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When I was a child, I had seven childrenâŚor so I believed. They may not have actually walked or talked,Â but I loved them unconditionally in spite of these limitations. Some of you international Berries may not know what Iâm talking about, but you American Berries who were children of the â80s and â90s understand what I mean when I say that my Cabbage Patch Kids were my babies. This American line of dolls has been going strong since the late 1970s, each one coming with a unique set of features, clothing, and best of all, birth certificates, complete with first names, middle names, and birth dates. They were, as the legend goes, born in a magical cabbage patch presumably located in some supernatural corner of America that is birthing plastic-headed, soft-bodied babies to this very day.
Sometimes the changes are subtle.Â In the late 1800s, Sallie was more popular than Sally.Â In the 1950s, Kerry, Jimmie, and Lester were ordinary names for little boys, and their sisters were called Toni, Yolanda, and Marlene.
âŚ it makes sense that we constantly adapt and expand our vocabulary to account for new concepts, events, inventions, etc. For example, we may invent new words, give existing words new meanings, or borrow words from other languages.
This is the second in the series of excepts weâre running from the highly recommended, up-to-date, interactive guide to pregnancy and infancy,Â âReady, Set,Â Baby!âÂ This one has some fantastic tips for baby-proofing your home that go way beyond the obvious.
Hereâs one thing you can be sure of when you become a parent: Youâll never look at your home in quite the same way again. That beloved reclaimed elm coffee table with the rough edges and iron legs? Suddenly it looks like a baby concussion waiting to happen. Not to mention the slippery staircase, the tangle of window blind cords, and the array of cleaning products stashed under the kitchen sink.
Packing up and moving to a cave with your baby and a yearâs supply of diapers is one option. But caves can get cramped, and Internet service is spotty. More important, babies like to explore! Exploration is critical to your babyâs motor and brain development, so creating a home where your baby can learn about her environment safely tops the list of parenting responsibilities. Get acquainted with safety latches, gates, and electrical socket plugs. As your baby grows and develops, you will continually need to update your childproofing. While incorporating safety measures is never a substitute for vigilance, childproofing will considerably increase her safety at home.
February 17th is the birthdate of Andrew Barton Paterson, affectionately known as âBanjoâ Paterson. Â He was named Andrew after his Scottish-born father, and his middle name Barton was a family name from his motherâs side; he was related to Edmund Barton, who would later become Australiaâs first prime minister. Because he and his dad had the same name, Paterson went by his middle name, and was always known as Barty to his friends and family.
Paterson lived with his grandmother while he was attending the prestigious Sydney Grammar School, and she encouraged in him a love of poetry. He was 21 when he first began submitting poems to The Bulletin, under the pseudonym of âThe Banjoâ (sometimes shortened to a simple âBâ). Â Full of fierce nationalism and a desire for a fairer society, he had some aspirations to write fiery polemic, and had even written a political pamphlet. Â However, The Bulletin had other ideas.
In the late nineteenthÂ century, there was a movement towards the British colonies of Australia becoming one country, a feeling that Australia should be a united nation, and Australians a united people. In the effort to provide Australia with a unifying mythology that wouldÂ instillÂ nationalistic pride, it seemed that the Australian bush and outback would be the symbol to draw everyone together.
Manx is one of the six Celtic languages that hail from the British isles. Â It is the native language of the Isle of Man, an island uniquely situated between the coasts of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. From its highest point,Â Snaefell, you can even see all four countries on a clear day.
Over the centuries it has passed from and between Welsh, Viking, English and Scottish rule, though now has its own democratic parliament. The Manx language âÂ a close relative of Irish and Scot Gaelic âÂ was spoken up until the 1970s, when its last native speaker died. However, it is now beginning to seeÂ some signs of revival.