Thank you to http://www.childslife.ca for this New Years Eve planner.
Thank you to http://www.childslife.ca for this New Years Eve planner.
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.
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”
10. “Brothers and Sisters”
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!
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.
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
By Claire Bates
December 12, 2011
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.
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.
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.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2073198/Worlds-smallest-babies-saved-doctor-15-years-apart-leading-healthy-lives.html#ixzz1gLqQqa6z
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