Celebrate and commemorate babies born too soon, too small, too sick…

Today is World Prematurity Day. Here's a little movie I put together two years ago starring our daughter, Elsie, from 634g born at 24-weeks gestation to a wonderful 7yo (in 2014). Today I think about all of the babies born too soon around the world and especially about the amazing medical teams that do all … Continue reading Celebrate and commemorate babies born too soon, too small, too sick…

A leopard has spots on the outside

‘Of course!’ I said, ‘I can make that cake.’ We’d googled animal-themed birthday cakes. We’d used almost our entire monthly data allowance looking at animal cakes on Pinterest. Elsie chose one that had a bit of brown icing and a tiger figurine stuck on it. You beauty, I thought. But then. Just one more inch … Continue reading A leopard has spots on the outside

Eight years of lessons I didn’t know I needed

Eight years ago I learned that I wasn’t the most important thing in the world. In the days to follow, I learned that premature babies aren’t just small. That a birth can be celebrated and grieved. In the months to follow, I learned that my vision of perfect was appallingly naive; medical staff warn of … Continue reading Eight years of lessons I didn’t know I needed

Getting up earlier? It works.

When I went to put Elsie’s lunchbox in her backpack yesterday morning, I found in there her reading diary from last year, a few sheets of colouring in with Indonesian words and phrases written on them and lots of worksheets, mostly unfinished. (No lunchbox though, thank heavens. I have taught her to do that much.) Things … Continue reading Getting up earlier? It works.

Take 20% off in-stock* items and know that you’re making a difference

Everyone loves a sale and I love selling things. But more than that, I wanted to come up with a way to follow up on the video I made a couple of weeks back for World Prematurity Day. It starred Elsie and it helped to spread the word and raise awareness of prematurity - the … Continue reading Take 20% off in-stock* items and know that you’re making a difference

We got a really good deal

Yesterday millions of people around the world joined together to show how much they care about protecting the health of babies. World Prematurity Day on November 17 aims to create a surge of awareness around the critical and rising problem of premature birth. Our first daughter, Elsie, was born extremely premature at 24 weeks gestation. … Continue reading We got a really good deal

One of the smallest babies to survive heads home from hospital

A photo from around the world this week that caught my eye was of a premature baby in a Melbourne newspaper. Anything to do with premature babies catches my eye. The photo from the Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper shows baby John ready for home after 165 days in hospital. John was born at 26 weeks … Continue reading One of the smallest babies to survive heads home from hospital

Recalling the highlights of a journey six years ago

You know how long the list of 'things to do when you haven't got the kids with you' is? Well last night we crossed one of them off. The girls were having a special school holiday sleepover last night so Anthony and I went out for dinner. To our local Indian restaurant. Great choice sans … Continue reading Recalling the highlights of a journey six years ago