newborn babies,
while I was so far away from mine.

‘I cried the whole night – I hadn’t even seen my child yet.’

Despite his precarious start in life, Ziah is healthy and happy and celebrated his second birthday in February.

Miss Pereira, pictured with Ziah and his father Neil Buchanan, said: 'Now, there's not a day that goes by where I don't thank my lucky stars for Ziah. He's two-and-a-half now and every day feels like a miracle'

Miss Pereira, pictured with Ziah and his father Neil Buchanan, said: ‘Now, there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t thank my lucky stars for Ziah. He’s two-and-a-half now and every day feels like a miracle’

Ziah is now two-and-a-half years old

Ziah is now two-and-a-half years old

A spokesman for The Royal Free Hospital said Ziah’s death was never officially recorded, adding he required five inflation breaths for resuscitation

Mrs Pereira said: ‘Even now I still sometimes check on him while he is asleep – just to make sure he is still breathing.

‘I bought him a baby bracelet, and instead of having his birthday engraved on it, it has the time he was born and then the time that he came back to life.

‘I want him to know how lucky he is, and the bracelet means he will never forget.’

A spokesperson for The Royal Free Hospital said Ziah’s death was never officially recorded.

The spokesperson said: ‘After the delivery of the baby in question on February 19, 2012, five inflation breaths were needed for resuscitation. He required oxygen. According to our records the baby was not declared dead.

‘The baby required neonatal intensive care. He was treated and cared for until discharge on February 27.’


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Kourtney Kardashian Wears Nautical Maternity Outfit as Her Baby Bump Grows

Baby aboard the high seas! Kourtney Kardashian isn’t letting her third pregnancy slow her down one bit. The reality star, 35, hit the ocean on a luxurious boat on Friday, July 25, to enjoy the sunny weather. 

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The mother of 4-year-old Mason and 2-year-old Penelope wore a navy Micro Stripe maxi dress from Tees by Tina with a brimmed hat and shades. Her growing baby bump was visible in the curve-hugging getup. 

PHOTOS: Kourtney’s maternity style

“A boaters life for me,” she captioned the picture. 

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star is currently filming her spin-off show Kourtney Khloe Take the Hamptons with her younger sister Khloe Kardashian

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Us Weekly exclusively broke the news of the star’s pregnancy in June. Since then she has been out and about filming her new show. 

Article source: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/kourtney-kardashian-nautical-maternity-outfit-baby-bump-picture-2014267

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Philippines welcomes 100 millionth baby

A baby girl born early Sunday has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million, highlighting the challenge of providing for more people in the already-impoverished nation.

The child, Jennalyn Sentino, was one of 100 babies born in state hospitals all over the archipelago who received the symbolic designation of “100,000,000th baby”.

“This is both an opportunity and a challenge… an opportunity we should take advantage of and a challenge we recognise,” Juan Antonio Perez, executive director of the official Commission on Population, told AFP.

While a growing population means a larger workforce, it also means more dependents in a country where about 25 percent of people are living in poverty, he said.

He said the Philippines had to find a way to bring services to the poorest families while also lowering the average number of children that fertile women will bear in their lifetimes.

“We’d like to push the fertility rate down to two children per (woman’s) lifetime,” from the current level of an average of three per woman, he said.

Newly-born baby girl Jennalyn Sentino, the Philippinesnbsp;hellip;

While celebrating the birth of the babies with cake and gifts of clothing and blankets, the government will also monitor each of the designated 100 children over the coming years to see if they are receiving the required health services, Perez added.

Jennalyn’s father, 45-year-old van driver Clemente Sentino, said he was grateful for the government aid, but expressed confidence he could support his child and his partner.

He and the child’s mother, Dailin Cabigayan, 27, are not yet married. “She just happened to get pregnant. But we do have plans to get married,” he told AFP.

“I make just enough to get by but at least my job pays regularly. We will find a way to make it fit,” he said.

- ‘Investing in people’ -

Newly-born baby girl Jennalyn Sentino, designated thenbsp;hellip;

Efforts to control the Philippines’ population growth have long been hampered by the influence of the Roman Catholic Church, which counts about 80 percent of Filipinos as followers and which disapproves of all forms of artificial birth control.

It was only in April that the government finally overcame over a decade of Church opposition to implement a reproductive health law providing the poor with birth control services.

Perez said with the law’s implementation, about two to three million women who previously did not have access to family planning now do.

Meanwhile, Father Melvin Castro, head of the commission on family and life of the country’s Catholic bishops, was quoted by a church-run radio station as praising the ballooning population, as there would be more “young workers” to power the economy.

President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma said the milestone showed the importance of making “the right investments in people”.

The government had prepared for this by spending more on “human development”, particularly education, he told reporters.

Meanwhile, Klaus Beck, country representative of the United Nations Population Fund, endorsed the Philippines’ new focus on family planning in a statement issued to coincide with the population landmark.

“Governments that are serious about eradicating poverty should also be serious about providing the services, supplies, information that women, men and young people need to exercise their reproductive rights,” he said.

Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/philippines-welcomes-100-millionth-baby-060841724.html

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Kourtney K. shows baby bump

  • Baby aboard the high seas! Kourtney Kardashian isn’t letting her third pregnancy slow her down one bit. The reality star, 35, hit the ocean on a luxurious boat on Friday to enjoy the sunny weather.

    PHOTOS: Kourtney’s body evolution

    The mother of 4-year-old Mason and 2-year-old Penelope wore a navy striped maxi dress with a brimmed hat and shades. Her growing baby bump was visible in the curve-hugging getup. 

    PHOTOS: Kourtney’s maternity style

    “A boaters life for me,” she captioned the picture.

    The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star is currently filming her spin-off show Kourtney Khloe Take the Hamptons with her younger sister Khloe Kardashian

    PHOTOS: Pregnant in heels

    Us Weekly exclusively broke the news of the star’s pregnancy in June, since then she has been out and about filming her new show.

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    Pregnant Kelly Rowland Shows Off Her Baby Bump in Los Angeles: See the Pic!

    Kelly RowlandVladimir Labissiere/Splash News

    Kelly Rowland is not shy about showing off her baby bump.

    The 33-year-old mom-to-be was spotted putting her burgeoning belly on display in a Marilyn Monroe cutoff t-shirt, long denim shorts and a sports bra while she made her way around Beverly Hills Friday.

    After shopping around at Mac on Robertson Blvd., the “Motivation” singer was all smiles, waving at photographers as she headed to a lunch date with her hubby Tim Witherspoon, according to Us Weekly.

    Rowland has yet to reveal the sex of their bundle of joy, but multiple sources tell E! News the couple is expecting a son. Earlier in the week, she was spotted shopping at Juvenile Shop in Sherman Oaks, Calif. picking out items for her baby registry that were fit for a baby boy.

    NEWS: Pregnant Kelly Rowland stocking up on baby gear—for boys! Get the details on her registry

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    In addition to boys’ clothing – including a few blue onesies – the songstress also registered for a Ferrari F1 Baby Walker, a Skip Hop Pronto! Changing Station, a Nuna travel crib and Belly Bandit shapewear.

    Her former Destiny’s Child bandmate Michelle Williams also confirmed the sex of her baby in June, telling HipHollywood, “I’m so happy that I have another nephew coming to babysit for a few hours and give back to its rightful owners. [Kelly] just looks so wonderful, I’m so happy for her.”

    This is the first child for Rowland and Witherspoon, who tied the knot in a private ceremony in May in Costa Rica.

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    Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he’d forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an official said Friday.

    The 29-year-old man was booked on suspicion of aggravated endangerment but has not been charged, said Lt. Todd Ojile of the Wichita Police Department. The case will be presented early next week to prosecutors.

    The girl’s distraught maternal grandmother, Cindy Poe of Topeka, Kansas, went to police headquarters Friday demanding to see her granddaughter’s body and to find out where her other two grandchildren had been taken.

    “I want answers,” Poe told The Associated Press. “I want to know why my grandbaby was in that car.”

    The investigation found that the girl was picked up from the baby sitter around 4 p.m. Thursday and brought home, where she was “somehow forgotten” in the back seat of the car in Wichita, where temperatures were around 90 degrees. The foster parent went inside the house with a 5-year-old child who had also been with him, but left the baby strapped in the car seat in the parked car outside the house.

    The other foster parent in the house at the time, his 26-year-old partner, was in the backyard when they came in. No charges are expected against him, Ojile said.

    “He believed all the children were downstairs playing,” Ojile said. “He did not know the child was outside.”

    Both realized at the same time the baby was still in the car when “something on TV” jogged their memories, Ojile said, without elaborating.

    The couple then ran outside the house and found the girl inside the car, still strapped in her car seat. The car’s tinted windows were all up.

    Emergency dispatchers got a call at 6:41 p.m. Thursday, and the girl was pronounced dead at the scene a few minutes later.

    “Both were extremely upset,” Ojile said of the foster parents.

    The foster couple had been trying to adopt the 10-month-old girl they had cared for nearly all her life. They also had three other foster children, ages 3, 5 and 18; and had two adopted children, ages 5 and 7. The two younger foster children were visiting other relatives at the time. The couple’s two young adopted children were taken into police protective custody.

    On Friday, The Kansas Department for Children and Families suspended all future child placements with its former foster care contractor, TFI Family Services, pending the outcome of an investigation. The agency’s contract with the state was not renewed in 2013, but TFI had still been allowed to sponsor some licensed foster homes. The agency also ordered its foster care contractors to inspect all foster homes associated with TFI.

    TFI spokesman Branden Long said the company is cooperating and does not believe there are any issues with its foster care services. The agency emailed a statement late Friday saying it was “deeply saddened” by the death. It said it has provided heat safety tips to its foster families and will be contacting each one personally as part of its commitment to ensuring children cared for by its sponsored foster families are safe.

    “I want to assure Kansans that we are doing everything we can to uphold our agency’s mission to protect children,” Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said in a statement. “Children in need of care deserve safe, loving homes.”

    According to the nonprofit child safety group KidsAndCars.org, 18 children have died in hot cars this year in the United States, including a Georgia boy whose father is charged with murder on suspicion of intentionally leaving the 22-month-old in a hot car last month as he went to work.

    The Kansas City, Missouri-based group said 10 children have died in hot cars in Kansas since 2000.

    Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/baby-dies-being-left-hot-car-kansas-130433615.html

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