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A Boston girl goes Hollywood then chucks it away for a life in OZ… these are my adventures and general musings.

March of Dimes Honors the Half A Million Infants Born Too Soon During Prematurity Awareness Month November 16, 2010

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This is a press release from the <a href="March of Dimes about Prematurity Awareness Month. It has lots of good information about prematurity and awareness month and day… read on.




WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 1 2010 – More than half a million babies are born too soon each year and thousands don’t live to celebrate their first birthday as a result.

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, and people can learn more about the seriousness of premature birth, donate, or create a virtual band to celebrate, honor or remember a baby in their life at the March of Dimes web site – marchofdimes.com/fight.

On November 17, the March of Dimes will mark the 8th annual Prematurity Awareness Day by issuing its 2010 Premature Birth Report Card, which grades the nation and the states on their preterm birth rates.

“We are helping everyone understand the importance of a full-term pregnancy,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “The last few weeks of pregnancy are critical to a baby because many important organs, including the brain, need this time to completely develop.”

Dr. Howse noted that many people do not fully appreciate the importance of the final weeks of pregnancy to a baby. More than two-thirds of new or expectant moms do not know the correct definition of preterm birth, (less than 37 weeks gestation), and most have not discussed the risks and consequences of preterm birth with their healthcare provider, according to a survey by the March of Dimes and its partners. Dr. Howse said early prenatal care, and a discussion about lifestyle habits, any chronic illnesses, and medical history, can give more babies a better chance of a healthy birth by identifying risks early.

Following three decades of increases, the nation achieved its first two- year decline in the preterm birth rate in 2008, a 4 percent drop from 2006. The preliminary preterm birth rate dropped to 12.3 percent in 2008, down from the 2006 final rate of 12.8 percent. The March of Dimes says 79 percent of the decline occurred among babies born just a few weeks too soon.

This improvement is modest, the March of Dimes says, and the fact remains that more than half a million babies are born preterm each year. Preterm birth is a serious health problem that costs the United States more than $26 billion annually. It is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive often face the risk of lifetime health challenges, including learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities.

March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Day® is sponsored by CIGNA, FedEx, Destination Maternity and Hologic. On Nov. 17, Farmers Insurance, a March of Dimes sponsor, is sponsoring a six-hour marathon of the Discovery Health series NICU, which shows the experiences of babies fighting for their lives in a newborn intensive care unit.

As part of Prematurity Awareness Month®, March of Dimes staff and volunteers nationwide will host vigils, and light buildings in purple to draw attention to the epidemic of preterm birth. The March of Dimes also has been working with organizations in Africa, Australia and Europe that are raising awareness about the consequences of preterm births.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

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Join Me and Fight for Preemies November 15, 2010

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Did you know that the rate of premature birth in America is higher than that of most other developed nations. Or, how about premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns? No? Well, read on…

One in eight babies born in our country is premature. That’s 543,000 babies born too soon each year, and my Little Miss T was one of them.

And, did you know that our nation scores a “D” when it comes to premature birth. Yes, you read that right, a “D”. You can see the nation map by clicking here. Click on each state to read that state’s report card.

The rate of premature birth has risen more than 30 percent since 1981. In half the cases, we simply don’t understand what went wrong. The March of Dimes is leading the fight for answers. And, ultimately, prevention.

When I was pregnant with Little Miss T, I never thought I would be a March of Dimes statistic or know the life of a NICU parent. I never thought my baby would have to fight to breathe or rely on machines to live. What happened to me was sudden, severe and god awful. I never want that to happen to any mother, family and especially to any other baby. All babies deserve to be born healthy.

On Wednesday, November 17, in recognition of the March of Dimes 8th Annual Prematurity Awareness Day, I will be joining other bloggers in the blogosphere to raise awareness and help fight prematurity. Won’t you join me?

During November, Prematurity Awareness Month, March of Dimes focuses the nation’s attention on the serious crisis of premature birth (birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy). A special Web site includes the 2010 state-by-state and national Premature Birth Report Cards, information on the importance of the last weeks of pregnancy, and ways you can help premature babies.

November 17 is dedicated to raising awareness of the crisis. Take 3 steps to help fight premature birth:

1. Visit marchofdimes.com/fight.
2. Put a badge on your blog to help spread the word.
3. On November 17, blog for a baby you love and to help others.

We need to fight ― because babies shouldn’t have to.

 

The Cat is Out of the Bag September 15, 2009

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Since the news is circulating, I might as well make our big announcement here: my husband and I are expecting our first baby on February 23, 2010! See, didn’t I tell you I had more exciting news to share!

Hubby and I are going to be parents which is somewhat scary but oh so thrilling at the same time. We’re ready and while we have had a lot going on between packing up and moving from California to Boston, looking for a house to buy and now preparing for a baby, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Although, I wish the morning sickness would just disappear already. Seriously, I’m 17 weeks and I’m still sick EVERY. SINGLE. DAY., several times a day. I’m told it’s all worth it in the end, which, I’m sure it is. I guess it’s a small price to pay for a bundle of joy to call my own.

So there you go, that’s our “big” news and mostly the main reason I took a break from the blog. Between trying to pack for the move and dealing with the morning all day sickness, I was just too lethargic to blog. Now it’s time to get caught up as I’m hoping the worst is almost over. (Wishful thinking I’m sure).

Don’t worry, the baby won’t completely take over the blog but in the near future there might be a few more baby posts than normal. I’ll also blog about other fun stuff, too, because life is colorful and full of adventure. After all, I do like to keep a written log of my life and hope that one day this little bebe will have this blog to look back on and see how cool his/her parents were!

 

Hummingbird Magic January 26, 2009

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Did you know hummingbirds are the world’s smallest birds? Well, they are and living in the desert I’ve been privileged to enjoy one of Mother Nature’s fascinating creatures. All around our yard, hummingbirds float with delicate grace as they hum to and fro searching for their nectar. Everyday, I love watching these little guys magically hover through the air. They make me smile and force me to pause for a moment to admire their beauty and charm.

From my observations, there are no questions that hummingbirds are fearless birds. They’re quite “friendly” and often flutter right in front of me as I work around the yard. They’re very inquisitive and we’ve even had a few wander in to our house. Not long ago, we had one fly in to the window and it was knocked unconscious. Puppy of course picked it up and brought it to us. We rubbed the bird’s belly and it magically sprung back to life.

Well, this year, one of the mama birds has decided to nest right by our door. I first noticed a tiny cup-like contraption nestled between some tree branches by our casita door. At first I thought it was a wasp nest or something but after peeking in, I found these:

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Two little, white jelly bean-like eggs. They are seriously the size of a pea- so little! Within moments of my peeking, mama came floating along to protect her babies. I was in disbelief in what I was seeing. I know many people have seen hummingbirds but how many have seen hummingbird eggs- that’s got to be a rare sighting, right? Well, that’s what I think anyway.

Since stumbling upon my wonderful find, I’ve read up on hummingbird hatchlings and apparently hummingbirds lay eggs in pairs and the mamas do all the work- making the nest, incubation and feeding. Incubation takes around 19 days however, incubation does not begin until the second egg is laid which could be days after the first egg is laid. The mamas do this in order to ensure that both chicks hatch (called synchronous hatching) and grow together, simplifying the workload for the mother. Smart birds! The chicks are born naked and blind and as they grow, their iridescent feathers gradually grow in. After three weeks from their birth, the babies will be ready to leave the nest.

I’ll take some pictures once the babies are born. Until then, here are some pics of mama hummingbird nesting.
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