October was an exciting month for myself and Li’l Aussie Prems because we were featured on a great new show on channel 9 called “Money for Jam”. We filmed the show back in May so it felt like a lifetime of waiting but so worth the wait!
Each week all my friends and family were watching the show waiting for my story to be shown. I lost count the amount of people that had asked me “when will you be on” but i had NO idea until i received a phone call from the producers telling me the morning of the show that i would be on that night.
It was 7.58pm and i was getting REALLY nervous. I had already decided to hide myself away for 30min whilst the show was airing. I went into Ronan’s room and kept myself busy thinking that i had 1/2hr to spare but before i knew it the door was opening and in walked my husband with tears streaming down his face. It was at that point that i knew it had been shown and my tummy was doing flips!
Not even a minute after my segment was on my sister was on the phone with my mum busting to get a hold of me at the same time, it was total chaos. They were telling me how fantastic it was, how professional i looked and sounded (which i didn’t believe a word) and that they were just so so proud of me. Even though i hadn’t seen the segment yet i had a lump in my throat because it was just so lovely to hear.
Once i finally got off the phone to my family i had received about 6 text messages and when i finally sat down at my PC again (my 2nd home) my facebook wall was FLOODED. I was just amazed with all the messages and how kind everyone was. I kept thinking to myself that i probably looked frumpy because i’d had only 4hrs sleep the night before we filmed and i certainly felt anything but professional on the day, i just couldn’t get out the words i wanted to say. I was curious but still unsure about whether i wanted to see myself on TV! “other” people are on TV not me, well besides my stint on Romper Room when i was 5yrs old but i had grown up quite a bit since then.
A friend of mine had uploaded the video on youtube and as i was sharing the link with friends it started to play in the background. It was now 11pm and i had still not seen it, not even a peak but now i was intrigued as i was listening to Shane Crawford talk about the internet. I decided that enough was enough and i took the plunge with my hands over my mouth and finally watched it….
You can click on the image below to view our segment…
I received a fantastic response and received endless emails with businesses wanting to advertise on the site and enquiries about sponsorship. I also received an email from Pinky McKay and Lynda Day, director of Earlybirds. The response was more than i ever expected and i am so grateful for the producers of the show for believing in my story and showing what the site is all about. It was an experience of a lifetime and one that i will admit would be happy to do again but next time i would make sure i had at least 8hrs sleep the night before!
A HUGE thank you to all the families that support the website and also my family and friends for their support over the years. Everyone has been fantastic and whilst the site keeps me extremely busy i am so glad to know that families are finding the information & support that they need because it’s all about sharing and helping others on their journey after a premature birth.
I am just one of MANY parents out there offering support and i am so humbled to know that i am able to help other families.