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How many is too many?

By TheBump.com Oct 9, 2013 5:34PM
Photo: Jim and Michelle Dugger // Getty ImagesWord on the CelebrityBabyScoop street is that Michelle Duggar and her gang of 19 kids are ready to open their arms once more for baby No. 20!

Jim Bob and Michelle, who are parents to more J-named kids than I can count on my hands (but not my hands and toes combined, y’all!), are not currently expecting — but it doesn’t mean they aren’t trying to add another baby to the already oversized mix. In an exclusive interview with CelebrityBabyScoop.com, Michelle shared: “I would be so grateful if the Lord blessed us with another one. We’re trying at this point and we shall see if that is a possibility. If not, we are so thankful and grateful for the ones that God has given us so far. We are also definitely enjoying our grandbabies! They are so precious!”

More from The Bump: Crazy celebrity birth stories
 

As of yesterday morning, no additional federal funds are available to support the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or any of their clinical services, food benefits and administrative costs.

By TheBump.com Oct 2, 2013 10:56PM
Photo: Baby Crawling // Veer
Yesterday morning, the US government officially shutdown. And while the harsh reality has closed hundreds of national parks, zoos and sent government employees out of work without pay, the Congressional stalemate hits way, way closer to home for many. As of yesterday morning, no additional federal funds are available to support the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or any of their clinical services, food benefits and administrative costs.


Yep, you read correctly. The $6 billion program that helps pregnant women and new moms buy the healthy food they need if they’re low-income or facing “nutritional risk” is no more. The repercussions, of course, depend on how individual states react and how long the government shutdown lasts. Political analyst Elizabeth Lower-Basch from the Center for Law and Social Policy said in an email to the Huffington Post on Saturday that, “States can probably shelter families receiving WIC from the effects of a shutdown for a short period, but it could be a real problem if it lasts more than a few days.”
 

Gene Kimpton ended up playing midwife to a mother in labor.

By Associated_Press Sep 27, 2013 3:40PM

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) — Texas police officer Gene Kimpton says he entered a home in suburban Dallas with his weapon drawn. All he knew is there was some sort of emergency situation in the house.

There was.

PonyWang/Getty ImagesA young boy guided Kimpton to the bathroom, where the child's mother — who hadn't realized she was pregnant — was in labor.

 

A few things I never considered (that I now wish I had).

By TheBump.com Sep 27, 2013 3:14PM
Photo: name list // Getty Images By Abigail Green
One of the most fun parts of my pregnancy was picking a baby name. I poured over the baby name books and stalked the latest Social Security baby name rankings looking for the perfect name for my child. During that time, however, there were a few things I never considered (that I now wish I had):

1. Baby names are extremely subjective. We've all encountered a baby name or two that has made us raise our eyebrows. Worse, my mom actually burst out laughing at a name we were seriously considering. Needless to say, our son was not named Jasper. After that, we stopped telling people our potential names. Even if they ask, no one really wants other people's opinions of their baby names. Some couples even use a decoy name to keep unwanted comments away. One mom's North is another mom's Nora.

 

Children like Tiana Parker have been at the center of a debate over standards of black beauty, cultural pride and freedom of expression.

By Associated_Press Sep 25, 2013 7:27PM

By Leanne Italie, The Associated Press

 

"Why are you so sad?" a TV reporter asked the little girl with a bright pink bow in her hair.

"Because they didn't like my dreads," she sobbed, wiping her tears. "I think that they should let me have my dreads."

This 2013 image released by the Parker Family shows Tiana Parker in Tulsa, Okla. Tiana was at the center of a debate over her hairstyle. (AP Photo/The Parker Family, Marq Lewis)This 2013 image released by the Parker Family shows Tiana Parker in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/The Parker Family, Marq Lewis)

With those words, second-grader Tiana Parker of Tulsa, Okla., found herself, at age 7, at the center of decades of debate over standards of black beauty, cultural pride and freedom of expression.

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It was no isolated incident at the predominantly black Deborah Brown Community School, which in the face of outrage in late August apologized and rescinded language banning dreadlocks, Afros, mohawks and other "faddish" hairstyles it had called unacceptable and potential health hazards.

A few weeks earlier, another charter school, the Horizon Science Academy in Lorain, Ohio, sent a draft policy home to parents that proposed a ban on "Afro-puffs and small twisted braids." It, too, quickly apologized and withdrew the wording.

 

A young boy's heartbreaking letter is answered with good will.

By Rich_Maloof Sep 23, 2013 5:04PM

Christmas has come early this year to Amber Suffern, the third-grader from North Carolina whose brother wrote to Santa asking that school bullies stop picking on her. A swirl of attention surrounded 8-year-old Amber and twin brother Ryan after the “Dear Santa” letter went viral last week, and now the media are helping to make the twins’ wishes come true. 

Video still of Ryan & Amber Suffern with Big Time Rush (Courtesy of GMA/ABC News)ABC’s Good Morning America” invited Amber, Ryan and their mother to the morning show’s New York City studio on Friday.

 

A 7th-grader has been kicked out of school for dyeing her hair blond.

By Kristin Wong Sep 20, 2013 4:58PM

A straight-A student has been banned from a junior high school in Lubbock, Texas. Her offense? Dyeing her hair partially blond.

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Neices Houston, a 7th grader at Seagraves Junior High in Lubbock, Texas, whose mother says she has been kept out of class for two days in a row because of her hair color (KCBD, http://aka.ms/hair-color-conflict)More on MSN Living: Six of the most annoying dress codes, decoded!

 

Women are still the caregivers, studies show.

By Kristin Wong Sep 19, 2013 5:42PM

For the past 30 years, Dr. Karl Pillemer, a gerontologist at Cornell University, has been studying the family dynamics of caring for elderly parents. His latest research shows that daughters are more than twice as likely to care for aging parents.

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