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Record breaking mothers To celebrate Mother’s Day, here are some eyebrow-raising records set by mothers all over the world. OLDEST MOTHER TO CONCEIVE NATURALLY According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest woman to conceive naturally was Dawn Brooke from the United Kingdom. In 1997, she became pregnant at 59 years old, and went on to give birth to a healthy baby boy. SMALLEST MOTHER Stacey Herald, an American woman with a rare genetic condition measuring just 2 feet, 4 inches tall, became the world’s smallest mother in 2007. She gave birth to a total of three children, despite her doctors warning her that being pregnant could kill her. LARGEST GATHERING OF NURSING MOTHERS On May 4, 2006, more than 3,700 mothers gathered at a stadium in Manila, Philippines to breast-feed. The event was held to promote breast-feeding in the country and to break the previous Guinness World record. LARGEST NUMBER OF CHILDREN The record for largest number of children goes to the wife of Russian peasant, Feodor Vassilyev. She’s said to have given birth to 69 babies between 1725 and 1765. She had 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. What do moms really want for Mother’s Day? You can even hire a cleaning company to do the job; you’ll score the brownie points without having to lift a finger. SORT THE FAMILY PHOTOS Many families have countless digital photographs on their computers that could stand to be organized. Others have piles of printed pictures Are you having trouble finding the perfect Mother’s Day present? that need to be sorted. Give Mom a reason to smile by tidying up the If so, then perhaps you should consider that what your mom really photos and presenting them to her in an album. Be sure to spend wants is time — both to share with her loved ones and to enjoy by some time reminiscing with her as she flips through it. herself. Here are a few ways to give it to her. OFFER HER A DAY OFF PLAN A DAY OF ACTIVITIES If she’s got young kids, hire a babysitter for the day. This will give her Plan a full day of activities for the family so Mom can sit back and a much needed break and the chance to do whatever she wants. If you enjoy spending time with her loved ones, without the hassle of having really want to spoil her, send her to a spa to get pampered. to manage itineraries, make reservations or organize any of the other details. Mom doesn’t really need things for Mother’s Day. What she really wants is a shorter to-do list, a bit of down time and to enjoy the comDO THE SPRING CLEANING pany of her family. Deep clean the kitchen, organize the closet or wash all the windows.