Jun 19, 2016 @ 20:21
As most of you now know, I had both my girls at 28 weeks. When I had the girls, we didn't get the usual 'welcome to the world' bags that most families get with nappies and creams and wipes and brochures. We received unique bags filled with lollies, hand sanitiser, a portable freezer bag, brochures on how to express milk, when your baby will need eye tests, hearing tests, blood transfusions, social workers phone numbers, NICU direct lines and the list goes on.
The freezer bag is what I used to carry my expressed milk in and put in the fridges in the NICU and SCN every day for 56 days, for each Isabelle and Penelope. I am so grateful for that freezer bag, sounds silly doesn't it. But when you're visiting your child for the first time, it's the little things that put a smile on your face and makes you realise that there are going to be little times like this that makes you remember there are people doing amazing things to help you get through your time in NICU. That there is a world still happening outside of NICU.
Last year was my first year in hosting a morning tea to raise funds and awareness for Premature Birth. I raised just over $1500 for Tiny Sparks WA. I didn't have my shop then, so this year and for years to come, I have started to do something different. I am now donating the end of season's clothing, in newborn and 1-3 months clothing that isn't sold at our end of season sales to Tiny Sparks WA. Items that can be put into those 'welcome to the world bags', items that will put a smile on their faces and let them know that there is an end to the machines and beeping and cords and that EBM fridge. That there will be a day, they will get to take their baby home from hospital.
This year, we are currently in talks with other small businesses in Bunbury to get together and host a fundraiser day at a local venue. A day where you can buy any product from Izzy & Pea, and another item or service from the businesses who will be joining us. We will be donating a percentage of sales for the month of November to Tiny Sparks WA too. Tiny Sparks WA put a smile on my face, through my tears the day Penelope was admitted to KEMH, and I want to be able to help contribute to other families through this amazing organisation. Premature Birth is more common than you think, babies are being saved from as young as 23weeks gestation ! There are so many unknown causes for it to happen. Most women aren't even diagnosed with a problem until after their second birth. I wasn't. It wasn't until after I had Penelope, that I was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix and irritable uterus. I had to have two 28 weekers for this diagnosis, seems silly doesn't it. But it happens, it happens all the time. Some families don't even get answers as to why their babies were born too soon. It's gut wrenching and heart breaking. Greg and I constantly say how thankful we are that we have two healthy children, two healthy children both born 3 months before their due date.
We will be making an announcement in the coming months with details of the fundraising event. But until then, we will be working hard behind the scenes to make this day happen for you. Not only will you have the opportunity to see all the stock we have, but you will also be helping make a contribution to an amazing organisation. Click on Tiny Sparks WA to check out what they are all about.