Posted in Family Life

Willem and The Magnet

willem a&eOf all my children Willem is the one that we know we need to watch. He lives in his own little world, which would be amazing, and is always thinking about the next thing he could get up to. Yesterday we got to enjoy a visit to A&E due to a little mishap with a magnet.

Whilst attempting to get my washing out Willem suddenly started to cry, so I came in to see the problem and thought he said he had been sick. I called Rob downstairs and tried to make some sense out of the words come out of his mouth. Now, another thing about Willem is that when he cries he really goes for it, and he has a lovely habit of putting his whole fist in his mouth which cause a huge amount of drool to come out (nice).

At first we thought he was saying he had a penny in his mouth so we encouraged him to learn forward as I tried to look in to see of there was something there. Then he started talking about his throat so we figured he had swallowed whatever it was, but he was telling us it hurt. We were also having to stop him put his hands down his throat, whilst trying to calm him. Eventually he told us it was a magnet (great) and he showed which one it was.magnet A nice small 1 cm square piece which he was calling a ‘plus cross’. I knew he would need to be checked out to make sure it wasn’t stuck anywhere, but was unsure if it was an A&E job or minor injuries. We’re very lucky to have one of each nearby. After a call to 111, they advised A&E in case it was stuck, off we went. Fortunately Roran had been walking around with a bag of books so I grabbed that as entertainment and my purse which had no money in.

We arrived at A&E and booked in, the receptionist was less than nice and with Willem bouncing around I felt a bit like a fraud but I knew he needed checking. We had about a 30 minute wait for the doctor, who was lovely. She spoke to Willem more than me, which I felt was a good thing as he was then happy to listen to her. She asked him simple things at first like name and age, then what happen. He backed up my story. The doctor then explained the concerns of swallowing magnet:

  1. It can get stuck in the oesophagus causing a blockage
  2. It could go down the windpipe, but he was breathing fine so no concern there
  3. If he had swallowed more then one they could be come attracted to each other. This could lead to them attaching and possible pinch some of his bowel which would possible die. I had not even considered that!

Willem assured her that he had only swallowed one and we were sent off for a X-ray.

After a little more waiting we went into for X-ray, I had quickly explain to Willem what would happen but didn’t think about the fact I, at 32 weeks pregnant, wouldn’t be allowed to stay at his side. The technician was lovely though and spoke to him about everything and that I was only on the other side of the window so he could see me. However, he was more fascinated by everything happening to even notice I had gone.

We headed back to waiting room for the results, which didn’t take long. The doctor called us through and took us in to the reception office. Here she showed Willem his X-ray and explained all the different parts such as his heart, lungs , spine, whilst showing him on his body where they are. He loved this and listened to everything she said. Then she showed us the white image of the magnet, sat nicely in his stomach, waiting to make it’s natural way through his body.

With this news we could head home knowing all should be okay. We were at the hospital just over and hour and a half, which was a nice surprise but I don’t hope to do it again anytime soon.

 

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Posted in Family Life, Review

Gruffalo Spotting

Yesterday we went Gruffalo spotting at our local Forestry Commission forest. This is an exciting new activity that has been introduced along one of the popular family trials. Before we left I downloaded the special app which is free, and made sure my phone was charged. The idea is simple you go for a nice walk and along the way there are signs, peep holes and clues to which animal is coming up. When you find the footprints you point your phone, with the app open, at the sign and the animal appears. You then have an opportunity to take a photo of the children with them. When we arrival the children were so excited to get out and run around; we visit this site a lot so they know where they are going.

We headed off to the beginning of the route and sagruffalo spottersw a big sign letting us know we were going the right way. The boys loved running ahead and Roran had the chance to practice his reading skills. Persephonie had decided that she was also going to walk the route today, which made us a little slower than normal. Each animal had a set of signs to encourage the children to guess who was coming up. These included an interactive turning circle with images of the animals eyes, tail, feet, etc. Then a peep hole for them to look through, which was facing another sign with part of the animal on it, giving them a good idea. When it was then obvious who we had found there was a congratulations sign just before the ‘footprints’.

The final sign would be the ‘footprints’, where we aimed our phone to bring up the video. The videos themselves were great. The animals would appear and move around so that they looked real to the children. When they were in position the camera button would come up and you could take a picture. This idea is great but not as easy as it sounds unfortunately. Getting the children in the right position was hard. They couldn’t see the animals from the other side of the camera and would either stand in front of them, blocking the signal and making the video to vanish, or standing behind it where they would then get blocked out by the image. Also, mine were unsure where to look as they were distracted which meant that they often weren’t looking at the camera or video
that they couldn’t see. Maybe some sort of markers on the ground would have helped.

Overall the children enjoyed themselves, which was the main point. They also got some fresh air and a good run around. So did Rufus who remembered it’s that lovely time of year for fox poo! The route is only a short one so, as always, we popped to see the statue of the gruffalo who lives at our local forest, before heading home. There is an opportunity to buy activity bags from the site centre which I am sure would make the trip longer but, as we arrived early, the centre isn’t open at that point. However, it is something we will probably do during the school holidays. We are pleased to have another one of this trails at our local forest as have enjoyed all the others. It is a great way to get the children out and about and enjoying the local area, even if it’s only for a few hours.

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For more information about your local Forestry Commission site and Gruffalo Spotter trial please visit their website

Maxomorra Tiger T-shirt

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This is a smile!

We love the Maxomorra t-shirts, especially for summer. However I haven’t been overly struck with this season prints, except ‘Tigers’. Willem loved his new top and when it arrived insisted on wearing it straight away. I also have the dress out away for Persephonie and hope to find a bigger size top for Roran. This will mean that bump will also need something from this print 🙂

The quality of these single print tops are great and we have never had any shrinkage. The colours are bright and help the children stand out when we are out and somewhere busy.As always Maxomorra clothes are organic and GOTS certificated, so no nasty against my little one’s skin.

Shop: The Natal Family

Size: 98/104

Accessories: Frugi Rainbow Stripe Parsnip Pants from The Natal Family

 

 

The Day… We Wore The Frugi Forest Snugs and Crocodile Top

One snugsof the best things about chilly days is that I get to put the boys in Snugs. I love these trouser they are cozy, they are colourful and they are versatile. These are currently too big for Willem but they roll up perfectly so we can wear them for that bit longer. The top was bought to go with the snugs and is very much loved by Willem. He has a soft touch for crocodiles, I don’t know why, and thinks this one is funny as it is trying to catch the fish. Willem is in that stage between being a toddler and becoming a preschooler, so finding tops that are not to ‘babyish’ yet not to grown up is a challenge. I feel this one does a good job.This outfit combination is defiantly a hit and will be seen quite a few times over this autumn and winter.

Shop: The Natal Family (both)

Size: 3 to 4 years (both)

Top: http://thenatalfamily.co.uk/products/new-in/frugi-crocodile-snappy-applique-top/

Snugs: http://thenatalfamily.co.uk/products/new-in/frugi-field-multicheck-checked-snugs/

The Day… We Wore the Piccalilly Fox Top

foxToday was just as chilly as yesterday and the long sleeve tops are still out so I let Roran pick one of his new ones to wear. He choose the Piccalilly Fox Top, yet another of my favourites from this year. I love the fact that the the foxes monocle and whiskers are actually embroidery rather than just print. This helps the top feel more grown up but still not to old for almost 5 year old. The colour is great as it is bright enough for me to spot in a crowd, if needed but not to bright for autumn time. Also the mock layer sleeves again adds to that older boy feel.

Shop: Piccalilly

Size: 5 to 6 Years

http://www.piccalilly.co.uk/tee-fox

The Day… We Wore the Maxomorra Superboy Top

Autumn has arrived and finally we are getting to wear some of my recent purchases. So get ready for lots of  what ‘We Wore’ posts.

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Yesterday Willem got to wear one of my favourite tops of this year, the Maxomorra Superboy Tee. This is a UK exclusive to The Natal Family, who have just started stocking this lovely Swedish brand. They only had two of each size available and i was lucky enough to grab one in his size. We had lots of comments asking who the character was on front of the top And Willem happily told them ‘it’s me’.  I love the contrast of colours and now looking for something in this print for both Persephonie and Roran.

Shop: The Natal Family

Size: 98-104

http://www.thenatalfamily.co.uk/products/new-in/maxomorra-superboy-t-shirt/

 

 

 

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The Day… Willem ended up at Minor Injuries

Today20160926_104944.jpg is Daddy Hughes’ birthday, yay. With Roran doing his first full day at school and Willem due to go nursery for the day we made plans. Just having Persephonie with us meant we could go out for brunch and it be a bit more relaxed than if we had the boys, after school we could then all go out for a nice meal as a family. However, things did not go to plan.

Willem has been unwell all weekend with his chest, then last night his temperature spiked. We managed to get it under control and with some cuddles he went back to my bed where he spent the night. For a change everyone slept in, until past 7am! Over breakfast we decided that Willem wasn’t right so we would keep him off for the day, we could take him brunch or have a nice one at home. The new plan was made, but it didn’t happen either.

Rob took Roran to school, whilst, thanks to Paw Patrol, I grabbed a quick shower. When Rob got back he made us both a cup of tea, and as usual placed mine in the window sill. As if in slow motion the next thing I saw was Perspehonie, climbing the sofa grabbing my cup and tipping over. Most of the hot freshly made tea landed on Willem. Who burst into tears.

I immediately grabbed him to get him in the shower, taking off his top as that was what he was most worried about. In he went and I could see his chest was red. He cried as I attempted to hold him under the cold running water. I knew this would be a hospital job,
his arm was red and in his struggle I could already see a blister. I told Rob we had to go minor injuries and we got sorted, and out the door. He cried as I tightened his car seat but it needed doing

The doctors and nurses were really nice and helpful. Upon seeing the burn the first the triage nurse ask was if she could given him some paracetamol for the pain, I hadn’t even thought about that. He wasn’t keen to take it but she helped me calm him and waited until he was ready. We had to wait about an hour after triage before we saw the nurse, so snack were brought to keep him happy and a quick feed help Persphonie doze off.

The treatment nurse was again really calm and helpful, she could see that he was shy and unsure but had lots of tricks to getting him involved. She explained what she was going to do and left the room to get some dressing and so that I could talk to him myself about what was going to happen. When she came back Willem was a superstar as she put dressing and bandages on his arm, his chest was fine. The nurse talked to him the whole time and Willem loved that he could see an ambulance outside, which was the main discussion. I also mentioned that he had been unwell at the weekend so t
he nurse offered to check him over and after a quick ears, throat and chest check she gave him some antibiotics for a chest infection.

For being so brave Willem got a little blue teddy, which he isn’t too fussed about. As we missed brunch we treated him to a cookie at our favourite coffee shop, which he was very pleased about. We even sat in. We now just have to get a bandage change every few days, and convince him to take his antibiotics and pain relief.

 

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The Day… Willem started his Outdoor Nursery

Today was new chapter in Willem’s life, he started a new nursery, First day at outdoor nursey.jpgbut not just any nursery, an ‘outdoor nursery’. We are so excited that he will have this opportunity as it suits his personality so well and will give him that space he needs to develop into himself, rather than just follow his brother’s footsteps, which is a concern we have with them both being so close in age and only a school year apart.

First of all, what is an outdoor nursery? 

It simply is a nursery outside, okay they do have an indoor area but around 80% of the time he will be outside, everyday, in all weathers. The indoor area is mainly for dropping off, breakfast
, pegs for bags and where the bathrooms are. Everything else is outside. They play outside, learn outside, eat snack outside, it’s all outside. The idea is taken from Scandinavian forest kindergartens, where children explore, learn and develop in the outdoors, whatever the weather and they have much colder weather than we do.

So what is the benefit?

Apart from making great memories for us, we all have them from our own childhood, the outdoors has a positive effect on children’s health. You know how great it feels to have some fresh air especially when feeling sluggish. It helps with concentration and therefore helps the children develop their thinking skills. It gives them the space and freedom to explore and learn their boundaries. With the open space children can test their abilities and develop them further. These days children are outside a lot less than when we were children. As a family we try to get out as much as we can, but it isn’t always possible and we don’t do it as much as we would like. This gives Willem that opportunity.

Willem is a natural explorer, he likes to wander off and investigate his surroundings. He enjoys his own company and spends a lot of time sitting, observing and pondering.  For him this is the perfect environment. However, we have made the decision to also keep him at his old nursery a few days a week in preparation for school next September. Whether that will be full time or flexi-school is yet to be decided.

 

Posted in Clothes

The Day…We Wore

willem-in-maxomorra-sky-hoodyToday started off very misty and although we could tell it was going to be hot, for the morning school run a jacket was needed. So as it was grey and miserable outside we felt the new Maxomorra Sky hoody was needed to brighten things up. We love the practicality of this jacket as it is quite thin so perfect for those warm early mornings, but still cozy enough to keep the cold out. As usual with Maxomorra it is lovely and bright and got a lot of nice compliments in the playground. Also an added bonus as he vanishes into the sea of school children waiting to go in.

Shop: The Natal Family

 

persephonie-in-frugi-playsuit

Persphonie finally got to wear her Frugi Summer Playsuit today. It has been sat in her stash box since we got it earlier in the year as it was too big, and still is a bit. However with the warm weather we are having she need something light and cool to keep her comfy. We love this outfit as it gives her the freedom to move and climb, whilst keep her cool. As you can see she was very comfortable and evening got to enjoy and afternoon nap in the garden. Alright for some.

Shop: The Natal Family

Posted in Days Out

The Day… We went to Tatton Park

 

Back in August the children and I visited my sister, Lucy,  in Knutsford and on one not so sunny day she suggested a visit to Tatton Park.

We arrived and discovered that they were celebrating Roald Dahl with a number of different objects from his books around the grounds. The boys were eager to go on a trail in the woods looking for ‘The Enormous Crocodile’.  Set up on a trail that was suitable for my pushchair we followed footprints through the woods, and read the placards explaining the story.  We did mange to survive the crocodile .

We headed off to the courtyard and a sneaky coffee and cake, only to find a replica ‘Writing Hut’.  Also, the biggest chair we had ever seen which we believe was the BFG’s.  We found the entrance to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but, sadly, no chocolate.  The Twits living room and the glass elevator were nearby, and we also found a mysterious fox’s tail sneaking up from under ground.

Whilst walking around looking at all that was on show, Lucy and I enjoyed explaining all the stories to the boys, who were fascinated by it all. That evening we even sat and read some of Roald Dahl’s short stories.

The majority of events are running until the 2nd October. 20160811_110432.jpg