When this new mum was navigating the challenging early days of parenthood with a premature baby, a helpful and creative idea was percolating within.
Long hours in the NICU
Adelaide mum Amy Purling gave birth to son James a whopping ten weeks before his due date. James then spent five long weeks getting extra-special care from the good folk at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
As other premmie families will know, a shaky, early start means that every little bit of progress is a triumph.
Amy was careful to record every little shift towards “full term”, taking nothing for granted and capturing James’ special moments for posterity.
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If you're going to reach one milestone, why not go for two! In the same day, gorgeous bubba Alana came off CPAP AND is breathing all on her own! In your face chronic lung disease!! 👊 This photo absolutely melts my heart, Alana's clearly loving her Great Nanny cuddles 💜 Thanks Mumma @carboit for sharing, what a moment 😍 ➡ Premmie Milestone Cards available online www.miraclemumma.com.au
He’s come so far
Marking the long hours spent in NICU by journaling her thoughts and documenting James’ growth and gains paid dividends in lots of different ways.
For instance, it was during these long stretches that Amy’s brilliant idea for Miracle Mumma was hatched!
“Our little miracle, James, was born prematurely at 30 weeks gestation. During his stay in hospital, I used photos and a journal to document his development, capture his milestones and keep our family and friends up to date on his progress. Celebrating these precious moments helped me heal and gave me strength in a tough time.”
Amy’s journalling habit ensured she was primed to recognise and document James’ progress. She wanted to make it easier for other parents to do the same. Thus, the clever mum invented these gorgeous milestone cards, specifically designed to celebrate the gains that premmie babies make.
Milestones like “I had my first drops of milk today”, “I was brave for my operation today”, “I moved into an open cot today” and “I am now wire free” are prettily printed on the cards.
Mums, dads, nannies or NICU staff can pop the card next to the milestone-hitting bub, snap a photo and create an album-worthy memory to treasure down the track.
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Meet Oscar, one of my newest baby customers who is extra special as I know his Mummy through mutual friends. It's always that bit harder when you get an order come through from someone who literally lives down the road, because chances are you will know them. I'm so incredibly proud to see that he's kicking huge goals already and hasn't looked back. Thanks Simone for sharing this little treasure with us all, and to your beautiful sister Taylor for purchasing your set and being such a loyal follower 😘 Premature Baby Milestone Cards available online www.miraclemumma.com.au
Amy’s also working on another premmie-specific project – a premature baby scrapbook.
She says traditional baby books allow for the usual full-term baby ages and stages, and that she wanted to create something that allowed for premmie babies’ development.
“[When] James came home from hospital, and I started using a baby book to document his progress each month. I quickly realised his milestones weren’t the same as a full term baby, and he was reaching them at different ages. I wanted to document his corrected age, his weight gain, and the things that made his journey different. And so the idea of the premature baby scrapbook was born.”
We absolutely love the way Amy thinks (and creates!)
Her premmie journaling tools are not only gorgeous, they give parents of early babies a creative way to record their children’s development, confirming that progress is being made – and their beautiful babies deserve to be celebrated.
Brilliant job, Amy!