JUST BREATHE 🌿 Now we're at the overdue pointy end of this pregnancy, what I'm struggling the most with is the difference between this experience and my one with Bobby. You see, with Bob, we paid a nice hefty fee to go through the private system. We paid a good price for an AMAZING obstetrician (Natalia Khomko - we miss you 😫) and excellent service. It was worth every single penny. This time around, I had a private ob in Adelaide for the first 20ish weeks, until we packed up & moved home to Melbourne... where I thought 'stuff it, we will be fine to go public' and save some dollars. Don't get me wrong, the Royal Women's have been amazing. Wonderful midwives & doctors who have helped me through this pregnancy. But it's just getting to the end where I'm finding it hard to accept the differences. With Bobby, I was induced at 38 weeks. Today, I booked my induction. For the 21st of January. 41.5weeks pregnant I will be, on paper. In my own mind, I'll be 42.5 weeks due to confusion between two due dates - two different states, two different doctors, two different services, two varying opinions. I have been told since 36 weeks "you're engaged, your baby is a very good size, you're definitely going to go early" hence why we expected bub around Xmas time. Note: it should be ILLEGAL to get women's hopes up. I think due dates should be scrapped all together. Just give us a 'due month' to avoid this. My body & my brain is exhausted. My mental health is scratchy. I do, however, have faith in my body and must trust it will do what it needs to do. If bub is still in there, he/she needs to be in there and I am trying my absolute best to embrace the natural process.. because that's ultimately what I want... to experience natural labour & a natural birth (insert epidural here when shit hits the fan!) PS: I AM NOT ASKING FOR SYMPATHY! There's many women out there in much worse positions than me having an overdue, healthy baby and my situation could be much worse, so please don't confuse my tired emotional venting for seeking your sympathy because I'm not. I'm lucky beyond measure to have this experience. Pregnancy is simply hard work and I'm tired 💕💕💕
It’s almost Christmas – a time when children’s dreams come true.
And for six-year-old cancer sufferer James Blake, a surprise visit by Inspector Drew Morgan was an experience of a life-time.
A huge fan of Victoria Police, James aspires to be police officer when he grows up. Sitting in the police car his face lit up and when the radio operator called through to wish him a Merry Christmas. To cap the visit off, Drew presented James with a police activity pack and a police-themed Lego city set.
Many of you have requested updates as to our progress on re- opening. Thank you for your patience to date. Regrettably the pub’s insurers, Assetinsure, had originally accepted cover for some damage caused by stormwater and overland flow. In reliance upon that position the pub engaged experts to prepare reports on damage and continued to employ staff in anticipation of re-opening. 6 months has now passed since The George closed its doors. We recently completed a claim as requested by the insurers at considerable cost. After receiving the claim the insurer changed its position and denied any liability whatsoever. The result is that The George will now not be in a position to reopen until issues with insurance are resolved. That will inevitably require lengthy & costly legal proceedings. As a consequence of the insurers position we have had no option but to bring all employees contracts to an end. We wish to thank Brett & Peta as well as the kitchen team for their patience, support and loyalty. The set backs to The George come as a significant blow to us and indeed the community. But for the actions of the insurer things could have been handled very differently and we would be operating today. We appreciate the huge support we have received from you all and we will definitely keep you posted. Please know that we will keep fighting this to the end.
One of the very best walks in Tassie... the Cape Queen Elizabeth track starts from the carpark via an unused 4WD track running parallel to the Bruny Island airstrip. It's actually not far from where you drive off the ferry.
Offering some amazing landscapes to discover and explore, the 12km return track, passes The Neck and Adventure Bay as well as stunningly secluded beaches and unique rock formations. At low tide the trail leads round the coast below Mars Bluff, allowing for a shorter and more exciting route, including the spectacular view in this photo :) #Tasmania #TasmaniaGram #InstaTasmania
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One of the best feelings ever is seeing the look on someone's face when they realise that you care for them even if you don't really know them...
Every day I walk along Bourke Street on my way to work and every day I see Con selling The Big Issue. Rain, hail or shine he is always there. Winter through summer. I always give him a "good morning" and he always smiles. He is a man of very few words. He also always has his old radio on but because he sits by the tram tracks his favourite station, the local Greek station, sounds horrendous!
This morning I walked by Con, said my good morning and heard the crackle of the radio... then I had an idea! I ran off to the shops and bought Con a mini digital radio... which is not effected by the tram tracks at all! I got some wrapping paper and wrapped it up and gave it to him with a "Merry Christmas Con!" At first he looked confused as to why the random guy in the hat that says hello every morning was giving him a present... but then the little kid inside took over and a massive smile came over his face! He took the present from me and slowly unwrapped it.
Last year 120 young people with disabilities from across India participated in the National Consultation on Disability, organised by World Vision. 25 year old Situ was one of them and says, “It is a platform that empowers us with knowledge and things I didn’t know before, like the many rules and laws which safeguard our rights.” Situ contracted polio at four years old, impairing her ability to walk. However, since she got involved with World Vision’s work she has developed new found confidence, especially around public speaking. “I used to fear public speaking but slowly, I have rid myself of that fear. World Vision staff motivated me by encouraging me to participate in activities.” See how programs like this one are helping to empower people with disabilities: http://wva.me/Disability-inclusion