You are more than welcome to join me for Shout Out Saturday
What’s it all about?
Shout Out Saturday is where I invite you to join in by leaving a link or a comment to something that has had an impact on you recently:
You can leave a link to your own blog, or maybe something you’ve read on someone else’s blog, or tell us about your favourite blogger, or simply share some good news, or even just drop in to say hello….
No strings attached, simply leave a comment, check out the others if you want to, there’s no need to get caught up too much in compulsory sharing or other rules – just keep it family friendly and we’ll all be happy!
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Remember Saturday can cover any day of the week
My Shout Outs this week go to….
NICU Awareness Month (UK)
My daughter brought it to my attention that September is NICU Awareness month though a recent post on Facebook:
September is NICU awareness month.
The NICU is an amazing place but certainly one that no parent ever wants to visit. There are no words for how wonderful all of the staff that work in these units are. They look after the smallest, earliest, sickest babes and do their best to get as many babies as they can home to their families. All while tucked away in maternity units with little to no awareness that they are there just being super heroes everyday.
For a place that is incredibly daunting, and damn right scary to spend time in, it was also weirdly a safe place. The staff looked after us just as well as they looked after our baby. They comforted us on the hard days, celebrated the small milestones and most importantly were honest with us about how to handle our time on their units.
It was however also a place that stripped away a lot of the natural instincts you have as parents and although I know it was what was best for Dottie, it has still made this first year of being parents harder and more complex than I could have imagined.
Her first lullabies were a chorus of beeping machines rather than our tone deaf singing.
Her first home was a clear humidified box rather than her cute little crib.
Her first outfit was a tiny knitted donated hat and the smallest scrap of a nappy rather than the adorable outfit I was hoping for.
Her first food was TPN and not my milk.
Her first chance to be held by her dad was a week after she was born.
Her first night in this world was miles away from anyone she knew.
Her first time being outside in the world was 98 days after she was born.
Her birth was so scary but nothing compared to what she was going to have to endure after she entered the world.
But, through all that, she’s here home with us and becoming the most curious, joyful and remarkable little character. The two amazing NICUs gave us this opportunity and we will be forever grateful for what they did for us and will always do what we can to raise awareness.
I get it that if you’ve not needed a NICU that 1) you’re very lucky but 2) that you can’t really understand how it feels.
So all I ask if that if you know someone whose parenthood journey started, or is staring behind the NICU doors, check in on them as often as you can. Make them some meals, clean their house, offer to take them to the hospital, look after their other children or pets, buy them meal/coffee vouchers, listen to them, educate yourself on what they might be going through and if you can just find away to show them all the kindness you can muster. It will mean more than you know and will make the journey they are on that little bit easier.
I’m sure you’ll agree that Melanie has a way with words. Our whole family joins with her in showing our gratitude to everyone involved in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units (NICU).
Walk for Prems in Australia
This year the walk has had to go virtual due to COVID-19 and I have signed up again. If you feel you can donate to this great organisation then please click here: Granny Debs Walk for Prems
One walk. A thousand locations.
For the past 11 years, families, friends and supporters have come together to walk, connect and celebrate, whilst raising money and awareness for premature and sick babies.
This year we’ll still be walking for the same reason and with the same sense of purpose and connection. However, due to the current health pandemic, in the interests of protecting everyone (especially our precious prems!) we are encouraging participants to walk in small groups on a 5km route of their choosing on Sunday October 25, 2020.
My heart goes out to all those parents and babies who experience NICU in any way. Dottie had 98 days in NICU and I was there for only a fraction of those days, and believe me they were hard enough.
Shout out to all the fathers for Father’s Day
It’s Father’s Day here in Australia this Sunday, so here is a lovely quote from Red Tractor Designs that says it all!
I have to say I admire the way my sons-in-law are handling their roles as fathers and give them all a huge shout out!
And of course the Mathematician – one of the best 🙂
Care to Share??
Are you keen to share something? I hope so – just leave a comment or a link!
Has someone done something nice for you, have you witnessed a random act of kindness, have you read something interesting or watched a good movie lately?
Anything really – it’s over to you!
As always, feel free to share and get the word out there #ShoutoutSaturday
Thanks again for all your support, it’s much appreciated.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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