It seems that I failed on taking the obligatory back to school photo. For 14 years I have been making my three kids stand against a wall, a door or garage to coo over how much they have grown or asked where the time has gone after posting on Facebook. This year things are a little disjointed, with one starting school on Wednesday, one on the Friday and one doesn’t even go to school anymore but instead has packed up her room ready for University.
Erin and I got up, got dressed, I prepared for my first run after the school drop off and together we strolled to school. Excited was an understatement, Erin appeared as though she had received a sugar rush for breakfast whereas in reality it was just her bottled enthusiasm for school! On arriving home I flicked to Facebook and realised we had not taken a photo! This will be remedied soon I expect although it will be weird to have just two children in the photo and not three!
It is not only school that has started but many children take up new hobbies or head back to after-school clubs in September. Erin is now so much physically stronger and this summer we had wonderful news that her hip is looking good and strong after all the surgery she had aged 2 and 3 due to hip dysplasia. Erin has been given a few years off x-rays now and her consultant has said she is no longer restricted in activities. We have to be guided by Erin and her hypermobility syndrome actually gives her more aches and pains than the ddh these days.
Therefore I have agreed to let Erin start hockey, she very much wants to follow in her big sisters’ footsteps. It will be interesting to see how she takes to it and whether it becomes a hobby that she really goes for. She will still be dancing on Saturdays but we feel that we now have to remove the layers of cotton wool and let her try the things that she wants to do.
To help her we have been using Bassetts Vitamins including the new Omega-3 + Multivitamins Orange Flavour Pastilles. Each soft and chewy multivitamin contains Vitamin B6 to support normal psychological function and Vitamin B5 which contributes to mental performance to support a smart way to start the day, helping kids feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed whether they’re back at their school desks, in the nursery playground or playing in the sand-pit!
I asked Erin what she thought of the soft chewy multivitamins and how they made her feel. Apparently, they are yummy and easy to chew. As a mum, I also like the no added sugar and that they are made with natural flavours and colours. They can be picked up in the supermarkets with the weekly shop for just £5.50 for 30 pastilles which is a months supply.
Erin summed them up in this picture:
Erin appears to have finally caught up with her peer group physically and I am excited that for the next few years her DDH will not be my primary concern. I can now relax a little and not hold my breath when she tries new things.
September is all about new starts and now is the time to make positive changes to lifestyles. I am looking forward to seeing how Erin gets on with taking up more sport and I hope that this encourages other parents whose children have undergone multiple surgeries, especially for DDH. This shows that for many there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I’d love to hear how you attempt to keep your kids fit and healthy in the winter, do let me know in the comments.
*Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy and balanced diet.