Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Adams Family big decision….

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Well  today has been a really eventful day, C woke up with a terrible sore throat on  the day that she had an ear nose and throat appointment  at the hospital! fate I feel???? she woke up all croaky and gunky bless her, as soon as I gave her some calpol to ease the pain she grinned at me and  said “I feel much better now, thank you Mummy”

C had been off all weekend having attended 2 parties in 2 days and refused to eat at both and been extremely tired, but this has become par for the course for us as a family. C has suffered from as young as 3 months with throat infections and had many illness’s, one so severe it put her in hospital for 3 days with breathing difficulties. C has sleep apnoea and snores rather loudly one scares the hell out of me and  one really bugs the hell out me (it does not help that my hubby snores really loudly to) I have a surround sound of snoring him next to me and C on the monitor and both with sleep apnoea so I get some really sleepless nights with lots of worry.

Well today when we visited the ENT appointment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton we were told that C has huge tonsils and if she suffers another throat infection and her tonsils swell up it could cause her some problems with breathing, and after our consultant had asked us everything he needed to know and got all the answers he needed like:

“C is exhausted all the time”

“We are struggling to get her dry in the night”

“she is lethargic at nursery but not struggling”

“sleeps through the night but is still exhausted in the morning”

All of these problems can be explained by her large tonsils and possibly adenoids, the specialist was fantastic he went off to discuss our case with his boss and came back and said it was advisable to put C on the list to have her tonsils and possibly adenoids taken out to avoid her suffering with tonsillitis in the future  and to give some much needed and adequate sleep to help her get through the day.

Here in lies the Adams Family big decision do we or don’t we go ahead with the operation??? the mere thought of C having an operation petrifies me, I myself have had a number of operations and know exactly what it is like to wake up and shake violently as I always do, and feel the fear and uncertainty coursing through me as I am being wheeled down to theatre and this time it will be me who is escorting my gorgeous little girl down to theatre and feeling the fear in triplicate for her.

The though of anything happening to my precious little girl is already destroying me and we have a 3 month waiting list to make a decision as to whether or not to go ahead with it?

All this happened on top of me having and huge injection in my big toe at 9:00 this morning and being in a great deal of pain, even after pain killers and a glass of wine (not until this evening I would like to add) and C’s throat is getting worse so think she will be in need of the docs tomorrow.

I would really love for some advice or hear from other parents who have had a toddler go through a tonsillectomy, please no horror stories as I am freaked out enough as it is, but any feed back would be greatly appreciated!

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HTC Cha CHa for 3 Mobile

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I have been lucky enough to be given the opportunity by 3 mobile to test and review the HTC Cha Cha, the new facebook phone that has just come out on the market.

At first sight I was in lust and thought the phone was gorgeous, the whole appearance of the phone was sleek and very appealing. I loved the buttons as I currently have the HTC Desire and everything is touch screen which I love but I make a lot of spelling errors. It took me some time to work out how to switch from alphabetical to numeric keys, but once I had I was well on my way.

I found it really easy to set up all my accounts like email, facebook and twitter and once setup the phone gives you little tutorials to guide you through use and setup. The camera on the phone is ace, it has 5 megapixels and takes a really clear photo. It is really responsive to you pressing the button, I have a nearly 3 year old who I love to take piccies of her but she moves fast,  so you need a camera that is fast too and this one certainly is!

The phone quality is also very good it is clear with no crackles and you don’t have to worry about noise that is around you as the phone is so clear it does not pick up background noise nor drown out your conversation

I thought the whole concept of the facebook button was a really good one. If you have taken a picture and want to post it straight away just press the button and it posts it straight to your profile and puts it in your time line, if you are on the main screen of your cha cha and press the facebook button you can update your status straight away without having to navigate through everything on facebook.  The phone is designed for social media use but I have to say that as it is aimed at this I was a little surprised by how small the screen is? The whole phone is so geared up to using it for facebook but the small screen makes it hard to see any amount of the facebook site. It really surprises me that the screen is so small when the HTC Wildfire and Desire have such lovely large screens, making using facebook on them so much easier even if lacking the lovely qwerty keyboard and little blue button.

If you are a very busy mum on the go and a bit of a social media addict then the screen being small may not be an issue as being able to use it’s simple and quick access could be all you need to get your facebook fix.

I think this is a lovely phone and would definitely appeal to those who currently use the blackberry as it has a similar appearance and feel, the screen quality is so crisp and clear with some really nice moving wall papers, but I really think it could benefit from a larger screen to make it the ultimate social media phone!

A visit from Chicken Pox…..

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Well this week we have been visited by the evil that is chicken pox. We have been hoping and praying that C would get them, as she has been around numerous cases of it over the last 6 months and not shown a hint of it, we had come to the conclusion that she was immune to them. Being in nursery we only assumed it would be a matter of time but nothing happened

In her short 2 years and 10 months of life she has had most of the red rash childhood diseases, Scarlet fever, slapped cheek, Strep throat, and now chicken pox. And I know this is controversial but I  new one of her friends had it so we had a play date with them to see if she would contract it, turns out she already had it as the mother of the child in question had shingles a few weeks before and C had already been exposed to the virus without e knowing.

So when her best friend Mack came up in spots we were invited to a pox party (such an American term) little did we know that he was already contagious the week before at the paddling pool when they were sharing drinking cups and food!!! I have since been told that chicken pox has been rife at nursery and at least 4 kids currently have it and the all play with C 2 days a week

C had been off for a week and not her normal bubbly self she was complaining of tummy aches and was super tired but we put it down to sleep apnoea and a bunged up tummy. And then on Thursday just gone i noticed a few spots on her which the hubby was convinced were heat rash until she needed the loo and noticed some of the most evil spots down below (they made my eyes water)

And before I new it spots were appearing before my eyes and they have just kept coming for the last 4 days, I cant brush her hair because she has spots on her scalp, she has a goatee of spots on her chin, barely a spare space on her back, she even has spots on her fingers.

This has led me to wonder why parents are actively encouraged to let their kids get chicken pox, as in my experience it really is a horrible illness to have. I sort it out and now seriously regret it as my poor little girl although happy within her self is itchy, with an upset tummy, cant leave the house (we don’t have a garden to ease the cabin fever) covered in vicious blisters. And in the words of my husband when covering C in Eurax cream and marvelling at the amount of blisters C has he said “I just don’t get chicken pox” he just cant get his head round how you can come out in all these blisters that are itchy and can scar but not seem ill in the slightest?

For those whose kids who have not yet had this bizarre illness here are a couple of top tips I have discovered from my experiences over the last four days:

ü  Keep your child as cool as possible ie a fan in there room, windows open, as much fresh air as possible it all helps reduce the itching.

ü  Eurax cream is a godsend as it really helps to reduce the itching

ü  Bath daily with 3 tablespoons of bi carbonate of soda in the water, this helps to dry up the spots in record time

ü  Antihistamine syrup (drowsy) this really helps them to get through the night with less itching

ü  Calpol this helps with the temperatures they can suffer with

ü  Lots of distraction crafts and fun as when there mind is off what they are going through and being stuck in the house.

I would love to know your opinions on the whole pox party theory and the encouragement of some medical professionals for your child to have this illness’s while they are younger?

Bumkins Bib review for Bebemoda

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Bebemoda review bib

I recently had the cheek to ask the awesome Bebemoda if they had any products they would like me to review, and thankfully they came back to me and said yes! They asked me to review the Bumkins baby bib, I got to choose a pattern that I liked and they promptly sent it to me.

I chose the fabulous blue Dr Seuss Cat in the hat bib and when it arrived I could not be happier as it was bright and very funky and would suit either a girl or a boy. It is made from a material that looks to be and feels like nylon but is actually the Bumkins proprietary silky-soft waterproof fabric, it is wipe clean and goes in the washing machine and comes out clean and perfect and as bright as it was when I first got it, I have also hand washed the bib and it came out perfectly clean with no effort at all.

The bib is Lead safe, PVC, phthalate, BPA and vinyl free, it has a Generous Velcro closure for adjustable fit, and it really is generous as it fits my nearly 3 year old, she really puts it through its paces with her morning cocoa pops and her much loved sticky fruit. It has a really very generous catch pocket that collects all the dropped or spilt food, saving your child’s clothes from a dowsing of food stains.

The bibs are really good value for money they retail at £7.99 and because of the quality of the material you will get a lot of use for your money, your child will grow out of the bib before it wears out!!! You can buy the Bumkins Bib on the Bebemoda website.