Tuesday, 22 July 2014


It's taken until tonight for me to put this post together. In the last four days we've; travelled to Leicester, stayed at a hotel which meant packing for three kids, spent a day at a theme park in 30 degree heat, travelled home in the aforementioned heat, gotten up to be in the Next Sales at 5am, gotten up at 6am the following

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

*Fetal Heart Scan: Everything you Need to Know*

Similar to a routine scan you’d have during your pregnancy, a fetal heart scan is an ultrasound examination that focuses specifically on your baby’s heart. The scan is available from 13 weeks of pregnancy and is undertaken to look for any congenital heart defects.

Reasons for Needing a Fetal Heart Scan 
So why should you have a fetal heart scan? A heart defect is the most common abnormality a baby can be born with, and these accounts for 25% of all birth defects. Around one baby in every hundred has a heart defect. The 20 week scan only picks up around half of heart defects, whereas a specialist fetal heart scan identifies most heart defects, and is therefore encouraged.

During your nuchal scan, you will receive a nuchal translucency (NT) measurement. If your baby’s measurement is more than

Monday, 14 July 2014

Cwm Idwal

We had planned to walk up Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon) on Saturday. But the weather forecast wasn't great; we can always see the Mountain from our living room but when we got up Saturday - it was hidden beneath awful looking clouds.

So we chanced our luck and headed to the Ogwen Valley to get to Cwm Idwal. We've walked up to the lake before but never around the lake.

Here's what we got up to...

Saturday, 12 July 2014

*Organ Donation Week*

Had I given Organ Donation a thought before Martha Grace was born? Yes. I signed up online years ago and was always happy enough for someone to have any part of me that a Dr deemed usable.

Had I considered the impact my decision might make to someone in need one day? No...

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Best letter ever

I've been wanting to type and publish this post since the end of last week but I just haven't had the time. On Friday morning a lovely letter landed on our doorstep. We are always cc'd in to letters that Great Ormond Street Hospital send our GP following an appointment. If you read the post I published when we got home from London at the beginning of June you'll know that in all the excitement I didn't remember word for word

Friday, 4 July 2014

Teething * an Amber Pumpkin review*

My babies have all been slow walkers. Osh wasn't too bad at 13months, but Isabella was 17months old before she took her first steps and with Martha's already delayed development Lord knows how old she will be. But my babies have all been quite young when they cut their first teeth.

We noticed early in January that Martha Grace's bottom two teeth had cut through her gum; we hadn't noticed her being upset or any more niggly - just noticed the whites of the teeth poking through her gum. But she was still on her weaning regime for Morphine (pain relief) and Clonodine (sedative) at the time - which is it's what they prescribe for patients recovering from Cardiac Surgery, it would have been amazing for teething pain.

Naturally I was dreading how Martha would cope with teething pain next time around; we all know how

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

And we're back

What do you all think? We've been a little busy as you can see - the blog has had a complete overhaul and I've labelled each post so they can all be found in the following way...
Pregnancy & Diagnosis - is where you will find posts from before Martha was born
Surgery & Recovery - is where all the posts from Martha's 3 operations and her entire recovery from both admissions
Home & Family Life - is where you will find all the posts from when Martha has been home with us, the initial 9 weeks from September and since January until now
Outpatient Appointments - is where you will find posts from when we've taken Martha to London for Cardiac Reviews or to see the Paediatrician in our local Hospital
Reviews & Sponsored Posts - because sometimes we are kindly sent things to try