Archive for December, 2011

Celebrate the New Year

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Guide to Family Friendly 2012 New Year’s Celebrations and Free Skating eventsTim Horton’s First Night Newmarket Everything is free! Indoor Activities (5 to 8:30 p.m.) Indoor Activities - Interactive Sports, Demonstrations & Family Entertainment (Tim Hortons Gym), Inflatable Jumping Castles, Giant Obstacle Course & Slide, Clowns Harvo & Saree Balloon Twists, Face Painting, Make & Take Crafts: Party Hat, Bell, Calendar & Mural Design. Public Skate/Family Skate, (Max 200/rink) Bob Forhan Olympic Rink, Hyundai Rink, Pfaff Rink (5 to 8:15 p.m.) Public Swim (Max 400, Metro Aquatics Centre) 5 to 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve Trivia Game (answer questions & have a chance to win a prize) Outdoor Activities - Train Ride on Tim Hortons Express (owned & operated by the Town of Newmarket) Hot chocolate, Noisemakers & Glow Bracelets (while supplies last) Horse Drawn Wagon Rides. Outdoor musical performance main stage 8 to 9 p.m. Fireworks Show & Grand Finale Countdown 9 p.m. Presented by Tim Hortons, Newmarket Hydro and Town of Newmarket. Additional parking at Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Cres.

  • Saturday, December 31, 2020
  • 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Magna Centre, 800 Mullock Drive, Newmarket

Angus Glen Family New Year’s Eve Skating Party

The festivities begin with skating on our outdoor rink followed by supervised activities for the children including crafts, face painting, entertainment, and a buffet dinner. Adults will dine separately and enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner with a glass of champagne.

  • Saturday, December 31, 2020
  • 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Angus Glen Golf Club, 10080 Kenedy Road, Markham
  • Adults $59.95 pp Seniors $56.95 pp Children ages 4-12 $19.95 pp Children 3 and under 9.95! (plus taxes)

Family First Night Aurora Ring in the New Year early with your family and friends. Enjoy wagon rides, a bonfire, swimming, skating, games, children’s activities, and so much more.

  • Saturday, December 31, 2020
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Aurora Family Leisure Complex, Aurora (map)

Toronto Zoo 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Family Countdown Visit with some new and wild friends in the Indo-Malaya Pavilion and in the Tundra Trek. Don’t miss some great entertainment including ABBAMANIA, The WotWots and Majinx Magic Show. Plus check out Meet & Greets with Shrek and of course some WILD animals! The fun begins at 5:00 pm and runs until 8:00 pm when we have our very own Kid’s Countdown. Please note this is an outdoor ticketed event, prices applicable to all members, space is limited and we can not guarantee tickets will be available night of event.

  • Saturday, December 31, 2020
  • 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (doors open at 4:30pm)
  • Toronto Zoo

City TVs New Years Eve Bash Some of today’s hottest pop artists perform live at this alcohol free free evening of fun, broadcast live on Citytv. Hosted by Citytv’s personalities, it’s an eye-popping way to ring in the New Year.

  • Saturday, December 31, 2020
  • Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

Oshawa Celebrates 2012 Join us to celebrate the arrival of the New Year at the Legends Centre with free activities for the whole family! There will be live entertainment, jumping castles, swimming, skating, children’s activities, animal displays, music and MORE! * Family countdown to the New Year begins at 9:00 pm. * Plan your evening with our on-site signage so you won’t miss a thing! * Wristbands are required to access leisure swims and skates.

  • Saturday, December 31, 2020
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Legends Centre, Oshawa

Pickering New Year’s Eve Family Countdown Free family skate & swim with games, prizes and New Year Countdown. To celebrate Pickering’s Bicentennial there will be a time capsule for residents to add items to. To be opened 2111. Bring a food donation for our local food bank.

  • Saturday, December 31, 2020
  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Pickering Recreation Complex

Ajax New Year’s Eve Family Party Join the Town of Ajax to ring in the New Year at its annual party on December 31, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Ajax Community Centre. There will be lots to see and do, including entertainment, ice skating, face painting, arts and crafts, and more. Noise makers and party favours will be handed out prior to the 9 p.m. countdown that wraps up the event. Tickets will be sold in advanced at the Ajax and McLean Community Centre.

  • Saturday, December 31, 2020
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Ajax Community Centre, 75 Centennial Rd.
  • Tickets: $3.00 Youth/Seniors, $4.00 Adults, Children under 3 are free.

New Year’s Eve Hoopla Would you like to celebrate the New Year as a family but are tired of just watching a ball drop on television? Help us say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012. Join us for an evening of activites for the whole family, take a wagon ride, view our new year puppet show, take a guided hike through the forest, visit with one of our owls, try your luck with our scavenger hunt, need to make that new years card for someone - we have all the supplies, or sit by the campfire and roast a marshmallow or cook a hot dog for an evening snack. We will be ringing in the “New Year” at 9pm.

  • Saturday, December 31, 2020
  • 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Mountsberg Conservation Area, Halton
  • Tickets are $24/adult, $15/child (age 5-14), $5/preschool (age 4 and under) plus HST.

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Pickering: New Year’s Eve Family Countdown 

New Year’s Eve Family Countdown
Enjoy a free family skate, swim or family movie.  Live entertainment by the Aristov Family Circus.  At the end of the night gather in the lobby as we count down to 2012 and the big balloon drop.
$~Snack bar will be open~$
Food bank donations appreciated.
7pm - 9pm
Pickering Recreation Complex

Ajax: The whole town is invited to the biggest New Year’s Eve party in Ajax – the Town’s annual New Year’s Eve party takes place on December 31 at the Ajax Community Centre, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The evening’s entertainment is fun for the entire family: ice skating, small animal interactions, children’s crafts and games, and the return of Johnnie Balloonie with his balloon creations. Andrew Queen, winner of the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Children’s Album, will perform his sing-along stories and action at 7 p.m. 

All guests will be supplied with noise makers and party favours as the 9 p.m. countdown approaches. There will be refreshments available throughout the evening, and guests can enjoy a piece of celebration cake and hot chocolate as the event concludes.
Tickets are on sale now at the Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Rd.)
McLean Community Centre (95 Magill Dr.).
The cost is $4 for adults, $3 for youth and seniors, and children three and under are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door.
Whitby: Whitby New Years Eve Free Skate.  Celebrate 2011 at Iroquois Park Sports Centre with family and friends and enjoy free activities including: Free public skating, Ice painting, Whitby Figure Skating Club performance, Face painintg and balloon benders. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Pregnancy Myths

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Things to say GOODBYE to in 2011

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

 Everything must come to an end. So here’s entertainments top ten shows, movies and characters we say avoir to.

1. Oparh Winfrey Show
2. Harry Potter
3. “All My Children”
4. Michael Scott in “The Office”
… 5. Regis Philbin retires after 50 years from “Live With Regis & Kelly”
6. “Friday Night Lights”
7. No more Charlie Harper on “Two and a Half Men”
8. Mary Hart says goodbye to “Entertainment Tonight”
9. “Entourage”
10. “Brothers and Sisters”

Six Geese a-Laying - a free Christmas short story from Sophie Kinsella!

Monday, December 19th, 2011

We’re a fairly exclusive group.

Which, OK, I know sounds awful and conceited. If I were talking to anyone else I wouldn’t even say it. But you understand. This isn’t just any antenatal group. You can’t just turn up. You have to be chosen.

Petal Harmon, our teacher, conducts all the interviews herself. She isn’t affiliated to any of the hospitals or nationwide chains, but let me tell you, she gets enquiries from all over London. People travel miles to be in one of her classes. And she doesn’t even advertise. It’s all word of mouth.

The women who have had Petal Harmon classes are different. They have a strange look in their eye. They know something the rest of us don’t. The thing I’ve heard, over and over, is that Petal changed their lives.

Which sounds a leetle bit of an exaggeration to me, but I take the point. So naturally I applied for her classes as soon as I heard I was pregnant, like everyone else round here. I didn’t do anything special at the interview. So many girls have asked me if there’s some special trick but all I can say is, I was myself! We talked about my pregnancy…and my work in personnel…and Dan…

Dan’s my husband, by the way. He’s the one who dropped me off tonight –although he missed the street, and had to go round the one-way system. Which is just typical of him. He said the sign was covered in snow so he couldn’t read it, but honestly. He’s just useless. How he’s going to cope with a baby I’ll never know!


Third Smallest Baby Ever!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

‘She’s a little miracle’: Baby born at 24 weeks weighing just 9oz becomes world’s third smallest to survive

Melinda not much heavier than Coke can when she was delivered
By Damien Gayle

The third smallest baby ever to be born and survive is thriving, doctors say, after she entered the world almost four months before she was due.

Melinda Star Guido weighed roughly the same as two iPhones when was born 16 weeks premature at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Centre on August 30. She was due today.

But after round the clock care at the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Melinda is now tipping the scales at 4.12lb and her parents hope to have her home by New Year’s Day.

Her mother, Haydee Ibarra, 22, told LA Now: ‘She was always fighting, all the nurses were saying that she was really feisty, she was always fighting for her life.’

Miss Ibarra had to deliver Melinda by Caesarian section at just 24 weeks because of a high blood pressure disorder that both their lives at risk.

She weighed just 270g (9.5oz) at birth making her, according to figures from the Global Birth Registry, the third smallest baby ever to be born and survive until her due date.

So small she could fit into the palm of her doctor’s hand, Melinda has spent the first few, crucial months cocooned in an incubator in the LA County’s NICU

Almost every day, her mother would spend all day sat by her bedside, and stayed overnight whenever she was able to.

During her pregnancy, Miss Ibarra suffered from high blood pressure, which can be dangerous for both mother and foetus.

She was transferred from a hospital near her San Fernando Valley home to the county’s flagship hospital, which was better equipped to handle high-risk pregnancies.

There was a problem with the placenta, the organ that nourishes the developing foetus. Melinda was not getting proper nutrition, blood and oxygen.

Melinda was delivered by caesarean section at 24 weeks and was immediately transferred to the NICU where a team of doctors and nurses kept watch around the clock.

Doctors knew Melinda would weigh less than a pound, but they were surprised at how small and fragile she was.

Dr. Rangasamy Ramanathan, who oversees premature infants, told the Associated Press: ‘The first few weeks, it was touch and go. None of us thought the baby was going to make it,’

Even if she survived, doctors told Miss Ibarra and her husband Yovani Guido, children born this extremely premature can have developmental delays and impairments such as blindness, deafness or cerebral palsy.

Miss Ibarra, who previously had a stillborn, told doctors to do whatever necessary to help her baby.

‘They said, “We’ll take the chance. Please try.” So we said. “OK we’ll try,”‘ said Dr Ramanathan.

Kept insulated in the incubator, Melinda was hooked up to a machine to aid her breathing. She got nutrition through a feeding tube.

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Thank You!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

I would just like to thank Cheryl and BabyView for such an amazing experience of seeing my daughter in 3D last weekend. I was amazed by how clear the picture was, and how I was able to see that she is an identical twin to my husband!

I had the 3D ultrasound done as an early Father’s Day gift for my husband who LOVED IT. We watched the DVD of her moving around for the camera and we instantly fell in love with her. As first time parents, we are now even more excited to meet her when she is born.

Cheryl, you were amazing with me during the entire experience. You made me laugh and I was happy to see how much you genuinely love your job and children just by the joy on your face when you saw our baby.

Again, thank you so much and we can’t wait to send you pictures of our daughter, Zara, when she is born.

All the best,

Matthew and Maeghan Sutherland

Congratulations from BabyView!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011


My How You’ve Grown!

Monday, December 12th, 2011

World’s smallest babies saved by same doctor 15 years apart both leading happy, healthy lives

  • Madeline Mann, 22, weighed 9.9oz at birth, while Rumaisa Rahman weighed 9.2oz

By Claire Bates

December 12, 2020

Madeline Mann is a 22-year-old honors college student studying psychology in Rock Island while Rumaisa Rahman is seven years old and goes to school in Chicago.

But this pair have one very special thing in common - at the time of their births they were both the tiniest babies to have survived.

Not only that but their lives were saved following their early births by the same doctor.

 Madeline MannMadeline Mann is 4ft8″ but suffers no long-term health complications despite weighing just 9.9oz at birth

Dr Jonathan Muraskas of Loyola University Medical Center, who resuscitated both children has now released a report based on his experiences to help answer the question - when do premature babies reach a point when they are likely to survive?

His report looked at Madeline, born in 1989 weighing 9.9 ounces, which was then the world record; and Rumaisa, whose 9.2-ounce weight at birth in 2004 remains the world’s tiniest.

Both of them could fit into the palm of an adult hand at birth and required intensive medical intervention.

They were delivered by cesarean section more than a month early because their mothers had developed severe pre-eclampsia, dangerously high blood pressure linked with pregnancy.

Both babies were hooked up immediately to breathing machines with tubes as slender as a spaghetti strand slipped down their tiny airways. 

Before the births, both mothers were given steroid drugs to speed up growth of the babies’ immature lungs. Even so, Rumaisa and Madeline were on breathing machines for about two months, and hospitalised for about four months.

Madeline had mild brain bleeding, common in tiny babies but with no lasting effects apart from asthma.

Her father Jim said that at just 4ft8″ tall, his daughter’s main problem was finding clothes to fit her.

Rumaisa is also expected to develop normally.

Rumaisa Rahman in December 2004
Rahman aged one

My how you’ve grown: Rumaisa Rahman weighed a record-breaking 9.2oz at birth, but was pictured happy and healthy a year later. She is expected to develop normally

However Dr Muraskas was keen to point out that these were extreme cases and should not be considered as a ‘bench mark’.

‘These are such extreme cases,’ he said in the report published in Pediatrics.

He added that although they were both the equivalent size of an 18-week-old foetus, Rumaisa was nearly at 26 weeks gestation, while Madeline was at almost 27 weeks. This meant their lungs and other organs were mature enough to make survival possible.

Therefore the report highlights a sometimes overlooked fact: gestational age is even more critical for survival than size.

Dr Muraskas and his co-authors said most newborn specialists consider babies born after 25 weeks of pregnancy to be viable - likely to survive - and so they should receive medical intervention if necessary to breathe.

Younger babies are generally in a ‘gray zone,’ where intervention isn’t always so clear cut.

In Japan, doctors have lowered that threshold - the gestational age - to 22 weeks. Normal pregnancies last about 40 weeks.

Dr Edward Bell, from the University of Iowa estimates that about 7,500 U.S. babies are born each year weighing less than 1 pound, and that about 10 per cent survive.

‘What is the real age of viability? No one knows,’ said Dr Stephen Welty, neonatology chief at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

Madeline’s father is also stumped as to why his daughter survived.

‘I don’t know why, we were just extraordinarily lucky,’ Mr Mann said.
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Letters to Santa

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Ever wonder what kids say in their letters to Santa.  Here are some funny excerpts taken from some letters children have written all around the world. We hope you like it just as much as we did.  Enjoy!





Is rudolfs nose that way cuz he always has a cold?
- Lucy, 27, Southampton, United Kingdom


My Dad did the naughty/nice test and was called a little stinker. Please give him somthing he did’nt mean to be bad.
- Saoirse, 10, Carbury, Ireland


If my brother been bad,do I get all his gifts?
- Bradley, 8, Frederick, Maryland

I want everyone in the world to play nicer with each other. Mommy wants everyone to take better care of the world and Daddy just wants to read his Sunday paper in peace.
- Ellis, 7, Swindon, United Kingdom

Does your Mommy make you stop and brush your toothes after you have milk and cookies at each house?
- Celine, 4, Wilmington, Delaware

I heard you in my house this morning but I could not find you. I heard you twice.
- Candice, 9, Statesboro, Georgia


I have tried to be very good all year, I only messed up a few times, but I tried my best, and thats what my mom and dad said counts.
- Heather, 8, Cape May Court House, New Jersey


Thank you for waving at me at the mall. You really do love me!
- Marisa, 2, Ogden Dunes, Indiana


could you bring me some nail polish too, cause other kids in school have some, and i dont.and i would like to wear it cause im a girl and girls do that kind of stuff. thank you Santa
- Deryn, 5, Thunder Bay, Ontario

I have tried to be good Santa, but boys will be boys. You must know that cuz you are a boy.
- Henry, 8, Manchester, United Kingdom