Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Help Save The British Hedgehogs By Making Changes To Your Garden

‘Hedges for Hogs’ campaign promotes hedgehog-friendly gardening
Do you love to garden with the kids over the summer holidays? Choose the right plants, shrubs and hedges and you could help save hedgehogs where you live.

Hedgehogs are in decline according to Hedgehog Street, a joint initiative led by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species, with numbers reduced by around a third in the last 10 years alone. But you can make a real difference to the prickly population in your area by planting hedgehog-friendly hedging.

Hedge growers and suppliers Best4hedging has launched a ‘Hedges for Hogs’ campaign as the school holidays get underway, to advise gardeners on the best plants for hedgehogs and to alert homeowners to the animal’s plight, as many families turn their attention to the garden during the summer months.

Gareth James, Nursery Manager at Best4Hedging, says: “Just picking the right plants can make a big difference to your local hedgehogs. We’re urging everyone to think about what they plant this summer, and especially to consider replacing restrictive fencing with hedging. You could have the best hedgehog habitat in your garden, but as many modern houses are enclosed by fencing hedgehogs just can’t get in.

“Now’s the time to help. Hedgehogs need our assistance with food and shelter sources now so they’re ready for hibernation later in the year.”

Gareth adds: “We’re promoting all of the native species of hedges which hogs love this month such as Blackthorn, Dogwood and Hawthorn, as well as providing tips and advice on how to help hedgehogs in your garden to our customers.

“Even if replacing fencing, or part of it, with hedging and plants isn’t feasible, just cutting a small hole in your fence will help as you’ll open your garden up to hedgehogs. Helping the hedgehogs is an activity everyone can get involved in whilst the kids are off school – it’s free, it’s fun and gives great satisfaction when you welcome your first prickly visitor.”

Fay Vass, CEO of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, says: “As the name implies, hedgehogs love to hog hedges! Hedgerows provide ideal locations for hedgehog nesting sites as well as shelter for them to move safely from place to place. People can help hedgehogs by planting a mix of native, British-grown hedging trees or shrubs in their garden, which provide useful sources of food and shelter for the species as well as many other creatures such as insects, bats and birds.”

For more advice on choosing the best hedgehog hedging, visit Best4Hedging’s blog.

For child-friendly hedgehog-helping activities, including becoming a Hedgehog Champion, visit Hedgehog Street – a campaign created by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species to encourage hedgehog conservation action at a neighbourhood level.

Birth Announcement - At 38 Week's

If you have been following my pregnancy posts you would of been aware that I was due for an induction due to the baby measuring small.

On Tuesday 7th July 2015 I had a sweep that morning, the midwife said "I could easily break your waters if needed and I could stretch you to at least 2cm". So after hearing those words, both me and Mr. R went home hoping that I'd soon go into labour naturally, because if I hadn't of gone into labour by, Saturday 11th July I was going to be induced that evening.
For the rest of that day, I had a few little twinges down below but nothing too sore.

The following morning I woke up with slight lower back ache and cramp in my lower stomach. It lasted a couple of seconds and then slowly faded away. It was then time for me to get Alesha and Alana up and ready for school and nursery, as Mr. R was at work.

By 1.30pm that afternoon the contraction pains in my lower stomach started to come every 5-7 minutes and would last a couple of seconds. I then decided it was time to contact Mr. R at work and ask him to come home as I was having contractions.

When he arrived home 10 minutes later, the contractions slowly started slowing down and were only coming every 10-20 minutes. I paced up and down the kitchen, hoping the walking would speed the contractions up, but sadly it didn't!

Later that night, we got the kids to bed, we then relaxed on the sofa for about an hour until we went upstairs to relax in bed as my lower back was aching.
I had just laid down in bed, that's when I felt a trickle of warm water go down my leg, then a bit more and even more!
As I slowly sat up in bed the water just kept on coming and so did the contractions!

The contractions were now coming every 5-6 minutes, so I therefore decided it was time to ring the hospital. They insisted I went in to be checked over, so Mr. R rang his mother and step-dad and asked them to come round to mind the girls as I needed to go into hospital.

When we arrived at the hospital around 9.30pm. I was put on a machine to monitor the baby's heartbeat and also trace the contractions I was having to see how frequent and strong they were. The midwife left me on the machine for 30 minutes. After she had a look at the print out results she said the baby is fine and it's not picking up any contractions. She put me back on it for another 15 minutes and the results were still the same (even though I was having contractions every 6-9 minutes as I was in agony but I took slow deep breaths and stayed calm with the help of Mr. R).
She then checked to see how far dilated I was, I was shocked to say the least when she said I was only 2cm so they were going to transfer me to a ward upstairs and book me in to be induced the following morning.
I felt sorry for Mr. R as he then had to go home, due to the fact I was getting transferred from the delivery suite to a ward upstairs.
He arrived home around 11.15pm, told his mother and step-dad what the hospital had said so they went home but kept their phones close by, just incase Mr.R needed to ring.

I was moved upstairs onto a ward where there was two other women who were also pregnant, one was only a few weeks pregnant and was in for morning sickness whilst the other was in the process of being induced. Whilst they were trying to have a quiet chat, it was disturbed by me every 4 minutes moaning in pain. The pain's were really strong so I buzzed for a nurse, she gave me paracetmol and said it may just be cramps because it's my 3rd child.

But by midnight I'd buzzed again begging the nurse for something stronger and telling her it is definitely contractions that I was having. Whilst all this was happening the 2 other women on the ward were trying to rest.

At long last I think the nurse got fed up of me telling her I was having contractions because she said "I'll check you to see if your dilated"! Then I heard, "Ohhh, your 6cm we need to bring you back to the delivery suite".

When the nurse's went to get me a wheelchair and get my belongings, I was on the phone to Brandon telling him to be quick and get back to the hospital that I was 6cm dilated.

The midwifes I had in the delivery room were lovely, I felt at ease and comfortable but a little disappointed to be told I can't have a water birth because the pool had just been used and needed to be cleaned.

I remember squeezing one the midwifes hand as I puffed away on the gas and air to try take the edge of the unbearable pain.
Around 1.50am Brandon came rushing in the doors, so I quickly put my hand out to hold onto his hand. Then I got my first urge to push and so I did, I could hear the midwifes saying "you need to lift your legs up Gillian and push into your bottom". After a few pushes out came my our princess Imogen, weighing a small but healthy 5lb 11oz.

A few hours later we were transferred to the postnatal ward. A heater had to be placed above Imogen's bed because her temperature was a little low due to the fact of her low birth weight and her arriving 2 weeks early.

Me and 'tiny leg's' Imogen were so lucky and very thankful to have had lot's of visitors whilst we stayed over night in hospital.

Were both home healthy and happy, she has settled in great besides being a little madam at night time haha! Both her big sister's Alesha and Alana are really pleased she is finally out of my belly and at home to enjoy plenty of cuddle and kisses from them both.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

WINNER Of The Bath Thermometer by John Lewis

Thanks very much to everyone who entered my latest competition to win a bath thermometer by John Lewis.

We were in undated with a large number of entries but CONGRATULATIONS to our winner Kirsty Ward.

To arrange delivery of your prize please DM me on Twitter or email me at littlefamily4blog@gmail.com 

Bath Thermometer by John Lewis

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

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Pregnancy Week 38 - Booked In For Induction

Went to my scan Monday morning with Mr.R, it was such a lovely experience for us both to be able to see our little girl again on the screen.

After the scan the midwife talked us through the results, which were basically that our little girl hadn't grown since the previous growth scan a fortnight ago. Her weight was roughly a small 5lbs 4oz. 

The midwife rang through to the consultant and explained everything, he then suggested for me to be booked into the hospital for an induction on Saturday.So with the induction being booked, the midwife asked if I'd like a sweep there and then because it maybe put me into natural labour before Saturday. So I agreed, and "my o my was it sore"! I could feel her whole fist inside me, it was very uncomftable but thankfully it only lasted around 2 minutes.

Since coming home from the hospital, I've been having contractions but there not regular. I'm therefore in slow labour which is tiring as I'd really like for the contractions to come thick and fast so I can take go to hospital and have my little girl. I seem to get the contractions more when I'm sat down for a while or when I'm laid in bed.

The only downfall with being induced means I'm under consultant care so I therefore can't have my waterbirth within the midwife led birthing centre, I have to go straight to the hospital! 

We have explained to Alesha and Alana that mummy will be going hospital at the weekend so the doctor can get their new baby sister out of my tummy for them. Alesha understands it more and is counting down the days (just like me & her dad are doing).

Here's hoping the next update will be the birth announcement!!! Ekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk