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    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2009 10:18pm (Jul 25th 2009)
    Click on small photo makes them bigger, thanks,xx
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2009 11:56am (Jul 26th 2009) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Lovely photos Sara. Me and my mum have been "awwww"ing over him!
    How old is he now? Three weeks, four?!

    My mum said he looked like a big baby, then said it's probably because I looked like a "tiny emaciated ET" at birth...thanks mum :-\ :D
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2009 1:28pm (Jul 26th 2009)
    He's 26days old, be four weeks on the 29th, Nearly 4 weeks, feels last a few days ago i gave birth to him,Dens about 9ld 11 0z now, growing fast,
    My friend had her baby yesterday, She called her Hollie 6ld 1oz.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2009 12:17pm (Jul 27th 2009)
    My goodness Dennis is a fine looking bubba, growing fast and all that hair!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2009 2:22pm (Jul 27th 2009)
    Totaly p off, just tryed to registar den at doctors, was told that i have to bring in the number on the sheet paper i was given when i left hospital, WHAT NUMBER WHAT BIT PAPER, Can i get hold my health v no, so what do i do, Den has colic as well been up most of night with him, and now he wont settel, going to screammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2009 2:36pm (Jul 27th 2009)
    Try giving the Maternity hospital a ring Sara, I am sure they can tell you which piece of paper it is on or can look back on the records and tell you.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2009 2:44pm (Jul 27th 2009)
    Finaly got hold hv, She said she has the number, Just rung the doctors, and asked them if i can bring Dennis in, as he has been up all night, and he is messing his nappy every 10mins, Is his nappys still meant to be runny, He also having trouble breathing, Im getting toltaly stressed, cant stop crying, Hubby at work isnt answering his phone, Ive manage to get Den to see a doctor at5 today, It may be all in my head though lack of sleep. Going to get him ready. Thanks NN XX
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2009 2:58pm (Jul 27th 2009)
    No probs I am not surprised you are worrying. Let us know what the Doc. said tonight, if you get a moment to spare. Try and calm down take some deep breaths and make yourself a cup of tea, other than that I don't know what to suggestxxxxxxxxxx
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2009 3:57pm (Jul 27th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh i'm sorry to hear today is so stressful Sara. I hope the Dr can help with Dennis.
    I agree with NN, try and get some time for yourself Sara. Hope your day picks up :rainbow:
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2009 9:51pm (Jul 27th 2009)
    Sleep deprivation is one of the worst things - it was used as torture in the war by the Japanese so I'm not surprised you're so upset. It doesn't help when the doctors are being so stupid and jobsworth about things.

    I am sure its not all in your head - mom's have a sixth sense for this sort of thing. When hubby gets home give him Dennis to look after for a couple of hours and have a few hours sleep to recharge your batteries.

    We're thinking of you hun. xx
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2009 1:43am (Jul 28th 2009)
    Hang on in there, kid.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2009 7:07am (Jul 28th 2009)
    :bighug: Hang in there, Sara..things will get better soon.
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2009 5:21pm (Jul 28th 2009)
    Same from me, Sara. All of the above. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2009 7:16pm (Jul 28th 2009)
    Keep your chin-up Sara - I can only begin to imagine waht its like and just imagining is bad enough......:flowers:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2009 9:09pm (Jul 28th 2009)
    Any news, Sara?
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 6:43pm (Jul 29th 2009)
    Well things didnt get better, But First i did get to the doctors, Dennis is fine, Breathing is due to having an old cold, Doctor said he is totaly fine,
    WHICH IS GREAT, But Dennis was awake every2 hours lastnight,

    THINGS HAPPEN IN 3'S The reason i say things didnt get better, 1's my cat colin brought home a bird. which was still half alive, With it;s back all ripped.
    Nothing i could do to save it.WHY DO CATS DO THIS. Couldnt sit there knowing it was hurting and dieing. So has to ask hubby to help end its life, Sorry but there was no other way. So that was sad,

    Then my nanna rings me, she live in lanceshire, Her sister my aunty ellen died. Never heard my nan cry before, So that was very sad.

    Then wakes up this morning and my chicken has died. 1 of my northan reds,

    So things do happen in 3's
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 7:04pm (Jul 29th 2009)
    So pleased that the baby is fine Sara, it is always scary when their breathing is bad as they still try to breathe through their nose which is hard when you got a nasty cold.

    It is always sad when the cat gets a bird but it is their nature I am afraid, Lucky Hubby could deal with it and it was the best thing to do. Sorry about your hen dying poor little thing, was it poorly?

    Sorry also to hear about your Auntie, it is so sad when someone dies, It was good you could talk to your Nanna, she will need help and understanding now poor Lady.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 9:20pm (Jul 29th 2009)
    I really didnt know what to say to nanna when she phone and said her sister had died.

    My nana has always been there for me, Only me, she doesnt see any my sisters nor my mum,
    since the big family split 19years ago nor do i,

    So having my nanna stand by me was so nice.
    I dont see much of her since i moved away, But with out fail christmas and birthdays, mine and the childrens,

    Crisp ten pound note with a card comes though the door,
    It means so much to me. not the money,

    Just knowing she is my nanna and thinks of me and children,

    So when she rung crying, I went into shock.
    Didnt know what to say so didnt say anythin. I told her id ring her again,

    Ive sent her a card, saying i was thinking of her and a few photos of the children and baby.

    Id like to go to the funeral, How long does it take to sort that out?,

    As im feeding the baby myself so id have to take him, so id have to get it all sorted. If it isnt one thing its another.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 10:14pm (Jul 29th 2009)
    It would be nice if you could go just to be there for your Nanna to support her. I am sure she would love to see the baby. Do ring her again and tell her you love her and have a good chat, she will be over the moon and it would help to cheer her up a little bit.
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 10:48pm (Jul 29th 2009)
    I'm so sorry Sara - my condolences for all the deaths. I agree with everything NN has said - and things can only get better now. xx
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 11:05pm (Jul 29th 2009)
    Takes over a week to sort a funeral usually, Sara. Usually closer to two. You can ask for it to be any time within reason.
    Sorry about your great aunt...I do hope you can get to the funeral as it'd be such a help for your nana. Where would it be?
    Sorry about the hen too...:heart:
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2009 4:15pm (Jul 30th 2009)
    It would be preston, lanceshire, It takes about 3hours to get there from where i live now. I think im going to go, Havent seen my nana for 2years now, We do talk and send letter and photos. Do you think i should take the baby. Dont think ive seen a baby at a funeral?
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2009 5:32pm (Jul 30th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    I hope you manage to get there and the funeral isn't too bad, Sara :bighug:
    I don't know about Dennis, I've only been to two funerals before and can't remember if there were any young children or babies there...
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2009 7:11pm (Jul 30th 2009) edited
    Put it this way; your nan will want to see him, your great aunt would have too. Dennis wonj't remember a thing and therefore won't be upset. Go for it!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2009 8:20pm (Jul 30th 2009) edited
    No reason what ever Sara that you shouldn't take Dennis to the funeral with you. He won't know what is happening anyhow and as CC said he wont remember and be upset. It will be so nice for your Nanna to see him while he is small and will help ease her grief to see you both. Have a look at National coaches if you have to travel alone they are fairly cheap as well.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2009 8:36pm (Jul 30th 2009)
    I go to more funerals than most, what with being an organist, and the only time I see babies get upset is if their mums get really distraught.
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2009 12:07am (Jul 31st 2009)
    When my husband's granddad died Danny was about Dennis's age and we took him. Mainly because there was no one to babysit (anyone that I'd trust was at the funeral). He was golden and didn't cry. If he does you can always step outside. He'd be easier to cope with at a funeral than Arthur!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2009 1:27pm (Aug 1st 2009) edited
    1ST Thank kateb for the gift voucher, I went to next and bought this top,Photobucket I bought size 3/6months. REALLY NICE THANKS.

    NN if i did go down lanceshire id drive, I driven there a few times, down m1 and m6,
    I wasnt saying that Dennis my get upset if i took him, i just didnt know if it was respectfull to take him, but your right nanna would love to see him, she knits me things like blankets and cardies for both den and athur.

    Anyway had a great day shopping in town with charlotte, she got her school uniform, and some new shoes and another pair shoe, (46 PAIRS SHOES SHE HAS).plus some jeans and some tops, so she did well.

    Went home and bath dennis PhotobucketWhen i got Dennis out of the bath and was dressing him, Athur stripped off and guess what...Photobucket Yes he got into the baby bath.. So funny..

    Few more pictures of Dennis take last couple days. His weight is 11ld now..

    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2009 1:32pm (Aug 1st 2009)
    Also my friend Kerrie had her baby, Hollie her weight was only 6ld 1oz, she is so tiny, Makes Dennis look alot bigger..Photobucket Here is a picture of the two dads. My hubby is on the right in the black top..Photobucket
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2009 3:35pm (Aug 1st 2009)
    46 PAIRS OF SHOES????? Is she a centipede??? :shocked:
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2009 4:02pm (Aug 1st 2009)
    as skinny as one yes...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2009 7:22pm (Aug 1st 2009)
    Nice pictures Sara I had to laugh at little Arthur Bless him.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2009 8:04pm (Aug 1st 2009)
    :_party:Cant wait till Arthurs 18 and its his birthday party, great big blown up poster of him in baby bath..
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2009 10:01pm (Aug 2nd 2009)
    Last night I gave Dennis a feed, Then put him in his basket,
    In the front room. About 20mins later, Dennis starts making weird sounds.

    I picked him up, Then he started coughing and bubbles coming out of his mouth,

    Then he couldn't breath, went bright red. Like fighting for breath
    While coughing. Really scary. Hubby rung 999 and 4 paramedics'

    came to the house, 2 in an ambulance, 2 in a paramedics' car,
    Dennis went totally white and floppy. They took him to hospital.

    We were put into a room, A nurse came in and took tempicture and a few notes,

    Then told us a doctor would be with us shortly.

    After we waited a few hours in the room on our own, Dennis started to look a lot better, Woke up for a feed, and change bum. We waited a bit longer, No doctor,

    Then all the drunks started coming into the hospital, People being sick and shouting. No doctor came, I told hubby there's no point us sitting here as its saturday night and they are to busy to see our son.

    He looked nothing like he did a few hours ago. So we left.

    I put Dennis in bed with me, So i could hear him breathing.
    I think i half slept last night, Listening to any sound i could.
    He seem fine now. Was so scared, Don't know what it was. But this is twice i've heard him have trouble breathing.So what do i do?
    When i took him to the doctors he said he was fine, What Dennis was doing yesterday night wasnt fine. I have two other children so its not like i havent had a baby before. ?
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2009 10:40pm (Aug 2nd 2009)
    Sara - phone or write to the hospital and complain. You (Dennis) were treated really badly. Even if you're thinking "well, its OK now", what if the next baby along isn't OK? They need to be reviewing their procedures and won't do it unless people kick up a fuss. And don't be fobbed off with 'prioritisation'. He is a very young baby that was having difficulties - he was a priority. Ask them if its normal to leave a baby for so long without seeing a doctor. Ask them what their standard procedure is for dealing with babies.

    Did the ambulance men have any suggestions on what had caused it? They're usually pretty close to the mark. Just keep an eye on him. I know its the guidance now because of cot death, but I still can't get my head around putting them on their backs to sleep. When I had my eldest I was told to put him on his tummy because his airway was open (like the recovery position) and if he was sick it would trickle out not back down his throat. What do you think about that one Ollie?

    If you're still worried either take him back to the docs or to hospital again. Do you have a children's hospital locally with an A&E? If it ever happens again insist on going there.

    I'm so glad he's OK - you must've been really scared. Are YOU ok?
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2009 3:15am (Aug 3rd 2009) edited
    As usual - Kate is a fantastic resource for good advice. And, I want to highlight this part of what she said: "Ask them if its normal to leave a baby for so long without seeing a doctor. Ask them what their standard procedure is for dealing with babies." Its a great technique to use when trying to get your point across to people who aren't in the habit of listening. Ask them a series of leading questions where the answer is ONLY yes, no, or maybe. Insist on one of those answers. Keep going until you can tell you have their attention. Be persistent. Then, when they are listening, tell them your complaint and ask what they are going to do, specifically, to make the appropriate changes. And if you want to be really dogged about it - ask when they are going to do it. :)

    I can't even imagine how frightening that was. I'd be interested to know what Ollie thinks of it too. If it were me - (I know NOTHING about babies, so this is partly why) - I would bring him somewhere for another check. Even if he seems fine now... As Kate says, an infant is a priority and breathing is a priority!

    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2009 7:39am (Aug 3rd 2009)
    I can't imagine any hospital treating a baby like that, Sara. How upsetting that would be to sit there for hours without anyone seeing little Dennis. I'd be soooo angry!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2009 1:35pm (Aug 3rd 2009)
    Sara...please let us know how you got on about the treatment you received at the Hospital.
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2009 3:45pm (Aug 3rd 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Ew Sara that's nasty. As if you weren't stressed out enough about Dennis, you were treated like that! I'm glad Dennis is acting better now, I hope it continues that way and you get the medical help you need :bighug:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2009 6:35pm (Aug 3rd 2009)
    You ought to ring your local paper if you get no joy, Sara; they will follow it up and fight your corner - particularly as it's the quiet season for news at the moment.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2009 9:39pm (Aug 3rd 2009)
    Kateb And every one you are all right, Kateb your english is so well if i went to wright a letter to hospital, i wouldnt be able to say what i wanted, I cant write very well, or spell, If anyone has the time to write one that i could copy and send it to them, But i only learnd to read and write a few years ago, Still find it all hard,

    And who would i send it to.? Any help would be greatfull.

    The ambulance men were as stuck as what was wrong as me and my hubby was.
    But i think Dennis never got to see a doctor was that the nurse who saw him 1st thought that he looked fine, So we had to wait. But i had other children at home and didnt want to stay in that cold room all night.

    After it happened he has been fine, He just makes these noises every now and again, We said we would try and get it on tape, So we could show them, Because with out anyone eles seeing it, Its hard to explain. And im thinking they might think im a nutty mum.

    As for putting them on their backs to sleep. I was told to put Dennis on his side!!
    I have been told 1st child on front, 2nd on Back, Now on there sides, So which one is it.
    My hv says if there on there side or on there backs, When baby is sick they automatically turn there heads. Where is Ollie?

    I went and joind a baby center near my house today, I told them what happend Saturday night with Dennis They asked if i wanted to do a course for first aid for babies.Which i am doing on 9th Oct.

    Which is going to be helpful, Dennis also saw a HV, Who told me that he looks fine and to keep and eye on him,(Which i do all the time anyway), But she was nice.
    Also at this center im doing Yoga bugs with my 3yr old, and Boogie babies,Music dance and drama. So thing to do whilst im off work.
    This center which i only found out about last week has been opened since Nov. Is really helpfull. They said i could nip in dueing the day any time.
    Dennis is due for his 6 week check up soon, So unless he does it again he will see the doctor again then. Im just scard that if i keep going back and sayiing i need him looking at, I know he is fine now,But he wasnt the other day, they might think Its me and my hubby!!

    I was scard not as scard as hubby who was crying him eyes out. Its night time that im wqorryed now, I put him right next to me in bed, Hubbys on the seaty again. Poor thing, As for sleep whats that.

    Thanks again to everyone for your help. xx
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2009 11:14pm (Aug 3rd 2009)
    We have Children's Centres like that here too Sara, they are a really great place!

    You don't have to write to the hospital, you can telephone and complain verbally. I used to work in a complaints department. There are many reasons people don't want to write letters - not confident with their spelling, English isn't their first language, eyesight is bad, don't have the time - an endless list. You don't have to give a reason - I don't know how you find time to go pee with a baby and a 3 yr old to look after, let alone write letters!

    It would be very hard for one of us to write the letter for you a there would be lots of little details that need including that we don't know - names or descriptions of staff, times, how you felt, what was going on around you. Is there a friend that can help you - you talk and they write it down? Get a notepad and jot yourself down some bullet points. Time the ambulance & paramedics arrived, Dennis's condition, when you arrived at the hospital who did you see, where did they put you. Stress that Dennis is only 3(?) weeks old, you were scared, worried, left alone, felt you had no option other than to leave because of your other children. That they care more about the drunks. Their policy for dealing with babies in A&E.

    When you've jotted down everything you would include in a letter, wait until Dennis has a nap (or go somewhere quiet while someone else watches him and Arthur). Phone the hospital you were taken to and ask to be put through to the complaints department. Be very calm and matter of fact - remember its not THEM who were useless, they are there for YOU! Be clear though - start with "I want to make a complaint". (They may suggest at this point that you put it in writing - decline politely and say you have a young baby and toddler and would rather they took the details for you). Then calmly explain what happened, using your points as reminders. They should send you an acknowledgement letter and a copy of their complaints procedure. Ask if they would also send you a copy of the notes they've made so you can read them over in case you've forgotten anything. (In reality its so that you can make sure they listened and wrote it down properly!)

    I know there isn't anything they can do now to correct what happened then, but they need to know they got it wrong. You also said they might think you or your hubby have done something. If Dennis was taken ill again they may turn around and say that you walked out without getting treatment before. If you register this complaint now and anyone tries to accuse you, then you can explain why and show that you complained about it.

    If you phone to complain and they are difficult with you let me know and I'll point you in another direction. There's lots of help out there!
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2009 11:14pm (Aug 3rd 2009)
    Blimey - sorry that was so long! Meant to add that I'm glad Dennis is doing OK now. xx
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2009 12:05pm (Aug 4th 2009)
    Wow, got it, Will do all this later thanks
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2009 4:41pm (Aug 4th 2009)
    Just been on the phone to Mrs cooper,
    complaints department, She was nice, Said she would send me a leaflet out, on how to make a complaint. I told her that i didnt like the face that drunks where getting seen, whiles my 5week old baby was left alone in a room, with noone looking in on him, She said she understoad and would send info out asap.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2009 7:10pm (Aug 4th 2009)
    You can telephone the local newspaper, Sara, you don't have to write to them. Ask for the newsdesk.
    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2009 11:13pm (Aug 4th 2009)
    I don't understand why she's sending you a leaflet out - she should be writing it down for you! You can complain about the complaints department if you want to as well. The local Health Authority would be happy to listen I'm sure. (I'd get the complaint in first though)!

    The newspaper might take your story, but the hospital will be able to say "we have not received a complaint so have no comment to make" or something along those lines. The hospital won't investigate a complaint made by a newspaper on behalf of a patient because of confidentiality issues. If you're not happy with the hospital's response, THEN call the papers. It'd be a bigger story for them then.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2009 10:52am (Aug 5th 2009)
    Oh my goodness sara you poor daling, such a scare for you, glad Dennis is ok now and gilrs you have given sara with some really helpful advice there. Everyone is so caring here.
    well done all.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2009 2:34pm (Aug 5th 2009)
    And this morning this happens. Dennis is coverd in a rash

    I rung HV who told me she couldnt help me, Nor could she addvice me on what it was on the phone, So i took him straight to the doctors, He said has he eaten anything diffent, ER he's on milk for every meal!

    Have i changed my soap Nope, He said he's had a reactshion to something.Photobucket
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2009 7:29pm (Aug 5th 2009)
    Oh bless him - unfortunatley I have no experience of children whatsoever so am unable to offer any advice - just support :flowers: . Did hee Doctor come up with a useful explanation.
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2009 7:32pm (Aug 5th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw Sarah that's really rotten luck...
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2009 11:08pm (Aug 5th 2009)
    As you're breastfeeding could it be something YOU ate? Or a sweat rash? My youngest used to get that all the time, even when he wasn't hot. Did the doc not offer any better suggestion than an allergy?! Especially after he wasn't well at the weekend - I'd be wondering if he'd picked something up that made him poorly and it has just developed. Has he still got it? Poor little begger - he deserves a break!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 6th, 2009 12:55pm (Aug 6th 2009)
    It went and hasnt come back thank god, Doctor said the same, i could of eaten something he didnt like.
    Its like something happens to him everyday.
    Poor thing.
    But he's fine now all full of bean. I think he smiled at me today,
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeAug 6th, 2009 7:12pm (Aug 6th 2009)
    Excellent news that the little chaps is back to his shiny self
    • CommentTimeAug 6th, 2009 10:53pm (Aug 6th 2009)
    I showed the pictures to my boss - she's the Lead for Infection Prevention (used to be called the infection control nurse!!) and her first words were "has she put a glass on it". I explained you'd been to the doc and was sure he would've done that. She said the pictures weren't very clear, but she wouldn't be surprised if it was a virus or something coming out and he may be under the weather.

    I told her about the trip to hospital. She was horrified at your treatment. Then I explained about when you called to complain, especially with your personal circumstances with literacy. My colleagues all agreed that you are amazing, having the courage to learn after all this time and said to tell you they all admire you. My boss was disgusted with the complaints dept and asked which hospital it was.

    How is Dennis today? I hope he's doing OK.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2009 7:55pm (Aug 7th 2009)
    Yes 1st thing i did was put a glass on it,

    Yesterday i went to another clinic,And got myself a new HV,

    She sent agess with me, She told me i have been over dressing dennis, And the rash Might be due to that, but as it had gone she couldnt be sure.

    Anyway she asked me way i was useing a pump and giving dennis my milk in bottle, I told her i was having trouble feeding dennis,
    She said she could help.
    Well she did, dennis is again feeding from me, he slept last night from 7pm till 1AM! He did wake again in the night, Again this moring he went sleep at 10.40 till 2, so got loads house work done.
    I thought you had to keep babies nice and warm.Was so wrong, Dennis like to be kept a bit cooler,

    Get my Making a complaint leftlet today from NORTHAMPTON GENERAL HOSPITAL,


    Be doing that tomorrow,Thank for all the help.
    Dennis is doing so well now. Wish is making me feel great to. Done some great photos, show u as soon as i up load them.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2009 9:02pm (Aug 7th 2009)
    So glad you are getting every thing sorted out Sara well done.
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2009 11:37pm (Aug 7th 2009)
    I'm so glad you've got a new HV - she sounds a lot better than the other one. Maybe Dennis is like my granddaughter - naturally warm. She can go to be in the middle of winter in just a vest and no blanket and still sweat! Its great that she's helped you with breastfeeding too. We have some HVs in this area that are, er, 'old school' and don't think its their job to help with that - in fact, they promote bottles! I feel all happy inside knowing that things are better today. You are a star!!!

    That complaints dept is ridiculous!!!! I would love to get you to write down the points, then get someone to translate it into Polish or something and send it in. They should have taken it over the phone. I'm not around much tomorrow, but if you want me to look it over for you I don't mind.
    • CommentTimeAug 8th, 2009 12:28am (Aug 8th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    That's brilliant news about the new HV, sounds like she could be a lot more helpful than the other! :)
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 10th, 2009 2:45pm (Aug 10th 2009)
    Had a bit of a stress last few days, homoans.
    Back now.
    Just taken Den health center 11 pound 2oz. Gosh he is a lump,
    Kateb i havent had time to do letter, time running out.
    Will pull my finger out.
    • CommentTimeAug 10th, 2009 10:02pm (Aug 10th 2009)
    Don't feel under pressure Sara - there isn't a time limit to complaining. Earlier is better because its fresher in the mind (and they have less excuses to make!) but you are very busy and must prioritise your family first. If you don't get around to doing it then don't worry - Dennis is OK and that's all that matters. Or just phone them up and say "I want to make a verbal complaint - I have a young baby and no time to write a letter". They can't refuse and if they do I'LL write to them to complain about that!!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2009 12:05am (Aug 11th 2009)
    Oh Sara.
    I feel so awful that I wasn't around when Dennis had his "Do".
    The hospital needs a good kick up the Babes and children should be attended to AT ONCE.

    Advise and support from all on this list should have helped you to not feel alone at that time. Don't hesitate to complain. The hospital needs to know it went wrong and to ensure this doesn't happen to others too.

    I too have problems with the advice on sleeping positions.
    The "on the back" is because babes can get overheated on tummy if there are too many blankets and in theory can kick blankets off more easily.
    On the side is a good compromise, putting a rolled up little sheet behind to steady him but don't get too paranoid about it.

    I am really pleased you found a sensible HV who realises that Mum's milk is the very best for him and also she has the skills to help you with it.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2009 9:05am (Aug 11th 2009)
    Sara, I have just caught up with Dennis's adventures. I hope he is a lot better now and if you would like me to, I can come over either Tuesday or Wednesday evening of next week to say Hi to you and your family.
    Will help with the form if you want me to.
    Let me know, you have my mobile no.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2009 2:29pm (Aug 11th 2009)
    That is so kind of you Init, I am sure it will buck Sara up no end to have a visitor.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2009 5:10pm (Aug 11th 2009)
    Excellent idea, Init! If we wer a bit nearer I'd come too!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 14th, 2009 2:50pm (Aug 14th 2009) edited
    Hello, sorry been so busy, With the sun out means ive been taking the kids out, so havnt had pc on,

    Init i'll text u asap.

    Ollie GREAT THAT YOUR BACK, missed you, hope you had a nice time.

    I manage to do a short letter to hospital, Asking the what there priority are on new boarn babys,

    Asked then did they usally leave parents and new borns alone for hours with out seeing a doctor, or another nurse.

    Asked them why they were seeing drunks before a baby with breathing trouble.
    Told them i was very upset, and that i felt like noone cared.

    wait see what they say..
    so want to see what ive been doing.PhotobucketPhotobucket[URL=¤t=Picture2016.jpg][IMG][/IMG][/URL]

    Photobucket been to the park. having pick niks.#

    PhotobucketPhotobucket and taking loads photos of the boysPhotobucketPhotobucket bought a sling to hold dennisPhotobucket
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 14th, 2009 6:05pm (Aug 14th 2009)
    Keeps your hands free for the gin...:)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 14th, 2009 7:55pm (Aug 14th 2009)
    Dennis is growing real quick Sara.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 14th, 2009 10:34pm (Aug 14th 2009)
    Sensible idea to wear your baby.
    That's how it's meant to be. Babe and Mum very,very close all the time.
    Wore mine and ended up with one of them riding round clinging nto my leg all day!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2009 9:12am (Aug 15th 2009)
    great pics Sara, was just wondering how you were doing. LOve the black and white one of Dennis sleeping.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2009 10:36am (Aug 15th 2009)
    trevs m,I think Dens wants to move in with u at least he be awake at the right time,

    Dennis had another breathing fit lastnight. He woke up being sick, Then he kept sticking his tounge out and blowing boubles,whiles trying to breath, i got hubby to video it, so i can show hv on monday, This is the 3rd time its happend, so there defo something needs looking at,,
    Didnt take him hospital, Just stayed carm, Took him to my room and watched him for an hr, talk about very light sleeping, Its like he's having a small fit.

    After it happens he's fine again. He just had a feed and a giggle.
    Taking kids out to the ballon Festival today, Arthur loves ballons.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2009 10:53am (Aug 15th 2009)
    Just rung the festival up, they have no where to change baby or feed him, and no car park spaces left. So cant even go back to car and do it. Just have to put Dennis inside me sling and make do.. Wish me luck
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2009 5:38pm (Aug 15th 2009)
    Good luck!
    Althought it'll be all over by now...
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2009 11:28am (Aug 18th 2009) edited
    Ballon Festival Photobucket

    They did have animals
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2009 11:34am (Aug 18th 2009) edited

    look at the size of this rabbit



    Charlotte looking v happy

    Why does my hubby have to pull silly faces when taking photos
    i took a pick nick alot cheaper

    Ok. what do you think happend next
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2009 11:42am (Aug 18th 2009)

    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2009 12:52pm (Aug 18th 2009)
    Oh my gosh is Arthur actually inside the balloon?????????? how cool is that?
    Lovely to see some animals, nice fluffy half grown duckies.
    NO Balloons, too windy?
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2009 1:15pm (Aug 18th 2009)
    you take great photos.

    Ballon Festival --- I went last year and it seemed as if almost everyone had pulle dout and ti was nothing like what has been there in the past years and I made a decision to never go again.
    Pity really because you too must remember how big this Balloon Festival used to be.
    Text me with some dates but please move it to late September. I've become a bit of a busy bee lately. :-)
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2009 2:04pm (Aug 18th 2009)
    Yes to windy, I just wanted one to go off so arty could see them, But no not one. I spent most of the day feeding the baby in my own breast feeding corner,
    Ended up 2 woman feeding b feeding and another family bottle feeding, all i needed was to take my own tent and sign for baby corner..

    The sling works a treat no one can see anything which is good.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2009 10:46pm (Aug 23rd 2009)
    Den had his 6week check up, He has to go to hospital to have his throat look at. Doctor watched the video i took of dennis having a breathing fit, and he said there is something not right, so finaly someone is going to look into this, He said we have two thins in out throat that open n close, he used big word so i cant remember or spell them, He said that they might not be working right, so den will have to have them looked at.

    I went to a wedding at the weekend with the children.
    A big old barn house, With outer buildings,

    My husband and i where outside the house sorting a few things out that were in my car, There were a few children playing in one of the barns that isnt used for anything.
    When my 3 yr old son who had walked away from me, came running over shouting run run boy stuck run help help.

    We thought he was playing a game, But hubby went with Arthur.

    My hubby heard a boy screaming for help, Crying and screaming.

    He had fallen down a hold and a big bit of wood had wedge his head so he couldnt get out or move,

    Hubby got the boy out and took him inside, He was the brides son age 8.

    Wow totaly shocked by how brave and good my 3yr old was,
    Running and telling his mum n dad, He got big hugs of everyone all day brave little son of mine.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2009 10:51pm (Aug 23rd 2009)
    He deserves a medal!!
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2009 11:58pm (Aug 23rd 2009)
    Arthur you wonderful boy! Very well done!

    And, Sara, that was good thinking - making a video. Very clever. :)

      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 4:50am (Aug 24th 2009)
    Yes, good thinking Batman. Have you sent your complaint in?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 7:12am (Aug 24th 2009)
    Sara, you have a wonderful son there..Way to go Arthur!! You're a HERO.

    I'm sooooo glad that they are finally going to see what is wrong with little Dennis, Sara. What has been happening to him is so scary.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 10:15am (Aug 24th 2009)
    Well done Sara at last some one is going to check little Dennis out properly for you.
    How wonderful that Arthur had the sense to run for help. Bless him. You must be mega proud of him he is a real hero.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 1:29pm (Aug 24th 2009)
    Happy for you all Sara that Dennis will be checked out and what a great little chap Arthur is good boy!!!! there's a tale to tell at his 21st birthday (if we still celebrate them by then).
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 3:51pm (Aug 24th 2009) edited

    The bride and dennis.
    me and charlotte, up to no good again.,.Photobucket
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 4:00pm (Aug 24th 2009)
    I love the pics, and your daughter look so Dennis is sooooo cute.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 6:12pm (Aug 24th 2009)
    Have you got a picture of the hero of the day?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 7:45pm (Aug 24th 2009)
    Nice pictures Sara and where is the picture of wonder boy Arthur?
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2009 11:32pm (Aug 24th 2009)
    You must feel so proud of Arthur - he is a real hero!!

    Please let us know how Dennis gets on - when is he going to be seen? Its such a shame that doctors don't trust a mom's instinct more. I was beginning to worry because I didn't recall seeing a post from you over the weekend!

    Lovely pic of you, your daughter, and the doggy peeping around the corner!!!
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2009 12:49am (Aug 25th 2009)
    You two are absolutely lovely!! And I love that Tin-tin came to visit in the pic.

    Arthur - you are my hero - so brave!! Hugs from Unccy Jonny!!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2009 9:07pm (Aug 25th 2009)

    charlotte... arty.. and the brides brother.
    The bride is my brothers ex girlfriend,we stayed friends when they broke up.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2009 9:12pm (Aug 25th 2009)
    Photobucket hubby before he had a drink, I was the only person who didnt drink at the wedding.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2009 9:15pm (Aug 25th 2009)
    Sara, pinch that dog for me, would you? He's lovely!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2009 9:16pm (Aug 25th 2009)

    dont know who's dog it was but it was sweet.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2009 9:17pm (Aug 25th 2009)
    Have you told Arthur he's a hero?
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2009 9:22pm (Aug 25th 2009)
    cc he nodded his head
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2009 5:49pm (Aug 26th 2009)
    Good man.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2009 8:27pm (Aug 26th 2009)
    Excellent photos Sara