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    Parenting Poop: What Big Apple moms and dads are buzzing about

    Fri Mar 6

    A mini news roundup for your Friday! Rapper M.I.A. gave birth to a little boy in early February, but she didn't release his name until now. Latina reports that his name's Ickitt. Oh that will be a fun name in grammar school. Still, we have a hunch it might have some obscure meaning...and it might make a kick-ass rapper name, should he follow in mama's footsteps. Over on the Times' boozy blog, Proof, mom Anna Fricke weighs in on drinking pre- and post-having a kid--and the maturity that comes with it. Have your imbibing habits changed since you became a parent? Do you drink with your kids around or pass on the sauce nowadays? Word is that Obama is planning to lift the ban on funding for embryonic stem cell research this coming Monday. This is a hugely controversial topic and undoubtedly will have some major repercussions. Is it too soon for Mr. President to make such giant legislative moves or are we ready for, um, change?

    High School Musical 4...Sans Zac

    Thu Mar 5

    Want to cause a manic attack in your tween? Tell her that High School Musical 4 is slated to debut in 2010. "OMFG no WAY! I have to TM my BFF!!!" Once she calms down, explain that none of the original cast--not even Zac Efron--will appear in the film. "Shut UP! OMFG no WAY!" According to MTV, Disney plans to introduce a whole new set of (younger and presumably less expensive) actors to play different characters. Because you know, that's going to work so well, kind of like the Star Wars prequels. Of course those did make money...

    Vote for your fave mommy blogger!

    Thu Mar 5

    Over at Scholastic's Parent & Child magazine, the Mommy Blogger Awards 2009 are in full force to pick the best mom blogger on the Interwebs. The nominees have passed the preliminary round and now it's up to you to choose the winner. There are some fantastic candidates, including Momisodes , Chasing a Child and Callapidder Days (which has choked me up on several occasions). I recommend checking them all out--each one is unique and I can see why all of them are finalists. Voting continues through Fri Mar 13. Who do think deserves the title of World's Best Mom Blogger?

    Hot this season: Designer babies

    Wed Mar 4

    Yes, we know, all kids are cute. But admit it: When you look at Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's blue eyes and wispy blond hair curling around her Precious Moments face, don't you want to steal her for yourself? (OK so maybe you don't.) Whatever features appeal to you, if you end up having another child, you can now dictate its looks: Reportedly, within six months, a fertility clinic with offices in New York and Los Angeles will begin letting parents choose the eye and hair color of their children . Yup, you can design your own dream baby right in the petri dish for a mere $15,000. Of course we this idea was on the horizon, but it seems closer to reality than expected. Thank you, science ! Shilohs for EVERYONE! One of my favorite blogs, F-ed in Park Slope , has taken this idea to the next level by inviting users to design the perfect Park Slope baby. It's like when you go to Tossed and get to choose what kind of lettuce you want, and then add all of your favorite...

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