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Kate's First Official Lil Rocker!

We have some exciting news!

Introducing Kate's first official 'Lil Rocker. Nolan is absolutely adorable and loves the little rocker. His mom has allowed us to Post a few pics because they are so special! 

adorable boy on Baby rocker                                            Adorable baby rocking on frog baby rocker

 Adorable baby on frog baby rocker                                            

I would like to invite all the parents of Kate's little rockers to submit videos of their children rocking on their rockers.  If purchased as a baby gift, we'd love a copy of the baby picture taken with the outfit and rocker or -we have patience - would still love a video when the child reaches of age. I'm going to upload the videos to our you tube channel.

Kate loves to watch you tube videos along with most kids her age. When she is feeling sad, she can pull up the you tube channel and see all the support she has. 

 

 

Kate's 'Lil Rockers!

I feel that we should make other parents aware of our situation with our daughter. Several months ago, we had had a shift in our personal lives. October 23 2016 to be exact. Our beautiful daughter woke up the morning of the 23rd and her face was swollen. I took her into the doctor thinking it was an allergic reaction but by the time we got there the swelling had lessened considerably.

 

It is the first thing everyone thinks.  

The doctor looked at her and sent us home saying if she swelled up again in the next few days, to bring her back immediately. Tuesday she was ok so I thought we were in the clear.

Wednesday she woke up swollen again.  I took her straight back to the doc and on the car ride over, I realised a very important fact. She had gained weight in all parts of her little body that I had put off to treats I was giving her to help her potty train. In fact I was planning to give her carrots instead of chocolates.

The moment I mentioned the other swelling to the doctor, he went into action and got us into the Children's Hospital immediately.  I drove straight from his office to emerg. If I hadn't recognised that her abdomen and legs were also swelling, we would have been in deep trouble and the damage would have been much worse.

I still had no idea what could possibly be happening.  No one was talking to me. I guess they didn't want to alarm me until they were sure.Test after test was performed and they listened to her lungs over and over- different doctors parading through the room.

Finally at about 3 pm when I was on the verge of frickin begging to be let in on the secret, they told me that her kidneys were not functioning properly and that she was retaining a dangerous level of water. Her body was holding onto water and leaking protein.  

I'll never know how long she was peeing protein instead of water but they calmly informed me that the water had not yet spread to her lungs. I felt like I was punched in the gut.  I guess that is why they wanted to be absolutely sure before telling me.

Once I regained my composure, the kidney specialist came in to talk to me. Kate has minimal change disease. It is the most common form of nephrotic syndrome and it's tied to the immune system. When her body has to fight an infection of any sort, there is a reaction in her kidneys that puts them on her immune systems' radar and her immune system attacks without mercy.

The answer is prednisone as it helps reduce the movement of protein from the blood to the urine. The first time, after 6 weeks of a full dose every day, it takes 6 weeks to wean the child off of it. After the 12 weeks, the disease goes into remission until the next time the immune system is needed. At that time the child could relapse.  Most kids only have the relapses every couple of years or so, or never again after the first time.

It has been determined that Kate will have numerous relapses cause she relapsed 3 times before the end of April. Due to the side effects being too harsh, -ulcers, weight gain, cataracts, and leaching the calcium from bones- the prednisolone is not a long term answer.

Because she's continued to have problems with leaking protein, she had to go through a biopsy to confirm that what we were dealing with was in fact only minimal change because it can be a symptom of a worse problem. The biopsy results confirm that it is indeed minimal change. 

The long term answer is Tacrolimus, an anti-rejection medicine that someone with a major organ transplant would be on. It's extremely expensive and covered by the government for now but if the program was ever taken away, I don't know what we'd do so I decided to meet it head on and import some products and name them after Kate. 

So introducing Kate's 'Lil Rockers:

We will be giving 10% of the proceeds to the kidney foundation to help fund the studys that she may be actually also participating in. Puberty is her best chance to outgrow the syndrome.

This could happen to anyone's child.  There was no pre-existing condition between myself and my husband. If you should happen to see swelling in your child's face, please think about whether or not he or she has recently gained weight, has been cranky, has had less wet diapers or is going to the potty less and the pee has a weird smell, is tired, and is not eating a whole lot. After she got sick, in conversations with her caregivers, I found that kidney problems are very common and even some of the people in our small circle had similar experiences as children.

Pls share this so other parents can be aware! 

 

Tasty Tidbits

One of the best things about a shower is the food!! It really adds to the atmosphere and with just a little imagination, you can create some wonderful dishes.  Only a couple of speciality dishes specifically geared toward babies on your table will give the whole spread a baby feel. As a final touch add cute little labels to each of the items and incorporate anything baby into the names.  If you can't think of a name that has been "babyfied", then a rattle sticker will work great!  Here are a couple pictures for inspiration.

 

If you choose to have little sandwiches, picking up a little cookie cutter in the shape of a heart or a star or anything that may fit with your theme is a great way to fancy it up.

We also have a couple of items for your food table if you would like.



 

For more great ideas, check out our Pinterest boards! They have awesome ideas for all things baby shower from food to drink and gifts.

New Additions

We have added some new products to our store.  We now carry jungle themed diaper totes perfect for a jungle, zoo or safari themed baby shower!  

Lion Tote

Elephant Tote/Welcoming Home Baby

Alligator Tote Bag / Welcoming Home Baby

Our Buying Experience

We carefully selected our vendor and now and again, we order something off of our website to check accuracy and precision from them for you.  This time , it was our personalized hooded towel.

 

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We chose the white bear instead of the brown. This is how it looked when we took it out of the box:

It was exciting to receive the package and opening it made me proud and happy. Proud because I was featuring such beautiful products on my website and happy that Kate will now have an enduring gift for many years.  

 

Instagram and Tumblr

We are now on Instagram and Tumblr!  Come check it out!

Discontinued Products :(

Sadly, we have had to discontinue 2 items.  The Abby Cadabby book set and the 5th Avenue Sets.  Although, they were awesome, I hope to find a couple new items to replace them soon.

New Store Front

We have had a facelift!  We've changed our store front to try to make it better for our customers.  It now has easier access to the product catalogue and has a fresh, new feel! Would love your feedback and thoughts on the change.

Killer Startups!

We had a very exciting week at Welcoming Home Baby!  We were reviewed by Keith Liles.  He did a review on our website and products!  Keith, at Killer Startups, showcases promising new businesses.  Check it out here-.

Next week, we will be adding some new amazing products to our selection so stay tuned.  Sign up for our newsletter to see what latest products we have that are on sale or are new delivered straight to your inbox.  If you are having a baby soon or know someone who will be having a baby soon-even trying for a baby- now is the time to get on the e-mail list so when your favorite item goes on sale, you can nab it!

Social Media

I have been making my way through the world of social media which is almost all new to me except for the few posts on Facebook.  Take a minute to check out the brand new pages on Pinterest and Twitter!   I think I will enjoy posting to both platforms in the future.