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Sunday 30th June 2013

This month was a bit of an emotional one, but sure every day brings a fresh start and a new outlook on life. I'm still writing my book, although it's taking longer than I thought as it's quite an emotional roller-coaster. I had promised to have it complete for my mentor, a superb English Teacher and famous author in her own right, who was terminally ill with the big C. Unfortunately after an epic battle she passed away last month, and I'm so gutted I didn't get to share my final me-moires with her. However what I had written, she had proof read and she was super impressed with the content, so I shall soldier on and persevere through the tears and get this book finished and dedicate it to her wonderful memory, my sunflower girls memory and my living momo warriors life.

Once upon a time....

Saturday 8th June 2013

The Big Red Fun Bus arrived at my house today to entertain the troops for my momo warriors 3rd birthday!! She, and all her guests, had an absolute ball. Can't believe 3 years have passed since my momo girls were born. I visited her sister in Glasnevin and had a picnic lunch with her and my own sister and we talked of how she would be if she was here with us today. We reckon she would be the sensible one!! Love you to the moon and back Emily xxxx

Tuesday 30th April 2013

Just about recovered from an amazing 1300km trip around Ireland with the Prem Warrior Bikers and Irish Premature Babies. We generated €50k and donated it all back to the various hospitals by way of equipment the so desperately need. The lads had a great time and the pink ladies thoroughly enjoyed it too. It was just an amazing weekend and one that will be talked about for weeks to come. We've already 15 bikers signed up for next years trip, so we are definitely doing something right. My little momo warrior isn't well at the mo, so am hoping she recovers soon.

Calpol and cough bottle are the drink of choice at the mo..

Friday 12th April 2013

Well I've had a busy couple of months. Have taken time off work to have back surgery and whilst recovering have decided to write a book on my twins journey from start until now. I've also had the house decorated and the final preparations are underway for the Road Warriors Ride Out for Prems which takes place this coming April, 25th to 29th. It's going to be just as special and exciting as last year. All our bikers are working real hard, fundraising to purchase equipments for the hospitals we visit on our trip. Details can be found at www.irishprematurebabies.com and www.rideoutforprems.com I cannot wait!! Am counting down the days!! If you want to be a part of this special trip you can simply text PREM to 57802 and donate €2.00 (a minimum of €1.62 will go to the charity, and standard network charges may apply)

Hope you all have an amazing weekend....

Tuesday 15th January 2013

Happy New Year to you all!!

Pop the bubbles, this site is officially one year old. With over 10,000 hits and an ever increasing Facebook following, I'm very lucky to be able to continue to support those that need someone to talk to or just answer those random silly questions we are too embarrassed to ask the professionals. I took my Twins Journal out of Emily's memory box over the holidays and plan to transfer it to the laptop, hopefully adapting it into a readable tale for all to absorb, analyze and ultimately enjoy (with the help of an amazing iconic strong lady, who's facing her own demons and winning)

Thanks to everyone for all their backing and positivity, you never cease to amaze me.

Here's to the next year....

Monday 10th December 2012

What an emotional weekend. My momo survivor is now tall enough to help with the bauble hanging on the Christmas tree. It was so lovely to watch her and her big sister assemble the colourful decorations on the same branch..!! But it was also very bitter sweet. How I wish their sister was here too to help weigh down that one branch so beautifully, and with such sense of achievement and pride. Although Mammy would later rearrange (secretly) when they were finished with their masterpiece.

We also attended the annual Christmas Tree lighting at the Holy Angels Plot in Glasnevin Cemetary. You'd think year on year it would get easier, but my goodness I think I was worse this year than before. As beautiful and heart warming as the ceremony is, under the circumstances, it's so sad to see the crowds increase each December. The number of families facing Christmas for the first time without their little baby. So hard for them, so hard for us all, but we have to face it and deal with it as best we can. Keep those families in your thoughts and prayers this Christmas whilst you are enjoying the celebrations with yours.

To mulled wine, mince pies, and memories....

Sunday 28th October 2012

The hits reached over 7000 last week, and I was so thrilled and in awe of the support and kind words from friends and family. It's just lovely to feel the site is raising awareness and the Facebook page is growing in numbers. My aim is to increase peoples knowledge and that seems to be happening. I also had the honour of writing a piece for the latest Irish Premature Babies newsletter, which is circulated to all the hospitals and clinics around the country. Things are really progressing!! I also visited Emily last week. It was tough seeing her grave so bare since the changes happened in Glasnevin. I was a little upset and as I chatted to her I asked her to give me guidance and support me through this tough time. No sooner had the words left my mouth, a white feather landed on my right shoulder..

Believe in miracles..

Friday 28th September 2012

It was my birthday this week, another year old and still no wiser. My girls spoiled me and my eldest asked 'When is the bouncy castle coming Mam?' I told her I was too old for bouncy castles to which she replied, without even blinking, 'Yes, but I'm not!!'. Shes just getting too grown up. My momo prem had the Bayley Scale of Infant Development Test earlier this week and she did brilliantly. So so proud of her and she finished up in the 90 percentile which is a wonderful achievement. She's fully corrected now and no longer classed as a prem. She never ceases to amaze me.

A true miracle....

Monday 17th September 2012

Just back from a lovely break in the sun. Back to work, back to reality, back to the cold mornings and darker evenings. Summer is truly over. My eldest started pre-school today and was delighted with her little self. No fear whatsoever. Lots happening with Irish Premature Babies, with Ikea, www.ikea.ie giving us a massive dig out last month providing furniture for lots of the countries NICUs, which was fantastic. We also received a cheque for €10,000 from a charity ball hosted by the Tadhg O'Fainin Foundation http://www.tadhgofainin.com/index.html An amazing couple and inspirational family who host events and fundraisers and donate the proceeds.

Now back to my paying job....

Friday 10th August 2012

Finally the sun is shining and we might actually get a bit of a summer. Although it's the weekend now, so I'm sure there will be torrential rain come tomorrow. Murphy's Law!! Hit another milestone in the house this week, my momo mama moved from her cot into a big girls bed and is now sharing a room with her sister. Initially it seemed to be a great idea, now they are plotting and scheming in their bedroom each evening and it's making me nervous. Although the fact they are going to bed early each night is such a lovely bonus.

The Ride Out for Prems 2013 has officially been launched and we are really looking forward to it, it's going to be huge!! There's a couple of other events coming up in the charity over the next couple of months so be sure to have a look at the website and see whats happening www.irishprematurebabies.com The site has been recently revamped and it looks amazing. A credit to all involved.

Happy Friday to all....

Thursday 5th July 2012

The kindness of strangers never ceases to amaze me. I was having a pretty crap week, wasn't feeling well and things are busy in work when a random stranger took the time to send me a message in relation to my site and the work I've put into it and how I want to help others. She stopped me in my tracks, she brought a tear to my eye and she really helped me pick myself up and carry on. I stopped sweating the little things. She doesn't realise how much her words charged my spirit.

Here's to the kindness of strangers....

Sunday 10th June 2012

My little momo turned 2 this weekend. A huge party was had in the house, and although the back garden took some battering, everyone seemed to have a great time and the birthday girl and her big sister were in their element!!

I also completed the Dublin Women's Mini Marathon on 4th June. I'd been up all night with a dodgy tummy, so my time of one and a half hours was even more amazing as I did it on an empty tummy..!! All money raised was donated to Irish Premature Babies and we'd a great turn out of ladies doing the marathon for our good cause.

Now to set myself a new challenge....

Tuesday 22nd May 2012

Normal order has restored in my house. My littlest girl is very much on the mend and back to herself. Thankfully she's eating well so the weight is starting to appear back on her little frame. It's like it never happened!! It amazes me how quickly kids can bounce back, they are Trojans.

Time to start planning her 2nd birthday party, and her big sister has already made a few requests, namely bouncy castles and new clothes. She's 3 going on 23, the little diva!! It will also be Emily's second anniversary. It will be a bitter sweet day, but time really is a great healer and although she's not her with us all, we talk to her, about her and love her every day, so she's very much a part of our life.
Love you to the moon and back Emily....
Saturday 28th April 2012
Day 3 of the Ride Out - ship ahoy!!
We headed for Galway NICU first thing this morning, the weather was just fab and the riders love a bit of sun when the are cruising. The NICU permitted 3 of our bikers into the Unit, and at this stage they are queuing up to visit the units, as the power of seeing is believing was rippling through them all. Physically seeing where there money is going and what it's doing was tugging at their heart strings.
Next stop was Tralee NICU, but we were going via Tarbert and hopping on the ferry. The scenery was amazing, such beautiful countryside surrounded us, disturbed ever so slightly but the roar of the engines of our big bikes!! The ferry was a lovely experience, everyone seemed to enjoy the short trip and the pink ladies got to go to the top deck and visit the captain!!
We stopped in listowel for lunch, and took over the whole of the centre of the town - it was such a sight!!
Our visit to the NICU was another positive one, they were thrilled with their piece of equipment and again a couple of bikers had the chance to visit the unit and experience first hand what prematurity is really like. A grown man in full biker leathers with a tear in his eye would melt your heart.
On to limerick where we checked in, and relaxed. We met Ian Dempsey and Mario Rosenstock in the bar and told them all about our trip and took a few pictures with us all. At dinner we present the guys with their tshirts and obligatory patches, they were all so positive about the trip and have totally changed m perception of 'bikers', they are all pussy cats really!!!!
We were on the home stretch now. Unfortunately at this point my adventure had to come to an end. Due to a family emergency I had to get home, so I had to regrettably leave the group to do their last couple of hospitals and the trip home. My own little prem became very ill and I had to rush back to Dublin to be by her bedside in hospital. She had contracted Pneumonia and was struggling to fight it.
The guys finished the trip in style, and I was so proud of all their hard work and effort, it really was an amazing and life changing weekend, which I was very proud to be a big part of of.
It went really well all in all, and I'm already making notes for 2013, it will be epic!!!! Get your name down early, you won't want to miss out.
Friday 27th April 2012
Day Two of the Ride Out for Prems - well worth the effort.
We checked out of Letterkenny, after filling our boots with the fab all you can eat brekkie. We headed up to Letterkenny General where we were met by Kate, the Senior Nurse of the NICU. She was so thrilled to see us all, her excitement was infectious. After a little thank you from her to us, myself and two of the bikers were permitted to have a sneak peak of their small NICU.

I thought I was well able for this, considering I'd been in this situation before and had the t-shirt to prove it, however I was very wrong. The smell of the alcohol hand disinfectant and the noises and beeps of the machines brought back such a familiar memory I became overwhelmed and began to cry. The two lads didn't know where to look, however another nurse was so helpful and brought them around the unit explaining what each piece of equipment was for. There were a couple of babies in incubators and a couple in hot cots; they were perfect, but so fragile.

I told Kate we had purchased two chairs for her unit, as per her request, so the mammies and daddies of the babies had somewhere to sit whilst their little ones lay in the incubator. You'd think I'd told her she'd won the lotto - she then started to fill up with tears!! No sooner had I told her about the chairs, a knock came to the NICU door and there stood a DHL man with two boxes, containing the chairs!! Talk about Jim'll fix it.. Perfect timing!!

We left the unit and had a fantastic, exciting and attention drawing, Garda escort around Letterkenny and out towards Sligo, it's was hair raising stuff, I felt famous again!!

We reached Sligo and were welcomed by so many nurses, doctors and families, they's all made such a special effort to come out and see us. We took some fab group photos, and then were brought into the canteen where a feast awaited our hungry bikers. They really looked after us, and they too allowed a couple of our bikers to view the NICU. We handed over the hospital grade breast pump and were on our merry way. Next stop Castlebar, where we delivered 20 stethoscopes to their unit. Unfortunately an emergency within the unit cut our visit short, but the weather was lovely the bikers were geared up for the lovely trip down to Galway.

We cruised in the sun, taking in all the scenery our lovely country had to offer. I was so happy it wasn't raining for the lads, they deserved a break from it and it was much more enjoyable. We'd a lovely meal and a couple of sociables and now I'm about to nod off.. the excitement of tomorrows events is ever closer.

Roll on 7am roll call in the lobby - I'll be the first there!!

Thursday 26th April 2012

Day one of the Ride Out Prems - a year of planning and hard work and it's finally arrived..!!

I'm known for my over enthusiasm, I'm may also be known to talk a bit much, but my goodness the excitement today was unbelievable. I honestly didn't sleep a wink, checking my phone every half hour through the night ensuring I didn't miss my alarm!!

The day had finally arrived, it was really here. Meeting at the M50 Honda for brekkie, before heading out on the road trip of a life time. The riders have raised so much money, and volunteers have put so much time and effort into the organisation and now it was time to give back to the hospitals.

With the cars, bikes and van fully loaded, we set off in the miserable weather down to the Coombe to donate an incubator - yes, we manged to buy an incubator, still can't believe it. The smiles on the faces of the nurses and staff were enough to make you want to sign up to do it next year. Honest to goodness, I don't think I had enough Kleenex in my bag!! It was such a wonderful feeling.

Next stop was Drogheda, a brand new shiny MR10 machine ready to be delivered. Two of our team were able to visit the unit, which was just amazing. They couldn't believe they would get to experience first hand what all the fuss was about.. It was just a fantastic unique experience for them. We then hit Cavan, and donated a hospital grade breast pump - but not until we received our Garda escort into the town, and did a full lap of the main street!! That in itself was super exciting stuff.

Cavan was brilliant - the nurse explained how many beds were in the unit and what happened if and when they couldn't deal with a particular prem baby, of a certain gestation - the riders were fascinated.

From Cavan we cruised up to Letterkenny, taking in lots of sights. I've never had so much fun taking a scenic route to a destination - normally it's the quickest and shortest way possibly but in this case I was lapping it up!!
The attention we were drawing with all the cars and the bikes was fantastic. We checked into our hotel, had a lovely meal and chatted about our day over a couple of drinks, whilst one of the guys on the trip took out a guitar and sang a few songs. It was so relaxing and a lovely end to a busy day.
Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings....

Tuesday 10th April 2012

The fall out from Easter Sunday is shocking - 18 eggs, 2 very hyper children and copious cups of tea for Mammy.. We'll be making rice crispy cakes until Christmas at this rate.

Things are coming along nicely for the Ride Out for Prems - there's lots of things to finalise, so I'm stressed out, but it will be a great weekend and hopefully all the hard work will pay off. I really can't wait!!

Back to work....

Tuesday 3rd April 2012

Easter is only a stones through away and I have my list of Easter eggs, in order of preference, at the ready. My girls are looking forward to their egg hunt in their granny's house. (although I say my girls, but clearly I'm lying and mean 'ME"!!)

The Ride Out for Prems is only a couple of weeks away now and I'm really looking forward to it, although things are starting to get busy, finalising everything and ensuring everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip. It's going to be great fun and the final tally for monies raised towards NICU equipment is looking good. Will keep you posted!!

Bring on the chocolate....

Friday 16th March 2012

Other than having a nightmare couple of weeks in work , things have been pretty quiet. I'm most certainly ready for the long weekend, could do with the break!! Have heard the momo boys are doing really well in NICU, so am thrilled.

La Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit!!....

Friday 24th February 2012

It's taken almost two weeks to shift the cold and flu I contracted, my goodness, I felt like I'd been hit by a bus every morning. Disaster!! Thankfully everyone in the house seems better now and hopefully we'll get to enjoy the weekend.

I've registered for the Mini Marathon and the official training has commenced.. This is going to be fun, painful, but fun. I'm determined to run it!! I've set up my donation page, should people wish to contribute. http://www.mycharity.ie/event/sharon_kavanaghs_mini-marathon-challenge

May your weekend be filled with fun and excitement....

Friday 17th February 2012

What a week - my whole house has been struck down flu. We are all coughing and spluttering and whinging. We don't even have the energy to look after each other, it's a disaster!! Hopefully now it's the weekend, we will be able to recoup and get back to normal. My attempt to run the 5k race tomorrow is out the window, as my body wouldn't be able for it. I'm absolutely gutted, but it's just motivation me more now to do the next race that comes along.

Rumour has it there were Momo twin boys born mid week this week @ 30 weeks. So far they are both doing well. I'm totally thrilled for their parents, and wish them every bit of strength and happiness over the coming weeks.

Here's to new life....

Wednesday 8th February 2012

20 months ago today, my special girls came into this world. Thank you for making me realise the importance of life, love and happiness and especially family. Heidi, you make me smile every day and Emily, you give me the strength to smile.

Love you both to the moon and back....

Monday 6th February 2012

I'm currently training for the Mini Marathon in June, I hope to run it this year. I will be raising money for Irish Premature Babies. In the mean time, I've a 5k Fun Run coming up on 18th February in the Phoenix Park. I'd love to run it, however my legs are telling me to get real!! I shall persevere and see how I get on, hopefully my head wins over my lazy legs.

Well my girls are growing up so fast, so might say too fast. My eldest, she's 3, has decided she likes boys, and now has about 4 boyfriends, whilst my momo toddler has taken to stamping her feet when she doesn't get her own way. Trying to keep a straight face and tell her no, is quite hard, as it's just so so cute. It's going to be fun when hormones kick in in my household!!

The wonderful joys of parenthood....

Wednesday 25th January 2012

Have had some lovely messages from girls in the UK and the USA that remember me from 2010 when I was pregnant with my girls. Was lovely to hear from them and receive their support.

I'm in the middle of organising an event for Irish Premature Babies, called Ride Out for Prems. Hopefully we'll raise enough money to purchase equipment for various NICUs around Ireland and have a great weekend away too!! Click here for more info - Road Warriors Ride Out for Prems

Stay happy....

Friday 20th January 2012

Just about to leave the office for the weekend and I checked the site stats. Almost 1000 hits this week - Amazing!! Other positive news is Irish Multiple Births Association have updated their website with the information I supplied them on Momo twins. This is a fantastic step in the right direction!!

Have a lovely weekend....

Sunday 15th January 2012

The support this weekend has been amazing. So many people visited my site and sent me beautiful messages. I can't believe it!! It's never going to be the biggest site in the world, but it might be to one family one day, and that will make it all worthwhile.

Until that day....

Friday 13th January 2012

Unlucky for some, but not for me. What started out as a pipe-dream back in October 2011 is now a wonderful reality. Thanks to all who have helped me, supported me and listened to my constant waffle over the last few months. I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful family and such encouraging friends.

And so it begins....