Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Children's Rooms

I have some exciting news, we are moving house. Our new house is still being built but should be ready by the end of July and we will move in during August, well, that's the plan, fingers crossed nothing goes wrong.


At last, the children will have their own rooms and we are already thinking of ways to decorate them. The girls will probably go for something pink and girlie, although Boo's favourite colour is blue so maybe a mixture of pink and blue. The Little Man loves cars, trains and boats, a typical little boy.

kid's bedroom
I love this girlie pink room with little splashes of colour


kid's bedroom
I think the little man would love a boat theme like this!

I just love these blinds, they would brighten up any room!

Rainbow Blinds available from http://www.shutterlyfabulous.com/

These are just initial inspirations, I'm sure as time goes on we'll change our minds many times. We'll have to stick with adding accessories for colour at the start because being a newly built house we won't be able to paint for twelve months. So plenty of time to get the creative juices flowing and then we can let go with the colour.

In the meantime we could use prints and wall stickers to brighten up the walls. Next has some great ideas, like this Space Invaders Wall sticker, a great way to add a splash of colour.

Space Invaders Wall Sticker £24 from Next

Or the girls would love this flowers sticker,

Flower Wall Sticker from Next


It will be lovely to have a blank canvas to start with and I'm really looking forward to decorating.
I have found this brilliant free e-book of decorating tips '28 Tips on How to Decorate' to download. 
It has loads of information on wallpapering and painting as well as tips for tiling and fixing shelves. Also, there are handy tips on getting paint out of carpet (oh yes, done that before!) and how to fix squeeky floorboards.
You can also download a free app. to give you quotes from local traders if you don't fancy doing all the work yourself.



This post has been submitted to the Next Bloggers Network. I have not received anything from Next for writing it and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 









Monday, 24 June 2013

Whinfell Forest, our Center Parcs Adventure part two

In my first blog post I give an outline of the lovely holiday I won for becoming a Center Parcs Family Blogger with Tots100.
In this post I wanted to give a more of a review of our holiday.

We stayed in a New Style Lodge, we were right at the edge of the park but it only took five minutes to walk to the village centre and even less on our bikes. The lodge was lovely and clean when we arrived and we also had a grocery pack delivered which contained all the basics you would need, tea, sugar, coffee, milk, bread, sausages, bacon, sauce, washing up liquid and a lot more. There were also some samples of tea, coffee, sugar and milk for those that do not order a grocery pack.

We were all provided with a bath towel and a hand towel and their was a hairdryer in every bedroom. That sure saved a lot of space in our suitcases. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils, there were even BBQ utensils provided and we had brick BBQ outside on which you could use a portable BBQ pack from the Parc Market. We also had a dishwasher which was a novelty for me, and a microwave. The oven was full size and the fridge a good size too.

The beds were cosy. I found the double to be ok but my 6ft daughter found the single to be a little small. The bedding was really nice and soft. I had no trouble sleeping.

Here is a little video tour of our lodge






The views all around were absolutely stunning. I loved looking out of the window and seeing just trees with the sunlight shining through. The walk to the village centre was lovely, all around you could see evidence of the wild life and the birds would sing you on your way. We saw rabbits, pheasants a grouse and even a few red squirrels. Of a night time we became addicted to watching the badger cam provided on our tv to catch a badger or two.


The village center was like a tropical paradise with a stream flowing through, sometimes you forgot you were indoors. There were many places to eat to suit all tastes from burgers to Chinese, Italian to Indian and of course Cafe Rouge and a Starbucks. There was also a takeaway food place and Pancake House. The Parc Market was the well stocked supermarket. They were good value and had everything you would expect to see in a supermarket. We did notice that the more pricier items where nearer the entrance. They also made fresh sandwiches and pastries.
There was also the usual gift shops, toy shop, sweet shop and clothing shops. Something for everyone for all tastes.

The lake was beautiful, we spent a lot of time sitting around watching the ducks and the fish. The boardwalk was the perfect place for this with tables and chairs under cover and coffee and food shops nearby.


The subtropical pool was a welcoming place with something suitable for all ages. There were baby pools, toddler pools, sharing pool, jacuzzi's, rapids, waves, slides and an outdoor pool. It was lovely and warm in the pool areas which was nice. The changing rooms were a little like a maze but I didn't get lost so they couldn't have been that bad. There are also hairdryers and swimsuit dryers for your use. You can hire towels if you don't want to take your own.

The Aqua Sana Spa was a wonderful experience. I was really worried that I wouldn't enjoy it having never been in a sauna before, and being a little self concious about my body. However, once inside I felt myself relax and enjoy many of the different sensations offered. Each sauna has a notice telling you exactly what to expect, so if you don't like it too hot, or too humid then you know which one to avoid. After your time in the sauna you are refreshed with a shower and then encouraged to drink water or fruit juice and relax on one of the many chairs or beds for twenty minutes before trying the next one.

I was also treated to a facial which involved so much more. I was also given a back and shoulder massage and a scalp massage. The actual facial contained many elements and I have to admit sometimes it was like being at the dentist, not knowing what was going on and feeling a little uncomfortable, but then being treated to something nice afterwards. I did feel really good by the time she had finished and my eyes in particular benefited greatly from the experience.

There are many activities available at the parcs and it's a good idea to plan before you go. We played mini golf and went ten pin bowling. The children enjoyed a few hours at the play scheme. The girls went to fairy school and the Little Man went to the créche. It is hard to fit everything in if you like to relax a little on holiday, that's why it's a good idea to plan. We had also booked a session of pottery painting, but just before our time we walked past the place while the smoke alarm was going off and everyone was being evacuated. It wasn't anything too serious, but it put Star off going, she couldn't face going in. That was a shame as I've tried the pottery painting before and I'm sure the girls would have loved it.

We all had a wonderful time at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest and I wouldn't hesitate in going back there again sometime.


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Whinfell Forest our Center Parks adventure part one

On the 10th June we set off for our adventure to Center Parcs Whinfell Forest. I am lucky to be a Center Parcs family blogger and to receive this wonderful prize holiday along with my friend and Blogger Mrs Bee. One of the reasons I chose Whinfell Forest is because it has red squirrels. Also, I hadn't been to Cumbria before.

We had a midweek break from the Monday to the Friday. First thing we did on arrival was pick up our bikes. I'd not been on a bike for around 35 years but guess what, it was easy as riding a bike! The only problem I found was how harsh it was on my poor old bottom. (Ok maybe that is too much information) The Little Man got a ride in a seat on the back of Daddy's bike and the girls had bikes with stabilisers. Star fell off hers as soon as we got back to the lodge and hurt her arm. She didn't ride again but pushed her bike around. Boo fell off hers a little later when she turned too quickly as a car approached and really bashed her knee which needed medical attention. The real bad news was that we were advised not to take her swimming.


The first evening we went for a stroll around the Village Center and had a meal from the take-away diner which we ate on the patio overlooking the lake. We played bowling and had a wonder around the arcade before retiring to our comfy beds. The only child we had problems with was Star who found it difficult settling in an unfamiliar place.

center parcs


The next morning we went to one of our pre-arranged activities, mini golf. We played along with our friends and had lots of fun. Although with the little ones being so slow it was going on forever so they kindly let us have a ticket to go back and play the second half another time.

center parcs


We had lunch at Hucks restaurant which was very tasty but also a little expensive. Then we did some shopping in the Parc Market. I was really pleased with the Parc Market, the range of products was very good and the prices where mostly in line with the supermarket back home. There were more expensive brands in more prominent places, but it was easy to find the better value products.



On Wednesday the kids were overjoyed to be left in their own clubs. Seriously, my kids have no attachment problems and will leave me at the drop of a hat with no fuss, so long as they know they will have some fun. The Little Man went into the creche where he played with the toys, had snacks of fruit, played with more toys and poo'd his pants (ok too much information again, sorry) The girls went to fairy school where they were face painted, made magic wands, fairy cakes and wish boxes.

So what did we do while the kids were having fun? Some nice relaxation in the wonderful Aqua Sana spa. We had three hours of saunas, showers and pools. Then I had a fantastic massage and facial which was bliss.

A big favourite with the kids was the huge wooden playground which was near to our Lodge. It was big but also safe, the Little Man was able to join in with everything, although he did go on the zip slide with his Daddy. It wasn't the only playground on site but it was the nearest, and in my opinion, the best.



Wednesday evening we had a BBQ back at our lodge and invited the neighbours around. We had good fun without leaving 'home' until the rain forced us indoors.

|Just look at our back garden!


Thursday was our last full day so we decided to go to the pool. Boo couldn't come with us because of her poorly knee so her big sister looked after her. I was really impressed with the pool, it was lovely and warm in there and lots for everyone from the smallest to the grown ups. The Little Man loved the baby pool with it's watering cans and Star loved the waves in the bigger pool. We went around the rapids with me holding the Little Man and Daddy holding Star. The Little Man loved it, but Star was a little scared.

On the evening we had a fantastic meal at the Lakeside Inn. The staff were very accommodating and the food delicious. We had a very lovely evening, and of course the views were pretty stunning too.

center parcs


On the Friday morning, when we were all packed up and I was up early enjoying a little piece with my cuppa on the patio, I got a wonderful surprise. All week we had been trying to get a good picture of a red squirrel but even though we'd seen a few they were very shy and very quick, so we had been disappointed. Then that morning a gorgeous little fella came right onto my patio to take drink of the rain water that had collected on a chair. I even managed to fetch my camera and take some photos. What a glorious way to end my holiday.





red squirrel


In part two, I give more of a review of our stay at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest



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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Center Parcs Monthly Challenge - Hideaway

Having just come home from our Center Parcs holiday (blog posts being written) I didn't think I'd have time to organise this months challenge.

Then I find the Little Man had built himself a little den all by himself!


What a clever fella, don't you think.

This reminds me of myself when I was little. My mum would let me use the furniture and some sheets to make my own little indoor den. My dad would take me to the bluebell woods and we would build a den from branches wedged between trees. I liked hiding away.

The challenge arrives from the fantastic Treehouse accommodation that can be found at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest and Longleat Forest. You can read all about the challenge and what you need to do on the Tots100 site If you are lucky you could win a break at a Center Parcs village of your choice.

I became a Center Parcs Family Blogger last year and have just been to Whinfell Forest in Cumbria. It was one of the best holidays I've ever had and I'll soon be telling you all about it.




Thursday, 20 June 2013

We're All Going On a Summer Holiday

'We're All Going On a Summer Holiday' Well, actually we've just come back off one but maybe some of you will remember the Cliff Richard song (please say you do) It was a big favourite of my family when we were going on holiday when little, we would all sing along in the car. I loved the film too, how I wished we could go on holiday on a bus!

When Eldest Daughter was ten we went to a Haven holiday park and came home with a cassette of Haven songs which we had to play over and over all the way home. Classics like 'CocoAvoMango' now you've all heard that one, yes? (maybe not)  Here is an extract:
CocoAvoMango was the drink that we made, for the king of the jungle and his tiger parade, drink it fast, drink it slow, drink it anyway you can, CocoAvoMango kiwi pear banana yam yam.
Yes, it was over twelve years ago, and yes I do still remember it *sigh*

Nowadays the girls are very into the current groups like One Direction and the Wanted or artists like Olly Murs, I guess they are more bearable that kiddy songs. Although the Little Man will sing 'The Wheels on the Bus' and 'Old Macdonald' all day if we let him.

Music is a necessity when driving, especially long distances and holiday music is what you need to get you in the holiday mood. What songs get you in the holiday mood? Do you stick to popular music of the time or do you have a playlist of favourites from across the years? Do the kids get control? Not a bad idea, especially if they end up falling asleep.

When I asked my other half about summer holiday songs he picked, 'Here Comes The Sun' by the Beatles and 'Staying Out for The Summer' by Dodgy. Oh yes, definitely in the mood for a holiday now.

Cumbrian-Cottages.co.uk have put together this great playlist ahead of the summer holidays, I can see my favourites on there, are yours?



of course they had to include The Wheels On The Bus, just for my Little Man.

Produced in asscociation with Cumbrian Cottages

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

MAD day out at Legoland

As a finalist in the MAD blog awards we were treated to a family day out at Legoland along with all the other finalists and their families, and competitions winners and helpers.

We started our weekend with a trip to London and stayed overnight before making our way to Legoland at 8am. After meeting up in the Legoland hotel we were treated to a 4D movie, Chima. The Little Man loved it, he sat on my lap with his glasses on and was totally enthralled throughout. A complete surprise to me! Boo, also loved it and her hands kept going out to touch things that were not really there. Star, however, did not enjoy the experience so much. She found the elements thrown at us a little too much as she has sensory issues. She began to sob when we got a soaking and I had to sit covering her to protect her.

We got to spend the rest of the day to do as we pleased. With our special wristbands which  allowed to jump any queue we managed to fit in a load of rides. First up we started with a little browsing while the kids gathered their courage.

legoland

Then it was time to brave the rides. We started with some easy ones in the Kingdom of the Pharoes, The horses of the Desert Chase and then onto the Aero Nomad. We then rode the Hill Train to The Beginning.

legoland


Once at the top of the hill we popped in to visit the Star Wars exhibition. The Little Ones loved this but the Little Man wanted to play with the lego figures and I do wonder how many they end up re-building at the end of the day. Little Man didn't actually break anything, but given half the chance (or maybe a pre-occupied parent) I'm sure some child could. The models were fantastic though, and the lighting and sound effects made it a memorable experience. These photos where taken in the Star Wars Shop.

legoland star wars


After Star Wars we took the Hill Train back down and then headed up towards the Knights Kingdom. The girls were keen to go on the dragon rides. They went on the The Knights Quest first which I found a little fast although the Little Man loved it and Boo was sat by herself and was really brave. Next it was the Dragon's Apprentice which is a smaller roller coaster. Again Boo was really brave but I think Star was getting a little too nervous. We then went onto the bigger roller coaster The Dragon. I went on first with Boo, the start is a series of wonderful scenes of wizards and dragons, then you go onto a much scarier ride which I think even scared my brave little Boo. Star was even more nervous but decided she would ride with Daddy. She didn't want to go on another ride afterwards.
legoland


It was past lunch time by now so we decided to eat at Crossed Ribs where we met up again with Eileen and her family from Et Speaks From Home. The food was plentiful and the children really enjoyed tucking in to their chicken goujons. They also got a drink and an apple with their food. 

After lunch we went to the Fire Academy where we learnt how to put out fires. This is a great family fun adventure, one everyone enjoyed. It was then time for Driving School where the girls got to drive around in their lego cars. Of course the Little Man wanted to have a go but he was too small, but fortunately, right next door was L-Drivers for the little ones. Little Man showed he was just as good at driving as his dad (who doesn't have a licence) and the girls where as good as their mum (who does have a licence.)

legoland driving school

The final picture in the collage above is the Little Man driving a boat as next up we went to Boating School.

We then took a look at the new Duplo Valley Splash and Play which looked great fun. Unfortunately, Boo had a little accident last week which meant she couldn't get her leg wet and Star was not keen on the amount of children playing there as we arrived during a sunny spell. So instead we played in Brickville play area until it was time to leave. 

legoland duplo valley


we had a fantastic day at Legoland and there was so much we didn't get around to doing despite not having to queue. I would love to go back there again sometimes. 
I'd like to express a big thank you to Tots100 and Legoland Windsor for a fantastic #MADdayout




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Monday, 17 June 2013

A Garden of Our Own

This post is an entry for Britmum's Kids Grow Wild Challenge.
We received a lovely children's gardening set from Money Supermarket to aid us in our challenge.

To start us off Daddy dug out a little patch of garden next to the wendy house in the garden. We decided that it would be good to give the little gardener's their own little plot to care for. After we made sure the plot was weed free the gardeners planted their seeds. Then they covered them with fresh soil, gave them labels and watered them.

Stage One:



Digging, weeding and planting.






A couple of weeks later and we have some growth. We've had a mixture of sunshine and rain, although probably a little too much rain so the kids have only had to water their garden a few times.
So here are our flowers about to grow. I'll post some more pictures later if they survive our British summer (and the Little Man's feet!)


Stage two:






Friday, 7 June 2013

Windy Castle

My kids love Peppa Pig and in one episode the family go to visit Windy Castle, which is a fort like castle on a hill. Well, we have a Windy Castle just a bus ride away and today we treated the kids to a visit. Unlike Peppa Pig our Windy Castle does not have a telescope on the top, although it would be really good if it did as you can see for miles. Also, unlike Peppa Pig and her family, we do not have a car so we had to walk up to the top of the hill. This turned out to be real fun, even though it was tiring, we saw lots of things along the way. Thinking alongside The Gruffalo theme, we found a home for fox, a home for mouse and a home for a snake. We also had to walk through the deep dark woods. The girls looked for footprint trails along the way, it was all very exciting.


windy castle
The Gruffalo said 'No Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood!





Star said this could be a home for fox

A Rabbit hole, or maybe a home for a big bad mouse?

It is a lovely walk up the hill, although it's very steep in parts. When I used to visit as a child we used to find the steepest parts to climb up, often scrambling to find tree roots to pull ourselves up on. At the top of one very steep hill there was a frog pond but sadly it's not there any longer and the steepest hills are fenced off because they are dangerous.

windy castle
up up up the hill!



lickey hills
Stop, and pose! Are we nearly there yet?





lickey hills
Up up up some more!







Is it a sign? Are we nearly there yet?


At the top of the hill, after all our walking we are greeted with lots of green, an amazing view and, of course, Windy Castle.

This is Beacon Hill, one of the hills at the Lickey Hills Nature Park. The fort (windy castle) was built to house a Toposcope which shows the distance of notable places that can be viewed from the area. You really can see for miles up here.

lickey hills toposcope
At last, the top of the hill and windy castle

lickey hills toposcope
Can you see me mummy, I'm the Queen of the castle

lickey hills toposcope
This place was built to hold the toposcope which can be just seen in bottom right photo

lickey hills toposcope
Lots of fun
lickey hills toposcope
Hello Birmingham, some views from the toposcope
After all our hard work climbing up the hill we just had to have a picnic while watching people flying their kites.

Perfect time for a picnic

In 1904 JRR Tolkein moved to Birmingham and the Lickey Hills became a favourite haunt of his. They are believed to be the inspiration for his shires where the hobbits lived. Maybe it's time to introduce my children to The Hobbit and next time we visit we can go looking for Bilbo Baggins.

After our picnic and another play around the toposcope we made our way back down the hill. At the bottom there was time for one last photo and a pose.






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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

A Summer of Birthdays!

For sixteen years I had two children born almost 18 months apart. That meant one had a birthday in the winter and one in the summer, a whole six months between them. It was good, I couldn't have planned it better.

Then I decided to have more kids. The first one came in August, the second at the end of July, the third, also in August. (eeeek, guess what I stopped doing in November?) So, after having it so good for 16 years I now have have three birthdays within four weeks of each other, and they begin only a few weeks after Eldest Daughter's birthday.

Now I love children's birthday parties, always have done (although No1son was never a fan.) Summer children's parties are the best, you can have them at home in the garden weather permitting, but it generally is if you get the timing right. BUT THREE PARTIES IN FOUR WEEKS IS A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH EVEN FOR ME! Sorry, I didn't mean to shout, but honestly I just can't do it, I'm not getting any younger and even small amounts of children to entertain for a few hours at a time is getting to be a strain.

Not only that but parties during the school holiday bring their own stress factor....will anyone turn up! Star is the unlucky one with her birthday just a couple of weeks before the end of the holiday. All the children invited have probably forgotten all about the party, and so have the parents. half of the invited drop out straight away because they are off to some sunny beach somewhere. We've have a few parties now where I've catered for twenty and only six have turned up. It doesn't really bother Star that much but it does me.

Last year Boo had a Hello Kitty party. She's quite lucky being at the beginning of the holidays she gets quite a good number turn up. The party was a big hit and we finished off with a BBQ for the adults and it turned out to be a good day.

hello kitty party


For the Little Man we just had a party tea and cake with only our family invited. I didn't think at two he would mind very much.

Then came Star's birthday. She'd asked for My Little Pony and I went out of my way to make it as special as possible. Four of her friends turned up, so along with her and her sister there was six in total. Just before the party there was a big thunderstorm so we were lucky anyone turned up at all. I did my best to make it as special as possible, but sadly it's the same story every year.

my little pony party


This year we are doing things a little differently.

Boo is still having a party at home with all the trimmings, games and cake you'd expect for a six year old. We are planning a disco theme so I'm gathering my disco balls already. The cake design is being planned (I always make them myself) and ideas for games collected along with any little bits and pieces that I find along the way.

On the Little Man's birthday we will be on holiday, so I think maybe a picnic on the beach with birthday cake will keep him happy.

Then for Star, she is having her birthday at The Bear Factory. She's inviting a few of her special friends along to join in, make a bear and come back for birthday cake afterwards. She's happy with this idea and it means we only have to invite a few children and can pick the ones that are less likely to let us down.

So, only one party and less stress for me, but three very special birthdays. Plus with them all being so very close together it's like one big celebratory month of fun, it doesn't matter who gets the party, the day out or the treat, they all get to join in anyway.

I'd love to know what you would do in the same situation. Please feel free to tell me how you celebrate your child's birthday. (I may need some more ideas for the future)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

My Pregnancies - The Little Man

After the girls I really thought my family was complete, I didn't plan on having any more children and I wasn't trying. Then in December 2009 I was busy re-papering the living room just before putting up the Christmas decorations up. I found it really hard going and was so tired. Once finished I realised that my period was late, and my period is never late so I worried a little. My first thought was that maybe it was a sign of the peri-menopause! Before rushing off to get my hormone replacements (only joking) I decided to do a pregnancy test first and splashed out on a stick from the local pound shop. This is how convinced I was that I wasn't pregnant, I just wanted to rule it out. I was a bit shocked to get a strong positive.

The booking in visit with the midwife was done at home. She told me I would need consultant care. I sighed, I'd always had consultant care because my first pregnancy ended in an emergency c-section. So I complained 'but I've had three vaginal births since my section' The midwife kindly pointed out that was not the reason for the consultant care, the reason was, in fact, my 'old age'

At 12 weeks I had a dating scan and a triple blood test. It was advised because of my 'delicate' age. It came back as 1 in 7 chance of Downs Syndrome. I went to the hospital to talk about my options. I wished I'd not taken the test. The lady we spoke to was honest and clear in all our options and told us to imagine our own worst case scenarios before decided what we wanted to do next. This is what we came up with;
1. finding out the baby did indeed have Down's Syndrome
2. having a miscarriage whether the baby did or did not have Down's Syndrome.

We agreed that number two was the worst possible case scenario and opted out of further testing. It's a very personal choice but we were happy with our decision. We had decided that we wouldn't terminate anyway and the only advantage of finding out would be for preparation. I did feel a weight lifted off my shoulders and longed to meet my baby, Down's or not.

The first five months passed happily, I had none of the worries that had bothered me with my previous two pregnancies, no bleeding which was such a relief. Then it was time for my 20 week scan. We had decided to find out what we were having and were greeted from the moment the scan began with 'boy parts' We were overjoyed. He was perfect, he showed no anomalies at all, everything was in place and working properly. The grins continued.

Then the atmosphere changed and the sonographer left us to get a second opinion. Baby was fine but she'd spotted something that worried her. Whispering on the other side of the curtain allowed me to catch the word tumor. My grin was disappearing fast. However, back on the scan and the second opinion was not a tumor but a big fibroid, the size of an orange and almost covering my cervix. It was ok though, I was told that baby could still push his way through and they would take a closer look.

The closer look flagged up another problem. My cervix was funneling, the top part was opening and closing. I had no idea what this meant so I was told I'd be rushed in to see my consultant. He gave me the news that I could miscarry at any time and offered me a surgical stich to close my cervix, which would be taken out closer to the birth. Then I was told of the risks of having a stitch at such a late stage in my pregnancy, in particular infection which could cause a miscarriage anyway. I'd got so far without miscarrying I decided that the risk of infection was just as bad, probably worse than the risk of miscarriage so I declined.

What a day, first the huge high of having a perfect little boy, followed by the incredible low of thinking I may lose him at any time.



The next day I was back in hospital with a nasty UTI and again I was offered a stitch. Again I refused and the anti-biotics cleared up my infection.

My pregnancy continued and as each week passed I became more relaxed. At my 31 week anti-natal the midwife was concerned about the size of my baby and the size of my fibroid and she sent me to see the consultant. He seemed to the think the midwife was wasting his time and did not even examine me.

At 36 weeks I was sent for a growth scan because the midwife was still concerned about my little man's growth rate. It turned out that he was fine but there was too much liquor and a urine test flagged up protein so I was sent for a diabetes blood test. The test was ok and I was told to go back in two weeks for another scan.

At 38 weeks I found out that he was breech and that my fibroid had grown even bigger so the chances of a vaginal birth were minimal. I'd already been told that I was not going to be allowed to go over my 40 weeks so my best option was to go for an elective c-section. At first I was dismayed. I'd hated my first Caesarian and really never wanted another, but I had to do what was best for me and baby. The chances of having him turned were poor and not advisable with my age and condition (yes, my poor old body was suffering.) Delivering breech was un-advisable because of my fibroid. If baby was in right position and head had become engaged then he could have pushed past the fibroid, but delivering breech could have caused a lot of problems. So I really had no choice.

So the Little Man was born by elective C-section on his due date. We were first into the theatre and he was born at 9.50am. Just before the operation they scanned me again to make sure he hadn't turned, but he was still feet down. The operation was surreal, so calm and amazing. My first section had been an emergency under a general, so it was strange to be awake while they opened me up. The surgeon's were lovely and talked me through everything. I told them Little Man's name and they used it throughout. It was particularly lovely when they held him up over the screen and said say hello to mummy and daddy. Then moments later he was in my arms. My precious little man.







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Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me...is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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