Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tomy Pokemon toys

The boy was recently sent some Pokemon toys to review. He was sent the battle ready Pikachu & the Pokemon Trainer's Kalos Region Pokedex. He was really excited when they arrived and thought they were his prize for beating me up the hill on the school run scoot.

He's not really into Pokemon but he was still excited! The first toy he tried was the battle ready Pikachu. Pikachu is a foam shooter so requires 3 AA batteries which are included -bonus!

You press a button on the paw to start the motor running and press his ear to fire the discs. When Pikachu fires he also becomes vocal so expect to hear PIKACHHUUUUUU a lot! A couple of the discs jammed until we found the knack of making sure you enter them when the disc loader is pulled all the way up. 

He comes with a harness which is designed with a pocket on the back for the spare foam discs to be stored in. There is a mount on the right shoulder which holds Pikachu in place. It's clips into place securely and doesn't fall off but I personally think it's too heavy to sit comfortably on the shoulder. The boy had the harness fully adjusted but it was still a bit lop sided and he wasn't comfortable with it on his shoulder preferring to hold it instead.

I personally think the mount would have been better on the forearm so more support could be given.

He was also sent the Pokemon Trainer's Kalos Region Pokedex and even though he doesn't know what it is he still figured out how to use it whilst it was still in it's packet.

You slide up the top and press the button on the side which sends a disc inside spinning which then lights up and talks to you. He loves it because it had lights! 

It's simple and does exactly what it is suppose to do.

If you have a Pokemon fan in your house these are sure to delight.

Disclaimer: We were sent the above toys for the purpose of the review but all opinions are honest and my own.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Glue ear update

Following on from the young ones glue ear update at the start of August I thought it was time I updated you on the progress. We paid privately to see an ENT consultant who agreed he needed grommets asap. The £220 was well worth it as we jumped about 4 months up the queue. He wasn't convinced his loss of words was related to his loss of hearing but was still happy to treat him as an urgent case. I'm pretty sure the two are connected!

We transferred back onto the NHS list to wait for the next available slot as an urgent case with an approximate date of the end of September. The following week L had his audiology appointment which is when he would be fitted with hearing aids until he had the operation.

I already knew the glue ear had improved because he was happy to be in a swing again. Sure enough the results showed the glue ear was gone from one ear but remained in the other. His hearing was no where near as bad so there was no need for hearing aids. in fact they thought it would put a stop to the grommets.

I know no parents wants to see their child go through an operation but I also don't want my boy to suffer because the grommets were delayed. The hearing test sounds are just that a sound. There is no indication of how clearly they are heard. How can he have a hearing loss so bad he needs hearing aids then a few months later when he still has glue ear not need them? I stood my ground as the boy is still catching up with his speech and he had his grommets fitted when he was 2 and a half. It is two years on and he is still behind and at school.

It was written into the report that I still wanted grommets but I wasn't hopefully for an early operation. Well today that changed when I got a call from the ENT department. We have a date! The 13th October and he should be the first down.

I'm happy and aphenvive at the same time. He is still so little, he has never had an anesthetic will he be ok? It's the same thoughts when the boy was due to have his op although this is a much smaller op as it's only grommets so we should be home after lunch.

Review: Hide inside Winnie

The young one has been busy trying out the hide inside Winnie the Pooh set. This set looks great and is a bit like Russian dolls with a fun twist for young ones.

The small piglet is weighted like a weeble which he found hilarious. You also have Tigger, Eeyore & Winnie the Pooh which all hide inside each other. These were a little too stiff for the young one to pull apart by himself but it didn't stop his enjoyment. 

He had great fun playing hide and seek and touching the different textures on each of the characters. His favorites were poohs feet and Eeyores mane.

Aimed at children over 9 months they were still enjoyed by my four year old and ahem me. Who doesn't like a twist on Russian dolls?

The set retails for around £10 which is excellent value and a perfect present with Christmas looming. I know a few tots who will be getting a set of their own at Christmas. To check out the Winnie the Pooh range at TOMY take a look at their website. 

Disclaimer: We were sent the hide in side winnie for the purpose of this review but all opinions are honest and my own.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

School starter - Two weeks later

So the boy started school nearly two week ago so how's it going?

He's not full time yet but he is loving it! He bounds in without a care in the world. I try and walk or scoot with him every day. Yes I use my scooter too and it's great, I can get home in 10 minutes rather than 20 but I digress.

The first week he was doing a couple of hours in the afternoon only. He wouldn't really open up about what he had done at school. I had the usual 'don't know' when I tried to coax answers from him. His sleep also suffered with him waking in the night and creeping into our bed for the first time in years. This meant we had a couple of days of serious meltdowns and I'm not sure if it was because he was tired or due to the change in routine.

This week he is doing morning and lunch and he is excited that he gets to stay for lunch with his friends who stay for the whole day. He was a little concerned that he accidentally threw away a spoon when he cleared away his tray and didn't know what to do. He thought father Christmas wouldn't bring him any presents. (He might not!)

He is starting to talk more about what he has done at school, we went and fed the animals which included geese and he randomly came out with 'we played duck, duck, goose today.' We were then able to have a conversation about his PE lesson.

I've also found out first hand why my sister said buy lots of t-shirts! I have had to try and rescue 4 polo shirts from 7 half days at school! The stains are marker pen, felt tip pen, biro, dinner of some kind, general dirt which looks like he has commando crawled across the field for an hour. This was my weapon - all of them at the same time!

I can report back that I have saved three of the shirts with the marker pen beating me!

Talking of stains - any idea how we sort this? The boys brand new sparkly shoes looked new no longer after only 2 hours at school. He saw me polishing them and this is the result...

If you have any tips on how we rescue the husbands nearly new CAT boots please share them with me.