Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Only Way Is Up

I recently posted about Leo’s 2 and a half year check. The experience really wasn't what I had thought would happen at all. Although the health visitor is someone I have met before and usually request for any appointments, I feel that on this occasion she left a lot to be desired.

I don’t feel we got a full explanation as to why she said some of the things that she said. She didn’t even explain the pink slip that she gave us at the end of the appointment.

The way she talked about Leo made me feel somewhat judged? If that makes any sense at all. When you pour your everything into your child only to be told that really he isn’t where he should be, that really does make you question whether or not that you have done everything that you possibly could. In some respects you feel like you have failed your little person and that your best efforts are not good enough.

When I left that office that is exactly how I felt. I felt like a complete and utter failure. I looked at Leo and just saw my happy little guy who I only ever want the best for. I went home and saw my Mum, and I cried.

But now looking back in hindsight I hate that I felt any of those feelings. Leo is just a normal 2 and a half year old boy. I have shown Leo un-conditional love just as I should have, I have been teaching him about the ways of the world and giving him the space to grow at his own pace.

So my toddler isn’t jumping through hoops just yet, he beats to his own drum and will ultimately get there in his own time. That is something that the health visitor should know already. The way she sauntered from one topic of conversation to the next about her concern for his speech and his apparent lack of a attention span, to his squint… She didn’t explain herself once. She insinuated that Leo doesn’t give anyone eye contact, apparently he just looks straight through them, I just wanted to shout ‘HE IS 2!’ from the rooftops. If Leo is bored no he won’t co-operate. If Leo is tired he will not co-operate. If Leo is hungry… Guess what, he won’t co-operate.

That’s the funny thing about toddlers, they do have a mind of their own. Leo does give you eye contact, he looks lovingly into my eyes and kisses me on the lips. He looks at me for approval and reassurance that everything is ok.

So his speech may be delayed, and I will make sure that we get him to where he should be. But when it comes to a health visitor giving my toddler a look up and down with her professional hat on, I know that I can see development each and every day. Things she won’t see and probably won’t see in her office environment.

As Leo’s Mummy I know him inside and out, and although I left that office feeling like a failure, I only have to look at him to know that he is coming along in leaps and bounds everyday.

I don’t need a health visitor to tell me that, because I can see it for myself.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

iCandy Apple to Pear

When I had Leo I made a pact with myself. I wanted Leo to be at school or heading off to school before any more babies were to come into the picture. I had a number of different reasons for wanting such a substantial age gap, and those reasons are as true today as they were then. For me I wanted to be able to give any future babies, exactly the same one on one attention that Leo received, I wanted to be able to go along and do baby massage or the baby groups, all things that I wouldn't be able to do if I had a toddler in tow. One of my reasons was that I didn't want to run about after two little one's at the same time, and I most certainly did not want a double pushchair, but in terms of the double pushchair my view was un-founded. I just hadn't met iCandy yet!

When you think of a double pushchair, you think of  a big bulky side by side that probably wont get you through most front doors, it will be heavy and cumbersome. Wrong! Back in 2007, following over 70 years of British research and design, iCandy launched the world’s very first modular system that could convert a one-seater into a two-seater pushchair and vice versa, all for the first time within a single footprint.

With various manufacturers creating the typical single and large side-to-side doubles, iCandy was determined to create the ultimate pushchair for on-the go, growing families. The Apple broke these boundaries as the designers at iCandy World created a pushchair which attained the size of a single with the attributes of a double. iCandy’s innovation informed the creation of our iCandy Apple Pear collection which has now been superseded by our latest development, the new iCandy Apple 2 Pear.
Now in its second generation, iCandy have taken the widely acclaimed Apple 2 Pear and added further improved modifications. The Apple 2 Pear pushchair is now 40% lighter than the original Apple with no compromise to the functionality of the product. The shopping basket is 11% larger and the Apple 2 Pear chassis features the durable, no puncture EVA tyres. One of the main benefits of the new Apple 2 Pear is the ability to fold without having to remove the seat unit in single and double mode.

Perfect for the growing family, the iCandy Apple 2 pushchair has been designed to upgrade to the Pear 2 tandem travel system as and when required. iCandy’s unique Pip Converters simply attach to the chassis of the iCandy Apple 2 allowing parents to securely add a newborn nest or a second seat in the lower position. This allows you to accommodate twins from newborn, or a newborn with an older child.

Available to use from birth, the Apple 2 Pear main carrycot (sold separately) is suitable for overnight sleeping and comes with a padded mattress, raincover and washable liner.