Ozzy’s a knock-out

Oscar appeared in the Central Western Daily on Wednesday 5th January 2014.

The photo of Ozzy showing his boxing skills was taken recently at the Orange PCYC.

Ozzy was taken there by Opa and Nanna with Matilda while Dad and Mum where in Sydney, at the horse races on the booze.


Throws them better than Mundine!

Oscar’s trip to Sydney!

Oscar recently had his first trip to Sydney, but it was not under the circumstances that any one would wish.

On the morning of Friday 25th June Gina and I was not well as he lethargic and passing blood. At 8am we took him to Orange base hospital were it was quickly established that something was wrong with our little boy. The doctors did there best to locate a vein to insert a canular needle but had no success. A scene Gina and I will never forget is holding down Ozzy as four doctors working on one limb each continually try to find a vein. Eventually one of the paediatric doctors successfully inserted a canular needle in Ozzys foot and a drip was established. Ozzy then had an x-ray of this tummy and it was quickly established that he had intussusceptions – a condition where the one part of the intestine slides into the next part. When this occurs it creates an obstruction in the bowel. We where then notified that Oscar will need to go to Westmead Children’s hospital, Sydney. A helicopter was arranged and I rushed home to pack whatever i could think of in a mad rush. Around 3pm the Telstra Child Care chopper departed from Sydney caring Oscar and Gina. I began the three and a half hour journey busily calling our parents, sister and my work to give them updates.

Around 7:30pm the surgeons undertook the first of two air enemas in an attempt to force out the obstruction. This was patially successful. At 12:30am (Saturday Moning) the decision was made that poor little Ozzy required surgery. At 1:30am surgery commenced with a very concerted Steven and Gina waiting in an eerily empty hospital. Around 2:15am the surgeon let Gina and I all was well and the surgery was very successful. It was not until 3am that Oscar was moved from surgery theatre to the surgery ward, were we joined four other children, with a parent sleeping beside each. The friendly staff had arranged a room so one of us can sleep in a relative quite place, while the other lay on a single fold out sofa at Ozzy’s bed side.

Oscar at Westmead

Oscar at Westmead

Poor little Ozzy had a catheter, drip and various monitors hanging off him. After a few days, he slowly returned to milk and began to recover. Oscar was visited by Tante Annelie, Aunty Gina and Uncle Michael and he received lovely flowers from Grandfather, Granny and Aunty Sooshie as well as from the NSW Department of Industry and Investment.

Now, a week after his operation it is remarkable how quickly young children heal and recover, you would not even know that he had this life threatening emergency.

All of the Doctors and Nurses from the Orange Base Hospital, Westmead Childrens Hospital and the Telstra Care Fight crew were excellent and show that Australia does have one of the best health systems in the world.

You can read more about Intussusception  here:



Baby Pool Winners

Congratulations to the Four contestants who picked the correct day of Oscar’s birth in the baby pool.

Weight Length
Date Of Birth Sex Time Of Birth Kgs Pounds Cm Inches
OSCAR 10.02.2010 Boy 6.30 pm 3.55 7.8 50.0 19.0
Connie (Nonna) 10.02.2010 Boy 8.00 am 3.500 7.7 38.1 15.0
Aunty Ann 10.02.2010 Boy 11.25 pm 3.629 8.0 55.0 21.7
Amy 10.02.2010 Boy 1.00 pm 4 8.8 51 20
Dan 10.02.2010 Girl 4.5 9.9 53 20.9

Baby Pool

Weight Length
Date Of Birth Sex Time Of Birth Kgs Pounds Cm Inches
Gina (Mummy) 3.02.2010 Boy 11.30am 3.538 7.8 56.0 22.0
Steve (Daddy) 31.01.2010 Girl 11.11am 4.990 11.0 58.0 22.8
Louise (Granny) 18.02.2010 Boy 11.00am 3.221 7.1 57.2 22.5
Maria (Nanna) 27.01.2010 Boy 3.15am 3.500 7.7 51.0 20.1
Lucy 21.02.2010 Boy 4.27pm 4.082 9.0 61.0 24.0
Sarah 19.02.2010 Girl 9.07pm 3.586 7.9 52.0 20.5
Connie (Nonna) 10.02.2010 Boy 8.00am 3.500 7.7 38.1 15.0
Annelie 6.02.2010 Girl 8.00pm 3.266 7.2 55.9 22.0
Aunty Gina 11.02.2010 Boy 1.30am 3.992 8.8 50.0 19.7
Gloria 19.02.2010 Girl 5.00pm 3.719 8.2 51.0 20.1
Aunty Ann 10.02.2010 Boy 11.25pm 3.629 8.0 55.0 21.7
Rhonda 12.02.2010 Boy 3.00am 3.402 7.5 58.4 23.0
Ann Kelly 15.02.2010 Girl 9.00pm 3.629 8.0 55.9 22.0
Jenny 13.02.2010 Boy 3.30am 3.311 7.3 55.0 21.7
Dearne 17.02.2010 Girl 10.45am 3.230 7.1 51.5 20.3
Catherine 14.02.2010 Girl 2.30pm 3.629 8.0 53.0 20.9
Erin 30.01.2010 Girl 6.30am 3.239 7.1 54.0 21.3
Megan 16.02.2010 Boy 10.15am 3.493 7.7 54.0 21.3
Leanne 15.02.2010 Boy 3.45am 3.2 7 54.0 21.3
Amy 10.02.2010 Boy 1.00pm 4 8.8 51 20
Dan 10.02.2010 Girl 4.5 9.9 53 20.9
Marie G 13.02.2010 Boy 4.4 9.6 56 22
Kendyl 15.02.2010 Girl 4 8.8 50 19.7
Will 14.02.2010 Boy 4.2 9.3 51 20.1
Steve H 8.02.2010 Girl 4.3 9.5 52 20.5
Adam 22.02.2010 Girl 4 8.8 55 21.7
Toby 16.02.2010 Girl 29.5 65 90 35.4
Trudy 12.02.2010 Boy 3.7 8.2 45 17.7

Monty @ 22 and a half weeks

Gina and I went for another ultrasound on Thursday 15th November 2009. This booking was required as when we went in September the radiologist could not get a good view of the heart.
Three weeks later we went back and were both amazed at the amount that Monty has grown in this time. Again, he (she) was a naughty baby and was curled over. Gina had to drink another few glasses of water in an attempt to get him (her) to move. I like the radiology center as they have a good selection of 4×4, golf and guitar magazines. So I was more than happy to wait half an hour. Gina sat quietly and drank her water as I sat reading. As I read about a better golf swing I was totally oblivious to the fact that poor Gina was sitting on the edge of her seat, red faced and ‘busting’ to go to the bathroom.


Monty has a nose like his / her mum
What a cutie

What a cutie!

Soon the radiologist came and, to Gina’s relief , called us in for another attempt. Again Monty did not want to cooperate and after ten minutes of getting Gina to move on her side, back to her back then on other side to get a good shot, another radiologist was called in. Now we had two professionals working Gina’s tummy trying to get little Monty to move…but like many of his (her) relations he (she) was very stubborn.
I the end the radiologists agreed that all was well, but after three attempts they could not get the view that they wanted…..we may have trouble on our hands ;-)

Baby Furniture

On thursday 24th September Gina and I received our new baby furniture. We spent that night assembling our new items and placing them in the nursery. We purchased:

  • Boori Sleigh 3 in 1 Cot Junior Bed Sofa
  • Boori  Matilda Chest
  • Boori Three Tier Change Table
  • Eden Stroller
  • Love ‘n Care Glider Chair
  • Safe ‘n Sound Maridian Car Seat

Sleigh Cotmatilda chest and change talbe

Chair and Cot