Unbelievably we’ve had another bout of sickness in my house. 5yo brought a virus back from school the week before last and it spread like a bushfire through my little family. I’ve spent this entire week nursing everyone back to health with natural remedies including rooibos tea cough syrup, garlic honey (recipe to follow!) and tons of good quality Vitamin C. Just when there was a glimmer of the littlees perking up, hubby was struck down with it yesterday, and it hit me with full force last night. I’ve spent today feeling very rough and laying low. Just hope it doesn’t drag on much longer.
As you can imagine things have felt a tad bleak, so to cheer myself up I thought I’d write a family update as it’s been a while since my last one. It was a great exercise enabling me to shift my focus and concentrate on the positive. I’d highly recommend it if you’re feeling blue.
F @ 13 months
– Our cheeky chappie is a man of few words at the moment. We get lots of cute noises and tons of grunts though, so he’s communicating well. He says ‘mumma’ beautifully and shakes his head along to a chorus of ‘no no no no no no’. It can be a wee bit confusing because no often also means yes in his little world.
– He has been on the cusp of walking since Christmas, but still hasn’t quite plucked up the courage to freestyle it just yet. He naturally defaults to sitting in the W position unfortunately, and although we correct him as soon as we see it, I can’t help but wonder if it’s a factor.
– After a rocky start moving him into his own room in January, he sometimes sleeps through the night now. When he’s under the weather or miserable with his teeth and goes off his food he wants extra comfort feeds. It’s where still breastfeeding comes into its own, because we don’t have the stress of worrying that he isn’t eating enough.
C @ – 3y 1m
– Since her birthday we’ve been treated to some delightful threenager strops, but for the most part I find them rather amusing. Her ability to go from being happy to full of rage is unbelievable, surely we could put this skill to good use elsewhere?!
– She has slotted right in to preschool without a problem, and her teachers have all been very complimentary about how confident she is. Cue lots of proud mummy moments. I’m hoping that being off last week won’t have set her back.
– She adores her little brother, but can be a tad *cough cough* over zealous with her affections. The line between I love you and I’m going to strangle you is very thin indeed, but he takes it all in his stride and he loves her to bits.
P @ 5y 8m
– It’s been a tough few weeks for my dear firstborn. She was the illest she’s been since having whooping cough at two, and had almost an entire week off school. Apparently half her class has been off in some capacity with this virus, so it must be really contagious.
– One good thing to come from being sick is that she’s started sleeping with the door shut which makes all the difference when you live in a house as noisy as ours. We bought her a portable nightlight when she was about three but she never used it and it’s now coming in handy for the little lady who needs a bit of light at bedtime.
– Her reading has gone through the roof and she’s writing little stories all by herself now. It’s been amazing to see how far she’s come in the last few months, and it feels like things have clicked into place for her. She stunned one of my friends the other day by spelling the word apples when we were at the park.
Andy & I
– I’m so very proud of my super talented, hard working hubby who bagged himself his second promotion in three years last month. Keep climbing that ladder baby!
– In among the sick kids I’ve been trying to figure out a strategy to sell more books. If anyone fancies doing a good deed and putting me in touch with their newspaper or magazine contacts I would be eternally grateful 🙂
– We’re both really looking forward to Hubby’s folks looking after the kids so we can enjoy a child free lunch in a couple of weeks. Can’t believe it will have been three months since our last date.