Sharing - Tiny Baby Saved By A Sandwich Bag

~ Posted on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8:03 PM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

Pink, tiny and birdlike, doctors did not expect newborn Pixie Griffiths-Grant to survive longer than an hour. Delivered three months premature by Caesarean section, she was lighter than half a bag of sugar and smaller than her mother's hand. As she was rushed to intensive care, her parents faced the devastating prospect she may not make it. But doctors saved her life by immediately bundling her into put her into a Tesco sandwich bag, which kept her warm and mimicked the conditions of her mother's womb.

After overcoming infections, operations, and blood transfusions, Pixie, now five months old, is at home with her family, and is thriving. Pixie's mother Sharon Grant, 37, said: 'As soon as she was born, they gave her a little hat and put her straight into the bag to keep her body temperature up. 'After that they wrapped her in bubble wrap and got her straight to intensive care. 'It was so random that they had her in the Tesco bag - it must have just been what the operating theatre had at the time.'

Tiny Baby Saved By A Sandwich Bag

Mrs Grant, of Goonhavern, Cornwall, was forced to give birth three months early after scans revealed her unborn baby had stopped growing in the womb at just 20 weeks. The first-time mother, who works as a florist, in Cornwall, said: 'My placenta and umbilical cord weren't feeding her properly. 'I was in and out of hospital for eight weeks being scanned constantly to see if she had grown, but she put on about 20g in those eight weeks. 'It was so scary having to get her checked all the time and I had all the doctors telling me all this bad news. It was awful. 'They wanted to get her to a certain weight before they delivered her, but she wasn't growing to that size.'

At about 6pm on May 11 - 28 weeks into her pregnancy - doctors told Mrs Grant that she needed to have her baby that day. She was transferred from the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for a specialist Caesarean delivery at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, around an hour and a half away. But when she arrived, her blood pressure was so high that she was told it would be too dangerous to operate - so she listened to songs by her favourite singer Ben Howard, which helped bring it down.

At 3pm on May 12, - 10 weeks before her August 2 due date - she gave birth to a tiny Pixie, with the little girl's father, Edward Griffiths, 41, by her side. She said: 'There was no way she would have survived normal birth so they had to do a C-section. 'They thought they wouldn't be able to find her in my body and would have to do two cuts to try and get her, but luckily they only had to do one. 'The moment she was born they put her in a Tesco sandwich bag to keep her warm because she was so tiny and carried her off to intensive care.'

 Premature babies are susceptible to hypothermia, and the bag acts as a warming blanket, heating their tiny bodies. Mrs Grant continued: 'I couldn't see her from the angle the incubator was at but I was told she had her eyes open. In photos she looks so small. 'I didn't get to see her for about six hours because I had to go into recovery, but when I was well enough they wheeled me down to the intensive care unit.'

Pixie was kept in an incubator for three months after she was born. Mrs Grant was not allowed to cuddle her for 18 days, because every time she was handled she lost weight. Once a little stronger, Edward, Pixie's father, could only cuddle her for an hour every other day. 'It was amazing that she survived, but it was truly traumatic,' Mrs Grant said. 'She really did live hour by hour for about three weeks.

'She got a stomach infection, a urine infection and had about 10 blood transfusions over those months, and even had to have a lumber puncture. 'She kept being sick when they gave her milk and every time she was handled she would lose weight.' It was not until Pixie was around two months old that Pixie began gaining strength. But earlier this month, aged five months and weighing 7.5lbs (3.4kg) - the same weight as a newborn - Mrs Grant was allowed to take her baby girl home for the first time. Tiny Pixie - so-called because of her size - is now breathing without oxygen. Mrs Grant said: 'When we went in the front door Pixie came alive. She was looking all over the place and could see what was happening. 'We have been in and out of hospital a lot since she got home, and she can't be around other children or ill people because if she gets a cold she will end up on oxygen again.

'But at the moment she is doing really well. She looks really nice and healthy. 'It's so lovely to have her home; there's been endless cuddles and lots of people eager to see her.

Tiny Baby Saved By A Sandwich Bag

'It's amazing.'


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People always tell new parents that the newborn months are the hardest. They're warned about sleep deprivation, feeding around the clock, and diapers that explode across the room. But they don’t talk about what comes next.

While parenting kids is full of everyday miracles and memory-making moments, it also includes a significant amount of stress along the way. It requires a lot of juggling and a near-constant battle with trial and error. And just when you think you have it all figured out? They change. Kids are constantly growing, and the more you learn about how to do it “right," the less you feel like you actually know.

Plus, parenting is different than it once was. Moms, dads, and kids are constantly on the move, with little time to rest and recharge. And that pressure to be the perfect parent? That only exacerbates the stress parents experience on a daily basis.

That kind of stress can lead to frequent illness, exhaustion, anxiety, and many other health issues for adults. What most people don't know, though, is that it can also trickle down to the kids. Stress is contagious.

In fact, a study in Child Development revealed that when parents are significantly stressed during their child’s first few years of life, some of the child’s genes can even be altered, harming development and leading to negative effects years later. Yikes.

Stressed Out Mum

As a child psychotherapist, here are the most important things I recommend doing to keep parental stress in check:

1. Raise the white flag — and ask for help.

No mom or dad is an island. I’m not sure when the trend in parenting shifted from “It takes a village” to “Don’t worry, I got this,” but we are long overdue for a shift back to the village mentality. Parenting isn’t about doing everything independently while baking the best cookies on the block. There's no room for competition in this gig. Asking for help is a great first step toward finding your own parenting happy place. Start with one friend or family member. Set up a rotating schedule to trade favors or child care so that you both have time to step back from the daily grind of parenting.

2. Ask yourself two questions before you commit to any activity.

If you spend your days running around chasing your tail, you’re probably not getting much done. Time management is a critical part of parenting. It begins with feedings and sleep schedules and moves into school, classes, sports, and homework. There is always something that needs to get done and somewhere you need to be.

Begin by setting realistic expectations and reasonable limits. You simply can’t drive your child to every activity under the sun, run the PTA, and attend every party that comes your way. Cut back on your own activities, as well as those of your kids. Your kids might want to play two sports every season, but they don’t need to. Ask yourself these two questions before you commit: "Is this something I really want to do? Do I actually have the time to do this?" Proceed accordingly.

3. Take a digital vacation with a "Facebook-free weekend."

 I have a love/hate relationship with technology. When my husband can attend my son’s back-to-school night in Los Angeles via FaceTime in Australia — I’m in. You can’t put a price on that. But so many of us struggle to put technology in its place. The lines between work and home are significantly blurred these days due to advances in technology. We are a generation distracted by the sounds coming from our pockets — and we're paying for it with sleep deprivation, increased stress levels, and fractured family relationships.

We're also surrounded by “perfection” when we live in our digital microcosms. Facebook perfect parenting is all the rage these days, and let’s not even get started on Pinterest-perfect parties. When we peek into the lives of others, we can’t help but try to compare. But we don’t actually see the whole picture, do we?

About a year ago, I decided to silence and hide my phone on the weekends. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but the temptation to check in with the digital world felt strong. I jokingly referred to this practice as “Facebook-free weekends," but it worked.

Walking away from technology from Friday night to Monday morning each week decreases my stress, improves my connections with my family, and leaves me feeling light and free. Saying no to distraction each weekend resets my soul.

Parenting is an incredible journey — but it's characterized by ups and downs. It isn’t always stressful, but it isn’t always easy. When parents choose to care for themselves and keep their own stress levels in check, the whole family benefits.

Go ahead: Give yourself a break today. You deserve it.


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Sharing - Funny Sarcastic Jokes

~ Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 12:12 PM ~

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