My hyperemesis gravidarum experience

Hyperemesis GravidarumFresh from wedding fever, it’s back to reality (although I’m sure I won’t be able to resist a few more wedding posts) and the news that the Duchess of Cambridge is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum in her second pregnancy is bringing back some memories.

Pregnancy is amazing. You’re in a continual state of awe that you can do this – that your body can create a new life. You feel your baby moving around inside you and it feels amazing.

Many pregnant women get some kind of sickness or queasiness in pregnancy but for me, it was something else.

I remember being in hospital during my pregnancy with my second child, on a drip which was feeding me the fluids my body needed. I couldn’t even keep down a simple glass of water. Crucially, I’m now ashamed to admit that I was wishing I could stay in hospital for longer, that the doctors would say I had to stay. To me, that would mean I could be looked after, that I wouldn’t have to worry about looking after myself, let alone my family (we already had a 2 year old by then) anymore.

What this tells me is that hyperemesis affected my mind as well as my body. I mean, who wishes they could stay in hospital? But then, why wouldn’t it affect my mind? I couldn’t go about my day as I usually would. Even getting up was an effort. I felt continually ill, was sick every time I tried to eat or drink something and as a result felt I was failing in my duties as a mother to my 2 year old.

And of course, I felt I couldn’t complain about it. I was so lucky to be pregnant a second time after all. There was nothing wrong with my baby, despite me being on the cusp of being classed as an older mother really, at age 36.

I had hyperemesis with both my children (my eldest is now nearly 4 and youngest nearly 2) I might add. It started at around 6 weeks and lasted until 20 weeks, with the worst period being during that 1st trimester.

I say all this and also say that I would do it all again if I’d have known how it would be. The reward is more than you could ever hope for and we have a beautiful family.

But I do feel for poor Kate Middleton. She’s been through it before and must know she’s got some weeks to come of feeling very ill. There must be so much pressure on her.

I wish her well – but I do also look forward to the happy baby news at the end of her pregnancy.

Image credit: www.pregnancysicknesssupport.com

Wedding preparations and Revive Active

Revive Active Health Supplement

It’s two and a half weeks from our wedding day…eeek!!! We’ve reached a stage where everything is hand and all the planning is done and dusted.

It’s countdown time. There are some nerves flying around – typical things: “will everything go to plan on the day?”, “will everyone enjoy it?” and of course most importantly “will there be enough cheese to go around from the cheese tower?”

Cheese anxiety aside, one of the most important issues which must affect any bride is health and wellbeing. No-one wants a horrible cold or virus on their wedding day. A bride (and groom!) wishes to feel at their best.

Earlier this year I reviewed a health supplement called Revive Active at a time when I really needed it. It was the New Year, a time when I feel sluggish and when lots of bugs and viruses fly around and I was reliably informed that this supplement was full of lots of healthy vitamins, minerals and other ingredients.

The supplement is delivered in handy daily sachets, which I took in a glass of apple juice before breakfast in the morning. I had seven days worth to take and was looking forward to seeing some results, especially given the benefits listed on their website, as below:

  • Natural sustained energy. No caffeine or sugar, and meant to be good for burnout or fatigue. I had recently written a post on how I feel I suffer from burnout, so this is perfect for me.
  • Heart health. Contains CoQ10, L’Carnitine, Vitamin E and Magnesium, all beneficial to the cardiovascular system. Most of us are aware of the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in this country, so anything that helps can only be a good thing.
  • Rejuvenation. Well I need this, looking at my eye bags. Revive Active is rich in antioxidants including, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium. With all the sleep disturbance I suffer as a mum of two preschoolers, I have to admit I was particularly excited about this bit.
  • Mental clarity and focus. Yes please! I really needed this. I wrote that I had put a bag of rubbish in the fridge by mistake. Apparently, Vitamin C and Vitamin B12 in the supplement help to retain mental clarity.
  • Healthy Immune System. Yes, yes and yes. As I’m writing this, I realise I’ve written many blog posts lamenting most of these states. Mum of pre-schoolers = colds galore. The website tells us that Vitamins A, C, E and B help maintain a healthy immune system.

During my trial of the supplement I was really impressed by the benefits I felt: more clear-headed and more energy. I also noted that both my children had colds which I would normally catch just by glancing in their direction, but I didn’t.

It’s expensive: six months supply would set you back £49.95 per month, or £59.85 for one month.

However, I felt that it was worth it – for example if you’re recovering from some nasty bug or infection and are really struggling, if you suffer from heart problems, persistent tiredness or…have your wedding in the not too distant future!

So here I am again – avidly whisking up my supplement powder each morning.  I do feel much better already, as wedding planning has taken it’s toll this year and I was feeling so tired.

I’m not the only one who loves this supplement – check out 52 year old Linda Barker’s recent interview on her use of Revive, and these testimonials.

Visit the Revive Active website for more information, to order directly and view stockists.

Disclosure:  I received the Revive Active Supplement free of charge in return for writing this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Vegetable eating in kids: the parents’ Holy Grail

20140803-193559-70559688.jpg Sunday tea time: I’m cooking salmon for the girls and decide to add noodles because they love them and think that they’re essentially ‘grown up spaghetti’, particularly when I add a bit of soy sauce and lemon.

I was musing on how to get them to eat a vegetable element to the meal, and had one of those rare moments in parenting: the “I’ve just had such a good idea that I’m going to be openly really smug about it” moment.

Small plastic pots, with chopped cucumber and celery, placed neatly to the side of the noodle dish. “Look! Your VERY OWN little pot filled with lovely things!”. They ate the lot. And that wouldn’t have happened if I had just plonked them in the dish (instead I would have got “Urghh! I don’t want that” or my littlest one would have simply flung them on the floor disinterestedly).

And I think that’s the key to vegetable eating in my girls – try and do something different and exciting. It’s not easy, but I’ve realised that I do more ‘vegetable magic’ than I thought.

Besides the vegetable pots which are the current hit (until they become passé – probably within the week), here are some of my current means of ensuring veg eating:

  • Telling them it makes better cartwheels: I mean, every kid wants to do ace cartwheels, surely? And eating copious amounts of carrot is a certain way to the best cartwheels around.
  • Varying how the veg looks on the plate: Smiley faces worked for a while – cucumber slices for the eyes, sweet corn noses, tomato smiles etc. Until nearly-4 year old decided it was ‘scary’. Now I try and make a princess.
  • Trying new, exotic vegetables: This works for about 1 day. Maybe 2 if you’re lucky. But if you’re really struggling this week, try something they haven’t eaten in ages and rave about it like it’s the best thing ever and “Mummy used to eat this when she was a little girl” and it tastes “a lot like cheese” etc.
  • Hiding it: Usually in pasta sauce. I have an ace homemade pasta sauce going which has a tomato, onion and garlic base, and then I just add whichever vegetables I happen to have in and whizz it up in the blender, as smoooooth as possible. “Hmmm, this is yummy, Mummy!”. I know…
  • Saving it for supper: Supper has been a popular thing in our house this year. If my little ones leave their veg at tea time, it suddenly becomes the most appetising thing they’ve ever seen when it’s in a different bowl, and eaten in their bed whilst having stories read to them. Amazing.

    Anyone else any ideas? Mine are good for now but I’m sure the day will soon come when my little ones are wise to my tricks…

  • Thoughts on turning 38

    Thoughts on turning 38So, if I double my age I would be 76. Phew! This is always my benchmark for whether or not I’m ‘too old’. If I can live my whole life again and still be potentially still around, I’m ok.

    Last year, I wrote quite a lengthy post on 37 reasons to love life, now I’m 37. I loved writing that post – it sets out lots of key elements of my life that I love, namely my children and family, achieving and learning new things, and things that are just ‘me’, like scaring myself stupid and being a total coffee addict.

    Yesterday, my birthday came around again. This year has been mad and very busy but totally exciting. Mr EC and I got engaged at New Year and have been busy wedding planning for August. We’ve also organised lots of work on our house to get it to a stage where we can really love it as our family home. Our eldest girl starts preschool in September which is also the beginning of a new journey.

    This is why I thought the image above of the swan and her cygnets was just perfect. The swan has had her brood and is moving forward purposefully on their adventures together.

    The other week, I was moaning to someone about turning 38 and she turned to me and rightly said “but life’s just taking off”. She was right and I’ve reflected on her words ever since.

    They say life begins at 40, but 38 feels like a year of new beginnings for me.

    A poorly parent again

    Being ill and parentingAs I write this, I wonder just how many blog posts I’ll write that are about being ill, germs and the hardship of parenting when you’re constantly snotty and under the weather? I’ve written about suffering from burnout, why I don’t get ill at the same time as my children (the gods must smile on me there – yet I’m still getting ill) and those things that seriously deplete my energy levels, colds being one of them of course.  Maybe I should change the name of my blog to ‘Expression of snot and Confession of someone who sticks tissues up her nose at night because she can’t be bothered to keep blowing it’?

    I’ve been poorly again over the past couple of weeks. I got over one cold and promptly got some weird, horrendous virus type thing (the doctor explained that this sounded like a flu-type virus rather than the common cold) which took it upon its evil self to attack the muscles behind my eyes, meaning that not only did I feel ill, but I couldn’t watch TV or read a book. Or even play on my iPhone.

    I was ALONE WITH MY OWN THOUGHTS.

    I’m on the mend now, so all is not lost.  But is this normal?  Do all parents of young children get all the bugs going, or are some people made of sterner stuff?  I’m a northerner from Burnley for goodness sake – I’m supposed to be hard as nails!

    It’s disruptive.  I needed help on the days I look after the children.  I was absent from work.  The wedding planning – and the wedding is fast approaching – took a back burner. The washing piled up so that I nearly broke the machine when I finally got round to doing some.

    To be fair, I probably don’t look after myself as I should.  I have ‘good phases’ where I take my vitamins and supplements, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, do some exercise a couple of times a week.  But life’s just so busy that it’s easy to let it all slide – to selflessly eat a couple of spoons of cold porridge when your children have already eaten theirs and you’re in a rush as you have to be out of the house by 10am, and oh!, by the way I’ve forgotten to take my vitamins again.  Evening comes and I’m just too tired to go for a run.  It’s easier to make myself a quick bowl of pasta rather than cook a load of veg or make a salad.

    It’s hard work, this parenting business.  If anyone’s got the balance just right, please let me know!

    Aviva Stress Less Challenge: Week 2

    20140524-200942-72582441.jpgI’ve had a rough week – holed up with the flu and still feeling the effects. One of the difficulties of having pre school children is that you pick up every bug going! However, I’ve still found time to carry on trying out the tips I received for week 2 of the Aviva Stress Less challenge in association with the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel. The challenge was to choose a few tips I would stick to for life. To be honest, all the tips I received from Aviva’s experts were great and easy to carry out. But I’m picking three here that I know I’m going to stick to – and that will mean less stress! Do today lists I always keep to do lists, but they tend to become long and unwieldy, and make me feel stressed just looking at them. The tip was simply to look at my lists the night before and mark those that are urgent for tomorrow – ‘do today’ tasks. This then means my mind has the chance to switch off that evening. I’ve found this so effective that I’ll be sticking with it. Eating berries and more foods containing tryptophan I like eating berries, but I don’t do enough of it! It’s easy to forget my own diet when I’m concentrating so much on the children – as evidenced by the bugs I keep picking up. Paddy Anson’s diet tips for me included stocking up on foods known to reduce blood pressure and levels of stress chemical cortisol, such as oranges and berries. I’ve been eating loads of these over the past week and definitely feel better for it. It’s such a simple part of my diet to implement that I’ll be sticking to this, too. My diet tips also included tryptophan-containing foods such as tuna. I’ve been eating a lot of tuna at lunchtimes and enjoyed it, and now I know it helps lower stress levels, I’ll be doing this more often. Chamomile tea I’m an avid coffee drinker, as my readers will already know. I’ve been substituting the odd coffee for chamomile tea and had forgotten how much I like it. It’s refreshing and calming, and cheap to buy. I’ll definitely be incorporating this into my lifestyle full term. I admit I’ve yet to try out the fitness tips I received at the end of week 1 – my lurgy has meant that I haven’t done any running at all! Rest assured I’ll be trying those out as soon as I’m back to being fighting fit and ready for my exercise plans again. In fact I’ve learnt so much from the Aviva challenge that I feel I’ve still got a lot to put into practice and learn from. I’m looking forward to incorporating more omega-3 foods into my diet, for example. In possibly one of the most stressful years of my life during which I’m planning a wedding, working and organising two children under 4, these tips have been really welcome. Here’s to a new stress less me! I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

    Aviva Stress Less Challenge: Week 1 update

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    Last week I wrote about the tips I received as part of the Aviva Stress Less challenge in association with the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel.

    I’d filled out Aviva’s questionnaire about my stress levels and trouble sleeping, and received some very simple but hopefully effective tips from their stress experts.

    I was to allow my mind to switch off by making and arranging my to do lists, marking off which tasks were ‘do today’ tasks the night before. To help aid sleep, I was to eat more foods containing tryptophan, such as tuna, dairy and chamomile tea.

    Here’s a quick update on how I’m getting on – and written at quite a suitable time when I’m just trying to destress following the challenge of a shopping trip to choose a wedding gift list with two preschoolers in tow.

    It wasn’t that bad – really. But maybe my reaction to it was better because I’m less stressed?

    Do today
    I have a running to do list as long as my arm. I tend to keep it on my iPhone, but I’ve actually just bought a new personalised planner so maybe I’ll switch to this. In any case, I’ve been making a big effort to look at it at night at the beginning of my wind down after the girls have gone to bed. I’ve chosen maybe 2 tasks which are urgent or which I’d like to achieve the next day.

    So far I think this has been pretty effective. I have felt I can just ‘let go’ a bit more in the evenings knowing that there’s a clear sense of what I need to do the next day.

    Tryptophan giving foods
    I already eat loads of cheese and it’s probably not healthy to eat more! But I have eaten tuna at lunchtimes a few days this week and – now hold on to your seat – switched coffee for chamomile tea a few times. I’d forgotten that I actually like chamomile tea and I’ve been drinking it in the late afternoon rather than coffee. I have slept better this week and found it easier to drop off – but it’s difficult to determine whether the tea has contributed or not. I’ll keep it up as it can only be healthy to drink less coffee.

    At the end of the challenge, I’ll be choosing those tips to stick to for life. To date, I’d say that making an evening effort to glance over my task list is a definite contender.

    Week 2 tips
    Yesterday, the tips for week 2 came winging their way into my inbox. Again they were from Dr Doug Wright, who has worked for Aviva for 15 years after full time GP practice, and Paddy Anson Head of Strength and Conditioning at Gloucester Rugby. In addition, England rugby players Billy Twelvetrees and Jonny May and former Captain Mike Tindall provided tips which was very exciting news!

    Work-life balance from Dr Doug

    “You may be finding big tasks daunting to progress but building upon creating lists from last week try adding even the smallest tasks to your list to help you get a sense of accomplishment and gain the momentum to tackle the bigger tasks. If you’ve got a big task ahead, break them down into smaller pieces so you can see exactly what needs to get done — even if you can’t tackle them yet”

    Wellbeing from Dr Doug

    “Surround yourself with your favourite scents and sounds. Our surroundings can affect our wellbeing. Why not play your favourite music and use scents from natural sources, essential oils or candles. By creating a positive atmosphere whilst you’re working in your home especially when you’re working through what you need to do for your wedding can help keep you in a positive and uplifting mood”.

    Fitness from Mike, Billy and Jonny

    “There are certain stretches that can be done before bed which promotes better sleep. A couple of these exercises are the ‘sleeping swan’ and ‘bridge’ or try your favourite yoga poses to help you feel more relaxed”.

    “You are already quite active and it sounds like you already have quite a routine going on already. However to give you a bit more variety finish off your running sessions with a series of callisthenics exercises, e.g. press-ups, sit-ups and lunges. This will work other muscle groups but will also help tone the larger muscles in preparation for your wedding day”.

    Diet from Paddy

    “Relaxation can be very complex. Nowadays people find it difficult to ‘switch off’. Foods high in zinc, antioxidants (particularly vitamin C) and B vitamins have been shown to help various different parts of relaxation such as vasodilation, lowering blood pressure and lowering cortisol. Stock up on oranges, berries and things high in omega 3 & 6 such as avocados and nuts”.

    Wow – there really are some great tips this week. I’m really impressed (quick- get them on my task list!).

    I find the tip about scents and smells really interesting – I used to love my scented candles and oil burners but have stopped using them since having children. There’s no reason why I can’t use these after the children have gone to sleep.

    I’m looking forward to implementing the fitness tips – I’m familiar with the yoga poses so I’ll try those right away. There’s also no reason why I can’t add in a few of the additional exercises after my runs.

    I’m a fan of berries, avocados and nuts but I don’t eat them enough – they’ll be on the shopping list this week.

    I have yet to call Aviva’s Stress Angels on their helpline, which is ridiculous – I must make time for that and report back!

    I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

    Aviva Stress Less Challenge: Week 1

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    This week is very exciting for me – I’m taking part in the Aviva Stress Less challenge in association with the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel.  The challenge will provide me with expert, tailored advice based on my current stress levels.  I’ll try these out over the next couple of weeks, with the aim to commit to at least one for a lifetime, as even one small change could mean long-term benefits that will help reduce my stress levels for good.  Sounds simple enough – and I could do with it right now!

    So – the process is this: I fill out a questionnaire designed by Aviva’s experts, receive some top tips in week 1, try these out and see how I feel, receive even more tips in week 2, assess how I’m feeling and the overall effect my tailored stress-busting package is having.

    I have high hopes, particularly given my recent problems with sleep deprivation.

    The Questionnaire
    I filled out the questionnaire, and quickly realised that perhaps I am more stressed than I think. When asked what I hoped to get out of the challenge, a flood of words poured out about how life is really hectic as I work after two pre-school children, I feel there are not enough hours in the day to ‘fit everything in’ and that on top of this I’m planning a wedding which will take place in August this year!

    I went on to discuss how stressed I think I may be – and realised that I’m currently finding it hard to switch off in the evenings which in turn affects my ability to get to sleep. I hadn’t really thought much about this – the act of filling out the survey made me stop and assess how I’m feeling.

    I stifled a chortle when asked if I’ve always felt this way – memories of lying in until 11am with nothing to worry about came flooding back. But actually, I’ve always been the type to pack a lot into my life. There have always been periods when I’ve found it difficult to unwind and let my mind rest.

    So how do I unwind currently? I have a bath, I read with my kindle, watch TV in the evening over a glass of wine.

    The most stressful time of my day? Mornings! Getting everyone ready for childminder or work and out of the door.

    Finally, I was asked questions around my occupation, general lifestyle and diet. I probably don’t pay enough attention currently to what I eat. Apart from cheese – I always ensure there is plenty of cheese in the fridge. Can’t live without it.

    The tips

    I was eagerly anticipating this, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been given a few, manageable and practical tips that I can put into practice this week. I can’t wait to get started.

    The tips this week focus on work-life balance, wellbeing and diet.  Apparently next week it’s fitness. I’ve recently taken up running, so I’m looking forward to those.

    The tips are prepared by Aviva’s Dr Doug Wright who has worked at Aviva for 15 years from full-time practice as a GP and Paddy Anson, Head of Strength and Conditioning at Gloucester Rugby who’s tasked with setting out the training and diet plans for the players (eek – hope he doesn’t prescribe a bit of Rugby!).

    Work-life balance from Dr Doug

    “2 children, work and a house are enough in themselves. Add in a wedding to plan and I’m not surprised you feel stressed. The fact that you recognise this is good. Having trouble sleeping is a clear sign that it’s affecting you. Try to get more of a sense of control back into your life. We often treat everything as important, in work and home. However you can’t do it all and everything is not equally important. Ensure that everything which is on your ‘urgent’ or ‘do today’ list is exactly that so you don’t put pressure on yourself to do everything at once”.

    Wellbeing from Dr Doug

    “Sleep is key to feel less stressed. If you can’t switch off because you’re thinking of things you need to do then in the evening write your to-do lists (wedding/home/shopping) in preparation for the next day so you can focus on getting to sleep”.

    Diet from Paddy

    “There’s a number of foods you could try to help you sleep. Foods rich in tryptophan will help as these help serotonin and melatonin, which are our brains ‘sleep chemicals’. For example dairy, tuna and certain herbs like chamomile will help”.

    Onwards and upwards…

    So that’s me for this week…I’ll be recognising that I can’t ‘do it all’ and giving myself a break, ensuring that I have ‘to do’ lists which state which tasks are ‘urgent’ so that I don’t feel overwhelmed.  If I can do this early in the evening for the next day, then hopefully my mind can chill out in preparation for sleep.  I’m fine on the dairy (cheese!), but I’ll be adding in some tuna and substituting chamomile tea for the usual coffee every so often.

    I also have access to qualified stress counsellors – Aviva’s Stress Angels – which is an added bonus.

    Watch this space for an update!

    I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

    What’s my name again? Thoughts on sleep training a 3 year old

    Sleep training

    I wrote that title and then thought – do I actually have thoughts anymore? At least thoughts that don’t consist of “where’s the coffee?” and “how soon can I go to bed?”. Then again, the fact that I thought that must mean I do still retain some thinking capacity.

    We’re so tired at the moment. It’s one of those phases in parenting where you try and repeat the mantra ‘this too shall pass’.

    Of course it will, but it’s very hard.

    In a nutshell, 3 1/2 year old won’t stay in bed at bedtime. This can be infuriating, but coupled with the odd night where she repeatedly gets up at 4am, it leaves me practically unable to function.

    I was in a meeting at work this morning and am quite convinced I was slurring my words at one point. I was so gutted as I’d deliberately had a really early night, knowing I was so tired after a busy weekend. There I was, tucked up with fresh bed sheets, feeling so smug at all that sleep ahead of me.

    Cue 4am and 3 year old appears, crying loudly saying she wants Daddy to put her back to bed. He reluctantly gets up and does it. Half an hour later I’m dozing off and she does it again – this time I put her back and she stays there, but I’m so wound up by this point I don’t sleep another wink.

    So what to do about it? Hire army-grade noise-cancelling earphones and hope for the best?!

    There are two issues with us:

    – Bedtime, where we go through our bedtime routine (with our 1 year old, too) of bath, pyjamas, stories, put her to bed, say “night, night”, make sure she’s comfortable and close the door. She instantly gets up again, not upset, but with a “oh look, Mummy, I’m trying it on with you” cheeky face. This is a boundaries/general naughtiness issue.

    – Getting up in the night. It’s not every night (thank goodness!) but when it happens she tends to be upset at first. This is stumping me but my instinct is she’s naturally waking (sleep patterns and all that) and finds it all dark and scary and wants to see us. She had told me in fact that she doesn’t like the dark.

    So for the first issue, I happily read away at Three Day Nanny and Supernanny sleep training techniques. Both are quite similar in their advice – don’t let it get to you, keep calmly putting them back, sit outside the room if needsbe with a book.

    The first night, I must have put her back to bed 30 times and then lost my temper anyway. The next night I modified it slightly and put her back twice, then came downstairs for a while with the stairgate shut. Obviously she cried, so I let her cry for a couple of minutes, put her back again and that worked. But it’s not ideal, and I have to say it still happens every night so far!

    The second issue is far trickier. It’s difficult to be rational in the middle of the night when you’re so tired and know you have work in the morning. I have a nightlight for her, reassure her we’re around, there’s nothing to be afraid of, that she can cuddle her rabbit who’s magic and protects her. The thing is, she’s not rational either at that time of the night and doesn’t really know why she’s crying either.

    One thing I haven’t tried yet, which is stupid of me as so many people have recommended it, is a Gro Clock. That’s next on the agenda as it acts as a light but also tells them when it’s time to get up.

    Other than that, it might just have to be persistence with that one!

    I should add I also have a star reward chart for both issues where she gets a star each for a good bedtime and staying in bed all night, with promises of rewards such as the CD of the Tangled music to play in the car and a trip to the farm. She does like getting the stars and understands the concepts – but it’s not working so well yet!

    In fact I’ve had that blinkin’ Tangled CD for 3 months now. It’s cluttering up my wardrobe.

    Thank goodness for coffee, my best friend! I’d love to hear your tips or stories – sleep problems is a common issue for us Mums!

    Plum Baby Little Yums

    Plum Baby Little Yums: Review

    Plum Baby Little Yums

    I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks for my two girls. They’re 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 and seem to eat constantly at the moment.

    I feel like I’m a constant snack machine – and then they’ll easily polish off their meals, too. Big bowls of porridge in the morning, a round of cheesy toast for lunch with the current favourite – celery sticks – and they astonished me a couple of weeks back by eating bowls of salmon and noodles with a thai style sauce for tea.

    I always have a snack box on the go when we’re out and tend to fill it with cereal bars, bananas and raisins, but they do get bored of them.

    So I was pleased to try out Plum Baby’s Little Yums, especially after hearing that Prince George eats Plum Baby products. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for my two!

    The snacks are suitable from 6 months upwards and follow the Plum Baby ethos of organic ingredients. I was impressed with the little wafers, which are made from buckwheat, plus fruit and veggies. They would have been perfect for weaning and they’re great now to carry around as snacks. My two just grabbed them and ate them so I assume they are a hit!

    Plum Baby Little Yums
    The girls in various snack stealth positions

    They’re a nice size and very easy to hold. The flavours and ingredients are very different to those I’ve seen before – they’re available in spinach, apple and kale or pumpkin and banana. The combinations obviously work well, as my children can be picky about spinach in particular.

    They’re not too pricey compared to some of the baby and toddler snacks I’ve bought. Tesco currently have these on offer for £1.99 and they would usually retail at around £2.49 for 6 packets (each containing 3 wafers).

    I’d definitely buy Little Yums again – my children enjoy them, and I feel like I’m getting more fruit and veg into them!

    Disclaimer: I was sent some Plum Baby Little Yums for the purposes of writing this review. All opinions are my own.

    Family Fever