When Rosie woke from her sleep this afternoon she was so happy and rosy-cheeked I couldn't resist snapping a couple of pics!
She's getting so grown up these days, and is rather partial to Peppa Pig (as you can see from her pillow and book! Plus the red knitted thing under her arm in the second pic is a cuddly Peppa too!)
Charlie broke up for half term today, and Pete has a couple of days off at the start of next week, so we're all really looking forward to spending some quality time together.
Charlie's best friend Reuben is having a Quasar party next week too, which Chas is really looking forward to. I wasn't sure whether the laser things might affect his pacemaker, but I checked with the liaison nurse at the hospital, who checked with the consultant, who said it's fine, and it won't affect him at all! It's funny seeing how the parties are changing as the kids are growing up - the days of softplay and bouncy castles are long gone!
Charlie's also getting very excited at the prospect of our impending holiday, and it's rubbing off on Rosie, who will tell anyone who will listen that she's going on a plane to see Tigger and Minnie Mouse! Unfortunately she keeps asking if Mr Tumble will be there too...
The weather has been absolutely atrocious of late - wet, dark and very windy, so when the sun finally came out today, Charlie and Rosie headed to the front step to soak up a few rays!
I think Rosie had actually forgotten that sometimes it doesn't rain, because she kept saying 'Wow - blue sky!'
The two of them grabbed a snack and plonked themselves down on the front step, and this is how I found them - deep in conversation! (I think they were discussing the relative merits of bicycles and scooters!)
Even though there's eight years between them, they really do get on so well and they both love each other to bits. (While periodically driving me round the bend!)
Oh and here's my favourite quote of the day... 'Cleaning your house while your children are home, is like cleaning your teeth while you're eating a Mars Bar...'
How true is that!!
Have a good week, everybody!
We've ordered a couple of new bags for our once-in-a-lifetime holiday (which is sneaking up on me very quickly...) and one of them arrived this afternoon.
Rosie climbed straight in and Charlie decided to pull her round and round the ground floor of the house, which she thought was a lot of fun - all I could hear were her giggles as he was wheeling her around.
Charlie, thank goodness, is feeling much like himself now. The antibiotics are doing their job and his throat looks so much better. He's still wincing a bit when he swallows, and is needing paracetamol a couple of times a day, but SO much better than he was on Monday. His INR levels are still a bit squiffy - there were up to 3.3 this morning, which is out of his range, but we've reduced his warfarin for the next few days and I'll test him again on Monday.
He's hoping he's fully recovered by the weekend because he's rather keen to go and see the new Lego movie. I think I'm taking him this time - I've almost forgotten what it's like to go to the cinema to see a film I actually want to see! I was itching to see 'Catching Fire' when it came out, but as per norm, I'll end up waiting for the DVD release! (It comes out just after my birthday so I might have to drop some hints to Pete!)
Anyway, that's about it for now - I'm off to bed!
Well, Charlie has been off school all week so far, with a rip-roaring bout of tonsillitis. He was really rough earlier in the week - feverish and headachey as well as a terrible throat.
He's feeling a bit better in himself now, although his tonsils are still looking pretty horrific and eating/swallowing is still tricky. He's been on antibiotics four times a day since Monday, so hopefully they'll do the trick soon.
Rosie has been very pleased to have him home - particularly because he's been on the sofa feeling sorry for himself most of the week, so she gets to cuddle up with him and tuck him in with her cosy blanket, without him teasing her mercilessly like normal!!
Pete had to go out before, and he brought comics home for the two of them. Rosie's had a free pirate kit on the front, so she's been wandering round, clutching her pieces of eight, wearing her pirate hat, shouting 'Aaaaarrgh' and 'Yo Ho Ho' in suitably piratey tones! I know I'm biased, but I reckon she's one of the cutest little pirates on the seven seas!
So, all of our plans for this week have rather gone by the by, but the weather has been so foul, it's been no great sacrifice having to stay indoors.
Am heartily fed up of all this rain though - roll on spring!
Well, a very excited Charlie has just gone off to his best friend, Reuben's house for a sleepover.
It's Reuben's birthday today, so the pair of them have a night of mayhem and merriment planned (not sure what Reuben's parents will have to say about it though!)
So Charlie's gone off with his rucksack, his Top Gear DVD and quite a few sweets - he's going to have a ball!
And hopefully we might even get a lie-in tomorrow, because he's always up much earlier than Rosie!
Have fun Charlie-boy! (And BEHAVE yourself!!) xx
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!