Category: New mum

Review of the Mothercare Orb Pram

Trying to add more mum blog posts.  So today I thought I would share my thoughts on our Mothercare Orb pram we bought in December 2017.  Still on sale, currently  £275 down from £450
We have been using this pram for 5 months now and feel we have a good idea on our thoughts for this pram.

Image result for mothercare orb pram
Image credit

The pram comes in three colours, Berry, Noir and Teal.  Ours is the colour featured above.

The features included are the pram can turn in a 360 circle.  To do this twist the centre of the pram handle and lift it up.  This enable you to have your child facing you or front facing.  This we have loved, and have used a lot, mainly when in eating areas and the pram needs to be at a certain angle.

37524196_1430112903756871_7828957281541685248_n.jpg

This is an all in one pram.  It transfers from a Moses setting right up into a toddler setting (3 settings in total).  Easy to use the buckles to change to each setting.  Fantastic for us as we don’t have much storage and the thought of having 3 separate pram parts drove me crazy.

Here is Clayne loving his pram, with the cosy toes setting in place.  I love the cosy toes, definitely keeps my boy so warm.  The lining is so soft, and the fact it is a head to toe cosy toes is even better.  The toy I bought myself.
to lay my son down in the pram from the sitting position is easy, there is a small handle behind the head rest which if I pull I can guide the whole seat setting backwards.  Stopping me from waking my son by fiddling with buckles etc.
day out.jpg

The break system is easy to use.  One pedal next to the back right wheel, push down once to lock, push down again to release.  As easy as that.  There are two breaks on the front two wheels but I don’t feel the need to use them, unless on a steep hill.

The only thing I have disliked about this pram is the basket underneath.  Due to the pram rotating the mechanism protrudes into the basket therefore preventing a lot of storage space being used.  I wish the basket was bigger and easier to access.

However overall I love this pram.  No fiddly settings, takes up little room and folds up well.   We got the all terrain model which for walks is fantastic because the grip on the wheels is great.

Find me:

Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

Advertisements

Introducing The Catheters Used For Our 4 Month Old.

So myself and another family have come together to raise awareness for Posterior Urethral Valve.  We have set up a Facebook Page  , not just for UK parents but for everyone in the UK wanting to educate themselves.
This condition is pretty rare, and before our son was diagnosed with it, myself and Craig had never heard of it.
I would like to set up some new posts about different treatments for our son Clayne.  Tips and tricks we have learnt, and more.

Today I wanted to share the two catheter options that were given to us when Clayne was 2 months old.  The selection is small.  In fact there is only two brands, which I am going to introduce you all to today.

Both caths

I have put the photos on a red background as with a white one it was difficult to show the clear catheter.
Here we have the two offered to us.  Obviously as Clayne gets older they will increase in width, and the selection will increase.
The two given to use to try were:
1. SpeediCath standard (Top green packaging).
2. WyCath H20 (Bottom clear packaging).

Each catheter is an intermittent catheter, therefor there is no balloon on the end to keep it in the bladder.  The idea of these are to insert them into Clayne’s bladder via his penis to drain off residual urine and then remove straight after.  Literally a 3 min process at most.  And the whole catheter does not go in, about 5 cm stays out.  We only insert enough until we see urine coming out the end of the green port.

Spedi cath

Lets discuss first, SpeediCath.
This catheter comes ready lubricated, this is specifically for boys.  In case you didn’t know Male and female catheters are different lengths, due to the urethra’s being different lengths.
This catheter has a urea based coated lubricant.  Reports from older children were that the coating stings a bit.  This made us a little hesitant.  Our little boy is already going to go through a lot he doesn’t need to feel stung every time we use it.
Anyway we tried this at home, we did found that Clayne did cry a little with this catheter.  We also found the lubricant dried out fast and we struggled to insert the catheter as it at first is too slippery to guide in with our hands.
Not our favourite.  Therefor we no longer use this one.

wy cath

Our favourite catheter we currently use is the WyCath water based lubricant catheter.
Clayne tolerates this one so much better.  Everything is in one.
My favourite part was that the packaging came apart and left a handle to guide the catheter in.
I am a nurse and I am very hygiene conscious and want to reduce urine infections as much as possible.  In a hospital setting this whole process on a patient is Sterile, so to completely go against that felt so unnatural to me.
We were told we do not need to use gloves as the catheterisation will take place in our home and Clayne would be used to the “BUGS” in our home.  Nooooo,  I still do not like the idea of not using gloves and touching the catheter (we do wash our hands every time before and after).
So to have the handle which is clean on the inside, makes me feel more comfortable.

water

Here is the packet completely separated.
Far left silver packet is the water lubricant.  All we do is pop the packet by pressing hard on the blue plastic button whilst the packet is unopened.  This then pours the water straight into the far right packet which has the catheter inside.
The middle section is the handle, which rips away.
And of course we have the catheter at the top.

Water based

At the top you can see the handle with the catheter inside.  We use this to guide the catheter.  This reduces the amount of hand contact to a bare minimum.  The tearing it away from the rest of the packet is the hardest, as you can see it is not a clean rip, but works anyway.
And again  the bottom packet would be filled with the lubricant to re dip if needed.
The white spot on the bottom packet is a sticker to make everything a little easier for us if out and about.

Craig and I plan to post about catheter insertion in the future, as our teaching was vague.  Plus with a 2 month old, it becomes very tricky.  Especially when they kick about and try to grab your hand. If there is anything else you would like to know then please comment below.  Or message us on our new page.

Find me:

Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

My Sons Recent surgery number 2 (PUV)

Hey all welcome back to Clayne’s update for his condition Posterior Urethral Valve (PUV).
To catch up with Clayne’s story click these links :  Pregnant and baby boy may have PUV,   PUV confirmed

Clayne is now 10 weeks old as I am writing this.  He has come on leaps and bounds, he is now 59 cm long and weighs 14 lbs, my little chunky monkey.
He recently had his visit with a Nephrologist/paediatrician who said Clayne’s bloods (mainly his creatnine level for his kidneys) are improving but not as fast or as well as they would like however a recent ultrasound scan (USS) showed the outer layers of his kidneys were reducing in size but the inside has stayed enlarged.  This is still worrying but encouraging as well.  The same goes for his bladder.   Clayne has been doing very well still passing urine but was straining at times.
I also learnt that the antibiotic Trimethoprim used for urine infections that Clayne takes at night, will continue until he is potty trained.  Not that he minds I think it has become part of his bed time routine now.

On the 4th September we took a trip to Bristol for Clayne to have a cystoscopy (camera via his penis to look at his bladder and urethra), as well as a circumcision.  This is to reduce the chances of him getting a urine infection in the future when we start to catheterise intermittently.

37602543_1430111807090314_633795275760074752_n.jpg

The Cystoscopy showed that the valve had grown back a small amount, and was removed.  Due to no bleeding he did not need a catheter post surgery.  We were then informed his bladder is looking better but as he was one of the high risk children with PUV he will still need to be monitored and we need to learn to catheterise sooner rather than later.
The benefits of learning catheterisation now is that at at his current age he will grow to find this as a part of his life. Hopefully one day the aim is to wean the amount of times we catheterise so that he won’t need our help and will be able to empty his bladder fully.

We were not prepared to see how sore he would look post circumcision, poor little guy.  The care for this is easy.  Cream twice a day, however my son is a little fidget so nappy changes result in me scrunching up my face and making ouch noises as I don’t want to hurt him.
Being a nurse comes in handy with all these skills, meds and treatment.  But looking after my son is a whole new experience.  I worry so much and I am more involved and aware of what is happening compared to my other half who is learning parts of the anatomy and inner and outer workings of the kidneys and bladder in depth.

We have to go back to Bristol in December for another cystoscopy as the surgeon would like to look without having to remove valves, to be happy and sure they have stopped growing.

Removing Cradle Cap

Since having my little boy there has been lots to learn.
And cradle cap was something I knew nothing about until a few weeks ago, I had heard about it but never seen it.
I love bathing my little boy, as he is getting older he is enjoying it more and more.  He is beginning to smile now, which obviously melts my heart.
I had previously noticed the dry skin on his scalp but it was superficial, like the patches on his face, however these were not reducing with lotion.
When he had a bath the dry skin became worse and was starting to show all over his scalp = me freaking out.
I am obviously new to this all and was asking every mum I know “what do I do?”, once seeking advice I was told he may have cradle cap.

Below I have included my steps and a few alternatives.
Don’t forget to like, comment, and give my blog a follow.

Removing Cradle Cap

For all you new mums, these are some very basic steps which I was told by other mums.
These products you may already have in your house.  The products I am about to list are of my own choosing, you can use what ever brand you like and in whatever order.

In the bath I always add a little baby oil, ours is from ASDA their own little angels baby oil.  As well as  some baby bath, the one we are currently using is from Morrison’s brand Nutmeg Bedtime Bath.

I give Clayne (my little boy) a good wash all over with his baby sponge first, whilst playing around to make bath time fun.

I do his head last because he isn’t too impressed with his hair being washed.  This is when I use his Johnson’s baby shampoo.  I have heard a lot of stigma about Johnson’s but my parents used it and I have used it on my little boy and noticed no issues.

STEPS TO REMOVE CRADLE CAP.

1 – I apply some of the shampoo to a baby brush (very soft), and get the brush wet.
2 – I brush Clayne’s hair in circular motions gently all over his head.  This loosens and removes the dry skin.
You can use baby oil for this part, or olive oil.
3 – Rinse.  I don’t repeat as I have found once is enough.
4 – Once he is out the bath and all dried  I will lightly rub some baby oil on his head and face to restore the oils he may have lost.  And then carry on to moisturise the rest of his body with baby lotion.  He loves this part like  a little massage.

I have used this technique about 3 times now and it has worked remarkably well.  Very simple and easy.  Clayne now has the smallest patch at the back of his head to go now.

If you have any tips and tricks please list them below for myself and other new mums out there.

P.S hope you’re all enjoying my new layout for my own posts.  Time to improve this blog.