Never Rains But It Pours! Pregnancy Worry!!

Firstly….I hate unexplained gaps in activity on the blog, so apologies for my quietness. Don’t worry, it won’t happen again!

A quick catch up in the mad world of pregnancy that I currently reside in. The (very) short version…

I mentioned earlier that my homebirth dream was shattered when I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (humph). From that day, it’s all changed! I am no longer allowed a homebirth due to being “High Risk” now. I was a bit gutted but lets face it, baby 2’s safety is much more important than my birth plan!
So… after scans and consultant appointments I was told I was being induced at 38wks, that myself and bubs would be closely monitored, I would need a drip for the glucose, another for this, this and that. Jeez! Not the active birth I expected and I was very upset to be told that as baby is bigger than he should be for his dates (due to the GD) there is a much higher risk of forceps (etc) and I’m at least three times more likely to have to have an emergency c-section. Add to this the fact that bubs may need to have a short spell in Special Care to regulate his levels as he will be making too much insulin to combat my too-high sugar. Ok then, didn’t expect that.

Since then I haven’t been able to control my sugars with tablets and am now on insulin, the dose of which is increased every 2-3 days as the levels are still not anywhere near where they should be, and I am on first name terms with everyone at the diabetic centre at the hospital and the maternity unit, as I am at both at least once a week. Bubs seems fine so far as am I (although absolutely shattered, both bodily and mentally!) but I have to have yet another scan next week to recheck the amount of fluid around baby as he is on the low side of the expected amount, and GD babies usually are the opposite- with extra fluid.
Never rains but it pours!

It’ll all be fine but we’ve had to really think a lot about the birth and how it’ll all work and after much research, discussion and soul searching we spoke to the consultant about an elective csection. I must admit I half expected to have to really fight for one but in light of everything going on, and the risk of having to go through a lengthy and quite possibly unsuccessful induction and an emergency c-section, (further distressing bubs!) and the fact that I was well aware already of the pros and cons, they agreed without too much wrangling at all.
So – do not have a homebirth, do not stop at hospital natural birth, go straight to csection.
And this is why I’ve been a bit quiet the last week or so, it has all been very full on!

I will get my date for csection next week after the next scan to check the fluid (I don’t know what will happen if the fluid has dropped further, I imagine I might meet bubs sooner than expected!), and the date when I will be admitted the week before for two days for IV steroids, so at least will be able to plan around that. Boy will I be glad when this fella is here and safe and we can all get home and start life as a family of four!

(I know I promised the short version… this was the short version!).

So, I think this is a credible reason for being AWOL! Heres hoping there are no more spanners in the works eh?!

REVIEW: The Wonder That Is Little Dish!

My gut reaction when I was contacted by Little Dish and asked to review some of their meals and the new cookbook was that perhaps they thought Kieran was much younger than he is (he is 4.5yrs and at school) as my perception of Little Dish was that they catered purely for the younger child ie weaning type foods/stage.

A quick look at the website proved me wrong as the range caters for children from the beginning of weaning and far beyond.
We received a fab “good bag” to try (when I say bag I actually mean large cool bag!) and Kieran recognised the brand straight away, which was odd as we’ve never has Little Dish at home!
Now I have a confession to make. When I was pregnant with Kieran I was adamant that he would do as we did growing up, and get what he was given, eat “proper” food and that I was not going to be caught out by a fussy eater. I just wasn’t. Then I became a Mum and realised with a shock that I couldn’t control everything and I wouldn’t automatically win every battle first time, simply on the basis of my being the Mum and in charge. Kieran does not particularly like fruit and veg. In fact, he cares very little for fruit, apart from bananas of course, and tolerated, until very recently, pretty much no veg. Humph!

The goody bag contain a variety of ready meals and pureed fruits and vegetables. The first test was Fish Pie. Now the portion size was perfect, the taste test according to Kieran was a riproaring success, and the convenience of a healthy ready meal, especially if we wanted something like a spicy curry, was a godsend. What I particularly liked about this meal, and all the others in the range we tried, was that the vegetables weren’t hidden, no blending in and hoping the child didn’t notice (I just wanted Kieran to eat it and know he was eating fruit and veg, to recognise why they were important, and like it dammit!). He didn’t bat an eyelid at the chopped carrot etc (traitor) and wolfed it down. He actually asked for the same for tea the next night and was disappointed when he couldn’t have it, although not for long as he absolutely loved his chicken risotto!
The ready meals, are an absolutely genius idea, and for me as a Mum get top marks. Kieran says they are “wicked cool” so I’m guessing that is 4yr old speak for “delicious Mummy”.

The pureed pouches I wasn’t so fussed on initially, again assuming they were for younger kids but some ideas from the website set us on the right track. Kieran had blended fruits with yogurt, in porridge, frozen as a lolly and on their own! Again a big hit. The savoury packs were great for mixing with meats as sauces, putting with pasta and so on.

I have to say I am surprised but thrilled at how well they all went down, seeing as he could besuch a fussy little fella at times! I won’t credit Little Dish entirely, as I suspect he was coming to the end of his fussy stage but from day one of the trial to present day (over a month) he has really taken an interest in fruit and vegetables, their different textures and tastes, recipes, and seldom leaves any of his meal. A huge relief for the guilty feeling Mum.
Many of you know that I am expecting baby 2 soon and I have decided that when it comes to weaning etc that Little Dish will be right up there as a brand I trust to delivery high quality, child focussed foods! Top marks from Mummy and Kieran!

Keep an eye open for when we trial and review the Little Dish cookbook over half-term!
*Although I was approached by Little Dish and asked to sample and review, these opinions are genuine and my own (and Kieran’s).