Mother’s Day 2016
Sunday, May 8
Mother’s Day is a day that we should all take time to truly reflect upon our gratitude for the special woman, or women in our lives. They have been there for us through thick and thin!
Some of us have unfortunately lost our mothers so we’d like to send you a heartfelt Sending Love hug, and hope that Mother’s Day is a day of refection, and a day to remember the special women you love.
I will be spending this Mother’s Day with our 12-year-old daughter. She is the light of my life. Traditionally we have breakfast at home and I get to have a day off from house hold duties. Yes, no washing or cleaning for me! Just kicking back and relaxing while burning one of our Sending Love Vintage Rose Candles (in honour of my Grannie) and spending time with my funny handsome husband, my gorgeous babba Katie, and our “fury child” Bobbie girl. Our family will also be thinking of our little girl in China that we sponsor. We are blessed that Zhang Hong Yang has come into our lives.
Thinking about Mother’s Day got me thinking about how diverse we all are. We sure are weird, wacky and wonderful. To feed my curiosity about other mums, I went hunting and found some really interesting facts about Mothers around the world and motherhood in general. Some of them made my jaw drop and others gave me a warm glow. Knowing that I’m a member of this amazing “club” called Motherhood.
Did you know….
• There are about 2 billion mums in the world.
• Mother’s Day sees around one quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year.
• Approximately $14 billion dollars is spent on Mother’s Day.
• In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M. The word for “mum” is “mama” in Mandarin Chinese, “mamma” in Iceland, “em” in Hebrew, and “me” in Vietnamese. Because one of the first utterances babies make is a “ma” sound, most languages around the world have that sound as the basis for their word for “mother.”
• In Thailand Mother’s Day is celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit. A type of Mother’s Day is celebrated in Ethiopia in the fall when families gather for several days to sing songs, feast, and celebrate in honour of motherhood.
• The youngest mother in recorded history is Lina Medina. She was just 5 years and 7 months old when she gave birth to a 6.5 lb. boy by caesarean section in Peru in 1939.
• The oldest mother in modern history to give birth is Rajo Devi Lohan from India. She was 70 years old in 2008 when she gave birth to a baby girl following a controversial IVF treatment.
• Bobbie McCaughey from Iowa gave birth to the most surviving children from a single birth. In 1997, she had the first surviving set of septuplets (4 boys and 3 girls). The shortest interval between two births is 208 days, or 6½ months.
• The mum with the most kids is Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev of Russia. She gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765.
• The mother who gave birth to the heaviest baby was Carmelina Fedele of Italy in 1955. Her newborn weighed 9.98kg.
• The mother who gives birth to the largest baby on Earth is a mother elephant. After enduring 22 months of pregnancy, she gives birth to a blind, 200-pound calf.
• A mother koala will feed her baby her own faeces. Baby koalas—or joeys—haven’t developed the intestinal bacteria that help detoxify the highly poisonous eucalyptus leaves, which are a koala’s main diet
• A mother orangutan never puts her babies down and typically nurses them for 6 or 7 years, which is the longest mother/child nursing dependence of any animal on Earth.
• Sadly, approximately 800 women die each day from pregnancy-related causes during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum around the world.
How interesting and amazing are Mothers!
After reading that, it’s easy to understand why women are so special. Have you thought about what gift you’re giving that special woman in your life this Mother’s Day? Or have you thought of what gift you’d like to receive?
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