Half Term Frugal Fun & Orchard Toys Old Macdonald Lotto

It has been a very full on 7 weeks for Kieran (and Mummy!). 7 whole weeks of fulltime school for the first time. He has loved it but as with most of his class – is now exhausted and ready for this half term! True to form the weather is shocking so we have been looking for entertaining but not too expensive activities and fun to keep us occupied! (Sorry but I just don’t DO soft play during half-term, pregnancy or um during any lucid moments!).

Orchard Toys – Old Macdonald Lotto

When this arrived I was over the moon! We love Orchard Toys and are yet to find a jigsaw or game that hasn’t provided hours of family fun with the additional bonus of being educational.
This game is a fun farmyard lotto game aimed at younger players (ages 2-6years) and encourages memory skills and observation. It also encourages multiple versions of “Old Macdonald Had A Farm” in various different keys and hilarious animal noises and impressions (in fairness Daddy’s cow impression is yet unbeaten in the Cawood house for pure hilarity!!).

As a Mum what I appreciate is the sturdy box, well made pieces (I hate games with flimsy pieces!) and how attractive the game is colour and picture wise. The bold colours and design is engaging and keeps Kieran’s interest. I’m also impressed with the lack of plastic packaging. Nothing annoys me more than ripping through loads of plastic that is completely unnecessary and wasteful!
Fab family fun you can stay in your PJ’s for!
We have spent hours playing both traditionally (via the easy to read instructions) and our own ridiculous versions and have had lots of fun! A top product that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy for our family or for someone as a gift.

Old Macdonald is available to purchase direct for £9.00 – where you can view the rest of the range. There really is something for everyone.

Thanks OT for giving up the opportunity to test this!

What a farce! Waste of time and energy.

Clearly I am in a rant!

I had to go back to the hospital today to see 1) the diabetic consultant and 2) the Gynae/Mat consultant and have a scan as last week there was a noticeable drop in amniotic fluid around the bubs (little drama king!), and also to check re my csection and get a date for both that and for admittance the week before for 2 days to have IV steroids with bubs being delivered early.

The Diabetic consult was laughable, he looked at my levels, put them up, garbled something then said bye and made for the door (clearly had somewhere better to be!). I had to ask him to wait, ask for a pen and ask him to repeat the dosage adjustments he wanted me to make as he hadn’t written anything down, just thrown some figures and fancy words around and attempted to flee. What a waste of time! I am rung every other day by the diabetic team who are nothing short of fantastic, they take my latest blood readings and adjust over the phone (bearing in mind its a 30min one way bus journey to the hospital). So why waste my time?

The Maternity appointment – well that was equally amusing. After a lengthy wait I had a scan looking specifically for the fluid levels. Then bloods and gubbings then after more of a wait- the consultant. This was not my usual consultant but not unknown to me as she was my fertility consultant!!
The conversation went as follows:

Her: Ok, so you are here because…..
Me: *Sigh*, baby’s amniotic levels were pretty low last week and I was told this is usual as with G Diabetes babies they usually have excess fluid.
Her: Ahh yes.
Her: Well it says the levels are normal on last week’s?
Me: Yes but on the scan report on the next page it says different.
Her: Ahh yes.
Her: Well because of your levels (diabetes-wise) you will have to be induced at 38 weeks.
Me: Yes I am having a csection  at 38wks and I was told by the other consultant to talk to you regarding booking a date today for that and for being admitting the week before for steroids as baby is being delivered early.
Her: Well looking at your levels (blood sugar wise) we may need to induce earlier than 38 weeks.
(Please bear in mind I am 34wks tomorrow)
Me: OH! I hadn’t realised that, how much earlier?
Her: Well I don’t see the point of discussing your csection plans etc when I am not your usual consultant and you have been in discussion regarding this with her already. I see you are in to see her on Tuesday after another growth scan, so you can organise dates with her then. I want you back in on Friday for another scan for the fluid to see if there is any change.
Seeing as your fluid is low we are going to put you on a CTG monitor so we can properly monitor baby’s movements and heart as it is easier to detect any abnormalities when you have less fluid.

And she was gone. Seriously. I am not amused. So 1) I do apparently still have lower fluid, the significance of this at this stage with everything else I don’t know, 2) Heart defects? Who said anything about that? 3)You don’t see the point of discussion my impending csection or booking dates, ok so why are you here, or more to the point why am I? Oh and just to point out- IF 37weeks is when I deliver, and I don’t find out until next week (35wks), I have a maximum of 2 weeks notice of csection, 1 week notice of the date I am admitted for pre-delivery steroids.
Um, I don’t drive so need to sort transport, I have a 4year old to look after / arrange care for, school pickups/drop-off etc, Roy hasn’t any leave left to take and I will need him at home from csection day so I definitely need to tell him a date so he can tell his work for paternity leave!


Am I being ridiculously hormonal or was today one of the biggest wastes of time ever?
Thank gawd the support staff were on usual top form today (they are fab, both in the diabetic team and the lovelies in maternity) else I might have stolen a buggy for consultant ramming purposes!

Back on Friday for another scan to check the fluid, then Tuesday to see my “proper” consultant, and boy will I have some things to discuss!

Watch this space!

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