Wednesday, October 27, 2010

the little ones

I get asked a lot on what it is I actually do at the hospital when I go to photograph sweet little babies. Most of the time I am just there to photograph. I'm in the room as a silent guest, not part of the conversation or the goings on, unless I am asked to be. But there are times when I do more. I am able to help relieve the hospital staff from doing prints and molds. And then there are the times when I get to help bathe and dress the babies and those times are a little more sacred.
Most commonly, the babies are stillborn. Usually in the weeks of 20-34. Amazing people make gowns and outfits for these little babies because they are TINY and you can't buy clothes for them. The smallest diapers the hospital provides are way too big. Most of the time they don't put a diaper on the baby. It's difficult to take photos of the feet because they give the babies 'frog legs' and we have to undo the diaper to get the photos.
A good friend of mine who's daughter, Grace, died of the same thing as Olivia, Polycystic Kidney Disease, made her little Grace a diaper. She was born at 32 weeks and her diaper fit.
I had been trying to think of something more that parents can have to take home with them. I had searched the internet for doll diaper patterns, and nothing really seemed to fit what I was looking for. So I made my own pattern in 2 sizes and so far they have been perfect. the smallest if the diapers fit 20 weekers. the biggest fits 34 weekers.

When I have shown these to people in person, they are amazed that a baby can wear such a tiny diaper, but they do.
If you need a good service project, I recommend these. They are simple and easy to make and they will make photographing the tiny babies easier and give parents one more thing. I am happy to get you instructions and the pattern through email or leave a comment and I hope to post it on my blog as soon as I get the pattern scanned in.
(If you know of any places that sell tiny teddy bears, maybe 3-4 inches in size would you let me know? Yes? Awesome!)

27 comments:

Marnie said...

awesome. You are great.

what are the teddy bears for? Maybe I could knit some???

Emily Lyman said...

I would love to make some. Send me the pattern and I'll get to work! Oh, tell Matt to call Brett. He wants to talk to him!

Anonymous said...

I would love the pattern.
Try Build a Bear or Michaels.

Jillyn said...

This post makes me so happy Arah! I'm so happy you are doing so much with the diapers! It would make Grace happy :) it seems like your pattern is better than mine...more perfected :) care to share?

: ) Paula said...

You like to stay busy, don't you?!? These are amazing. So small. I'd love to make some diapers. What a great idea. And I'm officially on the lookout for small teddy bears. . .

The Barney's said...

Hello Arah- it has been far too long since I have blogged/been on any ones blog but 8 months late, I return :) I even posted on my blog!! So fun to read about your busy and talented life!! Sad as well. So sorry to read about your great niece but how special to have her buried with Olivia.

As I read, I came across the post about tragic death of Trevor and about the pain of loss, as you experience with little Olivia. His brother Matt, is Justin's best friend and Justin was very close with his whole family. A very sad time for all who knows them but it is amazing how strong the whole family has been. I love how you talk about service and that's what truly helps in those times of real need, as you described experiencing with Olivia. And you are so right. His bro Matt regular speaks to Justin of all the acts of service that the family has received and that it is honestly a big part as too why they've been able to slowly heal and also has been a testimony builder. Thanks for sharing your incredible thoughts.

These diapers are so tiny and precious. You have such a big heart!! You are so busy and yet always doing things to serve others. I'll let ya know if I see little bears :)

You produce such beautiful girls!! So fun to see them grow, even if over the computer. if you have a second, hop on my blog and read the update at the end our profile on the right side :)
Sorry this was such a long post but its been so long!!
Love Lori

Josh n Betsie said...

ive thought and thought and thought. I got this sewing machine sent to be from Grandma. I would love to make these diapers. We have a ton of hospitals around here and I am sure they have babies that pass. I wonder if they have a MISS foundation here? It also got me thinking I need to figure out how to take good pictures and get a good camera so maybe I can be like you and take pictures. Anyway that was just what I was thinking. Please send me the patter.

love ya
bets

Emily and Derek Williams plus one said...

I would love the pattern for these. There are a few photographers where I'm from that do NILMDTS. I would love to start making these and help her out at the same time. My e-mail address is jacksonink@hotmail.com

Thanks so much!

Megan said...

You never cease to amaze me, Arah with your love of what you do and your dedication to making this hard time so much easier for these families. You definitely have a BIG place in heaven and a huge place in my heart. Love you so so much and really appreciate your hard work and kindness. You truly are my hero!

Susan G said...

We get tiny bears for our baby dolls at A.C. Moore and the sections in craft stores that have their own doll-making and bear making accessories.

j. call said...

I would love the pattern for diapers. It would be a nice R.S. project. Thanks!

Megan B ♥ said...

This is such a great project, and very close to my heart, as we lost a son at 28 weeks in 2008. We have taken this on as our Girls Camp service project this year!!!! Question: do they generally fit all sizes, or do you suppose I should try to make a medium-size diaper for those that are in-between 20 weeks and 34?

Arah said...

Hi Megan. These diapers will fit all the weeks in between 20-34 weeks. I have found that by experience. Be sure to keep safety pins with the diapers or sew Velcro tabs on.
I also recommend staying away from fleece with babies between this gestation. Flannel has been the best material to use.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
You can email me also if that is easier :)

Courtney Wilson said...

Amazing project! I think my girls will enjoy helping with something like this!

Do you have a pdf of a pattern?

Nurse Heidi said...

A local angel family in my area made a bunch of these for me and my fellow NILMDTS photographers. I just used the first set last night on a little 20 weeker, and they were PERFECT! Thank you so much for creating these patterns - they fill an unmet need that I've been puzzling over for quite some time.

I, too, have a Potter's angel. You can read more about her at www.angelbabiesinfo.com.

jaltarangart.in said...

great blog it's wonderful.
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Jaclyn said...

I would LOVE to have this pattern if you would be willing to share. I have identical twin nephews in NICU that were born at 31 weeks and are facing a muscle disorder and therefore will be there awhile. I would love to be able to make them some cute diapers to go with their little preemie smocks!

Ruby said...

I am looking to make at least a hundred of these for our local hospitals as a service project. This is exactly what I have been looking for. Can you send me the patterns? Fabfrankes@hotmail.com

craftymomboutique said...

Can you please send me the pattern,I would love to make some to donate in memory of my nephew. craftymomboutique@hotmail.com

jana said...

these are a beautiful idea. Could they be adapted for actual use? Have a friend with a preemie, 2 wks old tomorrow, & am looking for ideas for them.

Unknown said...

I would love the pattern for the diapers, as we just went through the loss of my granddaughter on January 22, 2017. LRUPP64@HOTMAIL.COM

The Hamill said...

Thank you for sharing your time and talents to help others in need of confort. Please e mail me the pattern, I want to make some and donate to our local hospital. Wearehamill@gmail.com

Amy J said...

Can i possibly get the pattern and instructions for this project? It is such a great idea!

Arah said...

Hello! I hope you got my email :)

Arah said...

Sending you an email right now :)

Arah said...

Hi Amy!
If you go to teenytears.blogspot.com
You will find all the information you need. Diaper pattern, do's and dont's, answers to questions and even connect with people in your area that also make the diapers.

mary jane Fulp said...

i am always looking for charity projects. could i get the pattern? thanks