Posts Tagged ‘Babies’

Baby smiles give moms a natural high-DEA and FDA in emergency mtg. to decide whether to regulate/prohibit baby smiles

July 15, 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A baby’s smile does more than warm a mother’s heart — it also lights up the reward centers of her brain, according to the results of a brain imaging study.

The finding, investigators say, could go a long way in helping researchers dissect the unique bond between mother and infant and how it sometimes goes wrong.

“The relationship between mothers and infants is critical for child development,” Dr. Lane Strathearn, of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston noted in a statement.

“For whatever reason, in some cases, that relationship doesn’t develop normally. Neglect and abuse can result, with devastating effects on a child’s development,” Strathearn explained.

Strathearn and colleagues used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of 28 first-time mothers of 5- to 10-month-old infants while they looked at photos of their own babies and other infants.

In some of the photos babies were smiling or happy. In others, the infants were sad and in some they had neutral expressions.

The investigators found that when the mothers saw their own infants’ faces, key areas of the brain associated with reward lit up during the scans, suggesting increased blood flow to that area.

The areas stimulated by the sight of their own babies were those involved in thinking, movement, behavior and emotion. “These are areas that have been activated in other experiments associated with drug addiction,” said Strathearn.

“It may be that seeing your own baby’s smiling face is like a ‘natural high,'” the investigator added.

The strength of mom’s reaction depended on her baby’s facial expression. “The strongest activation was with smiling faces,” Strathearn said. There was less effect from pictures of their babies with sad or neutral expressions.

“We were expecting a different reaction with sad faces,” the researcher explained. In fact, the team found little difference in the reaction of the mothers’ brains to their own babies’ crying face compared to that of an unknown child.

Overall, the mothers responded much more strongly to their own infants’ faces than to those of an unknown baby.

“Understanding how a mother responds uniquely to her own infant, when smiling or crying,” Strathearn said, may be the first step in understanding the neural basis of mother-infant attachment.

SOURCE: Pediatrics, July 2008.

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Cracked.com presents 25 Historical Events (as depicted by 5 yr. olds)

July 14, 2008

These are just a few of the very funny submissions.


Check out the full list is available at Cracked.com

Little preacher baby full of the holy ghost, apple juice.

July 7, 2008

Huh…somebody’s been paying attention on Sunday. Cute?

Baby laughing in slow motion will haunt your dreams

June 20, 2008

“How to breastfeed your elementary school-aged kids” or “At this rate, these kids will be putting breastmilk in their coffee.”

June 10, 2008

My wife is a big proponent of breast-feeding; however, certainly not as much of a proponent as Veronica, who has 2 children, 1 nearly 8 at the time of this documentary clip, and one about 5 or 6, who STILL breastfeed. This video is….well, you just have to see it.

Mildly NSFW image

Former NBA player Jason Caffey now bankrupt, but well on his way to fathering a baker’s dozen….

June 10, 2008

He’s got 10 with 8 different women already, he’s well on his way!

Source: TMZ.com

Former Chicago Bull Jason Caffey is in some seriously deep doo doo for allegedly stiffing one of his ten kids — yes, ten — out of child support.

A Georgia judge initially ordered Caffey to the clink in 2007 after he got $100K behind in support payments to Lorunda Brown, the mother of one of his sons. That order was subsequently put on hold when the baller cried broke and filed for bankruptcy.

Brown’s lawyer now wants to know, penny by penny, where all of Caffey’s jack went — including the $35 million that he made in his last NBA contract.

BTW, Caffey had those ten kids with eight women. That’s King Baby Daddy to you.

Caffey’s lawyer said they’ll be there at this week’s hearing to deal with the case.

And speaking of athletes who are also all about sharing the love, ck. out this list, and click on the link to see the complete list, courtesy of 100% Injury Rate

ATHLETES WITH ILLEGITIMATE KIDS

THE HEAVYWEIGHTS
Shawn Kemp – 7 illegitimate kids by 6 women. Gives his nickname of the Reign Man new meaning.
Evander Holyfield – 9 illegitimate kids. “Heck I’m not even mad, I’m impressed!”
Ex-San Antonio Spur Willie Anderson – 9 illegitimate kids. If only his field goal percentage had been as high as his impregnation rate.
Derrick Thomas – 7 illegitimate kids by 5 women. He died at 33. Let’s just leave it at that.
Ray Charles – Not an athlete, but still had 9 illegitimate kids and 12 total, which is quite impressive. Being blind must have made it tough to get that condom on.
UPDATE: Don’t know how we missed this – thanks to a reader for pointing this out to us – Calvin Murphy reportedly had 14 illegitimate kids by 9 women. Wow.

Looking forward now that we have nomination for both parties….

June 6, 2008

The above image is from Someecards.com, a great site with funny and snarky free e-cards. Their tagline sums it up: “When you care enough to hit send.” Ck. it out, there’s hundreds of funny ones for all occasions.

The one below became my new favorite when I found out my wife and I were pregnant for baby #2 while baby #1 was only 9 mos. old.