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Tributes flow for family of 3-year-old Alby Davis who choked on bouncy ball

Three-year-old boy choked on a bouncy ball and died in his pregnant mother's arms.

Many tears have been shed around Australia this week, and there has been an outpouring of condolences and sympathy online, after it was revealed the toddler son of a popular Instagrammer passed away after a tragic accident at the family home in Tasmania.

Anna Davis, who runs children's toy business The Small Folk, posted a tribute to her three-year-old son Alby Davis on her Instagram account.

She wrote: “Yesterday afternoon, our beautiful, beautiful Alby, our darling baby boy, grew wings and flew from this earth.
Minutes pass like hours and the gaping hole in our lives and hearts is completely incomprehensible. We adore you beyond belief, our sweet little fox. Forever three, forever free.”

A family friend set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for Mrs Davis and her relief-teacher husband Simon to help them look after their daughter Sage and son Acre as they expect their fourth child.
More than $170,000 has been raised.

The Go Fund Me page reads:
“On Monday afternoon, the unimaginable for any parent occurred.
Darling Alby was playing with a bouncy ball that had arrived earlier that morning, in a package filled with party favours for his upcoming 4th birthday celebrations.
The ball became stuck in his windpipe, preventing his ability to breathe, and in a matter of seconds, despite his mama's frantic attempts to save him, he passed away in her arms.
This beautiful family need time to mourn and surround each other in love, without having the financial burdens of daily life and work commitments weighing on their minds.
As Simon is a relief teacher, he is not entitled to any leave, and as so many of you know, Anna is self-employed with her much-loved business, The Small Folk.”

Our heartfelt condolences go out to this family.

If you are in a position to donate, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/the-small-folks-village

Fab female doctors on the Gold Coast

If you’re new to the Gold Coast, just visiting, or on the hunt for a wonderful female doctor, you’ve come to the right place.

It can be hard to find the right doctor to suit you/your family.
I’ve had some doozies in the past. A female GP performed an ECV (manually turned my baby from the outside by manipulating my tummy) when I was 38 weeks pregnant with my son.
Something I soon found out should ONLY be performed in hospital, under the guidance of an obstetrician, whilst being monitored via ultrasound to ensure the umbilical cord doesn’t get stuck around the baby’s neck…
Thankfully my son was fine, but I was informed that my GP at the time was going to receive a stern talking to by the hospital and be reported.

So, off I went on the hunt for a female GP I could trust.
I had a couple of misses, but, for the last couple of years, have had two fab female Doctors (at different medical centres in case one can’t get me in).

GIGGLE AND HOOT YouTube Channel is now live!

The GIGGLE AND HOOT YouTube Channel is now live!

Already reaching close to one million views, The GIGGLE AND HOOT YouTube Channel brings Australia’s much-loved pre-school program to users worldwide, via the Channel and YouTube Kids app.

Last minute Christmas gift idea and Event Cinema give away!

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones whilst battling the hordes of silly season shoppers is never an easy feat.
Can you really get your second cousin a pair of socks for the 6th year in a row? Or what happens when a long lost relative RSVP’s to Christmas lunch last minute?

Fear not, the elves at Event Cinemas have come to the rescue with a brand new range of themed Merry Movies Gift Cards.
From five to 90 year olds, everybody loves watching films, so a Merry Movie Gift Card is a present anyone will treasure.

With a range in value from $25-$200, the Merry Movies gift cards come in a variety of fun designs, including summer blockbuster film themed cards.
To celebrate we have 2 double pass Event Cinema e-vouchers to give away to readers.


By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum

My family and I are a huge fans of Michael Jackson’s music!

My younger sister spent countless hours of her youth learning and singing along to every word and even now, in adulthood, still knows every dance move as well.

We’ve also had fun dancing along to MJ songs using the Wii Dance!

I can’t help but sing along to one of my childhood faves, ‘Black or White’, and know the rap word for word.

Here are my sisters and I in 1997 at Disneyland Paris. My middle sis loved wearing her MJ shirts! (Here we are aged 5, 14, 15).

It’s the most STRESSFUL time of the year? Why the festive season isn’t rainbows and butterflies for every family

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

This post is brought to you in partnership with Prime Lawyers, however, all opinions are my own.

For many of us, December involves a lot of catching up with friends and family, BBQs, pool fun, trips to the beach, or fun under a good old water sprinkler.

We’re running around organising Christmas gifts, meal plans, menus and doing the grocery shopping to be prepared to have the best day ever after Santa has visited on December 25.

This time of year can also be stressful. Couples may be trying to work out how to pay the bills AND surprise their children with Christmas gifts they’ll adore.

Santa's Enchanted Kingdom at Hyperdome, Loganholme

Last weekend we popped up the M1 to Loganholme to visit Santa’s Enchanted Kingdom, one of the nation’s largest Christmas sets, at Hyperdome.

Located in Hyperdome’s North Mall, the incredible 650 sqm Kingdom offers families a unique range of attractions including Mrs Claus’ Bakery, where children can create their very own gingerbread character, and a magical forest cinema playing festive favourites.

Win tickets to HUGE Gold Coast family event - HOLIDAY PLAYDATE!

A HUGE family event will take place this December at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast - all in one arena over three exciting days!

In a world first, TEG LIVE has created HOLIDAY PLAYDATE, the ultimate seasonal spectacular that will be sure to become a tradition for local and visiting families alike. Be the first in Australia to experience this holiday themed, multi-brand festival that promises a fun, interactive and engaging entertainment offering for the entire family.

International character favourites will come to life with rotating shows on the Main Stage throughout the day.

Live Shows include: PJ MASKS: MEET THE HEROES starring Catboy, Owlette and Gekko; BEN & HOLLY IN CHRISTMAS FUN AND GAMES DAY; Captain Barnacles in THE OCTONAUTS CHRISTMAS RESCUE; as well as Elmo and Cookie Monster from SESAME STREET starring in a show the whole family will adore.

Festive fun and babysitting

By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum

The festive season is here and it's all work parties, boys' nights and girls' nights in this neck of the woods.

My husband and I are like ships passing in the night due to our work/kids/sport/extra-curricular schedule.
If I'm going to a work event or meeting up with friends, I usually go after the kids are in bed.
So, adult time (where we actually LEAVE the house to enjoy an uninterrupted meal together) is very rare.

We attended a wedding together earlier this year - but I probably spent most of that time catching up with my girlfriends who I only get to see once a year.

And my Mum babysat for us to attend an event at our local indoor sports centre a few months ago - but even then, though hubby and I were both out, we were socialising with different people.

My mum came to the rescue again in October so I could attend my beloved RnB Live event in Brisbane (that hubby was also supposed to attend), while hubby attended a friend's wedding.

With my twincesses after swimming lessons. I enjoyed about 10 minutes of having my feet up! Bliss!

Giveaway! Chandon S Chic Easy event in Broadbeach this weekend

An elegant vintage tram, in the heart of Broadbeach, will be the place to be this weekend when the Chandon S Chic Easy experience rolls into the Gold Coast.

The event is taking place at Pratten Park in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, with sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday.

And... Gold Coast Mum has one double pass (valued at $90) to give away!