Premmie Baby Newsletter – December 2011



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Welcome to the L’il Aussie Prems December 2011 Newsletter.

Christmas is only days away and no doubt your little ones are excited and can’t wait for Santa to arrive. It has been an amazing year for everyone and we welcome the new families who have joined us.

Our new vBulletin forum is now online. We have further details and a special thanks later in our newsletter. We have many new members who have joined our wonderful community over the past month. If you are a new member, please remember to introduce yourself and your precious family. And do not forget, we also enjoy lots and lots of photos of your precious prems.

We would like to offer congratulations to our members and their children who have or will be celebrating their birthday in the month of December:- Israel (FT), Indiana (28wks), Emmanuel (35wks), Shannon (FT), Kitti, Tiarna (FT), Jess, Shirin, Emileka (27wks), Mel, Kane (FT), Jasper (33+6 wks), William (30wks), Hudson (30wks), Ayden (35wks), Charlotte (32wks), Bailey (FT), Kelly, Lillie-Grace (FT), Grant, Lucas, Mia (36wks), Evan (32+3wks), Peta, Korbyn (28wks), Michele and Izabella (31wks). To everyone else who is celebrating their birthday in December Happy Birthday! If you or your child’s birthday is not included but should be please reply to our birthday thread on the forum so we don’t miss it next year! Alternatively, members can now add their families birthdays to our forum calendar. You must be a registered member to do this. Join our forum today.

In November, the members were busy creating and taking part in our LAP family traditions both of which the members started years ago. A special thanks goes to Victoria (Beema) for creating our 2012 LAP Photo Calendar (our kids are all super cute) & also to Sarah (~3 to 1~) for organising and running our Kris Kringle. Both are huge tasks and on behalf of all our members, thank you ladies for making them a great success for everyone this year.

We wish all families a very special Merry Christmas. We are thinking of those families with babies currently in hospital and hope that everyone’s family is touched by a Christmas miracle. We hope that 2012 is kind, full of good health & a prosperous year for all.

Thank you for your support of L’il Aussie Prems in 2011 and we look forward to supporting you and your family in the new year.

Warmest Wishes,

LAP Team

You can also view our newsletter online.

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Our New FORUM

Our new forum is online and LIVE!

After World Prematurity Day we were hard at work transferring all the data from our old forum to the new vBulletin software. We moved over 4,000 images, almost 340,000 forum posts, avatars, signatures & all our members data. Everything transferred over smoothly and the forum was back online hours before we anticipated.

The vBulletin software is quite different to our old forum (phpBB3). There are endless options and almost infinite possibilities. The software is much more powerful so we are all learning as we go along with what options are available. Thanks to the members for supporting each other with the new features and tricks on how specific options work. Our live chatroom is back and we have a fantastic new calendar to keep track of birthdays.

We LOVE the new forum and invite you to take a look around. A very special THANK YOU to Earlybirds for sponsoring our new forum software. Lynda and the Earlybirds team are dedicated to supporting all premmie support groups and we are extremely grateful for their generosity towards our community.

Visit our forum and chat with families who truly understand the journey from hospital & beyond.

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Premmie Gift of Hope Journal

Now Available

L’il Aussie Prems worked alongside Yasminah’s Gift of Hope to create a unique “Premmie Gift of Hope” Journal.

Our Journals are donated free to families currently in the NICU/SCN. After many requests from families, we now have a limited amount available for those with prems at home. If you would like a copy of our journal for your child’s keepsake box, they are now available through our online shop. The journal price covers the printing & postage costs associated to re-produce further journals.

We have been working together for the past 12 months to create these journals for parents to record their babies journey whilst they are on the rollercoaster ride after giving birth prematurely. Our journals are specifically designed to be placed inside the pocket of your child’s record book given to you at the hospital.

Included in the Premmie Gift Of Hope Journal;

  • A5 in size
  • 44 page soft cover, full colour journal
  • Helpful articles relating to premature birth
  • Special page to record details of your child’s birth
  • Journal pages to record details
  • Pages for hand and foot prints
  • Pages to add photos taken along your journey
  • Support network details

100% of the proceeds are donated to Yasminah’s Gift of Hope to re-produce the printing of further journals. Whilst you enjoy your keepsake, you will be supporting other premmie families!

Visit www.lilaussieprems.com.au/shop

 

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*NEW* L’il Aussie Prems – Lanyards

Are you forever dropping your keys whilst trying to juggle kids, bags, getting in and out of the car? We have just introduced our very own Lanyards for the busy mum & dad.

Our Lanyards are bright lime green in colour, made of polyester webbing with our cute logo and website details printed on each one.

Each lanyard includes a safety breakaway buckle at the neck, a snap hook clip & a detatchable release. Each lanyard is printed on one side and the material is soft and silky so it won’t rub against your neck to help ensure that it will be comfortable to wear all day long.

Thank you for supporting our website.

Visit Our shop for further details

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Latest Birth Announcements

We all know how special the birth of a premature baby is and we welcome you to add their birth announcement on our website. We encourage parents, grandparents, friends and relatives to submit a birth announcement. You are welcome to add any additional information in your announcement and we all look forward to celebrating with you.

We have recently updated our birth announcement card designs. Each card is now professionally printed in photo quality with a nice glossy shine. Perfect as a keepsake. They are free with every birth announcement submitted on the website.

Lucas

Born on the 1st December 2011 at 34+3 weeks gestation weighing 1460 grams and 40cm long.

Stella

Born on the 30th November 2011 at 33 weeks gestation weighing 2.38kgs and 45cm long

Aurora

Born on the 8th December 2011 at 34 weeks gestation weighing weighing 2878 grams & 48cm long.

Nathaniel

Born on the 16 December 2011 at 29+6 weeks gestation weighing 860 grams & 36cms long.

Visit our website if you wish to submit your premmies birth announcement details.

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Gifts for Baby

The selection of baby gifts found at Florist Works can cater for even the fussiest of buyers. We have many great and exciting baby gifts for new born baby girl and baby boys. Our most popular range of baby gifts are the Gift Sets packaged in decorative boxes, followed by the Nappy Cakes and Baby Bouquets. All our baby gifts are carefully packaged using decorative gift boxes, ribbon and raffia.

Many of the gift sets can be delivered same day to Melbourne and we also provide a delivery service Australia wide. If you are living abroad and wish to send a friend, relative or work colleague a gift to celebrate the birth of a newborn, then look no further that the great selection of baby gifts online at Florist Works.

Sending baby gifts to Hospitals

There are times when you may have family living abroad or simply cannot attend the birth of a newborn yourself. In cases like this you have many options available. You can use the Florist Works selection of baby gifts online and send a baby gift to the hospital. Or alternatively, you can choose to send the product to the home, to the work address, or you can even send the baby gift to yourself if you have plans to visit them personally. Any option is suitable and remember that it’s the gift itself that you are sending that’s important not necessarily how quickly it arrives.

Some of the major hospitals we deliver to:

  • Mercy Private Hospital
  • Freemasons Hospital
  • St Vincent’s Private Hospital
  • Royal Womens Hospital

Unique Selection of Baby Gifts

You’ll find a great selection of baby gifts at Florist Works through browsing one of our many categories. The baby gifts can be made in blue tones, pink tones or even neutral tones for those who do not know the gender of the baby. There are also baby gifts available for twins, premature babies and triplets. Gift sets for twins can be made in many colour combinations to cater for any gender. At Florist Works you will find a unique selection of baby gifts that will be different, stylish and warmly welcomed.

Visit www.floristworks.com.au

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Christmas Strawberry Cupcakes

These little cupcakes with bursts of strawberry flavour are perfect gifts for spreading the Christmas cheer. Kids love helping in the kitchen so have some fun making them during the school holidays.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • Icing
  • 185g butter, softened
  • 1 tsp strawberry essence
  • 1 cup (215g) caster sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (190g) plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk
  • 3 x 30g packets sultana bursts strawberry flavour
  • 1 cup (150g) pure icing sugar
  • 1 tbs milk Christmas sprinkles, to decorate

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line twelve 3/4 cup (185ml) texas muffin pans with paper cases.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, essence and sugar in large bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition until just combined. Stir in combined flours, milk and sultanas in two batches until combined.
  • Spoon mixture evenly among the paper cases. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the icing, sift icing sugar into medium bowl. Stir in enough milk to make a smooth icing. Drizzle icing over each cake and sprinkle with Christmas sprinkles.
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App for families of premature and sick babies

The first of its kind, the Lifes Little Treasures FoundationPremature Baby Journal App is a global app that is easy to use, no matter where you are in the world and a great tool for parents with a Little Treasure.

The app is designed to record information in imperial or metric measure, so that you can track your baby’s progress through hospital and beyond wherever you are. It is packed full of features making it easy to track your baby’s feeds, expressing times, weight gain as well as keeping a journal for all the milestones your baby achieves.

Some of the many features that the Premature Baby Journal app includes are:

  • Records baby’s birth details
  • Keep journals for multiple babies
  • Converts actual age into corrected age (weeks)
  • Tracks weight, feeding, expressing and temperature in graphs
  • Tracks milestones and allows you to upload photos
  • Records number of feeds, time of feeds, amount of feeds and method of feed
  • Records total feeds given to baby per day
  • Records number of expresses and amount expressed by mother
  • Set alarm for when next express is due
  • Record your feelings of all family members in journal section
  • Set reminder for questions to ask to match the doctor’s rounds in hospital

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Visit itunes.com to download and start using.

 

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Premmie of the Month

Name: Ronan

Where was Ronan born? Monash Medical Centre, VIC

What was his gestation? 27+3 weeks gestation

What was his birth weight? 1140 grams

How long was he in hospital? He was in hospital for 110 days (12.5 weeks)

How was his journey whilst in hospital (any complications)? He had the text book premmie complications ie: CLD which saw him on oxygen for quite some time, PDA which finally closed at 6 weeks, phototherapy & 2 blood transfusions. He also had a double hernia which was operated on before he left the hospital.

Does Ronan have any ongoing health issues?

Health wise he is as strong as an ox! We have been super lucky in the health department. He has only had a handful of chest infections since he was born. Developmentally he is still behind. He has Sensory Processing Disorder & 12-18 month speech delay. He has been attending weekly early intervention sessions for the past 4 years to help him with self regulation due to his sensory complications. He also attends speech therapy once a month. In October he had a hearing follow up appointment & the results showed that he has a 30% hearing loss due to fluid. He is now waiting for his 2nd round of gromments early in the new year. He weighs approx 19.5kgs and is 3/4 of my own height! We are amazed everyday with how much he is growing..

How old is Ronan now? He turns 6 years old in March 2012

What has been your proudest moment since Ronan was born? Gosh there are so many. As a mum every moment is precious and of course makes you proud. He is starting school in 2012 and i think the way that he has handled all the transition days over the past few months has made me realise just how quickly my little man is growing up. His teacher was really pleased with his progress and mentioned what a delightful & happy boy he was. He has an amazingly bright, exciting and fun year coming up in 2012 and we can’t wait to share it with him.

Ronan is the inspiration behind the creation of L’il Aussie Prems. He was super excited to see himself in our December newsletter!

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Special thanks to our wonderful website sponsors for their continued support of our premmie community throughout 2011.


Emotive Images Bellabee CandlesMaree Jaeger Photography
Earlybirds Your Cheeky Monkey

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