Project Hope – Saving Abandoned Babies (caution graphic Pics)

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It’s a scary notation to think of a baby, a new born baby left out in the cold wrapped in a plastic bag left to die next to or in a dustbin, or left on the floor of a public restroom after being born. Just left there abandoned, cold and ready to take their last tiny little breath.
If you are a mom – just reading the above has made your skin crawl right?This is the horrid reality for many newborn babies.
The moms’ aren’t mental, many of these cases are young moms (older woman would have the gumption to know to cut the umbilical cord or financially stable enough to at least get themselves and baby to the nearest police station or clinic etc). It is a sad reality that many teens are sexually active. It is also a sad reality as to how many parents are in denial that their child, their angel is sexually active.
I while back I asked the teens in my family if they knew where the closest Free Clinic was…I heard crickets! There was silence. We are an average middle class family who reside in good suburbs in Johannesburg.
The girls didn’t know where to go for free contraceptive or condoms.
I looked back at my own teen years. I knew where the free clinic was (I was lucky enough to live a block away from it)but with crime being the way it is – we were never allowed to walk anywhere, when we wanted to go to movies our parents took us and dropped us of. When we wanted to go to a friend’s house, our parents took us and dropped us off. I believe that this is still the reality today…it has to be!
So even if these girls know where the free clinic is how do they get there?
Next, you will say – this only happens in townships or in poorer areas.
Sorry dears – nope it happens right here in our own streets.
There was a baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached wrapped in plastic, that was found by a lady walking her dog in Bassonia (there are no shacks in Bassonia, generally speaking the kids that reside in this areas attend private schools or one the good government schools in the area).I cried for days , this baby was brought into the world to leave it in such a horrid way. I was heartbroken. This baby was white – just clarifying this for those still in denial that this happens just outside their front doors.
The next Winter (in fact I recall it to be the coldest day that winter) a little baby boy estimated to be hours old was found dead in a park dustbin by a hobo in Linmeyer – I was done I had to do something. This baby was either white or coloured it was undetermined.
The race doesn’t matter, a baby is a little angel and none deserves this, nobody deserves to be born and died like this – there is no need for them to die.There are so many couples who are not able to conceive and have children of their own.
What infuriated me most was the fact that there is a home for abandoned babies in our area (THE DOOR OF HOPE) there are two actually in Glenvista.
I made a promise that I would never have to read these terrible stories again.I wouldn’t allow another baby to lose its life this way. I met with the Ladies from the Door Of Hope that very week.It got me thinking as to why then were the children still left to die this way.
How will a teen mom who has just given birth find a way to get to Glenvista or any home for abandoned abuse with a new born in her arms?What would she do? Call a friend and ask if the friends older brother would just give her a lift somewhere?She has kept this secret for all these months.Doubt and shame gets me to think that nobody not even her bff will know that she is or ever was pregnant.
Now for those who are moms – imagine going through the process of birth without anything – I’m talking from the start no prenatal care,then the day arrives – those contractions come, you stuck in your room – your parents asleep in the very next room, you muffle the sounds of the pain with your cute heart shaped pillow as you sit on the floor panting. It’s time to push, the pain is excruciating you are all alone.Your Algebra homework lies open on your bed above you.
There’s that push the baby is on the floor eyes open – fear creeps in what if the baby cry’s what if mom and dad hear. Your after birth comes out and you able to get up and go into the bathroom to clean yourself off and get a towel.

baby-dumped-566x400- Project HopeBaby_in_field What do you do? You remember the dustbin you have driven past so many times on your way home just a block or two away. You open the door take mom’s remote control and walk out the gate. Rushing down the road to that dustbin, blood trickling down your legs as tears run down your face. You there, standing in front of that dustbin and you place that baby on top and run back home as fast as you can, get into the shower and was it all away.
Days later, your mom asks if you’ve seen that missing towel. You shrug your shoulders why would you know????
(The above is fictional – but paints a pretty scary scene – and I’m sure that I’m not too far off the mark)

WHATS THE FACTS
1)Kids know that they shouldn’t be having sex but they are, they should be having safe sex but they not.
2)They getting pregnant and keeping this a terrible secret
3)They killing their babies because they don’t know that there are these homes they can drop them off at (they don’t even hand then to people there’s a box in the wall, a blanket inside for the awaiting baby- you place the baby in there and inside the home a little light alerts a person that there is a baby in the box ready for collection.BUT theres no way to get there no matter how close to theses home you may live)

WHATS THE SOLUTION
1)An sms line (anonymous) a line where these girls simply sms when and where they have dropped of the baby be it on the side of the pavement or in a dustbin or park or side of the highway.
2)A team of volunteers will receive the coordinates and whoever is closer fetches and attends to the baby.
3)1st Aid – all volunteers will receive Paediatric 1st aid as well as a kit that they carry in their vehicles at all times
4)A Infant car seat – all volunteers will receive a baby carrier to be kept in their vehicle at all times.
5)Once the volunteer has the baby they will then take the baby to the nearest ER and child services takes it from there.

HOW CAN YOU HELP
1)Teach each teen girl you know the sms number, especially the girls from Grade 10-12 as they will be leaving school soon and encountering other girls they will befriend from different walks of life. Help them be a good friend to another girl who might have gotten herself in this poor situation.
2) Donation of clean Infant Carrier chairs
3) Volunteers
4) Preemie Nappies and New Born Nappies
5) Paediatric 1st aid kits
6) A new laptop – at this stage I will be receiving all smses to my email but my goal is to get a stand-alone laptop with its own email so that I can rotate to volunteers on call.

SMS Number : 33903

If you would like further details please contact me via email on: mygiftsfromabove@gmail.com

 

Load Shedding – Helpful Apps

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The last time there was load shedding I had just become a new mom , it was crazy.Dealing with a new born and the darkness.Gas stoves were bought , long lasting and rechargeable batteries for torches were purchased.The list went on and on.

The wait – the guessing behind load shedding was perhaps the worst part of it all.With a new born baby never knowing when next you would be sitting in darkness was rather stressful.

Its great to forward a few years (sadly a few years later and having to still deal with Load Shedding is troublesome – but thats discussion is for another sort of blogger) and have tools available that aid you to prepare for when next you will be without electricity is a great one.

The app idea is  great and there will be one that suits your needs:

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My local community forum on fb mentioned the “LOAD SHEDDING ALERT” app seems to be the winner when it comes to reliability and accuracy in this area – however I personally haven’t tried it as its for Android users only.If you an android user and know of any other Load Shedding apps please do share them with us.

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Ive downloaded the free apps and am currently waiting to see which works most accurately for my area.Let me know which ones you have tested and what your opinion is.

All the best.

Enjoy

xxx

Ana

 

The Slantboard – Our New Favourite Item

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I always seek the advice from the wonderful team (as in Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist ,Speech Therapist and at times even our Paed) that surrounds my child when it comes to birthday/Christmas gifts etc.Like most parents I prefer to get him something that can better his therapies or where its at right now in terms of his development.An added bonus is when both boys benefit from said aid.

This applies for our new item……. a Slant board.

What is a Slant board?

It’s a 22 Degree Angle Board designed to Facilitate reading and writing development The Slant Board is designed to provide the ideal working surface.

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The Slant Board puts your reading surface at the optimal 22 degree angle while its two collapsible legs make it portable and discrete. The folding legs will lock in the extended position making it very stable then fold flat for compact storage. The Visual Edge Slant Board measures 44cm x 30cm and weighs only 950 grams. A convenient book catch at the bottom holds any size book or electrical device, while a clip at the top holds individual papers securely.

The Slant Board is simply the best reading and writing aid on the market. It is multifunctional, lightweight, easy to store and affordable. Research has shown that by placing your reading and writing at the proper angle you will increase your reading and writing performance. School desks of the past used a slanted surface for this very reason.

My little 6 year old has taken some time to adjust to school and lets face it they dead tired when they come back from school.We have the perfect height desk for homework so that the legs are fixed to the floor and not dangling on the ground.He is at perfect sitting height to the desk, however that head is constantly being supported by his one hand while the other is working.I find myself channeling my mother….”your head is not going to fall off – sit up straight”

We started using the Slant Board over the holidays while we did our Holiday Homework and wow did I notice a difference.No holding up the head.Posture was nice and straight and overall we seemed to get the work done with a lot more ease.

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Has this changed since we have been back at school?

Not at all (in case you were thinking the improvement was attributed to the relaxation of our holiday time),we do all our workbook homework 1st using our slant board and then I test him on the test words for the week.He loves this part as he gets to use the whiteboard function on the slant board.

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The Slant Board is light weight and can be taken everywhere.Its even perfect for car travel in my opinion as ours goes everywhere with us.I love ours we do homework on it, we read on it, we play with our play doh on it, we have even done shaving foam therapy on it.Its ideal for any family and any age and I’ve seen the results.

They come in awesome colours and in my opinion reasonable priced.

Remember The Slant Board the next time you stuck on what to get your child, niece or nephew or anyone you know – its an Ideal gift……a fun,sensible,useful and helpful gift.

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Visit their website for prices and a selection of other Slant boards.

http://www.slantboards.co.za/

Online store : http://www.slantboards.co.za/index.php/online-shop

Like their Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/slantboards?fref=ts

 

Stilnox – The Conclusion

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I while back after the Carte Blanche report on Stilnox (http://carteblanche.dstv.com/player/755474) we decided to put our little one on it.

Let me give you the background on our little one beforehand:
Luc’s was born at 38 weeks.Was perfect in utero.The day he was born was a catastrophe and the one who was affected most was him.He wasnt suctioned or properly cleaned..actually overall neglected by staff as soon as he left my body,He went purple and lost oxygen.Anyway who was given the blame….Me.I was told that he had a genetic abnormality that was definitely passed down from the mom.For two years I carried this terrible burden until we decided to change Pediatricians and thanks to the Late Dr Heitner we went and had Genetic testing done.The outcome ……NO GENETIC ABNORMALITIES.
So my amazing little boy has epilepsy,poor muscle tone and neurological delays thanks to the lack of oxygen at birth.

So when the so called Lazarus Pill was mentioned we contacted our trusted medical advisers (Paed,OT,Physio,S.T the list is endless) and we decided to go on a two week trial with Stilnox.
Read the previous post – http://mygiftsfromabove.com/2015/02/02/going-on-stilnox-our-2-week-trial/

So the trial is done and dusted.

Did we see any changes?
Yes – we did minimal ones but we did

The Stilnox pill is minute and I had to divide this very very tiny pill in 3.This was not an easy task and many times crushed most of the pill anyway.
meaning that many times he during the trial he either got very little or no Stilnox (usually the weekends I didn’t give it to him as all I would have left were crumbs)

Would I try it again and Why?
Yes – I would like to give it another try.
Why?Two reasons
When we started the trial he had also just started school,meaning that many of the little things were were seeing I wasn’t sure were due to the Stilnox or the additional stimulation and learning at school.
the other – I would ask Paed to at least give him 1/2 a Stilnox a day as opposed to 1/3 because if anything the days we did see more activity and reaction were an the days where my 1/3 looked more like a 1/2 a tablet.
I know you asking why didn’t you just do 1/2 then? Im so by the book and because we don’t like giving him any sort of medication unnecessarily I wasn’t going to risk it without our Paed’s consent.

I’d like to try Stilnox again with Luc’s.Preferably later this year around about September.He has settled in nicely at school,is trying harder to communicate so yes…later looks like a viable idea.Ill keeo you posted.

If you are a parent or a patient or know of anyone else who has been on Stilnox i would love to hear from you.
Leave a comment below or email me mygiftsfromabove@gmail.com

Lindt & PNP – Thank you

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If you get hold of Lindt ChocolateSA, they will be the 1st to confirm my 2 year Easter Carrot obsession – I have hounded these poor people for the last two years all because I wanted Lindt Carrots for Easter.

https://www.facebook.com/LindtChocolateSA

So when a quick dash into my local Pick n Pay had me screech in the aisles……These were the reason (see pic below)

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Nostalgia probably has the most to do with why I love them….when I was little after Sunday School my grandfather would fetch me and we would go buy fresh warm bread at the Portuguese bakery.Hanging from their back shelves were little chocolate umbrellas.Grandfather would always buy me a few.(I loved loved them)

When I saw them (the LINDT CHOCOLATE CARROTS) on the shelf I rushed to the SMART SHOPPER POINTS machine and cashed out 10 000( R 100.00) just to buy Lindt Chocolate Carrots.That wont be the end of it – guaranteed!

Thank you Lindt Chocolate SA for finally bringing them in and thank you Pick n Pay for stocking them.

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Click below for their great Easter specials

http://www.picknpay.co.za/home

To my fellow chocoholics ….enjoy!!!!

Footnote: The tin bunny buckets were designed by COOL BEANS DESIGN for me.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cool-Beans-Design-Agency/140760239299227

Easter fun – look what I found!

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We had so much fun last year when we did our glow in the dark Easter Egg hunt.

I was so happy to find this cute packet of Easter Egg Hunt Direction banners at Clicks.

We will definitely be egg hunting our little hearts out with these directions to help.

The best part – this packet cost just R 24.95

Have a look….Happy Hunting

Enjoy!!

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See the Easter Clicks Promotions for all those yummy treats to hid.

http://clicks.co.za/promotions/Easter2015/

George Brand for Babies @ Game Stores

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Four weeks after we were married we immigrated to the UK (my dream country…..shocker I even love the weather) , and our closest Supermarket was a massive ASDA.It was my weekly treat to walk down each and every isle savoring the wonderful new products that weren’t available back in South Africa.

Like every new bride I dreamt of starting a family one day (it took us 5 years) however the very 1st outfit I ever bought for my unborn baby was the sweetest, cutest little onesie (baby-gro) that looked like Tiger from Winnie the Pooh  – I still have it and its too cute.

So even though my boys are way past the baby blanket, bibs and onesies stage – I couldn’t help but be thrilled when I came across the George brand at my local Game Store.

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Tyrone Vieira, Merchandise Director at Game, put it perfectly…….. “The babywear team at George understands how truly special a newborn child is… After all, they are our smallest and most important customer! Working with industry experts, we offer baby clothing that suits all your needs from 100% cotton sleepsuits and bodysuits, poppers on our baby products for easier dressing and the utmost care in safety.”

That little babygro is 13 years old and still looks new and its been through 2 little boys.

Baby Shower guest and moms everywhere will be able to add something new and different to any babas wardrobe with the George baby brand and the best part..their prices are pretty reasonable.

Visit a Game Store near you.

Below are a few items you can look forward to purchasing

Enjoy!

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Website: http://www.game.co.za/

Coconut Macaroons (2 Ingredients)

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What a super easy recipe – my favourite kind!

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I used to buy these when we lived overseas – so yummy

Pinterest has so many recipes – I had to “test” it out could it be so easy to make?

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My boys have just “taste -tested” and have become BIG fans

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What you going to need:

x1 Can of Condensed Milk

x1 packet of Coconut (200g)

What you going to do:

Preheat oven to 200 Degrees Cecilius

In a bowl pour out the whole can of condensed milk and with a spatula stir in the coconut

Using a cookie dough scoop (smallest one you have) place them on a tray with a silicone mat/baking paper

Bake / Grill for 10minutes (check on them @ every 2 minutes-them as they go golden quickly)

Allow to cool completely before removing them off the tray

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We managed to make 42 Macaroons from this recipes.

Footnote: This is just one of those great recipes that you can always have at hand – ideal gift for a hostess , housewarming , class party , gifts…I can really keep going with the ideas here.

Enjoy!!!!

Ana

Safety Gadget – My Bag-Secur!

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When you walk around pushing a pram you seem to be the favourite target for criminals.I have had my cellphone stolen from my nappy bag (lets call this my beginners stage,my little man was weeks old and it was literally one of our 1st outings out to the shops just the two of us and I fell victim to crime), then there was the Zara incident (we will call this my novice stage – I caught her just in time and she hid my cellphone under some children’s clothes, but in true Jozi style I went for her grabbed her arm and made a huge scene at the ever proper Zara Sandton store, however hubby was left alone with two kids and trying to still look for my ringing phone so it took but only a second for the koei to dash out the store).

My last attempt was at the Makro in Alberton where I caught them with their hands right in my bag,I pretended to not see and continued to walk (by now I’m calling myself PROFESSIONAL because I had a plan…I walked they walked, I zagged they zagged.Eventually the two men followed me to the toy isle and I made my attack.My husband screaming for me to calm down thought I was a looney,I grabbed them and wouldn’t let go, screaming “security” , “security” at the top of my lungs but the one I hadn’t grabbed made a run for it and when i went to grab him he’s friend made a run for it as well.

So I’m tired, I don’t want to be a victim anymore and frankly I think the next person who tries to grab anything that belongs to me will get hurt.I’m small , I’m 1.53cm but I’ll pack a mean punch.In fact when I get to my local Makro store the 1st thing I do is go to the sporting goods department (I kid you not) I grab a metal baseball bat and walk around with it while I do my shopping……I’m waiting….I’m just waiting.

This is not a way to live life right???

I’ve found an awesome gadget.A great gadget.

The BAG – SECUR

What is it and how does it work?

Its got a carabiner one on side to attach to your handbag / nappy bag etc and on the other side is the seat-belt attachment.(see pic below)

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This bag isn’t going anywhere – or at least your “bag” will give them a good fight for their thug money by that time you long on your way.

I tried it at the shops today and will definitely use it again. The trolley guy was a little perplexed with what I was doing but hey safety 1st!

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I love this product and want to share it with you.

Soooooooo we doing a GIVE AWAY!

x1 Bag-Secur

T&C’s

  • Only persons residing in South Africa may enter
  • The prize will be sent to you via post – if you reside in Jozi it will be hand delivered to you.
  • Winner will be selected by random.org
  • Not refundable for money
  • Winner will be notified on Friday(06.02.2015) via the My Gifts from Above Facebook page

What you need to do:

  1. LIKE the Bag-Secur Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bagsecur
  2. Leave a REPLY below

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Thank you to the wonderful team at Bag-Secur for sponsoring the prize

View Website: http://www.bagsecur.com/index.html

Bag-Secur can be purchased at Builders Warehouse or D.I.Y Depot