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A grandmothers point of view on Leo’s diagnosis of cerebral palsy

Jo was young in more than years when she got pregnant with Leo. , She loved going out and being around her friends as time went past and the bump grew bigger, She loved the fact she could buy baby stuff and all the gadgets associated with having a baby. The house she shared with Leos dad was soon taken over by just about everything the baby books said she should have. The pregnancy went pretty smoothly until 29 weeks when she came round to mine and told me she was bleeding, Together we went to the hospital to check things out. At the hospital, they were concerned that she could go into labour early and gave her steroid injections to ripen the baby’s lungs. Luckily that didn’t happen and Leo hung on in there until 42 weeks when a sweep started the labour, Joannes labour was funny she was mainly worried about them running out of gas and air, Towards the end of the labour the midwife noted that joannes heart rate was rising rapidly and Leos was dropping just as dramatically. She pressed the bell and nurses and doctors came running, Jo was told she had to deliver and they gave her five minutes. Watching her push Leo out into the world hearing the machines alarms going off, again and again, As Leo was born l looked down (Jo didn’t know at this point what she was having) and I watched Leo take his very first breath. taking him from a deep purple to a lovely pink colour, Leo was checked over and handed to Joanne for her first ever cuddle with the baby that made her a mummy.

Unfortunately, because Joannes blood passed through to Leo when she had the bleed they were unable to leave the hospital for almost two weeks. Finally, they got to take Leo home and begin being a family. Joannes sister also had a baby 9 days after Jo had Leo. Over the next few months, everything was fine until Joanne began to notice that Leo wasn’t doing the things his cousin Ellie could do, When you picked Leo up he didn’t mould around you but stayed rigid. Jo mentioned this to the health visitor but was told time and again nothing was wrong and babies develop at different speeds. This went on until Leo was 14 months old and her GP finally listened and sent us off to the child development unit to get him checked out. We spent almost the whole day there with Leo having test after test after test. Around 3 pm the doctor called us into his room and announced that the next step would be a whole team meeting where Leos Physio Speech Therapist GP Health visitor and the Social worker would be invited to attend. Joanne responded with ‘Leo doesn’t have a social worker’ to which the doctor responded with ‘it’s not unusual for a child with Cerebral Palsy to have a Social worker. Joanne looked straight at the doctor and said ‘ He doesn’t have Cerebral Palsy’ and the doctor replied ‘Oh yes he does’. That’s how Leo was diagnosed! He couldn’t answer any of the questions that immediately came out. The only advice he gave was ‘Don’t look on the internet it will scare you’

I went with Joanne to her house after the hospital visit and of course the first thing we did was go online and googled Cerebral Palsy and the doctor was right it did scare us. Joanne was in bits. We called her health visitor and she promised to get all the information she could and would come over the next morning. With that l left Jo and Leos dad to digest the news they had been given.

That night all l can remember is crying my eyes out. The lack of knowledge about Cerebral Palsy just made the whole thing scarier. One thing l was so certain was unfair was that out of all my children Joanne was the least able to deal with raising a child with special needs. She just didn’t have the forceful personality l knew she would need. She would never call out a professional if she thought they were wrong or ill-informed (or so l thought),

Over the next few years I saw my daughter mature gain confidence and fight for her son like the lioness she is now, She made doctors repeat themselves until she understood why they were doing what they were doing to Leo. She questioned everything and took nothing at face value. As Leo grew bigger and the relationship with Leos dad ended she did more and more for Leo who at the age of four was still unable to walk and had to be carried everywhere – Joanne weighed 8 stone soaking wet and Leo was by no means a small child, I saw her in tears with frustration and pain, Lugging a four-year-old up and down stairs and in and out of baths and cars was not easy for her. Inside Leo could get around by high knee crawling but outside of the house had no mobility at all until he got a mini zimmer frame which he had a few months before it fell apart and was taken off him, The next frame he was given was huge and he couldn’t use it as easily.

This was Joannes life and she couldn’t ever see it getting any better she was terrified of the day that Leo would just be too heavy for her and continued to carry him even when she really shouldn’t have done. The one day she opened the computer to a message she knew would change both their lives forever.

*Emily Perl Kingsley Poem about giving birth to a child with special needs

Elf on the Shelf idea’s

Our Elves are back at the beginning of December for some new naughty Christmas 2017 antics and this year I can’t wait to see what the naughty little tinkers get up too.

This year will be our 3rd year and even though Milly our youngest daughter enjoyed it last year, this year will be even better for our little family as she is a little bit older to enjoy it more.
Every year we have a North pole breakfast, in 2015 we had it on the 1st day of December to kick-start elf on the shelf antics and it was also a time the children met the Elves for the first time and they had to think of cool names for them.

In 2016 we did it halfway through December and this time the kids had to give their letters they wrote to Santa for the elves to take back and give to the big man himself.

You can buy Elf’s from anywhere to do Elf on the Shelf. Poundland, Qd, eBay, B&m, Small businesses make little kits which include an elf which is really cute.

You can also make or buy a magical elf doors from any of these places names above and other retailers too. You can either have it magically appear before the elf/elves arrive with a sign saying under construction and you can buy Santa camera’s which is a stick on dummy camera with a LED light inside so they can see Santa is watching so hopefully stay good.

Back to Elf on the Shelf, here are some of my photo’s from the previous 2 years for some inspiration to all the newbies starting the tradition or anyone looking for something different.

Please feel free to leave me a comment on here if you feel this has helped you, it would be hugely appreciated 🙂

This was 2015’s North pole breakfast- notice the green elf milk

All aboard the shoe shoe train… SHUU SHUUU

Flour Snow-angels


Oh dear !

They bought the children a gingerbread house to make.

Ernie trapped his sister in the washing machine.

mmmmm delicious treats

Snowball fight!!


Shit break

Knicker and boxer tree

Elf in a bottle

Hide N Seek and Elsa freezing Ernie


I am really looking forward to this year’s antics and I really hope you have enjoyed this post.


A dog is for life, not just for Christmas

Me and my partner decided we were finished having children, we have 3 altogether and a cat called Phoebe so I had this brilliant idea of getting a dog. To be fair I wanted to look in Woodgreen animal shelter where we got Phoebe from but David said If we were to get a dog it would be best getting one from a puppy because of how young the girls are. I found myself online every night looking for puppies for sale, I was looking at Shitzhu’s and Maltese dogs you know the little cute white fluffy ones that DONT supposedly malt.

We travelled to see a cockapoo puppy but I hate to say it, I just didn’t feel like she was the one so off we went home, however, whilst we were driving David was talking about Labrador’s and instantly I said no they’re too big and just no no no until he told me to google them and he was explaining to me how good they are with children and how easy they are to train. So I had a look and I saw some Labrador puppies for sale advertised in the area we were driving through so I quickly called and asked if we could pop over and have a look. Straight away the man said yes sure he was in now and that he would text me his address instantly, that was a good sign for me in the way that he didn’t try and defer it 30 minutes to you know quickly ‘Clean up’

As we arrived I kept my options open and we were taken through to the Kennels and I was passed the most gorgeous beautiful golden puppy she literally melted my heart and at that moment I didn’t care about the chewing and the size or anything else, all I knew was I had to have her and it was love at first sight. We put our deposit down and the hardest part was having to walk away from her until she was ready to leave the following week. Her name is Duchess Rosie May

Fast forward to now (5 months old) and JEEEEZ what have I let myself in for.

  • She eats her own shit
  • She eats other dogs shit inc rabbits
  • She chews my rug and everything in sight
  • She nips and puts holes in our clothing
  • She eats the cat little and cat food as soon as the door is open
  • She chases the cat and scares the shit out of her
  • She tries to steal food off our plate
  • I have to get up of my ass and take her walkies 3 times a day in the cold
  • Her breath stinks like something else!
  • She has a crazy running fit in and out the garden and jumps all over the sofa with muddy and sometimes shitty paws if she’s run in her poo she has just made.
  • She chews my beautiful rug
  • I get shit in my nails from where the bag breaks outside whilst picking up her crap
  • Training is consistent and time-consuming
  • She takes the kids toys and legs it into the garden
  • Her Farts STINK!!

The Good

  • She looks at me in the most special way
  • When I sit on the floor she will always come and lay in my lap without me prompting her
  • She gives me high fives
  • When I have been out for a little while as I don’t leave her for long she is so excited to see me and I get showered with Kiss’s
  • She has helped my mental health with getting out the house and walking her and talking to people
  • She is keeping me fit
  • I love how when we lay on the sofa she puts her little paw over me
  • I love how dependent she is on me and that I am her mummy
  • When I get up in the morning and come down to let her out she is super happy to see me
  • I love the smell of her ( not when shes rolled in shit)
  • How she stays and leaves her food until I give her the command to Go
  • I just love her so much and even though I moan about her behaviour she is still a baby, my baby and she didn’t choose to live with us, we chose her.

So when it get’s tough just remember that like I have to remember that. I am so used to having a clean home that bringing a dog into the house has really threw me but It is actually really fun and Rosie is so affectionate.

You can also follow her on Instagram: Duchess_rosie for updates




Hungry hippos by Hasbro review

Hasbro’s Hungry Hippos and our review 

My Daughter Lyddy received this game for her 5th present of her grandma and we couldn’t wait to start playing, she is now at that age where she is understanding games and rules and really enjoys getting involved.

Setting up

Hungry hippos is easy to assemble, you simply click the hippo’s on the base and you are ready to play.

Object of the game

The object of the game is to eat the most marbles, You all pick what colour Hippo you want to be and when the game starts you keep pressing your launcher until there are no marbles left. There is also a 2nd way to play the game, where there is a single golden marble and whoever eats the golden ball first wins.

The Hippo’s names are:


The game is 2-4 players and Age 3+

Hungry hippos come with 19 red marbles,1 golden marble, the base, 4 hippo’s and instructions.

Packing the game away

The hippos simply click off and sit in a certain position on top of the base ( picture on instructions to show how) the marbles are stored in a little round storage pott that is attached underneath the base.



My family really enjoyed playing this game together and my 2 girls who are 3 and 5 played for a good 10-15minutes together with no fighting and screaming so that is a result its self.

Hungry hippos by Hasbro is currently retailing at £12.99 from most toy stockists and would make an ideal Christmass present.

I will also be adding this to my Christmas gift guide which will be published at the end of November.


I have also added a video of my partner and 2 daughters playing this game and as you can hear there is plenty of fun fun fun.




***This game was a gift of a family member and not sent from Hasbro. This review is of my own only***