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The Colette Gazette - October 29, 2021

The Colette Gazette
The Colette Gazette - October 29, 2021
The mission of The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation is to improve outcomes of pregnancy, childbirth, prematurity, and infancy, as well as aid in the grieving process through financial assistance, education, and advocacy
Dear Friend,
Happy November! It feels like October both flew by, but a TON of things happened during the month. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month meant a lot of awareness and memorial events. We also took a short break from applications and even got away for a few days to rest and recharge. (Of course, when we reopened applications, we got 10 applications just on the first day.)
We have a lot of news to share too! We got a very generous donation from Sobi, which will give us $20,000 in additional funding to give to our families! We also are so excited to share a new partnership with In Kind Boxes who will be providing gorgeous postpartum boxes for mom and baby to clients who are interested.
On a personal note, we also officially have a new walker in the family! Elliott is walking all over the house and is certainly keeping mom and dad busy!!! We’re also looking forward to Halloween and will be sharing all of his pictures in the four or so costumes that I’ve already bought him! He also had his first official professional haircut and man, does he look great (see picture below!)
Monday kicks off Prematurity Awareness Month. Throughout the month, we will be sharing facts and information about preemies on social media so make sure to check it out!
We also will be holding a fun online silent auction starting Monday, November 1 with lots of great goodies. Also, we will be including a raffle where the purchase of a $20 raffle ticket will automatically give you a gift card worth at least $25 (and often more). This is a mystery raffle so you will not know until you receive and open what the card is for or how much it is worth! Check it out starting Monday morning through November 20!
Hope you have a great Halloween and a great week!
Michelle

Styling Dude
Our little guy is officially rocking his amazing new look. After over a year of mom attempting to keep up on cutting his amazing blonde locks, we finally let a professional take over. Elliott didn’t love it unless mom was holding onto him and he had Baby Shark on the I-Pad and cars to play with, but he now is rocking with style! Thanks so much to Kid Snips Wilmette and Amalia for their skills (and Covid-safe policies and processes!)
What We're Doing
Wave of Light Celebration
On October 15, we had a candle lighting ceremony as part of theInternational Wave of Light. We lit 122 candles, in honor of Colette, Sweet Pea, and the 120 angel babies whose families have been helped through The Colette Louise Tisdahl Foundation. To see the names of all of our angel babies, please check out our video.
Current Loves
In Kind Gift Box - In Kind Boxes
What We're Reading
Four Ways the Build Back Better Act Could Improve Black Maternal Health
2-year-old with COVID-19 placed on ventilator: What parents of kids under 5 should know | GMA
The Covid vaccine doesn’t cause infertility, but the disease might
LEGO Vows To Remove Gender Stereotypes From Its Toys
In case you missed it...
Our most clicked link from last issue
Colette Fleece Crop Trouser (Jet Black) – EasyStandard
Articles
Parenting After Loss: Dropping the Facade - Pregnancy After Loss Support
How do you survive.... - Grahams Foundation
Podcasts
4.01 | Grief Is Not Linear with Michelle Valiukenas — Adjunct Advisors
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How We're Feeling
Shoutouts
We are sending lots of shoutouts to various partners:
  • Sobi for their generous $20,000 donation that will allow us to help so many families
  • In-Kind Boxes for generously providing their awesome postpartum boxes for moms and babies to our clients
  • Easy Standard for their continued support and for their release of the Colette pant
  • Major Care Doulas for their free and discounted sessions and offerings to our clients
  • Pumpspotting for giving our clients free access to their breastfeeding application
  • Lyft for their continued grants of ride codes to allow our clients to take complimentary rides to visit their babies in NICU
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