Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Coffee Night this Friday!

Coffee Night is here again!! Join us THIS FRIDAY November 29th for a sweet treat and a hot or cold drink! 
 
Where: Williams Fresh CafĂ© – 2454 Queen Street East (Queen and Torbram) @ 8 pm. 
Look for a few moms with a Twins Plus sign :)
 

Come out for an informal night and talk to other moms of multiples.  Whether you want to escape the craziness at home or need to get support and advice from other MOMs (moms of multiples) - it is always great conversation!  Open to everybody - MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND!even if you are not a TPAB member but have multiples, come out and meet other moms like you!

 
All details about the Coffee Night can be found at www.twinsplus.ca    
 
FYI:  Next month's Coffee Night will be December 27th. 
 
 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

LAST CALL: Christmas Party with TPAB!!

The Christmas Party is just over a week away and the RSVP Date is TODAY!  We are so excited with the responses we have already received and looking forward to meeting and getting to know so many new families and of course catch up with our old friends!
 
...just putting out a LAST CALL to all MEMBERS that may have forgotten to reply as we all know that sometimes our crazy busy lives just get in the way – please RSVP by tonight if you are coming!

Christmas comes but once a year-
Join the Twins Plus Association of Brampton for some holiday cheer!
Pizza and Refreshments
and a visit from Santa Clause!
Gifts for all the children,
as they all listen for the pitter patter of the Reindeers' paws!

Sunday December 1st
Century Gardens Community Centre
11:30 am PARTY in the Lawn Bowling Club (separate building in the parking lot)
2:00 pm Public Swimming with TPAB in the main building paid for by TPAB!
 
pool capacity is 150 guests – so first-come first-served – tickets go on sale at approx. 1:30 pm at the main reception
If you are attending the Public Swim with us -
please see one of the Social Committee members at the party and we will give you an envelope with the money to cover your entire family!
Please RSVP by Wednesday November 20th
as we need to put our order in to Santa's Elves for all the kiddies gifts!!
 

We will be serving pizza, cake, coffee, tea, water and juice (peanut free menu) 

Please feel free to add to the menu if you'd like BUT it has to be peanut free food!

We thank you for your understanding as we try to keep all of our children safe. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

 

The TPAB Social Committee

 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Christmas Adopt-A-Family Program is now underway!!

As we gear up for another busy and festive holiday season, we just want to let you know that Twins Plus Association of Brampton has once again grown!  We have "adopted"  2 'multiples' families this year to sponsor as part of our "Adopt-A-Family" program.

 

We had such an overwhelming response from a lot of you the past couple of years and we are certain that we can lean on you for support in sponsoring these families this year as well!   

 

I have been in contact with both families and below are their "Wish Lists".   For our first family, they have needs which are immediate and therefore cannot wait until we deliver everything to them before Christmas.  Therefore, if you can help out with these needs, then please contact me ASAP as I plan on making a trip to their home this Wednesday (November 20th).

If any of you have gently used items that you wish to donate, we will gladly take them as well as both families will make good use out of them for sure! 

 

As in the past, you can drop off your donations to me directly at 29 Bristol Avenue, Brampton (905.459.1735) anytime – just give me the heads up so I will know when to expect you.  Also, if it is easier for you, you can bring any donations you may have to any Twins Plus event.  We have a couple of events coming up in the next couple of weeks being our Coffee Night next Friday, November 29th and our Annual Christmas Party on December 1st, and I will be at both events accepting donations as well!

 

I would like to have all the items ready to be delivered by Friday December 20th, 2013 in plenty to time to get them under the tree!

 

Being so close to Christmas, I know that this may seem like an added expense, however, a little goes a long way, especially when it means putting a bright smile on someone's face Christmas morning!

 

Thank you for your continued support!

 

Tamara Suppa
Community Outreach Coordinator
Twins Plus Association of Brampton

 

 

Wish list for Family # 1:

Boy (age 12)

Immediate Need:
Winter Coat – Size Medium or Large
Winter Boots – Size 6 or 7
Winter Hat, Scarf, Gloves

Clothing:
Sweaters – size Medium or Large
 Long sleeve shirt – Medium or Large
Shoes – size 6 or 7
Pants & Jeans– size 13
Socks
Underwear

Christmas Gifts:
Board Games
Game of Life
Cards
***Basketball shoes – this is something that he has always wanted since he plays the sport but the mother has never been able to give him!  He did not ask for them at all on his "wish list" but after asking on my part, his mother told me.  It would be really nice to be able to give them to him this Christmas!


Twin Boys (age 10 months)

Immediate Need:

2 x Snowsuits  - Size 12-18 months
2 x Winter Boots – Size 4
Hats, Scarves, Mittens


Clothing:
Socks
All clothing 12mths; 18mths, 24mths

Other:
Diapers – Size 4
Wipes
Formula – Currently uses Enfamil A+ but they do not have digestive issues so any formula is welcomed!
Baby Cereal (any kind)

Christmas Gifts:
Educational toys
Mega Blocks
Toy Planes or Trucks
Any age appropriate toys


Mother

Immediate Need:
Winter Coat – size Large
Winter Boots – Size 10
Hat, Gloves, Scarf

Clothing:
Sweaters – Size Large
Sweatshirt – Size Large
Shirts – Size Large
Pants and Jeans – Size 14

Other:
Food (including grocery gift cards)
Sheets (King Size; Queen Size and Crib Sheets)
Pots and Pans
Cutlery
Dish Sets
Medicine (Children's Tylenol/Advil)
 Toiletries (lotion, soap, bubble bath, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes,
P
aper goods (toilet paper, paper towel, kleenex)
***Christmas Tree (Lights and Decorations as well!)***

We would really like to arrange to have a real Christmas dinner for this family, so, we are looking for a small frozen TURKEY as well!!



Wish List for Family # 2:

Twin Girls (age 10 months)


Clothing:
Any Clothing (including fleece pjs and winter clothing) – Size 12-18mths
Snow Suits – Size 12-18 mths

 Other:
Diapers – Size 3 or 4
 Wipes
  Baby Food (with chunks)
Baby Gates
Car Seats – Front Facing for 22lbs and up
 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day is quickly approaching and every year it is celebrated on November 17th.  This year it is this coming Sunday and I wanted to spread the word as preterm births is very common in the multiple-births community.  I want to focus everyone's attention on the global problem of premature birth – starting right here in Brampton!
 
The World Health Organization defines preterm birth as any birth before 37 completed weeks of gestation, or fewer than 259 days since the first day of a women's last menstrual period.  According to the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation, in 2008, 7.9% of live births in Canada were preterm births.   Worldwide  - more than 1 in 10 babies is born premature. That is 15 million per year.  Over 1 million infants die every year due to complications of preterm birth.  Prematurity is the leading cause of death in newborns and the second most common cause of death in children under 5 years of age.
 
The theme colour for this Day is Purple – pay attention to some of the buildings that may be around you in the major city centres as some will join the Global Illumination Project and light up the night skies in purple!  This year I am not aware of Brampton being involved – but TPAB will work on getting the City and/or Brampton Civic Hospital to light up purple next year for 2014! 
  • Last year the NICU Parent Partners and Family Members of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, got the CN Tower in Toronto to be lit up. This year SickKids, Mount Sinai and Sunnybrook in Toronto are collaborating and the CN Tower will be lit up purple for the second year in a row!  There is a sundown vigil at the tower planned - ALL are invited to gather around the tower at sundown. 
  • Niagara Falls will also be illuminated in purple on November 17.
Dress your kids in Purple on Sunday and let all your family and friends know why!  Join us in raising awareness!
 
Please read below one of our member's NICU story as told in her own words.  I am sure many of us have been through the same story and it is comforting to know we are NOT ALONE.  Feel free to share your stories with us and let me know if you'd like me to share it on our Facebook page for other members to read.  Thanks Claudia for sharing your story :)
 

NICU days

November 11, 2013 at 12:12pm

I wanted to share my story, since November 17th is world Prematurity Day:

When I was growing up I always thought about how fun it would be to one day have multiple-birth babies. I thought about what it would be like to bring home two chubby little babies at the same time. No one ever shared with me some of the common realities multiple-birth families faced. I didn't realize the impact that a preterm birth can have on multiple-birth babies.

At 8 weeks I found out I was having twins. I was all over the place with my emotions, feeling happy , nervous, excited, scared...I was told of the realities and some of the statistics of carrying multiple babies to term and tried to remain positive that I would have term babies, but that was not to be.

At 32 weeks, gestation my tiny 4Lbs and 3Lbs baby boy and girl arrived quickly and with little to no preparation time for me. It happen so quickly, into the operating room - had to have a C-section. One of the babies was head up, and despite me being very optimistic throughout the whole pregnancy that I was going to deliver these babies naturally, the doctor strongly suggested a c-section.

My little miracles were whisked away from me very quickly where they were stabilized and received medical support .Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU); the best equipped unit to provide lifesaving medical interventions to such small premature infants.

My excitement and hopes for the future were dashed by the sudden arrival of my twins and replaced with feelings of despair and hopelessness. My husband and I could not do anything to help them. My husband and I had to stand back and let a medical team take over with the hopes that they would work their "magic". Then finally, after many almost 2 months in the NICU , Maya was able to come home with us, but then another heartbreaking event , Brandon had to stay behind.. He was having these episode where he would stop breathing on his own ... The machines he was connect to would sound off this loud alarm . So he stayed for almost another 2 weeks... During those 2 weeks, me and my husband went back and forth everyday with our 5 year old daughter and our little peanut, to visit their brother.

When I reflect on that time, 20 months ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. I felt very alone at that time, as though no one really knew what my husband and I were going through, unless they had lived it before. During our NICU time, life was not easy, as I'm sure you can imagine, seeing your child attached to all these machines is a nightmare for any parent. When we were finally all home together, as a big family... Another challenge begun ... Having not much family to help us with our children ... It was non stop all day, all night. Now, my twins, 20 months old, looking at my life... I feel so blessed, thankful and over joyed. I have 3 healthy, beautiful children...
And thank-goodness that the NICU days are behind us.

Claudia :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas Party with TPAB!!

Christmas comes but once a year-
Join the Twins Plus Association of Brampton for some holiday cheer!
Pizza and Refreshments
and a visit from Santa Clause!
Gifts for all the children,
as they all listen for the pitter patter of the Reindeers' paws!

Sunday December 1st
Century Gardens Community Centre
11:30 am PARTY in the Lawn Bowling Club (separate building in the parking lot)
2:00 pm Public Swimming with TPAB in the main building paid for by TPAB!
 
pool capacity is 150 guests – so first-come first-served – tickets go on sale at approx. 1:30 pm at the main reception
If you are attending the Public Swim with us -
please see one of the Social Committee members at the party and we will give you an envelope with the money to cover your entire family!
Please RSVP by Wednesday November 20th
as we need to put our order in to Santa's Elves for all the kiddies gifts!!
 

We will be serving pizza, cake, coffee, tea, water and juice (peanut free menu) 

Please feel free to add to the menu if you'd like BUT it has to be peanut free food!

We thank you for your understanding as we try to keep all of our children safe. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

 

The TPAB Social Committee

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Prenatal Session: Managing Multiples

The Twins Plus Association of Brampton is excited to announce that we have finally confirmed that the Managing Multiples Prenatal Class is set to go on Sunday January 12th from 10 am to 4 pm in the Fortino's Community Room at Main & Bovaird.  Our last session – last Spring was cancelled as all the moms that were signed up either went into labour or were put on bed-rest so this is in fact going to be our first session! 
 
PLEASE spread the word to your friends and family and even to your doctors' offices as there is no other class of this type being held in the Region – that we know of – and it could be a great resource for expectant parents of multiples!!
 
This is our FIRST time we are offering the class and we are very very excited to be embarking on this new venture!  We have been working on it for over a year now and have attended training workshops with a Multiples Doula and Prenatal Instructor to prepare ourselves. We stress that our class in not a "Medical" Prenatal Class – although we will be discussing some medical terms and what medical surprises to expect and also be on the lookout for in a multiples pregnancy. We will be discussing everything from the pregnancy to after you bring the babies home...
  • Zygosity (type of twins/multiples – fraternal vs. identical)
  • Medical conditions to watch out for during the pregnancy (TTTS, IUGR, Mo-Mo Twins)
  • High Rish Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy care, exercise and nutrition
  • Maternity Clothes
  • Leaving Work
  • Safety in the home: Twinproofing
  • What to pack for the Hospital
  • Bedrest and possible antenatal hospitalization
  • Baby Shower
  • Premature Labour
  • Labour & Delivery
  • Vaginal vs. Caesarean Section
  • Bonding with Multiples
  • NICU stay and your role in the NICU
  • Going Home 
  • Preparing older siblings in the home
  • Strollers
  • Baby Equipment – What to BUY and How MANY of each?!
  • Baby Names
  • Identical Twins and how to tell them apart
  • Growth Differences in the babies
  • Routines
  • Swaddling
  • Co-Bedding
  • Breastfeeding or Bottle-feeding multiples 
  • Dad's Role
  • Marriage - how to take care of it
  • Intimacy and Birth Control after pregnancy
  • Antenatal and Postpartum Depression
  • Things that Nobody tells you!!
  • TPAB/MBC and local community resources
  • and so much more!!
The fee for the class is $60 per couple for non-members which would include a one-year membership with Twins Plus Association of Brampton and Multiple Births Canada ($30 value).  TPAB members would pay $30 per couple.  
 
Please email us at brampton@multiplebirthscanada.org if you would be interested in attending this session or maybe one at a later date.  We hope to have a session every 3-4 months. 
 
Thanks and have a GREAT afternoon  :)
 
 
Nina Garcia & Devon Johnston
Managing Multiples Instructors
Twins Plus Association of Brampton
 

Monday, November 11, 2013

REMINDER: Drop-In Night tomorrow!

Don't forget to Drop-In tomorrow night in the Community Room at Fortino's (60 Quarry Edge Drive) at Main & Bovaird for our NEW TPAB Drop-In Nights!  We will be there from 7:30 – 9:30 pm and look forward to seeing you and meeting new people :)
 
Tomorrow night - we will be able to take care of TPAB business whether it be Membership Renewals, Signups or just asking us what we are all about.  EVERYBODY IS WELCOME - you DO NOT HAVE to be a member to join us!
 
The last half hour will be dedicated to our Fish Bowl Session – where we will draw questions and/or comments dropped into our Fish Bowl while you are there and discuss them or answer them as a group.  Feel free to drop-in for 5 minutes or stay the entire time and you may join us at anytime during the 2 hours ...even if just for the last 10 minutes!
 
Get out to Fortinos's – get some shopping done and visit us in the Community Room! (Light Refreshments will be served)
 
See you tomorrow!
 
Nina

Monday, November 4, 2013

NEW TPAB Drop-In Nights

We are very excited to announce our new monthly TPAB Drop-In Nights!  They will run the 2nd Tuesday of every month in the Community Room of the Fortino's at Main & Bovaird (60 Quarry Edge Drive) from 7:30 pm to 930 pm!  (with the exception of January where it will be the 3rd Tuesday!)
 
The Drop-In Nights will serve to be a casual meeting point for all of our members and also the general public to come in and meet us and each other, see what we are  all about and ask questions.  At every gathering, we will also be able to take care of TPAB business whether it be Membership Renewals, Signups or getting information from us regarding an upcoming event.  EVERYBODY WELCOME  - you DO NOT HAVE to be a member to join us!
 
We are also looking at having different Themes for our Drop-In Nights and when possible - we may have guest speakers for a set time.  This will always be announced ahead of time so that you can make plans to attend if it is something that interests you. 
 
The last half hour of every Drop-In Night will be dedicated to our Fish Bowl Session – where we will draw questions and/or comments dropped into our Fish Bowl that will be on display and discuss them or answer them as a group.  The questions or comments could be about anything and everything that crosses your mind that you may want to express or ask regarding your life as a parent or family member of multiples or their siblings or just about life in general!
 
Feel free to drop-in for 5 minutes, an hour or stay the whole two hours and get to know your TPAB friends better!  You may join us at anytime during the 2 hours ...even if just for the last 10 minutes!  Get out to Fortinos's – get some shopping done and visit us in the Community Room!  (Light Refreshments will be served)
 
The first Drop-In Night will be next Tuesday November 12th 7:30-9:30 – we look forward to seeing you all there!  Please feel free to bring the kids 
 
Your TPAB Executive Committee