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Freddie was born on Saturday 21st May 2011 @ 17.42pm, 28 weeks+2, weighing just 730 grams (1lb 9ozs). He was born 11½ weeks premature. Prior to birth, Freddie was transferred from Royal Free in London to the NICU (Neonatal Incubation Care Unit) at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent; the only incubator available, 86 miles away & delivered! We traveled to visit him everyday & finally, after 35 days & an exhausting 3000 miles, he was transferred to Barnet Hospital, just 4 miles away from home! Six weeks later, after a total of 12 weeks (82 days) at hospital, Freddie was finally allowed to go home, on oxygen support for his due date - his 0th birthday! His weight today, is 8400 grams (18lbs 5ozs) & his next weight recording is 1.12.12. He has had 2 hernia operations at Great Ormond Street and is due another at his 4th hospital. This is our story...

Saturday, 29 March 2014

@FreddieWM's Mothers Day 2014 for @JenniMcGill

Off for a haircut... Mothers Day and best friends 4th birthday party.

I have to look nice!

My 2nd ever haircut
The 1st time I've been to a Barber shop
I'm really enjoying this

Then off to the shops to buy flowers for Mothers Day...

Waiting for Mummy...


There she is!

I love my Mummy :)

June 2011

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spring 2014 photos...

Here is a short update, about how @FreddieWM is getting on at nursery and at home.





and some recent photos...



It's cool to drink Milk!

Window-shopping at the Apple Store; watching Bob the Builder

With best friends, Alex and Leo

Acting as Fat Controller with Thomas The Tank Engine

Unwell and having a nap





Monday, 16 December 2013

At home with @FreddieWM - Autumn 2013 updates

Apologies to all regular readers of Freddie's blog. This next update, has been far too long in coming and is overdue. Thank you for reading.

Freddie has settled into his new nursery and is his reports are stupendously positive! We also took the time on 17th November, to remember his premature start to the world, reflecting on stories from World Prematurity Day. Freddie's story also continues to grow as requests for articles and photo-permissions are received.

Before sharing photos of Freddie from the past 3 months, I'd like to share his first report form nursery.

Key-worker:

 

"Freddie has settled in well to the yellow room. He enages in lots of activities and expresses his pleasure in doing so, by smiling; laughing and talkign about what he is doing.
Although Freddie was slightly anxious being separated from his mum and dad when he first came to the nursery, I have spent time in building a relationship with Freddie, to make him feel more secure, confident and happy in the yellow room. "

October:

In early October,  Freddie continues to enjoy his favourite chair in front of the television. We know we will soon have to limit this exposure; but the lure of childrens television, is too much. Even, Daddy has to stopped himself from watching some of the shows!


As the good summer weather continues, we take the opportunity to visit our local park as much as possible. Freddie explores the trees; ponds and local playgrounds.


A new set of wheels allows Freddie to get mobile. It is a hard task for Daddy to keep up!


Freddie catches up with his best freinds, Lily and Burghley. They have just moved to a new house and their garden is huge! We enjoy looking at the apple trees and playing on the trampoline. Freddie watches Peppa Pig together, even though Burghley says it's for little babies!



I have decided to write the rest of the blog, from Freddie.
I love playing on the swings the park and with all my toys at home.


My mummy and daddy even took me to the cinema for the first time. Daddy fell asleep and after one hour, I was feeling bored of sitting down, I started to run around; so we had to leave. I was also starting to get (yet) another cold!


I really liked eating popcorn. It's my favourite new food!


 For Halloween, my daddy bought me a mask and my mummy bought me some skeleton pyjamas! 
I even started to learn how to use daddy's iPad. I bet when I am older, I will laugh at the technology he uses :)


I am really good at saying 'Boo!' and I scare my mummy all the time.


November

In November, we were all quite ill, even my mummy who is never ill. Daddy knows some very important people at Bloomsbury Publishing, so they sent me 4 or 5 new books to read. One book was called Spider Sandwiches!


Daddy also published his first book. You can see me below trying to eat it! It is a red book ... 

I am also eating fruit now. I like apples and bananas and my mum looks as though she is very, very happy.

My mummy and I made our first cake together. The picture below is one of me looking quite clean before it got even more messy! I had to have a bath afterwards and the cake tasted really nice.



I also like to wear daddy's glasses. They make my mummy laugh.

Look at all my cars. I lined them up on the floor with my daddy.

Then, on the 25th November, my mummy kept laughing at my daddy. Apparently, it is funny when you turn 40 years of old. I have no idea what that means, but my mummy and daddy dressed up like they were in the 1970s. I've never heard of it. They both looked weird. 

I even got to see my Grandma!! I love my Grandma.

December

In December, we have had lots of fun. My mummy and daddy keep talking about Santa Claus. I don't know who he is, but my mum and dad are very happy; laughing lots and spending lots of money. We even bought a tree for our house!





Only taken last week - sick with a chest infection!
We will update you in 2014 with our holiday season photos and plans for the new year.
Freddie continues to bloom and show all the signs of a healthy and happy little boy.
We count our blessings.

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year!










































Saturday, 7 September 2013

A @FreddieWM update by mummy @JenniMcGill


I have written a little bit of background information about Freddie to help his key worker at his new nursery.

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History
Freddie was born 3 months premature, he was only 1lb 9 at birth. He spent his first 3 months in hospital and another 2 on oxygen at home. He had lots of colds for first year and a half. He was given an inhaler to help with his immature lungs when he was 2. This made a dramatic difference. He no longer needs the inhaler and fingers crossed, rarely gets ill. This may change again in the winter. He has caught up his development and size; you wouldn't know he was so small now. Saying that, he is a little smaller compared to other children his age. All I know is, that he is a very happy, energetic, little boy now. I would like him to be treated like everyone else. I do get a little worried when it comes to keeping him warm. Making sure he has enough clothes on in cold weather. This is just from 2 years of him being unwell.

Sleeping
Freddie sleeps from 730/8pm to 730am. When back at school it will be 730-6/630am. This is the best it's ever been. He sleeps for 2 hours in the day, 12-2pm or 1-230pm. Rarely later than this. He doesn't like the bed-covers over him. He takes a while to wake up in the day, he can be upset when he wakes up.

August 2013


Talking
He loves singing. His favourites are; 'row row row your boat', 'wheels on the bus' and 'head and shoulders knees and toes'. 'Twinkle twinkle little star'. He can say lots of words and 3-4 word sentences. He says cheers lots, hello and goodbye, red bus, come on mummy, sit down mummy. Fish, peppa pig, quack quack, dog, cat, cow, No and yes.

Nappy
He wears size 5 pull up nappies. He doesn't like having his nappy changed, who would? He sits on my knee when I put his nappy back on. We says 'up up and away',  when he stands up. This makes it fun and he enjoys it. He does the same with shorts and or trousers. He likes to sit on my knee to put his shoes on.

Eating
He eats well, prefers to snack in the day, usually has one big meal a day. He eats cereal and or toast for breakfast. Lunch is usually a snack of toast and a yogurt and such like. He likes olives, raisins, cheese and ham. Dinner is a big meal, ranging from; spaghetti, fish pie, pasta,  fish fingers, sausages and mash, scrambled egg, chicken casserole and or chicken curry.
Puddings; he loves cake, biscuits, ice cream, chocolate and yogurts. He likes fruit smoothies, yogurts and purée fruit, but does get them solid. We have tried to introduce raw fruit and veg loads, he doesn't understand what to do with them yet. I think he will in time.





Lunch with Daddy - "Water Daddy? Water!"

Playtime
He is sometimes shy with other children; for example, he may panic when another child is on a playground slide. It may take him time to get used to being around so many children/ people, he is used to being with one and going to play groups. He likes doing high five, that tends to make him more relaxed with strangers. He also likes kissing, ;)

Play
He loves being outside, running, playing with a ball and the park. He likes the swing and the slide. he loves jumping in muddy puddles. He doesn't like leaving the park, it has to be a well planned transition. Telling him what we will do next. He is getting better at this. He likes cars and trains. He loves balloons and bubbles. He loves the cartoons Peppa Pig and Ben and Hollie. As I have already mentioned, he also loves singing.

He is a size 4 and a half shoe.
He hates wearing a hat.

He talks a lot and is lots of fun and a happy healthy boy.



Lilly and Freddie - Victoria Park, Finchley

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Summer holidays with @FreddieWM

It was Freddie's 2nd birthday since I last posted any updates on this blog. We are still raising funds for his Bliss chairty donation. If you can spare £5, please donate as it will go to a very worthy cause. There is a link on the left-hand side of this webpage.

In August 2013, Freddie will be technically 2 years old in gestation, even though he is 27 months old. We have come along way since leaving hospital on his due date, 2 years ago on 11th August 2011. (Do you remember the summer riots in London? It was around this time and we were so anxious to drive home through the streets with Freddie weighing 4lbs 4ozs at 82 days old).

This summer, we planned a roadtrip to Scotland to go camping and visit some of Dad's family and childhood homes. As you will see from some of the photos, Freddie is growing into a beautiful, strong and happy young man.

Milk - 1st day camping

Loch Ken, Castle Douglas

Freddie loved the slides at a local park

Flying a kite

Improving football skills


A walk to Threave Castle

Threave Castle

Galloway Forest

Culzean Castle gardens, Ayrshire

Culzean Castle gardens, Ayrshire


Loch Lomond

Freddie on the banks of Loch Lomond

Freddie and Daddy - Loch Lomond

Daddy checking the directions to Dundee

Looking for spiders

Happy roadtrip

Throwing stones

Kite skills getting better

Awaiting the star show at night

Beautiful sunsets

Freddie enjoying playing in Daddy's car.

Dumfries sunset

Culzean Castle

Redheugh, Kilbirnie. Daddy's childhood home

Playing at a park in Saltcoats

Loch Lomond

Staying with friends in Blairgowerie

Daddy visiting Dundee United - Yeah!

The 3 of us

Happy and healthy Freddie


I promise to post more details of Freddie's development during the Autumn of 2013. Keep watching this webpage for more details and get in touch if you would like any 'preemie' advice.