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Our New Arrival

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I am releasing this blog post on my sons expected due date 16th September as a little tribute to him already being a month old!!!

Well our little boy made a very sudden appearance on the 16th August 2012. After a very troubled pregnancy and finding out at 33 weeks i was going to have a tiny baby it was agreed i would be induced at 36 weeks on Tuesday 22nd August but our little man had very different ideas!!!

On the Wednesday the week before the much anticipated induction i started to feel quite poorly getting stomach aches and period pains and migrains one after the other i went to bed feeling quite out of sorts. I woke up on the Thursday feeling like i had an elephant sitting on my head and cotton wool for brains.

My awesome mother in law came to visit me and i described what was happening and she confirmed that it soundedlike the early signs of labour. I burst into tears on her as i just felt awful and i kept loosing my vision with the migrains, (now my mother in law is never quite sure what to do with any of her daughter in laws when they do this as she has only raised four burly boisterous boys!) she handled it well with a much needed hug.

After she Left a few of my friends arrived two with their 2 week old son which blew my mind as i was holding an 8lb 2oz baby who was over double the weight we new my son was going to be! I confided in my friend that I was haveing some unusual stirrings that were getting quite uncomfortable to which she confirmed that this is how her labour begun. But still at 4:30 I jumped (well hobbled on crutches) into the car To colkect C from nursery with my friends words of “if you need anything at all” ringing in my ears.

Well by 6:30 on 16th August I had started to think that maybe this was a little more serious than I first thought and contacted the labour triage unit at Brighton Hospital, I was also quite worried by the lack of movement I had felt from my little fella they advised me to come in when I was ready to be monitored on a CTG. I had to chase the hubby a number of times as he was working late finally he walked through the door at 7:30 not fully grasping my worry and urgency, he did however pack me a fabulous cheese and pickle roll for my trip. I said goodbye to C saying see you in an hour not knowing that it be a full 8 days before I returned home with a tiny baby in my arms.

Once at the hosital I waited 40 minutes to be seen I had just made the decision to go home when they were ready for me and this is where the fun began! I was put on the CTG monitor to have a trace done, within 20 mins my tightenings got more regular and then suddenly the baby took a massive dip and so did his heart beat. The small empty quiet room I was in suddenly filled with doctors and midwives I was made to lay on my side and told not to move as my position could possibly be the problem. They monitored me for another 20 mins in which time the babies heartbeat kept dropping.

I was made to change into a hospital gown, have an internal exam from a very delightful (dishy) obstetritian, call my husband to arrange childcare for C and get to the hospital asap as we were having the baby in th next 45 minutes not once realising myself (more like i was in denial) that I was about to have an emergency c-section. I was marched down a corridor with my butt hanging out my hospital gown and walked into a room and felt rather shocked to discover it was an operating theatre!

I was promptly popped onto the operating table pulled and pushed in every direction to get my spinal block in which was not was not easy due to having arthritis in my spine and all my joints below my spine. I have to say at this point I am so glad my husband was not with me as everything was happening at such a fast and frantic pace it would have been quite scary to witness. My husband arrived just as our baby boy was pulled out, he was outside the operating theatre when he heard his son cry and thankfully was there to hold my hand while being sewn up and to hold our son as I was having a very itchy reaction to all the drugs I was pumped full of. It was atvthis point that we were told that if i had not arrived for treatment at the hospital when i did it could have been fatal for my son and I, his placenta was tiny and in tatters, I had 3 day old muconium in my stomach and his cord gases where depleating, my word to Mums to be always trust your instincts and what your body is telling you always better to be safe than sorry!!!

We were allowed to hold our son for 20 minutes before daddy had to take him upto the Trevor Mann neo natal unit for special care and this is when I started writing this blog post trying to take my mind off the fact that I was not holding my new baby.

We were told our son would be in special care due to his tiny 3lb 8oz size for a month but were delighted when after just 6 days they let our now named Freddie George join me on the maternity ward for 2 days before both being let home to join our family, Freddie is now part of a Neonatal outreach programme with the Trevor Mann unit he is their first patient to participate where premature babies get to be monitored at home and we could not be happier.

I have made this blog post as light hearted as possible as my pregnancy was to put it politely horrific and it made me seriously ill since May loosing my mobility and use of my legs, having an 8 day stay in hospital with extremely swollen legs and joints due to a severe arthritis flare up and suffered a number if irritating skin conditions, BUT that is now all behind me and to be forgotten as i have my perfect family and and very healthy little boy!

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The Lorax

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We were very lucky a few weeks ago to be invited to an early screening of the Lorax by Universal Pictures, to say we were excited was an understatement!

We had a very early start from Brighton with a very over excited 3 year old C who I think could of ran to the train station in seconds flat without ordering a taxi. We took this picture of our excited daughter with her Lorax ticket on the train journey up to London. 

When we arrived in Leicester Square and entered the Odeon Cinema Our excitement just got higher along with the noise levels. We have never seen so many excited children in one contained area. We guided straight to where the Lorax himself was greeting children and families. My daughter was at first very nervous as you can see from the photo but after having a good stroke of the fluffy truffula  tree she decided that blowing the Lorax a gentle kiss was the answer and she was not disappointed  as the adorable fluffy orange creature blew one gently back to her. There was so much going on and we had arrived pretty late so sadly missed the photo booth and face painting which my daughter was later distraught about BUT she did however have her first ever taste of candy floss we were not allowed to take the stick away from her until every last scrap had gone! 

The attention to detail that was put into the build up of the experience prior to the film was astonishing we were greeted with refreshing melon truffula trees and edible grass, lollipops in every colour and as round as your head and the balloon sculptures were as big as the kids and the face painting that we witnessed was stunning and sparkly.

We made our way into the cinema we were greeted to a bag of orange Lorax popcorn on every seat which my daughter could not wait to tuck into, she donned her 3D glasses straight away and was not disappointed as we were treated to a very amusing little skit by the minions from despicable 2 which had us all leaping back in our seats this just got everyone in the perfect mood for the actual film. 

The film is based on the 1971 book The Lorax written by Dr Seuss the film is all about a land that is beautiful and rich with a bounty of animals and greenery and the stunning truffula trees. The trees are all looked after by the Lorax voiced by Danny DeVito who is their voice, but a young man called the Onceler comes along to prove to his family that he can be something and starts to chop the trees down to make his thneads. As time goes on all the trees disappear and the land becomes barren and thneadville is born a world so artificial you have to by air in a bottle and is run by a tiny villain of a man. There are those that remember trees and still some young people who dream of the day they come back.

A 12-year-old boy Ted (zac Efron)searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams Audrey (Taylor Swift) . To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The 3D animation was astonishing and so clear and clean, the film was fun and lively with a very true message. My daughter is only 3.5 and she was gripped from start to finish and found it entertaining and amusing and adored all the very lively musical numbers. This film is done in such a way that even the youngest of children can understand the message that looking after your planet is a good thing. The Lorax has really stuck with my daughter and still 4 weeks on she is talking about it, and she adores looking at the pictures we took and has really taken the Lorax himself to her heart and has asked when she can get a Lorax toy.

I cannot recommend this film enough it will keep children and adults entertained it is so worth watching and has such a beautiful message the final words of Dr Seuss at the end of the film sum it up perfectly “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Its not.” -Dr.Seuss

My Brave Baby & Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker)

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Well just over a week ago my gorgeous baby girl had her operation, she had her tonsils and adenoids out. To say that I was a nervous wreck is an understatement but my awesome little C did not bat an eyelid all she could talk about was driving herself down to the operating theatre in an electric mini cooper!

I was not sure if I really wanted her to have the op and put her through all the trauma, but the surgeons confirmed after the operation that it was a good job we did go through with it as she had grade 3-4 tonsils (in laymen’s terms this means massive) and had a lot of adenoid tissue to be removed, they confirmed thiswould have been really effecting her snoring and sleep apnoea, and the tonsils being so large would definitely have made her life difficult with illness in the future.

The operation was done at the Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital in Brighton and they were phenomenal  they not only looked after me the emotional nervous wreck but they also made sure that my daughter was completely happy and comfortable, when in the first part of the operating theatre they blew bubbles to distract her while having her needle and sleep inducing medication put in she had no idea that anything was happening.

When she woke up she was groggy but perfectly happy, 3 hours later she was demanding food and running around like a headless chicken.  I cannot get over how quickly she bounced back after the operation.  It has not been the easiest week when the Calpol wore off she certainly felt the pain and I have had sleepless nights,  I can no longer hear her deep raspy breathing and snoring over the baby monitor, I had to keep getting up to check she was still ok! We were let out of hospital the next day just in time for me to make and decorate 100 cupcakes for the Brighton Baby Expo at the new Amex stadium

I was asked by one of the lovely ladies who runs the baby expo to make some cupcakes for Phil Gallagher who is Cbeebies Mr Maker which I very excitedly agreed to do them and I made the rest of the cakes for the lovely Brighton Mums stand, I was up until 12:pm decorating the to make sure that they were the best I had done, I made a giant cupcake that was put on the Brighton Mums website to be won after the expo. Mister Maker certainly liked my cakes as you can see from the photos he even took my business card

C was gutted as she was supposed to meet Mister Maker who is one her favourite people from cbeebies but was not allowed to be in a public place due to risk of infection, C and her daddy helped me drop of the cakes and who should walk in just after we arrived, Mister Maker himself and he was very kind and spoke with C she was very star struck bless her, when I presented the cakes to him at the ribbon cutting he asked how she was how lovely is that!

Mister Maker cakes Brighton Baby Expo

Flour and Sprinkles Meets Mister Maker

C has now made a full recovery and we are now reaping the benefits as she sleeps much better and and can eat much better and I am also hoping that we  will have a lot less sore throats chest infections and visits to the hospital!

C is 3

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Well we have hit another toddler milestone my little girl has turned three and we have just celebrated in style, what started as humble plans turned into (in true me style) an epic party.

My gorgeous little C some 9 months ago started to demand a princess pirate party, when I asked her do you want to be a princess or a pirate she responded “God mummy no I want to be a Princess Pirate!!!” and so the party was born.

I have never made my daughter anything but cakes so I got the daft notion that I should make her costume by converting her flower girl dress from earlier this year, now I never sew and had no idea where to start so I drew round the bolero that goes to the dress to make a very dodgy pattern and bought lots of pirate style material and set about making my master piece and I have to say I was pretty pleased with the outcome apart from my very sore needle pricked fingers!!

I made all of the bunting and had her party invites illustrated by a very dear friend and after that C’s cake came to life! I copied the characters from the invite, my hubby told me the two tier cake was excessive and would not be eaten! Boy he could not have been more wrong we only had half the top layer left by the end of the day.

I get quite carried away when it comes to doing things for my daughter and I am not ashamed to say that she got thoroughly spoilt, she had a face painter and we borrowed my sisters small bouncy castle did a piñata instead of party bags and had party games and lots of prizes. It is fair to say that the party was organised mayhem

It was exhausting but so much fun; with 25 children we had lots of fun and thankfully so did the parent (I did make sure that there was plenty of wine and beer) the party was pretty sugar fuelled and when the kids got home they crashed out so I had lots of thank you’s from parents for a long and peaceful evening so a great day had by all especially by the birthday girl

Schloer

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I received my Schloer bottles through the post in big white polystyrene packing cases, I do not know who was more excited me or my 2 year old daughter! I opened the white grape and left the red grape one all packaged up or so I thought, I came back in the room to find my daughter in her element ripping open the packaging depositing little white polystyrene balls and clumps all over my living room floor.

The only way I could get over the shock was by sitting down on the sofa with a lovely glass of refreshing bubbly white grape schloer, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was so light and refreshing and a real taste of the summer to come. The red grape was the perfect refresher after the mass clean up session. I can safely say these delicious drinks will be gracing my fridge on a regular basis, and will definitely be in the top of my shopping list for all my summer picnics.

Original review done for http://www.brightonmums.com/category/mammasreviews/