I have been awol for a few weeks now, I am sorry!! I have been absolutely itching to blog but I just haven’t had the time or the inclination! We have been busy. We are trying to get the house ready for Christmas. We are hopefully having lots of people over for Christmas day and Joe has decided that it is time to finish the dining room. When we moved into our house 5 years ago both the living room and the dining room had parquet flooring that needed a load of love to make them nice. We ended up just flooring the lounge and carpeting it. The dining room floor was VERY wonky, bowed in the middle pretty much and very uneven. The whole room needed some love and attention. Anyway, that is what we have been up to. To be totally honest, I have been largely just looking after the boys while my incredible husband has removed and cleaned all the wooden blocks, dug out the floor, insulated the floor, concreted the floor, insulated the walls, replastered the walls, replastered the chimney breast, and replastered the fancy corniceing on one wall and relayed the floor. It is looking amazing!! This weekend Joe is sanding the floor and varnishing it and if he has time he’ll make a start on the skirting boards. I am so exciting about having Christmas dinner with my awesome family in our beautiful new dining room.
The past few weeks have been quite tough. Since half term Dylan has been struggling with going into school again. After the first week of school he was fine. He loved school. He loves his teacher, he seems to be making friends, his writing is amazing, he loves drawing and being creative, he is loving reading and when he is at home he plays schools all the time. But then we had half term and after the week off he went back to being upset when I dropped him off. And I don’t mean he was a bit teary, he was full on sobbing. The reason was again that he missed me. Ugh. It was the worst. After about a week and half I suggested to him that he went in via the side door of the classroom rather than queuing up (his teacher had said he could when he was struggling before but I didn’t want him to singled out). So that is what we did and he has been brilliant ever since. Phew! He goes into school happy every morning now, thank goodness!! And now that they are practicing christmas songs for his christmas play and it is the cutest thing ever!
This time of year is a bit of a nob to me. This time 2 years ago I was literally going out of my mind worrying about Eilys. I knew something was wrong but no one was listening to me. I took her to the Doctors over and over and kept getting fobbed off. I took her to the health visitors a few times with no joy. It all came to a head when we took her to A+E one night because she had a bronchiolitis and she had dramatically dropped her feeds. She was admitted. This admission led to her being tested for Spinal Muscular Atrophy which came back positive. November and December 2015 were the worst months of my life. The not knowing was so so awful. So you can imagine that I spiraled into panic when I was told that Evan had bronchiolitis last Monday. It all came back to me. Poor Evan!! Luckily Evan is stronger than his sister and he has fought it off well. He is still a little bit wheezy and has a cough still but he hasn’t dropped any feeds and he isn’t bothered by it at all. Bless him.
This year I am making a conscious effort to reclaim the run up to Christmas. I really don’t want to dread the run up to Christmas every year. So this year I am keeping busy. I have lots of little projects to do and lots of fun planned. I don’t want to have this dark cloud looming over November and December as Eilys was never a dark cloud and the boys deserve better than that! So that is you all caught up. I will hopefully be able to fit a bit more blogging in now. I have recipes to share and stories to waffle about to you.
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