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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.



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)



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.

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




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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.


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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



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.

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The Day… We forgot Willem’s lunch

Today swillem-lunchtarted off really well, and I was actually feeling quite impressed with myself about how well it was going. Today was the first day I was doing the nursery and school run with all 3 by myself, and a dummy run for next week when Rob is back at work.

Things were going along smoothly. Three children fed breakfast, done and managed some for me too. Next, three children upstairs with washed face and clean teeth, done. Next, Three children dressed, done and they even had socks and shoes on with 15 minutes to spare. All their bags were sorted with spare clothes, nappies, wipes and sat on the side ready to go. I had a bit of time to get dressed and put some make up and out the door we went.

We actually left 5 minutes earlier than we aimed for, which resulted in us arriving at nursery 10 minutes early. So after a few songs in the car we headed into nursery. I let the girls know that as usual Persephonie and Willem had been up since 5am, but were both fine. Persephonie started her new trick of crying before I left, so I made a swift exit. She stops as soon as I out the door and it was at that moment I realised…. I had forgotten Willem’s lunch! Willem is now funded and need to bring a pack lunch.

Fortunately the girls are good at his nursery and said he could have a hot dinner, saving me the hassle of rushing home grabbing it and rushing back. It was going really well,  but I will have to settle with just pretty well, and next time remember his lunch. Maybe a reminder in my phone?