Kids’ storybook illustrates how babies are made

Kids’ storybook illustrates how babies are made

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

When you were a child did you read ‘Where Did I Come From’ with your parents? Or did you read it with friends or on your own? 
How old were you when you were told about the birds and the bees?
How young is too young? 


Some parents have expressed their astonishment at controversial book ‘Mommy Laid An Egg’ being stocked at a day care centre, after a woman shared her surprise, on social media today, that her step-sister’s 3-year-old picked it out at the child care facility she attends.


"This fits in here."

Featuring offbeat illustrations - including sex positions - and short and simple text, the book has raised eyebrows, with many saying it could be considered as inappropriate for toddlers and young children.

How would you feel about THIS book being stocked at your child’s DAYCARE centre?

"Mummies and Daddies fit together".

"Here are some ways".


The book, by Babette Cole, apparently offers a hilarious twist on one of the most difficult discussions in a child's development.

“Mom explains that you can make babies out of gingerbread, grow them from seeds, or squeeze them out of tubes, while Dad says you can find babies under rocks. Amused by their parents' silly answers, the children decide to set the adults straight. In a series of zany diagrams, the children show the adults exactly where babies come from.”

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Grieving mum shares precious photos of stillborn daughter & issues a wake-up call to parents

Grieving mum shares precious photos of stillborn daughter & issues a wake-up call to parents

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

Trigger alert. This post deals with stillbirth. If you need support, please contact http://www.pregnancylossaustralia.org.au/

A mother grieving over the tragic loss of her daughter who was born sleeping at 40 weeks and 6 days on September 11, 2015 has bravely posted her story and beautiful – though confronting to some – photos on social media, in an effort to share an important message for all parents to keep in mind.

Natalie Morgan’s heart-wrenching photos and words have received 23,589 shares via Facebook (update: now more than 55,500).
In her Facebook post, in which she shares photos of her and her husband  Brian cradling their precious daughter, Natalie, based in Orlando, Florida said:

“There seem to be so many friends of mine and Brian that have either recently had babies, are soon to have babies, or will probably be expecting babies in the future.
This is my plea to you:
There will be times your child will scream and cry any time you try to put him or her down. Or they'll cry even as they're in your arms and you've done everything you can possibly think of to get them to stop. There will be sleepless nights, multiple diaper changes in a matter of minutes, spit up in your hair, pee on your shirt, and poop in your hands, and again - so much screaming from the baby, and probably from you as well. Every time that happens, every time you feel frustrated and want to run away, please remember my story:

My sweet, sweet Eleanor Josephine was born sleeping September 11th. I went to bed the night of the 10th, and she was kicking away. I woke up, and she wasn't. I couldn't find the heartbeat on the home doppler. I knew. I just knew. I didn't want to know...I wanted to be mistaken, but I knew.”

The post details how the events unfolded and words so touching that most readers have been brought to tears.

…”I keep having flashbacks to that moment. It's a crippling, all-consuming feeling of utter suffocation, and a memory that will haunt me for the rest of my life. In that moment, I felt trapped as if the ceiling was literally crashing down on top of me. I couldn't breathe, lashed out, I screamed, I threw things, I threw up...and then a piece of me died with her. I was helpless to change anything. My body was supposed to keep her safe, and instead it killed her. I was 40w6d.

"A couple of hours later, I was induced. They offered me an epidural, but I couldn't do it. I needed to own it. I needed the pain, the agony, and misery to mirror what I felt in my heart. It was the hardest thing I've ever done. Ever. Dealing with the unbearable contractions, the ring of fire, the tearing...knowing that all of it was for nothing. I was delivering a lifeless child. There would be no happiness at the end of it to help me forget the pain. The pain, unlike my baby girl, would live on forever.

"Then finally, after those hellish hours of labor, she was placed on my chest - gorgeous, but lifeless. There was no reason to expect that first little cry from her. Instead, it was me who sobbed. I begged her through my tears to wake up: "Please wake up, baby girl...please, wake up. Why won't you cry for mommy? Please, please, please....just wake up."

Natalie Morgan shared this image of her baby girl, with the caption: "I love her. I love her so much. We said goodbye for the last time yesterday, and then I had to leave her again. None of this is fair. My beautiful daughter should be here with me. I kept telling her to wake up. "Please wake up, baby girl...please wake up..."

Natalie pleads with parents to “…remember, while you're awake at 3am because you have a baby in your arms keeping you up that late, I'm up at 3am because I don't. And I would give anything in this world to have a baby spitting up on me, being colicky for all hours of the day and night, screaming, not letting me put her down, cracking my nipples from breastfeeding, keeping me up all night. Instead, I have a stitched nether region, painfully engorged breasts no baby will suckle from, a flabby stomach, an empty womb, and blood that will continue to pour out of me for who knows how many more weeks. As if her death and birth wasn't traumatic enough, I still have to live with the physical effects all these many days later.”

“All I ask of you is when you have your dark moments with your baby - when you're at your wits' end and feel like you can't go on anymore when you're only getting an hour or two of sleep a night - instead of begging your child to go to sleep and wallowing in your frustration and exhaustion, say a prayer of gratitude for your child, as difficult as it may be in that moment. And if you would, say a prayer for me and all the mothers whose children were taken from them too soon. Say a prayer for my sweet, sweet Eleanor who never got to know life outside my womb.”

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Image: Natalie Morgan

Natalie Morgan facebook
Image: Natalie Morgan


A Go Fun Me page has been set up for the couple at: http://www.gofundme.com/NatalieAndBrian
More than $8000 has been raised by 181 people in 9 days so far.
The funds will assist the family in medical and hospital expenses.

Natalie took to Facebook in recent hours to express her gratitude for the support she has received so far.
“I am so overwhelmed with the thoughts, prayers, and messages of support I have received since sharing Eleanor's story yesterday. I never imagined it would spread as far as it did. So far, the story has been shared over 8,200 times and counting in the last 24 hours (it was only 6,500 two hours ago!) I have received hundreds of comments and private messages from parents - almost all entirely strangers! - All of them offered their condolences; many let me know that they having a rough night with their infant, but Eleanor's story gave them the strength to preserve through the incessant crying and frustrations that come with a new baby.

“My pain has not lessened, I still ache for my daughter, and nothing will ever make the void she left in my heart go away. But it looks as though Eleanor has touched many lives in her short time on this earth, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I love you all, family, friends, and strangers alike. I'm so sorry I haven't been able to respond to each comment and message individually, and I don't know if I will ever be able to address all of them, given the number. But just know that I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and appreciate every kind word you all have said.”

Click here view Natalie’s Facebook post in full:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10106237363769869&set=pcb.10106237396793689&type=1&permPage=1

https://www.facebook.com/natatomic

My heart goes out to Natalie and Brian, and other families who have experienced such a tragic loss.

If you need support, please contact http://www.pregnancylossaustralia.org.au/


Family fun at the Surfers Paradise Kids Weekend 2015

Family fun at the Surfers Paradise Kids Weekend 2015

By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
If you're any where near the Gold Coast this weekend, and the week ahead, I definitely recommend visiting Surfers Paradise to check out the festivities happening for Kids Week!

Now in its fourth year, this FREE event is an absolutely amazing addition to the Gold Coast's event calendar and a drawcard for families from all over Australia, and internationally.



http://www.surfersparadise.com/whats-on/free-events/kids-week



Luckily for us, we live only a few minutes away (by car) and were super excited to enjoy a morning of fun today to celebrate the launch of the 2015 event.

Hubby and I and our four little ones (Miss 5, Mr 3 and twincesses aged 1.5) started our Saturday with a lovely brunch, poolside, at the
Marriott Resort Surfers Paradise, the sponsor of Kids Week (who are also holding Movie Nights during Kids Week).






Miss 5 and Mr 3 were captivated by the mermaid who was splashing about in the lagoon pool.
After munching on some cupcakes, they were also full of beans when playing 'chasings' with Blaze character.

Miss 5 and Mr 3 were excited to feed the fish in the lagoon (every morning at the Marriott resort at 9.30am).














The famous Aquaduck picked us up at the resort and we enjoyed a short drive to the boat ramp where we enjoyed a smooth transition from road to water!
(My kids were in awe - 'just like Chitty Bang Bang'!)

After a sail around to check out the scenery looking over to Marina Mirage to the east and Australia Fair and Southport Broadwater Parklands to the west, we had a peek at the multi-million-dollar waterfront homes.









The children on board all had a chance to drive the boat, and even scored certificates and duck whistles (to annoy/entertain us with for the rest of the day) after showcasing their abilities to talk like a pirate!

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The kids received certificates/ 'Aquaduck licenses'.
 
 After an enjoyable cruise around the waterway/Nerang River, the Aquaduck made a smooth transition back onto dry land and we were transported, through Surfers Paradise, to the beachfront where we disembarked to enjoy the festivities happening on the beachfront.

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We enjoyed the Minions Show (on at 11am and 1pm daily), followed by a show featuring reptiles from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

The marquee was packed, and it was a lovely vibe with families out enjoying free attractions and everything this amazing city has to offer.
There were colourful bean bags scattered around for people to rest (boy, did our little ones need it after an action-packed morning).








 

 




We had lunch in Cavill Ave and then took a stroll back to the Bruce Bishop Car Park to return to our car and head home for afternoon naps as the kids were all completely worn out.

We'll be heading back in to explore the other attractions and events in the coming days as there's so much to see and do.

Surfers Paradise experiences more than 52,000 visitors (tourists and locals) on average per day and if today's enthusiasm and attendance was anything to go by, I think this year could set a new record for this fabulous Gold Coast event.

Big thanks to the Surfers Paradise Alliance and sponsor Marriott Resort Surfers Paradise for putting on such a fantastic event - proving that Surfers Paradise is the place to be for family fun!

Check out the program here (Barbie, Blinky Bill, Minions, Bananas in Pyjamas shows and more):
http://www.surfersparadise.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/6895/SPA_KidsWeek2015_Program_Web.pdf



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Ad campaign sending the wrong message about breastfeeding?

Ad campaign sending the wrong message about breastfeeding?

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

An advertising campaign that aims to spread awareness about the effects that expectant mothers' diets can have on the health of their children is doing a disservice to breastfeeding according to many nursing mums.  
 
 
The ‘your child is/eats what you eat’ ads, created for Brazil's Pediatric Society of Rio Grande (SPRS),  show babies suckling from breasts painted to look like unhealthy food and drinks to warn mothers about the dangers that their bad food habits could have on their children.
 
 This campaign follows on from a recent study that found that women with good nutrition are more likely to have babies born with a cancer-suppressing gene variant.
 
The ads, that warn: 'Your habits in the first thousand days of [your child's life] can prevent your child from developing serious diseases', are a startling reminder of the importance of a healthy diet during and after pregnancy.
  
 
Concerned mothers have expressed their outrage, saying the campaign could discourage breastfeeding as it suggests that what a mother consumes is passed directly onto her infant via breastmilk, which isn’t entirely accurate.
Feedback has included:
“I can't believe they would use breastfeeding shaming to make a point about pregnancy diets”.

“Stupid campaign gives the wrong message to breastfeeding mothers”.

“What a way to discourage breastfeeding”.

Let’s be clear.
As we all know, it is generally recommended that cigarettes, smoke, alcohol, and a variety of other chemicals  should be avoided for mums-to-be and breastfeeding mothers.


And, as the study by
Robert Waterland, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, found - healthy diets of pregnant mothers can result in babies developing a gene variant that suppresses tumors.

(If a pregnant mother does not have good nutrition, her baby's immune system is less likely to activate the cancer-fighting gene variant.)

However, such an ad campaign/illustration that suggests a lactating woman shouldn’t eat soft drink/cheeseburgers is ludicrous.



What the mother eats, and what goes into her stomach, doesn’t completely transfer to her baby via breast milk.
And this suggestion could have a variety of ramifications.

As one mother suggested, “Perhaps the illustrations could have showed a mother scoffing a burger with mini burgers going through the umbilical cord to a fetus/baby in utero? This would be a more accurate example.”
What are your thoughts?

Could this campaign put women off breastfeeding, or do you think it sends the right message that women should be more cautious about their diet and maintaining healthy eating habits during pregnancy and breastfeeding?


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Cupcake giveaway winner...

Cupcake giveaway winner...

Our family recently had the pleasure of enjoying some YUMMY Cookie Monster cupcakes to review from new Gold Coast business Sugar Treat - Home Baking on the Gold Coast.

My four cherubs (+ friends) loved the chocolate cupcakes (with vanilla buttercream and mini chocolate chip cookies – ALL made from scratch and nut free!) & were quite amused by their blue tongues 
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Thanks to Sugar Treat - Home Baking on the Gold Coast, I was super thrilled to be able to offer one lucky Gold Coast Mum reader the chance to win 12 cupcakes.

Thanks to everyone who entered. There were some beautiful heartfelt messages shared.

The selected winner is Rainy Darke.
If Rainy can contact me within 48 hours to claim her prize (Facebook private message), that would be great, otherwise another winner will be selected.

Rainy has scored 12 cupcakes from Sugar Treat - Home Baking on the Gold Coast, in her choice of flavours, to pick up from Chevron Island, Gold Coast. 

You can catch more of Sugar Treat’s sw
eet treats at the Gold Coast Design Collective Market (19th September, Currumbin, 11am-5pm)


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Toddler’s near death experience after GP’s alleged misdiagnosis

Toddler’s near death experience after GP’s alleged misdiagnosis

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

When Jessie Leigh-Jay Ashleigh took her frail 3-year-old daughter to hospital yesterday, with a suspected virus - as diagnosed by her local GP - little did she know her daughter was mere moments away from death.

Jessie’s daughter Mia is currently being treated in a Sydney hospital’s intensive care unit and has now been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
A condition that will affect the toddler, and her family, for the rest of their lives.


Mia, in hospital after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Image supplied to Gold Coast Mum.com
Mia, in hospital after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Image supplied to Gold Coast Mum.com

Jessie, from North St Marys, on Sydney’s outskirts, said she wanted to share her story with Gold Coast Mum readers to warn other parents to follow their instincts when it comes to the health and well-being of their children.
 

“Follow your instincts. If I hadn't followed mine yesterday I would have lost my daughter.”
Jessie says her daughter started to show signs of being unwell on Friday, “she wouldn't eat, just constantly wanted to drink water or sleep. She wasn't her happy bubbly self”.

“She was fully toilet trained, but for these three days would always wet herself every two minutes.
The next day [Saturday] she woke up and she was still the same but this time vomiting everything she drank back up, a lot more weaker than the day before. We took her to the doctors. And he told us she was coming down with a virus and there's more symptoms to come.  So he gave us a script for medication,” Jessie shared via social media.

“Sunday morning she was worse couldn't stand on her own without wobbling. Wouldn't walk to anyone. Could just get her to take one step and then she'd fall. She was so weak. She lost all colour, went pale and had grey bags under her eyes.
I thought ‘this isn't a virus’.
I got her medication, and started it straight away. Less than an hour later (at this time we were at her cousin’s 2nd birthday) she vomited again. And I thought ‘that's it, I'm taking her to the hospital’. And so we did.”

Jessie said medical professionals knew something wasn’t right from the moment she and Mia presented to hospital.

“They took her straight in, asked us questions, what's been happening, how long has she been like this etc. So we told them. And also mentioned we were told it was a virus she had caught.

“Well, a few minutes later, bloods taken and test done (with struggle as her veins were so thin and blood was so dry), she was diagnosed with TYPE 1 DIABETES. I was shocked.

“We asked the nurse what would have happened if we continued to think it was just a virus and kept her home on medicine. She then told us; ‘One more hour and she would have slipped unconscious and passed away in her sleep’

“I was lost for words didn't know what to say, just started crying. She wouldn't open her eyes or even talk back to either of us or the nurses she was just too weak.

“After she was stabilised at Nepean hospital, she was then later transferred to Sydney children's hospital in Randwick. I was given a room to sleep in, while she was two floors down. I didn't want to leave her but I had to. The doctor said she'll need me a lot more tomorrow and it's best I get some sleep. So I did. 
I went down to her this morning and she's got colour back in her face she's responding to questions and she's looking around lifting her arms etc. I am so happy. She's going to be ok.”

Jessie says her daughter is a diabetic “for life now and has to have insulin injections every day”.  
“If that's what it takes to keep my daughter alive then that's what I'll do”.

Jessie with her daughter Mia in happier times. Image supplied to Gold Coast Mum.com
Jessie with her daughter Mia in happier times. Image supplied to Gold Coast Mum.com


Her message to other parents is to “always follow your instincts”.
“If I hadn't, I wouldn't be sitting in a hospital today with my darling daughter - instead I’d be planning her funeral. But thankfully I am not,” Jessie said.

“[I’m] not sure how long she will be in hospital. The rest we are still uncertain about until she's out of the ICU,” Jessie told Gold Coast Mum.

Jessie will also look into whether the GP’s alleged misdiagnosis is an issue that needs addressing.

“Because of that I could have lost her, would I be wrong to take this matter further?
I think I have every right,” she asked via social media.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Type 1 diabetes in children is a condition in which a child's pancreas no longer produces the insulin the child needs to survive, and where the missing insulin needs to be replaced. 


Possible symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes in children

* frequent urination, large amounts
* increased thirst
* dry mouth
* weight loss
* increased appetite
* feeling tired or weak
* nappy rash that continues despite medicated cream
* stomach aches
* nausea and vomiting
If you have any concerns, please seek medical advice.

For further information about juvenile diabetes, visit: http://www.jdrf.org.au/


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Mums furious over sick kids sharing their germs at school/child care

Mums furious over sick kids sharing their germs at school/child care

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

It’s well known that despite the best hygiene and cleaning standards, child care centres, schools, play centres and even shopping trolleys, can be breeding grounds for illnesses.

With a “very significant influenza epidemic” striking the Gold Coast this cold and flu season (with more than 1200 flu notifications this year and 113 hospitalisations), angry mums have taken to social media to point the finger at other parents for not quarantining their own sick children.

“Parents should keep their kids home from child care/school if they’re unwell with coughs and colds, instead of being selfish and letting them go there and spread their illnesses around,” one frustrated mum said.

“It’s because of you, my kids are all sick, I’m now sick and I’ve lost wages due to having to take time off work, and we’ve also lost out as we still have to pay for child care even when the kids are off sick”.

Gold Coast Medical Association president Dr Stephen Withers told the Gold Coast Bulletin it was a bad year for flu, particularly the B strain.
“People have been extraordinarily sick and in both the adult and paediatric population it’s really taken a big toll on them,” he said.

This season of fevers has also kept hubby and I on our toes as we’ve been keeping a close eye on one of our 1-year-old twin daughters who had a terrifying  febrile convulsion a few months ago when her fever spiked which I wrote about here .

It’s bad enough when one of your little ones is unwell with a cold or flu. But luckily ;-) for us, we have had the joy of dealing with all four of our little ones (aged 5, 3 and twins aged 1) unwell at the same time.

I, like many other parents, have always found the first 12 months of each of my children attending child care, to be full of all sorts of illnesses and ailments ranging from colds, flu, viruses, hand foot and mouth, conjunctivitis, tonsillitis and more.

This year we’ve missed numerous play dates with friends and birthday parties due to one lurgy or another.
My twincesses also get runny noses each time they’re cutting teeth, so it can sometimes be hard to distinguish when they’re actually unwell versus when it’s just new teeth.

My four cherubs have had to miss out on various birthday parties and events this year due to one illness or another but still manage to have fun wherever we go :-)


As much as it’s hard to have to cancel on friends due to a member/s of our family being unwell (most fellow parents understand when we exclude ourselves), I’d much prefer that than to drag my kids along to possibly spread their germs and cause other families to then become unwell.
(And I would also hope that the same consideration/courtesy would be afforded to my family and I).

While social networking has been the battleground for some parents about when it’s suitable to send an unwell child to childcare, parents who are concerned with the health of their children are increasingly reaching out to other parents, via social networking, to source advice and tips when it comes to illnesses and ailments before they seek medical treatment.

What is a headache?’, ‘What is this rash?’, ‘Could my child have concussion’? and 'Is my child dehydrated?' are just some of the examples posted to parenting forums and private online groups. 

As always, parents should seek professional medical advice if they have any concerns.

So just how unwell is unwell? Where do YOU draw the line? When is it OK to send kids to childcare/keep children home? Clear nose, green snotty nose?

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