My Little Bookcase Baby News & Update: December 2012

It was with much excitement that we welcomed our son, Zac Ike , into the world on December 4 2012. I was shocked that he weighed 10lbs 4oz. At the time, I wasn’t to know that these extra pounds would become so important for him in his first weeks of life.

We had only had Zac Ike at home with us for two days, when we took him to the emergency department of the Royal Children’s Hospital. He was admitted into the Neonatal Special Care unit with an infection. He didn’t  seem to respond to antibiotics, and doctors took 8 days to find the underlying cause. Zac Ike was born Hirschbrungs Disease, a bowel disease that will require surgery within the next few weeks. At this stage, it doesn’t look like we’ll have him home for Christmas.

The last two weeks have been incredibly tough for our family, especially for Cam, who has been at home with me everyday of her three and half years. I’m certain that we have many tough days, weeks and months ahead.

Although I think about My Little Bookcase everyday, I simply must let it take a back seat while I focus on helping Zac Ike get better and making sure Cam still feels loved and cared for during such a difficult time.


  • I’d love you to share An Illustrated Year: My Little Bookcase Calendar 2013 with as many as your friends as possible. It is such a beautiful product that I haven’t had the chance to promote. Remember that every calendar purchase helps the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.

  • There are two posts that I wrote before Zac was born. They were scheduled for publication in the last two weeks so I haven’t had a chance to promote them. They will be the last posts that I write and publish until I can bring him home.  Please read, comment and enjoy:

The Sugar Plum Fairy’s World of Lollies and Sweets

Writing for Meaning: Creating Table Setting Place Cards


My Little Bookcase Baby News & Update: December 2012


  1. Congratulations on the birth of your son! So sorry that he has been sick and in the hospital. Said a prayer for you today.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear that all is not well with Isaac. He is a beautiful little boy. Thinking of you.

  3. Oh Jackie, I am so sorry you have been going through such a rough time. I sincerely hope things take a good turn for you and your beautiful family soon! You are always in my thoughts!

  4. Sending you guys all our best thoughts and wishes at this time. He’s a gorgeous little boy and it will be so wonderful when you can take him home and you can all be a family together again. Both him and Cam are lucky to have a Mum that loves them so much. You take as much time as you need and thanks for those other wonderful posts. We look forward to your return when things have settled down xo

  5. Congratulations on the birth of your beautifully chubby little boy. I’m so sorry that he is unwell. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard that must be for you all(I have a 15 week old son & thinking of how I would feel if we were in your position is heart breaking.). I hope that all goes well & will keep you all in my prayers xx

  6. I’ve been thinking of you so often Jackie and hoping all has been well. I am sending you and your gorgeous boys and your lovely Cam every bit of strength. What a tough time for you. With MUCH love. xxxxx

  7. Oh, Jackie – they are both just gorgeous – sending lost of love and thoughts to all of you…Sam, Clare and Sophie!

  8. Oh Jackie, I’m sorry to hear what you have been going through. Keeping your entire family in my thoughts.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about Zac and what you are going through. Will share and promote for you wishing you the best and hope that it’s not too long before you are all home and well

  10. Jackie, I’m sorry to hear that your son is having such difficulties. You are most certainly making the right decision to step back and take care of yourself and your family. I love you sugar plum fairy post..beautiful! I’m off to share your calendar and posts with my readers. Peace.

  11. Congratulations on the birth of your lovely Zac. He’s a beauty! I hope he is very well, very soon. Best wishes to you. (And I’m pinning and sharing your posts – love the sugar plum play dough!)

  12. Sending you so much love and good thoughts from the other side of world. Many, many good wishes to Zac and his entire family!

  13. Congratulations on your sweet baby boy. Prayers that you will be able to bring him home soon.

  14. I am so sorry that you have been through so much. Your family is in my prayers.

  15. We have you and your family in our hearts beautiful.

  16. You and your family are in my thoughts. Congratulations on the birth of Zac! Sorry to hear about his illness. I am so glad the doctors were able to discover what was causing Zac’s infection. Sending thoughts of healing to your little one.

  17. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. May strength and courage get you through this. Much love.

  18. There are many many people praying for little Zac and Cam and you and your family. Never doubt how strong prayer can be!! 2013 is going to be much better, I just know it. And what a beautiful baby picture of your little guy.

  19. Hi jackie, I’ve only just heard the news (thanks to Honey Bee Books) – congratulations on your lovely new son, and lots and lots of good wishes for a speedy recovery for both of you. I can imagine that it’s a rather stressful time at the moment – I’m thinking of you and sending love from thousands of miles away.

  20. Congratulations on the birth of Zac. Prayers and positive thoughts for your WHOLE family at this stage

  21. Thinking of you, Jackie!

  22. Hi Jackie, we are all thinking of you and sending our love to little Zac for a speedy recovery. You are all in our thoughts. Fx

  23. Dear Jackie,
    Wishing you all the very best for Zac’s speedy recovery. I’m sure with so much love and care he will be home soon. And congratulations on his birth!!

  24. Congratulations on the birth of your gorgeous son Zac. What a cutie. Hope all went well with his operation and he is recovering fast so that you can bring him home. All the best for 2013.

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