Friday, 23 August 2019

LifeLab - Intolerance Test Review

If you read my mum and baby updates you will know that I’ve had issues from when Kingsley was around 6 weeks old and before I got pregnant too! I’m having a lot of issues with my stomach and loads of symptoms when I eat specific foods. I wanted to try get to the bottom of the issue so started looking into intolerance tests and I found LifeLabTesting and they offer a blood test which looks great. 

I have gone down the root of my GP and to be honest they weren't that helpful. They did blood tests before I was pregnant to look for celiac disease and as that came back ok they just left it as that and told me to keep a food diary to try work out what was causing the issues. I did this and slowly began to realise that dairy, gluten, sugar and soy were all to blame but wanted something a little more concrete. 

The blood test arrived and the instructions seemed very simple so I got prepared and also registered my test. You do this online on their website and it is super easy! Everything you need to complete the test is included in the box which is sent out very quickly after you purchase the kit. 

I cleaned and pricked my finger. I managed to get one drop of blood and then my blood dried up. I was trying everything to keep it flowing and it just wouldn’t work, there are so handy tips in the leaflet too! I decided to have another go as I need to fill up a tube. Mark came home from work and helped me. It is a lot easier when you have someone else to massage your hand and help! I really recommend having someone to help you. Within 5-10 minutes we had filled the tube up. 

Once finished I packed the tube and relevant information into the bag from the kit and posted it.  The results get emailed to you a few days after they receive the sample. You get a pdf which lists all the food they test for and your results towards those foods. They suggest that every food you have a high reaction to you stop eating and eliminate from your diet to see if you notice any improvement. 

Im always 100% honest with my reviews and I will say that I was disappointed with the results. My results came back that I only had four reactions. None were high reactions, I had one medium reaction to yogurt and three low reactions which were Goats milk cheese, cream cheese and mustard. In my normal diet I don't eat any of these foods and going dairy free I defiantly don't eat yogurt and cheese. LifeLab were great when I expressed my concerns and offered me a couple of different people to talk to so they could ease my mind but I just feel like i'm back at square one. I'm having so many symptoms on a daily basis and have no clue what is causing them. I'm going to carry on with avoiding foods that i've found cause symptoms and carry on as I am. Hopefully as time goes on I will get to know my body better and really figure out what is going on.

The test itself was good, I had no problems at all and would recommend it to others, I just wasn't quite prepared to have such disappointing results, I thought this really would be the key to my problems. 

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - The test was provided for free but all views are 100% honest and my own*

Thursday, 22 August 2019

4 & 5 Month Update - Mum and Baby

I have just realised that I completely missed Kingsleys 4 month update. Time is just flying by so I’m combining his 4 and 5 month update! 

At 4 months he was obsessed with blowing raspberries. He learnt how to blow them really quite young and very quickly. He also rolled from his belly to his back at 15 weeks and sits very well with a little support. He is always grabbing his toys and putting our fingers in his mouth. 

At 5 months he rolled from his back to his belly. He’s still only done this twice and refuses to do it again! He is constantly rolling from his belly to his back though. He can sit really well without any support. He also found his feet and loves putting them in his mouth. I love it when babies do this. 

He can put his dummy in and out of his mouth and loves to grab and touch our faces. He is obsessed with food and constantly watches us eat. He started at 4 months trying to grab food from us if he was sitting on our lap. 

He also loves his reflection and gets so excited when he sees himself. He also responds to his name and will walk if you hold his hands. He’s so strong! 

He is on 6oz bottles and will have a 7oz bottle before bed. He eats once during the night too (4oz) and is usually up 2/3 times a night. 

As for me I’m pretty much back to normal and have for a while. I’m now under my pre pregnancy weight and still eating gluten and dairy free. I fit into all my old clothes too. I haven’t worked out for ages as I’m just too tired from waking up 2/3 times a night. I know it will get better, it always does. 

Nicola xx

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Baby Annabell Alexander and Baby Walker Review

Harleigh was recently sent a new doll to review. Having a new baby brother and an older brother and sister means that she loves babies. She has her own but it’s a tiny little doll we picked up with the food shop one day. 

Now she has Baby Annabell Alexander. He is Baby Annabell’s little brother. He is very lifelike and he even responds to touches, can cry real tears and loves his bottle. If you gently rock Alexander back and forth he slowly closes his eyes and falls asleep. He also snores which Harleigh finds hilarious. He will move his mouth and eyes as he sucks his bottle. He also has a dummy for if he gets upset, which Harleigh isn't too fond of. Alexander can now wet his nappy too!

Harleigh really loves him, she especially loves caring for him whilst I’m looking after Kingsley. She likes to copy whatever i am doing, so if im changing Kingsley she likes to try change Alexander. She is too a little young to properly understand and use all of his features, for example she isn't really patient to rock him to sleep but with time she will be able to play more and more. For now her favourite things to do are feed him his bottle and change his nappy, although she can't do it properly yet. She also regularly makes him join her for picnics and tucks him into bed for a nap. 

She was also sent the Baby Annabell Baby Walker. This is a remote controlled baby walker that moves forward, back, left and right. The control is super easy to use and a Baby Annabell or Alexander up to 43cm can fit in the seat. It also has some sound features too including a horn noise. 

Harleigh hasn’t enjoyed it as much as I thought she would but I’m hoping as she gets a little bigger that she will. It actually scared her a little at first. It is a lovely little toy though and so easy and fun to use! Paige thinks its so cute and will regularly use it with her Baby Annabell. It's such a cute idea for a toy having it as a remote control is really fab!

I think around 3 or 4 would be the perfect age to fully get all the features of Baby Alexander and the walker but for now Harleigh loves feeing him and playing with her big sister and her Baby Annabell. 

Nicola xx

*DISCLAIMER - We were sent the above items for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are our own*

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Siblings - July 2019

The past month has flown, I'm not sure how its gone so quickly. We are all counting down to the summer holidays which are now just a few days away. We don't have anything special planned but I'm so excited to just have slower mornings and hopefully some sunny weather. 

Parker had his birthday and is now five! Kingsley had his 4 months jabs. Paige had her transition day at junior school and Harleigh seems so grown up recently. 

I am so so excited to see them all grow up and bond over the summer holidays. Kingsley will grown up so much over the holidays im sure. 

We've had some lovely days out this past month, some fun hours in the park and eaten lots of cake and chips! What more could you want?!

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Me and Mine - June 2019

June was a bit of a crazy month. The kids got a sickness bug, Parker ended up in hospital and Kingsley had more injections and got a fever. Safe to say we had our fair share of illness. Thankfully everyone is ok now. Parker really suffered the most. He lost 6lbs in 5 days, had to have anti sickness medicine and fluids in hospital.

We ended the month with a lovely family day out to the beach. We had so much fun and I hope the weather is nice in the summer holidays so we can do it a few more times. The big two loved the sea and the sand. Harleigh was mesmerised with the sea and Kingsley loved it all!

I also went on a school trip with Paige which was lovely but meant that I left Kingsley all day, for the first time. Parker turned five too! The kids are getting so big and i'm just not ready for that to happen at all. 

Nicola xx
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