We’ve had a busy few weeks, full of seeing friends, play dates, soft play, Jack and I having a haircut (check out my handsome boy in the pic below) and ice creams (lots of ice creams!). I have been trying my hardest to get fit for the upcoming Run Reigate 10K, eating lots of ice creams hasn’t really helped! Two weeks on Sunday team Joggers for Jack will be doing our best on the various distances we are running. I just hope I can beat my time from last year… Some of the other stuff we’ve had to do are below.
We think that Jack has started to say a few words now, Dada, bye, dink (drink) and bisc (biscuit), which is brilliant! I say we think, as we are not 100% sure that is what he is saying. My Mum is convinced he is saying these words too, so at least it is not just us wishing it to be that he is. He has also started to sign a few words in Makaton too – more and thank you being his favoured ones. We need to harness this start of communication with him as this will make life better for all of us and he will be able to play better with Jessica and his little friends. He is still in his destructive phase and it is hard to get him to understand he shouldn’t throw every toy he picks up! Even Jessica has started to tell him “no throwing, Jack!” – he still chooses to not hear or understand us! Tell him his dinner is ready or ask if he wants a biscuit and he responds, rapidly! But anything we say that resembles a “no, Jack” he conveniently doesn’t get it. He starts Digbies (speech & language therapy, occupational therapy and social skills – provided by PSDS, the charity we belong to and the one that team Joggers for Jack are raising money for), in a few weeks and next week will be the start of Portage support too, so hopefully we can start to work with him on his communication and listening skills! I guess that although we have done quite a bit of research n what needs to be done, it is always better when someone shows and demonstrates exactly the things that we can do to help him. If he’s anything like his sister he will be impossible to keep quiet once he gets going! Will keep you posted on his progress…
One day after writing the above and Jack has decided that he won’t throw toys anymore but brings them to me one by one! This certainly progress but Jack, do you have to bring me EVERY toy and book that you have?!?! I just hope I am not jinxing this development by putting it in writing to you all!
We had a minor set back last night (Wednesday 30th August). After a long stint of Jack being well he had to be whisked to hospital – he was fast asleep and started to choke and couldn’t catch his breath. We scooped him up and he was breathing but it was clearly hard work for him. It was almost like he was winded in some way. He then let out this barking cough and it sounded very much like croup to us – that barking sound and when he took a deep breath it sounded very ‘raw’. I rang the child assessment unit at East Surrey, as Jack has a passport which means we can go straight to them rather than through the doctor or A&E. Unfortunately they were closing for the night and said they couldn’t admit him but to take him to A&E to be checked – given his history of croup, bronchiolitis and general breathing issues they wanted to see him sooner rather than later. Richard took him whilst I stayed at home with a sleeping Jessica. He was given steroids and they had to wait to see how he reacted before they could let him come home. He reacted well and my boys came home in the early hours of this morning, with another dose of steriods for Jack to have. What Richard didn’t tell me, ’til this morning, was that the doctor thought Jacks heart beat sounded irregular. As a result they put the ECG machine on him, the reading didn’t pick up well so they had to repeat it, luckily all was ok! Jack isn’t due another full heart scan until he turns 3, I am relieved nothing further will happen until then with regard to his heart! Richard said that he didn’t tell me as at the time, it was just a routine check and that therefore there was nothing to worry about. I guess it’s the same for all Mothers out there in that you just know when something is not right and I’m glad that we took the decision that we did and just take him into A&E to get checked out. Richard kept me in regular contact via text whilst at the hospital. I am just glad we have the passport and access to CAU and that they give us the support we need. Thanks to the team at ESH!
We have the dreaded 2 year check coming up soon – I am prepping Jessica as on this one she has to be able to jump. God, she’s a nightmare and I am not sure she will be able to do it! But… she can sing a fair few nursery rhymes now, thanks to my Mum, we regually wake up to her rendition of “how much is that doggy” or “I’m a little teapot”! Surely that will make up for the no jumping situation?!
I had a medical appointment this week, the dreaded smear test… Now, I know how important these are, around 10 years ago I had a few dodgy test results which ended up in me having two separate colposcopy procedures. This is when the ‘bad’ cells are burnt off from your cervix – believe me it is not pleasant and I ended up getting an infection after one procedure. I tell you, I think all my medical issues have been due to ‘women’s things’. But, if I hadn’t of had my smear tests I wouldn’t have known that I had those bad cells to be removed and it could have ended up far worse than having a minor procedure – make sure you are up to date on your smears, ladies! Now, you would think that me having a smear test would be a walk in the park after all the internal scans whilst having IVF, but oh no, it is not! My cervix is slightly off centre and it takes a bit of wiggling of the contraption they use to open up your cervix to get some of the cells they need to complete the test. For any guys reading this, I can assure you that this ‘contraption’ is like some kind of torture tool from the medieval times. It bloody hurts and is not helped by the fact I get myself so wound up before and during it! Oh well, fingers and toes crossed I will get a good result and won’t have to go through that for another 3 years!
Benners (Benidorm) is fast approaching (annual trip away with the girls) where we have 3 whole nights and 3 whole days of drinking, laughter and more drinking! Richard is off work for the time that I am away and will be in charge of the kids. I’m sure he’ll be fine as he’s done it all before although I would be surprised if he stays at his Mum’s one night, just to help ease the burden. I will obviously miss them while I’m away but its nothing that a little bit of FaceTime can’t sort.
The masses of ice creams over the past few weeks and having carried twins in my body, albeit two years ago now, have put pay to me ever being in a bikini again – I am just lucky the girls don’t judge my big belly! Bring.It.On!
Last years Benners group photo!