Why I’ve been volunteering for AEPC for 3 years

As a 23 year old without kids, and therefore never going to a CBE class, some people wonder why I would volunteer with a Parents Centre. Many of our volunteers are parents or grandparents, and have been through the courses themselves, which make them want to give back to our charity. 

Well, I’ll admit, when I first joined Auckland East Parents Centre, I was in my final year at university, and looking for something to make my CV look good. Charity work always looks great on your CV, and it’s very hard to get marketing experience as a uni student.

So, it wasn’t really a noble crusade that led me to the doors of AEPC, however I’ve been here 3 years already, and have no plans of leaving! The reason I’ve stayed so long, is that I love the group I get to work alongside, and the different ways I can apply myself. I feel as much attached to AEPC as I feel I would if I had been through the courses myself.

We always have a great rapport at monthly meetings, and we get to meet much of the wider East Auckland Community. It’s a great way to get out and meet a variety of people I otherwise might not have had the chance to get to know, and this is the reason I’ve stayed here for so long. 

If you’re thinking of volunteering, I can highly recommend our little charity, as we’re a tight knit group that gets along like a house on fire, and you’ll have countless opportunities to get involved with your community and bolster your CV.

Morgan McGregor

Five Tips for the Final Weeks of Pregnancy

As the final days of pregnancy wind down, you’re likely wishing for labour to start, and scared stiff at the same time that it might. These last weeks are exhilarating and exhausting, and will likely be remembered only vaguely once your baby is born. With this in mind, surviving these final weeks or days boils down to preparation and relaxation.

Pack Your Bags
It would be very stressful to be told at a doctor’s appointment that you need to deliver right away only to realize that you have nothing packed and ready. Even if you’re not due for another month, pack up a basic suitcase or bag to be ready to go if you are sent to the hospital or go into labour away from home. A panicking partner or a well-meaning childless friend will likely have no idea what you really need if they are forced to pack the bag in your absence, so give yourself peace of mind and have it packed and ready to go.

Install Your Car Seat
Your baby will not be allowed to leave the hospital before you can show proof of having a carseat to take her home in. Unless you’ve played with a carseat recently, amuse yourself one swollen evening by unpacking yours from the box, snapping it into the base and adjusting the straps to fit around a teddy bear or doll. Simply learning how to adjust the straps can be a huge headache saver in the hospital when you’re trying to leave. Go ahead and install the carseat in the back of your car. Driving with an empty carseat in the back might feel strange now, but it will feel far stranger when that carseat is filled in just a few weeks.

Prepare the Nursery
Your nursery doesn’t have to be fully decorated or even set-up to be welcoming when you walk in the door with your little one. Set up the bassinet or crib where she’ll be sleeping and be sure those first few tiny outfits are pre-washed and ready. Put a stack of diapers, wipes and diaper cream on the dresser for those first diapers and check to be sure you have at least enough supplies to get through the first week.

Bake
A great way to fill your time in the weeks before pregnancy is to bake. Prepare meals and then freeze them to be ready for your homecoming. Label each meal in big letters with the freeze date visible to simplify dinner preparation. “Honey! Can you grab the chicken casserole from the freezer and put it in the oven?”

Clean
With enough exercise you might encourage labour, and a big spurt of housecleaning might be just what you need to get your mind and home ready for labour. A day of vacuuming, dusting and mopping might also be the catalyst you need when you’re a few days overdue. Use the nesting energy before labour strikes to be sure your ceiling fans are clean, your curtains are dust free and your floors are mopped and ready. Having a clean house to come home to from the hospital will be another boon in your first few days of motherhood.

From www.totsites.com