Hard to believe, but it was five years ago today that Charlie had his third open-heart surgery - his Fontan procedure.
He has come so far, and never ceases to amaze us.
We are so very, very proud of you, Charlie-Boy. xxx
...of the eclipse hurting her eyes.
Who needs to buy special eclipse-viewing glasses when you've got four pairs of sunglasses!
(And no, I didn't let her look at the sun, just in case you're about to shout at me for endangering her eyesight...)
What a lovely day! I've been thoroughly spoilt - Charlie bought me a beautiful scarf, and Rosie made me a bead bracelet (I'm modelling both in the picture!) and I also had some chocolates and a big bouquet of roses.
My brother, Keith came over this morning with his family, so it was good to catch up with them, and Rosie loved seeing her cousin, Anna.
And this afternoon, after Rosie had a sleep, we went to Café Junior - a kids' café with lots of toys, where they were doing a special Mother's Day afternoon tea. Charlie entertained Rosie, so Pete and I had a nice relaxing afternoon.
I hope you've all had a lovely Mother's Day! (Those of you in the US will have to wait a bit longer though!)
Well, Charlie and I have had a fabulous day and we're now on our way home (having had lots of fun filling our faces in the first class lounge at Paddington!)
Les Mis was as fantastic as always - the chap playing Javert was phenomenal.
There was a bit of unexpected drama about half way through though, when the little boy playing Gavroche fell off the barricade. He was climbing down and lost his footing, falling about four feet and landing hard on the stage, to an audible gasp from the audience and the cast.
Two other actors picked him up - I don't think he had really hurt himself, but he was clearly winded, so they helped him offstage and one of the women on the barricade stepped in seamlessly, and sang his lines instead.
Fortunately he reappeared on stage about five minutes later for his next big scene, so obviously wasn't badly hurt.
I was impressed with how professionally and smoothly it was managed though - in fact Charlie didn't see him fall, and was asking me afterwards why a girl had sung Gavroche's lines!
It's been a long, but lovely day and I'm looking forward to getting home now. Not least because I just had a teary goodnight phonecall from Rosie. It's the longest I've ever been away from her, and she's a bit sad I'm not there to put her to bed. :-(
I promised I'll go straight up and give her a kiss when I get in - hopefully she'll settle ok for Pete.
And tomorrow is Mother's Day, so I'm looking forward to a lazy day with both of my little treasures! (Oh, and Pete too, of course!)
Well, my rather fabulous husband surprised Charlie and me yesterday with tickets to Les Miserables in the West End, along with first class train tickets to get us there!
So we're on our way - and I could quite get used to travelling first class - free coffee and newspapers, posh leather seats AND wifi!
We're seeing the matinee, so we've got a couple of hours in London either side, to grab some lunch and have a little wander round.
Maybe turning 40 next week isn't quite so bad after all!
Welcome to Charlie's News! Charlie was born on November 5, 2003, minus the left side of his heart - a complex congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He had two open-heart surgeries in his first five months, and had his third stage Fontan completion in March 2010, aged six-and-a-half.
Charlie's heart is special - but not as special as he is!