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Amanda Peet On Vaccinations & Other Mom-Related Topics

Amanda Peet is appearing this month on the big screen as an FBI agent alongside David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in The X Files: I Want to Believe. Amanda is a first-time mom to her 18-month-old daughter, Frances (a.k.a. Frankie), and while promoting her new movie, she finds herself talking mostly about her daughter. In the new edition of Cookie, Amanda openly talks about a range of motherhood issues, from her favorite toy for her daugher, to her passion for raising awareness about vaccinations, to her surprises about motherhood.

On Twilight Turtle, her favorite bedtime toy for Frankie: “I read about that turtle and totally had to have it. So I Googled it. Here I was reading about all the suckers, and I was a sucker! I was caught red-handed!” She added, “I’m the target market for the onslaught of baby products: this sling, that sling, Baby Einstein, the idea that your baby will be smarter if she uses these learning toys at this milestone.”

On one of today’s most pressing public-health issues, infant vaccinations: “As soon as I was pregnant, the neuroses kicked in,” said Amanda, 36, who is married to screenwriter David Benioff. She said that she was calling her older sister’s husband, a Philadelphia pediatrician, “every five minutes” with all kinds of questions, especially about immunizations. “I asked him, ‘Why are all of these necessary? Why are some people staggering them?’?” She was eventually connected with the chief of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Once we had spoken, I was shocked at the amount of misinformation floating around, particularly in Hollywood,” said Peet, who is all too aware of the controversies surrounding the topic, including the unproven link between certain vaccines and autism; the safety of preservatives like mercury-based thimerosal; and the fear that the relatively high number of shots children receive today can overwhelm young immune systems. She said that Frankie is up-to-date on her vaccines (with no staggering), and that she will soon appear in a public-service announcements for Every Child by Two, urging all parents to vaccinate their children.

On what she will NOT give to Frankie and how she really feels about parents who don’t vaccinate their children: “I buy 99 percent organic food for Frankie, and I don’t like to give her medicine or put sunscreen on her. But now that I’ve done my research, vaccines do not concern me.” She says that her concern is the growing number of unvaccinated children who are benefiting from the “shield” created by the inoculated. As such, we are protected from viruses only if everyone, or most everyone, is immunized: “Frankly, I feel that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are parasites.” When questioned about the severity of this last statement, she said, “I have a side that’s practical and into statistical evidence. I’m not a casual person.”

On using a stuffed cow as transitional object to help Frankie with all the traveling her job requires: “I was like, You’ll love this cow, damn it! This will be your transitional object if it’s the last thing I do! I thought I had to trick her into thinking she was home.” However, Amanda discovered that all Frankie really needs to make her feel at home is her mom.

On what has surprised her most about motherhood: “One surprise of motherhood for me was how little control I have. I thought it would be an extended, blissful romance with me at the helm, cuddling this little creature to life. It’s been bittersweet and humbling to let her lead, and to not try to be perfect myself.”

Source: Cookie

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Filed under: Amanda Peet,Frances Pen Benioff

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Giveaway from Cool Mom Picks: Heidi Klum’s Diaper Bag & All Kinds Of Awesome Stuff

Today, shopping blog Cool Mom Picks is so excited to have a whole bunch of giveaways for our deserving readers.

First off we’re giving away about the cutest little girl’s tutu you’ve ever seen from Kennedy & Friends.

Then we’re giving away five (five!) autographed copies of Pop Fly, the new kids CD from hot kindie rock superstar Justin Roberts–the kind of album that won’t drive you crazy when you listen to it 637 times in a row.

Finally we’ve got a chance to win the very swanky Whipstitch Leather Diaper Bag from Nest in metallic silver, the very same style that’s toted by the always fabulous Heidi Klum.

Just click over for all the details and make sure to enter today. Someone has to win. Why can’t that someone be you?

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Cole Hauser & Family Visit Doctor’s Office

Cole Hauser & Family Visit Doctor's Office

Cole Hauser and his family, girlfriend Cynthia Daniel, 3 1/2 year-old son Ryland, and their 3 week old baby boy, Colt Daniel, visit the doctor’s office for Colt’s check-up. During their travels, Cynthia cleans poop off of the stroller’s tire!

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Nicole & Keith Are “Immensely Blessed & Grateful”

She may be only four-days-old, but Sunday Rose Kidman Urban has her parents boasting about her in the upcoming issue of People,

“We feel immensely blessed and grateful to be given this beautiful baby girl. She’s an absolute delight.”

As we previously reported, Nicole’s mom, Janelle, and sister, Antionia, are in town to welcome their newest family member. Nicole’s father, Antony, recently revealed the meaning behind Sunday’s unique name.

A friend of Nicole’s said she’s over the moon with excitement,

“Nicole is euphoric. She’s wanted this for so long.”

Source: People

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2 Chix Stylin’ Tees

2 Chix Stylin' Tees

2 chix has created the perfect burnout tee that is specifically made to fit blooming bellies; the Peek-a-Boo tee. This tee, which comes in both v-neck and crew neck, is form-fitting, long enough to cover a belly full of baby, super-soft and thin enough to fit perfectly under another tee if you’re going for that layered look. These burnout tee’s are all the rage this season and look equally fab dressed up with a skirt, designer jeans, or with your most comfy loungin’ pants.

My very own growing belly bump hugs my 2 chix tee like a second skin. It’s so soft and comfortable – just what us preggo moms are looking for in the perfect summer tee. I love my dark grey, v-neck tee and am sure I’ll get tons of wear out of it even after my baby arrives in October.

Get your own stylin’ tee at 2 chix today!

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