This annual community event is more than a really fun fundraiser for the IWK, it’s a way for one family to heal and give back, and for other families to find support and share their stories. Jennifer Manuel, the organizer and Jessica’s mother, shared the story of the origin of the event with us and how you and your family can help give back too.
Parenthood is the most incredible job, but it also has the biggest learning curve in the world. You can prepare all you want but, until you're in the thick of things, you won't know exactly what support you will need or who you can contact for help. buybuy BABY recognized that challenge when they recently hosted a Baby Registry Celebration and so they gathered up a group of industry experts to connect with expecting parents to help prepare them for the big event…and the days following.
I had a lot of fear about childbirth from the moment I found out I was pregnant with Miss M. When the time finally came, I discovered that, unfortunately, my fears were not unfounded.
Her birth was a very long, traumatic ordeal with several touch-and-go moments. Right after she was born, she started having significant breathing problems and ended up being whisked to the NICU.
Now, because of the care she received during my labour and delivery, and in the NICU post-birth, she's a happy and healthy six year old.
Other mothers aren't so lucky though.
I recently learned about Cuso International, a charity that sends trained Canadian medical volunteers around the world to make pregnancy and delivery safer for moms with their Maternal Health program.
Halifax is now home to Atlantic Canada's first and only buybuy BABY store (the sixth in Canada). This one-of-a-kind location opened last month with Bed, Bath and Beyond and buybuy BABY under one roof.
They invited me over to learn more about what they offer and to take a tour of the store and I was so impressed! It *almost* made me want another baby. Read on for more details.
If one more person tells me it goes by way too fast...I may finally have to agree with them. I may even (gasp!) say it to someone else. Because I get it. I mean, I always got it, I think, but it's not until this past year when my daughter turned 4 and I suddenly realized she was now a card-carrying "kid", not a toddler; and my son went from 1 to 2, and everyone started saying he looked like a little boy, no longer a baby; it was not until these things happened that I first wanted to hold onto time a little longer...