Update: Back to school tomorrow – Summer holidays are over

Miss A has had a good Summer holiday and she is back to school tomorrow. Year 2 – how did that happen!

I am sad she is going back, very sad. I love spending time with her and her brother together.

Time has flown by and it has been fun – mostly. Lots of socialising and visiting family and friends. Not much time for blogging. I have been too exhausted to be honest by the end of the day. My health has been up and down throughout the holiday and so have the children’s. Nothing serious just bugs.

Master A has been given a date for his paediatician appointment, in exactly a month’s time. We have waited so long already. I haven’t been coping with what could be wrong with him. I told the doctor this on Friday, after realising that I can’t go on worrying like this any more. I need to know what is wrong with him, it is hurting me so much. It is affecting day to day life a little. Probably why I am falling asleep early every night. They are going to try and get an earlier appointment for him, I will find out before Friday if they are successful.

I will now have time to concentrate on my blog when Master A has his rest time. Even though he has stopped his naps, I have quiet time with him when he either does crafting/playdoh or something or he watches a film. Just to give me a little bit of time out. Perhaps I will find out if I can get an appointment early this week and then I will know I have done all that I can to get Master A checked out. I know that it is not life threatening but it is certainly life changing.

Miss A hasn’t been affected by what is going on with Master A. That is good.

We have had a good Summer holiday, that is the main thing.

I just hope now that I have told the doctors how I feel, we get things sorted soon.


Peppa Pig Enchanting Castle review

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Miss A and Master A have been brought up with Peppa Pig. Mostly on television but they have some toys. When we were sent the Peppa Pig Enchanting Castle, both were rather happy!

The Peppa Pig Enchanting Castle is a fantastic toy that closes when not in use. Fantastic! It comes with one Peppa character. I am sad it didn’t come with George too so they could play together but…we have him, along with several other characters already. Miss A got out all of her Peppa Pig stuff while playing with the Enchanting Castle so bear that in mind when watching the video and looking at the photos.

They spent so long playing with the castle…and the other toys.

Most of the time Master A plays with his toys in silence so this video is lovely for me to watch so I am sharing it..I think he is saying “Addy” for Daddy Pig.

This toy was a huge success. It was the first time that I saw Master A properly play with toys and pretending to make the characters walk, get in bed etc.

There is also a bed, steps and a mirror included. The mirror turns which makes it even more fun! The door to the castle also revolves too.

The Peppa Pig Enchanting Castle costs £24.99. It is worth it though as it is a toy that can be added to with the other Peppa Pig play sets.

A fantastic toy that has made both children, especially Master A very happy! I am very thankful for being sent this toy as it is a toy that has made Master A start to progress with a few things. It is a toy that can be shared by the both of them too – fantastic!

Available at Smyths Toys

5 Minute Fun review

I would love to make you all aware of the fantastic 5 Minute Fun email service that I really love. I often wonder what to do with the children, especially Master A. What with Master A not talking, he needs so much motivation and stimulation to get anything out of his mouth. This did make it hard to do the given activities so I did have to alter some a little bit as he isn’t talking but I am sure I am allowed! In terms of Miss A, she really wanted to join in and so she did. Both have been poorly so the moving challenges were a no go really. However that doesn’t take away how awesome this concept is and I will definitely be continuing on with it for a long time to come.

I must admit I did most of the activities mainly with Miss A but Master A was there throughout and was included and as said I did adapt them to make him feel more included.

The first day:

Sort out the recycling together. Can your little one tell what things are made from and sort them into different piles?

Master A didn’t do this as Miss A was so keen on doing it. She knew what each of the items were made out of. We have a recycling drawer where the paper and card are separated from the rest of the recycling so Miss A found this so much fun! We have done this kind of thing before.

The second day:

Ask your little one to draw what they would like to dream about tonight!

Miss A loved this challenge – I forgot to take a photo of her drawing and I can’t find it now. I will see if I can find it and add it to the blog post. Master A did a drawing too. I don’t think he understood what I was asking him to do due to the lack of communication skills but the fact that he felt included was good. I won’t say what Miss A drew…once I add the photo, I would like you to guess what it is.

The third day:

Ask your little one to draw a picture of an imaginary creature. What colour will it be? What will its name be, and will it make a big roar?

A lot like the second challenge, same response. Photo to follow.

The fourth day:

Look out of the window together and see what you can spot. Ask your little one to find something green, something brown and something blue.

Master A couldn’t do this but at the end of the activity, I told him what the colours were of the things outside. Miss A loved this, even at six years old!

The fifth day:

Help your little one create a time-travelling wristband! Wrap card to fit around their wrist and stick on coloured paper to make buttons and a screen. Tell them to press a button and off they whoosh! Can they call you to tell you where they’ve gone?

Both loved doing this, they both have a good imagination and even Master A could pretend to travel back in time although I think he thought he was a superhero!

The sixth day:

Pretend your little one has a pet dinosaur. Is it big or small? Can it fly? What’s its name?

I did this with Master A only. Miss A was starting to get rather tired but I adapted this and basically asked Master A to pretend he was a dinosaur and asked him whether he was big or little. He got on his tip-toes so I assume he was big!

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Master A roaring like a big dinosaur!

The seventh day:

Take the size challenge! Can your little one point to 5 things that are bigger, smaller, taller and shorter than you are?

Definitely one for Miss A only. She is very good at knowing what is bigger, smaller, taller and shorter. Probably too good as she knows that I am bigger but shorter than Daddy!

To find out more about 5 minute fun then visit the website and sign up for the email service. I would recommend it!

5 Minute Fun can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

We are being sent a half year CBeebies Magazine subscription in return.

Shibajuku Doll review

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Miss A loves her dolls. So when receiving the lovely doll Shibajuku Doll she was so happy with it. The is a very pretty doll. Her name, Yoko, is beautiful.

Each doll is fully poseable. It is dressed in the latest fashions and has four hair accessories for the doll and the child. Miss A doesn’t want to put the clips in her hair. They are for her doll only! The doll has glass eyes and real lashes. There are a total of five dolls to collect. Miss A is so happy with her doll. It is the right colour for her, pink.

The doll is a lovely size and is so so pretty. Miss A loves her and so do I. The doll doesn’t look as nice as it did when it was in it’s packaging as Master A has been playing with her. All the hair is in a bit of a mess but she is still very pretty. Master A seems to love her too. I love the fact her eyes are so big and blue. The attention to detail is fantastic. I love the fact Yoko is so poseable. So does Miss A. The outfit she wears suits her very well. I think Miss A wants to get Shizuka.

I think this doll is well worth the money. It is so well made and Miss A loves her.

You can read about the Shibajuku Doll on the Daily Mail website.

The Shibajuku Doll is only available Smyth Toy Superstores for £24.99.

Miss A was sent a Shibajuku doll for review.

Does my son have NF1 – Neurofibromatosis Type 1?

I did not know what Neurofibromatosis Type 1 is until I Googled something…

The night before last, I voiced my concerns to my other half about Master A. I noticed that he had then four brown marks on his body..they are small but certainly about half a centimetre each..one a bit bigger. My other half agreed that it is something to see the GP about.

I wasn’t overly worried about them before, not until I noticed he was getting one on his face. Wasn’t particularly happy about that but still, could be worse. I then was googling something about my own skin and a picture of what looked like his marks popped up in Google images. It was telling me they could be cafe au lait marks.

Cafe au lait marks are the main symptom of Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1). See the NHS website for more info. I have since spotted two more, one on his groin and another on his thigh.

What with Master A’s speech delay, another symptom is learning difficulties, I am rather concerned. So yesterday I took him to the doctors. She wasn’t overly concerned but she then told me that they look like freckles/birth marks..what are cafe au lait marks? That! So I voiced my concerns and she agreed to refer me to the paediatrician even though she still wasn’t overly concerned.

I now have to wait about a month to see the paediatrician. I am happy to say that it isn’t usually life threatening just something that the poor boy has to deal with for the rest of his life.

So I am putting this here on my blog to first of all find out what other people think it could be. Is there any other explanation as to why Master A is getting these spots?

I am also keen on finding out whether any of you have had experience of this condition as I am the kind of person to know exactly what’s involved and what to do. Even if Master A doesn’t have this condition, perhaps it will help others.

Thanks all. I won’t say roll on a month’s time as it is the Summer holiday and I am making sure my two little ones have fun!

Here are some photos..