Our Pram is Full

I have learnt a heck of a lot in the last 3 and a half months… I have learnt that babies are resilient as hell, NICU mums are a special bread of lady, that you can get addicted to monitors, that life is precious, that a change in rooms can mean more than just a different view and that gigil cafe at Monash Children’s Hospital can sustain you for 3 and a half months. I have learnt that Dave and I are a better team than we have ever been before, I have learnt that I have a voice and I can speak up, I can advocate and I can do more than I realised… and I have learnt that as much as I wish it was, my experience is not unique.

This week Dave and I are Participating in the Mercy Pram Jam. An event that is designed to raise awareness and much needed funds for research to prevent stillbirth and complications from premature birth. Even though our experiences have been at the Monash medical centre and the Monash children’s hospital, the pram jam is unique in its purpose… and being one of the 4 level 6 NICUs in Victoria, the knowledge gained by them through their research has the potential to impact the whole state… and any research that prevents the heart ache of still birth and the roller coaster of premature birth is a cause worth championing.

Dave and I first heard about Pram Jam in November last year when a Facebook friend of mine posted about her Pram Jam efforts. At the time, we had just lost Joshua, our beautiful first born son. The idea of raising pushing a pram to raise awareness was something that I really liked the idea of. It ticked all the boxes for me… a fun idea, a list worthy item and a good cause. But last year it was too soon… this year we found ourselves with a new baby boy also born way to soon, a tiny warrior with a huge fight on his hands and when we saw an opportunity to raise some money but more importantly awareness, we knew that this year we would be pram jamming. At the beginning of October when Dave and I decided to sign up, I thought we would have had weeks at home with Isaac already… well maybe a week… but there was no doubt in my mind that he would be home for it. As November got closer and closer I realised that there was a very real possibility that we would be pram jamming with an empty pram… not a problem, but not how I had pictured it… but today we are starting, and after 107 days he is home… and I am learning to drive the pram… which it turns out isn’t always as easy as it looks.

We are jamming for Josh and for Isaac, but we are also jamming for those mothers with whom I shared a knowing nod, for the mothers who weren’t as lucky as me and didn’t get to take their baby home. We are jamming for the babies that we left in the hospital who we hope will go home soon… but we are also jamming for the babies who will not. We are jamming with hope that the money we raise will make a difference, that discoveries will be made and that other families won’t have to travel the same path we have. We are jamming because even though I felt alone in my experience, I am not… We are jamming for the mums of the one baby in every 130 pregnancies that ends in still birth in Australia… We are jamming for all the families who lose their babies to the biggest killer of children under five worldwide, being born too soon… We are jamming to make it stop.

So how can you help? Well, just getting this far is a good start… but if you would like to support our Pram Jam fundraising you can also do that by clicking this link… https://pramjam2017.everydayhero.com/au/emma

I am not good at asking for money, in fact, it is something that I really don’t like doing… but this cause is bigger than me. It is something that 2 years ago I would have never thought about, but something that now makes me who I am, a mum of 2, raiser of 1.

This week Dave and I will be walking 20kms across the week… it may not sound like much, but given my novice pram status, our ‘new to us’ baby at home, the fact that I haven’t exercised well in almost 2 years and the very real possibility that my pelvic or abdominal muscles may not make it… it is quite the task and we are only 2kms in… but the goal is good and the cause is better… come pram jam with us.

Mayday!

Mayday! May Day… well actually its June and it appears that once again, my poor little blog has been a little neglected, lots has been happening behind the scenes… life has been busy busy busy, with Dave’s Schools Production, University Placements and New Jobs… lots has been going on.  It’s all actually really exciting, some incredible achievements and some new adventures ready to go.

I am really excited about what this new chapter holds, what will happen next and the challenges it will bring.  I know it isn’t going to all be smooth sailing as nothing ever is, but I am ready for it… at least I think I am.  One of the other things that I hoping for this next chapter is for me to continue to work on me… one of the things I really want to do is being better at practicing what I preach, as a dietitian, as a Christian and at getting balance in my life.  I really excited that my new job is only 4 days a week, rather than full time as it means I will hopefully be able to do everything I want to… a big ask I know, but it will give me a day to study, to the things I need I need to around the house and to work on me for a bit…

At the moment I have a lot of information that I know, in theory and for a long time… well most of my life… I have been excellent at putting things off, justifying bad food and time choices and generally applying things to other peoples lives rather than my own.  So hopefully over the next little while I will be able to share this little journey with you, the changes that I make… Or attempt to make and you can take the journey with me.  I am hoping that especially with my dietetic journey of practicing what I preach I might even be able to share some insight and bust some myths, but hopefully show that its not easy and we (dietitians) know that, but I hope that you will be able to see its worth it.  The thing is I want this blog to be mean something when I look back through it, and this is a journey I need to take, so I am taking you in the ride with me if you want to come…