Mom dresses baby in new Halloween costume every day in October

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Even More Snow Saturday? Winter Storm Watch for 6-8″+

Digging Out - Another Plowable Snowfall Saturday Storms spinning up in late February and March have different characteristics than low pressure systems in January. A higher sun angle and milder temperatures tends to keep freeways wet and slushy, unlike January, when roads are snow-covered & icy. Snow is wetter, heavier, slushier; with a higher water content. Better for snowball fights (and heart attacks). Be careful out there this morning as the flakes subside. We have about 24 hours to catch our breath and scrape away the snow, before the second storm arrives. Another 4-7 inches of snow may fall late Saturday, bringing the total from both storms up close to a foot at MSP. By Sunday many towns will be snowier than average, for the first time all winter. That's good news, considering western Minnesota is too dry; we need moisture for spring planting. Not enthusiastic about all that frozen water in your yard? ECMWF guidance shows 2-3 days near 40F next week. Whatever snow falls should melt quickly, so get outside this weekend and romp in the slush. True confession: most meteorologists like snow. It gives us something to do! Animation credit: 12km NAM Future Radar product from NOAA, courtesy of 2 Storm's Worth of Snow. No, this isn't what's coming on Saturday; it's a total of last night and Saturday's projected snowfall totals; close to a foot (total between 2 storms) for much of central Minnesota into western Wisconsin. Last night's 00z NAM run prints out about .70" liquid, or roughly 6-8" of snow. Map credit: Saturday: More Snow Than Last Night? Models all seem to suggest a bigger snow accumulation for the PM hours Saturday. Plowable, and if we do wind up with 7-8" possibly the second biggest snowfall of the winter, to date. Making Up For Lost Time. As of Thursday snowfall in the Twin Cities was 31.8", or 7.7" less than average,  to date (running 30-year average). After last night's snow and what's to come on Saturday Continue Reading

Struggling with family dinners during hectic work weeks? Consider local meal providers

Turns out that Mom really does know best.We thought she was just being a nag requiring that everyone be home for dinner at 6 p.m. Everyday. For years.Well, it appears she was on to something, as the Family Dinner Project at Harvard University shows there are scientific benefits for parents and children who eat dinner together, even if just a few days a week.Project researchers over a 15-year period confirmed that there are “many physical, mental-health and academic benefits of family dinners,” Program Executive Director Lynn Bardensen says.Researchers link regular family meals to benefits including: Healthier eating habits. Lower risk of drug abuse. Less risk of teen pregnancy. Lower rates of depression and anxiety. Stronger resilience and self-esteem. Higher grade-point averages and better vocabularies.But who has time to cook? We have to battle Interstate 10 traffic, stop at the dry cleaners, pick up kids from baseball practice, go to the pharmacy, answer more work emails when we get home, and the list goes on.The average American full-time worker puts in about 47 hours per week, according to a 2013-14 Gallup poll.  ALLHANDS: How did life get so crazy? A guide to what went wrongRather than pick up fast food on the way home from practice, enlist the help of one of the Southeast Valley's growing number of meal providers and services.At Eat Fit Go in Chandler, gleaming cases of healthy prepared meals are ideal for families on the run. Or if you'd rather have dinner delivered, steaming trays of Italian classics arrive courtesy of Joanne's Catering & Weekly Meals.Here's a list of options — and chalk up another victory for mom. We'll be home at 6.pFounder Steve Fleming combines his interests in cooking and nutrition with a background as a former high-level athlete to create meals “tailored by portion and ingredient preferences to each individual,” he says.Healthful, lean options clearly are the focus of each of four Continue Reading

High roller Vadim Trincher sues for $6 million over mildew damages at Trump Tower condo

High-rolling businessman and professional poker player Vadim Trincher knows when to hold and when to fold, but he says there’s never a good time for mold. According to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, Trincher and his wife, Elena , are seeking $6 million for mildew-related damages to their lavish 63rd-floor Trump Tower condo at 721 Fifth Ave. They claim those damages stem from the gut rehab of an upstairs duplex that was once owned by Bruce Willis and Demi Moore . Trincher’s lawyer, Alexander Shapiro , says the trouble began last Oct. 17, when his clients’ maid went to clean a closet in the guest room and discovered 3 inches of water and lots of mold. Shapiro said experts later told them that even though there was no smell, the mold had been growing for weeks. They estimated the leak started a month earlier as the result of a broken valve in a duplex bathroom on the 64th floor. The leak was severe enough that the contractor who was working upstairs reported a problem to building managers on Oct. 14, according to court papers. The mold ruined custom-made, silk-covered wall panels in the guest room and living room. Shapiro said the fabric was specially designed for the couple and is irreplaceable. The lawsuit pegs an estimate value for the walls at $5 million. It says the water also ruined “an extremely rare silk carpet” worth $150,000. Elena Trincher claims that mold was also responsible for making her ill with a respiratory condition. According to the News’ Barbara Ross , these conditions also caused the Trinchers to cancel a fundraiser for Newt Gingrich ’s presidential campaign that they’d hoped to host last year. The Trinchers’ suit is being filed against their condominium association and contractor Hunter Roberts Construction. Tha association had no comment. Neither Trincher nor Hunter Roberts returned our request for comment. The Trinchers purchased the Continue Reading

In harm’s way: How 6 Milwaukee kids died in 5 days

Last month, in less than a week, six children in Milwaukee died.And while the deaths were unrelated, all shared a common though unsteady ground: The fraught intersection of vulnerability and of unraveling stability.The youngest was Miguel Henderson, just 27 days old.A preterm baby with a delicate heart, Miguel's mother and three siblings had been evicted from their north side home on June 5, the day before he died.According to a medical examiner's report, Miguel's mother planned for the family to spend the night of their eviction sleeping in a van parked in front of their former home. But around 8 p.m., Miguel's father helped the family sneak back into the house.Miguel slept with his parents on a mattress placed on a bedroom floor. In the morning, the mother told police, Miguel appeared to be dead.Not wanting to be caught in the home, the mother loaded her dead child and his siblings in the van, calling 911 as she drove the older children to their school bus stop. Three-year-old De-Anthony Lindsey died of an opioid overdose on June 4.Because of an ongoing investigation, the details of De-Anthony's death have not been made public.De-Anthony was the third preschooler to die of such an overdose this year and the eighth in two years, the medical examiner's office said.The office also tweeted that because of the spike in child drug overdoses, it is recommending first responders to administer the anti-overdose medication naloxone to unresponsive children.One-year-old Tamayi D. died June 4 when, according to police, her mother's boyfriend threw her to the floor and stomped her to death.Tamio Shipman-Allen, 20, is also accused of brutalizing Tamayi's 3-year-old brother.He has been charged with multiple counts of child abuse and neglect and faces up to 81 years in prison.Maurice Medley, a preterm baby who was not quite 3 months old, died June 6 after his aunt carried him about a mile using a backpack as a makeshift infant Continue Reading

LATE STARTERSNew research underscores the perils of pregnancy for older women

In her 20s and 30s, Mary Jaeger was definitely not mom material. A budding fashion designer, she finished school, worked in New York's Garment District, and studied textiles in Japan and Europe. PREGNANCY AND THE WAITING GAME. "The idea of marriage and children didn't meet the dream," Jaeger says. But then, when she was 39 and back in New York, she met her husband the right man, right time and right place. Which is why Jaeger, who admits she's "over 40," is now having her first baby, due any minute, a girl she calls Miss Plum. It's an "incredible" experience, she says. "To feel the baby move makes everything worthwhile. "But contrary to the images of maternal bliss projected by older celebrity moms like Madonna, Geena Davis, Annette Bening and Susan Sarandon, Jaeger found out that postponed baby-making is not so easy. "There were a few miscarriages," she says. Giving birth after age 35 a category doctors call "elderly primigravida," which falls into a high-risk class has meant facing unexpected trials. An early complication sent the healthy, otherwise fit mother-to-be to bed for a month. She was forced to slow down at work, delegate and accept limits. These days, she sees her doctor three times a week. Jaeger worries about her baby but also frets about her own long-term health: "I developed gestational diabetes, and I have no personal or family history of that disease. I am very concerned. "She has reason to be. A new, numbers-crunching study by a medical sociologist in Ohio argues that women who give birth after age 35 whether a first child or a last may be at higher risk for several kinds of serious disease by age 50. Acknowledging the need for more information, federal lawmakers recently introduced the Safe Motherhood Act for Research and Treatment, co-sponsored by longtime women's health advocate Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N. Y.), which calls for research on pregnancy risks for all women. "Women over 35 are at higher risk for complications, Continue Reading

Amanda Blackburn murder charges factor in pregnancy

1:07 p.m. update: The Marion County Prosecutor's Office has requested an enhancement on the murder charge filed against a suspect in the Amanda Blackburn killing because Blackburn was pregnant.If Larry Taylor is convicted of Blackburn's murder, the enhancement could add an additional six to 20 years behind bars. Blackburn was 12 weeks pregnant when she died.The enhancement would come into play should Taylor be convicted of or plead guilty to murder, according to prosecutor's office spokeswoman Peg McLeish. At that point, she said, the state would have to make its case that the killing caused the termination of Blackburn's pregnancy.10:34 a.m. update: The two men facing murder charges in Amanda Blackburn's slaying appeared at a court hearing Tuesday, where a judge entered not guilty pleas for them.During the 20-minute hearing, public defenders were assigned to Taylor and Watson, who gave "yes" and "no" answers to the judge's perfunctory questions.Tuesday's court appearance will also likely be the last until Jan. 8, when the two are scheduled for a pre-trial conference hearing. In the meantime, local authorities will be tasked with processing additional evidence taken from the crime scenes — something officials expect will take time to resolve."It doesn't quite work like on television," said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson. "It's a process that can take weeks and into months in this case. So the crime lab has quite a bit of work to do on the case."Robinson said Taylor's case could be under consideration for the death penalty, though she added that process has yet to be started.Uncertainty also swirls around the fate of Diano Gordon, a third man police have accused of being involved in the string of burglaries that led to Blackburn's death. Gordon, who is named in a probable cause affidavit, has not been charged. Robinson said prosecutors are waiting for test results and other information before determining what Continue Reading

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon renew vows with Rev. Al Sharpton one day after welcoming twins

Tradition didn't fall by the wayside when Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon welcomed twins in Los Angeles on Saturday. The couple, who normally renew their vows on each wedding anniversary, originally expected to celebrate three years of marriage that day – until their unborn, little ones had other plans. But on Sunday, Carey, 42, and Cannon, 30, found time to formally profess their love to one another again, thanks to a little help from the Rev. Al Sharpton. "I am just leaving Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. She had twins yesterday on their 3rd anniversary," he tweeted. "I had prayer with them and the babies." Sharpton went on to reveal that he "also conducted the renewal of their vows and the blessing of the newborn twins." PHOTOS: MARIAH CAREY'S LUXURIOUS BABY NURSERY "Mariah looks GREAT, and the babies are beautiful," he added. "I am so moved by the sincere spiritual commitment of Mariah and Nick," Sharpton said. "They have not let success separate them from GOD. I am so proud." And Cannon was so grateful. "Thank you to @THEREVAL who came all the way to the hospital to renew me and my wife's vows and pray with our children," the 92.3 NOW morning show host tweeted. "Yep we just had a wedding in the hospital!" he added. PHOTO: MARIAH CAREY AND NICK CANNON'S NAKED PREGNANCY PORTRAIT Cannon is currently on paternity leave and, according to a rep for the station, is due back on the airwaves in less than two weeks. The names of the newborns – a girl weighing 5-pounds, 3-ounces, and a boy weighing 5-pounds, 6-ounces – have not yet been revealed. Carey and Cannon secretly wed in 2008 at the singer's private estate in the Bahamas. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day: Woman pregnant with 18th child

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's a happy Mother's Day for an Arkansas woman — she's pregnant with her 18th child. Michelle Duggar, 41, is due on New Year's Day, and the latest addition will join seven sisters and 10 brothers. There are two sets of twins. "We've had three in January, three in December. Those two months are a busy time for us," she said, laughing. The Duggars' oldest child, Josh, is 20, and the youngest, Jennifer, is nine months old. The fast-growing family lives in Tontitown in northwest Arkansas in a 7,000-square-foot home. All the children — whose names start with the letter J — are home-schooled. Duggar has been been pregnant for more than 11 years of her life, and the family is in the process of filming another series for Discovery Health. The new show looks at life inside the Duggar home, where chores — or "jurisdictions" — are assigned to each child. One episode of the new show involves a "jurisdiction swap," where the boys do chores traditionally assigned to the girls, and vice versa, Duggar said. "The girls swapped jurisdictions, changing tires, working in the garages, mowing the grass," she said. "The boys got to cook supper from start to finish, clean the bathrooms," among other chores. Duggar said she's six weeks along and the pregnancy is going well. She and her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, said they'll keep having children as long as God wills it. "The success in a family is first off, a love for God, and secondly, treating each other like you want to be treated," Jim Bob Duggar said. "Our goal is for each one of our children to be best friends, and everybody working together to serve each other makes that happen." The other Duggar children, in between Joshua and Jennifer, are Jana, 18; John-David, 18; Jill, 16; Jessa, 15; Jinger, 14; Joseph, 13; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 10; Jeremiah, 9; Jedidiah, 9; Jason, 7; James, 6; Justin, 5; Jackson, 3; and Johannah, 2. Continue Reading

Born at 1 lb, baby goes home after 6-month struggle thanks to Montefiore Medical Center

Elisheva Garcia thought she was headed to a routine pregnancy checkup — but she was actually in the throes of labor. Garcia, a 26-year-old accountant from Westchester County, was just 25 weeks pregnant. She knew she was at risk for a preterm delivery because her cervix — where the uterus connects to the vagina — was shorter than normal. She was transferred from a Westchester practice to Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx because doctors wanted her to be at a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit. On Oct. 2, she was admitted to Montefiore and was regularly monitored by the maternal-fetal medicine team to make sure her baby was developing healthy. But during a regular evaluation Oct. 9, “all of a sudden I was dilated,” she told the Daily News. Garcia knew that delivering her baby 15 weeks early meant that he would be whisked away to the NICU immediately. When little Leonidas was born, he weighed just over 1 pound. “It was very scary,” Garcia says. “I didn’t even get to hold him (right away).” U.S. NEWS RANKS THE BEST CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS IN 2015-16 Doctors were worried, too. “You’re always scared,” said Dr. Suhas Nafday, director of newborn services at the Weiler Division of Montefiore Medical Center, who oversaw the baby’s care. “You want to do the best, but at the same time sometimes nature takes over.” But Leonidas cried when he popped out — a good sign of his strength. He went on a breathing machine in the NICU, and Garcia got to hold him briefly that night. “He fit in the palm of my hand,” she said. Because Leonidas missed out on 15 weeks in utero to finish developing, he was born with a bleeding brain, eye problems and malfunctioning lungs. Neonatologists were able to stabilize him for about a month before they were faced with their next challenge: necrotizing enterocolitis, a deadly intestinal problem Continue Reading